eBiz Weekly #30

A $1 billion business where all 700 employees work remotely

This week:

  • SMMA Price Drop
  • Lifetime deal on a great SMM tool
  • (Not Even) 1000 True Fans
  • A $1 billion business where all 700 employees work remotely
  • YouTuber earning $3000/month playing a game you never heard of
  • Are you charging too much for your services?
  • Please stop trying to follow your passion
  • “If you’re considering the digital nomad life… definitely read this book”
  • Earn up to $22/hour teaching English from your phone
  • You don’t need a portfolio

SMMA Price Drop

You might recall that we reviewed a course called Social Media Marketing Agency earlier this year.

And rated it 4 out of 5 stars 🤩

As the name suggests, the course helps you build a business around providing social media marketing services.

The price changes regularly, and up until Wednesday it was $997.

Yesterday it dropped massively.

There are now two pricing options:

  • $1 for first 3 days then $59 per year
  • $1 for first 3 days then $7 per month

If you like social media and fancy helping small businesses with their marketing, give SMMA a shot.

You can try it out for $1 for 72 hours, then cancel if you’re not feeling it.

(Best way to cancel is via the live chat with support. Email and phone support are hit and miss.)

Lifetime deal on a great SMM tool

Sticking with the topic of social media marketing, I switched over to a tool called SocialBee earlier this week.

It does pretty much the same thing as Buffer, SmarterQueue, Meet Edgar, etc.

But with this AppSumo deal you can get lifetime access to SocialBee for only $49.

(I was paying $250/year for SmarterQueue = absolute no-brainer to switch)

Even better: after you buy, there’s an upgrade option where you can get lifetime access to SocialBee Pro for one more payment of $49.

Here’s why that’s a really good deal:

SocialBee Pro usually costs $79/month and basically allows you to manage social media campaigns for 5 clients.

This lady charges each client $1200/month to manage their social media.

With five clients she’s earning $6000/month.

You probably won’t be able to charge that much right out of the gate, but with the right tools (like SocialBee) and the right strategies (like those taught in SMMA), you’re in business for ~$150 or less.

(Not Even) 1000 True Fans

1000 True Fans is the name of a famous essay by Kevin Kelly.

The key idea is that, thanks to the internet, you only need 1000 true fans to make a living from your work.

A true fan is defined as a fan that will buy anything you produce. These diehard fans will drive 200 miles to see you sing; they will buy the hardback and paperback and audible versions of your book; they will purchase your next figurine sight unseen; they will pay for the “best-of” DVD version of your free youtube channel; they will come to your chef’s table once a month. If you have roughly a thousand of true fans like this (also known as super fans), you can make a living — if you are content to make a living but not a fortune.

But I reckon 1000 is an overestimation.

For example, successfully funded projects on Kickstarter have only 255 backers on average.

And Growth Lab has several examples of people earning big money from tiny email lists (eg $20,800 from 450 subscribers).

Encouraging, right?

You don’t need millions of views or followers to earn a living online.

If you freelance, you only need a handful of good clients.

If you’re a remote worker, you only need one good remote job.

Speaking of which…

A $1 billion business where all 700 employees work remotely

It’s called GitLab, and Wikipedia describes it like so:

a web-based DevOps lifecycle tool that provides a Git-repository manager providing wiki, issue-tracking and CI/CD pipeline features, using an open-source license, developed by GitLab Inc.

Yeah, I don’t know what that means either 🤷‍♂️

Sounds like a cool company to work for though:

every day, employees have a company call […] During the group calls there are all types of topics discussed that vary from movies to magazines. Topics are not necessarily work-related […] As part of GitLab‘s culture, the social interaction plays a key role and they have a lot of ways in which they facilitate this inside the company. Even if this happens remotely.

They have 150+ remote job vacancies currently listed here.

Sales, engineering, customer service, marketing, etc.

YouTuber earning $3000/month playing a game you never heard of

Well, you’ve probably never heard of it.

Here’s a hint…

Marvel Avenger puppies

In our latest case study on eBiz Facts, we profile a university professor who earns $3000/month playing a superhero-themed video game on YouTube.

Are you charging too much for your services?

“How much for a website?”

If you’re a web designer, you probably get that question a lot.

And it’s a ridiculous question, akin to asking a construction worker, “How much for a building?”

An outhouse is a building.

So is a skyscraper.

But there’s a world of difference between the two.

Car rental giant Hertz recently paid skyscraper money for an outhouse result.

They spent $32 million (!!!) on a redesign of their website and mobile apps, but the company they entrusted to do the work failed to deliver.

Remember this next time you’re worried about charging too much for your services: there are companies out there who get paid 💰💰💰 for 💩💩💩

So don’t be afraid to charge a good price for great work.

Please stop trying to follow your passion

Recently I heard from a reader named Angus (not his real name).

Angus wanted to build an online business, but he was having a hard time deciding which opportunity to focus on.

We discussed the different options and it became clear to me that Angus was hung up on finding work he was passionate about 🥰

He’d dismiss this option and that option because they weren’t exciting enough. He couldn’t imagine himself jumping out of bed to do the work.

Whenever I hear this kind of thing, three stories come to mind:

These people didn’t wait to find their passion.

They rolled up their sleeves and made the most of whatever opportunities were available to them.

You need to do the same if you want to earn a living online.

Or, as one of my all-time favorite Reddit posts puts it: screw motivation – what you need is discipline.

“If you’re considering the digital nomad life… definitely read this book”

A quick plug for my book, The Cargo Ship Diaries, which received a very nice review from Rebecca Spelman last week:

The Cargo Ship Diaries was written as Niall crossed the Pacific Ocean on a cargo ship as part of a challenge to go around the world without air travel. His stories of digital nomadism are a real eye-opener, and tell you so much more about this lifestyle than your typical “working from the beach” Instagram post. I’ve read lots of books about personal stories, but they were always people I didn’t know. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Niall, and knowing the person behind the story adds a whole other level to his story. If you’re considering the digital nomad life, you should definitely read this book.

Here’s the book on Amazon, if you’d like to check it out.

It’s generally well-reviewed, inexpensive, and a quick read.

Forward your Amazon receipt to me and I’ll also send you the audiobook for free 😉

Earn up to $22/hour teaching English from your phone

An interesting email from a subscriber this week:

I recently met this gal @palfish_sav on Instagram who teaches English online. She works for a company named PalFish and has also worked for VIPKid. I asked her what she enjoyed most about online teaching and she said it’s because she can do it from anywhere using her phone. Seems like she’s doing really well with it.

Based on my own interest and research, I understand that you can earn up to $22/hr for the official Kids course (TESOL / TEFL required and must be a native English speaker).

I don’t have a TEFL but I signed up for PalFish myself yesterday anyway.

It’s an app for iPhone and Android, free to download, with an average rating of 4.7 (out of 5) from 1722 reviews on the App Store 🤩

@palfish_sav posted on Instagram a couple of days ago that she earned $2,949 from PalFish in July, despite taking 9 days off.

And this Redditor apparently earned $3,810 from PalFish in 44 days last year.

Feel free to use my invitation code if you want to try it out: 77583394

And please report back to let me know how it goes for you.

You don’t need a portfolio

A mistake many new freelancers make is thinking they need to build up lots of experience and a big portfolio before they can start applying for real, paid work online.

Danny Margulies turns that idea on its head with his Crystal Ball Technique.

With that, you can create a “Minimum Viable Portfolio” in 20-30 mins.

(He explains it in the context of copywriting, but you can use it for a lot of other skills, too.)

Related article + video: How To Rapidly Build Your Skill (And Start Getting Paid)

That’ll do it for this week.

Was there anything above that you found particularly useful or interesting?

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Until next week, rock on with your legendary self 💪


Niall Doherty – Ubud, Bali
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2 Comments

  1. Hey Niall,

    Something on following your passion – I recently landed a job as the ‘IT guy’ in an office. Now, fixing people’s printer issues is not my ‘passion’ (is it anyone’s?), but I derive so much satisfaction from helping people out and being able to use my technical know-how to improve people’s days.

    And best of all? At the end of the day I can still come back and enjoy my passion (music) without worrying about it having to pay the bills! You don’t have to make a choice between indulging in your passions and having a satisfying career.

    Thanks for the inspiration as always 🙂

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