New Habits

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So, we are in the middle of a pandemic. We keep on hearing ‘No’s.’ No, we cannot go to work. No, we cannot visit friends. And no, we must avoid contact in places where we could catch the virus. We need to heed the warnings we hear and see. Yet, I think it is time to get some ‘Yes’s’ in our vocabulary and our corner.

I am not saying we should not follow the warnings; we should pay very close attention to them. The advisories are there to keep us safe. At the same time, there is a lot we can do. There are entire gig companies online. They’re looking for people to perform tasks and be paid by clients who need the content that you could write and send to them on your computer. You can do this with little more than a computer, tablet, or phone and an Internet connection. A little imagination always helps. Some of these jobs, called Gigs, will start off paying $15 an article, and you could end up earning several hundred dollars to ghostwrite a book.

Also, if you are professional, it is easy to see your clientele online using FaceTime, Zoom (which is my favorite,) or any other number of face-to-face applications around on the market and either free or nearly free. If you were trying to grow a business, having a site online allows you a worldwide reach for your customers. Even if you started not being online at a regular time without a pandemic, you would end up online anyway because that’s where the majority of your clients outside your local area would find you.

I am letting you this so you can think about things. If you are going to try something, start small and see where it goes. And remember, the one thing that works always is ‘Work.’

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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