Want to raise your income? Working from home with migraines might be a good option for you if you suffer from chronic attacks each and every month. Let's face it, it can be hard to find a job when you need one at the best of times, never mind when you have chronic migraines limiting your options.
I think working from home with migraines, despite the migraines, to raise your income is an option worth considering.
And sadly, for some of us, it might become our only option.
Here are my ideas for finding work that fulfills you, is flexible to fit in that crappy migraine down time and hopefully, pays the bills too.
Be your own boss,
find something that is fun and part-time or
build your own online business.
Here are: a few options, some great tips on what you can do now to help yourself get clear on moving forward, and some great saving money strategies. I hope you enjoy them!
Let’s face it, it can be hard enough to find a job in most cases, never mind when you face the additional challenge of having a chronic illness like migraines.
Luckily, there are lots of options now like flexi work hours, part-time, job shares, and working from home.
So a good starting point, if you are already working full time, is just to ask your boss if you can make arrangements to work from home.
It's helpful to learn your migraine patterns and then see when you can fit in working. If this is not possible, and you are starting from scratch, here are some options for you to consider...
Could you freelance or consult?
Do you have a special skill you can use to freelance? Sift through your experience, wisdom, and passion and find some flexible options that might work for you. OR... maybe there's something new you would love to learn and do. More on that later.
Working from home with migraines means working for yourself. When I was little I wanted to be a psychologist. I started at university but the expense was too great for me as an 18 year old to work, save and study. So I got a job in a bank after my first year at university and followed the flow. A few years later I decided to do an accounting degree and spent over 30 years in the accounting profession.
I enjoyed it and I liked having a socially acceptable profession (in most cases)! Have you heard this joke?
His personality... ahahahah!
Ok that’s an old one. But you get my point.
After the migraines entered my life, I lasted about 4 years and then had to go part time. Now there was no such thing then as a part-time accountant, so I became a bookkeeper and decided to treat all my 'small' clients like big ones. It worked. I loved my clients and my little business grew.
I could schedule in the 20 days each month of attacks (mostly) and work the other days.
Then in about 2009, after yet another health challenge, I decided to pursue my lifelong passion in counseling. And after 15+ years of volunteering at Lifeline, a 24 hour suicide help line, I became a qualified counsellor. A master's degree in fact.
I had to move a little slower than everyone else, to accommodate the migraines, but I got there in the end. Here is my services page - Get Help with a Migraine Expert.
This is why I always tell you to persevere. Baby steps can get you there too.
So finding flexible work, you can do from home, that you enjoy is essential to helping yourself survive chronic migraines long term.
Working from home with migraines became the only option for me.
remember, for the majority of migraine sufferers, this is a lifelong
condition. You will have to learn to manage it all, and working from home with migraines may become the only option for you too.
Have you considered starting your own blog or website but have no idea where to start?
Neither did I, until I found this whole package teaching you everything about building an online business called Solo Build It!
I decided to start this project whilst I was waiting 3 months to start my Masters Degree. I wanted to keep the mental juices flowing.
It was fun and I was certainly stepping way out
of my comfort zone to learn something totally new. And totally in the
too hard basket... and then having to get creative. What a challenge! Little did I know 10 years later I'd have a course and an award winning book to go with it all.
This is where you can share what you know, help others, and learn about having a business all in one place.
If working from home with migraines is a viable option for you, this is a great opportunity.
My tips here are inspired by the book The Passion Test. Their formula for conscious creation is this:
1. Get clear on what you want to create;
2. Put powerful consciousness on what you want to create;
3. Take massive action;
4. Surrender and let go! "This or something better."
To find your best options for working from home with migraines, my version of getting clear is more detailed. Try these to continue:
5. List 10 things you would love to be doing (migraines or no migraines).
6. Tune in, take some deep breaths, center yourself in your body (let your awareness sit behind your belly button) and ask "what is the most important thing to me right now?"
7. Allow yourself to be totally honest. What would you like to be doing right now for work? How about in two years, and then five years. Narrow those 10 things down to 5.
8. Now day dream about it. Yup! See yourself there in that situation doing what you love. Feel how open and happy you are feeling. If anything feels contracted or horrible, scratch that one off your list. It is not for you. Try to stay out of your logical mind, and stay in your body feeling it.
9. Are there any actions you can take right now to move towards that vision? Any small actions, massive action is better (says the passion test), but small steps are great too. I used small steps and I got there.
10. After taking massive action, just let go of the outcome. Say out loud to the universe, or spirit (whatever you believe in) "This or something better"... and then wait to see what miracles turn up in your life. Be patient and persevere.
10a. For taking small steps, the method I prefer for working from home with migraines, keep taking action if it feels like its going in the right direction. Stay tuned-in to your intention to work at something you love, focus on your list. If you feel blocked, hand it over to the universe - Let Go!
You could also ask for help and guidance. I heard Gabby B, author of May Cause Miracles, say something the other day I'd like to share here: "Thank you God, expose to me the truth of what I should be doing. And then don't ignore the guidance."
Don’t do this when you are coming out of, or going into, a migraine. Do it when you are feeling balanced and free of pain and take into consideration what you actually need according to your migraine patterns.
Working from home with migraines can take a lot of planning. If you cannot see a way to work from home, plan to educate those in your workplace around being flexible with migraine sufferers.
I worked out a 4 day a week plan with my very understanding boss way back when. It did cause some animosity, but it was worth keeping my job.
A shorter work week, or the option to work from home may just be acceptable.
You won't know if you don't ask.
Educating yourself on money is really beneficial. I can recommend these books that have some great tips and strategies to help you out financially. Less stress can equal less migraine attacks!
I've been reading this book by Scott Pape, and although it's Australian based, I hope to inspire you to investigate your strategies, options and help increase your share knowledge.
He goes onto provide a solution... "a cheap, simple no-brainer way to ride the coming revolution: just buy a low-cost, tax-efficient index fund that tracks the 500 largest companies in America - otherwise known as the S&P 500."  And he tells you exactly where to find that.
"If you’re just beginning your investment career, buy a copy of legendary fund manager Peter Lynch’s classic One Up on Wall Street." 
"Lynch explains that small investors have an advantage over professional money managers because they can invest in companies that they know and deal with every day – and many times they can do it before these companies hit the radar of the big investors." 
Mastering working from home with migraines means you have to be flexible and have the down time needed to both endure the attack and recover from it.
Have you read about Parkinson's Law? It goes something like this: "work expands to the amount of time you give it ... when you give it a lot of time, it will consume that time. Give it less time and you’ll be more productive."
This means finding the delicate balance required between taking care of your health and your finances.
Oh, and your family, and your social life, and right food, and... all the other things you have to - want to - fit into your life.
P.S. If shares make your head spin, check out the website business option first!! Here's the link again...
Working From Home With Migraines Resource:
1. Pape, Scott (2013) How to turn $1 into $930,550. Available [online] at: https://barefootinvestor.com/how-to-turn-1-into-930550/
2. Pape, Scott (2011) How to Start Investing in Shares. Available [online] at: https://barefootinvestor.com/how-to-start-investing-in-shares-post/