Darkfairy458 enjoys sharing their experience with agoraphobia to help others in similar situations.
Money-Making Opportunities for Agoraphobics
With agoraphobia, it's hard to get out to work or even go to work. Some agoraphobics, no matter how bad or anxious they feel, are still able to hold down a job and make it through. Others simply do not have this choice, as they can barely function at all, even in their own home, also known as their comfort zone.
Having agoraphobia myself, I understand how you may feel about not being able to get out and go to work. It's really hard to face your fear and work through the horror of panic attacks, but over time you will be able to overcome all that has happened to you and be able to live a completely normal anxiety-free life.
But for now, and until that day comes, you need something to do in order to be able to make some money until you can get yourself back up and living again. I have tried to put together a list of different things and jobs that you could do in the comfort of your own home to help you to make some extra money to get through until the next step of your life. Don't worry, it won't be long!
If you're okay with being around other people, you could start babysitting from your home. You set the rates and the times, and don't take on more than you can handle. Remember, during this period in your life, you need to stay as stress-free as possible.
Pet sitting is an easy way to make some extra money Set it up so that customers drop off and pick up pets at your house only. Add outdoor kennels and more to build yourself up.
If you have extra items that you no longer need, have a yard sale. If you have a problem with going all the way outdoors, either use this to your advantage to learn to face your fear for a day or pick a room in your house to set up and allow them to come into that room for the sale. Make sure to block off all other rooms and make it so that no one can see the rest of your house. This is a safety procedure so that people can't see what you have in case they are the type to stake out places to rob. Always put safety first!
Sell Items Online
You can sell items on eBay or Amazon. There are many ways you can set up a business like this. Sell items you already have, or purchase items from yard sales if you are able to get out, or find places to buy wholesale that ship to you. A lot of these places require a wholesale license but some do not. Make sure you have a printer and a postal scale to be able to handle everything from home.
You can also opt-out of using external websites by building your own. There are many places you can go online to get a free webpage to start your own online business. Then after you get it up and running, simply start advertising. One of the best places to advertise is Facebook. There are many users on there that will get the word out for you, and let's face it, the more people talk, the more people come to your shop, the more money you make. Also, another way to get the word out on your store is to have giveaways and raffles.
- Arts and Crafts: There are different websites you can look into to sell your arts and crafts items from the comfort of your own home. There are a lot of them, so do a full search and find the one that fits you best.
- Handcrafted Jewelry: You can start selling jewelry online or from your home. People tend to like jewelry so be creative! Whether earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. There is always someone out there looking for something unique and different!
Writing is a good way to make extra income. You can find a site like HubPages and simply start writing articles. Please know, you will in no way start earning fast. It will take a few months before you can build up enough articles to start making a steady income. But after writing and writing and writing some more you can make a lot of steady income; it just depends on how much determination you have.
There are a lot of sites like Shutterfly where you can take pictures and put them up for sale on their site. You have to be able to take really good pictures to qualify.
For fun money, you can find sites to take surveys on. They will contact you when they have surveys available and if you qualify, you take the survey and make the cash. The best one I have personally found is mysurvey.com. They give you points that build based on surveys and you can cash in the points for money, gift cards, or gifts.
There are a bunch of different call centers that allow you to work from home, taking their calls and placing orders into their computer sites. You will need to look around to find the one that is right for you. Simply put "work at home call centers," "messengers," or "telemarketers from home" in your URL and browse to see what you come up with. You may be surprised; there are actually a bunch out there.
Webcam Chat Service
Depending on what type of person you consider yourself to be—I'm saying this cause I am not out to offend anyone in any way—you can also start an at-home webcam chat service. There are many sites looking for at-home adult workers, whether phone operator or webcam chat person. You set your own schedule and they pay awesome; you make your pay rate by the minute. The more steamy you are, the more money you will make. It is completely up to whether you are comfortable working in that field or not. That is your choice! You are you, and you are out to make yourself happy!
There are many options out there, you just have to look.
Remember, You Are Not Alone
If for any reason this disorder has a complete hold on you, and no matter where you turn you simply cannot find a way to make money, you really should look into drawing disability. This disorder can leave you truly disabled and unable to function correctly. If at any point in time later you feel like you have fully recovered, you can easily give up the disability if you want to continue to live a fully normal life without being labeled.
I hope this at least helps you to see some options you have for making some kind of money at home. I know how you feel. Remember you are not alone.
If you would like to find others that have this disorder, please go to mdjunction.com as they have the best support group you could ever think of. You can list discussions on anything and get advice from anyone there who has the same disorder as you. They also have categories for almost any illness you can think of so invite your friends. And if they are missing a category, asl administrator to make the support group you are looking for and they will, without hesitation. Really great people! We are all there to help each other until we are free again!
Stay positive, stay focused, and keep moving forward. Remember this disorder cannot and will not harm you, nor will it kill you. You are safe, your mind is just telling you otherwise. Do not feed the fear; face the fear and live happy! Good luck to all of us.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
T on June 11, 2020:
I am getting worse but cant find online jobs. Ive already lost almost $2000 to online scams which is making everything worse. I am going to lose my house. I dont want to lose my house or my 3 dogs. I haven't had foos in three days other than rice because i cant go to the store. I am feeling desperate and I am so scared.
rabit hole on September 05, 2019:
its the relapse after I think I got it....
Polly webb on October 28, 2017:
Thank you for this. New to all this. My head and life are both spinning out of control and a main concern is work. In a short piece of writing, you've eased my mind somewhat, knowing and now believing that I can still go on and make some money/work. Such an open article which appeals to all of us & our uniqueness despite us all suffering from such an invisible but very real problem. Thank you
LivingIsn'tForEveryone on July 02, 2014:
This article helped a lot, thank you so much.
I'm in high school and thanks to anxiety have become increasingly agoraphobic. It's difficult for me to stay at school for more than a few classes, I'm having to take most of them online. As I'm a senior I have to move out and make a living and as I can barely get to school and back without having a panic attack, I'm terrified of figuring out how to get a small apartment and money. Thanks for the list!
creativification on April 15, 2013:
Thank you for taking the time to write this with such positivity. Agoraphobia is not something that most people understand, but clearly I can tell that you have been there. Thanks for the Hub!
tamron on July 11, 2012:
I have Agoraphobia or had but I got control over it now. My next step is go back to work. Its been 3 years since my last panic attack I wrote about it here on hubpages. Hoping to help someone to get there life back.
Great Hub! Vote Up