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Fibromyalgia and working. I'm considering starting my own business, is this okay?

Broreb1981 Member Posts: 9 Listener
edited October 26 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I have fibromyalgia and schizoaffective disorder. I work 30 hours in a busy office that is causing me stress which in turn doesn't help my conditions. I get PIP. I am considering trying to start my own business as a pet taxi service and dog walker. I can walk but not too far, I get cramps and need to stop then I can carry on for a little while longer and stop again. Would this be acceptable
When walking dogs, do you need to walk them non stop or could you take your time. Also how would this be seen for my PIP I need that money it helps me a great deal. Would me working for myself be seen as me being OK and then they not think I still struggle with daily life 


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,730 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    I would say dog walking isn't an ideal job for anyone with problems walking.  The care of the dog will be your responsibility what would you do if it ran off or got into trouble with another dog 

    If you get the mobility part of pip it could look like contradiction of why you claim if you can walk dogs as a job 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Yes you are right. I've been having cramps all day at work and my knee is really hurting today so walking a dog everyday is probably out of the question. 

  • bekindalways
    bekindalways Member Posts: 83 Courageous
    @Broreb1981 and welcome.  @janer1967 is right here. Before I was diagnosed with Fibro (and I empathise with your condition) I too looked into becoming a self employed doggie walker. There's an awful lot of stuff you need to do and put in place such as insurance etc. I had to cancel my plans due to the pain I was in and it took four years to get a definitive diagnosis of Fibro. 

    As for you wanting to do the same and living with Fibro, the DWP will question how you can walk a dog, not just your own but probably several dogs throughout the day (for it to be remotely profitable) I don't mean to sound as though I'm being harsh, I'm just being realistic on what you've said in your post.  Most dogs need a minimum of anywhere between 45- 2hrs daily exercise depending on the breed and size.  So realistically walking several dogs a day to earn a living from it will send a red flag as to how you might be able to achieve that if you're claiming Mobility side of PIP.  

    Tha aside, have you maybe considered dog sitting? There must be loads of people who have gone back to work from Furlough who have, in the meantime, got themselves a pup? It's just a thought. 

    In the meantime, I do so hope that you get some respite from Fibro as its pretty awful to live with. Sorry if my response was not one of more positivity but it's important to be honest from my perspective and realistic from yours. 

    Big hugs and good luck with any new adventure you take up. Xxxxx
  • Cressida
    Cressida Member Posts: 941 Pioneering
    @Broreb1981just to add a friend of mine has a pet care franchise. She is very fit and works crazy hours. There's an awful lot involved in running this type of business and although she loves her job the uncertainty about regular income can be unsettling. I wouldn't recommend planning this type of work if you are not well. 
  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thank you for your replies. When I think about it you are all right. How can I look after someone's beloved pet when sometimes I can't even look after myself. I'm really wanting to leave my current job it's not helping me. I wanted to work for myself or from home does anyone have any advice or ideas 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,575

    Scope community team

    The number of jobs being advertised with home working offered is increasing @Broreb1981, so that could be a good option. 

    Have you used sites such as Indeed to look for remote opportunities at all?

    Do you have any reasonable adjustments (Scope) at your current place of work? 

    If you'd like some employment advice, Scope have some employment services you might be able to benefit from :) 
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  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Yes I do have reasonable adjustments at work but the job is a stressful job. 
  • bekindalways
    bekindalways Member Posts: 83 Courageous
    @Broreb1981 Bless your heart hun. Don't be despondent.  Have you done some searches online for ideas about working from home maybe making things?  

    I make cards, and character cakes and other craft things that are really high quality. I don't have an online presence because (tbth) I'd be ever anxious of the demand. So friends and family and friends of friends book me in advance as some things take weeks of prep. I don't make a living but it helps keep me mobile. I could if I had the energy and oomph quite easily set up a business but I simply can't. 

    Whatever you decide to do though, start small, minimum outlay and work up.  It's simply horrid that you're stressed at work and that can't be helping your pain.  Are there no other jobs you could consider doing that are less stressful for you? Look around and even think about expanding your options into doing something you actually enjoy and that is less stressful.

    Good luck though. You're going in the right and positive direction by recognising you're not happy or positive about your current job. So I wish you well and hope you get some good ideas or options from others. Xx 


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