Quiz: Why kind of store should you open as a side hustle?
Side hustles seem to be the only way to make additional funds. Face it, as millennials, we’ve been given the short stick for economic growth. We’ve been told to stop eating avocado toast so we can afford homes at skyrocketing prices, never mind the outrageous interest being earned on degrees that barely allow for entry level jobs. The fact is, we need more money.
I’ve written a lot about side hustles, and have interviewed a variety of people with different ways of earning money, and have come across my favorite way to make an additional income.
Shopify is an ecommerce platform that allows you to start your own online store. With reasonable monthly fees (no contracts required) and tons of support from forums, blog posts, and other resources, Shopify has helped over 500,000 stores make over 40 Billion dollars and create that additional income we all desperately need.
If you think the market is too saturated, think again. As long as we’re making money, there will be a need to spend it on things we want, love, can’t afford, and can’t find anywhere else. Every month, dozens of new ideas come out, just waiting for people like you to build a community and store around.
Shopify integrates with dozens of other places like Amazon, Wish, Pinterest, Wanelo, so you can expand your sales reach.
You can sell pretty much anything, but if you’re not sure what to sell or where to start, take the quiz below. You’ll find out the best type of store for you to start on Shopify, plus a swipe file of all the steps you need to set it up to make your first sale.
Take the quiz! At the end when you enter your email address, you’ll get access to a swipe file that will show you all the steps you need to take to set up your very own store.
From picking a domain, apps, and finding or creating things to sell, this swipe file will guide you through your set up! Plus get a Business Plan and access to a free video course to get your first sale using Facebook Ads.
TAKE THE QUIZ!
Sign up for Shopify’s 14 day Free Trial here!
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So you want to be a Stella and Dot Stylist
Thinking about starting a side hustle selling… something, but not sure what? There are lots of different companies out there but Stella and Dot is one of the best for budding entrepreneurs to get started.
Stella and dot offers supportive, ongoing training, high commissions, bonuses, starting package comes with tons of jewelry.
Not sure if you have the skill set to start this kind of side hustle? Well, you don’t actually need any sales experience: they will train you. You just need to be passionate about beautiful jewelry, and the drive to succeed.
Reasons to become a stylist with Stella and Dot
You want to share your love of affordable and beautiful jewelry with your friends.
Some people just love jewelry. When they put it on, they feel beautiful, special, loved, and strong.
Stella & Dot New Moon Earrings
You love meeting new people and bonding over common interests like bracelets and rose’.
When you’re hosting a trunk show, you get to create a fun and exciting experience. Trunk shows are often hosted for bridal showers, birthdays, girls night out, girls night in, and other special events.
Stella & Dot Totem Bracelet
People are always telling you have great style – they wish they could steal your look.
Give people the gift of feeling sexy, beautiful and powerful with your personal style tips, and ideas. Spread your love of beauty with Stella and Dot.
You understand how a pretty necklace can make a person feel empowered.
I’m such a big fan of statement necklaces. When I wear one, I feel like I own any room I walk into. All eyes are on me, you know? Stella and Dot has a great selection of statement necklaces, and pretty little things that are eye catching.
Stella & Dot Hazel Statement Necklace
You want to build a bigger professional network
When you’re having your trunk shows, its often hosted by a friend… or a friend of a friend. Many people are able to quit their day jobs, or use Stella and Dot to supplement their income. If you have a day job, Stella and Dot fits into your schedule because you create your own. And every person you get to meet during a trunk show is not only a potential customer for Stella and Dot, but a potential partner for your working endeavors. Teachers, managers, associates, dancers, clinicians, they all wear jewelry. You never know who could be at these parties and it is a fabulous way to build your personal network.
Stella & Dot Casablanca Bracelet
You appreciate integrity, quality, and affordability.
Stella and Dot isn’t some crappy china store jewelry. Their designers take a lot of pride in their production and make it an affordable luxury to wear and enjoy.
Stella & Dot Laurel Lariat Necklace
Talking about style tips is one of your favorite hobbies.
If you’re the person your friends turn to when they need fashion advice, you need to turn them on to Stella and Dot.
Stella & Dot Elise Pearl Cuff
You’re completely obsessed with fashion blogs and outfit of the day posts.
There are so many great ideas out there and Stella and Dot is a wonderful and recognized name in jewelry and fashion. If you love the OOTD, make Stella and Dot part of yours.
Stella & Dot Arabesque Chandeliers – Silver
You want to help women feel good by looking good.
It’s true that when you look good, you feel good. Sometimes women forget to take extra time to care about themselves and their appearance and it shows in the quality of their marriages, children, and work. When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you glow.
Stella & Dot Grace Chandeliers
You’re ready to control your own destiny and fortune.
If you want to hang out with your friends, meet new people, make more money and play with beautiful jewelry, and be in control of your own destiny and fortune, Stella and Dot might be the perfect side hustle for you. Imagine being able to earn hundreds of dollars an hour over the weekend and put it towards your student loans, mortgage, or holiday on the caribbean. Don’t work harder, work smarter.
How to sign up to be a Stella and Dot Stylist
Sign-up to be a Stella & Dot Stylist Today!
Choose your plan
Essentials – is your basic plan, it gives you everything you need to gets started.
More to Love – if you’re really serious about making money with Stella and Dot, the More to Love plan is going to provide you with enough samples to entice even the most weary customer.
Ultimate Kit – This is for those who know they have the personal network, tenacity, and clear plan to succeed selling Stella and Dot. You’re deep in the trenches of everyday style and fashion, you probably have a fashion blog, and you’re ready to take your career to the next level.
Every plan comes with:
- 50% off your first 30 days
- Your personal website
- Dottie, the easy-to-use business app
- Digital and printing marketing materials
- Online and in-person training
- Trunk Show display tools like a neck forms and tray
- Your New Stylist Workbook & more launch guides
Read up on the training
All Stella and Dot stylists receive access to excellent training that will show you exactly how to host trunk parties, find new clients and hosts, and close the sale.
Connect with other stylists in your area and the community
Many communities have regular meetups with other stylists so you can collaborate, and share your best practices.
Set your schedule and start hosting trunk shows.
When you’re ready to get started as a Stella and Dot Stylist, take a look at your calendar and start booking your first trunk shows.
Sign-up to be a Stella & Dot Stylist Today!
Take the quiz!
Do you blog? Thinking about starting a blog but not sure which niche to choose? This “What Kind of Blogger are You” quiz will help you settle on a new niche… or try and guess which niche you’re already in!
It totally pegged me right. What about you?
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Side Hustle Series: How I Got My First Viral Pin Using Tailwind
There are so many different steps to blogging. The best bloggers usually look so professional it’s hardly any wonder that they’re not millionaires. And quite a few of them are. If you look closely, they’re incredibly organized, use video, and pay hundreds of dollars a year for different tools. What you often won’t see, is the team of people supporting their photography, recipes, and content creation and marketing.
And then, there’s the rest of us bloggers – the ones who try to be our own version of professional while still maintaining that sense of individualism. We grab at ideas, write whatever comes, and hope something sticks. To put it simply, we’re bootstrapping.
I’ll be honest with you – I fall into the second category. When I started blogging I was desperate to get some traffic to my blog and I came across a great idea: make a round up of my favorite pins.
You’ve seen these before; they’re very popular among food bloggers. But I don’t blog about food, so I had to find something else. And then it occurred to me: 30 day challenges. It falls nicely within my niche of life skills, but is broad enough to attract a wide audience.
I put 30 of my favorite 30 day challenges on my blog, and used 7 or 8 different pins to break up the list of links.
I also created my own pin for the blog post.
And then, after it was published, I logged into Tailwind and pinned all of the available images to over 30 group boards. More than once.
And you know what? It worked.
This one post drives more visitors to my blog than any other. And when it went viral, I could hardly believe it!
For about a week, I got more traffic to my site than I ever had before. Then it started to taper off. But looking back, I notice that daily I get the most traffic to that blog.
I absolutely know that using Tailwind to schedule my pins helped immensely. It let me space out each pin so I didn’t flood all of those group boards. It also allows you to repin them multiple times. Sometimes pins take off, sometimes they don’t.
(I am an affiliate for Tailwind – if you click on one the links and sign up I may earn a commission at no cost to you. Tailwind is for sure my favorite blogger’s tool and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you today.)
Now, is Tailwind completely responsible for the virality of the blog post? Not entirely, no. It takes people interested in the content to repin and visit the post in order for it to have that virality requirement. But it allowed me to reach a much larger audience than I would have been able to do myself. Instead of spending hours and hours EVERY DAY repinning my pins, Tailwind does it for me. I schedule pins once or twice a week, and then spend a couple of hours on Pinterest in my free time because I just love Pinterest.
Tailwind also offers a free trial. Your first 100 pins are free to schedule so you can get an idea of how it works. If you love it, you can sign up for the monthly or annual plan. If you’re not ready to make a commitment, there are still some features you can use. We’ll talk about that in a bit.
Some tips on making a viral pin:
Great content – I know you’ve heard it a thousand times, but it’s true. Providing real value is the best way to get people to visit your blog. For me, rounding up some of my favorite challenges provided value to those looking to change their lifestyles.
Several Pinnable Images – The most common pin size is about 1100×705. It shows really well in Pinterest’s feed. But the text also needs to be readable, you need a great headline or title, and it should be pretty and eye catching. I make at least two for each blog post. For the one that went viral, I had eight pins.
I keep to two or three different templates and just edit the text and background accordingly. That way they feel similar because they fit within my brand, its less work, but they’re still unique.
The more images you have available for pinning, the more opportunity for the pinning. So I suggest making at least 3 pinnable images for each blog post. It’s a lot of work, but I’ve noticed that any post I’ve posted more than one pin, tends to get a lot more traffic.
Group Boards – If you’re only pinning stuff to your own boards, you’re missing out on a great opportunity for others to see your pins. The name of the game is to get others to pin your pins and they’ll get a better chance of that if your pins are going to group boards. Once you’ve found group boards, make sure you follow the group rules so you don’t get kicked out. Nobody likes a spammer. Also make sure you occasionally share pins from the group boards you’re apart of. This is important because it keeps the board healthy and encourages more pins from that board to show up in the feeds of other pinners. (Which means your pins will inevitably see a boost.)
Do you need some group boards to join?
You can try searching on pingroupie.com but it hasn’t been updated in nearly a year.
I have a list of group boards I’m currently accepting new contributors for. All you have to do is follow my Pinterest profile, and then fill out this google form. I check it about once a week, so once you sign up just look out for your invitation!
Tailwind Tribes – Yes, back to tailwind. Tailwind has this really amazing tool called Tribes. You can join these tribes and submit your pins to them, and others in the tribe will repin your pins for you. They largely exist on reciprocation – usually pin for pin or pin for 2-4 pins. The people who share your pins are the ones who will make to go viral. This is a great place to start that potential.
Tailwind Tribes are free! You only need an account but you don’t need a subscription.
Just sign up here to get started.
Of course I highly recommend a subscription – you can do a monthly or a yearly and I promise you the yearly subscription is absolutely worth it. If I could only buy one tool for my business a year, it would be the yearly subscription to Tailwind. With the monthly subscription you get a certain number of scheduled pins each month and they cap out at 400 a month, which is about 13/day. I pin about 75-100 a day. And it has truly made all the difference in my business and traffic to my site. A solid 90% of my traffic comes from Pinterest.
I have a Tribe you can join called The Millennial Life. It’s a lifestyle tribe for millennial bloggers. I ask that you repin as many pins as you share and know that I regularly go through to check who is pinning and who is not. You’ll get one warning before your removed if you’re pinning but not sharing.
If you pin consistently using these tips, you’ll start to see your blog traffic spike, and take off. I hope you’ll share your results with me! I love to celebrate successes!
If you want even more detailed Pinterest advice, check out my book, Pinteresting Business now available at jessicafwalker.com and Amazon.
This was originally for an interview/guest post that fell through and I really wanted to share it with you so here it is.
Tell us a little bit about your blog/business
I’m a Millennial Life Skills Coach. What are millennial life skills, you ask? Its that subset of skills, events, and knowledge that you’re expected to learn while in high school or college, but didn’t. Its job searching, resume creation, career development. But its also time management, staying out of debt, planning for the future and managing stress. My services focus largely on the career development portion of the life skills, but I believe in a holistic approach to all situations, and that includes the lasting quality of your life.
What inspired you to start your own blog/business?
I’ve been working in the workforce development field for most of my professional career. It’s kind of all I know how to do. I am a recently Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and decided when I came home it was time to work for myself through my people.
What were the first steps you took to put your dreams into action?
I came up with a name, and promptly bought the domain. You have to. To be more serious, I came up with a business plan. I need to know how many clients I need to make the income I’d like. I need to know where to find my clients, and how to get them to trust me to help them change their lives.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge is finding clients. The internet is wide and the options are many. Standing out as an expert, and developing a relationship with your audience is key.
What is your favourite thing about running your own blog/business?
The time and effort I put into it directly correlates with my income. If I spend no time on it, I make no money. When I reach out to people, they respond and we start to work together.
What could you/your blog/your business not function without?
I feel like I really stepped up my game when I created funnels for my mailing list. It allows them a chance to get to know me better, learn more about my services, and feel connected.
What keeps you motivated and focused when things get tough?
There is a resiliency that all Returned Peace Corps Volunteers come home with that intrinsically keeps you moving full steam ahead. Nothing will ever be has hard as those two years were, and so I know I will succeed if I just keep going.
What one thing do you wish you had known before you started out?
I kept seeing webinars everywhere and wish I had really started with them before I got everything set up and then decided it was the missing link.
What does the future hold for your blog/business?
I’m getting ready to launch 3 Millennial Life Skills Labs, based on the core foundations of my coaching practice: Gratitude, Empowerment, Success. We’re all at different places in our lives and need different kinds of support. Each of these labs focuses on developing our skills to be gentle with ourselves, understanding our strengths and weaknesses, and being indispensable.
Finally, tell us one random thing about yourself!
I live in Alaska, and I’ve moved back here three times. Everytime I try to leave it calls me back home.
Jessica F. Walker is a Millennial Life Skills Coach, resume guru, RPCV, author, and general Jill-Of-All-Trades. You can find her coaching business at jessicafwalker.com – sign up for the Labs waiting list at millenniallifeskills.com.