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Building a Business with Chronic Illness + Disabilities | What It’s Like, What Works For Me

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Building a business WILL be different if you’re living with chronic illness, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, disabilities, etc. But I hope this inspires you to see it IS still possible for you.

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I have 30+ health diagnoses, including disabilities, autoimmune disorders, and more. And I’m also a successful business owner/lifelong entrepreneur who does NOT hurt her body for results in her business. (Anymore. lol)

As someone who lives with the pain, fatigue and other symptoms of autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s, scoliosis, mold toxicity, heavy metal poisoning, and many many more health issues, I get it. 

It’s NOT easy.

It took a lot of hard decisions and careful strategies. If you’re in this spot too, I’m pulling back the curtain to share my story, what has worked for me, and some encouragement (and real talk) for you too.

Whether you’re trying to figure out how to START a business or how to BUILD a business, our biggest obstacle can be our health issues. It’s hard to do what you need, or even WANT to, when you feel like crap. 

But most of the business advice out there to small business owners with autoimmune disorders or other physical limitations, DOES NOT. 

So from one business owner to another, I hope this inspires and encourages you to see that you can do this too. It might just get to look unique to you.


Make it happen… check out the 5 day “Get Out of Your Own Way” Challenge here to learn more, or push the button below to sign up.

Don’t forget to invite your friends to join you because it’s always more fun to get stuff done with friends. I cannot wait to see you there!

What about you, boss lady?

Are you building a business through chronic illness, disability, etc?

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  1. Thank you for being a Leader, Tara! Like you, I, too, manage over 30 chronic medical diagnoses. After I let go of 2 businesses because of burnout, I began to focus on self-care, then COVID hit me hard ( attacking my nervous system). You have been my mentor for a few years, and your voice ( in my head) has been one that has kept me going toward my goal of having a positive impact on the world of Epilepsy. Out of the burnout was born a daily business/self-care meeting between my neighbor ( now best friend) and myself. She, too, lives with many disabilities while caring for her husband with dementia, running their home, and building three businesses. I am introducing her to your videos this week.

    My question is: When you build a business in a way that is out of the ordinary, how do you draw people to help you so that you don’t feel like you are building a business alone?

    I look forward to your feedback ~

    Tenacious Tonya
    Epilepsy Lifestyle Guide
    (website coming soon)


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Tara Wagner

Tara Wagner

I’m Tara Wagner, creator of the Breakthrough Boss®. I help small biz owners overcome burnout and create part-time schedules with full-time profits. Not with some new marketing strategy, but with a holistic approach to how you operate. Click here to learn more.
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