Alt Chat: Generating Revenue from Your Expertise

By: Eden Hensley; Photos Brooke Dennis by for Alt Summit

Thanks to the Internet, web-based applications, and social media platforms, we have more ways to earn a living than ever before. We can sell information and skills, as well as, or, instead of physical products. And we’re able to sell to anyone not just the community in which we live.

But it’s not the lack of options that prevents us from making a living. We can begin publishing for very little cost and build an audience through consistent publication of quality content.

The challenges lie in determining what we want to sell—narrowing our ideas down or prioritizing one over another, deciding how we want to sell our idea, an eBook or online course, and then offering it for sale.

Let’s Chat

Join the Alt community and Alt Summer 2015 sponsor Gumroad on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow) May 27th at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET for an hour-long chat about how you can turn your expertise into a product that connects you with your audience, expands your brand, makes you money, and more. We’ll talk about how you can gauge which ideas have the best potential and what strategies you can incorporate to generate sales.

Never participated in a Twitter Chat before? Visit this previous post for a few pointers on how to join a Twitter Chat.

Meet Gumroad at Alt Summer

Want to go deeper? If you’re attending Alt Summer in two weeks make plans to attend Alison Faulkner’s design camp Wednesday, June 10th at 4:00 PM. Alison of The Alison Show will teach how to decide on a course that’s best for you, how to get stared creating that course, and more. You’ll leave her class smarter, happier, and feeling more in control of your online business.

Go Deeper: More Resources

  • Hobby versus career: Sara Urquhart offers advice for choosing which path is right for you.
  • Monica of Smart Creative Women interviews Kelly Beall of Design Crush on transitioning to blogging full time and how she balances freelance design and content marketing programs through her partnership with Federated Media.
  • Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave talks about when you should look past money to evaluate opportunities.

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.