Being a Freelancer or Entrepreneur When You Have SMA
Employment for people with disabilities is something I talk about a lot, and it’s important. Jobs aren’t easy for us to come by, and a lot of times we have to think outside the box in order to determine the right career path.
For me, I’ve been a freelancer since college. I wrote for some websites and nonprofits during and after college, and I eventually got the job here at BioNews Services as a regular contractor. I was able to utilize my writing, communication and multimedia skills to help grow the company, and I can do it all by working from home. I’m also able to do other writing and speaking jobs on the side, and I do focus a lot on my comic book writing when I’m not doing things for BioNews.
Freelancing is great for me. I make enough to pay rent, cover caregiving expenses, have plenty of spending money, and I can still retain my Medicaid benefits.
I know plenty of others in the SMA community who are self-employed freelancers and entrepreneurs, and I do recommend it for a lot of people with disabilities. It requires a lot of creativity and a willingness to work odd hours, but it can also provide flexibility. I often work nights and weekends, whether it’s writing or sending emails, but it’s well worth it.
If you are someone who’s looking into freelance writing, graphic design, video-making, etc., I encourage you to go for it. It’s a competitive market when you’re trying to market yourself on the Internet, but it’s also more accessible than ever to start your own business. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard of people with disabilities who have had their blogs or Instagram pages go viral, and these have lead to paid work. If you’re stuck in a rut and can’t find work, think about what you can create and put out on the Internet. I believe everyone has some kind of skill that they can market through hard work and dedication.
What questions do you have about freelancing or starting your own business? I’d love to get some other people with experience in this to contribute to this conversation.