A Different Kind of Work: Combining Talents to Develop Businesses



Lauryn found herself unable to hold a traditional job with Lyme disease. Due to the unpredictable nature of her illness, Lauryn could not maintain a consistent schedule in order to return to work long-term. She tried even basic part-time work, but could not sustain the required hours, and found her condition quickly deteriorating.


Not being able to work and earn a living for herself bothered Lauryn. While there were many times when Lauryn was too sick to even get out of bed, there were other times where she felt she could do something, she just wasn’t sure what.


Lauryn began to explore the idea of starting her own home-based business while recovering. After all, she had a degree in business and had worked in corporate finance prior to becoming sick, she should be able to figure something out.


With a little trial and error, Lauryn has now established several home-based businesses, including the Oliver Poons Children’s Brand and Ribbon Star Press, as a means to earn a living despite her limitations.


Lauryn now hopes to help others in similar situations. She has recently founded A Different Kind of Work, an organization that provides resources to people who have found themselves in unexpected circumstances, cannot work a traditional job, and need to find an alternative way to earn a living. For more information, see www.differentwork.org.