Work for single parents of children with disabilities

by Helena
(Collingwood, Ontario, Canada)

I have four children, three with disabilities. My question is concerning my two youngest - 13 years with cerebral palsy and 16 years with PDDNOS (autism.) I need to be able to leave work if a medical incident happens (thankfully less as time goes by) and to have time available for various therapist/doctor/school appointments.

I have been working in my present position for over 3.5 years in administration at the local YMCA - the hours from 5am - 9.15am have worked well - I have the rest of the day free for appointments etc.

However, the stress of the job is causing me medical problems and I'm exhausted all the time, also the pay is nowhere near enough and I'm getting deeper and deeper in debt. I desperately need to quit, but have to find some other employment for income to support my children. I get nothing from their father and have no family living within Canada.

The ideal job would be working within the school system - having holidays off for my kids would be so fantastic and the pay is much better than where I am. However, after 3 years of sending off resumes to all positions in the school arena (including cleaner positions) and to a myriad of other companies, I'm losing heart and am willing to take anything that will pay well enough... if only the hours would work.

Because filling the hours and pay criteria is so difficult I've been thinking more and more about trying to start my own business or website to sell/provide services/? but don't have any ideas... I do work as a face painter during any free time I have whenever I can, to try to bring in extra money, but that's not enough.

So please, If you have any ideas of a home/flexible business I can do, I'd LOVE to hear them.

Thanks for your help!



Hi Helena. By far the best way I know of to sort out how to make an income when you have special needs kids is to work from home, in a way that you can choose your own hours.

The trick is to separate the hours you work from the time that people buy. I can work at 11 pm, and people will buy at whatever time is convenient for them.

You can read more about my story in the About Us Page, as well as the very good tools I use to turn a site or blog into a business.

Hope that helps!

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