Product Name: Side Hustle Writing
Product Owner: Nancy Hendrickson
Advertised Price: $99
What is it?
Side Hustle Writing is a video course published on Udemy.com that teaches all the various ways you can make money from writing.
This is a fantastic course for anyone who wants to learn about writing as a way to make money. Nancy, the course's creator, is a great teacher who covers every aspect you need to know as a beginner. There are plenty of great nuggets in there for advanced writers too. In short, this is one course I'd recommend.
Before You Buy
The course is advertised for $99. However, Udemy.com is pretty good about offering coupons to new users. So if you've never signed up there before, try it now and see if you can get a coupon for this course.
Also, if you're on Nancy's email list, you will likely get a coupon from here for this course. I paid a measly five bucks for it after getting an email with a coupon from her.
What I Liked
Side Hustle writing is a great course for anyone who wants to know how to make money from writing. There are a lot of things I liked about this course
The course is posted on Udemy.com. That means that it's almost entirely made up of videos. anytime a course is made with video I feel like the buyer gets more for their money. Video makes courses like this much easier to learn from. You get to see exactly what you're supposed to do, instead of reading about it. Like you would in a PDF guide, or something similar.
Some of the videos are a little long, about 18 minutes. But most are short, about 3 to 8 minutes. There's quite a few of them, but they are broken up into individual sections, which tends to keep you more engaged. All in all, I'd say Nancy has done a great job keeping this course easy to follow.
A Range of Experience Levels
Maybe one of the best things about this course is that anyone can learn something from it. Whether you're a complete newbie or an advanced writer, there's no doubt you will find something new in the course.
The beginning sections of the course are aimed at introducing beginners to the world of freelance writing. But the course progresses nicely into more advanced strategies — and even goes into some promotional strategies for different types of writers.
Not Limited to One Strategy
Another great thing about Side Hustle Writing is, you get to learn a lot of different methods. Too often, courses are created that teach only one way to monetize a specific strategy.
Nancy does a great job of explaining and showing all the different ways to make money from writing. Some of the options she discusses are:
- Freelance writing
- Writing for magazines
- Paid blogging
- Kindle publishing
Not only does she tell you about these options, she actually shows you how to get started with them. She even lays out a “plan of attack” for each one, so you can decide which is best for you.
What I didn't Like
Although I liked most of this course, there are a few things that i felt, could have been done a little better.
About halfway through the course, two videos are missing. I'm not sure if this Udemy.com's fault, or if it's something Nancy didn't format properly, or entirely forgot. Either way, the videos are missing and there's no way to know what was inside them. After trying to reload the page, and access the course from different browsers, I gave up.
All together, it looks like there's about five minutes missing from the course.
The course was quite long (about 3 hours). And although I'm glad the course created so much value, it could've been shorter. The reason I bring this up is because, with video you don't have the ability to skim or scan like you would with text.
In some areas Nancy gets a little long-winded and she has the tendency to talk at a slow pace. If it was possible to fix those things, I think the course's length might have been cut in half.
Although I believe the course was valuable, and freelance writing is a great way to make money, there is one major flaw you need to know about. Freelance writing falls under what's known as, ‘active income'. That means if you're not writing, you're not making any money. Even though you can do it from anywhere you want, you're still trading time for money.
That's a cycle I broke a long time ago with affiliate marketing. Personally, I don't think affiliate marketing is all that different from freelance writing… except for one thing: my writing continues to make money for me, long after I've written it.
Are you a freelance writer that's considered getting into affiliate marketing? What's holding you back? Let me know in the comments below!