We’ve all heard stories about seemingly normal people who started a YouTube channel and now have hundreds of thousands of followers, millions of views on their videos, and unbelievable paychecks to match.
However, we usually don’t hear about these people until they have achieved massive success, which can be years, if not decades, in the making.
We rarely hear stories about creators who are in the beginning stages of growing their audience on YouTube. I think that’s unfortunate.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced while starting my own YouTube channel has been the dreaded comparison game.
I often see…
I’ve been obsessed with online courses since I first heard about them in 2010.
My first introduction to the online course world was Udemy. It was the first platform that I can remember that let ordinary people share their knowledge online and get paid for it.
I created dozens of courses on Udemy back in the day.
Topics ranged from forming LLCs and other business legal issues to tutorials on how to record and edit audio files. I had finally found a platform to explore all of my passions and make some side income in the process.
I was in…
At the beginning of 2020, I decided to run an experiment.
I had written a short nonfiction Kindle book and self-published it to Amazon. It was selling a copy or two per month at that point, and I wanted to see if I could increase my sales by writing a blog post to promote it.
I chose a topic for my blog post related to my book that I knew people were searching for on Google because it showed up in the “related searches” section at the bottom of the results page when I searched for my main topic keyword.
When it comes to conjuring up new money-making ideas, whether it's starting a new company, creating a new product, or dipping your toe in the side-hustle pool, people usually fall into one of two camps:
For those of you in the second camp, I have a simple process that you can follow to start generating more great money-making ideas.
I’ve found that ideas can pop into my head at any time of day or night…
In addition to working as a lawyer, content creator, marketer, etc. I also produce audiobooks for independent publishers. I’ve been doing this since 2013, and it’s given me a unique glimpse into the business of publishing books at scale.
Most of my clients are solo business owners who rely on outsourcing the main tasks of the business such as writing, editing, cover art design, and audiobook production to freelancers like me.
I recently found out that several of my clients have grown their publishing businesses to $10k — $20k+ per month in revenue.
That piqued my interest, so I started…
I come up with new ideas for online courses, books, and other digital products every single day. Sometimes it feels like a curse. The problem with having too many ideas is that it makes it hard to focus on getting anything done.
I end up spending way too much time thinking about which ideas to pursue instead of taking action. Thinking beyond a certain point isn’t really that helpful because it won’t get you results. Rather, it leads to analysis paralysis.
The root of analysis paralysis is choosing the wrong thing and losing out on opportunity costs. …
I’ve been working as a freelance audiobook narrator on ACX since 2013. Since then, I’ve produced nearly 200 audiobooks. I love the work. But lately, ACX is experiencing a serious issue with scammers.
If you’re not familiar with ACX, it’s Amazon’s self-publishing platform for audiobooks. Anyone who publishes a book on Amazon can post it to ACX and hire a freelance narrator (like me) to create their audiobook, which is then sold on Audible.
For the most part, my experience working with ACX has been positive. …
I put on a few “corona” pounds in the last year from stress eating ice cream and long workdays sitting in front of the computer.
A few months ago I decided that I was tired of feeling like a stuffed sausage whenever I put on real clothes, and darn it, I was going to do something about it.
So… I started eating “healthier” and walking more during the day.
“That should do the trick,” I told myself.
In my mind, I fully expected to reach my goal weight by early summer.
It’s now late July, and the scale hasn’t budged.
There’s a storm brewing in the online course industry that you need to know about if you sell online courses or are thinking about creating one.
Things are getting ugly.
For the record, I have always been a major proponent of ethical online courses.
I love the idea that ordinary people can package their skills into a digital product so others can benefit from their experience. I’ve taken hundreds of online courses over the years and have gotten value from most of them.
For example, last week, I wanted to learn how to use Adobe After Effects for a project…
I grew up in rural Wisconsin in the ’80s with no internet or cable television. Therefore, my understanding of the career opportunities that were available to me was extremely limited.
While my blue-collar family worked hard, we often struggled to meet basic needs. This manifested itself as anxiety and an obsession with money.
If you’ve ever experienced food insecurity or the burden of barely getting by paycheck to paycheck, you likely know this feeling well.
I was determined to do better.
Unfortunately, my parents only knew of one way to earn an income — get a job, work hard, and…