Side Hustle Spark 257: Pre-sell that online course you’ve been putting off!

Teachable is a leader in the online course business and offers plenty of quality content and support for course creators.

On May 12, they are offering (to anyone) two time slots for their Create and Start Selling Your Online Course in 30 Days session.


One of presenter Cameron Mattis’ points of emphasis:
Pre-sell before you put all your effort into creating your course.

A replay will be available, as well.

And even if you don’t attend, take a little time to visit Teachable’s blog.
Plenty of free and quality content there.

Side Hustle Spark 256: Keep generating ideas…marketing, promotion, products.

Photo by CJ Dayrit on Unsplash

I ran across this photo and it immediately revived my appreciation for Become An Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher and James Altucher.

A few quotes from this ‘best-bargain-around’** book’s foreword by James:

“…idea generation, of the good kind, the kind that helps you AND OTHERS, which is the type you will exercise in this book, is worth ten times that, or more.”

“You can’t trust the old style of thinking anymore…You have to come up with a new way of thinking, a new way of having ideas…we can train it (the mind) to work for us, and to move us in the direction of a life of fulfillment. One day at a time.”

“The way is this: Come up with ten ideas a day.
That’s it.”

“Coming up with ten ideas a day is like exercise. And exercise makes the idea muscle grow stronger.”

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** The Kindle version is 99 cents. Yes, 99 cents! For a 251-page ebook with lots of…you guessed it, IDEAS!
The link to the book is an affiliate link. If you happen to buy the book through that link, it doesn’t NOT affect the price, but it does give me a small commission, which I’ll be using to buy my small island in the Caribbean…or the yacht I’ll need to get to that island…or my therapist who’s exhausted himself trying to dispel my daily delusions.

Here is my original post on inventwithwords.com.

Side Hustle Spark 255: Leadpages’ Website Design Contest

You actually have till May 16, so don’t sweat the ‘weekend’ thing.

Simple! Three steps to complete this Leadpages project by mid-May…

— Take their ‘weekend website’ course.

— Create your Leadpages website.

— Enter and share by May 16 for a chance to win Leadpages for a year.

Enter here.

Side benefit: It might steer you toward new design techniques for your existing sites.

Side Hustle Spark 254: Winning Strategies to Drive Product Innovation (Webinar)

That’s the name of Entrepreneur’s May 11 webinar featuring former IBM executive Burton Goldfield.

Topics include:

— Why digital transformation must be a key part of your business plan

— Winning strategies for pivoting business operations in a crisis

— Innovation: A requirement for business growth and success

Here is the link to register.

Since Burton Goldfield joined as CEO in 2008, Bay Area cloud-based HR provider Tri-Net’s net revenue has quadrupled.

Side Hustle Spark 253: Topic ideas from Blog Tyrant–hack list, expert roundup, and more

I really do appreciate Blog Tyrant.

This 2019 post19 Different Types of Blog Posts That Work For Any Niche is a prime example of evergreen content that you might want to revisit every month.

I know I’ve been banging the ‘blog post’ drum a bit lately, but I’m hoping one or more ideas will resonate with you.

Forge ahead!

Side Hustle Spark 251: Testimonial to-do’s from Copyblogger

Pamela Wilson from Copyblogger shares some very pointed suggestions–complete with examples–on how to maximize the value of customer testimonials.

Click the word cloud for the entire post.

As is often the case with Copyblogger content, Pamela’s content could easily comprise a mini-course.

(Easy to sound like a fan-boy when it comes to their stuff.)

A few of her other tips:

  • “Too many testimonials? Run them in columns.”
  • “Break up that wall of text by adding lots of returns so the testimonial is easy to skim.”
  • Placing testimonials in a slider is like saying, ‘I’m shy about my testimonials so don’t look at them for too long, OK?‘”