SIDE HUSTLE SHOWDOWN: Amazon Kindle Publishing

Side Hustle Spotlight:
Amazon Kindle Publishing

 

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You have a dream of writing, but don’t know where to start.

 

Welcome to Kindle Publishing!

 

Millions of people have written a book – fiction or nonfiction – and self-published it to the audience of Kindle and Amazon. There, the books are as available as the top sellers you find in book stores across the country. Imagine seeing your name on a book!

 

This is what I did. Many of you know that I was an Avon representative, and I hustled that business very hard. In fact, I am going to start selling again. I tried every suggestion my manager and her manager gave us, and some of them were fantastic. I found customers, and the products were selling themselves.

 

Or were they? Not without some sales help, I’m sure.

 

In my world, the idea behind MLM is not to entice others to sign up so that you make money. The idea of the MLMs that I get involved with is that I provide access to a product that someone wants, needs and enjoys. I would never sell or promote something that I did not enjoy, so I am happy to support that aspect of MLM.

 

I saw great success with my Avon business, and I stopped because I was too busy; I had started a new job; and I just didn’t want to hustle that hard anymore. My life is changing rapidly, and in light of the Side Hustle Spotlight challenges, I am trying a side hustle of Kindle Publishing.

 

I wrote a short book on 30 days’ worth of tasks you can do to build your business. Now, it may not work for every MLM, like Tupperware, leggings, etc., but most of these tasks will work for you. They would even work for small businesses that are selling non-MLM products.

 

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My book is called: MLM & NETWORK MARKETING.

 

I almost didn’t want to write it because I know that people will succeed, and for those who believe in scarcity, that means a lot of people will learn how to earn and keep customers. I have since learned that there is an abundance of money in the universe and there’s enough for everyone.

 

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So… back to the side hustle:

 

Kindle Publishing

 

Step One: Write Book

 

It’s ok to have it in a .doc format, as the conversion team will turn it into your masterpiece. My one piece of advice is to have people read it, and note any edits or errors. You can also use a virtual assistant for this – and likely for a very reasonable price.

 

Step Two: Create a Book Cover

 

There are so many answers to “I’m not creative or artistic!”.

Use a program like Canva or PixMonkey to create a cover, or turn to a pay service like Fiverr or Upwork.

 

Step Three: Posting Your Work

 

Create an Amazon account and check out “Kindle Publishing”.

There are step-by-step instructions on how to upload your manuscript (aka book) and cover, and you have the opportunity to preview your work of art before it’s published.

 

Step Four: Marketing

 

It’s up to you on how much traffic you want to bring to your project. Kindle offers sales and promotions that will (hopefully) entice people to purchase and read your book. You get paid by the book purchases and by page reads for those who subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. There’s an analytics page to show how your work is performing.

 

Your book will show on Amazon just like any other book sold.

 

Review So Far:

 

This is an amazing passive income opportunity. You can promote your products as much or as little as you wish.

 

Originally, I had published my book under a different name, but after consulting with an influencer, I have since changed the title, the cover and reformatted the inside.

 

As I just published this new version about 24 hours ago, I am still waiting to see any results. I have promoted the book across my Facebook groups, and on Twitter. Hopefully, I will see some traction soon!

 

I also included a link to my blog in the book. I am hoping to increase traffic to my blog through this book, as I post a lot of resources on side hustle tools, like Freshbooks, Planners, and other recommended products that I’ve tried and loved.

 

SIDE HUSTLE: AMAZON’S KINDLE PUBLISHING

EARNINGS: $2.97 CAN

 

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Direct Sales: How and Why It Could Be Your Best Money Maker

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Recently, I have witnessed a lot of distrust and dislike for certain side hustles or side gigs, namely with respect to direct sales and MLM companies. I share a different perspective, and I am going to tell you why. I believe direct sales and MLM companies can present one of the best side hustle or side gig for anyone who is interested in building their own business. But, before I do, I want to share a few things that you need to know. 

Background Info You May Not Know

MLM stands for Multi-Level Marketing. Direct Sales and MLM companies have been around for over a hundred years, and started with door to door sales of knives, encyclopedias, and perfumes. This is how Avon started. It was a sales person who performed poorly at selling books, but every house he went to, he received praise for his fragrances and cosmetics that he made at home as a hobby. One of the original side gigs, if you will. He expanded on this side gig as he saw more promise in selling women’s products than the books that he peddled. Today, that company is still in existence, and is still a profitable way to earn money.  

Tupperware, Amway, Thirty-One Gifts, Scentsy, Norwex – these are just a few of the opportunities in direct sales or multi-level marketing.

The Details of the Business (Nitty-Gritties)

Opening shop with a direct sales company is much like opening a micro business of your own. Each company has a “buy-in”: usually it’s a kit of common items that a representative would sell in the normal day-to-day business. Sometimes the company requires a big buy-in, where you get a large kit of goods, and other times you can sign up for free, or a very small cost. Either way, the company doesn’t focus on this buy-in to make money. The range is usually between $10 – $300.00 to sign up. 

 

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I like to compare this concept to franchises. If you wish to operate a franchise, you have to purchase the rights to have that storefront. You pay money for the opportunity to hang out a well-known name, and to represent their goods. Think Subway, McDonalds, Starbucks, etc. All of these places charge for start up, and there is a head company who controls all of the franchises. (Which is why the BigMac is supposed to be the same around the world.)

No Big Bills

The direct sales companies handle promotional advertising and marketing.

This is ideal for a few reasons:

  1. The independent sales rep pays for this from a portion of sales made, and doesn’t have to put out thousands in advertising.
  1. The company can control the quality and quantity of the advertising.
  1. The company has a marketing team of experts who know what works and what doesn’t.
  1. The independent sales rep is not required to test the market, pay for advertising, pay for experts, etc.

Direct Sales Responsibilities 

The biggest responsibility that falls to the rep is to keep herself (or himself) organized; and build a customer base. Keeping customers happy on a service level is within the control of the rep, and the company takes responsibility for the rest. 

How to Make Money in Direct Sales

In most situations, the representative has options on how to make money:

Sales

A representative makes a base commission (or a set value) on the sales. This is no different than a car salesman! As the representative builds her sales levels, she makes a higher commission.

Commissions can be based on the size of the order, the amount of sales over a period of time, or on the items ordered. Each company sets out their own earning structure.

The representative is responsible to obtain sales materials, like catalogues, and any other branded items that she wants to use. While this comes from the representative’s proceeds, it is still a business expense that can be written off at the end of the year. 

Branded items, like pens or car wraps, are not necessary, but are a great way to get the conversation started. I have experienced sales firsthand just by having a magnet on my car stating what company I was representing.

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Teams (like Affiliate Training!)

Some companies offer additional commissions or rewards if you provide support to other representatives.

Much like affiliate marketing and training, you find a product that you support, and the company will pay you to promote the product. If others purchase that product based on your recommendation (or link), you are paid for your services. The company wins with your promotion of their product and you win by being paid.

Building a team with direct sales is the same concept. It’s natural to talk about your business, and to find like-minded individuals who want to sell the same products. By supporting these individuals throughout their growth as a representative, they are more likely to succeed, which makes the company money. In turn, the representative is rewarded by receiving a commission of the team member’s sales. 

The Pyramid Scheme Plan

It’s the model of the “pyramid” that makes people believe there is a hidden and  nefarious intention, but in reality, it’s a smart marketing move. As a head of any company, if I can motivate representatives to take on a team, support them and encourage success, why wouldn’t I pay an extra 2-10% of the sales? That’s worth it! 

Be Passionate

Choosing the right direct sales company is always key. My personal rule of thumb is to choose a company when you are passionate about their products.

Ideally, choose a company that you already use products from. I chose certain companies because I knew I would be buying the products anyways, and saving some money with a seller’s discount just makes good “cents”.  

The success of direct sales is often tied into selling items that people already buy. In the general population, who doesn’t buy soap, gift wrap, clothes, food containers, candles, books… we all buy these items at one time or another.

 

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Misnomers, Myths and Lies

Some misnomers about direct sales companies: 

– The companies encourage representatives to spam products on those around them.  WRONG.

This is very false. Most companies frown on spamming. When you see a representative “spamming” groups online, feeds, fliers, etc., you are seeing someone who is very excited about their products and their business. It’s more of an etiquette issue than anything else, but it’s no different than that vegan over there that tells you she’s a vegan every day. Oh, did you know she’s a vegan? (No disrespect to vegans!)

– You have to sign up your mom, grandma, sister and neighbour, otherwise you will not make any money. WRONG.

Good companies do not force representatives to sign up others. It’s a big responsibility to run a team, and to encourage them to continue. Having your family as representatives for the same company does not fair well: it means everyone is buying at a discount, and everyone is getting the same thing for Christmas, (ha) but really, companies do not force you to do that. Again, it’s the individual representative’s enthusiasm that is usually behind the push. 

– Very little pay for a lot of work. WRONG.

Like any business, side hustle or investment, it’s like pushing a rock up a hill. It’s a lot of work in the beginning, but eventually you will get up the hill. Keep at it. Then, when the rock crests over the hill, you know you’ve made it. It’s still going to be a lot of work to keep up with the rock, but you are finally seeing progress. 

You see, direct sales companies are modeled after bigger companies, and have many of the same traits. There’s payment for a job well done, and freedom to run your business how you see fit. Many people find their direct sales business fits into their life, as opposed to having their life fit around a business. 

Isn’t that the goal? 

When we naturally purchase these items as part of our daily life, it’s not unreasonable to seek out the best value. Prices are competitive everywhere, and depending on the product, they can be as readily available as if you had gone shopping at the store. The difference is customer service. You will never find a Wal-Mart employee who does house calls, or gives you fragrance samples with your purchase. Target doesn’t offer raffles, thank you gifts or camaraderie with the sales person, and you cannot rely that the same sales person will be there next week.  With direct sales, you have one person you are dealing with, and that’s what makes it special.

If you feel inundated with ads on social media, requests to host parties, or the office “pass the book around”, do not feel guilty by saying, “No, thank you.”

However, by buying from direct sales representatives, you might be:
– fundraising for a good cause
– helping a struggling mom fit her side business into her off-hours because she can’t get a second job with her schedule
– assisting a student pay for school
– enjoying a quality product!

Any side gig or hustle requires dedication and hard work, and some of these people work the hardest. I know some that have made a fulltime income from their home business. It’s very possible.

My intention today is to show you that direct sales are not what they used to be. They are simple, flexible, home-based businesses worked by people like us. They are not scams, and no more a risk of being a fly-by-night company than any other opportunity out there.

Watch the video below. Two people from Hamilton, Ontario launched a company selling tea mixes, and they pitched the Dragon’s Den. The investors jumped at the opportunity, and the expansion grew beyond anyone’s expectation. This is an example of a direct sales company. This could be yours.

I look forward to hearing what you think of direct sales companies, and if any of this was new to you, or changed your mind.  You can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or join the community page on Facebook.

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Do you get paid for what you sell?

EVERY DAY WE SELL FOR OTHER PEOPLE

Perhaps you think you don’t sell anything, since you do not get paid for it. Or maybe you do sell something, but you don’t realize what else you are selling. 

ADVERTISING

 

We advertise for companies every single day, whether it be the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the car we drive, and so many other ways that we do not even realize. 

Many times it is not intentional, like driving your car, or wearing a pair of black pumps. Recognizable brands, however, stand out. Retailers also add something for brand recognition: the fashion licence plate border that says “Bought at Joe Foe’s Auto Lot” or a pair of running shoes with a particular design. 

Are you getting paid for that? 

It’s time to turn it around. Marketing geniuses have made a killing by designing items that we use every day to influence current purchases, future purchases and purchases by friends and family. (Think Keurig.  How many people tried a Keurig for the first time at a friends’ house and had to have one?) This is not to say that the brands are not making a decent product, as many do. 

If you have a home-based business where you sell products, either handmade or from a catalogue, take advantage of your own marketing. 

Here are a few tips on how to do just that: 

– Use your car to advertise your brand. Get a sign for the back window (check bylaws and insurance to ensure you are not violating any policies) that says what company you represent and how they can reach you. 

– Do you carry a purse? Change it up. Wear a bag or purse that shows your brand or company. Use it to spark up a conversation while waiting for a bus or standing at the supermarket. 

– Give your products as gifts. Depending on what you sell, you may be able to advertise with a sweet product that you know people will love, and need more of. 

If you want to learn more about marketing your brand or company, check out my books on Amazon: MLM and Network Marketing and MLM and Network Marketing #2, both with 30 actionable tips to help you grow your business. 

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