Think twice about working part-time employment is you may wish to go back to work full-time eventually…such as you financially need to work, you have a family or you do not have a stable place to live. Working a series of part-time jobs has left me black balled in my community as I have filed my resume in 8+ versions at all the good employers in town doggedly trying to find part-time work. Now that I need to work full-time, no one will hire me at the good employers. (If you filled out an online resume ever, it could still be on file waiting to haunt you.)
If you can try one part-time work situation that you can maintain (meaning you have reliable transportation, acceptable work situation, no employee/management conflicts, hours demanded is not too high for SSDI limits), do try to work if you want to try it. I think part-time employment keeps us functioning normally and mentally healthier. But, if you find yourself trying one compromise job after another quitting due to above issues, I would only apply for part-time work at places you would NEVER want to work full-time to support yourself. Make a list of all the good employers in town for FT work and DO NOT EVER apply for part-time work at these unless you have completed a long period of employment or education and you are ready to intern….
I can move to a new town and get job offers for skilled labor positions in 1 month but my hometown is no longer this stable and could get me fired if employer finds out my resume is missing 10+ part-time jobs. Unfortunately, the larger cities down the road have high cost of living, really high crime and terrible mental care so I am stuck in my hometown until I get a better offer outside this area…………Learn from my mistake!
It should be noted too, earning over sustainable gainful employment level (about $700 a month) will eventually result in loss of Medicare insurance. Remember SSI has different rules but same problem applies.