How to Start a 3D Printing Side Business and Blog

About the Episode:

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Nikko Mendoza, the founder of Nikko Industries, his 3D printing side business that’s earning an average of $8,400/mo today from a combination of revenue sources that include the sales of both printed products and digital files, a Patreon membership group, his online course (3D Printed Profits) and more.

Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, Nikko holds down a full-time job working for an electrical utility company—where his schedule requires working a few 12-hr shifts in a row, leaving him several days to work on side projects throughout the week.

Nikko’s no stranger to the side hustle but his last business, a fitness boot camp center didn’t quite go as planned, and he ended up closing up shop with about $120,000 in debt after the business wasn’t growing the way he’d hoped.

Fast forward to today, Nikko’s learned a thing or two—and he’s gone from testing his way into his more diversified 3D printing business to now being on track to soon break the six-figure revenue mark.

In Today’s Episode, We Talk About:

02:20 Where Nikko is originally from.
04:15 His very first side project.
05:12 How he got into a boot camp.
06:36 How he got into 3D printing.
09:19 The very first thing hw made with his 3D printer.
11:20 Why he decided to 3D printing into a side business.
13:46 Total revenue from all his income sources.
14:03 Benefits he offers to his Patreon members.
17:09 The number way people find his website.
21:07 The best investment he’s made in order to grow his business.


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Resource Mentioned

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Connect with My Guest

Nikko's Patreon

Nikko's Website and Blog

Nikko's course: 3D Printed Profits

Nikko's Etsy Shop

Nikko on Twitter and Instagram

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Ryan Robinson
Ryan Robinson

Full-time blogger, podcaster and side project aficionado. Join me here, on ryrob.com to learn how to start a blog, make money blogging and grow a profitable side business. I also write for publications like Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc, Business Insider and more. Let’s chat on Twitter about business and side projects.

    5 replies to "#127: How Nikko Mendoza Started an $8,400/mo 3D Printing Side Business (and Blog)"

    • Yvette Gholar

      Hi, what was the website that Nikko gave at the end of the interview where he teaches how to do 3D printing? He said it so fast that everything I typed in did take me to the website. Thanks!!!

    • Yvette Gholar

      Nevermind!! I found it!!!!

    • Michael Amon

      Very interesting sir…Thanks for sharing with us

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