7 min 2 sec

Woman Earns $7,000 in Three Days by Selling Glass Nail Files

How an impromptu trip to a local farmer’s market leads one woman in California to a sustainable six-figure side hustle selling glass nail files online.
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What It's About

After coming across a glass nail file vendor at a market, a woman starts her own side hustle selling them.

Business Model
Skills Required
Research & Business Savvy
Profit Potential

Words of Wisdom

Don't be afraid to change up your product or system if you see an opportunity to make it better. The first day at the market Colleen had a ton of sales, but because of how she priced things she was having trouble keeping enough change on hand. So the next day, she changed it up and decided to offer a bundle of all three files—a small, medium and large—for $20.

Fun Fact

Colleen shared that even with all the many marketing options available to, the most important thing she does is put a sticker on the back of every single file. The sticker has the name, website, and phone number so that people can find her any way they want.

Notes from Chris

Episode 71

Let’s just start with something Colleen says towards the end of this episode: “While other people's hobbies cost them money, mine makes me money.” This is the beauty of having a side hustle!

For some people, having a side hustle is a means to an end. But for a lot of us, it’s just fun, and we enjoy the entrepreneurial process of it. Think about what you'd like from your hustle and allow that to guide your decisions moving forward, whether you're looking to create a second income for yourself or just have fun while making extra cash.


  • Top Notch Nail Files: Learn more about Colleen and the reasons why crystal glass nail files are superior to traditional emery boards

Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,

Chris Guillebeau

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Quote of the Day
"I see many people go into debt before they make their first dollar because they want to have all aspects of their business plan figured out perfectly. My advice: just go out and start selling. Change prices mid-day if you need to, and work on your sales pitch as you go."
—Colleen Lloyd-Roberts #SideHustleSchool

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