Agoraphobia is the fear of spaces seeming dangerous because they’re wide open and large, which means that sufferers tend to not go into them to avoid feelings of anxiety and fear. This can make working at a job pretty difficult, because most of us have to actually leave our homes and commute in public to get to work. However, not all jobs involve this, and there’s actually a really strong market for agoraphobics who want to be actively employed. Let’s take a look.
1. Become an Online Retailer
Just about every single aspect of this job — which is essentially starting a business on Amazon or eBay (or any of the other marketplace site) — can be done from the comfort of your own home. You may not even need to venture outside to buy the products you’ll be selling, as that can be done online. When it comes to shipping them, though, you’ll probably have to put on a brave face and grit your teeth on the way to the post office, but just keep reminding yourself that that comprises a really small part of your job.
Median salary: Depends entirely on the products being sold and how well the business is doing
2. Freelance Web Writer/Graphic Designer/Programmer
If you do web work, then you theoretically never have to leave your own home as long as you have a computer. Employers don’t need to sit down and have an in-person conversation with you, because that’s what Skype is for. You don’t have to walk to the bank and cash a paycheck, because that’s what PayPal and email money transfers are for. And you don’t have to show up at an office and go through your work, because a laptop lets you do that wherever you want.
Median salary: Arranged entirely between the client and contractor, and varies greatly
3. Medical Billing
You’d be working as an independent contractor, hired by doctors’ offices to take care of their medical billing. It’s the kind of job that you can easily do from home because all you need is a computer and connection to the doctor’s office. You’ll be acting as the middle person between the clinic and insurance office, sending in the paperwork to make sure that services have been paid for.
Median salary: $38,000 in a hospital; $46,000 for federal government, research and development centers
4. Massage Therapist
All you need is to take a course that’ll cause you to be a registered massage therapist, invest in equipment (e.g. table, towels, oils, etc.), and start advertising. Of course, the whole process will take longer than just this and you’ll need to put in a lot of hard work, but it’ll lead to a solid, steady career where you can work without battling your agoraphobia. This does mean that you’ll have clients in your own home, so work out boundaries ahead of time.
Median salary: $34,900
5. Phone Operator
This is a bit of a loosely-defined entry, because it can mean anything from working in a call center to being an adult services provider — it all depends on your comfort level. Being a call center employee is a fairly easy job to get with many different companies always looking for employees, while being an adult services provider over the phone tends to pay really, really well, but may not be for everyone. Take a bit of time, research what both fields are like, and then make the best choice possible.
Median salary: From $22,884 as a call center representative to $64,968 as a call center team leader; and from $10 to $100/hour for an adult services provider.