My Top Side Hustles (That actually made me money!)

Andrew Derse
3 min readOct 25, 2023
Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pexels

Alright, alright! I know a ton of people out there claiming they actually made money off of their side hustles, when they don’t. I’m here to share what worked for me and what didn’t.

Amazon KDP

About 3 months ago, I was reading a Medium article on how to use ChatGPT as a method for coming up with content for Amazon KDP books.

The article can be found here.

It completely lit a fire deep inside and I quickly ran to ChatGPT and started firing off prompts for Dad Jokes. I made 6 different Dad Joke books within the span of a few weeks while leveraging ChatGPT and Canva. (Tutorial coming soon!) The books aren’t “amazing” or something I’m super proud of, but they definitely wet my appetite and I am hoping to dedicate some time to writing more in the future.

If you’d like to help me out and purchase a book for a friend or family member of yours, you can find those books here: https://50dadjokes.com

(Thanks!!)

Oh! Almost forgot to share the goods on sales!!

Within the first 3 months of having these books available, I made roughly $250. Not bad for someone who just published their first set of books. I know there could have been a lot more made here with proper marketing, but I’m still learning and $250 worth of published books was a great start to this adventure!

Amazon pays your royalties out monthly, but they are behind 3 months. Pulling reports is like pulling teeth. You’d thing a tech GIANT would build better reporting tools for this…

eBay

Did this dude just say eBay?! Is that still a thing??

Oh yes I did, and yes it is!

When I’m bored, I love to watch Instagram reels of people flipping things they buy at garage sales and selling them on eBay. I got so excited for this idea as I love garage sales and going to places like Goodwill and St. Vincent De Paul stores. (I call them Vinnie’s for some weird reason…am I the only one?!)

Anyway, I opened up my shop here https://www.ebay.com/usr/pops-shop and gave it the name Pop’s Shop. (My son calls me “Pops”).

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