I think I am about six weeks away from launching my drop ship side hustle so I thought it was time for another update. I saw in my first blog about this venture (above) that I had hoped to be up in running by the end of August. It’s now late September and I’m shooting for an early November launch. I am trying not to be discouraged by the delay but just accept it that it takes longer to do things sometimes than you think it will and I want to do it right. Oh, also, it’s 2020 so we should all give each other a break as sometimes just getting out of bed in the morning this year is an accomplishment.
The majority of Americans are interested in starting their own business one day, according to recent polls. For the millions of cash-strapped single parents who are raising children, starting a side gig or freelance hustle can be a crucial part of reducing financial stress while helping make ends meet.
I had a birthday last month and I bought myself a present- a course to learn how to start a drop shipping business. I had published a blog back in January talking about how I was thinking about drop shipping as a possible side hustle and I was looking into some courses (see my blog … Continue reading I’m diving into drop shipping as a side hustle
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). It was the start of my journey to see if I could actually write and publish an ebook. After getting positive feedback from friends and family, I decided … Continue reading Continuing the journey of trying to get my ebook published– including consultation with Skeeter Buck of Night River Press and Inkstacks
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.