In just a few decades, technology became invaluable in many different ways and for many different people. In fact, it can be safely said that it has served folks from all walks of life in one way or another, making working and living easier and more convenient. And yes, there’s little doubt that it has been a real boon to people with disabilities by providing easier access to more opportunities.
If you have a disability, it’s prime time to take advantage of the many resources and tools that technology and the internet provide for personal and career growth. Here are some of the ways you can do exactly that.
Tip #1: Start a remote venture.
It can be safely said that the internet is the great equalizer, leveling the playing field in more ways than one. In this day and age, there’s no dearth of remote jobs or home-based business opportunities, and it’s just a matter of who takes advantage.
For persons with disabilities, this can be a real godsend as the very nature of it—that is to say, online and remote work—makes limitations less of a factor, possibly even bordering on inconsequential. In fact, per Yoocan, there are many success stories of people with disabilities making a name for themselves in their respective fields.
No doubt, starting your own business—and in turn, becoming your own boss—is among the best and most compelling ways to pursue a career over the internet. This can be done via a number of business models. For instance, you can choose to sell products that you’re passionate about, or bank on your talents by offering your services as a freelance writer, photographer, proofreader, and many more. The best part is, you can easily tap into online resources that help you with starting an online business from start to finish, leaving out much of the guesswork.
On another note, it’s also more than possible to find gainful employment remotely. More and more companies are now hiring online, so chances are, you can easily find a job that suits your experience and skill set. The Balance notes there are even sites dedicated to job seekers with disabilities, so these are a great place to start when looking for remote employment.
Tip #2: Get things done with ease and efficiency.
In the same way that it’s now easier to find lucrative career opportunities by using technology, so, too, technology can support daily tasks. Assistive technology has grown in leaps and bounds over the years, so depending on your disability, you can find mobility devices or tools, as well as apps and software to assist your cognition and/or provide for your sensory needs (e.g., voice recognition, screen readers, etc.).
Similarly, the right tech tools can also assist you in running your business or in your remote career. Case in point, you’ll find that through good communication is critical to business growth, it can be a challenge if you’re working with a remote team. However, this can be easily overcome with key collaboration improvements, such as by making use of the robust features of an app like Slack to keep team members on the same page with dedicated project channels, or even a business-wide newsfeed to keep everyone in the know.
Tip #3: Find ways to consistently improve.
Finally, nothing beats continuous improvement, so consider taking advantage of remote learning opportunities to advance your career or grow your business. Online courses are broadly available and accessible these days, so consider taking advantage of honing your skills and competencies when you can.
Suffice to say technology can be a very good friend, whether you have a disability or otherwise; you just need to use it wisely and make sure that you benefit from it. Who knows? It could very well usher in the career growth and/or change that you’ve been waiting for.
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