I started this blog around 2.5 years ago. At that point I knew that I wanted to make money online I just wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. In fact, it took a whole lot of failure before I finally discovered what I was capable of sticking with.
I think that’s a good lesson in how different we all are. You might love doing one of these things that I am awful at and you might earn good money doing so. Likewise, you might absolutely hate what I currently do.
Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.
Without further ado I’m taking a walk down memory lane and digging up all of my failed business ideas from the past two and a half years. (Yes, this is slightly embarrassing. But hey, you live and you learn, right?)
Selling On Facebook Yard Sales for a Commission
One of the very first money making ventures I wrote about on this blog was selling on Facebook Yard Sales. And I wasn’t selling my own stuff, I was selling my brother’s things for a commission.
We posted some guns and ammo he had gotten good deals on and they immediately sold. I was pretty psyched and was determined to start a Facebook selling business for commission. I listed a few more things for my brother and then after having to make multiple trips to a public parking lot to meet buyers I soon grew tired of my FB business idea.
This sure didn’t last long.
Writing Business Directory Descriptions
When I first started trying to find freelance writing jobs I would look on Craigslist and apply to anything that caught my eye. One of those jobs that I ended up getting was writing 100-200 word business descriptions for directories.
I was paid $2 per description and would have to write 20-50 different descriptions for the same business. This was when I was still working both day jobs so I would do this from the time my girls went to bed to wee hours in the morning.
My late nights must’ve made my descriptions too sloppy because after a while they guy I was working for hired a new person and stopped giving me work.
When that happened I decided I’d replicate his business model and sell these services to local businesses. I made up some flyers, printed them out, and then never handed them to a single business owner!
I thought website flipping would’ve been the perfect setup for me, and it could’ve been had I not been so cheap!
I bought a website off of Flippa.com for $55. The website had an okay theme, horrible scraped content, but good rankings. After about two months of owning that website it lost the ranking I was worried about and, therefore, it’s value in my eyes. (For all you bloggers this blog was built off an expired domain name which had a PR3. Shortly after buying it Google did a page rank update and it went down to 0.)
I wasn’t interested in building it back up. Especially since this site was called Defeat Our Debt and I’ve never had much debt at all.
My niche sites (you may remember The Coon Hunters Club) ended up being more trouble than they were worth. I ended up breaking even with the one mentioned above but I let that domain expire after discovering it was better to go all in one idea rather than spreading myself so thin.
Selling on Amazon FBA
Not too long ago I decided to try selling on Amazon FBA. The truth is it probably could’ve been a successful endeavor. I had a whole slew of products to pick from at my Dad’s store and almost everything I sent in sold. (The old Thomas the Tank Engine toys sold for premium dollar!)
But I guess selling physical items isn’t really my thing. Which is surprising since my entire family has retail businesses. I lost interest in the project fairly easily despite the small amount of success I had.
It Takes A While to Figure Out What You’re Good At
I think this is a good reminder for anyone who has been looking to start their own side business or make money from home. It can take quite a few tries before something “clicks.” And even after it clicks it takes a little while longer to make profitable.
After all I’m still here blogging even though it took a couple years before I could consistently pull in $1,000 a month from this blog. And I was rejected probably 100 times before successfully filling a roster of freelance writing clients.
So if at first you fail, or just absolutely hate the business idea you chose, learn from it and try, try again!