All posts by Steve C

What Everyone Should Know About Starting A Business Vs Working A Day Job

If you read a lot of business and entrepreneurship blogs like I do, you’ve probably noticed that almost every article out there glorifies quitting your day job. Quit that soul sucking job of yours and call your own shots! Why work for someone else when you can be your own boss? Fire your boss and live happily ever after. Here’s the thing. Even though my blog is called “My Wife Quit Her Job”, I’m actually not “anti day job” at all. In fact, I’m a strong proponent of working full time for someone else if that’s what makes you happy. And I can...

MWQHJ 034: How To Run A Chinese Factory And Import Products From China With Hoe Lui

Hoe Lui
Podcast: Download (Duration: 53:36 — 49.4MB) Hoe Lui is someone I have known for a very long time. In fact, he was one of the guys that helped me out early on by guiding me through my first Canton Fair. What’s super cool about Hoe is that he owns and runs his own Chinese factory, Kloanz.com, which makes bobble heads for professional sports teams. Now you’ve probably read a lot of articles on how to deal with Chinese vendors and how to navigate the cultural differences in China but as far as I know, no one has ever interviewed...

The Secret To Prioritizing Your Time And Achieving Business Success

This post was written by Nemo Chu, who built a 7-figure eCommerce business from scratch in 1 year—while working a demanding day job. He has since quit his job and now offers free advice in his newsletter. I really wish I’d learned this sooner. See if this sounds familiar: “You’re busy. You’ve set your financial goals. Yet, you’re spinning your wheels and struggling to achieve your goals even though you’re doing more and more stuff.” That was my story. And it’s the story of some people who hire me to coach them on Clarity. Most of us want to be more financially...

MWQHJ 033: How Josh Dorkin Built A Real Estate Investing Social Network With Over 200,000 Members

Josh Dorkin
Podcast: Download (Duration: 51:30 — 47.4MB) I’m very pleased to have my friend Josh Dorkin on the show today. Now Josh runs BiggerPockets.com which is one of the most popular real estate investing sites on the Internet. The numbers for his site are really crazy. He’s got over 200,000 members with many of them paying a monthly fee. His forum boasts over 850,000 posts. He has 35+ writers on staff, runs a top 25 business podcast on iTunes and a successful publishing company as well. Needless to say, Josh is easily one of the most successful Internet entrepreneurs that...

MWQHJ 032: How Jessica Rhodes Leveraged Her Pinterest Skills And Started 2 Successful Businesses

Jessica Rhodes
Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:04 — 44.3MB) Jessica Rhodes owns 2 thriving business service companies, EntrepreneurSupportServices.com and InterviewConnections.com where she helps businesses with Pinterest and podcasting. Jessica is a Pinterest expert and she reveals many useful tips on how to market your business using Pinterest in this episode along with many helpful tools that she uses to streamline the process. In addition, she provides some meaningful advice on how to network with others and how she acts as a matchmaker for podcast interviewers and interviewees. What You’ll Learn How Jessica got her first client doing Pinterest How Jessica gradually expanded her customer base through referrals Why...

6 Reasons Why Copying Amazon Is A Bad Idea For Your Ecommerce Store

When it comes to designing your ecommerce store to maximize conversions, you would intuitively think that copying another successful online store would be the logical thing to do. After all if an online store is doing well, they’ve probably figured out the most optimal design right? Because Amazon.com is one of the most successful ecommerce stores in the world, we should all emulate exactly what they are doing right? The other day, I received a question from one of my Create A Profitable Online Store students who asked… Steve. I just went through your module on best practices for conversion...

MWQHJ 031: How Bob Lotich Replaced His Entire Day Job Income In 9 Months By Blogging

Bob Lotich
Podcast: Download (Duration: 45:17 — 41.7MB) Bob Lotich and I actually go way back to the year 2009 when we both started blogging at roughly the same time. Bob runs the extremely popular blog ChristianPf.com where he makes a very healthy income writing about faith and personal finance. In this interview, he shares a bunch of his secrets on how he makes money and how he fully leverages various social media sources to generate traffic for his site. He’s also written an incredibly detailed book that teaches others how to blog as a profession. What You’ll Learn How Bob turned his entire...

MWQHJ 030: How My Student Brandon Created A Profitable Online Store Selling Washer Toss Games

Brandon Reinders
Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:53 — 36.8MB) It always makes me really happy when I see one of my students successfully making money online. Today, I have Brandon Reinders on the show who started BackyardWasherToss.com and ThePolishHorseshoes.com after taking my course. What’s interesting about Brandon is that he asked me a few questions early on in the class and then I didn’t hear from him again until he had launched his store. And what’s even cooler is that Brandon did all of this without any prior knowledge or experience on how to start an online store. Enjoy the interview! What You’ll...

How My Student Tracey Sells Products In The United States From A Foreign Country

I often ask my readers what is holding them back from signing up for my full blown ecommerce course and one of the most common questions I get asked is…. My country doesn’t have a large market for what I want to sell. Does your class work outside of the United States? Can I make money if I live in a completely different country? Here’s the thing. When you sell into a country with a much smaller market, there tends to be much less competition as well. So what ends up happening is that you can often target...

Why Only Selling On EBay, Amazon And Etsy Is Like Gambling

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about why you should start your own store from complete scratch when there are marketplaces out there like Amazon, Etsy and EBay that can offer you instant sales. And it’s true. If you choose to sell a popular item on Ebay for example, chances are that you will be able to generate some revenue. And it’s also true that many people are making pretty decent money on platforms like Amazon and Etsy as well. So with that being said, why the heck would you ever want to own your own store? ...

MWQHJ 029: How Lars Hundley Created A 7 Figure Online Store Selling Gardening Supplies

Lars Hundley
Podcast: Download (Duration: 52:05 — 48.0MB) I’ve known Lars Hundley for quite some time and what I like about the guy is that he has a tremendous amount of experience with every aspect of running an ecommerce store. He’s been running his own business, CleanAirGardening.com for over a decade and he’s extremely open about all of his experiences including both his successes and his failures. In this podcast, he reveals the ecommerce strategies that have worked the best for his store so be sure to check it out! Also, make sure you check out his post on How I...

MWQHJ 028: How Viet Do Created A 6 Figure Business Selling Coupons And Online Deals

Viet Do
Podcast: Download (Duration: 42:01 — 38.8MB) Today I’m thrilled to have my buddy Viet Do on the show. Viet runs DealZon.com which is a daily deals and coupon site that caters to the gaming industry. Running a coupon site is a business model that we haven’t yet covered on the podcast so I’m very anxious to learn how the business model works and how Viet makes his money. Enjoy the show! What You’ll Learn How Viet obtains deals to list on his site Why he chose to focus on gaming for his coupon site Learn the economics of selling coupons online How merchants transmit their...

Income Report: How My Blog Performed As A Business In The First Half Of 2014

Back in 2009 if you asked me whether I thought my blog could ever make more money than my day job, I would have said “Hell No!”. In fact, my Mom is still amazed that MyWifeQuitHerJob.com is able to make any money at all. Just the other day, I had a Skype chat with my mom and she was like… Mom: Let me get this straight. People sit at their computers, click on your ads and you make money? I still don’t understand how that works. So can you just sit at home all day...

2 Simple Tweaks That Doubled My Email List Signups And My Take On Single Vs Double Optin

Out of all the traffic sources that bring in revenue to MyWifeQuitHerJob.com, most of the money that I make is derived directly from my email list. Without my email list, I would not be selling very many copies of my ecommerce course. Without my email newsletter, I wouldn’t be converting nearly as many affiliate offers. And without email, I would not be receiving as much traffic as I currently receive today. Because email is such a crucial part of my blogging business, it’s important for me to maximize the size and quality of my email list. So today, I...

MWQHJ 027: Andreea Ayers On How To Create A 6 Figure T-Shirt Business And Get Featured In 200 Magazines

Andreea Ayers
Podcast: Download (Duration: 54:14 — 49.9MB) I’m really happy to have Andreea Ayers on the show today. Out of all of the possible products to try to sell online, selling t-shirts is probably one of the hardest. But Andreea managed to take her t-shirt business to over 6 figures in profit by being extremely focused and by leveraging publicity. Today, Andreea runs the popular site LaunchGrowJoy.com where she teaches other people how to run a successful online wholesale business. What You’ll Learn How Andreea sourced her first products and found her first vendors How Andreea started designing her own shirts without...

How We Grew Our Online Store In The First Half Of 2014

My wife just closed the books on the first half of 2014 and I’m happy to say that we are on track for another record year. Following a similar theme to last year, my wife and I have been focusing our efforts on further outsourcing our business. Our kids are getting older now and they have tons of activities which now require more and more of my wife’s time. As a result, we have invested some additional capital into a larger office space and we’ve taken on another employee. This now makes for a grand total of 2...

MWQHJ 026: How Autumn Wyda Quit Her Job To Sell Wedding Invitations And Thrives In A Competitive Niche

Autumn Wyda
Podcast: Download (Duration: 40:46 — 37.6MB) Autumn Wyda quit her job cold turkey in order to start Shine Wedding Invitations, a beautiful website that sells wedding invitations online. Now quitting her job took a lot of guts because she gave up her salary even though her business wasn’t making any money. But she had tremendous confidence in her abilities and today she runs a very successful online stationery shop that makes enough money that her husband quit his job too to join her. Autumn is a true entrepreneur she shares a lot of the strategies that she used to promote her shop...

Ultimate Guide To Shipping Via The United States Postal Service USPS

When you first launch your online store, your number one expense is probably going to be shipping. And in the beginning, you’re not going to have the necessary shipping volume to negotiate attractive rates with FedEx or UPS. As a result, the United States Postal Service will likely be your most economical shipping option. While USPS is not the most reliable shipping option out there, their rates are very reasonable and the shipping speeds are relatively quick. I still remember the first time that I set foot inside the post office to ship our initial set of orders. ...

MWQHJ 025: How Jeff Rose Created A 6 Figure Blog To Drive Clients To His Offline Business

Jeff Rose
Podcast: Download (Duration: 47:46 — 44.0MB) Jeff Rose is a good friend of mine who I met a long time ago randomly via the social networks. And the reason I asked him to be on the show is because he is easily one of the most charismatic bloggers that I know. Plus he’s a genuinely nice guy. He makes 6 figures with his blog, Good Financial Cents, and owns various web properties that all generate a healthy income. But what’s unique about Jeff is that even though he makes a healthy income online, he primarily uses his web properties...

MWQHJ 024: How Dan Faggella Leveraged Email Marketing To Create A 6 Figure Jiu Jitsu Training Site

Dan Faggella
Podcast: Download (Duration: 46:12 — 42.6MB) I learned so much from this interview that afterwards, I went and revamped my entire email marketing autoreponder sequence. The information from this interview with Dan Faggella is that good and I guarantee you’ll learn something from it. Dan runs the popular site ScienceOfSkill.com, where he sells Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training videos online. He also runs 2 other online businesses at TechEmergence LLC and CLVboost where he helps other businesses improve their email marketing. Click Here To Win A Free 1-On-1 Business Consulting Session What You’ll Learn How Dan has created such a large mindshare among Brazilian...