Q&A: Should I make a physical or digital book?

What It’s About

A listener looks for advice on how to self-publish their book.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1183

If you want to publish a book, what is the best format—physical, digital, or something else?

Today’s caller wants to earn passive income from her book that gives grandparents ideas for activities to do with their grandkids, and is torn between the different options.

Is there a single answer to this question (print vs digital), is there one answer that’s best for her, and what are the pros and cons to each approach?

“I currently have a Web site called GrandmaCreates.com where I teach grandparents ways to bond with their grandkids by doing crafts, recipes, love sharing, etc. I want to create a grandma fund book full of kids jokes, crafts to do with young kids and recipes. I also want to create a grandpa fund but feel full of just about the same things that only geared more towards grandpas. I’m extremely busy with my current job and I have a husband and a 14 year old son at home. My plan is to work on the book for about an hour or two every night.

My question is if I should make this an e-book or a physical book, I like the idea of passive income. After the work is done and with the physical book, it takes a lot more time and effort. But I also am one that likes to hold a physical book in my hand and bookmark the best pages. Although I’m a young grandma at 43 years old, I think that a lot of our older grandparents felt the same way that I do. I can’t wait to hear from you, and thanks so much.”

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Q&A: Any tips for buying stuff at flea markets to resell?

What It’s About

A listener is thinking about a reselling side hustle. What should they know?

Notes from Chris

Episode 1182

Let’s buy some stuff at flea markets and resell it! It’s something everyone can do, and truly is the easiest way to get started making money apart from your job.

It doesn’t have to be a flea market, by the way … it could also be a yard sale, garage sale, thrift store, charity shop, swap meet, or whatever they call it where you live. And if these events aren’t happening now because of COVID-19, well, you can plan ahead. 🙂

Today’s caller is looking for some specific guidance. Let’s hear her question, and see if she’s come to the right place for advice.

“You’ve said that reselling is the easiest way to get started making money apart from your job, and that flea markets or yard sales can be good places to find inventory. What tips or advice do you have to make sure I don’t get stuck with something no one wants, and to make the most efficient use of my time? ”

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TBT: Best Guitar Lessons in the Universe

What It’s About

The answer to the question, “Is it possible to make a full-time living teaching guitar?”

Notes from Chris

Episode 1181

Welcome to Throwback Thursday / “Where are they now?” where we take an in-depth look at someone who’s story has evolved considerably since we first featured them.

Last week we heard from a designer who grew her personalized wedding products business to seven figures in annual income.

Today, in our latest feature, we’ll hear from a university administrator who creates a sustainable full-time income from teaching guitar.

I remember when I first heard about Jake’s story, I was a little skeptical because so many people play guitar. In some ways, guitar lessons are a commodity. However, he approached it systematically by applying some basic marketing principles (including good copywriting) and ended up far surpassing the vast majority of other teachers.

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Q&A: Can I monetize my ideas without actually running the business?

What It’s About

Is it possible to get paid for your ideas?

Notes from Chris

Episode 1180

The two phases of starting any project are ideas and execution. They’re both important, and they’re both essential.

But what if you’re better at having ideas than executing? What if you really only like the first phase—can you focus entirely on idea generation and leave it to someone else to do all the work?

That’s what today’s listener is wondering about. I have some tough love in this answer … but also some advice if you relate to the question.

“I have a lot of ideas that I think are highly valuable … but I’ve learned that I’m not the best at making them happen. I want to sell the ideas themselves, along with my notes on what I think the person needs to do to make them successful. Is this crazy? How would I go about doing it?”

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Google Employee Becomes Career Coach for “Analytically-Minded People”

What It’s About

A Google employee now has clients searching for her career coaching services.

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

Lindsay says that before you switch to working your business full-time, it’s important to know why you want to do that. It isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay! She also tells people that it’s okay to have a boring job if it works for you, especially if it supports a side hustle that brings them fulfillment.

Fun Fact

When Lindsay isn’t coaching, she’s taking professional baking courses! Just like her approach to coaching, Lindsay decided to take a class about baking to see whether or not she wanted to keep it as a hobby. Her first class was 5 days long, and she says that’s all it took for her to know that she wanted to commit to it as a hobby. In her words, baking will “definitely be [her] next side hustle.”

Notes from Chris

Episode 1179

In 2014, Lindsay Gordon had no idea what a career coach was—but people kept telling her that she should be one. She was working in tech support at Google at the time, and one of her duties was onboarding and training the new hires. She acted as a mentor, and noticed that many of them were incredibly stressed about their careers.

Over and over again, Lindsay was asked how they should talk to their managers and what they could do to make sure they didn’t get trapped in the clutches of the company forever. (Google gives, Google takes…)

As the months went by, she kept hearing that she was good at helping people navigate these issues. She still wasn’t sure how coaching worked, but with some quick searching she found out that career coaches help clients decide what next steps they should take in their jobs, both in the short-term and to build a better future.

Then she stumbled upon an 18-month program offered at the Extension School from San Francisco State University. This program would allow her to learn more to see if it was actually something she was interested in doing.

One weekend in the middle of her program, a friend of her husband’s came to visit. This friend was interested in what she was studying, and immediately asked if she would do a career exercise with him! It was great practice, and Lindsay didn’t think much of it until a week later when she got an email from him, asking “Will you be my coach?”

A part of her wanted to say no, but she ended up agreeing. Due to her lack of experience, Lindsay decided to charge about half as much for her services as most coaches that she found online were charging—still a good rate at $85/hour.

Time went on, and more and more people began asking if she was taking clients. This led to what she calls an “accidental side hustle.”

By investing her time and energy into a skill she knew she was good at, Lindsay was able to quickly find clients who trusted her. Since going full-time in 2016, Lindsay has grown her business to make $8,000 a month.

Her project for this year is to bring her program to companies. Lindsay hopes to help train managers and HR departments to have clear, confident and effective communication about career conversations. She’s also been taking professional baking courses … no doubt cooking up another skillset.

 


 

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CLASSROOM: Don’t Listen to This Boring Episode

What It’s About

Taking care of small, boring things early on can make everything else more exciting.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1178

In recent Classroom episodes, we’ve looked at the three elements of every compelling offer: a promise, a pitch, and a price, and then we considered some different ways to find time to work on your hustle—a common challenge of many of us.

This week I’d like to look at a really sexy topic, or series of topics: Business licenses, bank accounts, and record-keeping … like I said, these are the things that get people really excited.

If for some reason you think these topics are boring, well, here’s the trick: if you get a few easy things right in the beginning, it will be much less stressful moving forward. Then you don’t really have to think about them again! I’ll give you eight recommendations in this episode.

Here are a few recommendations that just about everyone should follow —

  • * Get a bank account that’s just for your side hustle.
  • * Similarly, get a separate credit or debit card you use only for expenses associated with your hustle.
  • * Be fast with invoicing.
  • * Set aside at least 25 percent of your hustle income for taxes.
  • * Legal structure: operating as a sole proprietor is perfectly acceptable for many hustles.
  • * Right from the beginning, set up a very simple accounting system.

Two recommendations that are somewhat psychological, but still very helpful:

  • * If at all possible, set aside a dedicated hustle workspace, even a small one, in your home or apartment.
  • * Once you’re making money, pay yourself first.

Listen to today’s Classroom episode to learn more…

 


 

THIS WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT:

If you expect to produce income this year, make sure you have a dedicated bank account for that income. Keep it separate from your other income.

Part II: Track your expenses using one of those systems I mentioned, or if you’re a spreadsheet person, just do it that way—but do it some way.


 

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Military Mom Makes Moola Managing Media

What It’s About

A military spouse becomes a Virtual Assistant General creating online courses and guiding new trainees.

[podcast_details]

Words of Wisdom

Thinking about taking on a similar path? Emily provides these helpful words; “Assess your current skills and believe you can offer help to someone out there. Anyone can find a way to help online businesses as a virtual assistant if you’re a go-getting and willing to figure things out.”

Fun Fact

Almost 70% of virtual assistants are married and 59% have a college degree. Furthermore, the global outsourcing marketing is worth a staggering $85 billion dollars world while.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1177

It was ten years ago when Emily Reagan gave up a dream job to move across the country with her husband. It wasn’t the first time either. Her partner was in the military and moving was just part of the lifestyle.

This was challenging. Life on a single income didn’t leave much money for luxuries. While Emily knew her role was important, she was still hoping to contribute financially. And soon she had an opportunity to do just that.

A referral from a colleague led to a small job on the side. The task was quite simple, to help a small business with their Facebook presence and occasionally reach out to media outlets when they had something newsworthy. Both tasks were things Emily had done in the past, and she knew she could accomplish them with her eyes closed.

The client agreed and Emily was put on a retainer for a monthly fee of seventy five dollars. It was a small amount of money but it meant the world to her. The money could go towards a date night for her and her husband, or a guilt free trip to the salon. But above all, it gave her a new sense of worth.

After working with this client for a while, Emily was presented with a new opportunity. A friend gave her the heads up about a Facebook post she saw. A business owner in that friend’s network was looking for help putting together a media kit.

Unlike her first client, this job wasn’t something Emily was familiar with and hadn’t done before. But she was a good writer, she knew the basics of PR, and above all, had a willingness to learn. She hopped online and studied everything there was to know about the process.

In the end she delivered … big time. The client was so happy with Emily’s work that they kept calling on her services over the next year. Soon, she’d built a reputation as the person who could get any administrative task done.

During this time, Emily had given birth to another child and the family was growing. They’d also moved a couple more times for her husband’s military placements. All through that process, she kept her clients. The reason was that all of her work was done online. Without knowing it, she’d turned herself into a virtual assistant: a one-stop remote admin shop for business owners across the country.

It was then that she saw the potential in the online space, specifically, the blogging world and Pinterest. She’d seen others online producing content, crafting sales funnels and marketing themselves.

Now Emily switched into full-on business mode. First, picking up more client work to boost her side income into the four figures. Then, she saw the potential of teaching others how to do the same thing. She knew plenty of other military moms who’d love to make extra money on the side as a virtual assistant.

This led her to transition her business from client work, to creating courses around becoming a virtual assistant. She produced content on her blog and created free PDFs with tips and tricks for others to get started. Eventually, she began selling a guide titled “The VA Crash Course”—accomplishing all that while her family grew to four children.

Between her client work and selling courses, she’s earning over two thousand dollars per month, while staying at home and managing the household. Any future moves might be disruptive to her family of six, but not to her income.

 


 

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Q&A: Should I distribute a new private label product myself?

What It’s About

A listener wants to know the best way to distribute his product.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1176

Today’s question aligns well with both this week and last week’s Classroom focus.

Last week was all about the MVP of MVPs, and this week was about finding time to work on your hustle.

Our side hustler is wondering whether he should work with a fulfillment center for his first private label product, or do it all himself? Of course there are pros and cons to each approach. What’s best for him, and how would you make a similar decision?

“What is the best way for a small private label product idea to start with? Packaging and distribution logistics for their product. A first order will require about 500 units, but I’m stuck on making decision. Should I attempt to bring those all home and distribute from my house or jump right into a fulfillment center?

I see positives and negatives to both starting off bringing in a fulfillment center into the picture as a lot of additional research, decision making and costs for an unproven brand. But obviously you save me personally a bunch of time. I work construction putting in 50 to 60 hours a week, so time has always been my excuse. Any suggestions on how to help me push through my indecision?”

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Q&A: When should I become an LLC?

What It’s About

A listener wonders about the best business structure: LLC, sole proprietorship, or something else.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1175

I get a lot of questions that I can’t answer because I’m not qualified—like the decision to pursue a patent process or not, how to plan for taxes, and one very common one about business structure: should I form an LLC or S-Corp or just remain as a sole proprietor?

I like the way this listener framed the question, because he’s asking for more general advice which is easier for me to give—best practices, common experiences based on many conversations, etc.

“I’m curious about your thoughts on when to incorporate a business… Do you think it’s better to do that up front or after hitting a certain amount of clients/revenue? My gut feeling has been to file an LLC first to keep everything organized and official. But filing an LLC in my state (NY) is pretty expensive, so I’ve been having some hesitations. Is there a common process you’ve noticed from speaking with so many side hustlers over the years?”

Listen to today’s episode to learn more…

 


 

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TBT: Designer Scales Personalized Wedding Products to $1M+

What It’s About

This designer has illustrated a 7-figure business around weddings and events.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1174

Welcome to Throwback Thursday / “Where are they now?” where we take an in-depth look at someone who’s story has evolved considerably since we first featured them.

So far in these features we’ve had a New York City musician with a blog teaching jazz that becomes a multiple six-figure business and an Australian woman who draws houses.

Today, in our latest feature, we’ll hear from a graphic designer who does custom illustrations for weddings and other events. It’s now a seven-figure business!

In New York City, Kristin Berry tapped into the wedding e-commerce market, and was able to get out of debt and turn her side hustle into full-time work. What’s most impressive to me is that she has scaled this business to such a significant revenue mark.

Not every side hustle has to scale, of course, so that’s why we look at a variety of stories.

As for what’s happened since we first heard from her, she’s made some major changes in getting away from the platform that helped her get started.

Listen to today’s episode to hear Kristin’s updates…

 


 

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