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5 Tips for a Thriving Business During the Pandemic

Many businesses have suffered or failed during the pandemic. This is not news to the countless people who have lost their job. To put this in perspective, US job losses due to Covid are the highest since the Great Depression. Very few people have figured out how to keep their business going during this time of crisis.

There is no single answer that will serve as a solution to the problem. Rather, there is some combination of many answers that will help keep the OPEN light turned on. No two businesses are the same. And no two sets of answers will be the same. Here are a few you can try that have proven successful for others:

1. Fix Your Car

There are lots of business opportunities in the Great Northwest. Besides a couple of high-density populations, the people are spread out. If you are in outside sales, you will need a car to cover most territories. The relatively mild weather is quite conducive for getting out and knocking on doors.

If you want a small advantage in a competitive space, you need to take care of the little things. Take your car to a Washington auto body shop before you take it to Spokane to sell that water purification system. You are not going to make that $5,000 sale if the customer does not take you seriously. Drive up with that busted tail light and huge dent in your door and they will very likely not bother to answer their door when you knock. Make a better first impression and end with a better result.

2. Improve Your Education

There is always something you can improve through ongoing education. In an effort to save money, some people discontinued their formal education when things went sideways. They thought they would have plenty of time to pick back up after the crisis. Unfortunately, it seldom works out that way. After a crisis is over, people are busy scrambling to try to make ends meet. Education gets put on the back burner. You can increase your odds of success by continuing your education when others have chosen to opt out. Make the most of this opportunity by investing in yourself.

3. Take Your Business Online

Not every business is going to benefit greatly from an online campaign due to the nature of their business. But most can achieve some gains by expanding their presence. If you are a local business, you can improve by appealing to a local SEO marketing campaign. You might not be able to ship your home improvement service to customers around the world. But you can get the word out to more people in surrounding areas. They are far more likely to ask their digital assistant for a recommendation than they are to look you up in a print directory.

4. Stay Open During Regular Hours

One of the biggest customer frustrations in the Covid era is trying to figure out when businesses are open. It used to be from 9 – 9. Now, we are lucky if that same business opens by 11. Compounding the problem is that hours seem to be different from one day to the nest. And punctual opening is a thing of the past. You can improve your business just by being open for consistent, advertised hours. If people travel to your store only to find you closed, they are unlikely to do it again.

5. Add a Delivery Option

We are fast becoming a delivery culture. It is not just pizza and Chinese food anymore. Pharmacists, grocery stores, and restaurants, are just the tip of the iceberg. There is no good reason why other businesses like auto parts, pet supplies, and electronics retailers shouldn’t also be in the delivery game. Figure out how to deliver and your business will gain an advantage that will last beyond the pandemic.

Coronavirus has sidelined a lot of businesses. but business is all about the ability to adapt to change. Adapt by fixing your car, increasing your education, going online, opening for regular hours, and finding a way to deliver.

Get a $150 Referral Bonus When You Become an Uber Driver

If you’re considering becoming an Uber driver, NOW is the time!

The referral bonus for new Uber drivers has traditionally be lower, at $50 in most cities, but Uber has increased the new driver referral bonus to $150 in many cities! The bonuses vary by city, so it may be more or less in certain cities. For example, right now it’s $300 in Washington, DC, $400 in Boston, and $500 in Los Angeles!Become an Uber Driver

It’s very easy to get started, and there are only a few steps you need to take to get paid your bonus:

  • Sign up here
  • Upload all required documents to their partner dashboard
  • Get vehicle inspected
  • Complete 20 trips (this number varies by city, but should take about 3 hours of Uber driving)

When I signed up, I got paid a $50 Uber referral driver bonus after just the first Saturday night of driving for Uber. It couldn’t be easier to earn the bonus, so sign up now!

The whole process is pretty quick, and if you have any questions about the approval process, leave them below. I’m happy to answer them for you!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up to become an Uber driver here and get your $150 bonus now!

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6 Ways to Make Money on the Side

6 Ways to Make Money on the SideToday, there are more options out there for making money and earning a living than ever before. In the past, if you wanted to make money legally, you basically had the option to either work a full time job or start a company.

But somewhere in history, that changed. Now, people are more driven than ever to find creative ways to make money in addition to their full-time job. Who knows, if you do it well enough, maybe it could turn into your full time job. With that in mind, here are 6 great ways to make some extra income for yourself.

Market and Sell a Talent

Everyone has something (or a number of things), that they are incredibly good at. It could be anything from writing, to drawing, to singing or anything else. These are not only talents you can use to impress your friends and family, they can also make you money. There are many online services (Fiverr, Etsy, etc…) where you can essentially make money by creating things for others. Once you have some experience, you can even move away from these sites and seek out your own clients.

Affiliate Marketing/Starting and monetizing a Blog

Affiliate Marketing is essentially the idea of being rewarded for bringing traffic and an audience to another person’s product, blog or website. This can be very rewarding if your audience is large, active and are interested in the affiliate you are working with. One common way that this works is PPC, which is Pay Per Click, so you would get a certain amount of money from each time someone clicks on your link to the affiliate sites. For this to be fruitful, you need a blog or website, and with those being so esy to start up and maintain, what’s stopping you?!

Become a Freelancer

Depending on the job you have or what kinds of skills you have, you could easily branch off and begin taking on clients as an independent contractor. Whether you are a writer, web designer, marketer, social media specialist, programmer or a number of other things, freelancing is a definite possibility. Over time, you may even be comfortable enough quitting your full time job in favour of freelancing full time, though that is a decision that should be thought about for a while before pulling the trigger on it.

Flipping items

This is basically just a fancy way of saying that you go out and buy things at a low price, fix them up or clean them a little bit, and sell them online for a profit. This can be done with anything from electronics to furniture. Garage sales and clearance sales at retail locations are great places to find hidden treasures that can be rejuvenated with a little work. While this definitely takes some time and a bit of work, it can be extremely profitable.

Have a Garage Sale

Whether it be a physical garage sale or selling on one of the many websites made for selling used goods, a garage sale can be a great thing. Not only are you likely to make some decent money, you are going to de-clutter your home in the process. While this may not make you as much as fixing up your household items and selling them online, this is a much more stress-free way of doing things, and takes less time.

Complete Online Surveys

While this isn’t going to make you rich, completing surveys online can be a good way to make a few extra dollars with minimal effort. There are many different sites out there that hire individuals from across the world to complete thousands of different surveys. These can take anywhere from a few minutes up to over half an hour. Some of these sites pay in the form of gift cards or rewards, but others will actually pay in cash.

If you make an effort to employ one or a few of these methods in your life, you will soon find yourself earning hundreds of dollars (or more) every single month.