Like many others , in the early days of the pandemic, I found myself moving back into my childhood bedroom.
I had stopped traveling for my consulting job and was working from home on Long Island. After a few months, though, I grew bored and restless. I wanted something different; my job was getting me by financially, but it wasn’t lighting me up.
One day, I was on the phone with my best friend, Anna, tossing around side hustle ideas that could leverage the four years I spent teaching Microsoft Excel at my consulting firm.
Suddenly, a lightning bolt hit: I could post mini Excel lessons on TikTok.
Little did I know, that idea would lead to a fun side hustle that would eventually turn into Miss Excel , my successful full-time Excel training business. Today, it has grown to more than 1 million followers across TikTok and Instagram — and has brought in more than $1 million in course sales. How I turned my training side hustle into a million-dollar business
I posted my first video on TikTok in June 2020, then began posting once a day. I didn’t tell a soul other than my mother and my boyfriend.
But things caught on fast. My fourth video , where I explained Excel’s new data-searching XLOOKUP feature to DMX’s song “X Gon’ Give It to Ya,” surpassed 100,000 views in just a few days.
By my sixth video, the CEO of an IT company sent a message saying he loved my fun teaching style and wanted to pay me to create Excel training videos for his clients. I accepted his offer and ordered a green screen and a ring light to make my videos look more professional.I formed an LLC on June 15, 2020. Next thing I knew, I was in business.While working my 9-to-5 […]
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