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Adventures in building job-free income streams.
I first met Melinda Fleming at an Affiliate Summit conference in Las Vegas in 2013. At that time, all she had was an idea — no website, no online business, and no social media presence.
She was working in Hollywood as a freelance writer and voice over talent, but could see the direction of the entertainment industry was toward hiring cheaper and cheaper alternatives. Should the trend continue, she’d be in a tough position.
So she threw herself headlong into the online world as a way to hopefully build another income stream.
Ever since The Lean Startup hit the scene (and probably even before that), there’s been a widespread push in the entrepreneurial community to “just ship it.”
Get your product or service out there, and refine it later based on customer feedback.
But that’s not a license to put out crap.
Last year, Lise “came out of nowhere” as they say, and published 13 books in 6 months, and now earns between $3000 and $4000 a month in author royalties.
Of course the truth is she didn’t come out of nowhere at all; she came out of New Zealand and had already built a successful freelance writing business. However, the hustle of delivering work for clients all day had her seeking a more time-leveraged use of her skills.
Since she already knew how to write well and write quickly, she figured book publishing was a natural next step.
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to join John Lee Dumas on Entrepreneur on Fire, a top business podcast.
At the end of every show, he asks guests his famous “$500 question.” Naturally, there are some common threads in the answers, including the elements I touched on of networking, selling some service, or re-creating what you had on the “old” earth.
But since Side Hustle Nation is a creative bunch, I posed the question to in my email newsletter: What would you do?