Guest Post by Rebecca Moore of Able Rise
Living with a disability can make the typical 9-to-5 work grind difficult and, sometimes, impossible, making the lure of a lucrative work-at-home career especially appealing. Unfortunately, there are many scams that promise tremendous wealth while requiring little work ready and waiting to take advantage of people desperately searching for an alternative career path. Encountering scam after scam can be discouraging, but real jobs do exist that can be done on your own time, scheduled around your needs.
Pet Boarding is Fun, Flexible, and Rewarding
With the busy lives most people maintain, the demand for doggy daycare and pet boarding is skyrocketing. You might turn your home into your business, having clients drop their pets off for love and attention while they head off to a busy day at the office or a week-long trip for business or pleasure.
Dog Walking Means Paid Exercise
If you don’t have the space or the ability to run a doggy daycare or pet boarding business, you might consider dog walking. The same busy people who make use of pet boarding and doggy daycare often don’t have the time or energy to get their precious pup out for the daily exercise he needs to thrive. Dog walking is a great business option that allows you to make your own schedule and get some physical activity in in the process.
Hobbies Can Make Money
If dogs aren’t your thing, you can turn many hobbies into a way to earn a living. Etsy, for instance, is a site that allows people to sell their handmade or vintage items online, making it easy for anyone to set up an online store and start selling their wares.
The best way to create a lucrative career by selling on Etsy is to find a niche where there is little competition. For example, knitted scarves and hats are a dime a dozen on Etsy, but dried organic herbs in decorative mason jars might be more unique.
Explore Your Creative Side
Freelance writing allows you to not only make some money, but exercise your creative muscle in the process. Pick a few topics you’re knowledgeable in or even topics you simply want to learn more about — one of the great things about freelance writing is that it gives you the chance to learn! Having a few areas to specialize in will expand your opportunities and let you keep your momentum if one topic sees a decline in demand.
Create an online presence with your own website — WordPress is user-friendly no matter your technical skill set, plus it’s free! — where you can publish sample pieces, maintain a blog, link to your professional social media accounts, and allow potential clients to contact you. But don’t wait for customers to come to you! Freelancing websites can provide a great jumping-off point, or you can contact bloggers and websites directly. Do your research on the company or site you’re pitching to and tell them why you’re interested in writing for them along with a little bit about yourself. Many will list specific guest article guidelines on their site so be sure to look at those ahead of time, too.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get responses right away. Follow-up after about a week and keep reaching out to other opportunities. Always look for chances to develop your writing: try different styles, improve your grammar skills, and make it a daily habit to read blogs, the news, or even the latest Stephen King novel. Immerse yourself in good writing and you’ll see yours improve!
Try Real Estate
If you have the right personality and a lot perseverance, real estate can be a great field for you to try. It’s flexible and lucrative. That said, you’ll need to do a little groundwork before you get started. Look for real estate classes in your area, research your local market, and talk with real estate agents in your area to make sure it’s the right move for you.
Living with a disability can sometimes make it challenging to earn a stable income. But in the age of the Internet, almost anything is possible. Jobs that allow you to work entirely remotely are becoming increasingly common, websites made for freelancers are rising in popularity, and sharing economy platforms help fledgling business owners get their service offerings in front of potential clients. Creating your own opportunities allows you to take control of your future.
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