Hi guys! So here I come with another interview in this interview series. Hope you read all previous interviews. If you have not read it yet, check the interview series.
So, Today our guest is Amol Chavan, founder of GrowthFunda. He is a side hustler and teaching people to start their own business.
So, let’s start the interview.
First thanks for this interview opportunity.
To introduce myself, I am Amol Chavan, the founder of Side Hustle Blog GrowthFunda.
By Profession, I am a Software Engineer and by passion, I am Blogger and Side Hustler.
Who lives in the IT city of India, Pune – Maharashtra
I love to write and talk about Side Hustles, Blogging, and Online Business.
I never thought that someday I will start a blog to spread the words about Side Hustle and Online Business.
My IT job gave birth to my Entrepreneurship.
While running into the RAT RACE of 9-5 job, I found that it is not the actual life that I wanted to become. The monotonous life, fixed salary (with less hike every year), corporate politics, and job uncertainty allowed my mind to think outside of the job.
I wanted to do something beyond my job that will help me shortly to live a free lifestyle.
Therefore, I started exploring business ideas. Whenever I got a chance, I used to attend business workshops, seminars to get insights about business ideas and knowledge. While working in a 9-5 job, I found some business ideas to work upon, but I failed badly in four business attempts. (Refer to my this full side hustle journey)
However, I feel lucky today as these business failures helped me to gain more knowledge of entrepreneurship.
My journey did not stop after failure.
In Dec 2017, I got to know about Digital Marketing, so I thought to learn Digital Marketing and see if there is an opportunity for the online business. Hence, I enrolled in an offline Digital Marketing course.
This was the turning point for my transformation and post this, I never looked back.
To share my side hustle learnings on 1st Jan 2018, I launched the Side Hustle blog Growthfunda.
It has been 3 years now while writing this interview with the blogging. I feel happy that due to blogging I learned so many other things apart from my 9-5 job, like Content Writing & Marketing, SEO, Affiliate Marketing, CPA, Graphics Design, and Freelancing.
That is it about my journey.
I have a keen interest in working on the Side Hustle Projects hence people, work, actions related to Side Hustles Inspire me a lot.
When I started blogging, I followed a plan like; write content, engage with the audience on social media, and network with others.
As a blogger, I love to network with others and write content. There is nothing as such to hate in Blogging, but I dislike when someone steals the content.
Blogging is a process. To run a blog successfully one should execute the process like content creation, graphics design, SEO, promotion.
So all the processes are important in blogging to run it successfully.
SEO is a long-term game, slow in nature, and heavily depends on Search Engine Algorithms. But yes, as it’s Free traffic one should optimize the blog for SEO purposes.
On the other hand, Digital Marketing is very broad where you market your brand, content, website via different marketing channels and strategies like Social Media Marketing (SMM), Social Media Optimization (SEO), Email Marketing, and SEO is part of Digital Marketing.
In one word, one should not just focus on SEO but implement other Digital Marketing strategies too and Spend more time on marketing content.
Very powerful. It can change life and business.
Since maximum organizations are going digital, getting paying customers for business is very competitive. So all businesses are looking to get the customer digitally rather than traditional marketing and the best form of getting customers is implementing an Affiliate Marketing strategy for the business.
The Affiliate Marketing model is very simple to execute, where you pay commission to Affiliates who are promoting your product and bringing paying customers. The more affiliate partners promote your products, the more it is beneficial to your business.
On the other hand, Affiliate Marketing is a very handsome source of passive income. Anyone, from anywhere in the world, from any background, can do affiliate marketing to make money online.
This is how Affiliate Marketing is powerful where anyone can make money online and grow.
As many of you know that, I am a part-time blogger, so I change my routine some time depending on need.
However, I focus on doing some important work early in the morning. I start my day very early in the morning, as morning hours are very productive for important work like content writing.
In the afternoon, I spend time on my office work. In the evening, I spend time on Social Media, watching YouTube Videos related to learning, and experimenting on different side hustle activities, etc.
Content is the King. Therefore, it’s more important. SEO is the form of content optimization.
Secondly, good Design\UX helps in navigation and increases the look and feel of the website. This makes your audience love your website.
Competitors are good for business. By networking, following up with them gives you a good chance to grow and helps to see what recent trends are going on in the market.
It helps you to form the strategy, expand the business according to recent trends.
I am a mentor to myself. I learned all from all my fellow blogging friends and pro bloggers like (Chayan, Sumit, Shantanu, Ankit, Kulwant, Santosh, Ryan, Ramesh, Vishwajit, Mangesh, and many more)
Nothing special as such but a few things newbie should focus on:
You are doing pretty well in your blog StartupSetting.com. I liked the way you structured and designed your blog. Your Blog is very easy to navigate and tells a clear message about what you are offering, what content categories you are covering.
It is an excellent blog. Keep up the good work brother.
Yes, I have some goals for 2021 like:
So, that is the all-in interview with Amol Chavan. Hope you learn and enjoy the interview. If you want to learn more about side hustle then you have to follow his blog GrowthFunda.
Hi, I am Sandipan Pramanick from Kolkata, India
I am very glad that you are here and checked out my website. I am a professional Graphics, Web Designer and Passionate about SEO, Digital Marketing.
I am in this field around 5+ years. Currently, I am working in a private company as a SEO & Digital Marketing Executive, Asst. Graphics – Web Designer.
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