Side-Hustles From Scratch #25 — I Like It

I see a bright future

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Another Thursday and another progress update. No miracles, just real, slow progress. Get future updates e-mailed to you every Thursday by signing up for my mailing list.

And if you missed the previous updates, here is a complete list for you:

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Hopefully, in a year or so, we can look back at this list as a roadmap to a successful side hustle.

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Update #25

This has been a good week. I launched my first digital product ever last week. And I already have some plans for future products. I am working actively on my Newsletter. And can’t wait until I get to work more on my Youtube channel.


Total: $159.02


Print-on-demand: $0.61

Affiliate marketing: $154.16

Digital Products: $4.25

This Week

Digital Products: $4.25

Affiliate Marketing: $4.14


  • Series started — April 21, 2022
  • First photos accepted to Shutterstock — April 26, 2022
  • First video published on Youtube — May 5, 2022
  • First sale on RedBubble — May 10, 2022
  • First referral on Medium — May 12, 2022
  • First actual affiliate sale 34$ — August 7, 2022
  • Crossing $100 mark — November 1, 2022
  • Launched my first newsletter — November 23, 2022
  • Launched my first digital product — December 8, 2022


I haven't uploaded a new video this week. But the number of subscribers has grown to 33. My videos are still getting views and the channel is slowly growing.

I also unlocked another achievement this week. Nothing big. But it’s a welcome stepping stone.

screenshot by the author

I mentioned in one of my previous articles, that my current computer is not powerful enough to make the videos I want. I am happy to announce that this has changed. I have finally upgraded my computer. And I am super happy about it.


I am currently working on a new issue of my newsletter focused on the now viral chatGPT. One of the greatest AI-powered tools.

The Landscape of AI Tools

The subscriber count of the newsletter is steadily increasing. It’s currently 73. I believe the next issue will bring in a good amount of new subscribers. And the e-mail open rate for the last issue is pretty good.

screenshot by the author

Digital product

Last week I launched my first-ever digital product. And I gave it away for free on Gumroad. But someone still decided to pay $5 for it. Which I am extremely thankful for.

Here’s the product itself.

AI Tools List

And here’s how it did during its first week of existence:

screenshot by the author

Affiliate Marketing

I made a small commission from my affiliate link. It’s featured in one of my best-performing stories here on Medium:

I Turned My Medium Stories Into YouTube Videos and You Can Too!

And I also applied and got accepted for a new affiliate program. It’s forNotion. The tool I used to create my digital products. And I am planning to make more in the future.

There are a lot of different Notion templates for sales. And if you have creative ideas, you can easily come up with your own. And while you are at it, you can also sign up for the affiliate program to earn extra if someone decides to purchase a paid plan of this tool.

Just don’t forget to read the rules of the affiliate programs you take part in.

Goals For The Week


Finish an issue on chatGPT

Digital products:

Work on my next digital product


Upload a new video
Come up with a list of future ideas

Affiliate marketing:

Think of ideas for promoting Notion

In Future updates:

  • A transparent look at my progress
  • I will share what I have learned
  • I will share other valuable sources of information

Here is a list of all articles in the series:

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If there’s something I failed to mention that interests you, let me know in the comments. I will try to answer all the questions and provide as much value as I can.

Thank you for reading!
Stay curious and stay HungryMinded!

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