It’s tough to make money when you can’t work due to disability, and what little money the government offers, usually enough to even cover the basic costs of living. So how can you make money when most jobs are out of the question?
The good news is that there are many ways for a differently abled person to earn money at home. When I first became disabled a few years ago, I knew I wouldn’t survive unless I found a way to earn income from home. It took years of trial and error, but after sifting through what seemed like hundreds of scams and get rich schemes, I found a few legitimate ways to make money from home.
And while none of the methods I discuss in this article are likely to make you rich in the foreseeable future, if you dedicate a good portion of your healthy days towards working on at least one of these methods, they can provide an excellent supplement to your current income. And someday, they may even provide a full-time income.
But before we get to the methods for making money from home, a quick word of warning. For every real work at home opportunity, there are probably at least a dozen scams. A real job will almost never require you to pay any money up front, and I would be very reluctant to offer any personal information to many of the shady companies that claim to offer stay at home jobs.
The internet has opened up vast opportunities for differently abled people to make money online. But I’m going to be brutally honest here – no matter what you’re heard, it’s not going to make you rich. Yes, it can provide a very good income, but having a million dollar website is like winning the lottery. Even if you work hard, learn everything you can about building and marketing websites, the odds are still very low you’ll make a lot of money from it.
Now, that we’ve got that out of the way, what kind of websites are good for earning money? There are two main types of websites you can earn money from, without starting a business of your own.
The first type is an affiliate marketing website. There isn’t enough space in this article to really go into all of the nuances of how affiliate marketing works, but what it really boils down to is you’re promoting someone else’s product. And if you convince someone to buy the product, you get a percentage of the sale.
Some affiliate websites are set up strictly as review sites, and they provide a link at the bottom where someone can purchase the product they’re reading about. Others may mention the product in passing while discussing something related to it. But no matter how it’s done, the end result is the same – if someone clicks the link and buys it, then you earn money. Some of the more popular websites that offer this are Amazon, CJ, and Clickbank.
The other type of website that is regularly used to earn money is a blog. While blogs can also incorporate affiliate marketing into their design, the majority of people starting out with blogs use simple advertisements. When someone clicks on the ad, you get a predetermined amount of money from the advertising company. While there are numerous smaller companies, Google’s Adsense currently dominates the market.
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A home business is a great way for a disabled person to make money, and many large corporations had their humble beginnings in a garage. Obviously, your disability will influence what you choose to do, but many home businesses can scale with the amount of time you can dedicate to it.
There are simply too many business ideas to even begin discussing them here, but I’ve known some differently abled people who were able to do very well with baking, selling crafts, or even translating at home.
Before you start a home business, always check with your local authorities to determine if there are any regulations that pertain to your proposed business. You may have to meet health code, zoning and building code requirements before you start your business.
Freelancing is hands down the most reliable way to earn money from home. This isn’t restricted to just writing, and there are freelance jobs to cater to almost any skill you can imagine. I did a fair bit of freelancing when I first became disabled, until my illness made it impossible to keep up with the deadlines.
But if you can handle regular deadlines, and know a bit about writing, web design, graphic design, or one of the other numerous skills in demand, you can find profitable work through freelancing. The two best places to start are Upwork and Elance, though there are hundreds of other sites to cater to different demands.
Ebooks are an often overlooked way to earn money for a disabled person. You do need more of a specialized skill set to write a book, but if you are a passable writer, and have some knowledge to share with the world, there is an absolutely massive market on Amazon and other online book stores.
And even if you can’t write, you can take advantage of the numerous freelancers out there looking for work. I’ve utilized more than a few freelancers to write ebooks for me, and while you do have to carefully choose who you hire, they’re a great way to produce content.
Stay at Home Jobs
While it can be difficult to find stay at home jobs, there are several fields that a disabled people can work in from home. And I’m going to reiterate my earlier warning – always be careful when applying to a so-called stay at home job. There are a huge numbers of scams out there, so always be cautious.
The most commonly held jobs by differently abled persons at home are working for a call center, working in the tech industry, or becoming trained as a medical transcriptionist (though new technology is starting to make this job obsolete). These three are the most time-tested jobs, but there are numerous other jobs out there. Of course you would have to carefully evaluate each job based on your abilities.
These are the most common ways for a disabled person to earn money from home, and all of the above methods are real and tested. While you may have to use a combination of methods to earn enough money to support yourself, most of these income streams only grow with time.