Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Journaling, part of Starting Your Career in the On-Demand Economy.
- In addition to keeping track of data like your expenses and income, you might find it useful to also keep a record of less quantifiable information, especially as you're just getting started in an on-demand business. You're going to be learning a lot of new things quickly, so keeping a journal can be a beneficial practice and give you a useful resource to refer back to in the future. For example, you might want to jot down an unexpected problem that came up during a job and how you resolved it. Or you might keep a record of how much you charge for something so you can remain consistent in the future.
Journals are also great for writing down unusual or humorous situations you find yourself in. For me, one of the benefits of working on-demand jobs is that you often come away with great stories. So I like to write things down anytime something fun or different happens on the job. I've also gotten some great tips and advice just through conversations I've had with customers from all types of businesses and walks of life, so it's always good to have an organized way to jot down notes. My personal preference is to use a journaling app on my phone rather than a physical journal and a pen. I like having the ability to search the text of my entries.
My journaling software of choice is Day One. It allows you to add photos to your entries as well as tags, and it automatically notes your current location. It's available for both iOS and Mac OS X and it can sync and back up to cloud-based services, so you can take notes while you're out and about and have them waiting on your computer when you get home. Another excellent app you've probably already heard of is Evernote, which is often referred to as a note-taking app, but it offers so much more than that. It offers notes, task lists, collaboration tools, and you can also journal with it.
It's available for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows machines, and can sync across all your devices so you can journal on any one device, sync it to the cloud, and have your journal accessible from any other device. So while journaling might not be as important as keeping track of your numbers, I still highly recommend keeping a journal as a central location where you can record your thoughts, questions, answers, and other information, and refer back to them when you need to. Having a journal to reference often means you don't need to relearn things from scratch that you've already learned in the past. Instead you can just look up the way you resolved an issue and then go from there.
Garrick Chow explains the basic structures of the on-demand economy and the skills and characteristics of successful on-demanders, so you can determine if on-demand work is the right fit for you. Then learn about the time commitment and expectations around pay, what the employer provides, and what one can expect from clients. Garrick then discusses tools to keep you organized, including how to best track income and expenses.
Finally, the course offers tips and tricks and a case study based on the author's firsthand experience as an Uber driver.
- Preparing to work on demand
- Managing expectations from on-demand clients
- Tracking expenses and mileage
- Optimizing your income
- Getting support online
- Case study: Becoming an Uber driver
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/26/2017. What changed?
A: A new video was added that explains how to optimize your LinkedIn profile for on-demand work.