Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

How Many People Working from Home Have ADHD?

I am 44 years old and have just realised I have ADHD (Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder). After years of failing to achieve my full potential and struggling to do tedious tasks, it seems I may not be lazy after all!

My son is 15 years old, and I often wondered when he was younger if he 'had something'. He seemed to be borderline OCD and went through a terrible time when he was six years old with anxiety. He was even having chest pains and told the doctor he thought he had a heart attack.

He is doing so well at school though, and is top of his class despite Spanish being his second language. He is popular, great at sport, not at all the standard profile of someone struggling with a condition.

However, teenage anxiety and hormonal puberty increased his feelings of isolation and frustration. He couldn't relate to his peers in the way he thought he should. He felt different, as if there was something wrong with him.

The words he used, the feelings he had, they all sounded so familiar to me. I often thought he acted like a space cadet, and I desperately wanted to set a good example of habits and rituals to make his life easier. I tried and failed, finding it impossible to do myself. Slowly, all the pieces of the puzzle started falling into place as I read how it often runs in families.  Spotlight on me!

So we both took an online test together out of curiosity.  After answering all the questions, if you scored 30 or under, you did not show signs of ADHD.  My son scored 41 and I scored 45, with a very high probability of having ADHD! I took it with a pinch of salt because surely everyone had the same symptoms?  Except that my daughter came in well under 30 and my husband was at 32.

While an official diagnosis has to come from a doctor, it was still a relief to know there was a reason for my inability to behave like everyone else. It made me wonder, how many people struggle with regular jobs because they are also struggling with conditions like ADHD? 

An average job is torture for  adults who are not 'standard'.

I remember a friend of mine telling me off because I expected to enjoy my job. He said he just goes to work and gets on with it. He works his X number of hours for which he expects to get paid in return. That is as far as his thinking about it went. When I told my mother how shocked I was at this, she also said I was expecting too much wanting to enjoy my job!

While I was wondering what was wrong with these people, I also had to accept that I was in the minority, which I found to be really depressing. How can you spend a third of your day doing something that does not make you happy? How could you not even try to find something that could you enjoy and also provides you with income security?

So if you are struggling to find a regular job, or if you are miserable in your daily job and find it is sucking the life out of you, you are not alone.  

Maybe this is our time, maybe the future will benefit those of us who are more creative, who need more variety. Automation and robots will soon be taking over many roles traditionally done by humans. Without traditional jobs how will people earn money?

The time has come to promote more flexible ways of working, and people with ADHD could be one of the groups that benefit from that. 

Of course working from home when you have a short attention span can be a challenge, but it can also make you great at some roles. For example, online customer support roles online mean you have to be multi-skilled. Participating in forums, answering queries, checking social media, writing blog posts. There is no need to struggle against your nature because there are jobs that need exactly the mindset you already have. 

Now more than ever, we have the opportunity to tailor our work lives to suit our personalities, our quirks, and our skill set.

I may have been rubbish at office routines, but I am awesome at so many more things because of my ADHD. It means I can work from home instead of dying a slow, painful death from boredom in an office.

If you have been struggling because you are disorganized, distracted, or bored out of your mind, don't worry!  There is something out there for you and working from home might just be the answer.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00

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Host a gathering in  your home and get products for free or half-price depending on the sales you make.

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Start your own business selling Mary & Martha products and get the following benefits:

  • Flexible hours, the freedom to make your business fit your schedule
  • Unlimited earning potential, including personal volume bonuses
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  • $99 Business Kit with beautiful home décor and gift items valued at over $400
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Published in Selling
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

Shout Louder If You Want to Get Noticed

I was rejected today, for not having enough followers, enough shares, or enough content on the website. In a perfect example of how unless you make yourself busy making noise, you might not get invited to the party.

The website I´m talking about is supposed to help bloggers succeed with their blog.  The goal is to brainstorm, ask for feedback and ask ideas etc. So I asked for case studies of real rags to riches stories. None of these people who left the corporate world to start their own business.  I wanted stories about real people who have gone from zero to making a living. They did not have to be rich, but certainly making enough to cover their needs or replacing a 9-5.

My article request was rejected because AlternativeIncomeReport.com " looks a bit quiet and there is no community / shares to be seen."  They are right. The Alternative Income Report is my passion, not my business, so I work on it whenever I can, but it is not my main source of income. I also do not want to get attention by writing a ton of content just to get traffic, but that has  no soul.

I spent three years working as a copywriter producing what I like to call ´content fodder´. The goal of the articles I wrote were to get search engine attention by including relevant keywords. It had to sound half decent, but other than that, the rules were pretty relaxed.  It was soul destroying.

To get the message out I will have to do it at some point - but I am going to wait until I hire my Virtual Assistant full-time to do it!

As I said, my business is selling property, my mission is to help mothers to work from home and the unemployed to find work online.

Right now there are only around 80 out of 785 opportunities posted online. I have to write the courses and add them to the site, as well as the search filter, coaching information .... it´s going to be huge!

The concept of Alternative Income is going to creep into the online psyche in a slow, organic way. There will be no loud brass band announcing it, but it is going to offer hope to millions worldwide.  The world desperately needs alternatives for those who can´t work at a regular job and I plan to keep on posting them ... one at a time.

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Published in Selling
Working from home means being on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your office is lurking in a corner of your house, calling you to do just one more thing over and over again. The result is long days, no days off, and weeks that in blend in to one another.
 
This week I had a meltdown. I could not pinpoint any one specific thing that triggered it, I just know that I felt unbelievably frustrated. In my head everything was going wrong, nothing was working, and I felt trapped. It felt weird. I am the person who always sees the silver lining. I always find a way around problems. I don´t get depressed. ´Never give up´ and all that positive mumbo jumbo. Except this week.
 
I know it was bad because my husband kept phoning to see how I was and offered to take the day off work and take the kids out so I could have some free time. Even the kids looked scared.  When Mrs Motivator goes quiet, they think something is very, very, wrong.
 
Luckily I had to take my son to basketball and hang around for four hours, and then take him and his friends to the cinema. I wanted to watch the film as well as Guardians of the Galaxy looked funny, and boy did I need a dose of funny this week.
 
An hours drive to basketball, waiting for four hours,  and two hours to get home after dropping them off. Thinking about it I was cursing about how much time I was going to waste, how ´busy´ I was and how I needed to be online. Blah, blah, blah.
 
Busy does not mean effective. Anyone who has worked from home knows that you can be sitting in front of the computer for hours - that doesn´t mean you get a lot of work done.
 
After waiting for hours, driving for miles and getting to bed at 3am in the morning, I felt like a new woman the next day.
 
- The basketball 3x3 tournament was at a coastal town so I got to walk along the beach and get some fresh air.
 
- I got to socialise with the other parents and have some adult conversation.
 
- The movie was really good fun and made me laugh more than I had in a long time.
 
- The kids and I also got to do something fun together instead of being stuck in the house while I was working.
 
It may seem obvious, but when working from home you often get so focused on what you are doing, you forget the power of taking time out. If I had stayed at home, there would have been nothing to get me out of my funk. I would have been miserable to live with and completely ineffective.
 
Working mothers definitely need to pay more attention to taking time out as they are so used to being available 24 hours a day. Add to that your business which has no closing time and a personal project you want to get off the ground and you have a meltdown brewing.
 
As soon as you start losing focus, as soon as you feel exhausted, frustrated or lacking in motivation - GET OUT. It could be something as simple as a walk around the block, going for a coffee, going for a run or meeting friends. The important thing is to break the funk because you are not doing yourself or those who have to live  with you any favours!
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Published in Selling
I was listening to a webinar recently run by guys claiming to make over a 100,000 dollars a year selling t-shirts. They used the usual formula of giving some great information and making a big deal about not selling you anything on the webinar.  
 
They did make a big deal about their mastermind course though, over and over again! Which is OK because we are all in the business of selling one thing or another.  That is how we make money and the wheels of the economy keep on turning. So far so good, until they dismiss the majority of the population as financially irresponsible. A caller asked how much they needed to get started making that kind of money and if they could do it with no money to pay for advertising.
 
Boom.
 
Then came the lecture. The speaker said if you can´t run your personal finances successfully, then you won´t succeed in business. His little rant went on to imply that everyone can save thousands by getting a second job, not wasting money on products (just theirs), and being more responsible.
 
Wow.
 
This from the people who in the same call said that if you didn´t have the money you should get a loan from anywhere you could to invest in your t-shirt business. Borrow it from friends and tell them you will pay it back. Max out your credit card. Do whatever it takes. They are talking about thousands of dollars to invest in advertising! How is that not more of the financial irresponsibility they were just complaining about?
 
They did stress this was not a venture for the weak hearted and should not be done if you were not prepared to put your life and soul into it. Well done boys. 
 
I admire people who succeed online. I know it takes hard work, hours of dedication and making sacrifices. That doesn´t mean you should judge others by your standards.
 
You have no idea why people are in debt. They may live somewhere it is almost impossible to get work and they can´t afford to move. They may have fallen ill and can no longer do a regular job. They may not have the support they need to keep going.  Their self-esteem might be so low they can´t even imagine speaking out. The list is endless.
 
So many people accept their situation, think they have no option and continue to struggle in misery for the rest of their lives. Often because they are so exhausted by life and see no way out. Struggle becomes the norm. Then they hear things like ´if you don´t have thousands to invest in your business don´t bother´.  There goes the little flicker of hope snuffed out forever.
 
Maybe you won´t make 100,000 dollars a year, but if you manage to improve your current situation then that is progress!
 
So let the big boys do their own thing and concentrate on what is right for you. Do what you can with what you have right now.
 

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