It’s Crunch Time

Yep, it’s crunch time

I’ve officially moved to Washington DC and it’s beautiful here. However, I didn’t move here with the intent to sight see. Although I do want to experience what the area has to offer, the reason I decided to move here was because I started to feel some anxiety and I decided that it’s crunch time. What I mean by that is it’s time to stop traveling and just enjoying experiences and it’s time for me to settle somewhere and get to work.

My first goal since arriving here has been to try and reduce my living expenses as much as I possibly can. If I’m going to be living off of my savings until I’m able to generate some income on my own, then I want as much time as possible to accomplish this. While scanning Craigslist, I found many different posts from people offering free rent in exchange for cleaning, cooking, and caring for kids. I responded to as many of these ads as I saw, yet nobody ever responded back to me. I assumed that I was being discriminated against because I’m a young male, so, I tried to get creative.

Free Rent?

I posted my own Craigslist ad entitled “Will Do Almost Anything For Free Rent!!”. I wish I could link to the posting, but it has since expired. Anyway, in my posting I made a list of 10-15 different things I’d be willing to do in exchange for rent. I was trying to be as creative as I could by suggesting my services as a personal trainer, extreme organizer, entertainer, dating coach, amazing listener, Spanish tutor, etc.

I really had no idea what the response would be like, if any, so I was happy when my post actually garnered quite a bit of attention. Of course I’ve had to weed through the creeps or weirdos that responded to the ad, but otherwise I’ve met some great people as a result.

Unfortunately, I have not secured a live-in situation as a result of the ad, although I thought I had two different arrangements worked out that ended up falling through the cracks. One of these is still pending and I’ll be sure to update you in case that ever pulls through.

It has been hard to be focused like it’s crunch time when I don’t even have a permanent place to live, so I’m actually much more open to just paying for rent now then I was right after arriving. Apart from getting my housing figured out, I’ve been trying hard to train myself as an internet marketer. It has been pretty enjoyable so far, but I’m surprised at how much stress I feel with the fact that I’m not currently earning money.

Quitting Your Job vs. Building Business on the side

When looking at the question of building my own business, I’ve often debated between trying to build a business on the side while I have a job, or just quitting my job and spending all of my time trying to build a business. Now that I’m engaged in the latter, I’m surprised at how much stress and pressure I feel by the simple fact that I’m currently not making any money. I’m not sure if this stress will end up being a good thing, but I guess this is the reason that people stay working in their jobs.

Having a job, or having a dependable source of income, alleviates a lot of the fears that I think we tend to have. I think it’s definitely preferable if you can build a business on the side while you’re working at a job, but I never seemed to have the energy or desire for that after I’d get home from my day job. I admire the people who are able to manage their time well enough that they build a business while they’re working full time, but I just seem to be much more one-track minded.

I know I’ve decided to give myself till the end of this year to make my “unemployment” sustainable, but I’m sure feeling that I want to have a revenue source figured out much much sooner than that. Well, back to work, it’s crunch time.

6 Comments

  • Steve says:

    I think you should figure out how much money you need to survive each month, and then do freelance jobds on Craigslist that help you make that money. For example, let’s say you need $1,000 a month to live and not cut into savings. And let’s say you can make $100 per day doing uninspiring tasks like cleaning or yardwork. That means you can do 10 days of freelance work a month, which leaves you about 15 other days to work on your own businesses. Or, you could get a part-time job that covers the living expenses, but I think you’d make more per hour doing odd-jobs, even though it will require a little more time and energy to find the jobs and sift through them.

  • Candace says:

    You are going to find it, I just KNOW it!!! I think you would enjoy this analogy (yes, it’s doTERRA affiliated but applicable to anyone building a business): http://doterrapro.com/learn/training/create/creating-residual-income/

  • Aaron Anderson says:

    Yeah, that’s a good idea. I’ve been finding random jobs here and there, but, I haven’t outlined a super specific plan about how much exactly I would need each month to break even. I could definitely do a lot better about making much more specific plans.

  • Aaron Anderson says:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence Candace :) However, I tried to check out your analogy, and it wouldn’t let me access that page without setting up an account and having an IPC number or something. Let me know if you can figure out a different way to share it with me. Thanks,

  • Candace says:

    Forgot to reply to this, sorry! Here’s the video via YouTube. 32 minutes but worth watching! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvXrpzeYuA8

  • Aaron Anderson says:

    Well, I liked his story at first, but then he proceeded to pitch doterra the whole time, which I didn’t find really helpful for my purposes, haha

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