Starting the journey of trying to get my ebook published– including consultation with Skeeter Buck of Night River Press and Inkstacks

I launched my ebook on Amazon ~6 months ago called Everything I learned about sales I learned from my dog (click here to see the book: https://thesidehustlejourney.com/in7d). I have done a few edits since then and now I feel like it is good enough to start talking to publishers.

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Should my next side hustle be to dive into drop shipping?

The one thing I have been thinking about as a potential money maker from my original list is drop shipping. In a nutshell, drop shipping is where you sell someone else’s product on your website, when you get the money from the customer, you order it from your supplier at a discounted rate and then supplier ships the product directly to the customer. The beauty of this method of selling is that you don’t create or build the products and you never have to carry any inventory. 

How I created a YouTube Channel

I decided to start my own YouTube channel very spontaneously in May 2019.  I was already working on my two Facebook sites (The Ordinary Parent Community & The Side Hustle Journey), blogging on my two websites (www.theordinarymom.com and http://www.thesidehustlejourney), had already started my Tee Spring business at http://www.ordinaryisthenewawesome.com, thinking about writing an e-book and then … Continue reading How I created a YouTube Channel

I published my first eBook!

I am so excited to report that in my journey of trying new things I wrote an ebook in my spare time (right!) of just 2-3 hours/week on nights and weekends over the last 3 months. It's called Everything I learned about sales I learned from my dog.

Reflecting on my first year of my Side Hustles

A year ago I had just turned 50 and decided that I wanted to shake up my life a bit. Not anything drastic like having another child, skydiving, getting a divorce or walking barefoot across hot coals but I just didn’t want to be remembered as someone who worked in sales her whole career, had kids, drove a minivan and was constantly tired. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new things without changing my whole life or having a mid life crisis (at this point in my life I’m more of a minivan than a sports car kind of person any way).

How to publish an eBook

I was thinking about writing an eBook so I took Nick Loper’s course about selling non fiction ebooks on Amazon for $10 https://www.udemy.com/kindle-launch/?couponCode=HUSTLERSUNITE I would recommend taking Nick’s course-- I definitely got more than the $10 I spent out of it. The rest of this blog is a combination of what he said in his … Continue reading How to publish an eBook

How to register a trademark for a book/eBook with the Library of Congress

I told my sister, who is a writer, that I was interested in writing an ebook and she told me I should go to the Library of Congress and trademark it. I followed her advice and documented all of the steps so that other Side Hustlers or writers could do it faster and easier.

Creating The Side Hustle Journey website and blog

About 5 months after starting my The Ordinary Parent Facebook group and deciding to brand myself as The Ordinary Mom for my side hustles, I decided that others might find value in going through this journey with me. I had the epiphany on one of my long drives for work that I wanted to publicly document this process. I will say that I’m an excellent documenter (I think it’s one of my special gifts) and realized I had tons of notes in Evernote and on Google Docs about my side hustle journey thus far.

Navigating the machine of Merch by Amazon to try to sell t-shirts

I had been hearing on podcasts that Merch by Amazon is a great side hustle but that’s it’s hard to get approved by Amazon and the wait is long. That is why I tested the water on Teespring before jumping into the big leagues of Merch by Amazon with my https://teespring.com/stores/the-ordinary-mom site. After learning how to create on demand print t-shirts on Teespring, I decided I would attempt the big league of Merch by Amazon but I didn’t know how so I once again utilized podcasts for advice.

How I set up my business to get ready to do business

In the post, I am going to tell you how I did the few necessary steps to set up my business. I had an mentioned in an earlier post, I had used the free resources of a Small Business Development Center to help me come up with a business plan and get started on a side hustle. I didn’t ever start that original business but I learned how to set up a business in my state (California). FYI- Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are funded by the government and offer free business consulting to anyone who wants to open a small business. It’s the best kept business secret out there.