Hey there! I’m Ben 👋
I teach 10,000+ monthly readers and viewers how to build profitable side hustles!
My side hustle journey started back in 2012 when I started getting curious about making money outside of the traditional career path. I began by consuming everything I could find about how to make money and this led me into trying a lot of different business models!
Many of these didn’t pan out but a few of them worked out! After a lot of experimenting, I was able to grow my online income streams to the point where they make $1,000/mo in passive income outside of my full time job.
Now I share the strategies and tactics that I am using with all of my followers!
Read more about my story below!
My Personal Origin Story
I became interested in alternatives to the traditional career path in 2013 during my Junior year of college. Little did I know how my desire for something different would shape so much of the years to come.
At the time, I thought it was just about finding ways to make enough cash to go out with friends on the weekend or avoid clocking in at my on-campus job. It wasn’t until years later that I realized there were two things I wanted more than anything else: freedom & control.
See I didn’t grow up a bad environment. I had a loving family, was fortunate enough to live in a good area and go to good schools. But the topic of money was still a frequent conversation around the household. And from a young age I began to absorb the fact that lack financial security was often accompanied by a feeling of instability and stress.
Once the reality of being a young adult began to set in, I was terrified that I would find myself living with that same fear-based mentality my entire life … unless I did things differently.
My long, winding journey to where I am today
went a little something like this …
2014 – 2015
Worked as a commission only, door-to-door salesman. Made decent money while traveling around the US but it wasn’t enough to pay my student loan debt and the credit card debt I’d racked up. Started reading a lot! Ultimately, realized that door-to-door sales wasn’t the most effective way to sell products. Moved back to California.
Started working a traditional 9-5 job for an Amazon seller who was one of the top 5,000 largest sellers at the time. Cut my teeth in the world of Amazon. Started listening to every podcast I could get my hands on to learn about selling on Amazon. I wasn’t making enough money to cover my debt and living expenses so I started driving for Postmates and often worked 80 hours a week.
My first side hustle win! Realized that my boss had tens of thousands of dollars in inventory that was restricted from being sold on Amazon. Negotiated a deal to sell the inventory and split the profits. Within 10 months I had generated mid-five figures in revenue from the inventory I sourced from my boss and supplemented through garage sales. To save time and focus on building my flipping business I often slept on the floor at the office or in my car.
Experimented with all sorts of side hustles. Finally saved enough money to launch my first private label product …. and it flopped! I did my research and found the trending laptop camera cover space before it had peaked. But by the time my product went live, hundreds of other sellers had entered and driven the prices down.
Continued driving for Postmates. Tried countless other side hustles including retail arbitrage, garage sale flipping, multiple different affiliate blogs, several drop shipping sites and I even started painting street numbers on peoples curbs.
Most of these were flops or saw short-lasted success. But, this was also the year I discovered Print-on-Demand and started my YouTube channel!
Got a new job managing another Amazon FBA business grossing mid-six figures in monthly revenue. Started building my Merch by Amazon business and putting out consistent content on my YouTube channel. Hit 1,000 subscribers by the end of the year and started making a couple hundred dollars outside of my full-time job.
Grew both my YouTube channel and POD business and started to expand to new platforms. I wanted more control and was starting to get antsy to work and travel in unison. In late 2019, I picked up a part time job as a an Amazon Account Executive for a remote Amazon agency.
Booked to Southeast Asia and went full time with the Amazon agency. Started managing multiple brands on Amazon. Two weeks before my flight the world went into a tailspin. I cancelled my flight, moved into my mom’s apartment and started going deeper on Amazon. I didn’t think there was more to learn about building an Amazon business until 2020. I finally paid off my debt and kept my head down working.
My side hustles were neglected for most of the year but continued growing. At the end of the year I took the leap of faith and quit my full-time job to venture out on my own! … and I haven’t looked back since.