Learn About Starting a Side Hustle on Skillshare

Learn About Starting a Side Hustle on Skillshare
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If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, I’m sure you already know that I’m really interested in starting my own business. I’ve had my eyes open for ideas all year, specifically related to my new bullet journalling passion. I’ve always loved to design and create, and the dream would be able to make money from selling useful resources that help my fellow bloggers, students, and miscellaneous creatives.

The classes in today’s post cover topics related to side hustles. What is a side hustle? Well, it’s a way to make money on the side to supplement your main source of income (e.g. a full-time job). I’ve been struggling to find a full-time job, so I’ve become a lot more passionate about pursuing side hustles that make sense for me and my various interests.

I can see myself following the advice of all of the brilliant ladies behind the courses I review below. My trouble right now is just picking a lane. In March I plan to begin sharing my journey through these creative ideas. For a sneak peak of what I’m hoping to achieve, keep reading!

“How to Publish Low and No Content Books like Journals, Sketchbooks and Workbooks” by Ronnie Walter | 68 minutes

This course was a really simple introduction to the kinds of digital products you can easily produce and publish on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (formerly known as CreateSpace). If you are a somewhat artistic person who wants to start making passive income, this might be something you want to consider.

After you’ve done all the work of designing your product (e.g. lined notebook, coloring book, workbook, planner), you can publish it and start to make money from it online. Amazon will handle distribution. All you have to do is market it (admittedly, not simple in itself unless you already have an audience).

Before I watched this class, I was already thinking of ways to produce and distribute journal bits and bobs, since I’ve gotten more seriously into bullet journalling. I found this class really helpful in opening my eyes to other possibilities. It also demystified the process of self-publishing with Amazon.

In addition to sharing the publishing process and product ideas, Walter goes through the pros and cons of self-publishing and reasons why creating a digital product might be something you want to do, beyond simple artistic ambition. She also shares how pricing works and how much you can expect to receive given your selection.

After taking this course, I was inspired to:

  • Brainstorm some specific low/no content products I uniquely capable of creating
  • Create a timeline of product releases (to direct my focus)
  • Start thinking about design themes I wanted to create and tools I could use to bring them to life

“Etsy Side Hustle: How to Make Money with Etsy Without “Making” Anything!” by Jules Tillman | 23 minutes

Holy-effing-moly. This course blew my mind. I’ve always wondered how people made money with Pinterest, and this course kind of explains it. For a 23-minute video, there is a lot of information packed in to show how you can make money by promoting Etsy products on your blog via Pinterest. (I had to repeat sections to make sure I processed what I was watching!)

I didn’t enter this course knowing what it would be about. I thought it would be along the lines of the course I previously discussed, making a digital product and then sitting back to let people purchase it. This course is similar in that it would ultimately result in passive income, but that doesn’t mean there’s not some on-going work involved to get there.

She attaches a PDF with all the information in the course and the order in which she recommends to get signed up for the programs that provide your customized links that will help you start earning money. She emphasizes that this is not a get-rich-quick scheme, it will take some time and upfront costs to get going after free trials are over, but over time (if you’re willing to put in the work and work smart) you can begin to make a modest income from this side hustle.

I’ve already begun the motions of putting Tillman’s advice into action. I’m currently waiting to get approved for two affiliate programs. I don’t have the biggest blog audience yet, but I am actively working towards improving my engagement and following at the moment.

“Freelancing for Creatives: From First Leap to Finances” by Margot Harrington | 58 minutes

I found this course when I was looking into more of the classes I had saved at the beginning of starting my free-trial of Skillshare. I figured after the thoughts swirling around in my head, this class might help me leap into projects knowing what to expect.

Harrington gives a lot of solid, no-nonsense business advice about how to manage your money best for long-term stability.

She also shares her tips on managing clients. She discusses what people are the best clients and red flags to consider when considering potential clients. I would’ve never known to think about the types of clients who would be unpleasant or untrustworthy, so I really appreciated this section of the course. I feel like I would enter projects with more clarity and confidence now.

After taking this course, I was inspired to:

  • Make a business plan outlining my goals and steps to launch
  • Look into starting a new business account for my freelance income

My free trial of Skillshare is about to end, so this may be my last post reviewing courses that I’ve found useful. Assuming I have enough time, my next Skillshare mini-reviews will likely cover courses related to specific topics on blogging, like setting up a newsletter, using Pinterest to promote blog posts, and building a significant blog following.

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Learning About Starting a Business on Skillshare

Before I get started, I would like to share a disclaimer. First, this post has not been sponsored by Skillshare; I am taking advantage of a free trial. Second, I am deeply appreciative of the Skillshare’s free trial periods. I do not hope to abuse it by sharing detailed notes from the courses I discuss and annotate here. The posts I will share about Skillshare courses are for my own record primarily and will hopefully be a guide to anyone who would like to test out the website themselves. 

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had redeemed a free two-month trial of Skillshare, a website that provides an array online classes in everything from technology to business to writing to social media. Teachers are relative experts in their field and create really user-friendly video classes in segments that you can complete at your own pace.

I started 2019 with the goal of becoming more business savvy. I have a few ideas I’ve toyed around with for a few years, but I’ve never known how viable my ideas are or what I needed to do financially or legally speaking.

So the first few classes I wanted to take revolve around the topic of “Starting a Business.” I’ve long mused over the idea of creating my own business so that I could be my own boss. I could see myself offering online services of some kind (i.e. writing, editing, or otherwise creative). I could see myself creating and maintaining Etsy store if I put serious time into designing products with meaning.

I also know how easy it is fail at starting a business so I want to go into whatever endeavor I pursue fully aware of everything I ought to do to be success. That’s where these classes have come in! Continue reading below to see what classes I’ve taken, what I value I found, and where they fell short for me.

“What You Must Know Before Your Start a Business” by KC Tan | 16 minutes

I started with this video because it was short and seemed like it might be a good introduction to ideas I need to consider at the beginning stage of starting a business. If you know next to nothing about what you would like to sell online, Tan provides a concise, straight-forward introduction to options.

I identified that the types of business I’m most interested in are: 1) selling physical and virtual products, 2) selling services, and 3) selling advertising space as a way of monetizing my blog.

This course does not go into how to actually start any of these specific types of business, but it does warn you of start-up costs that you should keep in mind. I was already aware of most of these things, so this course did not teach me anything new that I would’ve liked to know. But it did help me start thinking about what where I wanted to focus my research.

“Starting a Home Business: Why Most Businesses Fail, and How You Can Start a Profitable One!” KC Tan | 57 minutes

This course was much more comprehensive than the course I talk about above. Tan provides a lot of really good information about things that are not so obvious to think about, such as:

  • What mistakes to avoid
  • Whom you should network with and how to do it properly
  • Whom you want as contacts
  • How to convert your target market into customers

He also suggests skills that a good small business owner should have and consistently develop.

The main disappointment for me regarding this course is that the teacher is based in Singapore, so the legal side of things is not directly applicable to me. On the bright side, it did help me formulate the questions I need to ask myself, such as how much risk I’m willing to take on.

“Limited Liability Company (LLC): Easily Form Your Own LLC” by Sam Mollaei | 1 hour 22 minutes

The last video I review was about the specific kind of business I’ve thought might be the most applicable to anything I started, a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Mollaei covers the steps of forming an LLC from the legal stand-point, plus some tips on how to save money when it comes to taxes. A lot of that information went over my head to be honest, although I took notes to refer to when/if the time ever came to it.

I really appreciated that he pointed out when you might want to consult a professional lawyer or accountant throughout the course, as well as where you could afford to manage things on your own. I also really appreciated that this course was created for a U.S. audience, as the previous two courses I took were not directly applicable to me!

The main thing that would’ve made this class more helpful is if I left the course knowing at what point it is worth forming an LLC. The kind of businesses I would like to start would most definitely be online and considered side hustles, especially at the beginning. So the question I still haven’t had answered is whether I need bother forming an LLC at all at the moment? Do I need to do anything formal at the moment? Will it benefit me in the long-run if my side hustle were to become successful?

I would like to do a few more blog posts on Skillshare while I have this free trial. Specifically, I see myself talking about how to make the most of the site and even bundles of mini-reviews of the classes I take. Some more of the classes I hope to cover will center on the topics freelancing, graphic/game design, app development. So if any of that sounds interests you, you can look forward to a weekly post tracking my journal on Skillshare over the next few weeks!

Where I plan to go from here (regarding learning about business) is finding resources that go more in-depth on the specific types of business I can best see myself pursuing in the immediate future. Freelancing seems like it might be most relevant, but I’m also curious about app development and creating successful online stores for digital products.

If you know anything about starting an online business, please advise on resources or tips you might have for beginners in the comment section below!

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