Just in case doing ‘a bit of this and that’ is a bit too vague a career plan, I’ve been investigating what sort of work might suit the predictably unpredictable brain. It seems to me that flexibility is a key thing – for me anyway – so I’ve been looking at ways to work either from home, or in an area which allows time for a sideline…or in fact is a sideline…flexible see?
On my internet travels I wandered across a few random job ideas that had never occurred to me. If you like to get out and about you can earn a crust (and dig into one too) as a mystery shopper. Having worked, once upon a time, in a chain-restaurant, I recall the fear of the mystery-customer and the awe that was inspired by colleagues who could spot them. There was probably a book running on how long it would take me to spill their drinks.
If you’ve a good eye for detail but don’t wish to strike terror into the hearts of retail assistants and waiters there is probably proof-reading and editing work that you can do from home, although you’ll have to be mindful of the work-from-home scammers and sales-pitches for expensive courses. It’s a good idea to check out the legitimate training and employment opportunities here.
If you have a good ear for detail as well as the eye, and are a superspeedy-accurate typist, you could also look into working from home transcribing audio.
Those with a teaching qualifications/experience could can register their tutoring/instructor credentials online through organisations such as Tutorhunt to find students or run a franchise (sounds like hard work, but y’know) for a company such as Kumon.
There are even opportunities to teach courses online, here’s a Telegraph article about online learning with some handy links for would-be webeducators.
If you’ve something more creative in mind you might be able to get ideas and support from Creative Skillset. I’m not sure they’ll support my idea for a cat-cafe in my living room though…apparently one cat does not a cat-cafe make, so I’ll have to continue my quest in order to figure out what to do when I grow up.
Posted in Bipolar, Jobs, June Challenge
Tagged A bit of this and that, anxiety, bipolar, careers, Depression, JOBS, June Challenge, make a change, Mental Health, work for the mentally interesting
So it’s good day/bad day here, but the good days are starting to win out. Phew. I’m still doing the meditation thing, which has calmed me down a bit, and tuning out my brain with what I suppose is a kind of white noise. Since I never know if I’m going to spend my hours crackling with energy or kind of burned out, exercising has been an erratic endeavour…so mostly I run (shuffle-jog-wheeze) to the supermarket 🙂 I must look to be a very hungry individual indeed.
To occupy the rest of my time I’ve been doodling again, finally getting some sleep (huzzah) and, to prevent a hysterical spiral of ‘oh what have I done’ horrors, turning my mind to possible ways of making a living once I’m well again.
Working for yourself seems to be a smart road to travel if you are of a mentally- interesting disposition, since it means you can, within reason, dictate your own hours and terms and potentially work from home (as long as you’ve got some support in case of the occasional brain-burp- could get messy otherwise).
Here are ’10 ways to ditch your job and work for yourself’ courtesy of Entrepreneur.com
The wisest place to start is by playing to your strengths, if your strengths happen to involve mathematical wizardry and a love of spreadsheets you could probably become a freelance book-keeeper; I am rubbish at maths so this won’t feature in any of my plans, but you get the gist.
If you happen to have a passion for the things you’re good at, well, all the better, although if you make it your career it’s still ‘work’ as Forbes’ and this could well chip away at your passion after a while…
Good at arts-and-crafts-y stuff? Champion knitter? Then you already have money-making potential. Etsy is the obvious place to market your goods. You can check out their seller guidance here. For what not-to-do (and a tiny mean chuckle) you might want to also check out Regretsy…the baker’s equivalent is Cake Wrecks which has the power to make me cry laughing-tears.
Having said all that, I’m not sure how much of the above is going to apply to me… although I’m definitely a qualified cake-wrecker & a potential regrets-er. I’ll keep thinking. And occasionally twitching.
Posted in Bipolar, brain-burp, Jobs, June Challenge, money
Tagged 'Being Bipolar', art versus life, bipolar, brain burp, cake, cake wrecks, careers, Depression, etsy, hypomania, JOBS, Mental Health, mixed state, self-employment, workhouse
Jobhunting is a blast
Woah, things got a bit intense back there. I gave myself a proper fright, however I live to fight (shuffle, complain, mess about, whatever) another day. Which is nice.
It’s not all been doom and gloom though – My partner, family and friends have been amazing. I could get quite emotional talking about it, so I won’t, but we have some nice stuff lined up for the next few weeks to keep me chipper. I have also faced down a few facts and I have finally resigned from my job since I know it’s really bad for my neurons (stupid neurons) and I want to break the cycle of mood swings I seem to have fallen into. Seven years of toughing it out is enough.
On this basis, June is going to be all about the kind of employment out there that might not mangle the bipolar mind…since I shall be seeking it myself. I’ve a couple of months before I actually leave work so I have some time to get steady again and work out properly what to do next.
I’ll be posting a little summary of May’s lessons, although I mostly learned that getting addicted to sleeping pills would be preferable to going crackers from lack of sleep (thanks Doc).
Posted in Bipolar, Jobs, June Challenge, May Challenge
Tagged anxiety, bipolar, brain burp, breakdown, Depression, doodles, hypomania, insomnia, June Challenge, May Challenge, mixed state, platypus