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To ask what jobs can I do from home? Poverty is grinding me down, running out of ideas

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BrokeBelinda Tue 11-Oct-16 17:51:55

I have several disabilities and am looking for part time work because it's all I can manage. I'm trying to get my own business off the ground also, it has no costs so I'm not out of pocket but progress is slow and not enough to live off. I'm living on PIP and get my housing benefit, which was cut off today because a flatmate moved out and we alerted the council tax dept. I have a few savings which pay for any other essentials.

I'm quite upset that I'll have to go in and waste hours trying to re-instate the housing benefit but I really have to do it. I only have enough savings left to sustain myself for two months having eked them out for months. Because of my disability, I cannot stand for several hours which means I can't do retail work, not that I've any experience of that anyway.

I keep getting to the last handful for jobs that suit my skills then being pipped at the post, so I'm sure I will get something eventually.

What work can I do from home? Copywriting or virtual assistant or similar things? Does anyone know any good agency I could apply to?

SheldonsSpot Tue 11-Oct-16 17:53:33

Could you take in ironing?

JenLindleyShitMom Tue 11-Oct-16 17:55:01

Are you Internet savvy? Do you have a Computer with antivirus? Do you speak a second language? I have been reading MSE for ideas and I saw leap force mentioned a few times which seems to be making some people several hundred a month.

Wrinklytights Tue 11-Oct-16 17:55:55

I'm a copywriter. Do you have skills inexperience in this area? I don't think you would be able to pick up freelance work without.

WindyCat Tue 11-Oct-16 17:59:02

I knew someone who quit their job as a childminder and started working for enterprise car rental from home. I honestly don't know if it worked out, or whether it's national, but it might suit you.

icanteven Tue 11-Oct-16 17:59:39

You could set yourself up on People Per Hour and be earning by tomorrow. Web design is hopelessly overcrowded there now, but I think that if you start out low, you could build up a client portfolio there.

You have to be relentless - pitch for everything at first. You'll soon learn to spot the timewasters.

Upwork is another similar platform, but much bigger, and it has its own problems, but it's definitely a start.

WhatWouldFlopDo Tue 11-Oct-16 18:06:27

ERS Connect have agent caller posts available. It's calling patients to remind them of hospital appointments. There's a lengthy recruitment and training process. I tried it but it wasn't for me because my family had to creep around while I made the calls.

Parietal Tue 11-Oct-16 18:07:34

You can also look at fivr to post small graphics & voice jobs

Mechanical Turk can earn you money if you pick jobs carefully.

Both are online & chose hours to suit you.

HappiestMrsChicken Tue 11-Oct-16 18:11:22

Have you considered selling on Ebay? I run an Ebay business alongside my normal job and started it around 18 months ago with a really low initial investment and have just built it up from there. Feel free to PM me if you want any tips and advice about how I got started and the type of things that I sell. I generally earn £500 - £1000 per month through Ebaying so it's possible to earn a decent chunk of money each month from it.

SnipSnipMrBurgess Tue 11-Oct-16 18:16:01

I work for an online retailer from home. I have disabilities that curtail my commuting so it's ideal for me but it's a proper 9 to 5 as if you were in the office.

There is a website where loads of companies for that like British Gas and Argos. Let me see if I can dig it out.

It's not glamorous but it's work. Well paid work with career advancement and retraining opportunity.

SnipSnipMrBurgess Tue 11-Oct-16 18:18:14

Sensee. Co. UK

IamWendy Tue 11-Oct-16 18:22:15

I always think that if I were to work from home, I'd quite like to work on a sex line blush
Id be hands free, so could do ironing at the same time!

DinosaursRoar Tue 11-Oct-16 18:25:34

Nothing useful to add but just to say it sounds like you are having a terrible time at the moment, and hideous that something as simple as a flat mate leaving is too much for the housing benefits system to cope with! Good luck

paddypants13 Tue 11-Oct-16 18:26:00

You could try Arise op. Minimum commitment is 15 hours per week. When I worked for them, I had to do two of those hours on a Mon and one on a Friday.

A few of the people I trained with were in a similar situation to you.

paddypants13 Tue 11-Oct-16 18:27:52

P.S. You can work with Arise through your own business or work for one of their partners. Call Catcherz and Layered Onion are two I know of.

TheMidnightHour Tue 11-Oct-16 18:35:12

I've used people per hour and it's a genuine way to get work from home. Not done it in a year or two so don't know how it has changed but it was good when I started

FoofFighter Tue 11-Oct-16 18:38:32

Check if you are entitled to claim ESA

HellsBellsnBucketsofBlood Tue 11-Oct-16 18:45:10

Check with your local estate agents. Sometimes they need people to chase up chains (calling solicitors and buyers etc to chivvy them along).

Just2MoreSeasons Tue 11-Oct-16 18:47:12

op I don't have any ideas, sorry. Do you have any skills you think are worth developing?
Happiest I would love to hear more about your ebaying - would you mind a PM from me?

Turbinaria Tue 11-Oct-16 18:56:11

Are you able to do school drop offs and pick up children from School and look after them for a couple of hours until their dps pick up?

I know someone who sells items on behalf of other people on eBay. She takes between 25-50% of what the items go for. You have to do the photography, list and monitor the auction then send item off to the buyer. She advertises in the local paper and does quite well out of it.

BrokeBelinda Tue 11-Oct-16 19:10:33

Thanks so much all.

Yes I have been paid to write in various capacities before so thought copywriting might suit, but very open to anything tbh.

papayasareyum Tue 11-Oct-16 19:24:41

the companies who offer home working are in Aldershot and Leeds. Do you have to attend training before you start?

MrsMozart Tue 11-Oct-16 19:28:47

Proofreading for university students?

RunRabbitRunRabbit Tue 11-Oct-16 20:07:38

What does your start up business do? Maybe we can think of things loosely associated with it or potentially helpful to it.

paddypants13 Tue 11-Oct-16 21:13:06

Not sure if you are asking about Arise, Papaya but will answer anyway.

Yes, you do training but that is done at home.


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