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ADHD and Finances: Can the Shared Economy Help?

ADHD and the Job Search

In my experience as an ADHD coach, it’s not uncommon to find clients unhappy in their careers. Often times, it’s the very reason the client has reached out. They feel stuck, confused, or even hopeless.

Sometimes the relationship between ADHD and finances can get strained. Typically, the job description doesn’t match the key strengths of the individual, and not utilizing their particular talents leads to boredom and meaninglessness. Those with ADHD are much better in job roles that include creative thinking, interaction with others, and some level of excitement. With a less-than-thrilling economy it can be scary to make the leap into a new job– and when feeling stuck, it can get tricky finding the confidence to even begin the search.

The Shared Economy

The digital revolution is changing the workplace. In this new age, internet connection is as vital to home-living as natural gas is. In fact, if made to choose, many might prefer a cold shower or stove over a faulty internet connection. In addition to ruling the home, our internet’s also gone mobile. For the majority of cellphone users, the digital world is just a pants-pocket away, and about as easy to access as reaching for some change.

The smartphone has revolutionized our lives. The iPhone changed the world overnight when it introduced mobile applications. These applications were fashioned into virtually any kind of helpful aid you could imagine, leading to a massive influx of internet-based platforms and tools. These tools offered ways individuals could use their own abilities to generate money outside a traditional job, changing the traditional relationship between the individual and the workplace.

As a result, people are less dependent on business organizations for products and services. Instead, the individual, newly equipped with a toolbox of internet + mobile internet tools and resources, is able to offer similar services and generate their own income. And often for much much cheaper.

Hello world, meet the new Shared Economy.

Community, Flexibility and Empowerment

The Shared Economy has brought with it a big bag of mobile-internet tools and applications that are not only incredibly cool, but empowering individuals to make a little cash off their own effort and skill. I’ve compiled a list of the best Shared Economy resources for cool, fun, and meaningful options– for those looking for new and different ways to help with the monthly budget.

Here are 5 breakout services of the Shared Economy to give you some options for making extra money. Perhaps that can help as you transition into a career that better suits your strengths.

1. Lyft

Lyft is a ride-sharing service attempting to give traditional taxi-services a much-needed competition. Lyft is providing the opportunity for anybody with a reliable car to use it as their very own taxi, granted, if you’re willing to decorate your grill with a fluorescent-pink mustache.

Essentially, you are your own taxi service, and people can request rides from the app in their smartphone. Lyft is one of several ride-sharing services, namely Uber and Sidecar, that surfaced around the same time. In the last year Sidecar has waned, with Lyft and Uber rising to the top. Uber distinguishes itself by offering a line of more upscale and even luxury cars, but not without bumping up the price tag.

Lyft takes a more informal approach, highlighting their fun culture and connecting driver and rider alike to a community of cool, friendly people. Lyft brands themselves as, “Your Friend with a Car.”


2. TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is a task and errand service that allows its users to post tasks they want completed for pay. TaskRabbit has a large team of skilled task runners who bid for tasks and users choose the best bid.

TaskRabbit gives users the option for posting both location-based and virtual tasks. Examples of local tasks range from basic house-cleaning duties to pick-up and delivery needs. It’s a great way to make a little extra money!



3. Airbnb

Airbnb has interrupted “business as usual” enabling anyone with an apartment or home to become their own hotel service. And it’s an unbelievably easy process. Just sign up. And start listing your place. You can even book an appointment for Airbnb photographers to come out and take professional photos of your place for free. You can book at a per/night cost.

Just ensure you have permission from your landlord if you don’t own the property or apartment. You can make money with your place while you go on vacation. Or perhaps you have an extra room to rent out to help with rent.


4. Skillshare

Is there a particular skill in which you excel and others could benefit from? You can create a tutorial course and put it up on Skillshare, with the great possibility of earning extra income. If your course covers material that’s in great demand, and you’ve designed a quality course, there is the opportunity to make some great money.

If you have the vision for creating a class, it can help to pair with someone who has some designing chops, to make sure the course is as practically beneficial as it is entertaining and fun.

5. Gumroad

Gumroad is a platform that enables you to sell directly to your audience. Have you made some music? Or written an E-Book? Do you do comics? Or maybe you’ve designed some simple but practical software? Gumroad makes it incredibly easy to share your digital product with the world and make money doing so.

What About Your Experience?

What ways have you been financially creative? Will you share them with us? Help spread the word on more options, and share with us below.


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Adam Muller

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Adam Muller is Co-Founder and Creative Director at ADHD Collective. He also has wholehearted conversations on his podcast The MullerCast. Connect with Adam on Twitter and

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