Find the best work-at-home jobs for chronic illness. Discover flexible remote jobs that meet your unique needs.
Do you live with a chronic illness?
If you do, you know how hard it can be to stick to a traditional work schedule. You need a job that works with your skills and abilities and allows for the flexibility your chronic illness requires.
Working from Home with a Chronic Illness
I’ve struggled with health issues for my entire life. I’d been told it was all in my head or that exercising more would solve all my problems. Finally, after years of fighting for answers, I received a diagnosis: Ehlers Danlos with POTS.
The good news was, I could explain all the things I’d struggled with. It did not make working a traditional schedule any easier though.
I was lucky that I’d started working from home when my oldest child was young. I was able to gradually transition into remote work that was better suited for my energy levels and abilities.
Best Work-at-Home Jobs for People with Chronic Illness
Fortunately, there are some great flexible work-at-home jobs for people with chronic illness. Many make it much easier to use your skills to earn an income without making your health conditions worse.
Work as a Remote Graphic Designer
Graphic design can be a great choice for someone with chronic health conditions because most of the work can be done at any time of the day as long as it is finished by your deadline. That means you can work when you are at your best and take breaks when needed.
Many graphic designers are able to create a passive income stream by selling printables on Etsy, educational resources on Teachers-pay-Teachers, or creating Amazon KDP journals. This work can be a bit difficult if you deal with arthritis or nerve pain in your arm but creating an ergonomic workspace can do a lot to help alleviate those difficulties.
Working as a Remote Bookkeeper
If numbers are your thing, working as a remote bookkeeper may be a great fit. This work generally doesn’t require a lot of time on the phone and it is generally easy to take breaks during the day.
If you don’t have any previous experience, we recommend the Bookkeeper launch course to teach you everything you need to know to start your own bookkeeping business from home.
Create Passive Income as a Blogger
When my health first going downhill I transitioned from running a home daycare to blogging. Originally it was a hobby but it eventually became my full-time income and for years it was my family of 8’s primary source of income.
If you are interested in earning money through blogging, it can be a great way to create a passive income stream. This does require a lot of upfront work but now if I have a rough health day I know that I can take the day off and I’ll still be paid for posts I created years ago.
Work as a Remote Coach
Coaching, whether it is life coaching, health coaching, business coaching, or anything else you are passionate about can be a great job option for someone with a chronic illness. You will have the ability to set your own schedule and may be able to offer many services asychronously.
Check out these options for certification:
- The Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo
- IAP Career College
- International Coaching Federation
Create an Etsy Store
If you have a skill for creating things, an Etsy store may be a great option for you. You can create physical or digital products. My teens have even sold things they’ve made using their 3D printer and I know many Etsy sellers have done well creating with laser cutters. Be sure that you have a product that you can use to scale your business so it isn’t too time intensive.
Work Remotely as a WordPress Developer
If you have an easy time learning tech, or you have a background in web development working as a WordPress developer may be a great career option. You can work as a contractor through sites such as UpWork, or find your own clients. This work can be done on your own time and often pays quite well hourly so you may be able to earn what you need working part time.
Work as a Remote Teacher
If you are a certified teacher, working as a remote teacher can be a great way to transition into a career that is more chronic illness friendly. Companies like K12.com and Connections Academy will hire certified teachers to supervise remote learners/homeschoolers. The hours are very flexible and you can work from a home office that is customized to your needs.
Remote Customer Service Jobs
If you are looking for something low-stress, remote customer service jobs can be a good option. You can do anything from phone customer service, providing support through email, or working as a community moderator (such as managing Facebook comments). These jobs are fairly easy to find part-time option if you need fewer hours than a traditional job and many offer great employee benefits.
There some great work at home job options for people who have a chronic illness. Start by looking at what your skills are and consider any limitations you have. Whether you need part-time remote work, the ability to customize your work environment, or a remote job that lets you take breaks during the day, there are some great options out there.