Tangible and practical ways to make money at home.
Nobody wants to believe this, but this is actually the easiest part of the whole process. Most people get stuck here though because fear and panic has already set in.
This does not mean you are incapable of coming up with good ideas. You absolutely are, but there is a fundamental principle that I have seen true in my life and there’s a good chance it's pretty universal.
- When fear sets in or you get filled with emotion, creativity evaporates and you become less resourceful.
- Being in a playful, non-serious mentality allows creativity to flourish which creates resourcefulness.
- Pray, meditate, read the bible, watch some motivational videos, go outside, take a nap, then reset.
- Begin a brainstorming session. Consider all ideas, even bad ones and just let the ideas flow.
Realize that business only exists to solve problems.
- Let problems be your signposts. Another way to say this is, where is the demand?
- Find problems and ask yourself if there is an opportunity to serve.
- It is not a sin to look for opportunity in despair. Quite the contrary, imagine how many opportunities there are to share the gospel in a time like this. Look to solve problems and to serve. The question of how much to charge needs to be secondary.
- Forget about money making, forget about practicality, forget about restrictions.
Your full-time job now becomes trying to create income.
- Start with the obvious ones like Amazon, Kroger, Costco, or any kind of delivery service.
- Where do you see problems? Focus on how you can serve others.
- What are people already doing virtually at home that you can do?
- Now that everybody is at home, what new problems or opportunities to serve exist now?
- Do a singing telegram
- Scavenger hunt
- Organize parades
- Assist seniors with grocery buying etc.
Business exists because problems exist and people come up with solutions that have value. You have to focus on the problems. You can literally drive around and look for problems and look for areas to serve. Look on Facebook and look at posts and realize the areas that people are complaining about and once in a while you will find a gold nugget. Think about all the things you used to do and realize that people must now come up with creative ways to do the same things that we used to do. What areas are we limited in now, then brainstorm on each one of those areas.
Find businesses that have been successful moving virtually.
Analyze how they do it and then go find businesses in the same sector that have not been successful and teach them how to do it.
Look for needs. What problems do we have and what creative solutions can you come up with?
- Make a TV show or other entertainment thing
- Don’t like being online, but know someone zany that lives it. Chances are the zany type is not organized and may not be technical. Maybe you could edit video that the person produces and keep the ship steered straight.
- Tutor online
- Gardening, building things in people‘s backyards, fences
- All of construction is opened for business
- Bring people's trash cans up to their house
- Chalk art on sidewalks. Ask for a donation - serve, if they donate, great!
- Sanitizing services - what can you sanitize - cars, houses, offices, sanitize on a different level in a different way, sanitize things other people are not sanitizing.
- At night nobody is out
- Ice cream truck
- Making calls
- Sales calls - for what industries
- Customer service calls - what companies can uniquely use this?
- Wellness checks
- Writing articles
- Go to Fiverr and Upwork. See what services they are doing. Do not try to play the same game. Tweak it… Are they doing anything to the masses that you could offer locally and monopolize a niche market
- Make crafts
- What can you sew
- Make surgical masks
- Make food
- Cut hair
- Clean cars
- What creative dishes can you construct out of the food people don’t usually want to eat in their pantry. Find out what’s not selling at the grocery store and figure out how to make something out of it. A craft, a recipe.
- Entertainment - See Neil Diamond’s new remake of “Sweet Caroline” What can you remake
- Ask people that are working right now what they need.
- Offer counseling or companionship - no solutions, only a listening ear
- What issues are rich people grappling with right now
- Search indeed to see what jobs employers are looking to hire for.
- Can you do any of these things except do them better by doing them locally
- The businesses that are hiring are maxed out. Can you try to help be the connector that takes applications, screens, then offers up ready-to-go employees
- Mow lawns
- Disinfect trash cans
While we are in the midst of terror and trepidation, I feel that it is just fitting to share these very timely Bible verses:
Do Not Worry (Matthew 6:25-34)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
A Friend Comes at Midnight (Luke 11:5-8)
5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking (Luke 11:9-13)
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for [e]bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Below are the business that still operate in times of crisis:
- Grocery stores
- Stores that sell essential household goods
- Convenience stores
- Liquor stores
- Pharmacies and drug stores
- Day care facilities
- Medical facilities
- Non-profit service providers
- Homeless and emergency shelters
- Office buildings
- Essential government buildings
- Airports and transit buildings
- Transportation systems
- Residential buildings and hotels
- Manufacturing and distribution facilities
- Landscaping and lawn care businesses
- Construction and renovation businesses