28-year-old ER nurse makes more than $2 million selling her notes on Etsy
A very clever side hustle! 28-year-old ER nurse says she’s made more than $2 MILLION selling her notes on ETSY – after her teaching videos went viral on TikTok
An emergency room nurse has revealed how she made more than $2 million selling her notes on Etsy after graduating. Stephanie Beggs, 28 (pictured), from California, turned her side hustle into a full-time business after going viral on TikTok, where she now has more than 650,000 followers thanks to her training videos.
The founder and CEO of RNExplained shared her incredible success story on Fox Business’ Varney & Co on Monday after being named to this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the education sector.
“I failed at it. It was very unintentional. I started selling my notes when I graduated from nursing school,” she told host Ashley Webster, who was filling in for Stewart Varney. “I was preparing for what we call the NCLEX for nursing. And it was right when the pandemic happened, so I didn’t have who to study with. I’d put myself on the wall and write it down. And then I’d post it on social media and people liked it.”
In June 2020, Beggs shared her first tutorial video on TikTok, and viewers started asking her to buy her handwritten notes. Demand led to her Etsy shop, RNExplained, where she sells her notes and care-themed merchandise, including t-shirts, notebooks and sticker sets.
“I created a store that ended up going viral,” she explained. “So now I’m selling study sheets. I passed the boards a long time ago, and now I sell them to students who are approaching their exams and taking tests in nursing school.’ Prices range from $2 for a single worksheet to study terms to $30-$40 for subject packs for her classroom. She also offers a comprehensive nursing school package with all her records for $115.
Beggs told Webster that last year she “hit $2 million” in revenue and turned RNExplained into a full-time job. She added that she still works as an emergency room nurse and also teaches pharmacology at a university. The TikTok creator continues to grow her online empire with the launch of the RNExplained Teaching Series on YouTube.
“My training videos are free, no frills, filled with memory tricks and mnemonics, and provide tons of content every nursing student needs,” she shared in her promo video. Beggs wrote an essay for Insider earlier this month about how she became a nurse and launched her multimillion-dollar business.
She explained that she earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and was working as an operations assistant at Warner Brothers Studios when she realized she wanted to be in the medical profession. Pictured: Beggs prides herself on the clear and concise notes she breaks down in her videos.
At 25, she started an accelerated nursing program, which led to her TikTok page and tutorials a year later.
“I work 12-hour shifts at the hospital and when it’s over, I go home and work on being an influencer and my business. When I have days off, all I do is work on social media, whether it’s creating and editing content or responding to comments, DMs and emails,” wrote Beggs, who shoots and edits her own videos. She noted that everything she teaches on social media “comes full circle in real life in the emergency room.”
“Even two years later, it’s still mind-blowing that my TikTok has blown up so much. Sometimes it can be so shocking that so many people want to follow me,” she admitted. “But then I take a step back and realize that I’ve put in so much work and that it shouldn’t be so surprising that people are excited and loving my content.”
She added: “At the end of the day, I feel really good that I can influence people’s care and health care pathways, just as they have influenced me.”
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