7 Most Popular Jobs for People With Lupus

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    Career Options That Balance Work and Health
    Living with ongoing lupus symptoms can affect physical, mental and emotional health. As a result, chronic illness can influence your employment and financial stability. While the loss of a career or income after a lupus diagnosis can have devastating effects, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With today’s technology, there are many flexible work options that are both lucrative and lupus-friendly. If you’ve asked the question, “Can you work with lupus?” these seven adaptable jobs are sure to get you excited about the next phase of your career.

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    1. Freelance Writer
    Freelance writing jobs have skyrocketed over the years thanks to countless new websites and online media platforms in need of fresh, engaging content. The average pay range for freelance writers is $11 to $55 per hour according to PayScale, with the average hovering around $25. Freelance writing opportunities can be found in just about any topic, so reflect on areas of expertise or past career experience before searching for positions.The writing industry is diverse, with opportunities including copywriting, blogging, ghostwriting, resume writing, book writing, web copy, and more. Check out websites like Flexjobs, Upwork, and ClearVoice to start your search.

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    2. Graphic Designer
    Graphic designers communicate ideas through hand- or computer-drawn art for a variety of media, such as magazines, websites, brochures, packaging, logos, and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly pay for a graphic designer is almost $23, with annual salaries hovering around $47,000. Though some graphic designers have a bachelor’s degree, many have an associate degree or certification in the craft and generate freelance business off of their portfolio. Some graphic design certification programs, such as those from the University of Massachusetts, Ashworth College, and Parsons School of Design, can be completed online, offering the flexibility to manage your lupus symptoms.

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    3. Bookkeeping
    Bookkeepers are always in high demand, helping businesses log their income and expenses, reconciling accounts, resolving any discrepancies, creating budgets, and more. Plus, being a freelance bookkeeper allows you to work with a variety of business types or specialize in one niche area of your choosing. Currently, the average hourly rate for bookkeepers is around $16, according to PayScale. While you don’t need certification to be a bookkeeper, becoming certified may help set you apart from other freelancers. The National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers is a great place to start to learn more about certification.

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    4. Social Media Manager
    Over the years, social media management has evolved into a crucial component for any company. Because the majority, if not all, of the work is completed online, it is an ideal option for people who prefer to work from home due to chronic illness. According to Glassdoor, the average annual salary for a full-time social media manager is around $54,000. Freelancer rates on some sites average between $20 to $30 per hour. To stand out from the competition, look for online social media certification courses, such as those from Hootsuite or Social Media Training.

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    5. Pet Sitter
    If you have a heart for animals, offering pet-sitting services from your home can be more lucrative than you might imagine. According to Rover.com, one of the most popular websites for pet sitters to find clients, part-time sitters average around $900 per month, with some full-time sitters earning as much as $3,300 monthly! Pet sitters provide companionship, care and exercise for pets, either in their own home or the pet owner’s residence. They might offer overnight services, day services, or dog walking services. In addition to Rover, other popular sitting sites include Care.com and Petsitter.com.

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    6. Translator
    Working with lupus can be possible, and lucrative, for those who speak multiple languages or are fluent in sign language. Translators are always in demand to translate or interpret written or oral text. As a translator, you might write, proofread, edit and revise materials, in addition to offering linguistic duties to clients. According to PayScale, translators average around $20 per hour for their services. In addition to searching for jobs and listing your skills on sites like Flexjobs and Upwork, you can research companies such as Responsive Translation or Aberdeen who specifically seek out translators.

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    7. Customer Service Representative
    Another flexible, at-home work option to consider when trying to manage lupus symptoms is part-time employment as a customer service representative. This can be an ideal career match if you enjoy helping people and solving problems. Glassdoor averages hourly rates for customer service reps between $9 to $13 per hour. However, pay ranges will fluctuate depending on the company you work for and your job responsibilities. Amazon, Apple, LiveOps, Sutherland, Hilton and Humana are among the big-name companies who offer this type of remote work.

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    Working with lupus is possible.
    In addition to these great employment options, working with lupus can also be possible for people receiving disability benefits from Social Security. Learn more about returning to work with work-at-home opportunities through their My Employment Options website and the Ticket to Work program. Dealing with lupus symptoms doesn’t mean you have to give up your dreams of having a meaningful career. In addition to being lucrative options, these lupus jobs also provide mental stimulation and social connection without leaving the comfort of your house—a win-win all around.

Working With Lupus | 7 Most Popular Jobs for People with Lupus
  1. PayScale. https://www.payscale.com/
  2. Graphic Designer Job Description. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/graphic-designers.htm
  3. Bookkeeper Certification. National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers. http://certifiedpublicbookkeeper.org/
  4. Meet the People Making $3300 a Month Pet Sitting. The New York Post. https://nypost.com/2015/03/21/meet-the-people-making-3300-a-month-pet-sitting-for-strangers/
  5. Returning to Work. My Employment Options. https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/#oid=109_1
  6. Ticket to Work. Social Security Administration. https://choosework.ssa.gov/
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Last Review Date: 2018 Mar 29
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