Hi Matt and others,
I was diagnosed with PD after opting to do temporary contracts in preference to my permanent job. The rationale was better pay on a self employed basis, more holidays in reality no sick pay etc. I was working around the country and travelling up to 100 miles away from home, staying in hotels , working in a stressful environment. After 6 years and the breakdown of my relationship both due to P.D I went from 46,000 per year to 5,200, that took a massive budgeting excercise to stay afloat.
I looked for other jobs, applied for over 200 jobs and got 3 interviews, all of which unsuccessfull. I thought then I had to look at jobs that did not pay sick or holidays, I worked as a tarot card reader, ! was weirdly successful at that but it was a little depressing to do. I then dabbled in buying and selling renting a space in an antique shop. Enjoyed the experience but as a novice more of a social undertaking rather than profit making. Then I did flea markets helped by other traders ,it was good fun but again not much profit. Up at 5.30am then packing away at 4pm eventually realised too much for me in winter but summer , yes will do it again.
Learnt so much and as not entitled to esa as capable of working over16 hrs a week am keen to try again. Might be car boots as hours are only 1/2 day and an ebay shop or Etsy need to find out about grants etc. but setting up my own business is on the cards.
At 8yrs with PD I still want to contribute , pay my way and most of all, I want to earn some cash for a holiday, never been to New York and want to return to Victoria Falls where I spent some of my childhood years.
Wish me luck !