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“If you have 52 things to say about a topic, start a newsletter.” 🥳~Andrew Kamphey
By Jessica L. Williams • Issue #242 • View online
Sometimes you can have the best-laid plans for the week, and then something can happen to throw all of that into flux. For example, Grandma had an emergency earlier this week, which took me out of commission for about 36 hours. 🥺She’s alright now, and everything is good, but I still feel like I’m recovering and trying to catch back up with #allthethings after that experience. 
I am so glad I have a Morgan Harper Nichols wallpaper on my lock screen that says:
“You are free to pace yourself.” 
That reminds me to breathe and take one thing at a time. Everything will eventually get done.
In other more celebratory news, #jesspicks turned five yesterday. 🙌🏾
When I sent that first email, I had no idea what was to come. At the time, I had a list of about 250 subscribers who had not heard from me in a while. I wasn’t sure what I was doing with my business at the time, but I was looking for a way to give value to my audience consistently.
The curated newsletter filled with inspiration and productivity tips seemed like the right fit. Since then, I have narrowed in on those who are building our businesses while juggling other commitments and have become a go-to resource in that space. I have been dubbed “The Side Hustle Queen” in some circles. 👸🏾
Some successes:
  • Wrote over 240 issues of a newsletter, sharing tips, lessons learned, and curating hundreds of articles and resources
  • Quadrupled my number of subscribers to over 1,050
  • Landed several speaking engagements talking about side hustles (one highlighted in #lifevibes below)
  • Earned over $1,000 from Buy Me a Coffee / Patreon supporters
  • Made over $800 from classified ads and sponsorships
I’ve also learned so much in that time, a few things I outlined here and talked about here.
It has been an incredible journey so far, and I’m excited to see what the future brings. 
Thank you. 💖
Thank you for subscribing.
Thank you for replying.
Thank you for being on this ride with me. 
Cheers to us! 🥂
On to the picks!
P.S. Happy National Tequila Day!

Note: This email may contain affiliate links. If you click through my link and make a purchase, that means I may receive “thank you money” at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products that I use and love.  
Blogs are a powerful side hustle that can reach a wide, global audience, but for those just starting out, it can be intimidating to get those first few readers and subscribers.
Google Web Creators recently asked successful musicians, foodies, fitness instructors and fashionistas how they grow their blog followings. Read our post to learn from the pros! 🙌
#loves 😍
  • 📺. Watching: Schmigadoon. A couple gets trapped in a musical. Shenanigans ensue. It’s so lovely. Best line: “It’s like if ‘The Walking Dead’ was also ‘Glee.’” 😆 Thanks Brandy for the reco!
  • 🎧. Listening: Side Hustla! I curated this playlist full of upbeat and inspirational songs for us side hustlers and creators. Up to 32 likes! What other ones should I add?
  • 🛒. Purchasing: The Good Patch.  These hemp-infused (or plant-infused) patches have come in handy this week. Both the Calm (when trying not to panic during an emergency) and the Revive versions (when trying to function after being up for almost 24 hours) were extremely helpful. 10/10 recommend.
Curious about other #loves? Check out this list from 2020
Gieselle Allen
I don’t know who needs to hear this but:

You are not behind.

You are already a success because you are chasing your destiny.

Your business is at the exact right point for YOUR journey.

You are enough 💗
How to Build Your Side Hustle in 2021
15 Ideas You Can Steal to Make the Next 12 Months a Period of Remarkable Growth
Tips captured by Saya Hillman from our 2020 workshop.
Tips captured by Saya Hillman from our 2020 workshop.
#supporters ☕️
Thank you Humza, Greg, Kristin, Kirstyn, Jess, Cheryl, Krysta, Adrena, Vidya, Kristyn, Danielle, Keryn, Terry, Vanessa, Meredith, Lauren, Meg, Maria J., Chivon, Kim, Luciano, Colie, Chasity, Laurie, Latienda, Collette, Anne, Kristen, Liz, Katherine, Monale, Betsy, Melissa, Lindsay, Jennifer, Kayla, Madison, Rae, Stephanie, Christine R., Christine M., Frances, Hannah, Chris, Brandy, Mea, Kristian, Maria K. Avery, Adam, Barbara, Shenee, Desiree, Lisa, Kandice, L'Oreal, and LaVerne for being #jesspicks supporters!! ❤️
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