5 Great Work-from-Home Jobs for People with Anxiety

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5 Ideal Work-from-Home Jobs for Individuals Living with Anxiety

Working from home is a great way to earn a living while also enjoying flexibility as you achieve financial freedom. If you live with anxiety and have difficulties with traditional workplaces, there are many opportunities available that allow you to work at your own pace and with a variety of skill sets that provide lucrative opportunities. 

1. Copywriter or Blogger 

Working as a freelance writer is one way to earn an income even if you experience extreme anxiety. Copywriters and bloggers are in demand whether you enjoy writing on niche topics or prefer submitting hot topics to local and national magazines. Launch your own blog, create an online portfolio, and sharpen your writing skills by joining online communities and forums to get started. 

2. Virtual Assistant 

Virtual assistants are on the rise, making it an optimal career choice for those who prefer working from the comfort of their own homes. When you work as a virtual assistant, you can do so using your computer and with basic typing and communication skills. Responding to customer service inquiry emails and texts allows you to work without directly communicating with others. 

3. Graphic Designer/Illustrator 

If you have a knack for drawing, painting, or creating graphics using popular digital software, consider working as a freelance graphic designer or illustrator. Freelance graphic designers and illustrators can create book covers, magazine graphics, and marketing materials for new and expanding brands. Develop your online portfolio and research companies that are currently seeking freelance and remote workers to contribute to their publications and brands. 

4. Transcriber 

Transcription work is one of the best
jobs for mildly disabled individuals, especially if you face a conflict with anxiety and working traditional positions. Working as a transcriber is possible regardless of your education, and it essentially requires the ability to type at a quick rate. Research transcription companies online to compare pay and submit your application. Increase your transcription rate by building a portfolio and a positive rapport with clients once you’re accepted to build your reputation and increase your overall earnings. 

5. Programmer 

Programming and software development is one of the most lucrative career paths that allow individuals to work from just about any location. If you have a passion for building and creating and want to learn more about various languages, get started with a bit of research. Learn the basics first, such as HTML5, CSS, Java, and JavaScript. Expand into the world of programming with languages such as Ruby, Perl, and a complete understanding of SQL. New languages are created each year, providing the opportunity to discover your true passion while generating income.

Whether you’re living with anxiety or have a physical disability that makes it challenging to commute for work, there are many jobs for individuals with disabilities that can easily be done from the comfort of home. Take a look at the wide array of job listings provided by disABLEDperson, Inc. Hundreds and even thousands of new listings are posted every day. Call 760-420-1269 if you’d like to speak with one of our friendly representatives.

6 Reasons to Not Let a Disability Stop You from Working

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6 Reasons to Not Let Your Disability Get in the Way of Finding Work

Disabilities cover a wide range of territory. From medical conditions such as epilepsy to more debilitating conditions such as blindness, not all disabilities present the same obstacles. Many individuals with disabilities are still able to find gainful employment. Here are six reasons to avoid letting your disability get in the way of finding your ideal job. 

1. Boost Your Emotional Health 

While many people work simply to bring home a paycheck, earning money isn’t the only reason for working. Human beings generally thrive when they have a reason for getting out of bed in the morning. Though many people wouldn’t work if they didn’t have to, they might also be a lot unhappier if they weren't working. 

2. Take Your Focus Off Your Disability 

When a disability occurs later in life, it can become easy to get wrapped up in your own thoughts or trapped in your own head. Individuals with too much time on their hands to think about their condition can quickly become depressed. Having a job can fill your time and prevent you from dwelling on your disability, and it can also give you a sense of purpose. 

3. Gain a Sense of Fulfillment 

No job is going to be great every day, but every job is going to have some days that are more fulfilling than others. Whether it’s the day your boss tells you what a wonderful job you’re doing or the time you performed a challenging task without any help, a job can provide a wide range of opportunities for small victories. 

4. Raise Your Status in the Eyes of Others 

Some misinformed people view individuals with disabilities as a drain on societal resources, and sometimes this viewpoint can cause those living with disabilities to feel the same way. People with disabilities who hold down jobs contribute to society, and they can even change the way others think about those who are
disabled. Jobs are one of the many ways individuals with disabilities discover their self-worth.

5. Enhance Personal Relationships 

Lacking a sense of purpose or the belief that you’re contributing to society could cause issues in your personal relationships. When people feel they’re contributing and can "hold their own," they also tend to experience healthier relationships with others. 

6. Counteract the Stigma of Disability 

The term "disabled” often connotes images or ideas of being incapable. When people with disabilities hold down jobs or are gainfully employed, they automatically counteract this stigma, both for themselves and others just like them.

Jobs for disabled people are readily available. Search the listings provided by disABLEDperson, Inc. We work with proactive employers to ensure people with disabilities can find the right job to fit their specific skill sets. To learn more about our organization, please give us a call at 760-420-1269.


How to Get a Job if You Have a Disability

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How to Acquire a Job if You’re Living with a Disability

The U.S. government describes a person with a disability as someone who has a documented mental or physical impairment that affects everyday life. Thankfully, millions of Americans with disabilities are able to successfully hold down full and part-time jobs. People with disabilities should never feel intimidated about the prospect of finding a job. The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals against discrimination in many areas, including employment. Here are some tips you can utilize to increase your chances of securing a job despite having a disability. 

Use a Variety of Job Seeking Techniques 

Just because you have a disability, there’s no reason you cannot perform your job’s duties just a well as the next person. There are several agencies that advocate for people with disabilities, and most states have vocational rehabilitation services that train people with disabilities. Individuals can learn a variety of job skills that can help them secure good jobs. Several good employers work specifically with advocacy groups to hire and train people with disabilities. 

Make Sure You Can Physically Fulfill the Job’s Requirements

If the job you’re considering applying for requires a certain amount of walking, bending, or stretching, determine if your condition will prevent you from performing the tasks that would be required of you. For example, if you use a wheelchair or a walking aid, certain jobs may be too physically demanding. However, by law, employers are required to provide accommodations such as height appropriate desks, TDD equipment for the hearing impaired, and other items within reason that could make your job more adaptable. 

Utilize Temporary Services and Government Employers 

Temporary services can potentially offer a goldmine of opportunities for Americans living with disabilities. Not only do they have a wide range of
jobs for people with disabilities, but once you’re placed, it could lead to full-time employment. Government jobs are also plentiful in certain areas. Additionally, the government has a Federal Placement program designed specifically to help qualified people with disabilities secure federal jobs. The Department of Labor and the Department of Defense also have a workforce recruitment program that targets recent college graduates with disabilities. 

Consider Working from Home 

There are several companies that offer the option to work from home, which may be ideal for disabled individuals who find it difficult to manage transportation or long work schedules. Many good companies are actively recruiting people with disabilities to join their workforce. Some of the most sought-after jobs include customer service, freelance writing, teaching, and data entry. Most of these jobs also pay quite well. You can Google “work-from-home jobs” and find an extensive database of opportunities.

When job searching, people with disabilities may think they’re at a disadvantage. However, there are many opportunities for finding employment regardless of the challenges you face. Utilize the resources and job listings provided by disABLEDperson, Inc. Post your resume, search through our job listings, and feel free to give us a call at 760-420-1269 if you have any questions.


People with Disabilities 2017 Labor Force Summary

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This past summer, for people with disabilities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics came released its labor force characteristics report for 2017. It was an interesting report giving us detailed information about how our community is working.

18.7 percent of people with a disability were employed in 2017 they stated while 65.7 percent of people without a disability were employed. Ouch! That is a huge difference. The estimated number of people in the U.S. is somewhere between 54-60 million so if we take the average of the two, 57 million people with a disability, at 18.7% that means that 10,659.000 people with disabilities were working in the U.S. in the year 2017. Is that good or bad? We can break that down statistically and logically. In 2017, the unemployment rate of a disabled person was 9.2% while it was 4.2% for a person with a disability.

So is an 18.7% employment rate good? According to the 2017 data, nearly half of all persons with a disability were age 65 and over which was three times larger than those without a disability. Traditionally in our country, a person tries to retire at 65 years old. I know that is changing and more people are working longer if they can to supplement their retirement income.

Unfortunately, in our country Ageism which is defined as prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person's age and as it pertains to employment is a real issue. Generally, workers aged 65 or older have a much more difficult time getting and keeping a job than “younger” workers. If you compound Ageism with a disability, the prospects for employment get even worse. I don’t have any statistics for my thoughts on Ageism and disability, however, I do think it is logical to think this way. Why does that matter?

Well, if we remove half of the disabled population aged 65 and above of @57 million people who may be looking for work, we now have approximately 28.5 million people who have a disability who may be looking for work. If we then believe that 18.7 percent or 10,659,000 of all people with a disability were employed in 2017 we need to recalculate the percentage out of 37.5 million people which would mean that 37.4% of people with disabilities were employed in 2017. This is a better number of course but not nearly good enough. Our goal is to be the same, 65.7% of people without a disability who were employed. That would mean we should have if they so desire approximately 24,637,500 disabled workers in the workforce.

There are many unnerving statistics in the report. Statistics such as the employment-population ratios were much lower for disabled people that for those who weren’t disabled. The unemployment rates for people with disabilities were higher for people with disabilities than without and across all educational groups. This one, in particular, upsets me because it demonstrates that people in our community who are fighting to get an education to compete in the workforce continue to be at a disadvantage to employment. This next one bothers me as well. 32% of workers with disabilities were employed part-time compared with 17% with no disability. So of the approximate 10,659,000 in our community who are working, 3,410,880 were employed part-time and more than likely had no benefits.

Workers with a disability were more concentrated in these occupations; service, production, transportation, and material moving than were those without a disability. Workers with a disability were less likely to work in management, professional and related occupations than those without a disability.

Our community was more likely to be employed in government than non-disabled workers. Workers who are disabled are more likely to be self-employed than non-disabled workers. Our community is less likely to be employed as private wage and salary workers than those without a disability.

I figure that about now you are saying to yourself, so what! Who cares? None of this is going to help me find work? You are right! These are just numbers. The question is what will you do with them moving forward?

The first question you need to ask yourself is “do you I want to work”? The next question you need to ask yourself is “can I work with my disability”? Assuming the answer to both questions is yes then the next question you need to ask is “how do I go about doing so”? If you have gotten this far, you need to then ask yourself what you would like to do?

So you have decided what kind of work you would like to do, now you have to figure out if you have the credentials to do move forward. Do you need a college degree? Do you need a certificate of some sort? Do you need specific training? These are daunting questions to ask yourself. However, it needs to be done.

I suggest you seek help as going this alone can be a challenge. If you are on Social Security Disability (SSDI), you need to contact your local SSA office and inform them that you want to go to work. There is a process in going back to work if you are on SSDI. You must follow this process to avoid conflicts with SSA. You need to read the SSA Redbook on returning to work. Do it right!

My suggestion is to contact a Ticket to Work Employment Network. They are organizations approved by the SSA to assist you in going back to work from being on SSDI

If you are working with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, ask them for guidance. They can guide you through a process. Assist you with some sort of training and help place you in a position. If you are not receiving SSDI or you are not working with a VR Counselor my suggestion would be to go to a local community college and ask to see a guidance counselor, talk to family and friends.

If you think that you would need to get educated or skilled before attempting to go to work, I would suggest that you research the qualifications for your desired jobs and then go from there.

Let’s talk about disable jobs. So what kind of jobs are there for people with disabilities? Pretty much the same jobs for everyone else. We have a good blog on our site called “Jobs for People with Disabilities”, read it! It will give you a good head start anyway.

You can go to our jobs page and look at all of our jobs as they come in a minute by minute.  disABLEDperson.com receives thousands of new jobs daily from proactive employers looking to hire from our community. Don’t be shy, come and check it out and all of our resources. You can even sign up for our email job alerts to have your jobs of interest email to you on a daily basis as they come in.

Disability and Employment: Why More People with Disabilities Are Getting Work

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Why More People with Disabilities Are Getting Work

Of the 53 million people who deal with disabilities, many of them are hard working innovators and entrepreneurs. As unemployment plummets, people who might have struggled with discrimination or to find a job are finding gainful employment. With all of the conflict between disability and employment, many of those problems are being solved.

Here are five reasons why employers are realizing that employing people with disabilities can make good business sense.

1. High Quality of Work

When employers hire people with disabilities, they'll often get a high quality of work. Most employers rank people with disabilities among their most dedicated workers.

People with disabilities have a special insight into how to struggle to overcome hurdles to success. They can empathize with customers in a customer service context and make them feel more comfortable. They can also motivate their coworkers to success.

Since most rehabilitation and recovery programs following disability take place in communal settings or alongside others, people with disabilities get collaboration.

When workers have a cognitive disability, they can learn how to work with others while helping others build morale in your company. For people with physical disabilities, when they succeed, your other employees will feel engaged and inspired.

Morale is difficult to maintain but when morale is high, all of your employees will perform better and give back to your company in unexpected ways.

2. You Can Expand Your Reach

For several decades, companies and executive boards completely overlooked, ignored, or disregarded minority and disabled communities. Until recently, many companies didn't even consider women as valid consumers.

People with disabilities comprise a market segment that could number in trillions of dollars. As one in five Americans has a disability, there's a huge number of people being overlooked by businesses of all types. Whether purchasing products or paying for services, people with disabilities could help just about any business sector see growth.

When companies hire people with disabilities, they show a large number of people that they see that segment of the population as valid and important. When someone walks into your business and sees someone with a disability, they know that the business they're visiting is open to all.

When you have people with disabilities on staff, you can also test out marketing tactics or answer questions about new products and services. Often new products and services will ignore huge segments of the population unintentionally and marketing ideas could even come off as offensive. When you give people with disabilities a place at the table, you avoid mistakes and broaden your reach.

3. Better Corporate Culture

As we've seen corporate cultures change in recent decades, companies are inviting more diversity and welcoming a wider variety of voices to the table. By putting more diverse voices in positions of power, it inspires employees to see a place for themselves all the way up the chain.

Hiring people with disabilities means hiring people who are motivated and can help inspire other people to get involved. You show the world that you're looking for the best of the best and are an open and inclusive company. That will inspire a wider variety of businesses and clients to work with you.

When you hire people with disabilities, you also breed empathy as part of your corporate culture. Every employee comes with their own set of challenges, seen or unseen. When it's clear that some people in your business are overcoming conflict to help the company achieve its goals, everyone will want to lend a hand.

Even your customers will see that the corporate culture you have is more inclusive and welcoming than others.

4. Companies See Improved Productivity

With the unique skills and understanding that your employees with disabilities can offer to your company, you'll see an improvement in productivity. As assistive technology grows, you'll find new ways to serve customers either by using those technologies or by developing your own. Some of the most interesting innovations in technology have come from overcoming barriers to disability.

As people with disabilities deal with more barriers to job hunting, they'll be good team players accustomed to collaboration. They'll cause everyone on the team to bring their A-game as they show everyone how to work together to achieve a goal. Because people with disabilities have a deep understanding of the value of understanding everyone's strengths, they'll improve team spirit.

Since people with physical disabilities understand the feeling of being in a position that requires assistance or teamwork, everyone can build their strengths. All team members will also be able to see their weaknesses, not as something to struggle against but something that can be overcome. Companies find that when collaboration improves, so do profits.

5. Stop Worrying About Turnover

It's hard to find a job and even in a healthy job market, there's competition for the best roles. When people are dealing with disabilities, they face discrimination in the world of recruitment and hiring. While it's illegal to discriminate against someone for their disabilities, it's a hard thing to prove.

More employers are learning that when they open the door to people with disabilities, they invite some great opportunities. They'll have loyal employees who are ready to work together to help their company succeed.

Talented people could always resign and move on to another job if they have a strong resume. When an employer provides room for growth to employees with disabilities, they find that there's some great talent yet to be tapped into.

Disability and Employment Don't Have to Be in Conflict

Just as people with disabilities understand their strengths, employers are beginning to understand those issues as well. Disability and employment were once unhappy bedfellows, but attitudes are changing as more people with disabilities are given opportunities to thrive.

If you're wondering what kinds of jobs people with disabilities are getting in the modern economy, check out our latest coverage for more.