Thinking about high-paying side hustles for people with disabilities may make you realize that many of those with disabilities need it more than many others do but don’t know how to go about it.
Stephen Hawking says about disability “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”
Stephen Hawking advises going all in. While you may not have all that you want, you have what makes you special. That spirit cannot be broken.
Disability should not stop you from achieving what you want to achieve. This achievement could include getting a high paying side hustle.
Nick Vujicic, a limbless evangelist says about his disability “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”
This article discusses disability, what it hinders and 21 high-paying side hustles for people with disability.
Every year, the number of people with disabilities continues to rise. This rise may be slow, but it is sure and real. We cannot claim not to know what these people face.
Statistics according to the US census bureau reveal that in 2010, about 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe.
According to the report, the total number of people with a disability increased by 2.2 million from 2005 to 2010, but the percentage remained statistically unchanged. Both the number and percentage with a severe disability rose, however.
Almost 10 years later, the percentage stays the same but the number of disabled humans continues to increase.
In 2019, 19.3 percent of persons with a disability were employed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In contrast, the employment-population ratio for persons without a disability was 66.3 percent.
The unemployment rates for both persons with and without a disability declined from the previous year to 7.3 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively.
What is a disability?
A disability is a condition that makes it difficult for people to relate with the world around them the way others do.
The World Health Organization describes disabilities as “an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.
Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that one have a record of disabilities even if they no longer have the disability and that none should be discriminated against because of their disability.
The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics answers this in detail. Permit to lift because I don’t think I can answer this question better than the analysts can.
“In 2019, the employment-population ratio for persons with a disability was 19.3 percent, little changed from 19.1 percent in 2018. The ratio for persons without a disability, at 66.3 percent, increased by 0.4 percentage points over the year.
The lower ratio among persons with a disability reflects, in part, the older age profile of persons with a disability; older workers are less likely to be employed regardless of disability status. However, across all age groups, persons with a disability were much less likely to be employed than those with no disability.
In 2019, the employment-population ratio for persons with a disability between ages 16 to 64 edged up to 30.9 percent, while the ratio for persons without a disability in the same age group increased to 74.6 percent.
The employment-population ratio for persons with a disability age 65 and over, at 7.6 percent, was little changed from the prior year; the ratio for persons without a disability in the same age group, at 24.4 percent, increased in 2019.”
Why do the disabled need side hustles?
The BLS also has this to say about the interpretation “Persons with a disability are less likely to have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher than those with no disability. Among both groups, those who had attained higher levels of education were more likely to be employed than those who had attained less education.
Across all levels of education in 2019, persons with a disability were much less likely to be employed than were their counterparts with no disability.
Workers with a disability were more likely to be employed part-time than those with no disability. Among workers with a disability, 32 percent usually worked part-time in 2019, compared with 17 percent of those without a disability.
The proportion of workers with a disability who worked part-time for economic reasons was slightly higher than their counterparts without a disability (4 percent, compared with 3 percent).
These individuals were working part-time because their hours had been reduced or they were not able to find a full-time job.”
This implies that many will be unable to secure jobs that can offer them all they need, and so will need side hustles to compensate for that apparent lack of full-time opportunities.
21 High paying side hustle for people with disabilities
These are high paying side hustles that people with disabilities can venture into;
There is potential for the success of people with disabilities in research. Research, as the organized and systematic method of finding answers to questions.
It is systemic because it is a process broken up into clear steps that lead to conclusions. People with disabilities have the right set of tools to do well here.
People with disabilities in their limited capacity can carry out desktop research, surveys, interviews, and just about any other thing to help them get what they need to get work done.
Research pays as much as $60,000.
#2 – Research assistance
Research assistants provide support to professionals who are conducting experiments or gathering and analyzing information and data. They prepare interview questions and summarize results, perform literature reviews, and update website content.
As a side hustle, people with disabilities can earn as much as $30,500.
#3 – Accounting
A good side hustle for people with disabilities, accounting would involve ensuring the accuracy of financial statements for individuals, companies, and organizations.
As an accountant, you make sure that laws and procedures are followed, and taxes are paid. This is a side hustle for which you can get as much as $55,200.
#4 – Movie or video producer
Movie or video producing can be taken as a chore at first and then something that could pay dividends enough to add to your monthly and yearly income.
As a producer, you develop, manage, oversee, and deliver movie projects. You can either decide to own the movie or work for someone else that would pay you to produce.
Annual pay is above $90,000.
#5 – Musician
As a side hustle, your goal is to entertain. For thousands of years, musicians have always sought to communicate happiness. You, as a musician, need to perform for crowds or audiences by either singing or playing an instrument.
You can get paid for your performance and subscribe to music deals.
#6 – Novelist/Writer
As a side hustle, people with disabilities can make some money from writing books, novels, and blog. As a writer, there are many options you can explore; fiction, nonfiction, etc.
You can get paid as much as $55,420.
#7 – Graphics designing
Graphics designers create visual concepts using computer software or by hand. Graphics design is also called communication design because it serves to communicate with an audience.
They use imageries to tell stories in a way that supports a message and evokes emotions.
As a disabled person, graphics designing could do a lot of good. As a graphics designer could get paid as much as $48,200.
#8 – Teaching
Teaching needs no explaining. It is the application of what we know in the form of knowledge to ensure that those who are interested in learning it can learn it whole. To teach is to engage students with learning. Teaching opens up possibilities.
You can get paid as much as $45,500.
#9 – Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is a path that has the potential to be the most rewarding. This is not the path of least resistance, as it can be very difficult to actualize, but it has upsides that could unfold in its hundreds.
This path could averagely earn you as much as $57,000.
#10 – Art
Art is the diverse range of human activities involving the creation of visual, auditory, or performing artifacts (artworks), which express the creator’s imagination, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
The creation of art is quite easy for creatives. You can get paid as much as $40,000.
#11 – Photography
This involves the use of a camera to take pictures of people, animals, and objects. These images may be captured on film or digitally. You can get paid as much as $32,000.
#12 – Real estate broker
Brokers are people who connect manufacturers to buyers and real estate owners to their customers. They are the middlemen. They do the connecting.
Real estate broking is a grand opportunity for disabled people to make some money. You can get paid as much as $72,500.
#13 – UX Designer
User experience designing is one very nice way to make money in this age and time. The internet has made it possible for people to work without anyone knowing that they have disabilities.
You can get paid as much as $97,400.
#14 – UI Developer
Becoming a User Interface developer is another very fine way to make some money. You can develop user interfaces in your free time. You can get paid as much as $97,000.
#15 – Web designer
Web design is the process of planning, conceptualizing, and arranging content online. You can get paid as much as $56,140.
#16 – Petsitting
Petsitters, as the name already described, sit pets. This starts with the pets you can handle. You get paid as much as $21,000.
#17 – Archivist
Archivists archive things. You just need to have a system to store things for as long as possible until they are needed. You get paid as much as $46,790.
#18 – Online surveys
These won’t make you rich but can be an easy way to supplement your income and you can do them in your downtime (waiting in line, watching TV, etc.). You can make as much as $21,000.
#19 – Blogging
This may sound trite but there is still money to be made in blogging. Get yourself a blog and start from there. You can make as much as $40,000.
#20 – Baking
Those cookies and the others that you love to make for yourself and family can be converted into a cash earning venture. It is for now supposed to be a side hustle. It is not supposed to put more money in your pocket than your main job. You can make as much as $20,000.
#21 – Renting your Airbnb
If you have extra room in your house, you can earn money renting it out to visitors on Airbnb.com. It’s a pretty cool way to make money and meet interesting people from around the world at the same time.
There is money to be made all around. Just find a way to tap into what is moving in the market. In the words of the investor and philosopher Naval “There is no failure, only feedback.”
Even if your side hustle doesn’t pan out, give it another shot.