Side-Hustles From Scratch #20 — I Need An Upgrade

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This computer ain’t gonna cut it no more

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Update #20

As I already mentioned last week. I am planning to start several new projects soon. Most notably I want to grow and monetize a YouTube channel in 2023. But I have already started working on the channel. And as soon as I got to work I faced some obstacles.

On a side note, I am doing pretty well at my writing side hustle which I haven’t included in this series. I have already published over 100 articles online. You can read more about that here:

Life Changing Experience of Starting Writing Online - 100th Story on Medium

Now let’s get into the regular stuff.


Total: $117.98


Print-on-demand: $0.61

Affiliate marketing: $117.37

This Week:

Affiliate marketing: $0


  • Series started — April 21, 2022

  • First photos accepted to Shutterstock — April 26, 2022

  • First video published on Youtube — May 5, 2022

  • First sale on RedBubble — May 10, 2022

  • First referral on Medium — May 12, 2022

  • First actual affiliate sale 34$ — August 7, 2022

  • Crossing $100 mark — November 1, 2022


I have added a new section to document my journey on YouTube. So far I have created the channel. Uploaded a couple of experimental shorts and one video.

Hungry Minded on YouTube

But in the future, I want to focus on a more informative style of videos.

Last week I set a goal for myself to record a voiceover with a decent enough quality. And I did it. There is still a lot of improvement to do. But I could come up with something I can work with.

I used my Shure SM 57 microphone which I originally purchased to record my guitar. But after browsing the web I found out that it works well for voiceovers too. And a lot of podcasters use it.

One thing I need to upgrade the setup is a windscreen for the mic. Something like this should work.

This upgrade would eliminate unwanted popping noises.

And I should definitely work on my pronunciation and voice in general to get the audio to a level that I like.

But I have a bigger problem than this.

My current laptop is getting old and just won't cut it if I want to succeed on YouTube. Yesterday I was working on editing a video and not only it was painstakingly slow, but at one point the whole thing crashed and my progress was lost.

I need to upgrade my computer as soon as possible. And I am looking at a MacBook Air with an M1 chip. I know this might not be the top choice for video editing. But from the reviews I’ve looked at, I feel confident it will get the job done. If you’d like to support me in making this purchase you can leave me a tip on Ko-Fi. Everything helps.

Channel Stats

Subscribers: 6

Videos: 1

Shorts: 2

screenshot by HungryMinded

Affiliate Marketing

I haven’t made new sales this week. But I signed up for Amazon Associates which is their affiliate program. And I can now share links to Amazon products and if anyone buys something using my link, I will earn a commission.

I already shared some gear I use or plan to purchase in this article. And I will also be able to do this on YouTube. We will just have to wait and see how all of this works out.


I haven’t been actively working on new designs for the past weeks. And I still have some designs to upload. But I haven’t seen any meaningful returns from this hustle so far. So I am currently focusing on other projects.

Here is my RedBubble store:

HungryMinded Shop | Redbubble

And here’s the traffic it got during the past 7 days:

screenshot by HungryMinded

As you can see it is not a lot.

Goals For The Week

Overall goals:

Start working on a Newsletter


Edit and publish a video

Affiliate marketing:

Come up with creative ideas to take advantage of Amazon’s affiliate program.


keep uploading the old designs

In Future updates:

  • A transparent look at my progress

  • I will share what I have learned

  • I will share other valuable sources of information

Here is a list of all articles in the series:

Trying Popular Online Side-Hustles From Scratch


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