Working while on SSDI

Penny Hoarder finally ran an article on this subject! The link is:…y/?aff_sub2=homepage

I plan on contacting the Ticket to Work program and the support network.


Glad you found it useful @beckatsila! The Ticket to Work program really is great if you want to test the employment waters without risking your current benefits. I think the biggest issue is general awareness. The SSA doesn’t do the greatest job in promoting their work programs in a plainspoken way.

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Thank you this informational post. I’ve been on SSI for 1 1/2 yrs & each month it’s tough to balance my budget. This month I’ve already ran short & I still have a week & a half to go! So no food or gas money until the 1st of next month.

Hopefully I can get some help through the agencies mentioned in the article to make some income, so I don’t run short again.

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I work with clients who receive both SSI or SSDI. The SSA has many Work Incentives but they don’t advertise or really teach you how to use them. I suggest going to the website and look up the REDBOOK. Also there is a savings account that allows you to save more than $2000 and it won’t hurt your benefits. It is called the ABLE account. It works in conjunction with the SSA. You can go to for more information on how it works in your state.


Good to see the Penny Hoarder is always on top of providing the best financial information that is most helpful to their readers. Great work on the article @adam

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I am a peer counselor and I agree with the above stmt about getting REDBOOK u can work up to 20 hrs a week at a mim wage job and keep pretty much all your benefits …if u work with a job coach they can explain it and help u figure out how to do it …good luck

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I am on SSDI and working as much as I can tolerate without going over the threshold for gainful employment. I am still finding it hard to make ends meet and to keep a job due to frequent sick calls. Any ideas on ways to make money that do not require and skill or start up money?

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I’m in the same boat. I’ve recently started doing surveys and such online. All I’ve managed to gain so far was enough Amazon gift cards to get a couple of months worth of laundry detergent and supplies, paper products, etc. It was about $70 worth and helped so much. I’m still learning if it is lucrative and will be following your post. There are alot of us out there. Great question for discussion!

The Pennyhoarder has some good ideas here:…/?aff_sub2=community.

I’ve personally used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and I like it, but it does take time to build up a balance with them.