(This is one of those jobs where it doesnt matter if you look good in a bikini, by the way...)
I love to lay in the sun... Yes I know that it is "bad for your skin" and will cause wrinkles, and all that other 'scary stuff'. But for all the negatives that the media puts out there... Did you know that newer studies state "insufficient solar UVB irradiance and vitamin D greatly outweigh all known adverse health outcomes" (source). Yes, sunshine is actually good for you! And no, contrary to popular belief, the sun will not kill you.
Personally I find sunbathing to be very relaxing, and a great way to take a quality "time out" and just think.
Luckily (for me, not them) all of my neighbors are gone to their "real job" during the best sunning hours - or they are sound asleep if they work the night shift. There are a lot of manufacturing plants in this area. At any rate, its usually very nice and quiet - and perfect for a little 'brainstorming in the sun'...
In fact, I am sunbathing as I write this! There are birds chirping in the cedar tree, little robins eating out of the feeder in my sugar maple, and a cat sneaking along the bottom of the neighbors hedge.
I mentioned a minute ago that my neighbors werent lucky. I meant because they have one of those "real jobs" - not because they are missing out on this spectacular view of me sunbathing (ha!). For that, they are lucky!
Like I said, you dont have to look good in a bikini for this kind of work 😛
I am the geeky neighbor. Pasty white skin and wearing last years' red bikini, I have an ink pen in one hand and a mini legal pad in the other. Sunglasses on, a recent issue of Business 2.0 nearby, and smoking menthol cigarettes (and there you were worried about the sun!)...
You're still reading along to find out how I make money while basking in the sun, arent you?
Just a few of the things that I do while I am enjoying the weather outdoors include:
- Write reports to sell online
- Write content/articles for my sites
- Kick back and enjoy Passive Income streams
(more on that in a minute...)
You dont always have to be in front of your computer to "work". That doesnt mean that you have to lay in the sun. You can lay in the snow or lay in the river if you like. Though personally I wouldnt risk getting my Business 2.0 mag all wet... The point is, sometimes getting out of the office - or your usual workspace - can be a GOOD thing!
If you already work from home or have an online business, think of all the things you can accomplish away from your desk! You could write articles, outline your next autoresponder series, draft out an upcoming issue of your newsletter, etc.
I know it sounds old fashioned, this whole sunbathing and "great outdoors" idea. I mean, most people these days go to tanning beds, microwave their lunch and type up documents on their handy dandy computers. But if you wanted to be stuck in that mold... you wouldnt have pursued this whole "more time, more freedom, self-employed" idea, now would you?
Tips for Sunbathing Geeks:
- Put your tanning lotion or oil on before you go outdoors. Then wash your hands with hot soapy water. Its hard to hold a pen with greasy fingers! (plus you'd ruin your Business 2.0 mag!!)
- During your sunbathing rotation, keep this in mind: brainstorm while on you're back, write while on your stomach. Trust me - it works best this way.
- Dont bring any gadgets with you outdoors. The point is to get away from the office. Not bring the office with you. Paper & Pen only!
If you are already working from home, I hope that this inspires you to get out of the office and do the things you enjoy most while you are working on "doing what you love" business-wise. I'm a multi-tasker by nature, so I enjoy working and having fun at the same time.
Besides, who says personal "down time" cant be productive??
If you arent making money online yet, here are some ideas for you to consider (because this is a great lifestyle!!):
- Write reports and sell them online
- Look for legitimate work-at-home jobs
- Search freelance writing opportunities
Also look at the ways I make money online too.
Live Life... and enjoy every minute of it! 😉