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Be Productive During This Pandemic

by Marco Dela Cruz |

Why you should learn a new skill, start your own online business and stop making EXCUSES!

What is your passion? What is your Ikigai?

Wait...What the hell is an Ikigai?

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Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means " a reason for being". It refers to having a direction or a purpose in life to make living worthwhile. When you were young what were the things that you loved to do? What did you want to be when you grow up? What were you so passionate about?

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You might have wanted to be an artist or an entrepreneur but your life took a different turn and now you're working in an office cubicle, forgetting about your dreams because 'it doesn't pay the bills'. Well, you're in luck! This pandemic has given you an opportunity to reach out for your dreams and start that business you've been planning to since time immemorial.

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You might be saying, this guy's crazy?! Who in his right mind would start a business during this pandemic? Hold on, let me explain. This pandemic has given us a valuable gift that all of us took for granted for a very long time. Do you know what that gift is?

It's time.

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Before this pandemic, we were buried with work, always rushing to go from one place to another, trapped in an endless cycle. But this COVID19 virus has humbled our way of living, and forced us into our homes and stay with our families. Suddenly we have more time in our hands to relax, watch Netflix, and play your long backlog of video games.

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But what if you use that time to start your own business? Did you know those famous companies like Uber, Slack, and WhatsApp were created out of the last recession? Yup, it's true! Certainly, many innovative businesses will spawn from this pandemic. So why don't you start your own now? There are tons of talented people out there and, like you, they suddenly have more time in their hands and might be re-examining what they really want to do with their lives.

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You might be really good at art, you can actually offer that as a high-paying skill as a graphic designer! You can learn all the fancy graphic design tools like Adobe Photoshop, or you can start from something that's really easy to use like Canva. Then offer that as a service to start-up businesses who need branding and logo design to earn something extra while at home. 

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If you're a taskmaster and an all-around virtual worker, you can start your very own Virtual Assistance business! Start creating your profile on freelance platforms like Upwork and Fiverr and start earning now!

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 If you're really fond of shopping, then why don't you try building your own eCommerce store? There are tons of online platforms right now like Shopify that makes it easy to build a dropshipping store that's hassle-free and you won't have to worry about shipping and product storage since your supplier will handle that for you. Just check out our store, and look at how easy it is to build your very own store and sell your unique products.

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If you want to learn more about dropshipping and how to create your own online store, you can always Google it!

Nowadays, you don't need to have a brick and mortar store to consider yourself an entrepreneur. In this digital age, the highest-paid entrepreneurs take their businesses with them on their laptops and smartphones. You just have to learn a certain skill or improve on something that you already have and convert that into a digital product or service.

Let's examine your possible excuses and destroy them one by one, shall we?

Fear of failure - Starting a business is risky, I know. Every day we face risks, right? So why don't you just try? If you fail, who cares? You've learned from it and that's called experience. All of the business titans are not afraid of failure, just look at Jack Ma and Gary Vaynerchuck, they'll be the first one to say to your face that you should embrace failure and learn from it. Period.

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Few resources to start a business - As I've said earlier, you don't need a brick and mortar store to be able to start a business. Just learn your 'Ikigai', analyze what you're good at, and convert that into a digital product or service.

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You know nothing about entrepreneurship - You can read about it online, or buy tons of books about entrepreneurship, but to be honest? You won't learn anything if you don't experience it for yourself first hand. The quickest way to learn about it is to just DO IT. Get a taste of what it's like to sell your product or service and get rejected. Multiple times. Learn from it. Tweak and enhance your system, and shoot again!

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You love your cubicle job - You may actually love your current job, and that's okay! Good for you! Then just take note of these things in case you want to start a side hustle.

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Starting a business is hard work - you have to work for anything worthwhile, right? You can't expect to be a millionaire and not work for it! Unless you won the lottery, that is. So don't even start with that excuse!

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You see, this pandemic really is an opportunity. It's just about changing your perspective and looking at the glass as half-full. We have all the information on our fingertips and we have the advantages of technology. So make use of your time wisely, and start hustling for your dreams!

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