How People with Disabilities Looking to Start a Business Can Lower Their Stress

How People with Disabilities Looking to Start a Business Can Lower Their Stress

By: Ed Carter

Stress is something that comes with starting your own business. It can be a good thing in small amounts, as it serves as a motivator to succeed. But stress can also lead to poor business decisions, lack of confidence, and can negatively affect your health in a massive way.

The National Advocates Top 100 wants to see you succeed. When you’re considering taking the plunge into small business ownership, think about these ways to reduce your stress level and set yourself up for success.

Choose a lower-stress business

For some people with disabilities, it may be a good idea to find a small business opportunity that resides in a lower-stress field. This is not to say that having a disability makes you unable to succeed in high-stress fields, it’s just important to understand your own strengths and, more importantly, weaknesses. Shooting high is one thing, but it’s never a smart business decision to overextend yourself from the start.

Businesses that utilize the sharing economy – in which services are shared between private individuals typically through connecting via the internet – are flexible, low-stress ventures. You can use your skills to provide specific services to those in need, and can charge whatever the market will sustain. Babysitting, housekeeping, dog walking, and gardening businesses are good examples of this.

If you have professional skills from a previous job in fields like consulting, IT, tutoring, business coaching, or internet marketing, it’s a low-stress venture to set up a from-home, online-only business. You can not only choose your own hours, fees, and client base, but you’ll basically be able to take on as much – or as little – work as you want in any given week, month, or year. It’s truly one of the most flexible businesses you can create.

Choose a business with low initial costs and overhead

One of the surefire ways to cause yourself too much stress when starting up a new business is to overextend yourself financially. Many small business owners must draw from savings and take out additional small business loans to get their business off the ground, and there are plenty of businesses in a variety of fields that have minimal starting costs, comparatively.

Many at-home businesses can be started for less than a couple thousand dollars of initial capital. Tech-related businesses like graphic design, coding, and social media consultants fit this bill, as do freelance writing/editing, business consulting, marketing consulting, and photography-based businesses. If you have existing expertise or particular aptitude in any of these areas, you may consider building a business using that framework.

Cover legal concerns

As someone with a fledgling business, you have a lot on your plate. While it might be awhile before you hire permanent staff, legalities are best tended by an attorney. Microsoft explains an attorney can help you with things like local compliance, tackling contracts and agreements, and assisting you with tax concerns. You also need to establish a business structure.

Keeping in mind that you’ll need to officially register your business to receive the previously mentioned benefits, here’s a to-do list to get you started. First, you’ll have to appoint your registered agent and file your Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State. Then you’ll need to apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number so you can open a business account and then contact the Department of Revenue if your business involves the sale of goods. Most of this can be done quickly by an online filing service at very little cost.

While there’s no way to totally eliminate stress from the act of starting your own business (nor would you want to), there are ways to reduce it and make sure that you’re staying healthy during the process. As a business owner with a disability, don’t take on more than you can handle – physically or financially – and actively work to reduce stress with your lifestyle choices.

Look to Members of The National Advocates Top 100 for more information and advice throughout your journey.

Photo Credit:


The National Advocates Announces Jonathan LaCour as the 2021 Top 40 Under 40 President

The National Advocates Announces Jonathan LaCour as the 2021 Top 40 Under 40 President

The National Advocates is pleased to announce that Jonathan LaCour of Employees First Labor Law in Pomona, California, has been selected as the 2021 National Advocates Top 40 Under 40 President. Since joining The National Advocates in November of 2017, LaCour has demonstrated extraordinary abilities with superior results, a high level of peer respect, and client satisfaction.


The National Advocates is a professional organization comprised of premier lawyers from across the country who have demonstrated exceptional qualifications in their area of the law, including Matrimonial and Family Law, Employment Law, Social Security Disability Law, Immigration Law, Bankruptcy Law and Estates, Wills and Trusts. The National Advocates provides accreditation to these distinguished attorneys, and provides essential legal news, information, and education to lawyers across the United States.


With the selection for presidency by The National Advocates Top 40 Under 40, LaCour has exemplified superior qualifications, leadership skills, and case results as a legal professional under the age of 40.


To learn more about The National Advocates, please visit:

How to Run for Office When You Have a Disability

Image via Pexels

When you consider that the CDC reports one-fourth of Americans have a disability, it’s easy to see that those with disabilities are grossly underrepresented in government. And this is true at every level, from local to state to federal.

If you live with a disability and have a desire to serve the public—whether it’s as a member of the city council, state legislature, United States Congress, or any other sector—it’s clear we need more representation by those with disabilities. And not only are you needed, you’re naturally qualified in certain regards—navigating through challenges is likely something you’re used to, and that can prove highly useful during a campaign.

While there may be some additional considerations you have to make, succeeding in a run for office requires many of the same things from everyone. To help you get started planning for your campaign, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Build your team.

First of all, no candidate who succeeds does so on their own. One of the first things you should do is to start thinking about your campaign staff. Your campaign manager will be the most important member of your team (besides you, of course) because they are responsible for overseeing virtually every aspect of your campaign. Therefore, look for someone who is not only qualified but whom you can trust as well.

Other staff members you should consider hiring (include but are not limited to) a communications director and/or press secretary, finance director, treasurer, political director, volunteer coordinator, field director, and legal advisor. And if you can budget for it, hiring someone with design and/or art experience can take your campaign marketing over the top and help build your brand.

For example, by hiring a graphic designer, you can provide voters with high-quality images and visuals through your social media pages, website, and so on. And if you go through freelance job boards, you should be able to find several qualified candidates to choose from in your area.

Ask questions and accept help.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re running for office. In fact, you should be afraid not to ask questions! Forbes says to pull from the wisdom of those who have done it before, whether it’s someone who has filled the position you’re seeking, is currently in the position, or even someone who has run and lost in the past. This is a great way to learn about what their team was like, how they ran their day-to-day operations, how much money they raised, and much more.

Also, if people volunteer to help out with the campaign, say yes. Unless you’re convinced that someone has been planted by your opponent to sabotage your campaign, you could use the help.

Fill out the forms. 

Before you run, you have to get on the ballot. This includes going through a process of applications, forms, and other materials, and you must meet all your deadlines. Since jurisdiction plays a major role in what your exact process will look like, check with your county’s elections website and your state’s secretary of state website to see what all is involved.

Make in-person meetings a priority.

This is an area where you may have to make certain adjustments to accommodate your disability. Nonetheless, meeting voters in person is still a crucial part of running for office, and all the marketing tricks in the world can’t replace its effectiveness. It’s a chance to share your platform message and help them understand why your ideals will make the world a better place.

For instance, if you’re interested in improving the accessibility of outdoor areas in your community, explain to them that it will improve quality of life for the community as a whole—as people in wheelchairs, with baby strollers, canes, and so forth would enjoy better health and inclusion.

You can be part of a movement to make local, state, and even federal government represent the number of Americans with disabilities more accurately. Build an effective team, prepare your message, and be ready for an interesting journey. The world needs more leadership from those with disabilities, and with the right plan in place, you can do it!