If you have been unfortunate enough to be someone that is unable to work a regular job because of an illness or an accident, you know how frustrating it can be emotionally, financially, and physically. When a car accident left me with chronic pain that was so bad that I was unable to return working as a supervisor at a Mail Transport Equipment Company, I knew that there was no way I would be able to pay the bills by sitting home not working. I knew that the chronic pain left me physically unable to do the things I used to do everyday, such as driving a forklift, moving trailers with a Yard Dog, and lifting mail equipment. And it would take many pages to explain the emotional toll that it took on me.
Depending upon your disability, there are a number of ways that I would like to share that I have found to make money to help supplement your disability check, if in fact you get approved. I was fortunate enough to have been able to provide enough medical evidence to Social Security that I was approved the very first time I applied. That is rather rare, as most people have to get a lawyer and fight for their right to disability. So whether you are on disability or just trying to make ends meet while you are trying to get approved, here are a few things I have found to make some extra money to pay the bills.
The first and easiest thing we did was start by going through the shop and garage and finding things that we really didn’t need, but just kept around because we had never did anything with them. If you can find enough things, you can have yourself a garage sale. There are many folks out there that are looking for a bargain and it seems to be true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I can’t tell you how many things that I thought should go right to the trash, but we put them in our sale and they sold!
If you don’t find enough things to have a yard or garage sale, another option is to sell some of the things you find on Craigslist or even your local paper. More and more people are looking for used things due to the economy, and if you have an old microwave or playstation or other electronics, they sell pretty easily most of the time through classified ads, either in your local paper or online.
You can also sell just about anything you find on Ebay. There are people all over the world that use Ebay, and some things that wouldn’t be of interest to someone in the United States, a person from another country would love to find on Ebay. I sold many things on Ebay when I became disabled and much to my surprise a large part of the things I sold went out of the country. One of the things I found that sold more to people out of the United States than in the U.S. were Stampin’ Up items. Some of the countries don’t have access to these things, and are glad to pay to have them shipped overseas to them. It is also a market of millions of people, where your local paper or Craigslist is more community based with a much smaller group of people.
Many people on disability don’t know this, in fact I was one of them, but even though you are on disability another way that you can make money is taking a part time job if you are able to work even short periods of time. I had understood that you could not work and collect Social Security Disability, but that is not correct. They do allow you to make a certain amount of money and continue to collect your monthly check. You are required to tell the SSA(Social Security Administration) if you begin to work, and when you do, they will tell you exactly how much you can make and still keep your disability pay. So that is another option in making money while on disability.
Another was is not so much making money but by saving money. And a few of the ways to save some money is by clipping coupons in your Sunday paper, and by looking on the internet for them. There are many sites that have coupons on just about anything you buy for your household. Whether it is for food you buy, cleaning supplies, bathroom items such as toothpaste or hairspray, you can save alot of money by just taking the time to clip and redeem coupons. If you have 10 coupons and they are all a savings of 75 cents, that is a savings of $7.50. It won’t pay all the bills in one trip to the store, but each time you use them, it’s just another way to save money, and not having to spend that money you save, you actually are making money by doing so.
If you are disabled but still able to spend time at your computer, another way you can make some money is by using the internet. There are many ways to do that. You can start a home based business selling different products, work with affiliate marketing, doing surveys, and that is just a few of the opportunities that are available online. Taking surveys doesn’t always make you money quickly, but it’s one way to make something to help pay the bills. And there an endless number of survey sites available that offer different amounts of money to take their surveys, anywhere from $.50 for a few minutes of your time up to longer surveys that can pay up to $50.
Once again, you may not get rich by doing the surveys, but sometimes it is nice just to see money coming in that can help. Affiliate marketing is selling other people’s products or services and getting a percentage of the sale. There are numerous products available to promote if you decide you don’t want to sell your own product, and depending on how well you advertise or promote the product you choose with affiliate marketing, you can sometimes might a pretty good income.
Another way of having a home based business if you are disabled or unable to work away from your house is starting your own internet business. There are numerous internet marketing companies that offer web space and other tools you need to get started without having to pay for them. If you don’t have a product of your own to promote or sell, you can promote the product that they offer, and some will pay you to sell the product or service they are offering by referring other people to do the same thing. This is also another type of affiliate marketing that you can make money with.
So if you have become disabled and cannot work away from home, these are just some of the ways that I was able to make money without leaving my house. Whether you clip coupons, have a garage sale or start a home based business, being on disability doesn’t keep you from getting at least a small amount of income coming into your household. Although becoming disabled can sometimes cause emotional roller coasters of feeling up and then down, being able to contribute in some way can sometimes take the feeling of helplessness away.
While the car accident that left me with chronic pain took away my ability to do the things I was able to do before, one thing it did not take away was my ability to become creative in finding other ways to help provide for my family. And that can be a big plus for some of the emotions that sometimes come with having a disability.