eBiz Weekly #11

Bloggers earn $95,614 in 6 months while traveling the world

Hey there,

How are things this week? Any good news to share?

Let everyone know in the comments below.

Here’s your weekly dose of good stuff related to online business…

Bloggers Earn $95,614 In 6 Months While Traveling The World
I’d love to get your feedback on this first proper case study we’ve published on eBiz Facts. The grand vision with these case studies is to break down each business in a structured way so even very different businesses can be easily compared to each other at a glance. That way, you can get a good idea of the strengths and challenges of each.

“I lost nearly $8000 selling on Amazon FBA”
A sobering ebiz lesson on Reddit:

“My main takeaway was not to follow a cookie-cutter scheme that promises a guarenteed revenue stream after following 5 easy steps. Amazon FBA is not passive income, it’s a full time job, one I had nowhere near the time for. If everyone is doing something, it may not be the best idea. Don’t run off the cliff with the lemmings.”

FYI, he was selling these letter boards.

Respondent Experiment
A few weeks back I mentioned Respondent, a site where you can get paid “an average of $140 an hour” for doing one-on-one interviews via phone/video chat. Since then, I’ve applied for 10 projects on there myself and not heard back about any of them, so perhaps it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Let me know if you’ve applied for any Respondent projects and what your experience has been like. We’ll be publishing a full review soon.

Free Music For Your Videos
Well, almost free. You can use any of the tracks here at no charge so long as you credit them with a link.

Making Big Money On Fiverr
This dad earned over $1 million in five years doing voiceover work, while this woman earned almost $13,000 in one month writing jingles.

Earn Money Writing
Location Rebel just published an epic article on how to become a freelance writer. You can get a good feel for the type of writing gigs available to you at the Problogger jobs board. And check out our review of Earn More Writing, a solid course by a freelance writer who earns $10,000+ per month consistently.

Screencasts > Email
A member of FBB posted the following in our private Facebook group this week:

the approach with videos / loom is really, REALLY working. Ppl love it! I use it also to approach cold leads (I reach out to ppl on FB groups) and they mention it all the time. That I stand out, thank me for taking the time doing this, and tell me that they love it and find it very clear. Personally, I also prefer doing it this way than writing up a long email.

Loom is free software that allows you to record your screen (and yourself). I use it all the time as well. Excellent time-saver and rapport-builder.

“What’s the easiest money you’ve ever made?”
Some inspiring answers in this Reddit thread, including:

  • $93k in about 3 hours reselling a property
  • $75k profit from a domain/website in 12 months
  • “I was paid $3000 for 17 seconds of a recording of mine used in a Steven King show.”

Chris The Freelancer Upwork Course
Have you heard of Chris The Freelancer? He’s probably the #1 digital nomad vlogger with 61,000 subscribers on YouTube (see his videos here). He also released a course about Upwork on Skillshare recently, and it has 27 positive reviews already. Use this link to try Skillshare free for a month, giving you access to Chris’s course and thousands more.

Udemy Sale
Below are a few courses on sale right now that you might be interested in. All have 2,000+ students enrolled, 100+ reviews, and an average rating of at least 4.4 stars. They’re all discounted by about 95%.

That’s all for this week.

Keep working at it.

I believe in you.


Niall Doherty
eBiz Facts

By the way...

Travel Hacker’s Toolkit
Check out the top resources I recommend for the traveling online business builder. Cheap flights, a jet lag app, free VPN software, and more.

Great Value Courses
My go-to websites when looking to learn or enhance a skill are Skillshare and Udemy. Both have thousands of courses on many different topics, rated and reviewed so you can easily tell what’s best. Udemy is pay-per-course, whereas Skillshare is a subscription model (my preference).

Start Earning Online
Check out our free crash course to help you build an online business, consists of 11 videos and accompanying articles.

Freedom Business Builder
FBB is a private community of online business builders. Our 300+ members range from people just starting their first online businesses, to experienced online entrepreneurs earning thousands of dollars each month. More info here.

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6 Comments

  1. On the FBA post, one quick look at his product would tell you it was very competitive. He had no idea what he was doing.

    1. You might be right, but easy to say that looking at the end result.

      As per his comments on Reddit, he did “a ton” of research:

      “I used JungleScout, one of the leading Amazon research tools. And I religiously followed the teachings of their guru CEO (I don’t blame Greg for my failure). I thought I had found the perfect niche. The problem was so did everyone else who went to market with these at the same time I did.”

      “A year ago this was a very profitable niche. Better margins, way less competition. I think people who entered later are more likely to be in my bucket.”

  2. “I lost nearly $8000 selling on Amazon FBA”
    .
    Yes, that is easy to do. FBA is a full-time (and then some) job. My wife (with some help from me) did it for nearly 4 years, and cleared low 6-figures for a couple of those. She quit mainly because Amazon kept changing the rules to squeeze the sellers a little harder (among other reasons including Amazon’s shitty treatment of its sellers).
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    “Loom is free software”
    .
    Whenever I see something like that, the first thing that comes to mind is “How much does this version of ‘free’ cost?” I currently Jing for most of the things listed as uses for Loom, and it has a limitation of 5 minutes per video (which I consider a good thing). I looked through the Loom site, and was unable to determine any specs or limits of their free version, other than the “standard” (whatever that is) video quality vs HD. I might try Loom anyway, since Jing’s video format is obsolescent, but if Loom has any noxious limits, I’ll probably go with Snagit (also by Techsmith, but not free).
    .
    For longer videos, or teleconferencing, I use Zoom (https://h2ha.com/zoom) pro version, which costs about $15/month, which is well worth it for me.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Howard.

      I switched from Jing to Loom more than a year ago and haven’t hit any limitations yet. Honestly not sure how they’re making money, but I find it way better than Jing. I’d probably pay for it if it wasn’t free.

      Zoom is great, have had the premium version of that before.

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