My daily 45-minute commute was a source of dread before I gave up my 9-to-5 work six years back. The thought of the work I could accomplish for my small business while sitting in traffic would make me frustrated. Was I unaware that my side hustles easy money in the mornings and evenings could help me grow my own business? And, ultimately, leave the world of work behind forever. It’s possible that the time spent driving is all you will have alone for the majority of the day. There are few distractions such as emails, social media, twitter, work colleagues, friends and family.
It is important to learn time management quickly as a business owner who does a side gig. You should make use of the daily commute from and to your 9-5. Instead of listening to the latest music you love or replaying a recent argument with your lover or manager, use your commute to increase your knowledge.
In reality, business is built not on hard work but on IDEA. To grow your company, you don’t necessarily need to have a business computer, attend a networking meeting or make a sale pitch. By expanding your thoughts, gaining new insights, learning new skills or cultivating new ideas you are actually growing your business. By increasing “human capital”, you will have a greater impact on your future, regardless of what you do.
These are 5 ideas to help you expand your thoughts and explore new possibilities during the precious time spent on your commute (by car, bus or train) to work…
First way to make the most of your commute: listen to a business audiobook
There are literally thousands of wonderful (and even life-changing) books about business. There are times when I wish that all of the business knowledge I have read could be absorbed instantly through osmosis to help me take my company to the next level. It’s actually pretty similar to listening to audio books. Listen instantly to the latest, greatest business titles on your iPod and other audio devices.
A second way you can use your commute: listen to business podcasts
Podcasts on business are a great way to use your time during the commute. Podcasts will help you to learn more and stay on top of the business world. As podcasts are posted regularly and created, you will always be up to date on the latest business ideas, applications and marketing tools.