Author: Alison Scott

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Deep in the Pit of NaNoWriMo

  Yes, I’m writing the book. No, that does not mean I’ve abandoned the blog. It is the fifth of November. I have hit my word count on three of the days. I have missed it completely on the other two. Yes, life happened. Am I going to catch up? I don’t know. It turns out 50,000 words is a lot to write in a month. Also, writing books is hard. Who knew? When writing, I’m horrified by the inadequacy of my work. The book is not yet as good as I want it to be. I keep revising bits,...

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An Hour of Giving

Nick Loper’s Side Hustle Nation is full of things you should be reading. He does a great podcast in which he interviews side hustlers, and this week he spoke to freelance photographer turned entrepreneurial coach Vincent Pugliese. As so often, the takeaways for me weren’t necessarily the obvious ones. Late into the episode, Pugliese talks about spending an hour a day on ‘giving back’. He admits he’s quite a selfish person, so has had to train himself to do this. But he spends an hour each day feeding back to people who have helped him, writing reviews, answering questions helpfully,...


Why I Get Blocked on Facebook (from time to time).

A woman on Facebook blocked me yesterday. She courteously took the trouble to message me to tell me I was blocked, in case I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. She’s quite right, I wouldn’t. It turns out that there are two approaches to making money by starting your own business. I can’t quote this ‘wantrepreneur’ directly, because I can no longer see her post. I’ll therefore have to paraphrase. “Most people don’t have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Because most people don’t have that consistency of vision and purpose that means that if they keep doing what they’re doing,...

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The Secret is Starting

I love 4am Shower by Guy Kopsombut, daily inspiration comics featuring cute critters. This one reminds me of the importance not just of starting, but of keeping going. Too often we let our determination to do something perfectly get in the way of doing anything at all. So. Plant the seed, water it, weed it, and reap the rewards.  


How I started selling things on the Internet.

  About nine months ago, I wrote an article about my experiences so far with t-shirt selling. It was deep into last year’s holiday season, and I was selling a great many shirts at the time. Later, Teespring picked this article up and put it on their blog. My blog post had a funny name, and they gave it the SEO-focused name “Seven Steps to Selling on Teespring”. Since then, lots of people have told me how useful they found it. But some of them want more. So this blog, and eventually the book, is designed to give them more....


What We’re All About

 It’s a very simple value proposition. You can sell things and make money. If you’re already selling things, you can sell more things, or more expensive things, and make more money. When you buy the book, it will come with a money back guarantee. Follow the step by step approach, and sell things. If, in six months, you don’t sell enough things to make the book worth your while, get back to me and I’ll personally refund your money. That’s how certain I am that the steps work. The book’s not ready yet! But sign up for our email list,...