chronic illness and disabled working

I’m disabled. It took me a long time to admit that. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2000 and until 2 years ago I worked full time in a demanding and physical job. Now, apart from my RSPCA fostering, I sit at home everyday, and rely on benefits to pay the bills. This still niggles with the part of me that hangs onto my old self. I am constantly looking for ways I can “contribute to society” and make myself ‘useful’. I dabbled with running a craft shop but that saw more money being payed out than it brought in. I currently sell my crafts through ConsciousCrafties.com. This means I don’t fill my house with the things that I’ve made. I can’t just sit.

With Christmas becoming a memory, all be it leaving an increased waistline and decreased bank account, I am looking for a new challenge. I’m not going to hide the fact that making more money is also a motivating factor. I have a cruise booked for the end of April and it would be nice to have some spending money. Now I am under no illusion that I’m the ideal job candidate; I’ve applied for hundreds of part time jobs and received no offers. I can only work for a few hours at a time, and those times are not regular nor can they be predicted. Working from home would be ideal so I can work as and when I am able. If you do an internet search for ‘working from home’ you get the usual sales jobs and scams. Amongst those ads I found a forum entry, from one of these moms’ support pages, that talked about medico-legal transcription work i.e. you’re send audio files to type up and send back. “Now there’s something I could do” I thought. The main prerequisites are a good command of English, ability to understand English spoken with a heavy accent and ownership of a laptop. Apparently some companies also ask for a minimum typing speed of 70 words a minute! Fortunately for me there are also those who just ask for “reasonable speed and accuracy”. In order to establish whether they want to send you work you have to send your cv and complete an online typing test. I haven’t yet plucked up the courage to embark on any of these tests but I will be in the next couple of weeks and I’ll keep you updated with my progress, or not, as the case maybe.

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Published in Fibromyalgia, Illness / Disability, Rheumatoid Arthritis
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