Two weeks ago a good friend of mine called me. Due to some personal issues he were in need of three weeks vacation from his work as a delivery man. Unfortunately there were no one who could substitute for him and therefore he was wondering if I could fill in for him for three weeks.
Since I’m working from home I’ve got 52 weeks of vacation every year and therefore I could as well give him three of mine. Double salary while meeting people and helping a friend didn’t sound so terrible.
One week of unsatisfying work
It felt like my first week ran away and every evening I was wondering – What did I do today? The problem was that even though you had all the time in the world while driving, you couldn’t do anything in the car. Just listening on radio when they were talking about nonsense.
Even though the work itself wasn’t boring, it felt unsatisfying.
My first attempt
I decided to turn of my radio and started to philosophize about my future and all of my current projects. The problem was that even though I came up with some great ideas I forgot all of them within a few minutes.
Next day I brought a notebook and pencil with me. You can probably imagine how difficult it is to philosophize, looking at the road, maintaining control over my vehicle while taking notes. Big failure!
I thought about Dictaphones, software to my computer, etc. when it finally came to me. It’s possible to record audio with my cellphone! At the end of the day I had recorded 12 new ideas for blogentries, with several bullet points for each entry.
Even though I can’t physically make money while driving I can record blogentries and then simply publish them when I come home.
Another great thing with driving long distances is that you can make it your personal time. Before this job I could easily spend half an hour in the shower, thinking about new projects and doing math on the wall. Now I can do this in the car, for several hours each day.
I’m sure this method isn’t the best and therefore I would be interesting to hear about your thoughts. How can / do you make money while driving?
I still got one week left, so who knows what I will come up with.