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To think this doesn't count as employment?

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YourNewspaperIsShit Sun 11-Sep-16 17:09:07

And shouldn't affect my benefits? I can't work due to autism and some physical ailments but the main reason people won't employ me is that my autism makes me very unreliable and I can't speak to strangers making work a very difficult environment (couldn't serve anyone or answer a phone, etc). I was on jobseekers for a couple of year but rejected for every application and the feedback from potential employers led the Job Centre to actually tell me I had to receive disability benefits because I was unemployable.

I'd actually like to work (but understand why I can't, it's just frustrating) so am always looking for some kind of obscure career that doesn't involve interacting with anyone but nothing so far blush

Recently I've been desperate for a hobby or stay at home education because I feel like I don't really have anything "going on" and quite isolated. I've considered starting a YouTube channel after some mild success on other social media sites.

Although it may seem like you're interacting with the public technically you're in a room on your own speaking to a camera. However I'm also aware that this can earn you some money if successful.

Would you say this would count as being "able" to work. Obviously people do this as a job so I'm concerned that 1) I'll be terrible and won't make any money and 2) That I won't receive any benefits so will be getting no funds from any source.

I don't want to start the channel for the money by the way and in all honesty I might shut it down after a few videos but very worried about people who may not think through the logistics of how it works (ie sat on your own) will assume I'm "ok". This is because I do get people online saying I don't "seem" disabled which does worry me.

AIBU or am I overthinking something simple?

JenLindleyShitMom Sun 11-Sep-16 17:15:07

I think you're getting ahead of yourself (I'm guilty of that too). Start your channel. Is a hobby, do it, enjoy it, see it as nothing other than pure entertainment (for you) and if it starts to make money then you can think about whether you want to continue and alter your employment status.

HKHKHR Sun 11-Sep-16 17:17:42

Go for it. It's a hobby if it becomes successful you can change your hobby to a job. What will your channel be about?

phillipp Sun 11-Sep-16 17:20:32

If someone has jobs going where you sit in a room and talk to a camera (not someone on the other end) that's a job that's comparable.

I can't think of an employee job were you can do that.

Until you earn money, it's a hobby. Not a job.

When/if you do earn money then you would probably need to declare that income. But it's going to be very small amounts for a while, if at all.

Dd has a YouTube channel, it's not classed as a job.

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