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The Side Jam interview series is for all entrepreneurs who have a passion for side gigs. It highlights innovative ways to make extra money on the side, and the creative individuals who have the guts to say “Why the heck not?”

Selling Products on Amazon – Side Jam Interview #6

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Side Jam Interview #6 – Selling Products on Amazon

Hey everybody! Thanks for stopping by for the next Side Jam Interview!

When I started this interview series a month and a half ago, the main purpose was to highlight unique, interesting, and creative ways to make extra money on the side.

I wanted to interview people about side hustles they’ve tried, and find out the real scoop:

  • Is it legit or a scam?
  • Were you able to make money?
  • How much effort was involved?
  • Did it require any prior skills?
  • Was it ultimately worth the time put into it?

And the responses I’ve been getting do not disappoint. Not only have I been receiving an impressive amount of information, but the enthusiasm infused with each response has been absolutely infectious!

I honestly feel so blessed to not only work with some truly amazing folks, but also because of the connections I’m making. Yes, believe it or not, this self-proclaimed introvert is starting to network.

 


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Sharing Money-Making Success Stories

With this next installment, I’ll be introducing Marc who started an online business with his wife. They were able to manage a successful business selling products on Amazon, and basically made a killing!

Hearing great stories like this really keep me motivated to continue doing what I’m doing. Not necessarily because I expect to have this massive success myself. (Although there’s no true reason why that couldn’t happen.) But because I love sharing the good that’s out there in the world.

I want others to realize they can try new things, learn a new skill, and find interesting ways to make money on the side. If it exists in your imagination, there’s more than likely a way to turn it into reality.

 

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How to Save Money by House Hacking – Side Jam Interview #5

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Side Jam Interview #5 – House Hacking to Save and Make Money

Hey everyone, welcome back!  This week’s Side Jam Interview is all about house hacking.

You’ll be hearing from Riley, who blogs at Young and the Invested. His writing focuses on younger professionals who are just getting started with their careers.

Delivered from the Millennial perspective, Riley highlights the shift from more traditional financial advice to meet the unique needs of the younger generation. Also, he’s a super nice guy, and an all-around professional.

 

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And now, here is more about Riley:   

Riley is a licensed CPA in the state of Louisiana, and works as a Senior Financial Analyst for a Fortune 500 company in New Orleans. He also has a personal finance blog called Young and the Invested, where he helps young professionals discover financial independence.

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Side Jam Interview #4 – Teaching Exercise Class

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Make Money on the Side as an Exercise Class Instructor – Side Jam Interview #4

Welcome to the next Side Jam Interview!

During our past few interviews, we’ve focused on ways to make money online, in the digital arena. And while there are endless possibilities for online side hustles, today I’d like to focus on another way to benefit from an existing skill set.

I had the pleasure to meet with Cheryl, who works in the corporate world by day, but then also teaches exercise class in her spare time.

When I had originally asked her to participate in the Side Jam interview series, she was surprised I considered her exercise classes to be a side hustle. She just thought it was something she enjoyed doing, and it was a bonus that she could earn a few bucks by sharing her passion with others.

But that’s the point I’d love to convey through this interview series —

It doesn’t have to be this elaborate plan to create an online business, or pay off a huge amount of debt, or get a process in place to eventually replace your day job.

I mean, all of those things are fantastic goals to have, and having a plan will make success all the more attainable.

But there are things you might not even think about — things you do every day — that can be a side hustle.

It doesn’t have to make you a millionaire. And you might just love it so much you’d do it for free regardless.

I just think it’s important for everyone to realize they have talents. And you can choose to use these talents to your advantage, in any number of ways. Whether it’s by volunteering, mentoring, encouraging, or teaching.

And yes, dancing to 80’s music can, in fact, be a Side Jam!

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Side Jam Interview #3 – Managing Facebook Ads

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Make Extra Money by Managing Facebook Ads – Side Jam Interview #3

Welcome to our next Side Jam Interview!

Before we get started, I just want to share how awesome this whole interview experience has been. For starters, the feedback I’ve been receiving from readers has been so enthusiastic and encouraging.

And also, the amazing individuals who have agreed to be interviewed — you have no idea how much I appreciate your willingness to share your personal stories.

The sheer variety of experiences and creative ideas you’ve been sharing really puts a spotlight on the growth of entrepreneurship in recent years — As well as the many different ways everyday people can highlight their existing skills to create a profitable side business.

And speaking of profitable side businesses —

Today you’ll learn about Robert, who has a few different side gigs going on. He’s a super-friendly and personable guy who I met through social media. And he’s extremely motivated to make his dreams a reality for himself and his growing family.

Plus, he and his family raise goats, ducks, and chickens!

Who wouldn’t love that??

 


Missed my previous Side Jam interviews? Check out the links below —

Side Jam Interview #1 – Cricket’s Plant Selling and Worm Farm 
Side Jam Interview #2 – Nelly’s Online Forum Contributions

By the way – Do you have a Side Jam you’d like to share?

Let me know by filling out THIS FORM, and you could be featured on my blog!

 


 

And now, here is more about Robert:   

I’m Robert and I run a personal finance blog called Real Money Robert.

I also have a successful side business called Gale Force Marketing, where I help small businesses get new customers and grow their revenue.

 

The Interview Questions

Tell us about a fun, unique, or interesting Side Jam you’ve tried:

Haha, one of my side jams is raising chickens for eggs. We pretty much break even on the sale of eggs so it’s not too profitable yet, but there is nothing better than those sweet fresh eggs for breakfast every morning!

While we don’t quite have enough volume yet to sell locally, we are currently selling to family, friends, and coworkers.

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Now, for a more profitable side jam, as I mentioned I run a digital marketing company that helps small businesses thrive.

Not quite as unique as the chicken eggs, but it’s fun and way more profitable!

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