A young man I know recently started a new job with a Fortune 500 Company.
Prior to this job, he had a number of positions that went well, but didn’t last. This young man doesn’t have Aspergers, but he does struggle at times with interpersonal communication.
One of his relatives knew someone at this Fortune 500 Company, explained his son’s skill set (he is very good with technology), and disclosed some of his son’s interpersonal communication difficulties.
The person at this company helped this young man land a contracting job. He works from home, with flexible hours, and so far it has been a win for the company and a win for the young man.
It’s not always that easy to work from home.
However, working from home is becoming more of a trend. I listened to Chris Ducker talk on the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast about the future of work. More and more work will be done virtually, he contends, over the next five to ten years.
I hope people on the autism spectrum can harness this upcoming work trend. Given the sensory and interpersonal challenges that autistics face, working from home may offer increased opportunities in the world of work.
Work From Home Tips
How to Work From Home – Think About Your Passions
What are you truly passionate about? If you’re more passionate, you’re more likely to continue to have success at your job.
Action Step – Read Find Your Mission Through Your Passion. Write down your first next action to figure out your passion.
Bonus Action Step — Enroll as a student at your local community college in a career class or another class you’re interested in. Once you’re a student, you can take some career assessment tests to better find your career interests.
How to Work From Home – What Are You Good At?
What do others tell you you’re good at? What are your strengths? What skills and competencies have you developed?
Think also about your special interests. In Developing Talents, Temple Grandin talks about paying attention to your special interests and matching them with careers.
Are There Work At Home jobs that pay for your passions and gifts?
Check this list of companies from About.Com that tends to hire people to work from home.
Here’s a list of 10 great work at home jobs you can look over as well.
The Venn Diagram on the left, courtesy of Simon Kemp, that illustrates the first two components, but also a very important third part of seeking ideal work from home opportunities. Once you’ve pinpointed what you love to do, and what you’re good at, you need to figure out whether there are work at home jobs that pay you for your passions and gifts.
Start off by reading this article at Mark Hutten’s blog, called Best and Worst Jobs for Aspergers Adults. Everyone reading this article is different. You may excel at a job others on the autism spectrum might find hard to tolerate. The key is to know your own comfort zone with executive functioning, social challenges, and sensory challenges.
How to Work From Home – Read (and Apply) 48 Days to the Work You Love.
I’ve listened to Dan Miller’s podcast off and on over the years. He’s been an employee, but he also owns his own business. If you listen to his podcast, you’ll hear his advice to thousands who are trying to find work they love.
I love practical steps, and Dan takes you through 48 days with a task to do each day. Go through each day, and you’ll have a good plan to work with going forward.
Here’s a part of the book summary on Amazon:
Conversational and creative, Miller helps the reader understand one’s God-given skills and abilities, personality traits, values, dreams, and passions. Doing so helps us recognize clear patterns that will point toward successful decisions along the career path. Step by step, this updated edition of 48 Days to the Work You Love reveals the process for creating a Life Plan and translating that plan into meaningful and fulfilling daily work. Let the countdown begin!
How To Work From Home – Do You Function Best as an Employee, Freelancer, or Business Owner?
John Elder Robison (author of Look Me in the Eye) is a business owner, restoring high end cars at JE Robison Service.
Cynthia Kim (Aspie Musings) is a freelancer/self-employed person.
Rudy Simone works in various freelance roles as an author, songwriter, and stand up comedian.
Many of us start out as employees, then pick up freelance work, and then move on to become business owners.
Due to the internet, it’s becoming easier to start a business with little capital.
The authors of Rework talk about their example of bootstrapping 37 Signals into a successful company. Chris Guillebeau talks very practically about these ideas in his book, The $100 Startup. Pat Flynn, an internet business owner I respect, recommends both these books as must-reads for entrepreneurs.
I dream of seeing work from home opportunities become practical employment solutions for people on the autism spectrum. What do you think? I’d love to hear about your experiences, thoughts, opinions, resources, etc.
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