Guest Writer – Rhonda Underhill; Employment Assistance for Parents with Disabilities


Today’s guest article is provided by Rhonda Underhill. Rhonda is a health care advocate for senior citizens, veterans and persons with disabilities.


After a health crisis involving her husband Pete, Rhonda and Pete dedicated themselves to healthy living through diet, exercise and awareness. Rhonda created a website dedicated to the health and well being of seniors.


Rhonda’s latest article is dedicated to assisting parents with disabilities in finding employment; however the article may be of use to anyone seeking employment.



  Steps to Finding Side Gigs for Parents With Disabilities


According to statistics, only 19% of people with disabilities are employed. Side gigs are a great way to combat this and earn extra money while retaining independence. Both of these benefits make a side gig the perfect opportunity for parents with disabilities who want to balance family obligations with their financial needs. If this describes you, you might wonder what kind of job is best suited to your needs, though. Finding work that’s accommodating isn’t always easy.  Joe Campolo Jr. has allowed us the use of his website to share some suggestions on how to find a side gig that fits into your life — while leaving time to raise your kids and tend to your own needs.



App-Based Freelancing Side Gigs


Some of the most popular side gig opportunities are those found on apps such as Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and Instacart. If opportunities like these are compatible with your abilities, any of these side gigs can be a great option for making extra money without the commitment of a set schedule.


Of course, the aforementioned opportunities aren’t suited to everybody, but there are plenty of other options that you can explore. You can also try freelance side gigs such as those on apps like Upwork and Fiverr. These kinds of gigs allow you to work from home and do freelancing work. This is a great option if you possess skills such as voice talent, graphic design, or writing expertise.


Freelancing side gigs are often well-suited to individuals with disabilities, too, because they offer far more flexibility than most other forms of work. If you’re concerned about juggling the day-to-day responsibilities of parenting with the obligations of a side gig, freelancing is a great way to achieve balance.


Small Business Side Gigs


If you’d rather devote your efforts to a more stable form of work, you might consider starting a small business as your side gig. Doing so can afford you the flexibility you seek while still offering the steady income that you need. If you have any skills or hobbies that can be monetized, this may be your best option.


In order to start a small business, you’ll need a clear business plan outlining each component of your company. In addition to details of your idea and company structure, this plan should provide information about your sources of funding, expected profits, and marketing strategy. Developing a grassroots marketing campaign is a great way to spread the word about your business and organically attract new clients.


Regardless of whether you start a business, join an app, or go the freelancing route, you should familiarize yourself with the legal issues surrounding side gigs. This includes your tax liability, the structure you choose for your business — if you start one — and your handling of contracts.


Getting Paid on Time


As a small business owner, you know that invoicing is an essential part of getting paid. But what are the best practices for invoicing so that you get paid on time?


First, make sure that your invoice is clear and easy to understand. Include all relevant information, such as the date, your contact information, and the customer’s contact information. Second, send your invoices promptly. The sooner you send an invoice, the sooner you’re likely to get paid. Finally, follow up with late payments. If an invoice is overdue, reach out to your customer to inquire about when you can expect payment. A polite reminder can often prompt a timely payment.


Instead of sending out basic invoices, you can create branded ones using an invoice generator. Choose from a range of templates and then add your own terms, slogan, images, and logo.


Find Side Gig Work That Works for You


Parents with disabilities can find extra income and flexibility in a side gig opportunity. In addition to jobs on apps like Uber, you can find freelancing opportunities or even start your own business as a side gig. If you choose to start your own business, be sure to have an invoicing process in place and establish a clear business plan to guide your efforts. This can help you find your ideal clients, develop a mission statement, and boost your revenue. It can also help guide your marketing campaign and ensure that you’re able to reach your intended audience.




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About the Author

Joe Campolo Jr.

Joe Campolo, Jr. is an award winning author, poet and public speaker. A Vietnam War Veteran, Joe writes and speaks about the war and many other topics. See the "Author Page" of this website for more information on Joe. Guest writers on Joe's blogs will have a short bio with each article. Select blogs by category and enjoy the many other articles available here. Joe's popular books are available thru Amazon, this website, and many other on-line book stores.

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