Since the pandemic started, quarantine has meant a lot of things—red hands from washing so much, mask acne, gaining, and losing, a quarantine 15, and on and on. But the one truly consistent thing? My internet use has skyrocketed.
It’s easy to understand why. Where I live, the bars have been closed since March. Same goes for restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues. The list continues without end.
Without all of this, and with a sense of precaution at the fore of my mind, I’ve spent more time inside than I have since the summer when I was eleven and I broke my leg. Back then, I didn’t have the internet, which meant I read way too many fantasy books. But now, in 2020, the web offers an endless entertainment cycle.
Think of the emphasis our culture puts on “content” now. From binge-watching to subscribing to a half dozen publications to an endless feed from Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, one could literally spend 24 hours a day on the internet and never run out of things to give time to. Not to mention the many video games I’ve put days of my life into.
But, as wonderful as the internet is, it is also a true time sink. Out of the things I listed above, what do you get? Entertainment, absolutely. Fulfillment? Sometimes. But money-in-the bank profitability? Unless you’re secretly an instagram influencer, I sincerely doubt it.
So what’s one to do with a broadband connection and near-endless time? Find ways to cash out.
No, I’m not trying to snag you into a pyramid scheme. Nor am I going to get you to sign up for my email listserv.
I simply want you to do what I did—to take an honest look at how you’re spending the time, and asking yourself if it’s enough?
For me, it wasn’t. Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to find a way to combine my need for entertainment with a way to make bank.
The answer was in prop trading. In essence, I found a way to trade by using other people’s money and taking home a split of the profits. After trying a few different sites, I settled on Try2BFunded for two reasons, one mature and one immature.
The mature: I got a bigger cut with Try2BFunded than anywhere else. 60% of the profits in my pocket every 2 weeks. The immature: the way it’s laid out reminds me perfectly of a video game.
Here was the gist—in order to get access to $100,000 to trade with, I had to prove that I could trade successfully for about a month in a simulation. For me, this was perfect because of how it mirrored the need to level up, much like a video game. I moved from level to level, proving my worth, gaining more technique and experience as I went.
Try2BFunded led me to the Score Priority Score, which offered a wide bevy of productivity-fueling apps and services. My favorite of them, Chaikin Analytics, is the perfect way to turn idle internet reading time into something productive. It easily connects the editorial with the analytic, letting me learn at record speeds. And yes, Chaikin Analytics, has a free trial, too.
After the month was up, I graduated to pro, and was able to start watching my bank account fatten. Now I find myself turning my other internet time into productivity—like writing posts just like this.