Hey there, my name's Nathaniell. I work from home. I was thinking the other day about who I'd like to come to my blog and learn how to do what I do, and one of the people I thought of was someone with disabilities. This work may not be suitable for all types of physical disabilities, but for anyone that finds it hard to leave the home or be in the typical work environment, working from home is worth a shot.
Everything that needs to be done in my line of work can be done over the internet, so as long as you can use a computer, you can do this. Before we get into the details, I want to outline some of the advantages and disadvantages to this type of work.
Advantages For Those With Disabilities
You never have to leave your home.
This is probably the main advantage. Being “disabled” is a pretty broad term, so I'll just speak as generally as possible. I hope I don't offend anyone. Whether you are a person that's blind or a wheelchair users, or you've had an accident that's left you scarred in some way, there are many reasons why a normal 9-5 might not fit you.
Maybe leaving this house and actually getting to work is difficult. Or maybe being at work sitting in a chair all day is just as hard. Maybe you can't land a desk job and aren't fit to work outside, or the psychological aspect of being inside a stereotypical work environment makes it all but impossible to maintain a job for long.
Working from the comfort of your own home can reduce stress, both physical and mental, and it can mean that you do not have to rely on unemployment checks, or worry about draining your savings account to zero.
You Are In Control
You set your schedule, so you can work a bit, rest a bit, work some more, then take a break. You can work in the evenings, mornings, or afternoon. Whether you are working for yourself or working remotely for someone else, as long as you get the work done, you are good to go. No more 9-5 with a half hour for lunch.
You also control how much money you make. I hate the phrase “write your own paycheck” because it's often associated with scams, but the difference from this type of work and your typical job is that there is a direct relationship between how hard you work and how much money you make. Put in lots of hours, and you make more money. Scale back, and you make less.
You are also in control of your environment – it's your house! I think there are many situations where the “difficult” of working is just being at work. Their office or environment may make it much harder for you to do something that you can do just find with a little assistance at home.
Making Money When You Aren't Working
This is a dangerous phrase to use because things like “autopilot” and “residual income” are abused by online scams to lure in trusting folks looking to earn a living working from home. But if you are build websites, and do it right, the website will stay there even when you aren't working on it!
For example, I might two days writing an article, posting it to my blog, and then sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. A couple days later, it can be found in Google, and that's pretty much where it stays. If that article makes me $10 each day, I can take a day off, and it'll still make $10.
Of course there is a lot of preparation that goes into something like that (see below), and you have to do a few more things to keep that post alive, but broadly speaking, this is a pretty awesome thing that doesn't happen at any other type of work. You really do make money 7 days a week because the internet doesn't take weekends off!
It takes time to gain momentum
The #1 scam out there is anything that says you can start earning today. There are many work from home opportunities that claim you can make thousands per day with no experience, no money, and it's fast and easy to boot! These are misleading advertising techniques and are 100% not true.
What is true is that whatever you decide to do online is going to be new to you. And just like anything else, we need time to learn new skills. Depending on your previous experience with computers, this will probably take a couple months, at least. If you are starting from scratch, I'm guessing it will take at least 5-6 months to start producing results.
I offer lots of free advice on my blog, and there are many other free resources out there. But if you are looking for step-by-step, comprehensive training on how to start working form home and earning income online, you are most likely going to have to pay for training.
For example, I have a free course on my blog called the Beginner Niche Marketer's Guide, and I also run a free 5 Day Online Marketing Email Course. They explain all the basics of how to make money on the internet, and how I use blogs to work from home. But the bulk of the training is in the online business training community, which comes with a cost ($47/month).
Any system out there that says it's 100% free, or that there's a “secret” is not to be trusted. There is absolutely no reason you should pay for “trade secrets”, or search for loopholes that will catch a few bucks here or there. If you are serious about learning how to work from home, there is no secret to be found. There is only various qualities of training and support. In the internet age we live in, there are no secrets. There is only easy to find info and difficult to find info 🙂
If you are a quitter or only half committed, then working from home probably isn't for you. I can guarantee right now that you will work for a few weeks or maybe even months with zero results. It happens to everyone. It took me 3 months to make my first $5! But that was 3 years ago, and now I work for myself, from home. I'm so glad I didn't quit!
If you are lazy then this isn't for you either. It's OK to wake up late as long as you do the work later. Or it's OK to lose focus and watch Netflix for a few hours during the afternoon as long as you get back on track. But if you expect the work to get done by itself, then blame something else for being too hard or “not working”, then you are in for a world of disappointment.
I'm a pretty lazy character I think. But the work gets done eventually. I woke up at 10AM today, but I've just finished writing about 5,000 words of content and it's 11:30 at night. See what I mean?
What do I do?
Let's take a look at exactly what I do. Well, let's keep it a bit broad for now so I know that you're following along.
I build simple websites (no code), and write articles for them. Before I build them, I pick a topic for them like home gardening, video editing, vegan diet, or children's books. I then add articles to the blog every week. People find my site in Google and read what I write.
I also partner with companies and feature their products or services on my blog. This is done through something called affiliate programs. Essentially, I'm a freelance advertiser. I do free ads for the companies, and if someone buys something through my site, I make a commission from that sale.
Using the example above, if I enjoy making film and know how to edit video, I can make a website about video editing. I then feature some video editing software on the blog, and for each copy sold, I can make some money.
This works across all topics. Dogs? Promote dog accessories. Cooking? Promote fancy knives. Sailing? Promote foul weather gear. Painting? Promote DIY canvas sets. There are infinite possibilities, and it's all based on your personal interests.
How to get started
This is absolutely possible for anyone with a desire to succeed. I think the best way to get started would be join my free 5 day email course on affiliate marketing. It gives more detail about what I do, how I do it, and how you can do it too.
I'm also happy to answer any questions you have, so leave a comment!