How freelance writing can suit people with disabilities

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It’s estimated that over five million Canadian adults live with a disability. Many are unemployed or underemployed, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Finding a job that can accommodate the special needs of these individuals may not always be easy for them, but freelancing provides an alternative to the traditional workplace that may present many advantages.

Is freelancing right for me?

Let’s be honest, while many employers claim to be inclusive and open to hiring disabled persons, the reality is that it’s not always easy to get a foot in the door. This is one of the reasons why creating work of your own through freelancing can be a great idea.

If you’re good at keeping track of time, can set your own schedule and don’t mind putting yourself out there, it can be a great option. There are jobs in many fields, and as the virtual world expands, it is expected that the number of these types of positions will only increase.

What are some of the advantages of working online?

Many freelancing jobs take place online, and this makes them a good fit for those who have specific mobility and other challenges. They allow an individual to work from wherever they have Wi-Fi connection, and that can be from a home office, medical clinic, or even their bedroom.

Meeting the needs of non-neurotypicals

Autistics, those with ADHD and other non-neurotypicals may find the harsh lighting, noise and office chatter/politics to be distracting, and freelancing helps to avoid this. It also allows them to communicate mostly through email and set a schedule that suits them.

Those living with a mental illness such as depression or PTSD may find that the ability to work when they can, take breaks and schedule appointments is a big part of why they feel freelancing is right for them.

Get moving with a new job

Individuals who have mobility issues who find travelling to and from work as well as sitting in traditional workspace difficult may consider freelancing to be a good alternative. They won’t have to figure out a commute, can avoid waiting in lines and having to maneuver their wheelchair or rollator through a crowd, or finding accessible public transit.

A good fit if you have an autoimmune or other illness

Autoimmune illnesses are believed to be on the rise, and they often cause pain and physical exhaustion. The medications that treat them may leave them immunocompromised, so they need to avoid crowds. Freelancing allows them to set a schedule that means they can work when they feel they can, even if it’s late at night, and they can also take breaks when they need to.

A good idea if you’re visually hearing impaired

Due to advancement in technology, the freelancing world offers many options if you have issues with hearing or vision. Thanks to voice-to-text/text-to-voice software, braille keyboards and oversized monitors, the world of virtual employment is wide open.

What’s out there for me?

Whether you have had a disability all your life or it has just come about, seeking employment can feel like a big leap. You may wonder what is actually out there, and the good news is that there is a wide selection of choices, no matter what your ability and interest.

While many may be familiar with virtual assistants and call services, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s everything from graphic design and voiceover work to tutoring, website design, social media managing, translation and audio content transcribing. Writing can be an especially suitable career, and there are plenty of sites that can help a newbie get started.

Considerations to keep in mind

If you decide to go down the freelancing road, there are some important considerations. You will be reasonable for setting up your own health and dental insurance, as well as a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or other retirement savings plan.

If you receive financial assistance due to your disability, you may want to contact the provincial or federal government to find out how working may affect this. You may be able to earn a certain amount before it impacts your benefits.

Helpful resources

Canadians who are disabled and want to get to work, no matter what their employment may be, can access a range of supports to help them. National level agencies like The Canadian Association for Supported Employment, the 211 United Way Centraide and Easter Seals, as well as ones with provincial focus like Autism Nova Scotia, can all prove to be valuable sources for support, information and other assistance.

The Opportunities Fund is another possible stream that may be helpful. It can provide various types of assistance, and can help those who are self-employed freelancers to get their own company up and running.

Why wait? Get started today!

Writing is just one of the types of freelancing jobs that are in demand, and at Words of Worth, we offer our writers plenty of perks. If you’re disabled and interested in getting started with a new career that allows you to earn money from home, apply to work with us today.

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