Most Full-Time Working Professions who are also Entrepreneurs, also known as DUALpreneurs, have the same challenge … not enough time to do everything that needs to be done. Between working all day, taking care of the family, running errands and “Plotting Profits in PJs” for their entrepreneurial venture at night and on the weekends; finding time to do necessary small business tasks, like follow up, answering emails and calls, etc., can be overwhelming.
Throwing in a commute to work that’s thirty minutes to an hour or longer makes completing those tasks seem almost impossible.
Thank God for modern technology, because entrepreneurs can use Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones to conduct business. So, whether your long journey to your full-time gig is by plane, train or automobile, here are 10 ways to turn your daily commutes to work into cash generating opportunities for your side small business.
Keep in mind that most of these tasks are recommended if you are the passenger. However, some of them can be completed while you focus on driving safely.
Catch Up On Emails
If commuting by plane or train, use the time to catch on responding to important business emails, as well as emails to follow up with prospective or existing clients. Most planes and trains have WiFi, so reply and follow up with those potential income emails with a quick response.
Even if the commuter does not have wireless internet, most smartphones have a Mobile Hotspot feature that uses the data plan for wireless internet access.
Conduct Conference Calls
Although best while commuting as a passenger on a train or automobile; if driving make sure the car has hands free calling capabilities for this one. Use the windshield time to conduct conferences calls for your small business or schedule client coaching sessions.
Scheduling those much need conversations during your commute will not only expedite the cash generation,m but it will make the commute seem must for profitable.
Start Or Finish Writing A Book
That book deep down inside is itching to come out and bless the world. Turn that boring passenger ride into the best story ever written by … YOU! Start off with an outline, then during each trip write a few paragraphs or chapter for each outline topic.
Before you know it, the first draft of a future best-seller will be written and ready for editing and publishing to be sold all over the world! Cha-Ching!
Listen To Or Read A Book
One of my most favorite smartphone apps is Audible. Audible will turns commutes into an audio adventure of learning to earn more profits. Audible sells digital audiobooks, radio and TV programs, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers via the App and the internet.
So, do you have a book that you always wanted to read but never really had the time like “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
Or, maybe you’re just not an avid reader but really wanted to learn some strategic techniques like in “Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days” by Chris Guillebeau.
And as the passenger, if you are an avid reader, the app Kindle is awesome. It’s like having access to thousand of books in a tablet or in your smartphone through the Kindle app. So, go ahead and finally read “Financial Fornication” by Tarra Jackson. I hear it’s great! 🙂
Listen To Motivational Speakers
Motivation is at your finger tips. Youtube is not only the #2 largest search engine in the world (next to it’s owners Google, which is #1), finding motivational speeches from Celebrities and Business Moguls like Oprah, Tony Robbins, John C. Maxwell or Eric Thomas is easy to access. Maybe that recorded motivational call by your network marketing up line will start your morning or end your work day on a profitable note.
Listening to motivational speakers ignites an excitement about your small business, gives you helpful tips and keeps you motivated to keep moving forward. So, let’s get Motivated!!!
Pray or Project Positivity
An attitude of gratitude is the key to prosperity. Saying a prayer for your family, your day, your business and yourself will start your day off on a positive note.
And based on the Law Of Attraction, we attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on. So, take the commute time to think about everything you are grateful for, ask the universe for what you want, and imagine your day, week, year and life they way you want it to manifest. Also, recite, think about or create positive affirmations.
You have the power to create everything (good and bad) in your life. Doing this mental manifestation and projecting positivity will open up the universe for you. Always remember:
Write Down or Dictate Your To Do List
So many things to do … so little time. Well, you at least have about an hour to think through what you want to accomplish for the day, week or month during your commute. Think about the tasks that will help you generate cash quickly.
As the passenger, write down or enter into your smartphone those tasks. What is also helpful is the schedule when those tasks will be worked on or completed.
As the driver, use the microphone app in your smartphone to dictate those quick cash generating tasks so you can refer to or write them down later.
As for those miscellaneous busy work tasks that need to be done like social media posts, blast emails, etc., find a friend, family member or college student that believes in your business to help you out. If you are financial able, consider paying a virtual assistant to handle the busy work while you focus on the money making matters.
Journaling can also be therapeutic if you a dealing with emotional challenges as well.
Let out all of your emotions with your pen, as a passenger, in your journal and you will feel a sense of relief so you can focus on starting and completing your cash generating tasks.
As a driver, create a voice journal by recording your thoughts during your commute. There are plenty of free apps for that.
Think About Solutions
Where there is a challenge, there is a solution. Most of the time we know how to fix the problem, we just need time to think it through. So, take your commute time to think about a problem or challenge that has been blocking your cash generation and think through some possible solutions.
Trying to figure out a way to engage your audience on social media without being on social media 24/7? Do you need for customers to come to your website to buy your products and services? Or … Do you need to tell you partner that you need more help around the house or with the business?
Whatever the problem or challenge, turn your commute into a Troubleshooting Session. Sometime your solutions is figuring out who to ask for help to fix the problem.
Take A Power Nap
Now, this one only works for passengers! So drivers, don’t try it unless you have time to pull over in a safe place.
Sleeping may not seem like a cash generating activity, but a quick 10 to 30 minute power nap can produce the small boost of energy needed to tackle the day and necessary cash generating tasks. Have you ever tried to get something done but your brain seemed clouded and every other word was mumbled by an uncontrollable yawn.
There’s nothing like feeling refreshed and focused to get thing completed and feel accomplished.
What do you do during your commute to increase your cash generation?