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  1. Cat Lady

    EXECUTION Burned down my slowlane political career for entrepreneurship 17 months ago

    I took the gig. The corporate financial education was too interesting. This should put enough in my coffers that it will force me to get my sh*t together around automation and outsourcing. Hopefully my business will be okay in 12 weeks with only 10-15 hours a week of focus. I think it'll be...
  2. Cat Lady

    EXECUTION Burned down my slowlane political career for entrepreneurship 17 months ago

    My partner is back to the world of working for a corporate job (remotely/on the road a ton) so while he's there for me to bounce ideas off of, he's less connected to the current entrepreneur scene. His company got acquired several years ago. Of course I believe in what I'm building and the...
  3. Cat Lady

    EXECUTION Burned down my slowlane political career for entrepreneurship 17 months ago

    I actually kinda of do, with a sideline in content marketing for the e-commerce! I still need to pay myself, though. That's the issue. I need to pay rent and eat food. At 2 years into building my tiny empire, I would like to stop taking other jobs to pay the rent, but I'm still not there, and...
  4. Cat Lady

    EXECUTION Burned down my slowlane political career for entrepreneurship 17 months ago

    Yes, good point. Short term brain says "but I don't have money to restock because I need that to pay myself." But long term brain says "building a business takes time and also you do have more money in savings." It just feels like quite a treadmill. Relatedly; I just had a call with a talent...
  5. Cat Lady

    EXECUTION Burned down my slowlane political career for entrepreneurship 17 months ago

    Even if I wholesale 100% of my remaining inventory, I still take home less than half of what a 3-month contract position would give me. Here's the thing: the business earns money every day (passive income! The magical promise!) but it's still not enough to live on by itself most months. I can...
  6. Cat Lady

    EXECUTION Burned down my slowlane political career for entrepreneurship 17 months ago

    It's been quite awhile since I updated. Book is on Amazon and has been selling steadily thanks to 2 great reviews that came out on blogs (yay sending sample copies!) Doing both FBA and FBM for that. I got a sponsor in the financial service industry for the podcast finally! I decided to not go...
  7. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    15 years ago, 6/10 Americans thought gay marriage was morally wrong. Now, the majority approve. While I don't think the sea change will happen as quickly with porn because of the cognitive dissonance referenced earlier, it's worth noting that public opinion changes. And I don't use public...
  8. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    :eek::clap:::happy: holy kittens. That's a lot of time. ETA I love that this thread is now filled with mormon.com ads for me... that is either a programmatic advertising success or failure!
  9. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    Ahh, good point. My knowledge is clearly out of date (except for the payment processing thing, I actually know a ton about that since I host a financial radio show and I'm doing reporting on it RIGHT NOW!). I still think there's always opportunities. Like housekeeping services, trash pickup...
  10. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    Nope! I'm just on hold right now dealing with a fulfillment issue and find it fun to think of fastlane businesses while I wait. I left the industry more than 12 years ago but still know a handful of people working in the business. I run a business I am much happier with, as it's much less...
  11. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    That much I will say. But as MJ points out - the dirty industries are the fastlane ones.
  12. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    I worked with young single mothers who were getting custody of their children back after incarceration, generally they ended up incarcerated due to generational cycles of poverty and addiction. Because morals of the organization I worked for, I lived in voluntary poverty ($100/month +...
  13. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    Other adult fastlane business ideas, just in case someone is looking for them: Programmatic advertising for adult websites - most ad services won't touch adult advertising so very little of it is programmatic (mostly negotiated individually), could be huge advantages to being first to market...
  14. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    I can think of some very profitable fastlane niches in porn: Websites that serve up free clips and sell advertising to other sites (I would link to examples here but I think my post might get removed) Services that handles credit card processing and banking for smaller porn sites - this is HUGE...
  15. Cat Lady

    PUBLISHING Publishing a childrens book help

    Why do you need a fixed layout? For kindle you need a reflowable EPUB (to be converted to MOBI). If you're looking for print publication other than kindle POD then you do need fixed layout, search for "indesign" on fiverr or upwork (I'd go for upwork.) There are services that also turn your...
  16. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    Hey, I wasn't calling you sexist. I was saying that the general tone in here seems to view women as victims in this industry without accounting for the fact that many of us get into the industry to make money. No one has made any statements saying "this is someone's son" only daughter. But I...
  17. Cat Lady

    Im either blind or opportunity avoids me

    For cheap or free networking: find industry events or business clubs and offer to volunteer to help organize/work the check-in table. Not only do you get to talk to every single person and know who is coming, you get in free. Often you get to meet the speakers BEFORE everyone mobs them after...
  18. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    I wish that folks wouldn't think womens' only value is our relation to others. It would be nice to be seen as humans capable of making our own choices and having value in our own right. No one seems to be emphasizing "that's someone's son" despite the fact that most porn out there is hetero or...
  19. Cat Lady

    PUBLISHING Publishing a childrens book help

    Let me know if you have specific questions. I ran a kickstarter that made >$20,000 and self-published my book, printing overseas because I needed things that digital printing POD couldn't provide. I loved my printer. Feel free to PM with any questions.
  20. Cat Lady

    NOTABLE! Porn site owner who enjoys fast lane success IAMA on Reddit

    I feel like I should chime in as one of the few forum members who actually has been one of the "daughters" who worked in the adult industry. I was both an exotic dancer and have done adult modeling for porn sites. I was working, in my more radical co-op days, on a co-op business model for an...
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