Work from home for housebound disabled/chronically ill?

I see people on this site often saying that the disabled/chronically ill should be able to do some sort of work. I'm interested to know what sort of work this could be.

I'm hoping to get well enough to work from home but atm have no idea what sort of work it would be so would be interested in people's suggestions. I put a thread up in the employment section a few weeks ago but unfortunately no one has suggested anything yet.

I want this to be more of a general thread than specifically for my needs as I think this thread might be useful for others in similar situations, assuming people post to help.

I know some of you run your own businesses/work in management so I'd be very interested to hear your opinions on what sort of work a mostly housebound person could do and their chances of finding an employer who would be happy to hire them.
The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid. - Katharine Hepburn
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  • i suppose, it all depends on where your skills/talents lie.

    Everyone has a talent, any one who is on here certainly has a grasp on modern day internet technologies, could they possiby use that to their advantages?

    Although im not house bound i create websites for people voluntarily, there is a market for it. Maybe that could be one possible venture??
  • sleepymysleepymy Forumite
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    Thanks fairlady, did you do any sort of courses to learn how to do that?
    The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid. - Katharine Hepburn
  • nope self taught, just picked it up practicing and asking questions on forums like this!!

    I
  • Graham_DevonGraham_Devon Forumite
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    Depends on loads of circumstances, but heres a start of actual open positions:

    http://www.workingmums.co.uk/mums/searchJobs/?autoGenerateFormCheck=yes&JobLocationA=Homeworking&doSearch=Search&
  • Ah bless you, sleepy. When you're better you'll be able to kick some !!!!

    I hope you can find something that you are able to do when the time is right. My husband works from home but relies on getting out every day to the post office, bank etc.

    Perhaps something online? Really I don't know but I hope some good suggestions come up.
    May all your dots fall silently to the ground.
  • sleepymysleepymy Forumite
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    Thanks Graham, that's a good site :)

    Aahh thanks Gingham, I imagine it would have to be internet based until I get back on my feet.

    If I can get back on my feet in the next year I would inherit one of my Dad's small businesses. He's retiring and always wanted me to take over it and my brothers are taking over his other one. The one he wants me to run has been going for over 10 years and I'd be able to keep it based on their land where it is atm. I used to work in it with them but it's a very physical job so doesn't suit atm. Unfortunately if I don't get well enough within the year he'll have to close it down.

    I've also only one year of my art degree to finish, hopefully I can look into doing it part time when fit enough.

    I've always been interested in research so perhaps something like that would be a good internet based job.
    The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid. - Katharine Hepburn
  • PennywisePennywise Forumite
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    I have a client who is a virtual PA - answering phones for business and providing a mailing address service and then forwarding to the business - He'd been a client for a good few years before I realised that he was very badly disabled - only one working leg, one working arm and very poor eyesight - he basically could barely get out of the house. The internet has been brilliant for him as he basically sits at his desk all day. Business has done very well starting from nothing. Just shows what you can do with mind over matter!
  • sleepymysleepymy Forumite
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    That sounds really interesting Pennywise. Does he screen emails for certain firms or something? I'd be very interested in more details of this type of work if you or anyone else has them.

    I'm in contact with a lot of housebound people so any info people can give might be useful for them too. Perhaps I could build an on line empire mowhaahaahaaa *rubs mitts together* :D
    The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid. - Katharine Hepburn
  • Bogof_BabeBogof_Babe Forumite
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    I've just suggested exam marking on another thread. Also if you can travel a bit but not manage much activity on arrival, you could perhaps do exam invigilating.

    If I am allowed a silly one - how about being a life drawing model for an art class? ;)
    :D I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe :D

  • sleepymysleepymy Forumite
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    The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid. - Katharine Hepburn
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