At first I was going to fall into the rabbit hole with everyone else. Make Tik Toks all day, eat snacks, get hefty and complain about not getting to go outside and spend all my money on nonsense.
But you have to remember I’m a full time entrepreneur which means I’m unemployed (That was an old stand up punchline that never made it to the stage). But seriously a solo entrepreneur has to be on top of their game because there is no boss to tell me when to clock in, when to produce, how to produce or how much to produce.
As soon as we started getting ordered to “Stay At Home” I seen my income slide down significantly do to goofing around online with Instagram and Livestreams (hours wasted out of my day which is money flying out of my pocket) Around March 25th 2020 I got extremely pissed off at my selling performance & earnings online for the month of March 2020. It was like an immediate decision to cut all social media to save my online businesses. It was like magic…. productivity went up and by the end of the month my income went up also. That is when I knew I would be suspending social media until I hit the goal income I would like to see for the 2nd quarter of 2020.
Brick and mortar businesses are suffering in these times. The regular 9-5 has not been a stable source of income for a long time but I’m here to tell you online sales are not going anywhere! I was scared my sales would plummet due to the virus but to my surprise I have been at the post office bright and early almost everyday since I took my break from social media. With more hours available for production and listing there are way more sales.
I never thought of this time as a “pandemic” I thought of it as an opportunity to build and grow in a short amount of time. Why not build more streams of income? I had a main website I sold on for over a decade that is Ebay. I heard about Depop and Mercari and decided that both would work with the products I create and resell. I also decided to expand how I produce press-on nails and invest in other equipment to enable me to create a variety of merchandise at one time.
Most people are making jokes about coming out of quarantine pregnant and if you speak that over your life….you will. I spoke that I will come out of quarantine with more streams of income than ever before. This time is more about shifting mindset more than anything because this is just the beginning. Before this quarantine it was an option to learn new skills but it has now become a need to learn new skills so that your lifestyle is not dependent on a 9-5 job. The future is here. We will need to put our sources of income in our own hands which I already knew years ago.
Just learning how to use your time is a skill in it’s self. I’ve learned to do two things at once ALL DAY. If your watching a movie or YouTube your hands are totally free to create. It’s about using your brain to it’s highest capability and being disciplined with the time you have been given.
Here are some of the things I’ve been doing to reset my mindset and maximize my time while quarantined:
-Limiting time I watch Netflix
-Practicing Intermittent Fasting 18:6
-Taking Courses on UDemy (I took a voiceover course that improved my pace and speed of reading)
-Updating business spreadsheet daily
-Getting up no later than 7:30 am
-Switching all food in my house to vegan
-Staying in budget
-Organizing & cleaning everyday
-Practicing piano (I’m slacking on this one)
-Listening to some type of self help everyday (Tony Gaskins is a great motivator)
-Take all supplements daily (probiotics, sea moss,multi vitamin, vitamin d)
-Freestyle Writing (Anything! comedic sketches,blog, short film, youtube video)
-Expanding on production of the products I create in house
It’s all about using your head to create the lifestyle you want to see. It can’t be working on just your body or just your eating habits it has to go together to work .. Mind, Body & Spirit. If you are watching Netflix for (6) hours a day you just took (6) hours away from yourself. That was time you could have spent working on you and building your income or creating a healthy everyday habit.
Make sure to use this time to level up. Time is precious. You can get back money, houses, clothes, relationships but you’re never going to get time back so spend it wisely. Be smart, be safe.