I’ve been doing a little bit of soul searching (I had a five hour bus ride yesterday…prime time for a soul search) and wondering if I really want to keep doing research. I love my work, usually, but lately I’ve been feeling kind of burnt out and exhausted by it. A lot of my clients are hard-driving agency folks from NYC, who expect everything immediately and like to have a lot of phone calls. Right now, I’m in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay, where the wifi is sloooowwww– not a situation conducive to making “urgent” phone calls or, for that matter, responding to email instantaneously.
So I’ve been thinking about other possible income streams. Here’s my list so far:
1. Keep doing research, but do less. Set more boundaries with clients. Work slower. Refuse meetings. Take on less demanding clients. (I’m doing a pro bono project right now for guy in Wisconsin who is TOTALLY FINE if I don’t answer his emails for 24 hours.)
2. Keep Air Bnb’ing my New Orleans place. This has been an AWESOME source of income on this trip. Or…build a tiny house, move it to Florida, and Air Bnb that.
3. Write a “survey research for dummies” book. This idea doesn’t really thrill me, though.
4. Revamp my “questionnaire design boot camp” class on Skillshare. This makes me money while I sleep, but not much money.
5. Be a Beachbody coach. Someone I knew suggested this to me once; it’s kind of a pyramid scheme, but could be an easy few bucks.
6. Turn this blog into a money-making machine. How, though??
7. Write a “how to be a digital nomad” book. Too bad 8,000,000 other people have already done this.
8. Write a hilarious, profound, only slightly embellished account of my travels. Surely someone would pay to read it.
9. Do a webinar or workshop (about what? Survey design? How to be a digital nomad?).
10. Develop a (research related?) product and sell it.
Any more ideas, readers? What can this tired old gal do to earn a few bucks?