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For those living along the Mississippi Gulf Coastal area of Gulfport and Biloxi, there has been a significant increase in the cost of basic needs. These include gasoline, groceries, and utilities. For these reasons, the disability lawyers in Gulfport MS of Heermans Social Security Disability Law Firm have been helping clients understand how to acquire part-time employment and still keep their Social Security Disability benefits. 

Mr. Heermans says, “Depending on your state of residence and a few other factors, most SSDI recipients can earn around $1,550 per month and still keep their full SSDI benefits. This employment income, along with their benefits, which average about $2,000 per month, allows many disability recipients to live independently, or at least semi-independently. We have seen a substantial uptick in client inquiries about working while on  disability. We are happy to field these questions because we know our current economy has put extra stress and strain on the disabled community. Unfortunately, this is an added stress that those with disabilities should not have to carry, but do just like everyone else.”

Heermans Law Firm likes to recognize and thank all of those who have served their country. If you are a disabled Veteran who is receiving SSDI and wanting to return to work, There are special programs available in the “Ticket To Work” incentive. The Social Security Administration has taken steps to help those receiving SSD/SSDI benefits be able to contribute to their community and earn a limited amount of income. This is especially helpful when a limited cash income is combined with other Social Security benefits, namely Medicaid membership. Medicaid is usually a low or no-deductible health insurance plan that most doctors accept. As a result, most Medicaid members can see the doctor of their choice and save at least several hundred dollars a month.

Mr. Heermans states, “Fundamentally, the mission of our social security disability lawyers in Gulfport, MS at the Heermans Disability Law Firm is to help disabled victims live their best lives possible. So, we work hard to represent you and either apply for your disability benefits or appeal if your claim has been denied. Our goal is to help you obtain disability benefits. These benefits are available to most people who have a severe mental, physical, or other condition that inhibits work-related activities. 2024 is seeing more and more disability recipients carry a part-time job. A part-time job not only means additional income. It also helps disability recipients feel more like productive members of their community.”

Here are the 7 best part-time jobs for people with disabilities in 2024. 

School Crossing Guard

Part-time, seasonal jobs, such as school crossing guard, bus driver, and bus chaperone, are excellent gigs for physically, mentally, or emotionally disabled people.

Usually, these jobs are sedentary and require almost no moving or lifting. Furthermore, these jobs usually only require a few hours a day. Therefore, lack of stamina usually does not present a problem. Finally, these jobs have a substantial giving-back-to-the-community factor that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. 

For disabled people with a little more energy, substitute teacher and teacher’s assistant might be an option. Substitute teachers basically can be available to go to work when they feel like it, and teacher assistants usually have limited, but important, responsibilities. Teacher assistants can usually take more frequent breaks as well.

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WFH Job

Work from home (WFH) jobs often require some training, which in many cases, the SSA or other “back to work” programs either pay for or partially reimburse. Low-exertion WFH jobs include:

  • Web design,
  • Content marketing (blogs and website copy),
  • Graphic design,
  • Data entry,
  • Virtual assistant, and
  • Customer service.

A pseudo-WFH job may be an option as well, such as dog walker, house sitter, or pet sitter may be an option as well. Child or adult care sitter is a good idea as well, if the disability victim is up for that level of work and challenge.

Lyft/Uber Driver

Ride=sharing driver could be a good job for people who have mobility issues, since in most cases, ride-sharing operators never leave their cars. Once again, these jobs may require some additional investment, such as a special rider to their auto insurance policies. 

Also, like many other jobs, these gigs have significant pros and cons. A flexible schedule and high income potential might be the two biggest pros. Wear and tear on a vehicle and wear and tear on yourself, in the form of dealing with sometimes cantankerous passengers or unfamiliar streets, might be the biggest cons.

Mr. Heermans says, “We are well aware that any part-time job could have implications for an annual disability review. The SSA could be quick to rule that the recipient is capable of SGA (substantial gainful activity) employment and is just holding back to stay on disability benefits. Any part-time work could also affect the recipient’s residual functional capacity (RFC) score. This is why our experienced ssa law firm is an important partner in these proceedings.”

That being said, a part-time job related to prior employment is less likely to threaten Social Security Disability benefits. For example, if Alan was a truck driver who had a bad back, he may be unable to sit for eight or ten hours a day and drive a large truck full-time. But he can sit for two or three hours a day and drive a small passenger vehicle part-time.

eBay/Amazon Sales

There’s a significant market for handmade crafts, such as oven mitts, and restored vintage items, like framed vintage newspaper headlines. Anyone can sell these items on an online platform like eBay or Facebook Marketplace. Some online platforms, like Amazon, might require people to jump through a few more sale qualifying and merchandising hoops.

Market Research and Online Surveys

Generally, these gigs only pay a few dollars a week. However, many disability recipients only need a few extra dollars a week to make ends meet.

Passive Income

Some SSD/SSDI recipients have some spare space in their homes that they can rent, either as living quarters or storage space. Housing is so expensive in most areas of the country, that many people will pay several hundred dollars a month for a quiet room, a semi-private bathroom, and partial kitchen privileges. 

Frequently, these individuals who need housing are ALICE (asset limited, income constrained, employed). Basically, they work, but they cannot obtain permanent housing, generally because they don’t have papers (such as a valid drivers’ license), or their credit is too poor (they have recent evictions). Renting a room to such a person invokes the aforementioned contributing-to-the-community effect that many disabled people appreciate.

Private Tutor

A private tutor could be a remote job or an in-person job. Online tutoring is very popular, and some students work better in live environments. You don’t have to be a genius to be a tutor. Normally, large tutoring companies, like test preparation companies, give tutors set curriculums to follow. Basically, the most important trait in a tutor is the ability to patiently work with kids.

On a related note, many churches, mosques, and synagogues sponsor ESL (English as a second language) classes. You don’t need to know Spanish to teach ESL. The students already speak Spanish. They need to learn English. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, they need to feel more comfortable around English-speaking people.

For a FREE Disability Evaluation and more information about RFC, SGA, and other key concepts around working while receiving disability benefits, contact a disability lawyer near me at the Heermans Social Security Disability Law Firm. We serve both adults and children in the Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi Gulf Coast area, as well as throughout the mid south. Call or text 24/7 at (228) 207-0766. More value added FREE information can be found in our online article library.

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