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Starting a Business With Complications

Updated on May 6, 2011

Don't Let a Handicap Hold You Back

I wrote a hub not long ago about how you can turn some simple ideas into a full on home business in time;.  I had one reader comment saying that all of my ideas were good ones, but not appropriate for someone with physical problems.  I took a second look, and sure enough, they were right.  So I have been thinking ever since, on ideas that would open up things for the physically handicapped person, and came up with some alternatives right away.  I found it odd that this did not occur to me the first time, for I myself have back, neck and pain issues.

Nature has given those with various handicaps alternative ways to cope.  For example it is well known that the blind have a much keener sense of hearing and smell.  Those who have hearing disabilities have a very sensitive sense of feel, and can actually feel the vibrations of sounds.  The same thing happens with those who have physical problems like bad backs, loss of movement, or the inability to walk.  These disabilities give these people a greater sense of creativity or a mental ability.  Sometimes it comes in the form of being able to play music, sometimes it comes in the form of art, or even a keep sense of reading other peoples minds or emotions.

We must compensate our physical drawbacks and do the best with what we have.  There is an old saying that goes like this - "When God give you lemons, you just make lemonade."  So, lets look into our inner closet of resources and see what we can come up with. 

When our bodies lack, our brains work better, so perhaps this would be a good time to educate ourselves in a subject in which you love.  Then and only then can we make a good decision about how to make money and not only that, but love the way you are making it.  This in a way gives us the edge on the rest of the world when it comes to being happy with our lives.  That would also be a way to see the good in something that most would see as something bad.  Now lets look at some possibilities..

One thing comes to mind immediately.  I did this for a while, and only quit because I was living with a relative who would not let me use his phone for my idea.  Here is how it works.  There are many websites that give psychic their 800 numbers so that their home phone numbers are not advertised online.  That's good if you are psychic, but what can I use it for?  Here is what I did with it.

Because of my many years of drug addiction, I am very knowledgeable in this field.  So I signed up for an 800 number, and began my very own and the first on that website, "addiction or vice advice".  The website had options of turning on or off the phone number right on the site, and I charged $2.99 per minute and the first three minutes were free.  I got so many calls from people who were in withdrawal and did not know it, from people who were taking opiates that didn't know it, those who were taking opiates who knew it but did not know how to stop.  Then there were a whole bunch of people who were living with or were related or married to people with these problems.  I had at the tips of my fingers all the names, facilities, and ideas that worked.  I wont go any further into the details but suffice to say, I was making good money but only when I wanted to, and I never left my home to do it.

Here is how the financial part went.  I made $3 a minute, and the phone company took out their cut which was .20 cents.  The website got their cut which was .10 cents so I was really making $2.70 cents a minute which comes out to $162 dollars an hour.  Of course you don't work full hours, but sometimes people want to talk and I have had people keep me on that phone with questions and the need to talk for more than two hours.  I got a check once a month from the phone company, and it was great, until my house phone was taken away from me.  You cannot do this from a cell phone.

Now, this is only one idea.  I have had brainstorms of things I could learn to do to and on computers.  Perhaps tuning them up, for you would be surprised how many people know so little about their computers that they have viruses, Trojan horses, spy-ware, or sometimes just have never learned to do housecleaning and have never cleaned their cache or run a defrag on their systems ever because they have never read up, their systems are running slow, and they are considering buying a new computer when all they need to do is some tune up.  This kind of service would flourish.

With these ideas you may have to educate yourself a bit in some area of your life.  There is always tutoring kids, teaching kids some kind of thing they have taken away from the schools, like music, art, or even cooking.  There is a whole world of things you can do but you must look inward instead of looking outward at your physical handicap, and see what you can do, not focus on those things you cannot do.  Then, attach a price tag to it and you will not only be happy with what you are doing, but you will have that extra cash you have needed for so long.


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  • ddsurfsca profile image

    ddsurfsca 6 years ago from ventura., california

    Sometimes the harder you push, the more they resist. You must somehow get her to "think" of this herself. Or, the other possibility is to have someone buy one of her art pieces, then maybe she will get the idea. It is difficult to make money with art. They say that an artist is never famous until they are dead, and it's too bad, but true.

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    Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

    Excellent hub!! Don't let life get you down--the alternative is always WORSE!

    I've been trying to encourage my dearly beloved sister, who has bipolar disorder and is extremely artistically gifted, to do something with her artistic gifts to make the odd dollar. Disability doesn't pay! It's a very bare living!

    She resists these ideas, says she isn't good enough, even though I've offered her financial help, to get her started, often and often. I don't quite know how to convince her, but I'll keep working on, I guess.