In another post, I will write about the potential pitfall of the ever-present ever-alluring “hustle porn” which can make you think you are running an online business when in reality you are in a loop of consumption and have not made much money to speak of and certainly do not have a legitimate business. Well, that was me for a few years.
To be fair I was learning a lot but I was not really making any real money. I explored affiliate marketing and built Shopify dropshipping stores and scalped tickets online, offered freelance services, and flipped things on eBay and Facebook marketplace from yard sales and thrift stores. I taught myself some marketing and tried to get clients and all kinds of stuff… and some of it worked… ok… I made some money and the flipping was pretty legit for a bit (You can read all about my flipping adventures here) and got me through college. I sold a few items from my online pet store via Facebook ads which felt pretty cool. But, I wasn’t really making any substantial money.