Living with a disability can make it difficult to find a job. Trying to provide for yourself can be tough. If mobility is an issue, and you find yourself stuck at home for long periods, there are still a lot of ways you can make money in the modern world. Here’s a list of some of the ways people with a disability can make some extra money, without a lot of hassle. Many of them not only bring in a bit of extra cash, but can also be fun to do.
1. Become a Proofreader
Proofreading involves reading long documents to spot the mistakes, spelling errors and grammatical errors. If you have a strong grasp of the English language, and an attention to detail, you can definitely do proofreading work. There are no set entry requirements, but experience is a bonus.
Proofreading pays surprisingly well, with the hourly rate for experienced proofreaders set at around $25 p/h. A talented newbie could expect to earn up to $17 p/h. You can work from home and have flexible hours, working to meet deadlines.
2. Join a Customer Service Team
Customer service can be quite easy. You work as a representative of a company and respond to customer inquiries. If you are friendly, and have a professional telephone manner, this could be the ideal job for you. There’s a lot of home based call centre work. All you need is a computer, the internet and a phone.
These days, more and more clients are reaching out via email, social media and online chat, so there is an increasing amount of technical support work, even if you don’t like speaking on the phone. Please note that with a job like this, the hours would probably be fixed, and could be long, so it may become an issue if it’s difficult to work for long periods of time.
3. Write for a Blog
There are blogs that will pay you to write for them. If you are skilled at writing and have a way with words, you can consider writing online. If you have something you want to share with the world, you can also set up your own blog. It can be about anything. It can be highly personal, or it can cover a topic you find interesting.
It’s good to choose a topic you have some passion for, otherwise it’s likely your enthusiasm will wane. You can publish your blog for free on WordPress. It has a lot of tutorials to help you set up your website. Remember to promote your blog, through word of mouth, and by using social media. You can also use a blog to sell products or to link with advertisers.
4. Become a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants can work from the comfort of their own home. In most cases, they support a manager or a business owner with small tasks. This can be anything from setting up meetings to answering emails. You may take phone calls from customers or provide chat-based support. You must be computer literate and confident with major software packages.
There is a high demand for virtual assistants from small businesses. There are many freelancing opportunities, but there may also be more long-term positions available. This can provide you with a steady income and a set schedule, which some people may find appealing.
If you’re good at helping students and teaching, you can become a tutor. Online tutoring is much like getting a teaching job at a school. Websites like Tutor.com and Care.com, connect people who have a lot of knowledge on a subject, with people who want to learn. Some programs will focus on tutoring children, whilst others will include teens and young adults.
You generally maintain a lot of control over your schedule and rates, which means you can work less if needed. If you enjoy tutoring, you can even go a step further and join an online school. For this, you would first have to get certified as a teacher, and you would likely have to commit to a sizable workload.
6. Test Mobile Apps
If you know how to install an app on your phone, or use a web app on your computer, then you are qualified for this job. Sites like UserTesting pay people to take a look at websites and apps, to try out various functions, and to give your opinion. If you can only work for shorter periods, this could be an ideal job for you.
Your demographic and your knowledge on certain subjects may screen you in or out of certain jobs. At UserTesting, the minimum pay for completing a job is $10 (for about 20 minutes work). As well as app testing, there are also many survey sites, where you will be paid to give information and provide your opinion.
7. Become an Investor
If you want to make money work for you, you can consider becoming an investor. This could help you to passively make money in the long term future. You need to do a lot of research, or to find a consultant who will help you find income producing assets worth investing in.
When people think of investing, they usually think of the stock market. When you invest in stocks that are considered safe, you usually end up with a profit for doing nothing, while the asset goes up in value. A diversified, low-cost portfolio can start to make a lot of money if held for a long time. Always bear in mind that investing in stocks always contains an element of risk, and you can lose money as well as earn.
If you have limited mobility, there are many ways to make money from home. You must always remember to take account of your own needs. If it’s difficult to sit for long periods, then some jobs may not be suitable. Take some time to figure out what you would like to do. Which of these jobs would you really enjoy?
You may also consider getting more training, education, or marketing support. All of this can be done online. Make sure you contact any agency that may be providing you with disability support before starting work, and make sure that everything is legal and above board.
Created – 09/21
Author: Ellie Lott, Senior Content Writer