Three things you can do right now to move forward
Many of our most valuable inventions and new business models came out of times of crisis. Don’t just wait for this to be over. Use this time to examine your life and career. Decide now what parts of the old “normal” you want to continue. And develop a plan to move forward.
Episode #722 April 17, 2020
Hi this is Dan Miller – and yes you’re listening to the 48 Days Radio show – where each week we take 48 minutes to dive into real-life questions about finding your passion, deciding what kind of life you want to live – and then finding or creating work that allows you to show up every day, excited to be able to do something that is meaningful, fulfilling – and profitable. This is where normal, indecision and ambiguity come to die. Welcome to the 48 Days Radio Show.
I want to set some family goals with my wife about where we want our lives to go, but I feel like I can’t have that conversation until this coronavirus quarantine is over. How do I handle this?
Now is the time. Don’t wait. It never works out well to set our goals and wait for things to get better. There’s always going to be a crisis of some kind. Make it a fun kind of process, but move forward with the conversation.
- Where do we want our family to be three years from now?
- What does an ideal day look like?
- Work through the seven areas outlined in 48 Days To the Work You Love (save Career and Finances for last).
- If you have the feeling of divine discontent, don’t bury it. Lean into it.
I’ve had people tell me I should write a blog, and I miss writing but I dropped it when an unexpected teaching opportunity came up.
Don’t put your life on hold. Use this time to be clarifying what you want your life to look like. You can still move forward.
What more can I do to get this job?
You have done some great things to set yourself apart and you have earned the right to stay updated on their plans to fill that job.
But don’t put all your eggs in this one basket, knowing that there are a whole lot of things (particularly right now) that you can’t control.
Quotation:“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ― Albert EinsteinClick To Tweet
The 3 Things to Do Right Now as an Eagle To Move Forward
1. Examine your business or career
Look at the why behind what it is you’re doing.
Is there another how that would accomplish the purpose even better?
If there’s something you’re not doing well, then stop doing it.
2. Create positive new habits
Use the time you have to create new family time.
Don’t compromise your health. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and control your stress. Watch your diet and exercise.
Be intentional about how you begin your day. Find out more.
3. Learn new things that can help you move forward with what you want to do
Take an online course.
Read new books.
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Top Online “Side Biz Opportunities” for Eagles
Many of you are discovering new ways of making money in this forced slow down. And that’s exactly what we want to encourage you to do. We are putting together resources to help you – as fast as we can.
Note: Our team has not participated in or had personal experience with every site mentioned. Parts of this list were generously shared with us by Jared Easley and his team over at Podcast Movement.
- Work for Amazon – Did you know that you can work flexible hours and get paid by working for one of the world’s largest retailers? How it works: Various businesses submit intelligent human tasks (hits) to the website, and then workers like you choose the micro-jobs that they want to complete and then submit for payment.
You can make an extra $150 to $300 a week doing some of these tasks.
The amount of time to complete the tasks vary, and so does the compensation. The types of jobs include short transcriptions, surveys, and Google search descriptions. Three hours of work could earn you between $25 to $30 an hour.
- 48 Days Eagle Jeremy James is selling consumable merchandise on Amazon. He told me his business has exploded as people are shopping from home.
- Tutoring – You can provide private classes at home just by using video chat. If you have some SAT knowledge or you know a language very well, you can set your schedule and become a part-time tutor online. Chegg Tutors is a reputable site for finding students and starts by paying $20 an hour. You get paid every week, and top tutors can get paid upwards to $1000 a month.
Here are a few other companies that offer similar options.
- VIPKid – Earn up to $22/hr teaching English to kids.
- Skooli – Math tutoring
- Freelancing – You can do everything from writing, graphic design, marketing, web programming, and more online. Businesses will post a project looking for specialized talent. You then reply to that project with your experience by posting your best bid amount for that particular job.
Podcast Movement uses Upwork all the time for a variety of tasks that come up. It has worked well for us over the years. Here are a few other companies that offer similar options.
- Testing Websites (up to $60 an hour) – Have you ever visited a website and thought about how great your experience was or was not? This type of opportunity allows you to get paid to share about the good, the bad, and the ugly for various websites.
Website owners compensate you for testing their websites.
It can be as simple as opening a website, browsing, clicking around, sharing your thoughts, and then getting paid via PayPal.Here are a few other companies that offer similar options.
- WhatUsersDo – $6 per test.
- TryMyUI – $10 for each test you take.
- Enroll App – Lower pay but easy to use.
- Transcribing Audios – A transcriptionist is someone who listens to recorded or live audio files and converts them into text format.
These companies offer their services to a variety of industries.
We heard you could earn anywhere from $150 up to $1,200 a month.
- Virtual Assistant Jobs – Many companies look to hire part-time virtual assistants for project-based online administrative tasks. The work could range from responding to emails, calendar management, answering support tickets, social media management, presentation preparation, and a variety of other customer service-oriented tasks. Here is another company that is also hiring.
- Online Survey Jobs – There are dozens of online research companies recruiting new individuals from around the world. They rely on people just like you to share their opinions on anything ranging from shampoo to the latest iPhone. They pay you in rewards for your feedback. This work can typically pay anywhere between $2.00 to $75.00 for each survey that you complete. You can sign up for as many of these sites as possible to receive more opportunities.
- Sell Your Voice – If you have a lovely sounding voice you could make between $30 and $60 an hour speaking into your microphone (if not more with experience and time). A great way to get started is by using a site like Snap Recordings. They specialize in telephone greetings.
- Also check out Eagle member Derek Olsen (Carrie) for her resources on doing voiceover work.
- You can also go over to Fiverr and list your services there. You can grow your confidence, experience, and then go over to Voices.com to expand your options. As a member of the Voices.com community, you will have access to new voiceover job postings daily that you can send and submit samples of your voice for consideration for gigs.
- ACX (Narrarate Audio Books) – Choose the books that you want to submit an audition! Through ACX, you can find an unlimited number of potential acting gigs, and the audiobooks you produce will be available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Choose how you’d like to get paid for your narration work: Your per-finished-hour rate, paid upon successful completion of the audiobook. Share royalties from sales with the Rights Holder.
Sell your art
- Sell Your Crafts – The sky is the limit if you happen to be an at-home crafter. All you need is a passion for crafts, a reliable internet connection, and a decent camera.
- We have Eagles members who are rockin it with their art. Ashley Logsdon‘s oldest daughter Clara (will be 13 this month) has just put some of her art on RedBubble. No cost to show it – and people can put your art on t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads and more. Check out Clara’s site.
- 48 Days Eagle Karen Putz has her art on ArtOfWhere. She’s selling it by having people choose it for scarves, hats and other clothing items. Check it out here.
- Selling on Etsy is a great way to monetize your crafting hobby. The transaction fee is around 3.5%, which makes it cheaper than using eBay or Amazon.
Work From Home Jobs
Remote Job Websites – These are online boards that focus specifically on work from home jobs. They create remote open professional positions. The openings are broken down by roles in which country you need to be in, but most jobs can be performed anywhere in the world. Here are a few other companies that offer similar options.
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