I doubt there’s anything like the “perfect job” whether you are someone living with chronic illness or not.
Every job has its own advantages and disadvantages, then what do I mean by perfect job? keep reading to find out.
Being born with a chronic illness like sickle cell disorder is tough on every areas of life.
In 2016, I began to fully understand what it meant to live with this disorder.
I had my first pain crisis episode that got me admitted in the hospital. Months later, a complication called avascular necrosis ensued.
Avascular necrosis made me temporarily disabled and always in pain, I had to stay out of school for a while (just to get my mind fit again).
While I was at home, I needed money for the surgery required to manage avascular necrosis.
Many people living with chronic illness need money for different things but it is difficult to work with their health. Unfortunately the bills don’t understand this.
You know what I did when I was at home?
I searched the internet for jobs and I found what I call the “perfect job” for people living with chronic illness.
These jobs are flexible and can be done from anywhere and anytime as long as there is internet.
In this post, I will show you these jobs. Some of them I have tried, I recommend the ones I haven’t tried.
So let’s get into it,
The “perfect” job for people living with a chronic illness
Freelance writing was the first thing I started learning on YouTube.
Although I have only made money as a freelance writer but I’m certain you can make money freelancing in any industry.
You can be a freelance graphics designer, blogger even photographer. Freelancing will give you the opportunity to set your own time and schedule.
Here’s how I made money as a freelance writer
- I learned how to write contents
If you want to make money doing anything, you need to learn the skill required to become a professional. The best part is that you can earn while you learn.
- I made sure people knew what I did
Another thing that is very important is marketing yourself. I made posts on various social media platforms letting people know what I do.
However you should not just depend on social media, you should have a simple website where you upload your services, your samples and how people can contact you.
Also reach out to people via email, let them know what you can do for them.
- I wrote for free
Whenever you reach out to someone telling them about your services, they will definitely ask to see samples just to know what you can do.
But I know you’ll ask how will I get samples when I’m new?
Work for free.
Working for free will help you build samples that you will send to them. You can work for friends, non profit organizations or anyone you wish.
2. Social media manager
If you love social media, then maybe you should explore this one.
In the past few months, I have managed several social media accounts and I did it all from home.
There is a huge opportunity for you if you decide to become a social media manager.
Every business, brand, big companies, practically everyone is turning to social media and they need help.
They need help with their social media. It is your duty as a social media manager to help them grow their social media presence.
But you know the best part?
You get to select who you want to work with.
Here are some tips to help you become a better social media manger
- Learn how social media platforms work
Although you might be required to manage two or three social media platforms but if you are good with one, you can use that knowledge to build the rest.
- Pick a niche
It is not compulsory but it is important to have a niche.
Managing a social media account requires you to have knowledge in that niche so you should go for a niche you are interested in exploring.
- Use automation
Managing a social media account can be stressful. You need to keep updating, engaging and creating.
But it can get easier.
You don’t want to add stress to your health, right? Automate.
Automation helps you so much as a social media manager living with a chronic illness. You don’t have to do it manually every time.
Get yourself tools that help you save time so that you can have time for rest. Check out this post by Rockcontent, 24 Tools Every Social Media Manager Should Use.
This is the career I focus on currently. I love blogging.
Blogging is absolutely the best for warriors who want to own a business instead of work for someone.
There are many benefits of blogging for people with chronic illness. Some of is that,
- You get to share your story with the world
If you are looking for a platform to share your story and inspire people, start a blog.
Here are some chronic illness blogs to follow
- There’s time freedom
You get to set your own schedule. I post only on Sundays for now. Time freedom does not mean you won’t put in the work.
You will work yet you will have time to rest.
- You get to make money and live your dream
Blogging is a very lucrative career and anyone can make money when done right.
Are you ready to start your own blog? Read how I started my blog in less than 24 hours. Or download the free pdf on how to start a blog below.
Blogging is a very interesting career. If you would like to know more about blogging or have a question concerning your blog, let me hear about it in the comment section.
Don’t be alarmed, it has never been easy to become an author.
With platforms like Amazon, you can publish your book in Kindle form or paperback.
You can also self-publish your book.
5. Influencer marketer
Anyone can become an influencer. The perks of being is too much, I can’t even start listing them.
As you influencer, you have a community of people with similar interest or story. These people respect you, want to learn from you and want to know what’s going on in your life.
Hence, authenticity is very important when you are trying to influence people.
- SFJ 4: 15 biggest lessons learned for new freelance social media managers
- SFJ EP3: How to get your first client as a freelancer
- 10 high paying freelance jobs that can make you financially free
- The short story idea I’ve been working on for four years
- How to become a highly paid freelancer (Your beginner guide)
I believe the internet is the best tool we have and should leverage on as people living with chronic illness.
There are many opportunities online that help you make money while staying at home and taking care of your health.
I hope that this post opened your mind to the opportunities online.
Although before you can make money doing any of the jobs, you need to learn the skills involved (find resources that will help you), put in the work and be patient.
Isn’t that what every job needs?
If you would like to learn how to blog, let me know in the comment section or send me a message here.
Do you have a job that allows you to work remotely and have time (as well as money) for your health? Tell me in the comment, let’s have a chat about it.
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