Reading to Succeed Online
At first, making money online seems like an impossible task. For example, over the course of two years (December 2017-December 2019) I self-published 17 ebooks on Kindle. All in all, these first 17 books made me less than $100!
All the ebooks I’ve published are at least 3000 words, so that means I wrote 60,000 words for pennies.
After a lot of trial and error I’m finally starting to make at least $200/ month from Kindle, but it was discouraging to only be making a buck or two each month for 2 years.
If I took a course on self-publishing on Kindle, or read a couple of books about it, I’m sure I would have made money much quicker.
Which brings us to the main idea of this post- Reading certain books can help you succeed much faster with online business.
Here are 6 books that have helped me so far on my e-commerce journey.
1. Barcode Booty by Steve Weber
Flipping stuff on eBay was my first online-business love affair. And for almost 18 months, selling used stuff on eBay was my full-time gig.
I wouldn’t recommend relying on one platform for your income. It was stressful to say the least. My mood rose and fell along with my sales.
Last year was my peak of working on this eBay. I was listing almost 40 things a day, selling more than 100 things each month, and was making $2000+ in profit every month.
In short, this site was my life for about a year.
Thankfully, now eBay isn’t my main focus- I only spend a couple of hours a week listing and shipping things, but I’m still making $500+ profit each month:
This book is a great introduction to flipping things on eBay and Amazon FBA. The author started from ground zero, and eventually turned his reselling gig into a multi 6-figure business.
This book is an eye-opener about how a lot of the stuff our society calls worthless is actually worth money.
For example, would you try and sell the 2 things below on the internet, or just throw them out?
Unless you resell things, most people would toss these things, assuming their worthless.
2. Web Copy That Sells by Maria Veloso
Writing is the most important skill on the internet- how else are you going to convey your ideas and convince potential prospects to buy your products?
Copywriting simply means writing to sell. When you read an ad about a product, you’re reading the ad-copy.
Regardless of what you write, whether it’s fiction, poetry, academic writing, or business writing, learning some basic copywriting will make you a better writer.
Some ideas of web-copy are show don’t tell, make your writing understandable, and forgo grammar for the flow of your writing.
There are some unique guidelines and things to avoid when you’re writing ad-copy online, and this book breaks it all down into easily digestible sections.
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
This is more of a self-development book rather than a business book, but I think it can help you make more money if you implement the ideas.
Mark Manson was one my first role-models online. He runs one of the most successful blogs on the internet, and started from square one, just like most of us, when he was 24 years old.
Now in his mid-30’s, he’s a New York Times bestselling author and has sold millions of copies of his books.
The premise of his book is that as humans, we all have to care about certain things. Unless you’re a psychopath, or severely depressed, there’s an innate human capacity to care about certain things like relationships, money and health.
The problem is if we don’t deliberately decide what we value and give a fuck about, then we’ll focus on petty things- like how others perceive us, times people hurt us in the past and how cool we’re coming across in our writing or real life.
The name of the book is silly, but the subject matter is extremely important. He advocates learning about our values which helps us develop a better roadmap to a fulfilling life.
Because there’s thousands of potential ways to make money online, it’s a good idea to know your preferences and values so you can choose something that you enjoy working on. For example, I love writing, but I have no desire to make scammy Youtube ads.
4. The 6-Figure Erotica Author by Jade Scott
My most recent project has been publishing erotic stories on Kindle. My goal is to make $1000+ profit a month. Right now I’m making about $200 a month, so I have a long way to go. Here are my sales for the last month:
This book is what inspired me to try my hand at self-publishing sexy stories.
The author lost her job, and out of desperation started publishing erotica on Kindle. Eventually she was making more than $100,000+ in profit a year.
A lot of what stops people from writing consistently is that they don’t consider themselves authors or writers. This book shows that anyone can make money publishing erotica, you just need to follow some simple guidelines.
Also, it can all be anonymously, so no-one needs to know how big of a perv you are!
Making 6 figures from erotica sounds like climbing Mt. Everest, but I can tell you from 1st hand experience, making at least a couple hundred dollars a month is completely doable if you dedicate just a few hours each week to and publishing.
5. Triggers by Joseph Sugarman
Joseph Sugarman is one of the most successful copywriters of all time. He sold millions and millions of dollars with his products through his writing.
This book is laid out so that each chapter is a new concept about being a better salesman. This might sound dry and boring, but the author is really creative and upbeat and his writing reads more like a work of fiction than a mind-numbing technical business book.
And you’ll learn invaluable insights into human psychology, business development and writing.
6. The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
I’m finishing this book up tonight- I have like 20 pages left.
Gary Keller is one of the founders of Keller-Williams, one of the largest realty firms in the world- So this isn’t a worthless self-development book written by a business charlatan that’s never sold anything.
It’s actually written by a guy running a massive business, so his insights about business, time management, and productivity are invaluable.
One of the most powerful concepts of this book is the refining question:
This question helps you strip down the dozens of things you could do to the one thing that’ll have the biggest effect in your business or personal life.
Each day, there are dozens of potential things we can work on and do. And as Tony Robbins says, ‘Most of us major in minor things.’
This book is about learning how to look past the endless options and setting one major priority so we can create exponential results instead of just pursuing 50 projects at once and getting nowhere..
So there you have it! These 6 books have helped me start and develop my online business and I know I’ll reference them dozens of times in future.
What are some of your favorite business books? Leave them in the comments below!