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Job Ideas For Quads With Limited Arm/Hand Function

WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Moderator Posts: 384 Moderator
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Hi All!

We wanted to make a list of some jobs that are great for Quads who have limited use of their hands and arms (if at all)

Has anyone had success working online from home? Would love to hear your ideas and insights from your own experiences or someone you know's experiences. 

Thanks!

Your WAGS of SCI
(Elena and Brooke)

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  • SterlionSterlion Moderator Posts: 101 Moderator
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    One thing I plan on doing one day is drop shipping. Probably more as a side hussle than full time job, but it can be full time. Basically what it is, is selling products on ebay that you buy on amazon. The great thing about it is you dont have to buy anything until you get paid. There are all sorts of videos and info that tells step by step guides on how to get started. If you can work a computer it can be done. There hasn't been a better time to be a quad!
  • garrisonreddgarrisonredd Moderator Posts: 154 Moderator
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    That sounds like a pretty good idea @Sterlion

  • ambercollieambercollie Moderator Posts: 137 Moderator
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    @Sterlion Thanks! Cool thing to check out!
  • nightqueen1nightqueen1 Member Posts: 11
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    Has anyone ever gotten into Stocks and trading post SCI?
  • goalkengoalken Member Posts: 6
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    Thanks for sharing the information it was very helpful for me  happy wheels

  • Numb1Numb1 Member Posts: 1
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    Sterlion said:
    One thing I plan on doing one day is drop shipping. Probably more as a side hussle than full time job, but it can be full time. Basically what it is, is selling products on ebay that you buy on amazon. The great thing about it is you dont have to buy anything until you get paid. There are all sorts of videos and info that tells step by step guides on how to get started. If you can work a computer it can be done. There hasn't been a better time to be a quad!
    Do those things really work? There is a lot of information about it but we are talking a lot of stuff. They make it sound so easy, I was afraid it was a scam.  
    Has your luck been any different?
  • SterlionSterlion Moderator Posts: 101 Moderator
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    @Numb1
    not a scam at all because you don’t rely on anyone but yourself to get paid. 

    Short explanation would be to sell an alarm clock. Some people like buying on eBay over amazon and vice versa. So you set up accounts with both. Find an alarm clock on Amazon, copy and paste all the information to your Ebay acoount and raise the price a dollar or two. You don’t have to buy anything until you sell something. 

    Once you sell something on eBay go to your amazon account, buy the product and instead of sending it to your address send it to your buyer on eBay.
  • ambercollieambercollie Moderator Posts: 137 Moderator
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    That is a good Quad Job! 
  • kkarisuma27kkarisuma27 Member Posts: 16
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    Are there really job for people with disability? I am having hard time looking for job. I tried to apply at local stores in my area but they never called me back. If I could find a job to work from my computer at home would be great. 
  • IrinaCarmenIrinaCarmen Member Posts: 6
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    My fiance is a C5 quad and works as a freelancer photo retoucher. He also learned his profession alone, by watching tutorials and taking online courses - but it took him years to manage to support himself. He basically makes people's skin look perfect for magazines, edits clothes a little bit and just makes it look better. He gets his clients online from different related websites. It's tiring sometimes, there were times he had to work for 12 hrs straight or more I think, but overall it's worth it. He has no use of his fingers, but he manages to hold the pen of a drawing tablet - can't press or put pressure though. The job itself requires some texterity though, but he uses whatever muscles he has in order to achieve that. And now he's teaching me so we can work as a team!  :)

    If you can hold a pen - or tie it to your hand somehow - I strongly suggest drawing tablets! As for the job, there are many branches of digital art - like this one, but again, it takes a while to practice and you actually have to love it as it takes patience and LOTS of work and I personally couldn't do something I hated...

    If anyone wants to know more, I'm here!  <3
    “Be brave. Be open-minded. Be kind. Be forgiving. Be generous. Be optimistic. Be grateful for the many unexpected lessons you will learn. Find the joy inside the hardship. It’s there. I assure you. And, too, be opened to inspiration from unlikely sources.” - D.R.
  • ambercollieambercollie Moderator Posts: 137 Moderator
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    @IrinaCarmen that is Awesome what your fiancé does, that definitely takes patience! Those art tablets are pretty cool! 
  • ambercollieambercollie Moderator Posts: 137 Moderator
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    @kkarisuma27 I applaud you for applying for jobs locally. Keep trying, you can try asking to speak to a manager directly. I found calling them back is good too, finding the balance between nice and lil pushy (selling yourself) saying I can do this, need this, give me a chance. Have you scrolled online for job opportunities (like on Craigslist etc) 
  • IrinaCarmenIrinaCarmen Member Posts: 6
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    @ambercollie yes, I was impressed too when I first met him and still am!  :# And yes, the tablets are awesome and they can be used as mouses, too! 
    “Be brave. Be open-minded. Be kind. Be forgiving. Be generous. Be optimistic. Be grateful for the many unexpected lessons you will learn. Find the joy inside the hardship. It’s there. I assure you. And, too, be opened to inspiration from unlikely sources.” - D.R.
  • susanesossisusanesossi Member Posts: 3
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    Thanks for sharing the information it was very helpful for me film streaming
  • DanyolmosDanyolmos Member Posts: 3
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    Keep trying, you can try asking to speak to movie 4k manager directly. I found calling them back is good too, 
  • reinaldojrbreinaldojrb Member Posts: 1
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    Perhaps creative writing or specifying in seo to boost advertising

  • giff806giff806 Member Posts: 6
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        A GREAT MONEY MAKER AND WAY TO HELP PEOPLE!!! I’m a C5-6 quad. About a year ago my best friend invited my wife and I to attend a free Money 101 workshop that his financial education company was hosting. We decided to attend the 45 minute workshop. This workshop was purely educational and we learned better strategies to grow our money, invest without the stock market and were shown how to protect our money from taxes in retirement. With what we learned we were able to go on to structure our future to get paid in retirement and get paid if my wife should ever have a disability, illness or injury during her lifetime. I went a step further and began working for this company. I’m now an independent contractor and didn’t even need any previous experience. I can set my own hours just working part time or full time at home. All I do is help guide people to the Money 101 classes as well as the other great workshops my company provides. I made a little over $1,000 just referring two people over the last month. 

         Though the money is nice the opportunity to help my family and friends prepare for their future is most important. For example, think back to when you were able bodied and healthy. You get an invite from me and attend the money 101. You think it’s great and we eventually help you secure a living benefits policy. You pay a few dollars a month on the policy but a year later you have your accident or diagnosis. That living benefits policy will now pay you $1, $2, $300,000+ Did you have an extra $1, $2, $300,000+ during your life event?? Would that money have helped you or your family? Are you now seeing how much you can help people? 

         If you’d like to know how to join my company or want more information, please let me know!!!

  • stephanie426stephanie426 Moderator Posts: 47 Moderator
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    Hi All, 

    I am friends with tons of people with disabilities, including Quads, so I made a list of jobs that I know they all do:

    - Attorney
    - Independent Living Specialist at an Independent Living Center
    - Policy Analyst
    - Marketing specialist
    - Customer Service Representative 
    - Salesperson
    - Grant Writer
    - Blogger
    - Researcher
    - Professor
    - Professional Athlete 

    I think there is a ton that we can do, it's really about finding the organizations or businesses that are the right fit for us. Discrimination is real, but once we find a good place to work, we can excel!
  • ambercollieambercollie Moderator Posts: 137 Moderator
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    Great list and post Stephanie!
  • dchilddchild Member Posts: 3
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    I’m a C 5-6 quadriplegic and have been for the past 40 years. I cannot move any of my fingers but I do have wrist flexors. Injured at 15 years old, got my masters degree as a speech language pathologist.I am starting my 31st year working full-time in this field. I’ve worked with all types of students in the school system for the majority of that time. Because of COVID-19, I am working at home this year doing Tele-speech therapy. Fortunately my employers hired an assistant to go to my schools to set up with the technology and manage bringing my students to the therapy room. Not near as much fun as being with my students, but I am safe at home, unlike my coworkers. 🙁
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