Turn your sickness into an opportunity to do something different
If you’ve gotten sick or been injured at work and you’re not longer able to do the job you’ve been working hard at for, there is no reason to despair. In most cases, there are and will be different ways of working that suit you. Instead of getting upset about your situation, why not turn your sickness into an opportunity to do something different, become a mompreneur and start earning a living on your own terms.
Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Start Your Own Business
If you’ve been injured at work, you could be entitled to worker’s comp, and that is certainly something worth discussing with FME Law, because, if you are entitled, and you’re able to maximize your settlement, you could set up as a mompreneur and start your very own business.
Setting up your own business will not only enable you to keep making a living, but it will allow you to do so on your terms, working around sickness and pain. This should mean a more comfortable, productive life.
If you find it impossible to sit behind a desk all day due to a workplace injury, and moving around for long periods of time is a big no-no, you could still make a living from blogging. Invest a few dollars in a software package like Dragon Naturally Speaking, and you can dictate your blog posts so that you need only spend a minimal amount of time at a desk.
Become an Amazon Affiliate
Amazon is a huge global brand, which means that, if you are able to attach your name to the, by selling their goods as an affiliate, there is a good chance that you will be able to make an adequate living doing so. It’s also pretty easy.
All you have to do is set up a website or blog and fill it with affiliate links to products being sold on Amazon. You’ll then need to drive traffic to your site using a combination of paid ads, content and social media marketing and then do what you can to close the sale.
This is a good way of earning a living when you’re dealing with an illness because it’s fairly easy to set up and requires minimum input once up and running. However, for best results, setting up multiple different Amazon affiliate sites is a good idea.
Sell Your Handicrafts
Making handicrafts can be quite therapeutic, especially if you’re dealing with a mental illness like anxiety or depression because it gives you something external to focus on, and it can be pretty lucrative if you’re good at it too. You might not be able to handle work in a traditional workplace, but if you can still knit, paint, make soap or create sculptures, setting up your own Etsy business is a great way to stay active and keep the money coming in.
If you have a creative mind and the ability to write coherently, you could start your own little business writing and selling ebooks on platforms like Amazon. The beauty of doing this is that you can write about anything you want, so if you aren’t particularly good at fiction, but you know a lot about yoga, you can write about that, and the more books you write, the more money you’ll bring in. Remember, too, that once you’ve made your e-books available for sale, they have the potential to keep earning you money over the years without any additional effort on your part.
Freelancing is a great way to earn money from the skills you’ve learned over a lifetime on your terms. It is a particularly good for the mentally ill, sick and disabled because one only need take on work when they are feeling well enough to do so without any repercussions for taking time out, and since you can set your own rate for work, you can guarantee that you always earn enough for your efforts.
You can utilize pretty much any skills you have to earn money as a freelancer, but it has to be said that it’s a lot easier to get started with tech-based and online skills such as copywriting, web design and graphic design.
Be a Virtual Assistant
If you used to work in an office before you became sick, you might find a new career as a virtual assistant rewarding. You’ll typically be tasked with taking phone calls, making appointments and light data entry, and because most virtual assistants are hired on an as and when basis, you won’t have to worry about the huge workloads you had to juggle when you were in a conventional job.
If you want to go a step further, you could even talk to a small business adviser about the possibility of starting up your own virtual assistant agency. Supplying virtual assistants to companies, taking a small cut of the profits could be quite lucrative if approached the right way.
More and more companies are employing homeworkers to handle their telesales, and the shifts are often very flexible, which means, if you can still answer a phone, sit at a desk and use a computer, you can make a living.
Become a Consultant
Just because you’ve suffered a setback and sickness has taken you out of the world of work, doesn’t mean you no longer have anything to offer. In fact, if you’ve worked for many years in a skilled occupation, it is highly likely that you have quite a bit to offer. Use this to your advantage by setting up as a consultant. Doing so, you will be able to set your own schedule, demand a not insignificant fee and do what you love- it really is the best of both worlds.
I hope this has given you some hope that, just because you’re sick, doesn’t mean you’re working days are over.On the contrary, many new and exciting opportunities have been opened up to you that are likely to be more fulfilling, not to mention easier on you, than that conventional old job you had to leave.