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Managing Your Small Business and Invisible Illness

Managing an invisible illness on its own is difficult. Add to it being a small biz owner and things can get complicated. Simply put, managing a small business and invisible illness simultaneously is tough.

Unfortunately, people often judge illnesses by what they see and decide what a person is capable of simply by how they look. Someone in a wheelchair can oftentimes be given low expectations when in reality they are extremely capable. And someone with an invisible illness (such as Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome) is said to “look good” so expectations of them are higher.

Invisible Illness

The Invisible Disabilities Association defines an invisible illness as this:

“Invisible disability in simple terms is a physical, mental or neurological condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities that is invisible to the onlooker.”

My latest Launch Your Biz guest, Emilie Steinmann of Buoyant Marketing, has pivoted her business. After finally getting a name for an invisible illness. Which affected her life, and her small business, for years. Her first small business was as a fused glass art maker, designing gorgeous pieces of art. But when her dexterity began to suffer because of Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, she pivoted and began doing more of what she loved, inbound marketing.

Small Business and Invisible Illness, Launch Your Biz with Poppie Studios

Shifting gears and changing what you do may not be the best option for your small business and invisible illness. But there are other things you can do to manage your small business and invisible illness.

Be sure to check out my interview with Emilie to get answers to all of your “Small Business and Invisible Illness” questions. Don’t forget to click subscribe so you can follow along with this “What I Wish I’d Know” series in the coming weeks! And be sure to follow Emilie over on instagram for fantastic tips. She shares about living with an invisible illness as well as great inbound marketing advice. 

And if you or someone your know is living with an invisible illness, check out Invisible Disabilities Association. It’s a great resource for awareness, support, resources and getting involved.

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