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Yes, Jody, and what is wonderful is that many companies are allowing people to work from home. So, depending on the level of disability, some with our disease may be able to actually work for a company. For those who can't, even if they do work for home, they are writing books. And, they are using the Internet to promote their books.
I went from newspaper editor and publisher to freelance writer, now with three clients. I control my work load according to my function. When it is a post exertion symptom exacerbation day, I can veg on my recliner in the fetus position, knowing the work can be done the next day.
For other patients, I know someone with an autoimmune disease that handled calls from TV ads for products. After a credit check, you are given access to their computer system, income calls are routed to you. And you process the order. And the best part, you work when you want. No schedule. Just call in and say, "I want to work a couple of hours now."
Also, my statewide insurance company now has someone to answer questions even on holidays, how? Their customer service people are working from home, accessing the company's system to provide service.
I even heard some airlines are letting, even encouraging their phone customer service people to work from home. Saves money from having a building to house them.
Think of all the websites we go to with a "chat now" customer service.
The timing is great for those with disabilities that make them largely home bound. And here is an idea, someone who has this illness could set up a business where others with disabilities are hooked up with these employers. Charge a fee. The "Work from Home Employment Agency." Well, the name could be better. But you get the idea.

January 10, 2012 - 11:08am


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