Life took an surprising flip in early March, and my focus went from being a full-time entrepreneur to a full-time caretaker.
My dad, who has lived a life with close to good well being, bought very sick, in a short time.
He went from being in good well being on a Friday, March 2nd, to being close to demise the next Tuesday night, due to a extreme kidney an infection.
He thought he had the flu. Sadly, it was a lot worse than that.
The an infection bought into his bloodstream and his physique went into septic shock, and each single organ started shutting down one after the other.
Earlier than he knew he had the an infection, he bought dizzy and fell within the toilet and broke BOTH of his ankles.
So he can’t put any weight on both leg and is in a wheelchair.
He’s been this manner for practically two months as a result of he needed to get clearance for ankle surgical procedure by a number of completely different medical doctors.
As you may think about, for a person who was very energetic, that is driving him nuts having to take a seat all day and be so depending on household.
He was lastly accepted for surgical procedure this Wednesday. So hopefully the remedy will start a couple of weeks after that and he can get again to strolling.
Nonetheless, all of it may have been a lot worse. I’m simply so grateful he’s alive and his well being is nice!
Thank Goodness For The Biz!
Within the meantime, I really feel very fortunate and blessed to have this on-line enterprise… particularly once I’ve wanted “day without work.”
Most of March was a wash by way of getting something finished for the biz.
Despite all that’s been occurring, that is shaping as much as be one in every of my greatest years in a while.
In February, I had a $10Okay income month with Merch By Amazon and over $13Okay in complete print on demand income (Amazon, Etsy, RedBubble, Spreadshirt, Zazzle, and so on.)
That was the primary time my print on demand earnings surpassed my largest affiliate earnings supply (GoDaddy’s reseller program).
As nice as these numbers look, it’s important to know that Merch By Amazon is much from being a certain factor. I’ve invested an insane period of time on this within the final yr, and earnings is up and down like a curler coaster.
So please don’t be part of Merch anticipating your earnings to develop each month. Mine certain hasn’t. As one in every of my college students mentioned, it’s important to deal with Merch as your trip cash and by no means depend on it! Nonetheless, I’m fully obsessive about this chance!
I additionally simply had one other report month with my PSP programs.
As you might bear in mind, my fundamental technique for selling my programs is thru podcasting.
For the longest time, affiliate earnings was my major focus. Now it’s taking a backseat to course earnings, and this has been a long-time enterprise objective of mine.
For too a few years I used to be relying very closely on affiliate earnings, and I needed to see a shift.
Simply Launched a Course? You’re Not Completed!
One factor I’ve discovered from my college students on Passive Shirt Earnings is that your work doesn’t finish once you launch your programs.
What number of of you’ve gotten ever thought, “If I can simply get my course launched then the toughest half shall be over.”
That’s truly when the actual work begins.
Creating the course movies was the straightforward half for me. The larger and ongoing problem has been ensuring college students can execute!
Simply because your course is stay doesn’t imply it’s optimized for one of the best studying expertise.
Some folks get caught in areas you would possibly breeze by means of, or we assume sure issues are clearer than they honestly are.
Sometimes your first model of the course goes to be your worst, however your scholar suggestions and questions ought to assist you to enhance it.
Staying In Contact With College students
I attempted one thing new this yr with my Merch Course, and it’s actually helped myself as a instructor and several other college students.
I started sending out weekly technique tricks to college students, and lots of the suggestions are very private to my ongoing experiences with Merch By Amazon.
At first I anxious about sending too many emails, however the responses have been superior!
College students who weren’t promoting something are beginning to see gross sales. I began receiving extra “success” emails, and some even started posting testimonials in my non-public group!
(I blurred out the title because it’s a personal group and I didn’t get permission to share the title.)
Then I woke as much as this right now….
I finally wish to do one-on-one teaching/coaching for Merch resulting from requests, however I’m not prepared but.
Nonetheless, this suggestions and ongoing correspondence with college students is prepping me for that when the time is true.
I’ll experiment with that when issues calm down with my dad.
I Took a Advertising and marketing DNA Take a look at
When you’ve ever struggled with how you ought to be advertising and marketing your enterprise and even what sort of work you ought to be doing on-line, I’d extremely advocate The Advertising and marketing DNA Take a look at by Perry Marshall (I’m NOT an affiliate.)
It revealed lots about myself as an entrepreneur AND a web-based instructor.
It was really helpful by one in every of my followers. (Shout out to Mitch!) I believed it might be enjoyable to take. 🙂
Primarily based on the way you reply 15-20 questions, the check offers you steerage on one of the best strategies to market your web site.
It additionally offers you perception into the sort of work you ought to be doing based mostly in your strengths and weaknesses.
I’ve all the time identified that I’m doing the sort of work that matches me, however I needed to see if the outcomes aligned with what I imagine about myself.
The outcomes revealed that I excel extra with right-brained, inventive work and I join with folks greatest by means of video.
It additionally mentioned I’ve a approach of getting inside my customer’s heads that’s nearly “psychic and generally slightly bit scary.”
Nonetheless, I’m NOT so nice at analytical work that requires lots of consideration to element.
I’m additionally not good with pondering on the spot. I would like time to assemble my ideas.
That explains why I fall in love with work like writing/running a blog, video and T-shirt design creation, however hate overly analytical work.
That additionally should be why I deserted my Accounting main in school. 🙂
With website positioning, I’m wondering if that’s why I’d all the time begin off utilizing key phrase analysis software program however abandon it after I discovered a distinct segment.
I may by no means make myself use it to analysis each key phrase I needed to write down about. I all the time needed to comply with my intestine and customary sense.
With Amazon, I’ve my course of I exploit to discover a area of interest/key phrases for Merch. However I spend waaaaaaay extra time developing with my precise shirt concepts and dealing in Photoshop than I do obsessing over analysis.
The opposite motive why these Advertising and marketing DNA outcomes had been so attention-grabbing to me is it made me notice the disconnect that exists between how I study and function versus a few of my college students.
Proper-brained folks study in another way than left-brained folks.
Left brained/analytical folks favor construction when studying. They take notes, prefer to plan all the things out, and must have all their geese in a row earlier than importing/launching something.
I’m the exact opposite.
I don’t love to do intensive planning and preparation. I’m not a observe taker and like to leap in and determine it out as I am going — even when I do know all the things is just not good.
I depend on my intestine with lots of selections I make, whereas left-brained folks use extra logic and analysis earlier than they’re comfy transferring ahead.
A technique is just not higher than the opposite, and so they each have their professionals and cons.
Nonetheless, as a course creator, I’ve needed to study to focus extra on the small print and methodical steps for individuals who favor that kind of studying.
I wouldn’t have been capable of enhance on that if I hadn’t stayed in contact with my college students.
So bear in mind, your course is rarely, ever full. It ought to proceed to evolve based mostly on the suggestions out of your college students.
I’ve been promoting programs for practically 4 years and I’m STILL studying.
Anywho, simply thought I’d replace you all on what’s occurring with me. It’s been an up and down yr for certain, however I’m taking it sooner or later at a time.
I hope life is treating you properly! 🙂