31 Mar

Merch by Amazon – Side Hustle Series

Merch by Amazon is a super easy way to sell your designs on Amazon.com.

As of April 1, 2019 you can sell t-shirts, sweatshirts and pop-sockets with your own designs.

It’s great!

Here’s my video on the process, check out the highlights in the blog post below.

Here’s what you do –

  • Request an invitation to Merch by Amazon
  • Create a 4500px x 5400px design on a site like Canva
  • Choose which item you’re going to sell (t-shirt, sweatshirt or pop-socket)
  • Upload your artwork
  • Pick colors
  • Fill out description
  • Submit your design!

That’s it!

After your design gets approved, to get out the word – you can include links to its page on Pinterest, your blog, social media, etc.

*But – I highly recommend applying for the Amazon Associates program so you can make affiliate fees off of any shirts (or other items) when purchases are made after clicking on your link. (See Amazon Associates rules for posting on Social and in email, though. There are definitely rules that they enforce to avoid spammers).

Here are some of my designs.

(& yes, the links above include my Amazon Associates link. You don’t get charged any more when you purchase something via my link and I get a % of the purchase!)

Thanks for stopping by!


04 Dec

Temp Talk with Regina Gatti


In the second episode of my podcast Acting Successfully with Michelle Dyer, I talk with actress turned recruiter Regina Gatti to explore why Temp Work makes a great Survival Job and how it adds experience to your resume for your future endeavors, whatever they may be!

If you’d like to speak with Regina about future opportunities email your resume and a little bit about yourself to rgatti@greenkeyllc.com.

23 Nov

Is Passive Income Really Passive?

The ideal side hustle is finding a jobs that you can do at any time from anywhere.

The ultimate side hustle is having passive income.

Now, by definition passive income is making money while not actually doing anything. Think of owning a rental property, you make the purchase up-front, and then get income from the rent payments each month. An author writes a book once, then once the book is published, benefits from the sale of the book. An actor works on a TV show, and once it hits syndication, residual checks arrive in the mail.

But, let’s look a little more at that author example. An author usually spends hundreds of hours writing that book. Once, it’s published, the publisher goes into gear marketing the book. The author will do a publicity or book signing tour.

Same with your side hustle/passive income opportunities. A lot of the ideas I talk about are great ideas, but it’s how you execute on them. You can build the best Shopify store with the coolest widgets in the world, but if no one knows about it, who’s going to buy? Keep that in mind when you’re picking your side hustles. If you’re like me, you’ll try a few to check them out to see what you like. How you market your course, t-shirt or book is a whole other conversation (or blog post). But other than stock dividends, I really haven’t found such a thing as true – do the work once, then go sit on the beach and never work again – passive income.

20 Nov

Survival Job vs. Side Hustle

What’s the difference?

  • A Survival Job is your traditional job like a catering, temp or promo gig. When you work 5 hours you get paid for 5 hours.
  • A Side Hustle could be a type of gig where you put in 5 hours up front creating an online course, but you don’t get paid until someone purchases it. Ideally – you’re not trading time for money. The goal is to get a Side Hustle that you can do anywhere at any time to product income.
    Both are incredibly valuable.

Work your Survival Jobs while you’re in town to make money. If you work a certain amount of hours, you know you’re going to get paid for them. The catch is, you have to be in town and not at the height of audition season to be available for your temp agents. Survival Jobs are especially great to work when you book a gig and have months to go before it starts.

With most side hustles you don’t make a lot of money when you initially put in the hours. You could spend hours on an online course, and then no one buys it. Or you could spend hours designing t-shirts and have 3 sales in the next week. Those 3 sales won’t pay your rent, but it’s another stream of income – and you need to have multiple! So, start brainstorming ideas for your side hustles!