I’ve been thinking a lot about my sweet readers + viewers. So many of you have reached out to ask me about how I’m able to work from home or work at all while I still struggle with chronic health issues.
The latter answer is a bit more complicated. Thankfully, my job is extremely flexible. I’m able to set my own hours and if I am feeling under the weather, I don’t have to work that day. However, that’s not to say everyone with a chronic illness can or should be in the work force right now. I’ve significantly improved my digestion, brain fog, and other symptoms tenfold — so I’m able to get work done.
Some of you may not be in the best place with your health right now and should take the time off work to focus on healing. However, if you’re in a financial spot similar to myself, that just isn’t possible. There are bills to pay and debts to be paid off. So, how can you support yourself or your family financially when it’s so hard to get out of bed and get to work everyday?
Thankfully, this is the best time ever to work remotely. There are SO many options for you if you’re in this position. Here are some work from home job ideas and resources to help you get started!
1. Virtual Assistant
Just like a company at a physical location needs an administrative assistant, remote companies need these as well!
I LOVE being a virtual assistant. I’m able to use my skills as a Type A, organized perfectionist and transfer them to the workplace. I didn’t have much former admin experience, but most places will give you a chance to prove yourself on a trial basis. Once you can get your foot in the door, you’re in!
Being a virtual assistant is great because companies may only be looking for someone to help 5 hours a week or for a full-time executive assistant! There are really options all across the board depending on what workload and salary you’re looking for here. There’s also a lot of room for growth here.
Here are some of my favorite resources if you’re just getting started with or trying to become a VA:
2. Dog Sitter or Walker
This is the PERFECT gig for anyone that loves dogs!
With apps like Rover and Wag, it takes a lot of having to look for “clients” off of your plate. You can just sign up (there’s a small background check fee), create a profile, get ready to watch some cutie little pups!
This is also a great gig that seamlessly integrates into your lifestyle. If you’re trying to walk more or get some more Vitamin D, you can take a pup with you and earn some cash doing it.
Or if your dog is a little lonely at night, earn some serious cash by dog boarding overnight! You can choose dog sizes to accept (in case you’re not comfortable with a certain size) and set your own schedule.
I currently use Rover to make some side cash to pay off our debt, but I know others that do it as their full time job!
If you want to sign up to dog sit or walk with Rover, sign up here.
3. Teach English Online
Something that got me through losing my full-time job was teaching English online to Chinese students (no you don’t have to know how to speak Chinese).
English teaching companies, like VIPKID, allow you to “teach” or tutor Chinese students English from the comfort of your home office. There’s usually a rigorous application process you have to go through, as well as TESOL training, but they’ll pretty much teach and coach you through the whole thing! There are several different companies like this you can find here.
I no longer teach, but I did write a full blog post on my experience teaching here.
I did love it and I miss my students sometimes, but ultimately, it wasn’t bringing me closer to what I wanted to do, which is helping lovely readers + viewers like yourself heal and be your own best doctor!
For the most success teaching, I’d say binge watch as many YouTube videos from successful YouTube teachers as you can, practice teaching in front of your webcam, and learn the way the company would like you to teach and you’ll do great!
If you’d like to sign up to teach with VIPKID, go here.
4. Become a Content Creator
If you’re reading this article right now, you’re consuming a piece of content.
I’m incredibly passionate about supporting and educating women with chronic illness so they feel empowered to be their own best doctor and experience healing in their lives. I don’t have to tell any of my friends this, they just know because of how much I talk about food, nutrition, and what’s healthy. That’s why they all come to me when they’re having diarrhea or are fighting off a cold.
In the same way, I’m sure there’s something that lights you up.
Maybe it’s sewing, videography, traveling, or underwater basketweaving.
Chances are there’s someone else who’s interested in the same stuff you’re interested in.
Why not create content about it? It could be in the form of a blog, an Instagram page, a YouTube Channel, a Tik Tok page… the possibilities are really endless.
It’s not something where you post a video or blog post and become an overnight success and start making money, but if you pick something you really love to talk about, you can always do it as a hobby or relationship builder for now and eventually go on to make it a business!
If you don’t want to start your own thing, companies are ALWAYS looking for people to create content for them as well! If this is something you’re a newbie at, here’s where I learned everything I know about YouTube, filmmaking, social media, and more:
5. Deliver Groceries
Need a job that is on-demand and you can start TODAY?
(Or within the next week?)
Try delivering groceries to people!
If you’re physically able to do this, it’s WAY easier than delivering food because there are less trips, less driving, and usually the customers are way nicer because they’re busy moms who didn’t have time to shop or folks with disabilities who are very gracious and kind individuals.
It’s not something I’m up to doing often, but it’s a nice way to make some extra side income and I can do it with Sam too!
I deliver groceries with Shipt because Instacart was unavailable in my area.
6. Become a Travel Agent
Is there a travel destination you’re obsessed with?
For me, that’s definitely Disney.
World or Land… it doesn’t matter to me.
Judge me all you want, but there are thousands of other adults that feel the same way I do and I’m happy with my obsession so I don’t care.
Become a travel agent and help people have the best vacation ever there! If you know a ton about the location, you’ll be an awesome resource to have for people who may have tried to book a vacation themselves.
If you’re interested in becoming a Disney travel agent, you can check out this helpful article.
If not Disney, Google is your best friend.
Know Where to Look
Really, the possibilities are endless when it comes to working remotely. You can be a customer support rep, work in marketing, you can be a writer, editor, social media coordinator, or engineer!
Anything you can do in an office building, you can do remotely.
But, it helps to know where to look.
My ALL-TIME *new* favorite job search platform is made specifically for individuals with chronic illness and disabilities (because hello 1 in 2 Americans have a chronic illness now so soon it will be everyone).
It’s called: Chronically Capable
And it’s amazing. I’ll let you check that out for yourself, but that’s what I’d 10/10 recommend checking out immediately if you’re job hunting and you have a chronic illness and/or disability.
Here are some of my other favorites:
Enjoy and happy job hunting!