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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Companies don't want deaf people? Screw them!

Instead of waiting for a company to hire you, you may be thinking to yourself, "why don't I just do something else for myself (and my family)?" Why would you need to wait to get hired when you can work for yourself? Working at home sounds really simple and less stressful, but there are far too many work from home scams creeping around on the Internet. There are a lot more scam jobs than there are the legitimate ones. For this reason, it's always good to trust your intuition.

Legitimate work from home jobs would be ideal for people with disabilities, stay-at-home parent, or retirees who need supplemental income. Of course, it would be a perfect opportunity especially for deaf people who are tired of getting burned over and over by hiring employers. It may not be easy, but you will need to market yourself aggressively to potential clients or companies. There are plenty of information and tools on the Internet on how to market your business.

There are the legitimate jobs at home listed here you may want to try out:

1. Virtual Assistant
2. Medical Transcriptionist
3. Web developer/designer
4.Call Center Representative
5. Tech Support Specialist
6. Travel Agent
7. Tutor
8. Writer/editor
9. Franchise Owner
10. Web Search Evaluator
11.  Proofreader
12. Concierge
13. Translator

Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or social assistance to clients. Virtual Assistant is not an employee but an independent contractor, so clients are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, benefits, or insurance. To become a virtual assistant, you would have to have some experience in bookkeeping, administrative assistance, or general office. You need to market yourself through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and/or other social networking sites. 

Medical Transcriptionist
Medical transcriptionists convert voice recordings that physicians and other health professionals make into written reports. They must know medical terminology and abbreviations. So, how does a deaf person become a medical transcriptionist, especially that it requires listening to voice recordings? Well, I've just learned that there are interpreters and hearing-assistance such as Communication Access Real-time Transcription (CART) that can help medical transcriptionists who are deaf. Great news, right?

Web Developer/Designer
A web developer is a programmer who specializes in the development of WWW applications. If you are genius in developing web applications and have advanced knowledge in HTML/XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript, then this is the one for you. I believe it may require a bachelor's degree.

Call Center Representative
A call center representative is the person who handles incoming or outgoing customer calls for a company or business. They might handle account inquiries, customer complaints, or support issues. Obviously, it may not sound like an ideal for some deaf people, but video relay call can be used as a hearing assistance for deaf call center agents. I have heard that some deaf people actually worked at call centers. It's worth a try. If anyone has ever done this type of work before, please let us know how it goes!

Tech Support Specialist
Technical support specialists deal with mainly troubleshooting and problem solving issues, using specialized technical knowledge to provide computer support. Help desk support serves as the middleman, acting as the administrator to answer the phone and route the call to the proper specialist (use the video call relay, remember?). It might be a perfect opportunity for you if you have a degree in computer technology.

Travel Agent
It might be an ideal for someone who loves traveling, but be warned that this travel business could be slow because many people are self-purchasing tickets on websites without needing a travel agent nowadays. If you really are interested in this position, then do some research for yourself to see if this is what you truly want to do. You need to take a few training courses to become a travel agent and will work directly for a company. There may be many different opportunities along with this job.

If you can give private lessons in subjects you know already, this may be the one for you. There are lot of tutoring online opportunities you may want to check out. It's competitive, but you need to sell yourself well enough to attract students, parents, or clients. Try to volunteer for organizations who need tutors for their clients to gain some experience or take some training courses. You can be a tutor in math, ASL, reading, or whatever subject you know. Keep in mind that you may be given an exam on subjects you want to tutor, and background check may be required.

Companies prefer to hire writer/editors with a college degree, so you should have a degree in English or Journalism. If you have a degree in anything but those field of studies, you may write a few samples to show them what you can do for them.

Franchise Owner
It may not be for everyone. Franchising is to pay someone for their business, marketing, operations strategies, and the use of their name. You are establishing a relationship with a successful business so you can use its systems and capitalize on its existing business in order to get a quicker return on your own investment. You are using its proven system and name, and running it by its rules. However, the costs and fees of purchasing someone else's franchise and its suppliers can be very, very expensive--like I said before, it may not be for everyone.

Web Search Evaluator
Many large search engines rely on home-based evaluators to test the accuracy of online search results, examining different search terms and the websites they turn up. The job involves a lot of analytical thinking, so applicants must pass a test before companies such as Appen Butler Hill, Leapforce and Lionbridge will hire them. Evaluators generally choose their own hours, and none of the three major search firms has educational requirements, so that's a great news!

Proofreading is a job that detects and corrects production-errors of text. The companies may require proofreading experience and at least a bachelor's degree. It could work for you if you have some experience working or volunteering as a proofreader for a company or business. If you don't have any required experience, you may be provided a proofreading sample before they decide to hire you.

Concierges can now work anywhere, providing travel assistance, making reservations and answering questions by phone, e-mail, text message or chat. Some companies such as JPMorgan and Starwood Hotels are hiring home-based concierges to work for them. Sounds like a good deal, right? May as well give it a try!

Yes, you know very well exactly what it is. If you know and speak more than one language, you're it! You just don't have to "speak" a foreign language to get this job, you can actually translate any language you are fluent in by writing on papers. For example, companies are looking for someone who knows how to translate a foreign language into English on their clients' important documents.

If anyone has ever tried any of these before, let us know how it was!
Home-based Website Business?

If you want to sell your product at home, then starting a website business is the one for you. It's like you would start any other business physically, but you will need to create a good website for your product. It will take some time for you to make money if you put enough time and effort in building your website business and knowing your market strategies really well. Also, you will need to put a small investment in your business.  

Money may not be flowing wildly out of the computer overnight, and the customers just don't come to your website by themselves without having proper marketing skills. This is why you need to advertise your product(s) on the social media sites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Depending on your goals and ideas, it may take a couple of weeks or even months to see that your business get up and running. It's very important to know your competitors as well. You have to make something better than your competitors and what people want to buy.

Oh, yes, and remember to comply with tax laws and government regulations when running a business online. Contact your local authority for more information.

If this is too much for you and you don't want to craft objects or spend your money to have your products manufactured, then you can always provide a professional service to your clients instead.

Professional service would be a good start especially if you are expert in one or more areas of marketing social media, public relations, administrative technology, alteration and clothing services, and so on. Again, make sure you have a website of your own to sell your service to your clients. It's really simple and less stressful. First, start with your friends and family to "test" your business and see how well it goes.


  1. I think it detracts from the reality, deaf don't get an education, they do not get access to work experience, employers are openly unwanting a deaf worker, and the idea seems to be deaf should work on their own and be self employed. The fact is without experience of the hearing work place you won't effectively compete.

    Access to work programs in the UK managed to place just 17 people in work out of 3,000, the program cost millions, none were deaf. They are still putting them on basic literacy programs.

    To be a professional requires an high degree of education, great flexibility, constant re-learning of new skills, and not promote issues of communication, that lets the deaf out basically. A deaf uni student here cost £200,000 in support grants to get a very basic degree, and still can only function with deaf clients..

    The side issue: Can deaf ever integrate by going it alone on their own ? or have they abandoned the idea, and sticking to deaf-deaf areas. The net I find is isolating not bringing people together.

    1. I know and have seen some deaf people who became entrepreneurs after not being able to find work, and they are already successful. If they aren't ready to start their own business, there are plenty of freelance works to choose from.

      You can't change the world, but you can change your own situation.

    2. STerras, it is true.. but problem that Division Vocational Rehabilitation can be pain and barrier the deaf person.

    3. A deaf person would give up their dreams just because their VR counselor tells them they can't? I don't understand why.

      I think it's completely up to someone who decides to be the one to break down the barrier and do not give a damn about VRS.

  2. If deaf are so innocent no reason then let do it sue to the Company for their discrimination the ACT Law. God is nothing do? But, God loves deaf people yes His mercy all of us so INNOCENT LIFE! The Federal Justice accepted, know about this Disability Discrimination Act that LAW! No matter the Companies will be an apology that big mistake cuz they never reading on the Disability Discrimination Act for DEAF PERSONALLY. The devil made laugh for deaf frustration for God's forsaken!

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