Trying to hold down a job when you have a chronic illness is tough.
Employers often don’t understand the special needs and considerations a person with a chronic illness has and fellow colleagues can be less than sympathetic.
So, not only do you struggle with the illness itself, but you also face the added demands and pressures in your job which can make the illness worse.
It’s such a tough situation because, very often, there is no choice but to work. You need the income!
Even if you don’t actually ‘need’ the income, maybe the idea of not being ‘productive’ in some kind of work doesn’t sound that appealing either. At least your job gives you some sense of trying to lead a ‘normal’ life.
Of course, you may love your job but your illness is just making it virtually impossible to continue and you long for an alternative that gives you as much satisfaction but have no idea what that could be.
So what if you could leave your job and do something you love but working for yourself – at home? Would that be your ideal scenario?
Maybe the idea sounds nice but you think there’s ‘no way’.
Does it sound like a pipe dream? Maybe it’s something that would work for others but you couldn’t do it?
Can I ask ‘why not?’
We are conditioned to think a certain way when it comes to work – we get an education, we find a company to work for and we work our way up the ladder until we’ve reached the position we want. Then what?
You work 40hrs a week for someone else, getting paid only for the hours you work, and receiving only 2-4 weeks of vacation time a year. And with a chronic illness, that can be really challenging – even if you like what you do!
What if, instead, you could work less hours, make more income, and you decide the terms on which you work that fits best with your particular situation?
I’m not going to suggest that working for yourself is easy because otherwise everyone would be doing it.
It’s true that there are a lot of people who have tried working for themselves and have failed or given up.
However, there are also many people who have successfully started their own businesses and there’s no reason you can’t be among that number.
The primary difference to being successful or not is a matter of perseverance. Most people don’t persevere long enough to see the results.
Even if they wouldn’t endorse a get rich quick scheme, they expect their business to flourish right away and provide the lifestyle they’re looking for. When it doesn’t happen that way, they give up. (I’ve been there myself!)
Also, a lot of people go about starting their business the wrong way, which dooms them from the start.
But if you have the right support, the right mentorship, the right approach, and the right product or service, then there’s not much reason you can’t be successful if you don’t give up.
You need a good foundation – which is the case in many areas of life.
If the idea of working for yourself sounds good but you’re not sure how to go about it or what you could do, then download this checklist as a start.
It’ll give you something to think about as far as the practical steps to take.
On YouTube, I am posting 2 videos a week on the subject of starting a business from home from the perspective of someone who has a chronic illness. I’ll primarily be sharing tips and information that could help you on your journey while sharing my journey with you.
You can see the first videos here.
On Instagram, I will be posting behind the scenes photos and videos using Instagram Stories. If you like behind the scenes stuff and want to see the reality of what it takes for me to set up a business, including the ups and downs, then you’ll probably like this because it’s ‘raw’ and ‘real’.
I know that working a ‘regular’ job can be tough. I used to do video work, which involved lugging around heavy equipment and travelling. Unfortunately, I got to the point where I just couldn’t keep that up any longer.
I tried other part time jobs, including being a carer for others, but I continued to decline and got to the point where I could have done with having a carer myself!
I don’t like being unproductive. I’m a ‘go-getter’. I have lots of ideas of things I’d like to do. Some of them are very unlikely to happen now but my illness has opened up other opportunities instead.
While having a chronic illness is never ‘ideal’ in our eyes, it can end up pushing us towards better things than we planned for ourselves.
We can become stronger in character, more gracious and compassionate, more mature, and valuing the more important things in life.
We can also end up doing things we never thought we’d do – like starting a home business doing something we enjoy!
Being unwell can force us out of our comfort zone so that we end up doing amazing things we never imagined doing before.
Life is hard. There’s no doubt about it. But let’s make the most of it. Let’s use the unique skills, talents, personality, character, and circumstances that make us who we are to make a difference in our world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”Get your FREE Entrepreneur’s Checklist” color=”mulled-wine”]If you have any interest in the idea of working for yourself from home, then get this checklist to guide you in your thinking of how to go about it.
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