Identifying Opportunities with Stability: Finding a Job That Fits Your Health Needs
It can sometimes be hard to navigate a traditional work environment, whatever that may be for you, with asthma or other chronic illnesses. While this article may resonate more with other family sites of Asthma.net, there are certainly applications for those of us with asthma, too.
After all, while we can do pretty much anything we want to with asthma or allergies, some work environments just might not… well, work. If you have pet allergies and asthma, for example, you might have a bit of trouble with all those years you put in to be a veterinarian. Or chemical irritants and RADS may make your current career difficult to continue.
How to work from home with a chronic illness
While we all want to contribute to our own—or our family’s—finances, and to the world, it can sometimes be tough. The good news is there are legitimate work from home opportunities that exist. The less good news? It’s not as easy as searching the web for “work from home” or “remote” work opportunities (although from some companies, often in tech, that are totally credible if you find them the right way!). However, deceptive marketing tactics mean it can be difficult to discern what’s “legit”—a source of relatively stable work and income—and what’s not.
Here’s how, in my somewhat accidental primarily work from home life, I’ve figured out how to identify a legitimate “work from home” opportunity that may be compatible for your health needs.
Identifying an honest work from home opportunity
For four years, I made 90+% of my income doing freelance/contract work. After a brief stint working outside my house for 8.5 months (though I still mostly chose my hours!), I am now somewhat accidentally (and serendipitously) back to non-traditional, work from home life. I’m no expert on this—I lucked out and every freelancing or remote opportunity sort of came to me. Nothing I inquired about ever worked out. So, depending on your background, there could be a fair amount of luck involved (unfortunately?).
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