After a recent post a reader expressed disappointment in my lack of a job, specifically my lack of working at home, so I felt I should cover the issue in more detail.
I do make a small amount of income from home by providing child care for a neighbor and by renting a room in our home. While I would love to have a higher income coming from me, there are several factors against it.
1-I have a degenerative vision issue that prevents me driving on a regular basis. Some days my vision will be just fine, other days it will be so bad that I can’t read the mail. This said, my issue is not considered bad enough to qualify me for disability..yet.
2-Finding employment near hubby’s work and carpooling with him seems like a great option, however it would never work. Hubby is an electrician and goes to different job sites on nearly a daily basis. Sometimes that means he is working 30 minutes away in town, or an hour away in the city.
3-We live in a rural area where public transportation is unheard of, the closest we get is the school bus that picks up k-12 every morning.
4-Our rural area has spotty internet service, especially in the winter months (yay, for lake effect snow!).
5-Having 1-2 days a week where I can not see well enough to work online (if the internet is working) or to be productive in other ways makes me an unreliable, undesirable employee.
I have in the past experimented with many nontraditional income streams, but, our rural location combined with my vision issue have made each venture impossible as a long term solution. I would love to hear any ideas that you might have for me! If I could come up with an income source that works with all those issues, I would snap it up in a heartbeat!