How I’m Making Money during the Lockdown – Massage Monday #491

Hi everyone. I am Yasuko and it’s time for Massage Monday. As you may know, California is under lockdown
since last week. This week I’m going to share what I’m
doing to make some money on a side while I can’t work. When I say lockdown, it’s not like you can’t
leave the house. Luckily, you can still do essential things
such as grocery shopping or going for a walk as long as you maintain the social distance
of 6 feet. Other times, you are supposed to stay home
to prevent the spread of the virus. However, many people hit the beaches and trails
over the weekend and I heard they are now closed. Thanks people! I haven’t been out for 2 days. In fact, I haven’t spoken a single word
for like 36 hours so this is actually good that I’m talking. I’m not the kind that verbalizes everything
that’s going on in my head or talk to myself aloud. Like millions of other people, I am not working
because I can’t. Spa is closed to comply with the California
Governer’s Order. I am not massaging my private clients either
because according to CAMTC, it stands for California Massage Therapy Council, which
is the governing body for massage businesses and therapists, “Massage has not been identified
as an essential function.” Of course. It’s very hard to massage someone from 6
feet away while maintaining the social distance. Massage is unthinkable right now when people
can’t even shake hands with each other. For the first time, I applied for Unemployment
Insurance like millions of others in the US. I feel terrible for others in the same boat. Since I don’t have dependents I’m going
through this situation very quietly at home as I re-evaluate my priorities and plan for
the life after the pandemic. I see this disruption also as a spiritual
intervention which gave us the opportunity to plan our future from a new perspective. Although I can’t work hands-on, I have some
income sources. This YouTube is one of them although I’m
not making thousands or tens of thousands of dollars every month like other successful
YouTubers… yet. I’m basically making gas money but then
I’m not driving right now so I guess that helps. Another thing I’m doing is Amazon business. Besides Amazon affiliate income, I’ve been
doing this book arbitrage following this program called Zen Arbitrage for about 6 months. Basically, you get the access to the data
mining program to find a treasure to resell on Amazon. I love it because I love to research, I can
do this anywhere, anytime, I don’t have to carry inventory, I don’t have to talk
to people, I don’t have to do email marketing, I can choose to do more or less volume, and
Amazon handles all the payments, shipments and returns. I use a reliable prep service, so I don’t
even see or touch the products. It is not a get rich quick scheme. You definitely have to learn and work at it. It has taken me some time to get used to it
but this program is very detailed and their Facebook community is amazing. They are very supportive by sharing tips and
helping other members. I had always been interested in Amazon business
and this program has given me the foundation that I can apply to sell other things which
I have. Here is what I’ve done on my spare time
this year. I actually came across a copycat program first
which was way more expensive. It turns out Peter Valley of Zen Arbitrage
was the original creator of this tool which is much more affordable and robust compared
to the other program. I will put the link in the description and
the comment below so you can check it out if this is something that piques your interest. I’ve seen people do it from outside of the
US as well. Now I’m convinced the importance of having
multiple sources of income based on your interest. You only live once so you might as well do
something that you enjoy doing. Personally I highly recommend something online
or something passive because you may live a lot longer than your body can work or your
body wants to work. Or you may get incapacitated. Anyway, learning something new is a wonderful
way to productively use this down time during the lockdown. So this is what this job-less massage therapist
is doing while I can’t touch people. I’m thinking about doing a webinar or something
on Couples Massage too since many people are stuck at home and I’m sure it can be very
stressful. Stay tuned. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you back next week. Make it a great week. Feel free to comment below. And please don’t forget to subscribe. Click on the bell so you will be notified
when my video is up and out. Stay healthy and safe!

20 Replies to “How I’m Making Money during the Lockdown – Massage Monday #491

  1. California Nazi State
    It is healthy to be near ocean and ☀️. Build s immune system.
    Staying home especially with children, open windows.

  2. Here's an idea for your you tube channel. Do an ASMR video of 20 to 30 minutes on any topic you like. I bet it would do well in terms of views. Make sure to put ASMR in the title. 🙋

  3. California lets self employed business owners apply for unemployment? I am pretty sure in Illinois we are not allowed… Thank you Yasuko!

  4. I don't usually comment, but I wanted to say you're doing great. Thanks for sharing your light even when you're going through a tricky time. Sending you good vibes and wishing you every success 🙏

  5. Hi funny how social DISTANCING brings us Closer

    (We being attack or not look after your old family members)

  6. Yasuko, do you earn $ with each YouTube click? We can binge watch your archives!
    When I was teaching Tai Chi, I did a lot of research on stress management. Waterfalls, same as ocean waves, charge the air with calming ions. Forest Bathing or being among trees relaxes the mind. But even mere pictures of green landscapes and waterfalls have a tranquilizing effect.
    Since your voice is quite soothing, you could do Progressive Relaxation or Guided Imagery with background scenes of the above. Classic research by Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard describes the benefits of meditation.
    Doing such a project for Massage Monday would be greatly helpful during this stressful time. Doing something for our selves gives some feeling of control and lessens feelings of helplessness.

  7. Yasuko, thank you for your video. A webinar is a great idea…. here in Canada our massage therapists are on employment insurance too. As a result my low back is in pain as a result of not being able to visit my massage therapist.

  8. Arigato, Yasuko-san, for sharing this useful tip at this time. Be healthy & safe. Sending love from South Korea. 💛

  9. Thank you for sharing! I am L.M.T. in Nebraska and going through the same thing, trying to figure it all out. Blessings to all 🌎

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