Event Planner Writes Her Way Into Custom Calligraphy Shop

What It’s About

Brushed on by friends, an event planner launches her online calligraphy store.

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

Maghon says that she tries to keep in mind that the point of creativity is joy, not perfection. She messes up letters all the time, but rather than getting frustrated, Maghon turns her mistakes into confetti – literally! Maghon rips up the letters she messes up and throws them in the air as a celebration. Happy policies like these can help keep you energized and enthusiastic about your hustle!

Fun Fact

When Maghon made her first sale that wasn’t from friends or family, she was at the Wyndham Championship Golf Tournament. According to Maghon, it was the type of place where her phone should have definitely been on silent, but a loud “cha-ching” erupted from her purse! This story eventually made it back to the golf tournament organizers, and they invited Maghon to commemorate the event by doing a book signing!

Notes from Chris

Episode 1047

Maghon Taylor has been a doodler and artist for as long as she can remember. When she was in middle school and would pass notes back and forth in class, she designed the slips of paper so they looked beautiful. The teacher would threaten to take the notes and show them to the class and Maghon would think, “Open it up and show it off! I worked really hard!”

In high school, she painted the banner that the football players would run through every game day. Her lettering got better and better as time went on.

After graduating from college, she got a job as an event planner. One day, she decided to take a calligraphy class just for fun. After the class was over, Maghon was on her way to her friend’s house for a book club. As a hospitality gift, she decided to write some typical Southern home sayings on cards for her, like “Hey Y’all”, “Bless Your Heart”, “Love You Lots” and “Thanks a Bunch.”

Her friend loved them! Soon, the other members of the book club were encouraging Maghon to start an online store.

Maghon thought about it and quickly made up her mind. She loved doing calligraphy, and she could use a little extra cash. At that point, she couldn’t afford WiFi at her house.

Maghon decided to go for it! That night, on August 13, 2013, she started her new side hustle in bed, on her iPhone 4.

She started an Instagram account for her business and decided to call it “All She Wrote Notes”. A lot of other sellers named their shops after themselves, but Maghon knew her name was difficult to spell and she wanted to make sure people could find her shop.

That night, her Instagram account had only one follower, and it was herself from her personal account!

Soon after that, she opened up an Etsy shop so she could officially start selling her cards.

In the weeks that followed, Maghon began posting sets of cards on her website for people to buy. She started with the Southern-style set that she gave to her friend and kept building from there.

Over the last few years, she’s been able to grow her little Etsy shop into a full-fledged business. One day she was speaking and teaching at a women’s conference and was approached by a publisher to ask about writing a book. She had already self-published a 20-page workbook for her class and sold 1,000 copies, and that really motivated the publisher to invest in her

Maghon’s book,“Happy Hand Lettering,” came out in 2017. Today, she makes around $200,000 a year. About $110,000 comes from the All She Wrote Notes shop, which now includes t-shirts, mailbox decals and mugs. Another $65,000 comes from the hand lettering classes, which Maghon travels around the country to teach, and the last $25,000 is an estimation of her book sales for the year.

Maghon is currently working on another book, but this time it’s a children’s story. Her long-term goal to become this generation’s Bob Ross, with happy little hand lettering for everyone.

 


 

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Belgian Blogger Gets Paid to Wander Through Europe

What It’s About

Want to get recruited and paid to travel? This blogger maps out a way.

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

Is it too late to start your own website/blog? Here’s what Sofie says about the topic, “There is SO much great info out there nowadays on how to set up any kind of blog, how to run it, how to outsource things, how to do SEO… All of it. Do your research. Spend a few weeks or even longer mapping everything out.”

Fun Fact

Dutch is the mother tongue in northern Belgium, being spoken natively by three-fifths of the population of Belgium. It is one of the three national languages in the country, together with French and German, and is the only official language of the Flemish Region.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1046

Sofie Couwenergh, a native of Belgium, knew she wanted to do “something with writing.” After graduating with a Master’s Degree, she landed a job as a copywriter for a publishing house, and then with a Belgian press agency.

It seemed as if everything was going according to plan … except she wasn’t very happy with either of those jobs. In fact, she was bored. Sofie realized she needed more creative freedom and a greater sense of responsibility for her work.

It was actually Sofie’s parents who suggested she start a website about travel. With earnings from her job, Sofie had already begun traveling around Europe in her spare time. And having traveled together as a family growing up, her parents saw a way for Sofie to combine her love for writing with her passion for travel.

The idea sounded good to her, so Sofie got to work building out a free blog. It started purely as a hobby with a diary-like collection of stories from her trips—but she figured out pretty quickly that it could also be a business opportunity.

The site was called Wonderful Wanderings. Not being someone who follows blogs to know about the people behind them, Sofie instead focuses on practical advice: what to see, where to eat, and what area to stay in. She meticulously plans her trips around Europe, rarely even entering a restaurant without first analyzing its reviews.

In less than a year, someone offered to sponsor a blog post on her site. That was the first way she monetized her content, but it wasn’t the last—or the most effective.

Sofie’s thorough research on destinations was useful. She wouldn’t just provide an objective collection of “things to do” but a whole, ready-to-use itinerary that people could print out and take with them.

In the second year of the blog, it turned a profit of about €15,000, or a bit more than $16,000. In the third year, it reached a little over €21,000, or more than $23,000. Last year, Sofie re-invested some of her earnings into improving the site, getting contractors on board to help with research and translations (since she runs the site both in Dutch and in English).

The most effective way Sofie earns money is through destination marketing campaigns. Let’s talk about that!

In a nutshell: countries, regions, and city tourism boards hire Sofie to visit their destination and create promotions for them. They ask for a certain number of deliverables (usually social media and blog posts) so they can get in front of the Wonderful Wanderings audience.

Sofie prefers destination campaigns over going on a trip with a specific tour operator. If something on the tour goes wrong, you might be stuck getting paid to write about an experience you don’t recommend. (You also might be stuck on the tour.) Working with destinations, on the other hand, allows Sofie to always be honest and travel as she would naturally.

Now, those travel boards tend to find her instead of the other way around, either through her previous work or from a referral.

In reflecting on her success in turning a hobby into a side hustle and onward into a full-time business, Sofie puts a lot of weight on the intangible benefits.

She has freedom to visit her grandparents more often. The comfort of wearing sweatpants to work. A growing confidence. A newfound network of friends. And the ability to invest in her future while seeing the world.


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Trio of Friends Creates Ergonomic Desk Accessory

What It’s About

Three college friends lean in, creating ergonomic pads for people working at desks.​

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

The guys have some great advice about working as a team, “Partner with people that each bring a unique and valuable skill set to the project. When you can divide and conquer tasks, it makes everyone feel like they’re an equal contributor to the team, and it also streamlines the process.”

Fun Fact

Kyle and Chris played baseball together in college and have been best friends since. Though they live in separate parts of the country, working on Jelbows has been a way for them to remain close. While they’ve had a few disagreements along the way, they feel their friendship has gotten stronger because of being in business together.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1045

Great ideas are often born out of necessity. This was precisely what led Kyle Kunkel and his two former college roommates, Chris and Brandon, to creating Jelbows—an ergonomic solution for desk workers.

It all started during a brainstorming meeting. The three friends would meet on a call once a week to throw out ideas for potential businesses they could start. This was also a way to stay connected. Most of the ideas never stuck, but during one call in Spring 2015, that changed.

One of them had an idea worth looking into.

Working in a call center, Kyle mentioned that his elbows hurt after leaning on his desk while making calls. To counter the discomfort, he brought in actual Dr. Scholls’ heel inserts to put on the desk and lean on. It worked, and he began to bring in more as gifts for colleagues.

While at first the idea seemed like a stretch, they realized it might just be crazy enough to have merit.

The name would be Jelbows: “Gel for your elbow.” These ergonomic elbow and wrist pads would alleviate stress and tension on joints caused by making calls, leaning on elbows, typing, and other similar desk activities.

Kyle immediately went into product research and development mode. He started by going on Alibaba, a well-known site that lists products from Asian manufacturers, to find suppliers who were producing items similar to the initial concept for Jelbows.

How much did all of this cost? Their initial investment was about $1200 each. In addition to the production costs for testing different sizes and shapes, they also spent money on ad campaigns, their website, and photography. They made a website, set up Shopify, and began advertising on Instagram (which ended up not being as great of a return as they had hoped!). Live and learn.

Sales began during the 2015 holiday season, and they set some ambitious goals, including earning a million dollars in revenue and one day being able to sell the company to retire on a beach. (Start small…)

Four years in, their annual revenue is over $100,000, and Jelbows operates on a 50-60% profit margin. They have no debt and are cash positive every month. Jelbows has close to 300 reviews on Amazon, and they offer options for two sizes and three colors.

And they are still at their day jobs! Kyle is a Senior Manager at Dell working in procurement, while Chris is in Medical Sales. Their third business partner sold his interest in the company to focus on other work.

The two remaining partners now spend time thinking about how to scale and reach their new goal: to triple their sales within the next year. Another future goal for Jelbows is to ship internationally, as they currently only sell within the U.S.

While they’ve seen amazing growth since 2015, Kyle and Chris are firm believers in not getting comfortable with where they are … no matter how comfortable their product may be.

 


 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Jelbows: Learn more and get your own set of Jelbows from the Jelbows website.
  • Want to launch your own product and are considering working with a supplier through Alibaba? Listen to Extended Cut Episode #400 and look for the Shopify guide to Alibaba, posted in the notes.

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WEEKLY RECAP: Setting Goals for 2020 (Yes, Now!)

Notes from Chris

Episode 1044

THEMES & TAKEAWAYS:

We’ve just finished week 45 of Season III

This week featured a WalMart manager who cleans aquariums for fun and profit, a health scare that inspires an adventurous career change, and a guy making his own simple syrup.

Here we are, coming to the end of 2019 … and I have a feeling that 2020 is going to be a big, monumental year for a lot of people.

So why not start thinking about it now—what do you need to do or put in place now in order to be ready to go in January?

Longtime listeners know that every year in December I do an Annual Review where I go away for a week to reflect on the year that’s ending and plan for the next. That process is still a month away, but every once in awhile I’m starting to make some notes.

I believe that a big part of succeeding in your goals is creating a supportive environment for them. If your goal is to climb Everest next year, you should probably be training now.

Even if your goals aren’t quite that ambitious, allowing them to “settle” before you officially begin can be helpful.

In doing so, allow yourself to think about what you might want to accomplish next year—and do this without putting any limitations or pressure on yourself. You’re not making a commitment now; you’re just considering what you might want to undertake.

Listen to the Weekly Recap to learn more!


WHERE ARE THEY NOW:

Today, we have an update from Sarah Chetney from Alberta, Canada. Ep. 446 — Canadian Mom Spells Out Success, Earns Letterboard Loot.

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  • A longing for independence leads a graphic designer to create an adventure-themed brand of totes, mugs, and more.
  • And much more!

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Writer-Editor Makes Six-Figure Life Revision

What It’s About

A writer edits his life by editing other people’s writing.

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

Liam has some helpful advice for anyone looking to do this kind of work; “Join workshop groups (online or in-person) where you can get practice editing and providing feedback. Learn what it feels like to have people criticize your work and how best to handle it. A big part of being a successful editor is knowing how to give honest feedback without insulting or upsetting your client.”

Fun Fact

Self-published titles are having a real moment. Those who used to be dismissed as hobby writers are now, in many cases, achieving mainstream success. One such example is Andy Weir whose book, The Martian, started out as a 99 cent ebook for Kindle and ended up selling millions of copies and being turned into a feature film starring Matt Damon.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1043

Liam Carnahan thought he wanted to be a writer. After finishing high school, he studied for a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing.

While at college, he was surprised to discover his love for editing. In lots of ways, he found more joy in reviewing and guiding other writers than he did in writing his own stories.

So, when he graduated he decided to look for a role as an editor. Unfortunately, his hunt began at the height of the global financial crisis. There weren’t many jobs paying a decent wage for an aspiring editor at the time.

Rather than go hungry, he took a position as a writer in what he describes as a “content farm.” This was a low-level agency, all too popular at the time. Rather than craft well thought out, informative pieces; his employer simply paid him to spin out quick and dirty three-hundred word blog posts day after day…

Around the same time, Amazon released the Kindle. With the launch, almost overnight anyone who wanted to could publish their own ebook. Liam found the whole idea fascinating, and started reading several of the ninety-nine cent self-published books available on Amazon.com.

Very quickly he realized, a lot of these authors had great ideas, but wow, some of them really needed the help of an editor!

He thought this was the kind of work he could easily do remotely and in his spare time. After discovering a few businesses that offered editing services, he sent his resume off. Before long, he had landed himself his first freelance gig.

But that’s not all she wrote…

The arrangement didn’t last long as Liam’s side hustle employer—a boss by another name—decided to retire shortly after hiring him. He suggested Liam try his hand at running a business himself. He even offered to link to Liam’s new website, if he built one.

Liam decided to take a crack at writing his own story … a story of independence. He still had a day job, so there was little risk. But, if things worked out, it might be a path to the life of freedom he’d long dreamed of.

He called his service Invisible Ink Editing. His real side hustle was now in its first draft.

It didn’t take long before Liam had his first customer, who arrived via referral from his previous employer’s website. Over the coming months, Liam had a handful of additional clients show up. It gave him the foundation of his first customer base.

As more and more clients came through though, Liam refined that process. He figured out how best to charge, eventually settling on a per word rate.

Within another year, he had more customers than he could handle on his own.

Liam decided he needed help and looked for additional editors he could hire on freelance basis. He would pay them a reasonable rate per job, and keep a percentage for himself.

Add on a couple more years, and both SEO and word of mouth helped Invisible Ink continue to grow. By 2018 he had six part-time editors and he was doing quite well. So much so that in mid-2019, he reached the elusive six-figure mark in yearly profit and took the plunge, leaving his day job.

For over a decade, Liam dreamed of finding work that would allow him the flexibility to travel and set his own hours. He’ll be celebrating the achievement next year by taking off to Asia and living the nomadic lifestyle for a while.

But it’ll be far from a holiday, Liam has already soft launched his next project, a content agency of his own. If it can do half as well as Invisible Ink Editing, it will be a story worth telling.

 


 

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Chris Guillebeau

Health Scare Inspires Adventurous Career Change

What It’s About

A web designer creates an online store that aligns her life with her values.

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

Sometimes big life changes can offer valuable perspective. Julia shared: “I am grateful for my illness in 2017 – as crazy as that sounds, and as scary as it was, it was a gift that has totally transformed my life and business.”

Fun Fact

2018 was the first year Julia made a full-time income from Aligned Adventure, and she traveled for almost half the year (162 days to be exact!)

Notes from Chris

Episode 1042

One Thanksgiving a few years ago, graphic designer Julia Taylor was recovering from surgery. While getting ready to trudge through the snow—on crutches—to go have dinner with a friend, she received a text from a coworker asking her to look into why one of their websites was down. It didn’t matter that it was Thanksgiving; Julia was the only one in her company’s IT department.

Something needed to change.

She had started working as a web designer when the field was just finding its legs. She worked at that job for eight years, through tumultuous changes and layoffs. That Thanksgiving was the last straw, the moment that got Julia thinking there had to be something better.

Over the next year, she picked up freelance web design and development contracts that allowed her to quit her job in August of 2014. That summer was when she first started the side hustle that would become her current full-time passion: Aligned Adventure.

Aligned Adventure is an online retail brand that creates art prints, canvas totes and camping mugs centered around Julia’s passions: travel and adventure. Some of her designs feature popular travel destinations, camper vans, and slogans like “I love you to the mountains and back.”

The brand started as an Etsy shop, but Julia used her web design skills early on to build her own website as well. Startup costs were minimal: a few bucks to set up her first listings on Etsy, and a couple hundred dollars to order sample prints from a production partner.

In January of 2017, a huge, life-changing event forced her to halt production for a week, and reconsider everything about how she ran the business. That event was that Julia and her mother were both diagnosed with ovarian cancer 27 days apart.

Julia was lucky; her cancer was caught early. She went into surgery, and a mere six weeks later, she was able to go on a backcountry trip in Utah with her husband and some friends.

But Julia’s mother’s cancer was more advanced and needed chemotherapy. So Julia flew out to support her. During that visit, Julia drove her mother to the hospital for a blood transfusion, and they camped out there for eight hours, waiting for treatment. While her mother was in a Benadryl haze, Julia worked on her laptop, getting through client orders.

At that moment, the slow-burning realization that had started with her own recent backcountry trip crystallized.

This was what mattered. Being with your family when they needed you, and not shackled to a desk hundreds of miles away, yet still being able to make a living.

Julia was already most of the way to being truly location-independent. But now she was going to make it a priority.

Today, Aligned Adventure is still growing, and the company is on track to make six figures by the end of 2019. Julia is proud to say that she has built a business that supports her dream life, and is using her brand to inspire others to live their lives without compromise.

That’s where the name “Aligned Adventure” comes from: Julia believes that if you’re aligned with your passion, you can grow and impact the world in ways you’d never be able to otherwise.

Julia is now living her dream of being fully location independent and plans to prove it by traveling the world for eight months, starting in December.

All while running her business, without an office or a commute.

 


 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Aligned Adventure: Check out Julia’s online store at her website.
  • Etsy.com: The online marketplace Julia initially used to sell her products.

 

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Frustrated Employee Finds Inspiration in Frida Kahlo Instagram Account

What It’s About

A personal hero inspires an ongoing, profitable art project.

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

Tatiana says that many of the products for sale on Frida Vibes are “print-on-demand.” This means that they are only created when they are ordered. This has caused the inventory risk to go down, which in turn allows Tatiana to take more chances on new artists and products.

Fun Fact

At some point, Frida Kahlo decided that she wanted to change her birthday. She changed it to three years later than her biological birthday so it coincided with the Mexican Revolution and the birthday of modern Mexico.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1041

In August of 2016, Tatiana Figueiredo was looking for a change. She was on a tech team for a growing startup, but the fast paced, all-consuming nature of the job was causing her to lose enthusiasm.

At some point, she realized that she was taking work too seriously … and her life outside of work not seriously enough. She decided to leave her job and began a journey of rediscovering what inspired her.

Tatiana thought back to what made her excited in high school, and the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo immediately came to mind. When she first learned about Kahlo in her art history class, she was amazed. Kahlo was one of the only women artists that they discussed in class and she was Latina, just like Tatiana.

After that, Tatiana spent time learning whatever she could about Kahlo’s life story. And now, years later, she thought about how she could make Kahlo a bigger piece of her life. She enjoyed looking at the portraits that other artists created of Frida Kahlo on Instagram. That’s when she decided to create an Instagram account solely for artwork in her image, and she decided to name it Frida Vibes.

She made the account and began to repost artwork. Many of the artists she featured were very appreciative of her giving them more exposure. In turn, they would repost Tatiana’s repost. This caused both the artist and Tatiana’s account to reach more viewers. Soon, Frida Vibes began to accumulate a following.

Once Tatiana hit one thousand followers, she could tell she was really onto something. She had already gained an audience without researching anything about Instagram. She had a feeling that if she learned some techniques, she could grow her following even more.

Tatiana says that ultimately, to grow your following fast, get very specific like she did, know your audience, and post images that people will want to repost.

As her account grew and she began to interact with more artists, she started to build a community around Frida Vibes. Tatiana says her “could this be a business” antenna went up. She wondered what kinds of struggles this community of artists faced, so she began asking them what they wanted to do with their work and what obstacles they experienced.

There were two answers that she got the most. The first was that they would love for more people to enjoy their work. The second was that they wanted to make more money from their art.

This got her thinking. She wanted to solve these problems, but wasn’t sure how. Then, Tatiana realized that she could open up an online shop. She could sell people’s Frida-themed artwork and pay the artist royalties.

At that point, she decided to start a store on Shopify called Frida Pop-Up. She had never used Shopify before, but her background in tech helped her teach herself how to use it.

By Black Friday of 2017, Tatiana officially launched her store. At the time, her 10,000 Instagram followers were her first customers.

Since then, Frida Vibes’ Instagram followers have nearly doubled. She has been working with a variety of artists to sell their products—and she says that she measures her success by the amount of royalties she can pay those artists. Those royalties are in the thousands of dollars. She typically gives them 10-20% royalties on every product that is sold on her shop, which means that she is also earning a good profit.

With all the growth, Tatiana is now working with even more artists. Although she ended up getting another full time job as a technology consulting, she loves running Frida Vibes on the side to recharge, promote artists, and make a little cash at the same time. Running the shop has added more color to her life—in more ways than one.

 


 

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"I saw the opportunity of turning this side hustle into a small resistance by always working WITH artists and paying them generous royalties for every sale."
—Tatiana Figueiredo #SideHustleSchool

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Spokane Simple Syrups Stock Store Shelves

What It’s About

A brewmaster experiments and brews success with his sweet syrups.

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

Dillon recommends establishing pillars or values for your business. This will help you to remember your “Why”. For Side Hustle Syrups, his pillars include integrity, quality of product, community, and freedom. Whenever he feels the integrity is off, he goes back to his values and takes the necessary steps to restore it.

Fun Fact

Simple syrup is 1 part sugar to 1 part water and is a staple in making cocktails. Dillon uses this base to create his own magical variations.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1040

Dillon Hueser was a full-time brewmaster at a Spokane, Washington brewery for many years. He also enjoyed making his own beer on the side and joined a homebrew club known as W.O.R.T or Warriors of the Rotating Tap in his spare time.

When he wasn’t working on new concoctions and recipes, he spent his time hanging out at Dry Fly Distillery next door. He became friends with the team and chatted with them often about all things brewing. When it was time for Dry Fly to expand their operations and open a tasting room, they decided they wanted a house ginger beer. Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic beverage made by fermenting ginger, yeast, and sugar.

Dillon jumped on the opportunity and began testing out different flavors and ratios. He enjoyed the process, but hauling around large kegs to and from the distillery was exhausting. This got him thinking … what if he could make something that had the flavor of ginger beer but without the weight or time commitment of brewing it?

So he began to experiment further, and came up with a recipe for making a craft syrup that could be used in cocktails or mixed with soda water. He started with a syrup composed of fresh ginger root, lemon juice, lime juice, and brown sugar. Instead of carrying around kegs of finished product, you just needed to add an ounce of syrup to four ounces of soda water.

The Dry Fly Distilling team was impressed with Dillon’s creation. They encouraged him to take it to the next level by making it in larger quantities. This required a lot of work and research, but Dillon was up for it.

He learned that in order to sell perishable items, he would need to purchase certifications required by the Washington Department of Agriculture. Each certification took about five weeks to complete between studying and testing. For the next year, he worked on them periodically, all while continuing to perfect his recipe.

The hard work paid off, and the certifications allowed Dillon to improve the quality and integrity of his syrups. Side Hustle Syrups (yes, that’s the name) was officially in business.

Eager to get the word out, he began cold calling, doing demos, and approaching stores directly. He would bring samples of his product and ask to set up a demo. As a result of his persistence, he’s been able to build solid relationships …. which in turn has increased his distribution.

Throughout the process, the folks at Dry Fly Distillery have continued to support him. They’ve used his products in some of their drinks, and they’ve just teamed up to produce a new canned cocktail featuring the syrups.

Finally, since finalizing his certifications, Dillon has expanded the flavors of his syrups to include tonic, orange vanilla, elderflower, and lemon lavender. He’s also moving beyond cocktails, seeing a market for the syrups to be used as tea and coffee flavoring, dessert toppings, and in baked goods.

 


 

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CREATE YOUR ONLINE STORE

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Many Side Hustle School listeners are building sites using Shopify's easy-to-learn platform. Try it free today! Learn More

GET YOUR FIRST 1,000 EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS

Social media is nice, but building an email list is still the single best way to get customers and clients for your hustle. It's not hard to get started—sign up for a 30-day trial and join the list-building challenge! You’ll be up and running in no time. Learn More

Quote of the Day
"Surround yourself with others who will challenge you and make you better."
—Dillon Hueser #SideHustleSchool

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Animator Re-Animates His Income Selling Graphic Kits

What It’s About

An animator launches his hustle into action, monetizing his motion graphics.

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

Peter discovered an unconventional way to market his products, “Funny is Money! I decided to think about an anti-marketing campaign to sort of mock the product. I found that self-deprecation was really fun to work with and as a result, I got some really good reactions from folks on social media and blogs.”

Fun Fact

When Walt Disney created the first animated film in 1928 he did it with only two animators who hand drew cells. In 1995, Toy Story, the first computer animated movie, took 27 animators working exclusively on computers.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1039

Peter Quinn is a proud resident of Los Angeles. While the cost of living is high, the weather and job opportunities more than make up for it. Luckily for him, he was able to grab one of those opportunities a couple of years ago.

He’s currently the director of motion design, animation and photography at Dollar Shave Club. He gets to make funny promotional videos for ads on Facebook and Instagram everyday. He also animates anything else the company needs. Before this role, Peter worked in a range of different animation and design roles for companies, agencies, and sometimes freelance.

By his own admission, his job is pretty cool. But like any job, it has its downsides. Much of Peter’s work is repetitive and he doesn’t have a lot of autonomy over what he works on, when he does it, or how it looks. In fact, often an animation will need to be repeated over and over again in different videos. This can can be demotivating for designers.

Over the years he learned to be as efficient as possible. A big part of this was using predefined animations in Adobe After Effects—a popular software program for animators. These effects are loaded up whenever they’re needed, and can save him minutes or even hours per video.

As he added more and more predefined animations to his repertoire, his workflow sped up significantly. Eventually, Peter even created a huge inventory of effects that replicated the user interfaces on movies like Minority Report and Iron Man.

After a couple of years, he’d built up hundreds of time saving animations. Around the same time, he made the biggest financial commitment of his life: he took out a mortgage to buy a home.

Staring into a thirty-year financial commitment terrified him. He decided to explore ways that he could make money on the side, with the goal of paying down that mortgage faster and getting his freedom back a little sooner.

He instantly thought of his animation toolkit. He figured since it was so useful to him, there must be other animators out there who could benefit from it. So, with the help of a programmer, he packaged up all the animations into a software plugin for Adobe After Effects.

He was already familiar with the site AEScripts.com, a marketplace for people to buy and sell custom After Effects software products. AEScripts had a built-in audience, so it was a no brainer to try and sell his kit there.

In order to stand out from the crowd, Peter made a humorous video to sell the product. In it, he mocked the mundane parts about animating and poked fun at himself. He hoped people browsing the site would enjoy the video and be enticed to purchase.

He called his product pack PQ FUI Toys—pronounced foo-eee! Aside from his time, which he’d already spent on the job, his startup costs were practically zero. Within days, Peter had made his first sale of many.

It would have been easy to stop there, but Peter went back to the drawing board instead.

Once again he looked at the requirements of his day job for another product idea. He realized he spent a lot of time looking and creating textures, something all animators need. For example, to animate wood, a designer doesn’t have to draw every pixel. Instead, they apply a texture file to the animation which adds the effect for them.

Finding good textures was difficult, and almost always expensive. Peter saw another opportunity, and began designing his second product.

Using a high quality camera, he spent months taking pictures of different types of textures: concrete, timber, cardboard and anything that looked interesting. By the end, he had one hundred and sixty unique texture files. He packaged them up into his next product, PQ Grit Kit.

All these strategies have done incredibly well for Peter so far. In 2018 he made $34,000 selling his PQ kits. For 2019 that number is already at $40,000. PQ Grit Kit has sold over fifteen hundred copies and PQ FUI Toys over twelve hundred.

For now, Peter is still working his day job and plowing all his additional income onto his mortgage. He believes he can pay the whole thing off in as little as eight years instead of thirty. When that’s done, Peter can start designing his next act.


MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
  • peterqu.in: Checkout Peter’s moving work at his website.
  • Dollar Shave Club: When Peter’s not side hustlin he’s producing content for his main hustle.
  • Learn more about Adobe After Effects, the software Peter uses to create his products and AEScripts.com, a market place to sell these types of digital goods.
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"Try to solve a real world problem, however niche, and work hard to improve or fix it."
—Peter Quinn #SideHustleSchool

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Walmart Manager Cleans Aquariums for Fun and Profit

What It’s About

A former Walmart manager dives into a new venture servicing aquariums.​

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

It’s often said that in the world of business, you have to quickly learn to swim or you’ll sink. But as Larry has shown, you can slowly turn your hobby into a business without any risk, although admittedly he never had to deal with any undercurrents with his aquariums.

Fun Fact

Larry’s largest tank was a 4,000 gallon tunnel aquarium that you could walkthrough. This is the nature of luxury and bespoke service: clients often have unique tastes and will come back to you if you can give them what they want.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1038

When Larry McGee bought his first fish tank, he never imagined that one day his whole career would be focused on them. As a manager at Walmart, he was busy. But when a friend with a service business asked if he wanted to make a little extra cash helping to maintain commercial aquariums, he agreed.

Most of their clients had aquariums in medical offices, waiting rooms, restaurants, and the occasional residence. Larry would spend his lunch breaks assisting with tank maintenance, learning on the job.

A year later, Larry’s friend had to move, so Larry and his wife scraped together $2,500 to take over the business, which they renamed Aquatic Designs. At that time, Larry thought that this would allow him to generate a small extra income. He’d always been good with his hands, having grown up around woodworking and cabinetry, and by now he had some experience with aquariums.

This arrangement would continue for the next several years. Larry would service the few accounts that he had acquired when he bought the business. It wasn’t a lot, but those accounts were dependable and loyal.

He tried advertising to gain new clients, but his efforts floundered. When new customers didn’t come running, Larry assumed that there was no interest and decided not to pursue aquarium maintenance as his core business … at least for the time being.

Over time, he learned from his existing customers that the best way to market to them was through direct mail in an envelope. The office managers he spoke to told him not to send postcards, since those almost always automatically goes in the trash.

With this advice in mind, Larry switched to a more personal approach: he hand-writes letters and mails them to potential clients along with a picture of him and his wife. As Larry says, this lets people know who he is, and what he’s offering. It allows him to stand out amidst all the advertising noise that’s bombarding these office managers.

This new strategy worked wonders. It led to a stable, recurring clientele, giving him a predictable source of monthly income. Through slow and steady growth and those personal interactions, Larry is now making $70,000 in annual income while working just 15 hours a week. One of his accounts has worked with him for over 15 years and given him almost $50,000 in business during that time … and all told, cleaning aquariums has brought in more than a million dollars.

Moving forward, Larry is looking to share the skills and knowledge he’s gained, and hopefully make some passive income. He’s started a blog, and put together his first course on how to maintain an aquarium (something he says anyone can learn!).

He shared the course in a Facebook group in exchange for constructive feedback and reviews, and recently launched it to the world. The new course will allow others to glean insight into the art of aquarium maintenance—almost with the same clarity as he leaves his clients’ aquariums.

 


 

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Resources

RELIABLE WEBHOST FOR $5/MONTH

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Get your own hosting plan for just $5 a month!
Learn More

GET $625 IN FREE TRAVEL

Earn 50,000 travel rewards points (enough for 2 round-trip plane tickets or $625 in travel credit). You'll also earn 2x points on all travel and dining spend, with zero foreign transaction fees.

I use this card every day all over the world! ✈️ Learn More

Quote of the Day
"I’m doing a personal approach with direct mail…it gets past the advertising noise and lets them (clients) know that we are real, local people providing a proven service that can help their business."
—Larry McGee #SideHustleSchool

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To infinity and beyond,

Chris Guillebeau