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Ten years ago, I could never have imagined a side hustle. Sure, I’d been to Mary Kay makeovers, Pampered Chef tastings, and jewelry parties but I didn’t see the appeal. That is until I got a little older and wiser. I noticed that doctors and lawyers that I knew were doing something “on the side.” And, then I heard about marketing wine.

Here are some quick benefits to marketing wine as a side gig:

  • You work in time for your side hustle around your own schedule.

  • The only boss you report to is YOU.

  • It’s a home-based business. It’s amazing what you can accomplish on the phone.

  • There’s no required inventory. We’re an e-commerce wine business. You can even ship your tasting sets to your party host.

  • There’s potential for residual income. A majority of my customers are wine club members with repeat orders.

  • You can work your business from anywhere. I was putting in orders during a road trip to another state last year.

  • Your income is based on what you put into your business by growing your customer base and adding partners in wine.

  • Our company offers every tool needed to grow including wine education and tools for marketing.

  • Now, when I travel and visit a winery or take a tour of a vineyard, it’s a business expense.

  • And, the best part is wine is social and it’s meant to be shared so social selling and direct marketing is the perfect business model for this market.

When I started as an independent wine consultant, I was working full-time in the hotel industry so I would schedule my tastings and follow up with customers during my lunch hour. I’d schedule my wine tastings in the evenings and weekends and put in my orders that same night. Even, during COVID, I did virtual wine tastings and I often had customers order because of our clean-crafted wine commitment.

If you enjoy wine and you’re interested in adding a secondary income this is a great business. Our commissions start at 15% and it increases to 25% based on our personal volume including our own wine purchases. I’m proud to say I’m often on the Top Ten list in personal volume for our team and I can train you to grow your business like I have.

Cheers to living well and loving wine. If you’re interested in learning more about being a wine consultant, let’s connect. Find me on Instagram and request more information on my wine link.

One of my hats is an independent wine consultant and, as you can guess, it’s one of my favorite roles because I really enjoy wine. Over the years, I found these three wine tools are essential for wine lovers. Here you go!

Wine Opener

If you’re a regular wine drinker or a wine consultant like me, there are certain tools that should be in your kitchen drawer or wine bar.

Let’s start with wine openers…

My favorite is the Hicoup Wine Opener. During a dinner party, one of my wine-loving friends recommended this wine opener. It’s ergonomic and it works well too. Cheers to that.

But, if you have a hard time with a waiter’s corkscrew, then try this one. It’s the Cork Pops Original Wine Bottle Opener It’s actually kind of fun. One crazy night we just kept using it to open bottles, even the crap wines, and this was before I’d discovered clean-crafted wine. We definitely regretted that later… Yikes.

Red Wine Stain Remover

Honestly, I didn’t believe this Chateau Spill Red Wine Stain Remover would work until I went to a party and someone spilled an entire glass of wine on my friend who was wearing a white dress. The hostess immediately loaned her a dress while she took the stain out. And, voila, the red wine stain was gone. I don’t know what’s in this red wine stain remover but it’s a must. I may buy an extra bottle and keep it in my wine carrier for emergency spills during my wine tastings.

VacuVin Pump

We all have those nights when we don’t finish the bottle so rather than try to stick the cork back in and risk a spill, the best way to preserve your wine is using the Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump with Vacuum Bottle Stoppers. You put the stopper in and use the pump until you hit a little click. You remove air from your wine bottle to keep wine tasting new for up to a week!

There are my favorite wine tools. You’ll find them in my kitchen drawer. Cheers to living well and loving wine. If you’re interested in learning more about being a wine consultant, let’s connect. Find me on Instagram and request more information on my wine link.

Updated: May 2, 2022

The year 2020 has been an incredible year for me both personally and professionally. I celebrated a milestone birthday. I wrote a book. I grew my side hustle into a real income-producing business. And, I was furloughed as the hotel industry came to a halt due to COVID-19.

Like many people, I have never filed for unemployment. And, I’ve never had so much extra time on my hands. Even when I was working full-time, I would spend part of my evenings growing my wine business by doing wine tastings and reaching out to potential wine customers. Then on weekends, my friend and I worked on our book, 100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die. Our publisher Reedy Press released the book on April 1, 2020.

Ironically, this extra time allowed me to reach my biggest month in sales with Scout & Cellar and gave me time to promote our book in new ways. Our virtual book launch and the press on our book has positioned us as local experts.

It has also given me time to focus on growing my skills. Like Rachel Hollis says, you can learn anything on YouTube. I also spent a Saturday doing a virtual Rise seminar with Rachel Hollis. Now I’m committing time to sharpen my skills in various areas to further my career.

While I’ve written blogs offering tips for Galveston, I’ve never written a blog offering tips for marketing and communication. And, I’m excited to share my knowledge.

While you can’t control everything in your life, you can control your reaction and your response. At the beginning of the year, I declared my word for the year as FOCUS. And, I will focus on my goals and my future. What’s your word?

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