Coronavirus or Covid-19 is wreaking havoc on the world at large but we know a few things that others don’t…
Blogging or working remotely keeps you safer, happier, and able to withstand financial struggles during this pandemic of coronavirus or Covid-19. But you already know this because your life is already built around chronic illness or a compromised immune system. You may have even started blogging from home to stay safer.
Us Spoonies live a different version of life than healthy people. Our hands get washed more times than three people sometimes. We live with the fear that this pandemic is causing every.single.day.
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I’ve been inundated with memes and news links on social media. Because I don’t watch cable or local tv I have less stress in my life and that helps me physically. I’m usually able to handle small doses of news online but with this virus, I can’t escape it anywhere.
Still, many things I’ve read and seen about coronavirus had me thinking. Many of us in the chronic illness community are ahead of the game when it comes to taking precautions. But as bloggers, we are even more knowledgable about the benefits of working from home.
You most likely know all of this and could probably add many more things to this list from your own experiences. Still, I thought sharing would help others like us. Plus maybe it will help people who want to become bloggers or work remotely.
So here are things I bet you already know.
Here are 7 things us bloggers with chronic illness or compromised immune systems already know about dealing with Coronavirus or any virus:
- Working from home means not exposing yourself to the variety of viruses, like coronavirus, germs, and bacteria everyone is exposed to daily. If you have a compromised immune system or another chronic illness that puts you at risk blogging can be a great way to earn money.
- There are a variety of tools and apps that keep bloggers connected to their network and clients. Whether you are sharing information via project management tools like Trello or having virtual meetings on Zoom or Loom there is always a way to keep up with others.
- Being able to telecommute or freelance from your home means a lower cost of living.
- You don’t have to use fuel to get to and from work.
- Many don’t have to keep an upscale wardrobe for the office.
- Others can make lunch in their kitchen.
- Some people are digital nomads and work and live in places around the world where rent, food, and other things are much more affordable.
- There are also affordable health insurance policies and lower-cost medical care for nomadic bloggers and virtual assistants.
Almost every communication can be an email, comment on a project management tool, or, rarely, a video chat. Bloggers know the value of their time and don’t waste it in meetings that don’t need to happen.
- Online communities and friends are just as valuable as those in your daily life. Sometimes our online people know us and understand us better too. The phrase “community over competition” is not just something many in the virtual world say, they encompass it into every aspect of their life.
- Bloggers manage their schedules and can take time for doctor appointments, hospitalization, family time, and fun. With Coronavirus causing quarantine, we can also get to the pharmacy for meds when others can’t (as long as our bodies and insurance agree). This makes many of us happier and healthier, mentally and physically.
- For bloggers with chronic illness, it means we can rest when our bodies need it and flares make it impossible for us to work.
- We don’t have to deal with an unforgiving boss or company policy which takes a load of guilt off of us and allows us to feel better about self-care. In turn, that helps our immune system function better and our mental health suffers less.
- We don’t have to worry about being off work for a long duration.
- Our work still goes on while others are forced off work from something like Covid-19.
- Our routines and projects can still go on virtually with no physical contact with others.
- Unless someone we network or work with is sick all work continues and many times someone else will do the work for the sick person.
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Coronavirus is scary for us Spoonies!
Those of us with chronic illnesses, autoimmune diseases, and compromised immune systems already know we HAVE to take precautions daily. We wash our hands, wear masks, and avoid unnecessary contact with people and places that could cause more health problems. But many healthy people are STILL not taking precautions and that makes this whole thing harder.
For many healthy people, this pandemic is going to hurt more financially than health-wise. This is also scary and will cause pain in other ways. I feel for them.
Let’s try to be helpful and offer to set up an Etsy shop or other venture that could help them be more financially secure. A lot of people are going to want to work from home after Coronavirus or Covid-19 hurts them financially and they will need mentors.
Maybe this experience can help create better solutions for those with chronic illness and disabilities that have been denied approval to work from home. After seeing many companies tell their people to work remotely there is no reason this cannot be sustained for positions that do not require physical presence.
Here are 9 thoughts I had about how we remote bloggers can stay safer and tighten up our financial security:
- Get groceries delivered and left outside your door. I don’t know about you but I have ordered groceries to be delivered and it is an amazing service to have when you can barely type due to fatigue. Still, just because we didn’t go out to the store doesn’t mean we aren’t being exposed to the outside world. It would be a good idea to:
- Clean anything your, very helpful and well-meaning, delivery person touched. Doorknob, counters, floors, etc.
- Use disposable gloves to take groceries out of the bags and throw them away then wash your hands. Don’t forget to throw the grocery bags away too.
- Spray and wipe off any items you can, without damaging them, with disinfectant, except fruits & veggies. Use apple cider vinegar or sprays made to wash them.
- Note that nothing is going to provide 100% protection so keep washing your hands and stop touching your face.
- Wait it out until the virus dies on any groceries you bought. If you choose to wait out the virus’s lifespan a NY Times article says “A study of other coronaviruses found they remained on metal, glass and plastic for two hours to nine days.” That’s a long wait!
The main advice seems to be washing your hands before touching your face because the virus can’t get through your skin, it attaches to your saliva or mucous in your eyes and nose. So wash your hands more than you usually do ( I know that’s a lot).
- Offer to help others who want to begin building an online business in your niche.
- Give them free information and resources if you are able.
- Remember how hard it was to start blogging? Make it easier for others to begin their journey to financial independence.
- Don’t do it for any reason other than you are a good person but it will most likely be you people come to when they need your product or service because of your generosity.
- Help by advocating for blogging, freelancing or remote work that chronically ill or disabled people can do from home.
- Tell the world that we can do the job from home and that the job can be done from home.
- This pandemic has proven that many can work from home IF the company they work for decides they can.
- A question I keep having: Why can’t people with disabilities work from home all the time then? Is it discrimination or something else? Is there a good answer? If there is please tell me so I can share it with others in our community or comment below.
I know you are already putting away some money for taxes out of every job you do (right?) but put an extra little bit away for times like this. Even though we can work from home doesn’t mean our finances won’t be affected. When the economy takes a hit so does almost everything else.
- Build a successful following of people who LOVE what you offer.
- These people are your bread and butter, GIVE them love in return.
- Build an email list of the same people so when you have a new product or service you can tell them.
- Your email list may be the only thing you own…build it! Social media algorithms can change or they may close your accounts…build your list!!
- Create as many streams of income as you can.
- If you create printables you can sell them on Etsy and other places like Shopify too.
- Sell digital products? Sell them on Creative Market or Etsy. There’s no chance of being exposed to Coronavirus by dealing in digital products.
- Make products? Sell them on Etsy and eBay.
- Have services you offer? Post them on Craigslist, Facebook groups, your local business pages, etc.
- Whatever your product or service is, locate all the places you can sell it/them and sell them there. Diversify!
- I want to clarify that I am speaking to those who CAN create products in the time required on some selling platforms. If you, like me, can’t guarantee you can create a product within the allowed timeframe then don’t sell. It can be frustrating but buyers deserve great service and you don’t want a reputation of not delivering.
Create “what if” scenarios and plan how you will handle them if they happen. For this virus you may have planned to stock up on food but did you also plan for you or your clients catching the virus? Think up worst-case scenarios and plan for them.
- Find ways to make money despite the economy taking a hit.
- Maybe some of your skills transfer easily to another niche or your hobby can help your pocketbook.
- Make a list of what people are needing during this time and offer it on your blog or social media.
- Note what you can do to make money if the virus affects your blogging income.
- NEVER take advantage of people in a bad situation or price gouge…unless you want to lose all credibility and hope for a stable financial future.
I leave you with a question
There’s no right or wrong answer and becoming a blogger isn’t necessarily the right decision for everyone…but you should find something to start that helps you become more financially independent from your job or career.
So here’s my question:
What do you want to do to make yourself and your family safer, happier, and able to withstand the financial chaos, caused by Coronavirus, that comes with being forced to take time off work?
I would love to hear your thoughts and comments so please answer in the comments section down below and don’t forget to share this for another Spoonie sister!
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Much love and success!