Kimberly Palmer, The Economy of You

I learned a lot about “selling” when my first book, Generation Earn, came out. I had never been on that side of pitching before: Sending someone an email out of the blue and hoping that they would respond favorably. As Dan Pink writes about in his book, To Sell Is Human, almost all of us have to “sell” at some point in our professional lives, and book marketing was my first experience with it.
Now, as I prepare to do the same thing with my new book, The Economy of You, I’m remembering just how hard it is. The endless amount of pitches. The constant rejection. And one lesson from Dan…

I often hawk Craigslist as a great source – not just for people looking to buy and sell used goods, but also for ideas. People post all kinds of gigs on there, from editing services to dog-walking. If you’re looking for side-gig ideas for your own business, it’s a great place to start.
Recently, though, I had my first opportunity to use Craigslist myself as a seller as I try to unload some of my gently-used baby gear. And I learned a lot. Stuff I wish I had known beforehand, to speed up the process and save a lot of time and hassle. So, in an effort to save you some of the trouble I…

Today’s side-gig inspiration comes from Wine Spectator, which profiles a sommelier named Emily Wines. (Yes, that is her real name.) She started moonlighting as a sommelier while in grad school, and then decided to switch into the career full-time. Just another example of how a side-gig can turn into a career. (Read the full story for all the details!)

Dan Pink is one of my favorite authors, and not just because I quote his book, “Free Agent Nation,” extensively in “The Economy of You.” Reading his books makes me feel like I’m back at college, taking classes that inspire me to contemplate big ideas. The big idea at the center of his latest book, “To Sell Is Human,” is pretty profound: It’s that we’re all salespeople today. No matter our chosen profession, we’re all trying to “move” people and to get them to “buy” something.
The rise of Etsy, Craigslist, and other online marketplaces is just the beginning. He also…

Some weeks I love my Google news alerts; they confirm my main thesis that side-giggers really are taking over the world. Here are some highlights from the past couple weeks:
1. How have I not heard of this blog before? Making Sense of Cents is a great blog about a young professional, Michelle, who is dedicated to taking control of her finances. She’s so personable and open that she makes it fun, too. Check out this post on side-hustle ideas.
2. Black Enterprise has always done a great job of covering side-hustles and inspiring readers to start their own, and this profile of Jullien Gordon.