Rank #1: Episode 003 | Making Your First Dollar Online
I've literally seen hundreds (probably thousands) of designers and would-be entrepreneurs try to start businesses.
Want to know what the #1 thing that stops them is?
Getting the first product out the door.
When it comes down to it, we're all afraid of rejection and failure. So we often sabotage ourselves by never releasing our products.
In this episode of Passive Income for Designers, learn how to earn your first dollar online. You'll discover how to choose the right product. Then I'll show you how to put it up for sale fast.
By the end of the episode you'll know exactly how to get the exhilarating feeling of earning your first few dollars online.
Listen to the podcast now!
Mar 13 2016
Rank #2: How David O'Hara Built a Best-Selling T-Shirt Company Using Extreme Collaboration
I met David O'Hara in 2015 while attending Creative South. waiting for a table at Mario's Restaurant and Pub in Columbus, Georgia.
I was waiting with a large group for a table at Mario's Restaurant and Pub in Columbus, Georgia - but there wasn't enough room at the table. So David and I decided to have dinner together.
This was my first meeting with David. We talked about my business (RetroSupply Co.) and an app he was building. He also mentioned an idea he had for a t-shirt company.
It was just an idea. And like so many ideas people have I wondered if it would ever become something.
But I quickly learned David was someone who makes stuff happen. Within a year he built 50 States Apparel into a successful t-shirt brand unlike any other. If you've never heard of 50 States Apparel you've got to check it out.
In this interview you'll learn exactly how David got a good idea and built it into an amazing t-shirt business in less than a year.
If you're trying to build a business and feel overwhelmed you should listen to this. David's story will remind you that huge things can happen if you work hard and and build relationships.
May 25 2016
Rank #3: 13 Ways to Make Your First Sale
When you're first starting your passive income business it can
be a challenge to make your first sale. In this episode, I'll share
13 proven (and specific) ways you can get those first sales. Choose
2-3 of these methods and use them for a few weeks. I promise you'll
see some sales come in!
May 02 2016
Rank #4: How Lisa Glanz Built a Full-Time Income Selling Products on Creative Market
I’m really excited about today's show.
Why? Because I love success stories, especially ones that happen on Creative Market.
Creative Market quite literally changed my life and I love hearing about other people that have had a similar experience.
Lisa Glanz had a successful career as a graphic designer. But she knew she wanted to do something different. Then one day when browsing through a stock images site it occurred to her:
“If these people can do it why can’t I?”
This eventually resulted in Lisa building one of the most popular stores on Creative Market. And although we didn’t get into the exact numbers, I think it’s safe to say that the amount she makes from her shop is more than she’s ever made in her life and transformed both her financial situation and her creative situation.
Enjoy the episode!
Dec 16 2016
Rank #5: How Rocky Roark launched a passive income business over the weekend
Learn how designer/marketer Rocky Roark launched a passive income business over the weekend. Plus, discover his secrets to raising over $7000 on Kickstarter to create Slap! Stickers, a subscription sticker site.
This interview is packed with tons of action-based tips to help you grow your own business fast.
If you like what you've been hearing on these episodes visit www.passiveincomefordesigners.com/free-training and get our FREE training "How to Uncover Profitable Passive Income Ideas in the Time It Takes to Drink a Cup of Coffee"
You'll get some personal video training from me (Dustin Lee) plus a product idea scoring worksheet to help you choose your best idea.
Apr 04 2016
Rank #6: How Hustle Supply Co. founder Jeremy Vessey built a six-figure type foundry
A lot of designers and creatives assume you need to be a business genius to make a passive income.
But the truth is that you just need to practice making a simple shift in your mindset.
If you want to make an income online you need to make a habit of carefully studying what sales online and why.
In this episode, I talk to Jeremy Vessey, owner of Hustle Supply Co. about how he built a six-figure font foundry by starting by solving a small problem for himself.Here're some of my favorite takeaways from the interview:
- Study products selling online regularly. Think critically and ask yourself "Why?" they're doing so well.
- Create things that help your customers make the work they aspire to create.
- Don't hold your cards too close to your chest. Share your secrets and you'll gain loyal fans and customers.
- People fear if they sell what they do best no one will hire them. But creating products that showcase your best work actually whets clients appetites for custom work.
Want to start building your own passive income business? Visit www.passiveincomefordesigners.com and subscribe to get my email training series "5 Essential Lessons for Building a Passive Income"
Feb 14 2017
Rank #7: Aaron Epstein shares the secrets of successful Creative Market shops
I’m really excited about today's guest. He’s the CEO of one of the top design goods sites in the world (and in my opinion easily the best.
His name is Aaron Epstein and he’s the CEO of CreativeMarket.
I’m excited to share this interview with you because we dig deep. Aaron shares a massive amount of information about making an income on CreativeMarket.
Here’re just a few of the things we’re going to discuss:
- How Aaron created his first business, and in many ways the seed that would grow into Creative Market over a college break.
- What the most important characteristics are of successful Creative Market shops.
- How designers on Creative Market have literally influenced culture and trends.
If you sell on Creative Market or plan to sell on Creative Market bookmark this interview. You’re going to learn a ton.
But before we get started I want to invite you to visit:
On that page, you can download a 5-page cheat sheet that contains all the obvious and not-so-obvious ways to create your first passive income product. In fact, one of the ideas in the sheet is an idea I used to start my own business which led to a full-time income creating design goods.
So check that out at www.passiveincomefordesingers.com/free-cheat-sheet
Alright, let’s get into this interview. Special thank you to Aaron Epstein for being so generous with his time and knowledge. Enjoy you guys.
Sep 22 2016
Rank #8: What I Learned About Passive Income in 2016
I love running my own business and creating digital products. There's always something new to learn.
In this episode, I'll share with you the top 11 lessons I learned about creating a passive income in 2016 including the value of partnerships, why sticking to stuff is more important than talent, how to eliminate the stress of running your business and more.
Jan 05 2017
Rank #9: How Jeff Finley Helped Pioneer Selling Digital Design Products Online
Jeff Finley is the co-founders of Go Media Arsenal, one of the first online marketplaces for designers. He's also the co-founder of Weapons of Mass Creation, a beloved design conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
In this in-depth interview, you'll learn how Jeff has done such amazing work (and get inspired to create your own big things). Plus, Jeff will share his own unique journey that brought him on a cross-country to his next big adventure.
Mar 21 2016
Rank #10: How Jason Carne Made Over 100K from His Love of Vintage Lettering
Jason Carne was about to give up his design career to do construction. A string of bad freelance work and the monthly struggle to get by had sucked all the fun out of design. That was when Jason, on a whim, made a small tweak to his business Lettering Library (a subscription for rare vintage lettering books). The result was $15,000 over the course of three days. But that was just the beginning. Over the next few years, Jason would make over $100,000 from his side hustles. Learn how he did it without traditional marketing but instead focusing on his friends and the work he loved.
Jul 01 2018