Perfect Jobs For Aspergers Syndrome [Work Online]

Before I started my online business, I often looked for jobs for people with Aspergers Syndrome, but none of the suggestions ever wowed me. Those job opportunities are basically any jobs that don't require a high level of communication skills. Taxi driver. Factory assembly work. Gardening. Kidding, right? No disrespect to any of those jobs, but would any of us ever look at the list and go, "Wow! Working at a factory! What a good idea, never thought of that!"

Other job opportunities for Aspergers Syndrome include specialty jobs that require certain qualifications. I'm sure they're absolutely possible for young ones, but if you are diagnosed with Aspergers (or Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD) later in your life, it could take years to learn any complex job skills. Highly technical jobs are out of the window for us.

Jobs For Aspergers Syndrome Work Online

You don't have to check off a "list of jobs for Aspergers" and find an employment opportunity. You can run your own business. I assume you can read since you're reading this. If you can write, then consider this. Because I'm doing it, and I've never been happier in my life, believe me.

The Signs Were Always There, It All Makes Sense

I'm one of those friendliest guys that you would ever meet. Always smiley and cheerful, I try the best of my best to be nice to anyone I meet. Eye contact - no problem. But I'm not one who comes up with interesting conversation topics one after another. In fact, I've always been staggeringly unsociable, spectacularly good at making excuses to avoid parties and social events.

As I was approaching the age of 50, I started to find it increasingly difficult to get on with my colleagues. I often became less cooperative just because I "didn't agree" with the suggested ideas. Comments that I made would startle others. ("Why, have I just said something wrong?") I knew the problem was with me, not with them.

When my doctor suggested that it may be a form of ASD, everything started to make sense. The signs had always been there the whole time in my life. My personality never fundamentally changed, but I somehow started to show it in my attitude blatantly.

Working From Home - I'm Not Missing A Thing

Working From Home Asperger

I was put on a waiting list to see the specialist who could teach me to work around it. Cut the long story short, it's been 2.5 years and I'm still on the list. They referred me to the wrong clinic, then they removed me from the waiting list in error, countless phone calls and letters...this is British national health service for you.

So I've still not been officially diagnosed yet. But you know what? Don't bother. Because my life has taken a pleasantly unexpected turn since then, as I started to earn enough commissions from my internet marketing job. It's not a life of luxury, but working from home for myself - I'm the happiest I can be.

People often ask me if I miss communicating with others face to face - Nope. Not the slightest. And it's not like I've shut myself out of the real life. I have my husband (who's been indescribably supportive), friends and neighbors.

What I Suggest That You Do

Symptoms of the Asperger's and the degree of severity vary from person to person. So all I can do is to tell you what I do and explain why the job proves to be perfect for me.

What I do is "niche" affiliate marketing, specifically through blogging.

An affiliate marketing itself might not sound interesting to you - you promote products on behalf of retailers/manufacturers, and upon sales, you'll get a percentage of the price as a commission. There are roughly two other boring ways of affiliate marketing;

  • By networking - contact as many people (friends, followers via social media or via advertisements), and receive multiple levels of commissions by recruiting others for the scheme. You are required to have a flexible and extrovert personality and leadership quality to make a success. I don't like the way they hard-sell by talking others into their business. Definitely not my thing.
  • By using paid services (advertisements or traffic service) - they have a simple 3-page website that advertises affiliate products. They pay professional advertisers to get visitors sent to their site. Some of the visitors might buy their products, they might not. The results are hit and miss, and the method is not sustainable. You have to keep paying the advertisers - the moment you stop paying, no visitor to your site, hence no income.

My method is simply by blogging, which is a lot more exciting. Blog posts in various topics allow the website to rank in search engines (e.g. Google) so people from all over the world can find you. The greater the number of posts you publish, the better chance of ranking higher. It's all about building up your website over a long period of time, you see?

Blogging is exciting not because you rank in Google, but because you can write anything you want and as much as you want! Okay, I'll explain what I mean.

Aspergers Are Excellent Communicators

We may have some difficulties in social communications, but we are established as excellent communicators in our own right. Agree?

For example, all my life people have always told me that I am "a good listener". It may be because that was the only way I knew to become friends with others. I've never been good at explaining things verbally. But without a conversation, I couldn't meet and make friends with anybody. I needed to talk, but I couldn't talk - the only way is to keep asking questions. Wow, how did you do that? How long have you been doing that? I see, that must have been very hard for you? Oh, is that where you work? Where do you live then?

Another example, I've always been better at writing than talking. People interrupt each other, and that's what a "ping-pong" conversation is all about. Unfortunately I'm terrible at it, especially with a three-way conversation. When there are three of us, I end up letting the other two talk to each other. I'm a "good listener" again. And when I start to talk, they interrupt me, so I cannot finish. I feel much more liberal when writing because (obviously) no one can interrupt me. I can finish.

Do these examples make me a bad communicator? In a social environment, most definitely yes. But I can communicate, by writing. Emails. By using blog spaces. And I'm good at it. I may not be a good writer, but I'm a good communicator.

If you think you are exactly like me - there's no way you should not be blogging to show who you are AND make money from the space.

How Can You Start Blogging?

To prove that, pick one thing that you have a great passion for. Or something that you're obsessed with? It can be your hobby, it can be something academic, or even something that you're good at but meaningless. It can be a TV series or heroes. Fossils, metal detecting, tarot cards, chess rules... It can be about Asperger's Syndrome itself. It can be a specific history, political issues or social movement. Something that you know a lot about.

You can build your website and start writing about the subject that you've picked in your own words, in your own style. You may have learned about the subject from other websites, Wikipedia or books offline. But a website - blogging - is all about showing the way you communicate with others. So it's important to write it in your own way. You never copy any sentences from other publications and paste them onto your web space. Otherwise no one will find your uniqueness.

Blogging Example

Paul and Linda McCartney Wings

Paul & Linda McCartney - Wings (Wikipedia Commons)

When you've decided what it is, then think about 10 x topics that you can write about. If you can come up with 10 topics, then you can publish 10 blog posts. If you can come up with the first 10, then you can come up with the next 10 and so on.

For example, I was a huge fan of Paul McCartney. If I was to build a website and write about him, then it would be easy to find blog post topics;

  • After The Beatles, Sir Paul has released 25 studio albums, 7 live albums and 99 singles so far. I could publish 131 blog posts in total, each one of which focused on one album/single (the detail, episodes and my personal review/memory).
  • His support for vegetarianism (I'm also a vegetarian).
  • About Linda McCartney and her legacy.
  • My trips to Liverpool, what it's like now and what it was like then.
  • Any Beatles-related topics.

Needless to mention, there are thousands of other bloggers who have already written about Paul McCartney and his music. The subject is extremely competitive. But if I was to create my own Sir Paul appreciation site, I would be creating my unique, special one just by being myself. I would check other sites and Wikipedia for more information, to make sure I'm not writing something wrong. But if I gave a piece of slightly wrong information in my site, so what? Someone would contact me to correct me. Then that would create another communicative gateway.

If you don't think you're good enough as a writer, look at me. I'm not a good writer. Far from it. English is not even my mother tongue, though it's my main language. You don't have to pretend to be someone else. In fact you'll have to be totally yourself in your blogging space. People would love to see real you. As long as you don't write anything that's illegal, unethical or damaging to anybody.

...And Make Money As An Affiliate

The idea of monetizing your website is very straightforward. Because almost anything that you can think of in the world can be linked to merchandise, and you can promote related goods on your site as an affiliate. For example;

  • If you write about a running/marathon, you can promote running shoes, clothing and fitness tracker watches.
  • If you are obsessed with chemical elements, you can promote periodic table related products and books.
  • If you are specialized in a certain illness, you can promote related guidebooks, herbal remedies and any other equipment that's said to be useful.
  • If you write about Paul McCartney, you can promote his music!

When your site visitor clicks the link and makes a purchase, you will receive a commission from the retailer. Here are the first few steps to take (there are other things to do but these are the main steps.) You need to;

  • Join an affiliate program. It's usually free, and your application will be approved within a day or so, as long as you have a website.
  • Learn to place your own affiliate link to your webpage. It won't be difficult, I tell you!
  • Learn to find good keywords and how to write effectively using the keywords, so that your webpages will start ranking in Google and people will find you. Not exactly easy, but you can take as much time as you want to improve your skills (and enjoy!)

Or Sell Your Own Goods

If you are an artist/creator, you may have already been selling your own works through some e-commerce sites. But did you know that it wouldn't be difficult to build your own e-commerce site and sell your stuff directly? When you have complete control over your business through your site, some extra work may be involved such as packaging and shipping yourself, sending dispatch notes, etc. But there are benefits such as;

  • Brand awareness - display your logo on your site, design your site in any style you want, and start building up your subscribers (=your fans!)
  • You can write anything you want - what inspired you to create each of your works or what inspires you generally, what you admire the most in life. Other topics that are related to the products that you sell.
  • Make extra affiliate income - along with the income by selling your own products, by placing some advertisements on your website, you can also make affiliate income.

These benefits may sound like fantastic things to do, but it's the bunch of blog posts you publish that will find the buyers "organically" - through search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. Without blogging, your e-commerce website will be forever unknown to anyone, unless you continuously advertise it across social media, or use paid advertisement services. But again, blogging is definitely something that you can do. Remember, you don't have to be an excellent writer. Keep writing, and that's what counts.

Perfect Jobs For Aspergers โ€“ Work Online

People with Aspergers can run their own business by working online just like I do. You will not succeed overnight. It will take time to establish yourself as a niche affiliate marketer/blogger. But comparing to all sorts of problems that you've battled with so far in your life, this is going to be easier and exciting. You can take all your fun with you, and make money. If you want to start learning, join me from the link below. Any questions, leave a comment!

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Viewer

I really appreciate your post content. Not everyone is the same. You are a role model because too many people don’t realize that they deserve to live the way they want to and you prove to them that you are doing your job so successfully.
You must believe yourself. This is a good shoutout especially for young ones.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi, thanks for your comment. You know, there are a countless number of entrepreneurs who are Aspergers. Nothing can stop us!

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Tomasz

Hi Ray, it’s good to know the reason why you are doing your job as a blogger and why you stick to your gun to make success. Your post is truly inspirational.

I don’t know anyone who has Aspergers syndrome but as long as you like blogging, there is nothing to stop you from doing it. It is one of the greatest ways to communicate with people from anywhere in the world. I wish you all the continuous success.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Tomasz, thanks for your comment. Yes I like the way blogs can communicate, and I shall continue so long I enjoy it. Thank you, all the best to you too!

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Richie

I agree with you. Just because I’m Asperger’s syndrome it doesn’t mean my job options are limited to factories and shop backend. Not many people have basic knowledge of Aspergers and autism. There are many sites that tell you have to get on with people with Aspergers but there are not many pages to tell Aspergers how to get on with life.
Your post is inspirational to us all. Thank you for your contribution.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Richie, thanks for your comment. You’re right, we don’t seem to find many sites where people with ASD share their experiences. There are some communities though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it.

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Hans Danesh

If you can blog or not is not up to the personality. It’s the skills .
It’s irrelevant if you are asperger or not. Some people cannot write even if they are diplomatic and have an excellent educational background.
Nobody can find it out until they can try and see the jobs are practical or not. It’s not the illness you may or may not have.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Hans, thanks for sharing your thoughts. For example, a blog topic “ways for students to make extra money online” can include becoming an online tutor, sell a website, answering surveys, etc. None of them is suitable for every student. My suggestion is just an option – a blog space allows people just like myself (who are not the best speakers) to express opinions without being interrupted. I hope this makes sense. Thanks for your comment!

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Sam

Hi, Ray. I have so much respect for people with Asperger’s syndrome. Because I know about 5 – 6 people but they are all geniuses. One of them works with me in the same office. Ok she is a little weirdo, but when she produces documents she is really at it and creates an amazing volume of work.
Another one I know reads 1 – 2 books a day and writes very fast. This type of job is definitely suitable for people like them.
I admire your suggestion. Thank you for your article.
Sam

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Sam, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yes, we are better than you ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ This is just a suggestion for some people who are in the same position as me. But of course, it all depends on what you are really good at – no job is suitable for everyone.

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Aiden Cholme

Considering not everyone is a fan of blogging…I think there are only two choices to make money online, blogging or youtubing. Then for Aspergers blogging is easier because it’s easier to edit later on. Video is not as easily editable as published blogs.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Aiden, thanks for your comment. Yes perhaps editing video clips may not be as easy as blog posts. I guess it’s all down to what you’re good at. Some definitely find it easier to speak in front of a camera rather than composing lengthy articles.

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Kerria

Hi, my heart goes out to you. But all your struggles have paid off and you have a wonderful and successful life of working online its good.
Many things that you say I have also come across in my life. I wish you all the happiness and success.
Kerria

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Kerria, thanks for your comment. I never consider it as a struggle though! Everyone has many obstacles in life to overcome, and many of which are much more serious than that. I’m proud of my personality, have always been! If you have any questions about working online, don’t hesitate to ask at any time.

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invstoc

Thank you for the encouraging post. We can all learn a lot from your website.
For any types for ways to make a living, everybody has different preferences.
I make money from investment. I will recommend it to everyone by first you have to learn the knowledge.
If anybody is interested contact me.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi, thanks for your comment. Investment is always risky but if you have a good amount of fund and like you say, with your knowledge you can get a good return for sure!

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Just a ditto

It depends. Because my boss is an asperger but he can’t write long sentences. extremly intelligent guy and his knowledge is amazing. But he cannot do any repetitive work. It means I don’t think he can continue to publish blog posts regularly.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi, thanks for your comment. Yes I appreciate that everyone’s different. Aspergers are geniuses though! Thanks for your comment.

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Grange

It’s all about how you deal with people. Whatever job you have, work itself shouldn’t be stressful. People create stressful relationships… That’s what we find very difficult to copy with.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Grange, thanks for your comment. I agree with you, you’re lucky if you’re tough enough not to care about getting on with people in your workplace. Many people struggle in that area and when they’ve had enough, they leave. But if you work from home you don’t have that kind of problem, that’s one of the greatest things about the job!

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Sarah Cabanaz

Hi, thank you for your article. I too am ASD and I have been looking for a blog space to talk about it because I also have some other mental health issues that’s been going on for a few years. It is a good suggestion I will definitely need to think about. Thank you.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment. If you need any help or have some questions regarding the startup, don’t hesitate to contact me at any time. Thanks!

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Martin P

Hi Ray, this is a very, very inspirational post, almost made me cry thinking about my brother who’s suffering from autism and struggling to cope with stigma. I wish he could do a job that you do, it’s not impossible, may be possible. What you say is true, people assume that if you have an ASD you can only work in some isolated areas, which is never the case.
Thanks Ray, this is awesome. Speak to you soon, regards MP

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Martin, thanks for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it. I hope your brother’s happy with the way he is, and I’m sure he is. That’s the main thing. If you need any help, contact me at any time. All the best to you. Thanks for your comment!

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Gareth

Good advice. I’ve always been looking for a blogging opportunity and I can relate myself to many things that you’ve said like better at writing than by talking. This is inspirational.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Gareth, I appreciate your comment (and your email, which I just replied!) If you are still willing to start blogging, don’t hesitate to get back to me. Thanks for getting touch with me!

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Odin Mansell

I’m glad to know about your business, thank you. I have been diagnosed a asd/asp for a few years now I’m 50 next year. Just like you I am not good at social communications but I’ve been managing my whole life especially emailing and publishing journals for a company I work for. It feels like you’ve given me a light. This is something I’d definitely consider, just spoke to me son and he’s happy for me to pursue an affiliate marketing career on a part time basis. If I have some questions I will ask you if you don’t mind. Thank you very much.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Odin, thanks for sharing your experience. Sounds like you’re already an excellent writer, and this is a great opportunity to start a niche affiliate marketing for you. It will take time, so I suggest that you start now. Meanwhile there are other means of making extra money by selling your writing skills (ghostwriting and contributing guest/sponsored posts) that you can consider too. Yes of course, ask me any questions. Thank you for your comment, I wish you the best of luck!

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Isaac

It’s good to know your real, raw personality, Ray. It must have taken you some courage to write this post.
I’m not particularly sociable either in all honesty and I prefer to express my opinion by writing a comment on blogs like yours or social media. I don’t say much to my friends.
I can see why you are so successful in this business. Good luck to you, cheers for your great post.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Isaac, thanks for your comment. I appreciate it! You don’t have to be necessarily good at face-to-face communication to run a business, and the internet is the perfect tool for us.

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Christine

I love reading your posts, whenever I can.
You are so open and honest.

Thank you for your inspiring words.
I am happiest working at home by myself too.
I relate to a lot of what you say here.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Christine, thank you so much for your comment and support, I appreciate it! I wish you the best of luck with every success!

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Kare Jusob

Hi, this is very inspiring to me.
You are right that if you think writing is the only way that allows you to express your opinions freely, why not look for space for it? And it’s available all over on the internet.
I look after someone and I know a lot about it.
Thank you for your post. I can learn a lot from you.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Kare, thanks for your comment, I appreciate your support!

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Mani

I’m glad you said this because I now work from home and I don’t meet with anybody but I don’t regret.
Aspergers can work online and make money. I have my affiliate work and make enough money to survive.
If anybody wants to make a joint work with me I will be happy to but it will have to be online. No skipe or phone with me.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Mani, thanks for your comment. Great to know that you have success online. I’m not a fan of Skype calls either to be honest. I wish you all the best!

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Gerry

I love Susan Boyle… The video is one of my favorites…
I too suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome for many years. My current job is perfect because it involves a lot of writing and researching without making contact with people.
I have just sent you a message. I hope you will reply… Thanks.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Gerry, thanks for your comment and your message. Sounds like this is going to be a great start for you. I’ll catch up with you on email!

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Tito DP

Hi Ray, thank you for the awesome suggestion. My sister in law has ASD and I know how hard it is for people like her to get a proper job and get on with others in the workplace. I agree with you the working online will be the perfect opportunity. Best regards, Tito

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Tito, thanks for your comment, I wish you all the best, and also to her!

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Lorik Tyman

Are you an asperger or just an introvert. because I consider myself as an introvert. I have a problem with 3 way conversations like you describe but I don’t have any other problems and don’t see myself as an asperger. Also not all aspergers can write.

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Lorik, I consider myself both, but I don’t need anyone to define it. All it matters is I’m much better at expressing myself in writing rather than by speaking, and if you are like mine, you can do what I do. My message is that if you have Asperger’s syndrome (whether officially diagnosed or consider yourself) and think that the choice of your career is limited because of it, that’s never the case. Consider building your own business via a website. Hope it makes sense. Thanks for your comment.

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Seb

Hi Ray, this is a great post for all us who suffer from Asperger syndrome. If your symptoms are mild and you can write I agree 100% you should try blogging then monetise your website. It depends how focused you can be. I know some people in the workshop that I attend that cannot concentrate on one subject. They can’t always write lengthy posts.
But this is very inspiring. I would like to say thank you for sharing your experience too, Ray.
Seb

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    Ray Alexander

    Hi Seb, I think so too, it really depends on your condition and symptoms. Some may show a great interest in one topic but they might not be interested in writing about it. Thanks for sharing your comment, all the best to you!

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