Late last night I got an email that boggled my mind, in a good way.
It came from a young man named Kazuki Kinoshita. Kazuki is currently living amidst the devastation in Japan after the earthquake last Friday. I’ve heard the stories and watched the videos, but one thing I didn’t consider was that many of the businesses were wiped out as well.
That means people don’t have jobs or any way to make money.
Kazuki mentioned in his email that all they have are their mobile phones and internet is limited. They need to make money quickly so they don’t have time to learn new skills. Then he asked, “How will you make money if you are in the same situation as them?”
So this morning I asked my Facebook friends what they would do, and I think we have some solid ideas for how the Japanese can make money today. Kazuki, I hope this at least gets your gears turning.
What you can’t do…
Whenever someone asks me how they can make quick cash, I tell them to provide a service for someone they know. But that’s not really an option for you or anyone else in Japan. I imagine the government and foreign aid programs are paying people for cleanup, but I’m sure those jobs are in high-demand.
So, a simple service isn’t the best idea for your situation.
You also asked about somehow documenting your experiences (photos, videos, eBook) and selling that, but that’s a fair amount of work and there’s no guarantee that you’d get paid. There are so many reporters and journalists there now that global media isn’t starved for content. Then taking the time to write an eBook without knowing exactly how to sell it is risky.
There’s a chance it could spread across the internet, but it’s a small chance.
What you should do…
Providing a service is still the best way to make guaranteed money quickly. With that said, my friends Kerwin McKenzie and Allen Duck both recommended offering Japanese translation services.
Really, any service that you can provide digitally to someone abroad is the way to go. That might be transcription, graphic design, web development, data entry, or even small tasks like clearing someone’s email for them (as King Sidharth suggested).
Here’s how to do it…
You’ll find plenty of freelance and odd-ball jobs on sites like Elance, oDesk, Freelancer, and maybe even Fiverr or Cashcrate.
- Elance - It’s the biggest freelance job posting site in the world. When I searched, “Japanese Translation” I found 11 active jobs.
- oDesk – oDesk is a growing site for outsourcing jobs. Here I found 50 active jobs for “Japanese Translation.”
- Freelancer - I found 8 more active jobs here.
- Fiverr and Cashcrate - Both of these sites pay you small amounts of money to do small things. But my friend Eddys Velasquez said it takes 3-4 weeks before you get paid.
In addition to the translation jobs, you’ll find over 50,000 other jobs that people have posted right now.
I’m not sure about how long it takes to get paid from those sites. If you find that it’s too long, find another service that you can provide to someone who has money to pay you today.
Let us know how we can help…
This may not be the answer you were looking for or even something that possible considering you’re situation. But I hope we at least opened some doors for you or inspired you to think about entrepreneurship in a new light.
Kazuki, thank you for reaching out to me and I hope this helps. I’m honored to have an opportunity to make a small impact on what’s going on in Japan.
If you guys have any other ideas for what they can do, leave them in the comments below. Kazuki is going to spread this post to other people in Japan who are desperate for your ideas. Thanks!
Photo by: Stuck in Customs