What job can I do?

I live with my parents who are super supportive financially and everything else. I have no income of my own but want to work and stop relying on my parents. Though they don't feel this way, I feel like I'm a money vampire.
I have an ongoing health problem. I don't know what is wrong with me and doctors are investigating. Because of the pandemic backlog, it's a long time waiting my turn for tests and appointments. I hope one day I will be cured or have treatment that manages my condition. Some days are better than others. When it is bad, it is really bad and I get very tired and have trouble doing things. When it is good, I have no symptoms at all.
I haven't spoken to a doctor or any other professional, but I know I have social anxiety. I can go out but have trouble if I have to talk or interact with anyone.
This brings me to my question. What job can I do? Working from home would be best for me because of my anxiety. But whenever I try to find a work from home job, it's all talking to people by phone or zoom, which makes me feel ill just thinking about it. I'd like to find a job that allows me to choose what time during the day I complete the work, incase my symptoms are so bad that I am unable to complete the work at that specific moment. e.g. instead of 9-5, I complete 8 hours of work over the course of the entire day. I know this is a big ask, so if I had to, I would try to work through my bad health and work a set time (9-5). As I said, when it is good, I have no symptoms at all.
I want to stop being a burden and start being independent and support myself.

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  • gwynlas
    gwynlas Posts: 1,705 Forumite
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    I think that we need much more information in order to make suggestions eg how old are you? Do you have prior work experience? What are your interests? Besides your anxiety do you have any other limitations? Are you receiving any interventions to help with your issues?
  • Simon11
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    busybaker- What type of skills and experience do you have? You have the word baker in your name title, are you any good at baking cakes or bread? Could you set up a small business making and selling things to order? That would give you flexibility in your working hours and majority of contact with customers could be online.’
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  • I'm 26 and used to work on shop floors. It made my anxiety much worse. If I had no anxiety, my undiagnosed physical health problem stops me returning to a job like that. My prior work experience doesn't help me much now.
    I'm not receiving medical help for my anxiety. I'm trying to work on it myself.
    My interests are watching TV and reading, then leaving reviews for them.
    I chose my username because I like watching Bake Off. I'm no good at baking, just watching others make things. I don't know how to make anything but I would like to learn and it would give flexibility. I'm willing to learn anything not just making things if it will help me get a work from home job, that's not phone or zoom calls.
  • Do you have decent computer skills and access to a computer at home? If so, and you don't mind doing something a bit mind-numbing, data entry jobs could be a possibility. Doing it on a self-employed basis (using freelance sites like peopleperhour etc to find work) will usually mean that you can pick your own hours etc and you wouldn't normally need to do any phone or video calls. It can be hard work getting started and getting your first few jobs with something like this though - but no real outlay so it's just the time it takes. 
  • StevenB12
    StevenB12 Posts: 269 Forumite
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    Copywriting is probably the best to get I to for just your laptop. You don't need any official training, but it's probably best to take a course. It can be hard to get yourself out there as a full time copywriter though as it's very competitive. 

    Customer service maybe? Dealing with complaints and enquiries etc via email or online chat, a lot of phone companies do this, EE,O2 etc.

    There's quite a bit but a lot of computer work is very competitive to get a full time wage from home without working for a proper company, unless you hit it big on YouTube! 
  • I will take a look at PeoplePerHour. I'm not sure what I can do but if I start looking around their site, I could figure something out and do a course if I need to.
    I don't know much about copywriting but I will look into it.
    I don't think customer service is right for me. I'd have trouble coping with angry customers even through email or online chat. My friend used to work for a bank doing this and told me some of the things they had to deal with. Yikes!
  • Marcon
    Marcon Posts: 10,670 Forumite
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    busybaker said:
    I will take a look at PeoplePerHour. I'm not sure what I can do but if I start looking around their site, I could figure something out and do a course if I need to.
    I don't know much about copywriting but I will look into it.
    I don't think customer service is right for me. I'd have trouble coping with angry customers even through email or online chat. My friend used to work for a bank doing this and told me some of the things they had to deal with. Yikes!
    Your posts are full of negativity, which is a pretty clear indication of how miserable you're feeling at the moment, so entirely understandable - but why the reluctance to seek medical help? You've self diagnosed yourself with social anxiety, but you don't need to self-heal too! Discussing it with a medical professional might help the doctors to work out what your 'undiagnosed physical health problem' is - mental and physical health are inextricably linked, and alleviating one can often make huge inroads into helping the other.
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • MikeJXE
    MikeJXE Posts: 3,101 Forumite
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    Any good at gardening, decorating, plumbing, carpentry, tiling, driving, 
  • DullGreyGuy
    DullGreyGuy Posts: 10,393 Forumite
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    busybaker said:
    I'm 26 and used to work on shop floors. It made my anxiety much worse. 
    What aspect of it triggered your anxiety?

    I'm not going to claim to have social anxiety but I'm not great in social situation... didn't used to be too good in work situations either but over the years that's gotten better.

    Whilst not being good in social situations I found call centre work totally different. You're following a script so dont have to think of what to say, if you are doing inbound sales in particular you're little more than a robot to the caller. Personally I found it didn't trigger the same concerns and worries as being thrown into a room with strangers to talk to. Hell, when the ex used to work for directory enquiries then 90% of calls you didn't even speak, a recording of your salutation was played to the caller so the first thing you got was the caller saying the name and location. Assuming a 100% match you just clicked the option and the caller was taken away and a machine read out the number. Only time you spoke was to clarify spellings etc.
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