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Working At Home With Chronic Illness ~ 5 Ways To Make A Career Transition Easier

Working at home with chronic illness is no longer the impossible dream it once was ~

There was a time when working at home with chronic illness was not a possibility. In the not too distant past, the only souls you could find at home during the day were homemakers and the elderly. Times have changed.

With the invention of the internet, along with an ever expanding career landscape, the choices available to people concerning how they earn a living have increased dramatically. This comes as wonderful news to those of us who find the idea of being out ‘there’ for 40 hours a week unimaginable.

While obtaining disability benefits for Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an option, it can be a long, and frustrating process with no gurantees. Thankfully, earning a decent living while staying at home is within reach.

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I will not be providing a bullet list of ‘ways to make money from home’. A Google search will provide endless ideas for achieving that goal. Instead, I would like to present to you ‘food for thought’ that could potentially guide the way down a path of change.

For many reading this article, changing careers may be impractical. Due to your unique circumstances and needs, a new career path may be unattainable. However, if you are able, and desire to forge a new path for yourself in the work realm, these tips may be of help:

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Working At Home With Chronic Illness ~ 5 Ways To Make A Career Transition Easier

  1. Needs & Wants ~ Start with an honest list of ‘must haves’ (a number you must make in order to pay the rent/food/necessities), and a list of ‘what I won’t die without’ (2nd car/yearly vacation/cable/eating out ect.) These lists are obviously highly personalized and will look completely different for each individual. The point is, if you really want/must work from home, a genuine soul-searching assessment must be taken.

  2. ‘If I Could…’ ~ Play a game. Ask yourself, “If I could work at anything in the world it would be…” If there were no impediments and nothing to stop you, what would you love to do for a living? I’ve done this a few times in my life. It lead me to start a cupcake business, try my hand at jewelry making, and ultimately led me to create 3 websites. Just dream. See where it takes you.

  3. Not ‘all or nothing’ Transitioning your career may be something you can ease into. For some, the decision is abrupt and out of their control. For others, it can be something to work towards for a year or two. Build the job opportunity you choose from the ground up in your spare time as a hobby. Then, when the criteria you have set is met, make the final leap.

  4. Learn/Discover/Pursue ~ Do the research. Set aside a block of time to do nothing but scour the web exhausting all of your possibilities. You may come across something you didn’t know was a ‘thing’ that could turn into your personal money-maker. Or, as you explore the prospects, a whole new ‘vision’ may materialize right before your eyes. Do not limit yourself by what you know. Take the time to learn the things you don’t.

  5. More Than Who You Think ~ Be open to the possibility that you are capable of far more than you think you are. I’m not advocating ‘positive thinking’ B.S. (sorry Mr. Robbins), there are limits to what we can do. Not everyone can; write a novel, be a surgeon, become a talented chef, organize a company, practice as a skilled counselor ect. What I am saying, is that many times we believe paradigms about ourselves and our capacities that may not be true. We can become pigeon-holed by thinking “I never could do…”, when the reality may be, YES you can! Again, explore the possibilities and stay open.

Working At Home With Chronic Illness ~ 5 Ways To Make A Career Transition Easier

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    July 29 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for all of the great info! And thank you for providing these link-ups on “Chronic Friday Linkup.” This is my first time linking up, and I am thankful to find this community.

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      July 30 at 12:08 pm

      You are most welocme Bettie! Good to have you here 🙂

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    July 29 at 8:39 pm

    thank you for this post. Working from home is the only way I can stay in work. Fortunately my employer is open to remote workers and my manager re-employed me knowing I had serious health issues, and that travel/commuting just isn’t an option for me. My job is tailored to my physical needs. I’ve also just turned part time after a health crash forced the issue. I’d recommend that to people too, even when homeworking. Part time, with full days of rest has been a job-saver for me. Here via #chronicfridaylinkup

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      July 30 at 12:10 pm

      Absolutely Anne! I hope everyone can find a job suited to there condition as you have, and with such understanding management! You are very fortunate! 😉

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    July 31 at 8:38 am

    Kristine, what a great post. This is something that I have had to look at over the past few years. I still work a few hours a week outside the home on a weekly basis, and I subcontract myself for catering jobs, but I am beginning to earn money from the blog and from the Make Lemonade Shop which helps me to be able to bring in a much needed addition to our bottom line. Hopefully as I grow in knowledge and skill that income will increase. I love coming here and getting uplifting advice, no BS! LOL Thanks.

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      August 1 at 6:05 pm

      HAHA! Yep, I like to think of myself as a ‘No B.S. Zone’ kinda chick. {And believe me, it has got me in to trouble more than I care to admit 😉 } That is so awesome about the ‘Make Lemonade Shop’, I wish all the best for you! ♥

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    Tanya @ Moms Small Victories
    July 31 at 11:41 am

    Oh thank you for writing this Kristine! It’s so helpful as I’ve transitioned from a full-time working mom to a SAHM to a SAHM who wants to work from home and bring in some income. Rheumatoid Arthritis does not always allow for my planning addiction, I’ve learned I have to be flexible and not pressure myself too much. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup and I hope you linked up with our Pintastic Pinterest Party too. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!
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      August 1 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you Tanya! I love hearing how women are creating successful sources of income for themselves at home. I’m still ‘banging’ away at it! 🙂

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    Cat Burchmore
    July 11 at 6:38 am

    Such a great post and something I wholeheartedly agree with!

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