⚡ #110: Build a $10k newsletter business—without quitting your job

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News from GC & the Newsletter industry

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How to run a five-figure newsletter business without quitting your job

You can build a 5-figure newsletter business while keeping your 9-5.

I’ve been operating the Growth Currency⚡ newsletter “on the side” since January 2021. That first year, I earned ~$2,000 via the newsletter.

Then things started heating up in 2022. Why?

  1. I niched down to focus on helping creators grow, improve, and monetize their newsletters.
  2. I established key relationships through Twitter and other online communities.
  3. I raised my newsletter ad rates. As ad spots filled up, I raised my rates.
  4. I applied for and was accepted to join the ConvertKit Sponsor Network (More on that here.)

Doing all that led me here:

My newsletter earned over $10,000 in advertising revenue and affiliate sales in 2022.

Before we jump into the nitty gritty…

I want to introduce the 4 main buckets I consider when creating a newsletter:

  1. Organization
  2. Creation
  3. Promotion
  4. Monetization

This article will cover what I do in each.

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LINKS by Growth Currency

"Knowledge is the currency of growth."


How to start a newsletter and get your first 1,000 subscribers [8 simple steps] 🧵 by Matthew McGarry

My Take: This is one of the best just-get-started newsletter playbooks I've read. Matthew is absolutely crushing content for newsletters. Read this and give him a follow 💯

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February 7th 2023


Results from my February Email Growth Experiment by Jay Clouse

My Take: Jay wanted to get from 17k subscribers to 20k by the end of February. Spoiler: He did it! Learn about Jay's most effective newsletter growth strategies in this deep dive.


35 Lessons from 35 Years of Newsletter Publishing by CJ Chilvers

My Take: I wanted to pick out my favorite from this list—but I can't. Too many gems. But if I had to choose 3, I'd pick #2, #7, #20.


How Daren Smith grew his $85,000+ business with under 10 hours per week with ConvertKit by Marijana Kay

My Take: Find out how Daren uses Momentum, Lead Magnets, and Partnerships to fuel a growing digital business.

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Humans Sending Emails by Jeff Felton

Most email marketing feels gimmicky. These weekly emails teach you how to make money from email—and feel good about how you did it.

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And in case you missed it, here are last week's TWO most popular links:

#1: 7 Newsletter Mistakes—and how to fix them TODAY by Growth Currency(89 clicks)
How Arvid Kahl grew his newsletter to 7,600 subscribers & $3000/mo revenue by Ciler Demiralp (80 clicks)

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