Barbara Daniel: Converting to Digital in COVID-19

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Barbara Daniel publishes a journal aimed at the empowerment of women. Normally it is print and ditigal, but COVID-19 doesn’t allow her to print. Therefore, she is giving her print clients the digital version without charge. She talks about virtual fitness and skin care. She lives alone and misses the social connections but is happy she has her dog to keep her company during the isolation.

She talks about her grandchildren staying busy on fun assignments practicing gymnastics outside, doing projects like researching animals and countries, playing board games, and now doing schoolwork.

She gives some advice on working from home, especially if both spouses are working from home.  In business conversations, people are willing to cut each other slack on dogs barking and children noises.  She utilizes the free programs on the internet, keeping her mind active. They can learn a new language, find a new internet tool, and do the little tasks like filling out the census form. Set time aside for laundry, cooking and other tasks. If your office is out of sight of the home tasks, it is easier.

She is concerned about not making any money, but she can’t stop publishing so people know she is still there and can rely on her for information and communication.

You can access her digital journal and eventually get the print version at

About nanmckay

Nan has been President of Nan McKay and Associates, Inc. since 1980. She started Nan McKay Connects LLC in 2019 and has started 4 other businesses over the last 50 years. She has received numerous awards including the Allan Anderson Award of Merit from Minnesota National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Section 8 Administrators Award, in 2018 the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) Signature Award for Southern California, and in 2019 she was selected by NAWBO as the California Woman Business Owner of the Year. She was co-founder of Minnesota Women in Housing and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Leased Housing Association for many years. She has two buildings named after her in Minnesota, a 10-story elderly high-rise, the Nan McKay Building, and a family subsidized development, McKay Manor. Nan now hosts four podcast shows featuring stories of women empowerment, oral history makers of affordable housing and community development, and stories of ordinary people coping with COVID-19 pandemic.;


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