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9 Different Types of Freelance Jobs for Disabled Veterans
Roughly 250,000 enlisted service members leave the military every year. If you are among these brave former soldiers, you know from personal experience that transitioning from the military to regular civilian life can be an extremely challenging process.
This is especially so if one happens to be a disabled veteran. The unfair stigma of having a disability is just icing on the proverbial cake.
Having to disclose a disability to potential employees can be the scariest stage of an interview. And while you have a set of very specific skills and values thanks to your military training, civilian workplaces can be insensitive to a veteran's specific needs and can undervalue your military identity.
So if the idea of signing up for a corporate hierarchy makes you shudder, we would like to provide you with another option - freelance careers. Freelance workers account for more than 16 million workers in the US workforce and its for good reason that the numbers grow every year.
So here's a roundup of nine types of freelance jobs that have been selected specifically for disabled veterans.
If you have a way with words, writing may be just your thing. The projects are endless - you could become a copywriter, a technical writer, a ghostwriter, or an article writer. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection and you are set!
The benefit of working as an online writer is that technical training is almost never needed. If you sign up for a good company, they can train you to fit their standards. Freelancing instead of going through an agency is also a great way to start out. In either circumstance, having a command of the language and having good time management is the key to success.
Naturally a perfectionist? Then editing may work for you. Proofreading and editing online articles or pieces of writing before they go in for print is a real job available for all levels of skill and experience.
As long as you have a good eye for detail, you will be able to make a success of it!
Military service has developed some serious leadership skills in you. Teaching will make great use of that skill. Teaching can be for a specific subject matter that you personally excel at - math, science or even musical instruments.
English speakers also have the opportunity to teach English as a second language to kids and adults. In either situation, the job pays well and allows you to watch others grow and develop in a skill or field. What could be more rewarding?
More and more businesses are starting to outsource their accounting and bookkeeping work. If you have some schooling in this field and some prior experience, this could be the right job for you!
Due to the army offering incentives to those who learn or speak another language, many veterans can speak multiple languages. If this is you, translation work is in high demand!
Anything from legal documents to novels to medical records requires translation, so all that is left is to contact an agency and start typing!
Transcriptionists are needed for the medical, legal and even entertainment fields. If you can type fast, like repetitive work, and have an eye for detail, this job may be the right fit for you.
Customer Service Representative
This is another job where being bilingual is a sought after skill. If you love problem-solving, and if you are naturally outgoing, this is a job you could really enjoy.
Customer service representatives do everything from providing product information to taking reservations. The job can change with every call and therefore is exciting and rewarding work.
Many veterans have been able to travel because of their work with the military. It's one of the many perks that come with serving in the forces. So if you have experience traveling, especially if you are familiar with the languages and cultures of a particular continent, being a travel agent can help you put those skills to good use.
Planning business trips and vacations from the comfort of your home has never been easier. Knowing that you have personally experienced life in the places you send your clients gives you an added layer of credibility and experience in an industry that can easily cheat people.
The military life is like no other. It's exciting, and at times terrifying. There are many people who want to know just what it is like. So why not blog about it?
And if you aren't too keen on sharing your personal experiences to the internet - which isn't for everyone - you can blog about literally anything!
Have a specific skill? Share it. You may be surprised at how you can monetize something as simple as your own personality.
Why These Types of Freelance Jobs Can Help You
Freelance work isn't for everyone. But for a disabled military veteran, they offer some serious benefits in their favor.
Freedom of Choice
After years spent following orders, freelance work allows you to set your own pace and choose what fits you best. You can base your work entirely on what interests you.
Flexibility of Location
Every single one of these jobs requires just two things: an internet connection and an electronic device. That's it! No offices and no commutes to work are necessary.
You can work from anywhere in the world as long as your job is done well and on time.
Learn More About Freelance Work
Your military experience has taught you self-discipline and has built up a strong work ethic. Combining these admirable qualities with what is needed to succeed at freelancing - you are already halfway to success!
The best freelance jobs are out there! Now all you need to do is look for them.
We have created a job board containing many of these types of freelance jobs specifically for vets looking for work. Be sure to check it out today!