Earn While Sick

Achieve While You Recover

Having neurological Lyme disease has been devastating financially as well as emotionally and physically.

Before we can turn things around in our life financially (instead of thinking about the despair that leads to suicide thinking about things we can be excited about) try watching Nik Vujicic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P2nPI6CTlc.

We all need hope.

For me, in many ways, the internet has been my salvation – allowing me to get support from other sufferers and eventually allowing me to extend a helping hand too.

The beautiful silver lining of this horrible disease is the wonderful friendships that are forged through the shared experience of Lyme.

Some people are still able to work with their disease, and others (like me) are forced by circumstance to find other ways to earn money – on the internet. The best method for people who either can’t work full time or don’t want to is through affiliate sales. Simply put, companies pay affiliate commissions on their products.

For me, I never recommend a product that I have not tried or been given very high recommendations by other “Lymies”, and I try to find the best values to pass on which makes it a win/win situation.

Cultivate Focus

As you know, Lyme disease is a life changing disease, and if you were disorganized before, it is so, so much harder to be organized now.  Try this to get back on track. I use two free tools: Evernote and Workflowly Be prepared to invest some time in setting up your own personal system – it has to be better than paper scattered all over your house, right?

Give it a go when you feel like your brain fog is getting the best of you. A free inspirational video to help be organized and feel accomplished that helped me is by Brendan Burchard, author of The Charge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLYwz3JUsLw.

People ask me all the time about my blog – I use WordPress which is very easy to use and free to installl through most hosting companies. I buy my domains at Godaddy (if you google “Godaddy coupons” you can find coupons for $1.99 domains! Or GoDaddy – get 20% off with this link) I use Hostgater for hosting but the new wave is cloud hosting – check out LiquidWeb. 

Be careful when looking for opportunities on the internet.  There are some very unscrupulous people out there!  They will sell you a product that is free somewhere else, in fact Google has almost every tool you need to succeed with internet marketing for free. (See analytics, adwords, and adsense to name a few).

Set Realistic Goals

First, be realistic about your expectations. You are sick, and it takes a lot of hard work to make money even when you are in the best of health.

If you focus on quality and honesty, you will succeed eventually.  For me, the most important thing is quality information, but for some it might be a genuine passion for a particular product or hobby.

What skills do you have?

There are many opportunities to manage projects from home at your own speed.

There are many freelance websites that allows you to bid on projects – both price and time – giving you flexibility to earn money without the usual pressures.  Elance.com, freelance.com and fiverr.com are just a few of hundreds.  Whatever you did before your crash, you may be able to use those skills to make money at home.

Set up a page with your skill sets and choose to  price by the job rather than hourly.  Tell your story to your prospect to explain why you need more time. You’d be surprised at how much people enjoy helping others when they are given the opportunity.

Some of the categories are:

* design and multi-media
* web and programming
* writing and translation
* sales and marketing
* finance and management
* legal
* data entry

Just because you are in your pajamas and you haven’t showered or shaved in days doesn’t mean that you can’t pitch a job.  Nobody will see you.  As far as they know you are in a high rise office building.  Picture yourself there and have confidence that you can still do something.  It will help enormously with your self-worth if nothing else.

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Now if you are really ambitious, perhaps you would be interested in building a website.

It used to be that you would need a webmaster or lots of money to hire someone, but times have completely changed now.

There are systems that are designed for people with no experience, and if you are desperate and willing to work hard you might try:

Websites: Now if you need the independence to think things through slowly and have a dream you want to pursue, it is possible to have a website up and running for under $75.  WordPress (which is the platform I suggest) is free as are most all themes and plug-ins – you just need a domain which is under $10 (I use godady.com), and hosting. For hosting I use but arguably the best hosting is Cloud hosting like Liquid Web. Finally you will need help designing your website. Most websites I also use XSite Pro but there are many services like Weebly available through your webhost.

Blogging: The question I get asked the most is, “How do I set up a blog?” The best way is also through WordPress.  I took the paid course by Yaro Starak. Yaro started out creating his own successful blog many years ago and has built a huge internet presence helping other bloggers.The course I took is called Blog Mastermind (recently updated for a new launch in 2016). He now offers a free course for beginners as well see – http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/newsletters.

What is nice about blogging is that you can write about a passion you can’t enjoy now due to your illness and still feel connected, or blog about Lyme like I do.  And you just keep blogging away…no deadlines or stress about anything technical – it’s easy and fun!

Meanwhile, as people browse on your blog or website, your visitors may want to buy products you reference, and you will earn money (usually pennies but it can add up) when they make a purchase – even Amazon. A good course on this is from Affiliorama.

No matter which way you decide to go, if you decide to start an online business, your success will rise and fall on the traffic that you can generate.  It is all a numbers game.  So first, learn about outsourcing – especially if you struggle with Lyme fog.There is a great ebook available for $0.99 called There is a great ebook “How to Outsource”

In it you will learn all kinds of excellent business practices that will save you money and make you money.  For instance, there is an amazing website called Fiverr.com that allows you to get just about anything done for $5 – one “gig” at a time.

We are sick, but we are not dead yet!  So while we are alive and fighting the horrible symptoms this disease brings, perhaps we can turn our tears to smiles when we can finally afford that special protocol we’ve been dreaming of – or help a friend who is even worse shape.

Chronic illness is extremely difficult. So please, be kind to yourself first. It is OK to sleep 3 days in a row if you need to…just be sure you

Have Fun!

Stress feeds our disease so don’t bite off more than you can chew.  But if you need money, you can plan an internet business around the ups and downs of Lyme to improve your self esteem, finances and conquer your depression.

Best in health and happiness!

 

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4 Responses to Earn While Sick

  1. Merry Porter says:

    30 years living on Long Island,New York. Merrick during the school year.
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  2. Lori Geurin says:

    Thank you for the great ideas, Jenna! I had to quit my teaching job due to Lyme disease, but started a blog and and love learning and writing.

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