3 ways to turn your commute to a profit center. #3 Can make you a LOT of money!

by Nick on August 5, 2014

commute (1)For the first 5 years of working in NYC I lived on the same City block as my office. That means I didn’t even have to cross a street to get to work. Just down one elevator take about 30 steps and up another.

I thought it was pretty cool at the time.

And then my wife and I started “making babies.”

So our 650 square foot “mansion” in NYC “started” getting a little tight…

And like the “completly original” people we were, that prompted a move to NJ. And a 45-minute commute each way.

That’s at least 90 minutes each day of me underground. On top of my work day.

Yet the decision to move and have a commute may have been one of our “top 10” best decisions ever.

Why? A lot of reasons that I’ll get into in a separate post.

But one of the reasons is that it gave me an opportunity to turn my commute time into an incredibly valuable personal and business growth center.

Here are 3 ways you can do the same.

1. Read or listen to great content about how to become better at something.

I can’t tell you how many times I heard music “bustin’ outta” people’s headphones on the PATH train. That’s cool and everything. I like me some good music, too…. But unless it’s paired with a book in your hand or is just a once-in-a-while “brain break” you miss a great opportunity to grow in some area of your life.

So read or listen to books (or podcasts) about being a better husband, wife, parent, sales person, athlete, etc. Then apply the lessons you learn to your life and you just got incredible value for time that often goes wasted.

2. Dial for Dollars. (If you can do it safely, of course.)

Are you a coach? Salesperson? In charge of placing orders over the phone? Captain Conference Call, a lesser-known cousin of Spiderman?  Do it from the road.

If you can do it safely, schedule a coaching call (if your commute is short, perhaps a “mini commute coaching special”) during your commute. I love doing this!

Check in on clients. Take some telephone work on your commute.  Have that conference call on Route 95. Just don’t take notes… Have someone else on the call do that who isn’t driving, cool?

A special bonus for this is that you might get to leave the office early and protect time with your family from being eaten away by that call if you had to stay in the office for it.

3. Use voice recognition or voice mail to record content for a blog, book, or speech on a topic that you know and love.

Want to become a public speaker but don’t know how to find the time?

Want to blog but don’t know when you’ll be able to write?

Have you been waiting for six years to write the next best American novel?

Do it during your commute time.

Call and leave yourself a voicemail with the bones of a blog post.

Or do it with a conference call service.

Sign up for a free call recording service like FreeConferenceCall.com. Set up a call for your commute time. Call yourself with a bluetooth headset like this one that works surprisingly well (<— affiliate link to Amazon. If you buy it through that link I get something like six million dollars and a private island. Maybe less.).

Record the call and then catalog it. You can either use voice recognition software to listen to the recording and transcribe it for you for FREE and then just need to clean it up.  Or you can send it to someone on Fiverr or odesk.com to do it for you for a few bucks.  If you choose the few bucks route make sure you have a plan to make that $$ back.

But the point is that you’re that closer to your speech, blog, or book. And you got the first draft at that content on the road.

So there you have it. 3 ways to be more productive on your commute time.

Do you have a commute? How long? What do you do during your commute? And what could you do to turn it into a profit or growth center?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle August 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

I don’t have a commute now that I work from home. When I did have a commute though, I would try to do something productive during it. Most of the time I would come up with a to do list for the day. Haha I am a dork 🙂


Camilla August 5, 2014 at 10:05 am

My commute is a whopping 8 minutes each way. But in a week that’s an hour and twenty minutes. I listen to podcasts during that time. I also do that while running errands etc. and in a week I can listen to a lot of them.


Justin @ Root of Good August 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Good tips. I’ve done all 3 on my “commute”. My commute now consists of 10 minutes of walking the kids to school in our neighborhood. I’ll dictate emails while walking, take care of personal calls (sometimes blog related business calls to respond to interviews or call advertisers/network with other bloggers).


Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans August 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

My commute is an hour and a half each way and it’s split between driving and taking the train. On the drive, I listen to podcasts. On the commute, I read books or catch up on reading some blogs. When I used to sell crochet crafts, I would bring my crochet projects on the train, too. These make the commute suck less!


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