I made 40k a year for 4+ years. It was a sales job, about 30 hrs a week. Managed to buy a decent car and invested some. For part time I made decent change but eventually burnt out. Now I earn about 1/2 the amount with disability and a p/t (10 hrs/ wk) job.
Makes me even happier to see you’ve achieved well! Well done both of you!
I’m treating having a professional life as a goal to seriously attempt. I have the luxury of being on disability to cover costs, while I try to understand what I’m suited for. Right now I’m attempting to study writing. Its slow going, but what else am I gonna do? I seriously imagine that I could waste my life doing nothing, and I don’t want that. We’ll see where the wheels come off later I guess.
Holy macaroni Batman! Well done to you and your husband. It’s even more impressive that you did it with sz.
I used to make a decent amount. Had my own business.
My work was spread out over some months were super busy others i didn’t really work (didn’t work winters) most I made before tax in a month was around 16k . , 2015,2016,2017 I avereaged around 60-65k a year before tax and after all expenses.some jobs I made 2000 dollars in 1 day. It’s was a great lucrative business.
It kept me alive cuz it was so flexible.
Sold it in2018
I wouldn’t classify myself as having classic low function schizophrenia though.
I’m more on very high function bipolar with psychosis or schizoaffective at this point.
My pdoc said I’m too high functioning to be schizoaffective even though I had extended periods of psychosis
I’ll prob delete this post later cuz I don’t want to be seen like im bragging. I’m actually a very humble person
What kind of programming? I tried getting into it, I just don’t have the patience/focus/cognitive function to try to solve problems that take days/weeks.
I like learning it at a leisurely pace though I made a rock paper scissors game with java lol
I don’t think it sounds like your bragging. Thanks for sharing. I too am probably a “high functioning” schizophrenic. I mean I don’t have many symptoms while I’m on my haldol. It’s still tough and I know I’m still sick down under.
Before psychosis I was earning $130K. Post the longest I worked was 6 months at €55K. Now I earn €25K on disability.
Before sz I worked as a gym manager and emergency physiotherapist (paramedic) for 30$/h in 2011.
It was a small gym in an airplane factory. Its a gym for ppl working there.
All my job prior to schizophrenia have been very hard and labour intensive.
I’ve done painting and decorating, removalist and trolley pushing, and they all worn me out.
I now know my job should be something I’m more equipped for, like music or art or something.
Most I ever made was $10 an hour working for my step-father. This was back in high school. He’s not doing well money or business wise, but a few years back he offered me a potential job making prevailing wage of 20-30ish an hour doing construction. I turned it down. I knew it wouldn’t last and I was really, really too sick to even know what was going on. Very nice gesture of him though.
He had a successful business for years. Made a ton of money. Not sure what happened to it all. I guess he lost it and “threw” and wasted all his money away over all the years. Never learned how to save, take care of things, or pay for things the right way.
I come from a poor/middle class/working family background. No education. I was supposed to be the first one in my family to get a college degree – upward mobility thing. What a shame and disaster. I graduated high school at 17 and dropped out of college in senior year at 22 before I could finish due to schizophrenia. Not sure why I did what I did. I did smoke and enjoy and tried pot but not sure why I experimented with salvia of all things and other stuff. It was stupid. Very stupid. No one deserves their life uppended by schizophrenia. Not even people like me.
So ya, I worked minimum wage jobs or slightly above minimum wage jobs my entire life preceeding schizophrenia/disability. All of it was temporary, part time, and crap. I had 3 jobs. My first job was during the “great recession” out of high school at a pizza place with no job experience or resume experience. Then I worked at Bed Bath and Beyond – Loved that, but the hours were too low and no benefits for 15-20 hours a week. Then the easiest and sort of laid back job I ever had was a community college tutor. It was nice! I loved it. I was late a lot to my appointments and never figured out the schedule thing, but I did it. I was too busy studying for classes. I even had myself tutored for Spanish because I struggled with foreign languages. I got an A.
I just claim £1100 month in benefits plus the housing benefit. Tho i also owe about a grand on the plastic. Small fry for you workers out there - but anymore and i reckon that it would just fuel my drinking.