Guys, my mind is totally blown by this Feature Friday today.
Our guest has a typical corporate day job.. but a very unique side hustle.
She moonlights as a romance novelist, bringing in over $8,000 per month in sales!
Crazy! I love it!
I asked her to share her story with us today.
How One Woman Started A Successful Side Hustle Writing Romance Novels
What is your business?
If you are still employed full-time, please share a little but about what you do in your day job.
I still have a day job. I won’t go into details for privacy’s sake (no one at work knows about my side hustle), but it’s your typical cubicle farm job, though in NYC so it pays better than most other parts of the country.
Who were some influencers in your decision to be an entrepreneur?
I was on the subreddit for Financial Independence on Reddit and someone posted about writing erotica for extra money. I like to write and erotica sounded right up my alley (no pun intended), so I jumped in.
Originally it was only for beer money or the occasional mani/pedi. A lot of people on the sub-reddit for erotica had made the switch to romance novels for almost ten times the money so I thought…why not? The rest is history.
How did you prepare to take the leap both financially and in your business?
There isn’t a lot of overhead when it comes to self publishing, especially these days with ebooks. If you have a laptop/computer and Word Program, you can jump right in!
Of course to be suc-cessful you should invest in a few things. My only real expenses are:
1. Vellum ($250): It’s a program to write and create ebooks. Some people use Scriviner, which is a little less user-friendly but does a lot more and is cheaper.
2. Photoshop ($10/mo): I make my own covers, which is a very valuable skill since paying someone to make them can run into the hundreds of dollars. A lot of people have created nice covers for free on Canva.
3. Stock photo subscription. I use DepositPhotos for $30/mo which is probably more than I need to pay, but I can afford it these days. I just like being able to download multiple shirtless male torsos to have my pick. 🙂
4. Domain. I bought my own WordPress domain and a professional email for mailchimp (which will soon require it) to send out newsletters to my fans.
If you quit your job, were you already making money on the side before you decided to quit your job? If you are still working full-time, what would make you leave your job?
Who else works on your business with you? Did you hire anyone to help? When did you decide to bring that person on and how did you find them?
I have a few beta readers who preview my work and a good friend who edits for me. I do pay for ARC readers (Advance Reader Copies), who are readers that leave reviews to bump up interest in your book. Some of these are fans or friends, mostly just people I’ve met through forums, groups, etc. Otherwise, solo mia.