eBiz Weekly #2

How to screw up an email to 3,438 people :-/

Hey there,

First, an apology.

In last week’s email I was so busy boasting about how I saved $700 on my new email marketing software, that I didn’t realize I botched the transfer of the mailing list and mixed up everyone’s names.

Thus, last week I probably called you Gretchen or Phileas or some other mad name.

Sorry about that!

I believe I’ve unjumbled everything now, and we’re (hopefully) back on track.

Let’s get to the good stuff…

How Much I Earned And Spent In 2018
You can see my finance report for December here. It was my lowest income month of the year ($3,278), but capped off my best ever year income-wise. I earned approximately €59,800 in 2018. Unfortunately, I also spent about €58,600.

Excellent Podcast For Online Business Builders
It’s called Side Hustle School, there’s a new short episode every day profiling an interesting “side hustle,” and it’s presented by a guy who has visited every country in the world. I’ve scanned ~40 episodes so far, on the lookout for “pure” online businesses: those that could be built and run from pretty much anywhere with a laptop and wifi. To me, such businesses offer the utmost freedom.

A few that fit the bill:

  • #721 – online memorial service website earning $250k/year
  • #718 – dad blogger earning $2k/month
  • #706 – $5k/month running a website about diamonds (launched July 2018)
  • #691 – dropshipping dog Christmas stockings, almost $20k in sales Christmas 2017.
  • #690 – blog about home decor started in August, earned $1200 in October.

(Come to think of it, most of those examples are what the Authority Hacker guys call “Stage 1 Authority Sites,” and similar to what I’m aiming to build at eBiz Facts.)

Very Nomad Problems
Love this new digital nomad-themed comic strip. You’ll get a kick out of it if you work online, move around a lot, and live out of a backpack. You can keep up with it on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Quick Productivity Tip
I heard this tip years ago from Noah Kagan (I think): increase your mouse speed to maximum. It will feel weird at first, but you quickly get used to it. And all those microseconds you save add up. As a bonus, anyone else who tries to use your computer will think you’re some kind of ninja.

Book Recommendation
We run a monthly book club for my Freedom Business Builder group. One of the books we’re reading in January is The Millionaire Fastlane. Bit of a sleazy title, I know, but I’m very impressed with it so far. More about high-level strategy than specific tactics, it’s a bit like The 4-Hour Workweek except the author doesn’t make it sound easier than it actually is.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.

Niall Doherty
eBiz Facts

P.S. Writing to you this week from Phu Quoc, an island in the south of Vietnam. Not a bad spot to visit, some very nice beaches and fairly inexpensive. Here’s a 3-minute vlog I found that’ll give you a feel for the place.

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