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The Side Hustle Show

English, Financial News, 1 season, 620 episodes, 3 days, 16 hours, 10 minutes
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The Side Hustle Show is the podcast for part-time entrepreneurs who are looking for business ideas, actionable tips to start a business, and killer strategies on how to turn their side hustle dreams into a growing business. We cover all aspects of starting a business and making money (online and offline), including small business marketing, sales, websites, social media marketing, blogging, time management, and more. Our topics include passive income ideas, niche sites, self-publishing, software and app development, coaching and consulting, freelancing, affiliate marketing, Amazon FBA, and much more. Learn how to turn your business idea into your own thriving small business. Starting your own business gives you the freedom and opportunity to quit your job. It doesn't take a high-flying start-up to make money or create an awesome lifestyle business. Guests include Jon Acuff, Chris Ducker, Brian Clark, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, and many Tim Ferriss and Gary Vaynerchuk proteges. Because your 9 to 5 may make you a living, but your 5-9 makes you alive. Hosted by Nick Loper, Chief Side-Hustler at Side Hustle Nation (.com).
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619: $85/hr Organizing Other People’s Pictures

Do you have an overwhelming number of photos scattered across your phone or even tucked away in dusty albums in the attic? Would you hire someone to organize it for you? I never imagined photo organizing as a side hustle could pay $85/hr per project, nor did I anticipate its high demand. But Cheryl DiFrank from mymemoryfile.com says she's building a six-figure business in the process. Tune in to Episode 619 of the Side Hustle Show to learn: how photo organizing works who it might be a good fit for how to launch this side hustle going off the ground Full Show Notes: $85/hr Organizing Other People’s Pictures New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Ladder – Get instantly approved for term life insurance—no doctors, no needles, no paperwork! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Shopify — Sign up for a $1 per month trial!
7/18/202446 minutes, 10 seconds
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618: 7 Questions to Ask Before You Quit Your Job

Are you ready to hand in your two week's notice and become your own boss? Not so fast. Quitting your job to pursue your business full-time is a dream for many side hustlers, but there are a few things you should have in place before you make the leap. When I was working in my corporate gig, I probably stuck around longer than I needed to because I'm a little more risk averse. I was out to dinner with my boss in Eureka, CA ... and it wasn't until my second beer I finally got up the nerve to tell him I was leaving. Since I'd been thinking about it for at least a year, it felt amazing to get that off my chest. But it wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision or a triumphant flip-off-everyone-in-the-office-and-make-a-dramatic-exit. It was the result of 3 years of hustling nights and weeks to build my business (the now-defunct footwear comparison shopping site). Here are the most important questions to answer before you make the leap. Full Show Notes: 7 Questions to Ask Before You Quit Your Job New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Shopify — Sign up for a $1 per month trial! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post!
7/15/202422 minutes, 2 seconds
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617: Scaling to a 7-Figure Sale: Affiliate Marketing Beyond SEO

It’s 2019, and we hear from a couple of guys on the Side Hustle Show about their part-time website. It’s about a year old, and they’re writing these in-depth product reviews and comparison posts, monetizing with affiliate partnerships, and doing around $20k a month. Fantastic results for a fairly new site. That site was finvsfin.com, and it recently sold just a few months ago for a 7-figure sum. Co-founder Alex Goldberg is here to catch us up on what’s working today in a volatile SEO landscape and how website owners can still position themselves for success while relying less and less on organic traffic. Tune in to Episode 617 of the Side Hustle Show to learn: the traffic source that saved Fin vs Fin during SEO volatility how to de-risk your business from organic traffic dependence the basics of ads arbitrage for your niche how to secure profitable partnerships Full Show Notes: Scaling to a 7-Figure Sale: Affiliate Marketing Beyond SEO New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Shopify — Sign up for a $1 per month trial! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post!
7/11/202456 minutes, 47 seconds
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GH: Hiring Your First Virtual Assistant: When, Where, and How to Do it Right

We all have a limit to our capacity. For some entrepreneurs and small business owners, that’s a tough pill to swallow. But when you’re up against that ceiling you've got two options. You can: Settle in. Get help. This episode is about growing your team in such a way that you have some breathing room in your schedule and in your mental bandwidth to do the work that’s required of a business owner. Even though I’ve been hiring virtual help in my businesses since 2005, I’ve still got a lot to learn! This is something that’s been on my mind this year as I think about where I want my current operations to go and who can help get me there. To help dive into this topic, I’m excited to welcome John Jonas and Nate Hirsch to the show. Between them, they’ve got more than 60 virtual team members and have been practicing remote management for more than a decade. They both run platforms to help you make your first virtual hire as well: John heads up OnlineJobs.ph, the largest remote job board and resume database for workers in the Philippines. Nate created FreeeUp.com, a curated freelance marketplace for workers all around the world. He also founded Ecombalance.com, a monthly bookkeeping service for Ecommerce Sellers/agencies, and OutsourceSchool.com where he teaches his hiring processes. Tune in to hear John and Nate’s take on when it’s time to hire, how to find the best talent for your budget, and some common mistakes to avoid. Full Show Notes: Hiring Your First Virtual Assistant: When, Where, and How to Do it Right New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Shopify — Sign up for a $1 per month trial! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! This is Small Business Podcast – Brought to you by Amazon, explore the stories of small business owners as they navigate their path to success!
7/4/20241 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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616: Lifestyle Creep, Luck, and Why Every Podcast Guest Has an Online Course: Q&A w/ Nick

In this episode, we're diving deep into the listener mailbag for a Q&A session. I'll tackle things like lifestyle creep, the role of luck, and inadvertently breaking a bunch of links. And hey, why does it seem like every podcast guest is selling an online course? Spoiler: there’s some truth to it, and we’ll dig into why that happens. This is the 16th installment of this series, so feel free to check out the older ones: 585: Giving Away Ideas, Getting Great Guests, Growing Your Business, and More: 20 Questions With Nick 556: Pricing, Podcasting, Permission to Quit, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 498: Profitable Podcasting, Getting Clients, and $50k/mo in Passive Income: 20 Questions with Nick 451: Affiliate Marketing, Early Retirement, and Side Hustle Shifts Over 8 Years of Podcasting: 20 Questions with Nick 431: Fear of Selling, Protecting Ideas, Podcasting and More 412: Side Hustle Ethics, Charging Your Friends, the Side Hustles I’m Most Excited About, and More 365: Market Saturation, Mind Mapping, Miracle Mornings, and More 346: The Con of the Side Hustle, Beanie Babies, Affiliate Marketing, and More 320: Multiplying Money, Morning Routines, and $100k Side Hustles 291: Email, Ebooks, Platforms, and Conferences 271: Brilliant Blogging, Ruthless Productivity, and Guaranteed Success 245: Network Marketing, Imposter Syndrome, My Side Hustle Mistakes, and More 219: Growing Traffic, Monetization, List-Building, a Day in the Life, and More 198: Blogging, Branding, Book Writing, and Finding the Right Side Hustle for You 181: SEO, Affiliate Marketing, Self-Publishing, Udemy, and More It's a jam-packed Q&A session with actionable insights to help you level up your side hustle game, so there's a little something for everyone in this episode. Let's dive in! Full Show Notes: Lifestyle Creep, Luck, and Why Every Podcast Guest Has an Online Course: Q&A w/ Nick New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Shopify — Sign up for a $1 per month trial! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! This is Small Business Podcast – Brought to you by Amazon, explore the stories of small business owners as they navigate their path to success!
7/1/202425 minutes, 9 seconds
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615: Local Newsletters: $200k from 18k subscribers

Local newsletter business opportunities have always caught my eye as a side hustle enthusiast. I'm constantly on the lookout for ventures that are low overhead, scalable, and sellable. Newsletter businesses, with examples like The Hustle and Morning Brew, tick all these boxes, selling for impressive 8-figure exits. But Ryan Sneddon from Naptown Scoop has taken a unique approach to the newsletter business, focusing on his local hometown, Annapolis, Maryland. He has become a pillar of the community along the way while making $200k a year from 18k subscribers. Tune in to Episode 615 of the Side Hustle Show to learn: how Ryan grew his subscriber base how he monetizes the business the logistics of putting out high quality newsletter five days a week Full Show Notes: Local Newsletters: $200k from 18k subscribers Your Listener Bonus: 50+ Newsletter Niches New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Tailor Brands — Get 35% off LLC formation plans! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! This is Small Business Podcast – Brought to you by Amazon, explore the stories of small business owners as they navigate their path to success! LinkedIn Sales Solutions – Try LinkedIn Sales Navigator free for 60 days!
6/27/202454 minutes, 56 seconds
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614: Scaling a Local Service Business: Multi 6-Figures in Pet Waste Removal

It's not every day you spot one of your podcast guests' yard signs while driving, but that's exactly what happened to me. As we cruised the neighborhood, a bright pink "Kroopin's Poopin Scoopin" sign caught my eye. We first heard from this guest in 2020. She was earning around a thousand bucks a week from her part-time pooper scooper/pet waste removal business. And since then, it has grown to serve almost 200 weekly residential customers at an average ticket price of $99/month. In this 'Where Are They Now?' episode, I have once again Erica Krupin from Kroopin's Poopin Scoopin to talk about what this former side hustle looks like at scale. Full Show Notes: Scaling a Local Service Business: Multi 6-Figures in Pet Waste Removal New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Ladder – Get instantly approved for term life insurance—no doctors, no needles, no paperwork! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! This is Small Business Podcast – Brought to you by Amazon, explore the stories of small business owners as they navigate their path to success! Tailor Brands — Get 35% off LLC formation plans w/ code SIDEHUSTLE.
6/20/202455 minutes, 45 seconds
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GH: Best Dad Advice: 10 Life and Business Lessons from Dad

In honor of father’s day, I wanted to share some of the best advice I’ve received from my dad over the years, and how we can all work to apply it in life and in business. For the sake of background, dad is a chemical engineer — he spent decades of his career at one company — but still had lots of entrepreneurial experiences and insights along the way. (He did do a bit of consulting in retirement!) The funny thing is almost all of these were very literal conversations, which I’ve extrapolated out (30 years later!) to have a broader meaning. And as I think about the kind of advice I want to be passing along to my own kids, I think these kinds of concrete illustrations may be a really effective way to do it. Especially if they turn out to be the over-analyzing types like me! Full Show Notes: Best Dad Advice: 10 Life and Business Lessons from Dad New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: LinkedIn Sales Solutions – LinkedIn’s deep sales platform gets you more conversations with people that matter! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Tailor Brands — Get 40% off the all-in-one platform to build your online brand the smart way w/ code SIDEHUSTLE.
6/17/202423 minutes, 47 seconds
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613: 14 Income Producing Assets

Income producing assets are things you own (or control) that pay you every month, quarter, or year. In this post, I’ll share some of the best income producing assets you can build or acquire — starting on the side. These selections are based on: 15+ years building income-producing assets online 20+ years as an investor in income producing assets 500+ interviews with successful side hustlers You’ve probably heard the saying that it “takes money to make money,” but that’s not always true. Sure, starting with money will help, but you can also create income producing assets with a little sweat equity. Ready? Let’s do it! Full Show Notes: 14 Income Producing Assets New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: LinkedIn Sales Solutions – LinkedIn’s deep sales platform gets you more conversations with people that matter! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! This is Small Business Podcast – Brought to you by Amazon, explore the stories of small business owners as they navigate their path to success! Tailor Brands — Get 40% off the all-in-one platform to build your online brand the smart way w/ code SIDEHUSTLE.
6/13/202443 minutes, 15 seconds
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GH: Should I Start a Freelance Business or Build an Agency? Side Hustle Showdown

A service business is one of the fastest side hustles to get off the ground, and you can scale it by hiring other people to deliver the work. But is there an advantage to staying a solo operator? In this Side Hustle Showdown, we're looking at freelancing vs. building an agency. For this debate, I invited a couple members of The Side Hustle Nation community who both run cleaning companies: Chris Schwab from ThinkMaids.com represented the agency side. We last heard from Chris in episode 294, where he talked about how he’d built his cleaning business to $60k a month in revenue, and scaled back his own involvement to just 10 minutes a day. Ken Carfango from SmartCleaningSchool.com represented the solo freelance side. Ken’s a former engineer and a father of 5 who’s got his cleaning business dialed in where he can knock out the work himself in just a couple days, and enjoy 5-day weekends with his family. Tune in to hear both Chris and Ken discuss which business model is best for: Getting started Finding new clients Scaling Start-up costs How to exit And more If you’re trying to decide which path you want to take, stick around to learn how to avoid the dreaded “valley of despair” that often afflicts service businesses, and how to get started on the right foot. Full Show Notes: Should I Start a Freelance Business or Build an Agency? Side Hustle Showdown New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Squarespace — Start building your professional website for free today, and take 10% off your first website or domain! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Tailor Brands — Get 40% off the all-in-one platform to build your online brand the smart way w/ code SIDEHUSTLE.
6/6/20241 hour, 49 seconds
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612: 10 Ways to Make Your Side Hustle Feel “Real”

Before we begin, I should note that the single BEST way to make your side hustle feel official is to get paid. As soon as you’ve got your side hustle idea, go sell something. Seriously. That first income — no matter how small — is an empowering moment. In fact, I did a whole episode describing how I got my first sale in 6 different businesses, and later another 25 members of Side Hustle Nation shared their story in this fun round-up episode. But I also understand that many people — myself include — often want some level of “establishment” before they feel comfortable saying they’re open for business. I opened my first LLC while I was still in college and really had no idea what I needed it for. But it felt good, and if I’m being honest, made me feel smart and important too. And later I got plenty of use out of it. And that’s what this post is about. Even though in the early days of your side hustle, you’re better off focusing on getting customers, sometimes you need a little foundation before you’re mentally ready to focus on getting customers. My only caution is not to use this list as fodder for procrastination, but to use it as a checklist to build positive momentum and keep going. Again, before you pull my hustle card, know that you don’t need any of these to get started. But you will need to do most of these eventually, and if you’re the person who likes to get everything in order first, let’s get that excuse out of the way. Ready? Let’s do it. Full Show Notes: 10 Ways to Make Your Side Hustle Feel More Official New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors:
6/3/202419 minutes, 48 seconds
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611: The 6-Figure Video Game Mom

You know those endless hours you've spent perfecting your Fortnite skills or learning how to defeat a Guardian in Zelda games? There is a chance those skills aren't just good for bragging rights or racking up likes on Twitch. In fact, it is possible to make money out of these games without being an online streamer. I'm talking about teaching video games online, and the demand for these is exploding. In this "Where Are They Now?" series, we have once again Devyn Ricks from missdevyn.com share how much her online gaming teaching business has grown over the last years since we talked in Episode 499. When Devyn and I connected a couple of years ago, she was making around $4,000/month. Today, her business has more than doubled, earning her the title of "six-figure video game mom." She has since expanded her team to 14 teachers. Tune in to Episode 611 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: mechanics of setting up classes on Outschool strategies Devyn used to market her classes how Devyn identified her profitable niche connected with her audience Full Show Notes: The 6-Figure Video Game Mom New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post!
5/30/202455 minutes, 23 seconds
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610: How a Teenager Built and Sold a 6-Figure Lawn Care Business

$70k in profit at age 19? Not bad for a summer business. Jack Fleming started his lawn care journey with just one lawn mower, knocking on his neighbors' doors. He grew Yard Boyz to generate tens of thousands in profit, allowing him to pay for college debt-free, before selling the business for a six-figure sum. In this inspiring episode, we cover: marketing a local service collecting reviews and protecting your reputation hiring and scaling setting the business up for a 6-figure exit Full show notes: How to Start a Lawn Care Business: $70k in Profit at 19 Your Listener Bonus: 101 Service Business Ideas Sponsors: Ladder – Get instantly approved for term life insurance—no doctors, no needles, no paperwork! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Squarespace – Start building your professional website today! Hertz – Save at least 20% every time you rent a car with Hertz Business Rewards!
5/23/202456 minutes, 53 seconds
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609: The Stadium Model of Entrepreneurship: How to think like a sports franchise to unlock more profit from your business

What if we looked at our businesses like professional sports teams? That’s what Vincent Pugliese from Membership Freedom shared, drawing parallels between running a successful business and how sports franchises operate. Vincent helps people build successful membership sites and communities around topics they care about. He previously shared his freelance-to-freedom story of going from making $30k a year to earning $30k in a single day through freelancing. In this episode, Vincent explains the "Stadium Model of Entrepreneurship." This model draws inspiration from how sports franchises operate, offering various levels of access and products to their audience. Full Show Notes: The Stadium Model of Entrepreneurship: How to think like a sports franchise to unlock more profit from your business New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post!
5/20/202436 minutes
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608: How to Start a Billboard Business: $30k a Month Part-Time

Billboards are timeless. And they remain a successful advertising strategy even with the rise of digital technology. With that said, you probably never imagined that a solopreneur could rake in $30,000 a month from it (part-time!). But that’s exactly what Chris Brown from Signs of Good and wantmore.org has done for the past decade. Chris retired early at the age of 42 and now owns approximately 30 billboards around Bentonville, Arkansas. Tune in to Ep 608 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: how to find billboards for sale find places where you could put one how to fill that ad space how passive it is once you’re up and running Full Show Notes: How to Start a Billboard Business: $30k a Month Part-Time New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: The Next Wave - Your personal Chief AI Officer for implementing AI to drive business growth. Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post!
5/16/202454 minutes, 9 seconds
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607: 10 Rules to Get Rich and Build Wealth

Do you want to get rich? To build real, lasting wealth that can change your family's circumstances for generations? Prepare to be disappointed because there are no get-rich-quick shortcuts or overnight secrets. Building wealth takes time, discipline, and sustained effort. But the good news is you can absolutely do it, no matter your current situation or starting point. All it takes is following some proven rules and principles to put you on the path. I'm talking about 10 fundamental rules that will help turn your financial dreams into reality. And they come from my recent conversation with Robert Farrington, founder of the famous personal finance site The College Investor and a longtime guest on The Side Hustle Show. This conversation is based on his article 10 Rules to Get Rich and Grow Wealth. Full Show Notes: 10 Rules to Get Rich and Build Wealth New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Squarespace — Start building your professional website for free today, and take 10% off your first website or domain! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Hertz – Go wherever the road may lead!
5/9/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
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606: Side Hustle Stacking: How One Extra Income Stream Can Lead to More

How can one income stream turn into a whole lot more? Simplify first, diversify second—that’s an idea I have always advocated on the show. The first step towards diversifying is to have something working. But how do you know it’s time to diversify? That is exactly what Bjork Ostrom (our previous guest from Ep 46) has done as he (and his wife Lindsay) masterfully “stacked” multiple online businesses that have developed out of their original food blog, Pinch of Yum. This 10-year-old blog has been a launchpad for Food Blogger Pro (a guide for aspiring food bloggers), Clariti (for optimizing your site's content), and the holding company, TinyBit. And this is the framework he uses to decide if an idea is worth pursuing. Full Show Notes: Side Hustle Stacking: How One Extra Income Stream Can Lead to More New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: The Next Wave - Your personal Chief AI Officer for implementing AI to drive business growth. Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host!
5/6/202442 minutes, 34 seconds
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GH: How to Start a Service Business to Replace Your Income, Step-by-Step

Starting a service business on the side is one of the fastest ways to build extra income. It's flexible, low-overhead, and you can probably start with skills you already have. “I had a lot of drive underneath me," Abbey Ashley told me, about starting her service business back in 2013. "I was super pregnant and I hated my job so much,” Abbey started offering her services as a virtual assistant, and connected with her first clients at local networking events in Washington, DC. My the time her maternity leave was up--just a few short months--Abbey had booked enough work to not have to go back to that job she hated. On top of that, she only had to work 20 hours a week to do it, and could work from home. There are almost no barriers to entry to starting a freelance service business, and the startup costs are minimal. (All Abbey did was make business cards for networking.) In fact, it was a service business, a house painting business in my case, that was one of my first entrepreneurial adventures. Over time, Abbey scaled her virtual assistant business from just herself at $20-30 an hour, to her own little virtual agency, to $75 an hour and up for some specialized work. Full Show Notes: How to Start a Service Business to Replace Your Income, Step-by-Step New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host! Monarch Money — Get an extended 30-day free trial of the top-rated personal finance app!
5/2/202447 minutes, 45 seconds
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605: Blogging in a Post-HCU World: The Savvy 7-Figure Online Business

Google's Helpful Content Update (HCU) hit a lot of online businesses hard with its new update. Even well-established and authoritative websites experienced a significant drop in their rankings. That's why I went behind the scenes with Kelan Kline from The Savvy Couple, whose online blogging side hustle did well even after the update. Kelan built his online business up from making $50 in the first year to now seeing around 500k pageviews a month. That led to his online business making seven figures last year. Tune in to Episode 605 of the Side Hustle Show to learn: Strategies for creating content that resonates with Google's algorithm changes Ways to diversify traffic sources beyond just Google search Tools/tech for content creation, email marketing, monetization, and more. Full Show Notes: Blogging in a Post-HCU World: The Savvy 7-Figure Online Business New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Squarespace - Start building your professional website today! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host! Cantaloupe — Join the 30,000+ entrepreneurs who rely on Cantaloupe to run and grow their vending businesses!
4/25/202454 minutes, 23 seconds
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604: How to Make $3.2M/Year Reselling Products on Amazon

Ever wish you could get a piece of the Amazon pie? Corey Ganim of coreyganim.com did just that, banking $3.2 million in sales by selling other people's products on the e-commerce giant's platform. And he didn't have to deal with the massive upfront costs and headaches of manufacturing his own products. Corey got started in early 2019 and went full-time with his unique wholesale business model by mid-2020. He's since built a multi-million-dollar business buying brand-name inventory at wholesale prices and reselling it on Amazon at a profit. In this episode, Corey shares his best tips and insights featured in his book, The 5 Pillars of Amazon Wholesale and his free Wholesale Challenge training. Full Show Notes: How to Make $3.2M/Year Reselling Products on Amazon New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Ladder – Get instantly approved for term life insurance—no doctors, no needles, no paperwork! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host! Cantaloupe — Join the 30,000+ entrepreneurs who rely on Cantaloupe to run and grow their vending businesses!
4/18/20241 hour, 1 minute, 37 seconds
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603: What Side Hustles Can You Start if You Don't Have Any Skills?

One of the most common questions I get is, "What if I don't have any skills? Can I still start a side hustle?" On the one hand, I totally get that feeling. If you're a teacher, tutoring might seem like an obvious side gig. If you're an accountant, you could freelance or start a bookkeeping business. But not everyone's skills neatly align with a natural side hustle. So what do you do if you don't think you have any marketable skills? Is there still a path to earning extra income on the side? Yes, there absolutely is! And that's what I'm breaking down in this post—your four options to start a profitable side hustle, even if you think you're skillless today. Full Show Notes: What Side Hustles Can You Start if You Don't Have Any Skills? New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Cantaloupe — Join the 30,000+ entrepreneurs who rely on Cantaloupe to run and grow their vending businesses! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host! Squarespace - Start building your professional website today!
4/11/202445 minutes, 25 seconds
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602: $10k/mo On The Side Sharing What You Already Know

If you've ever thought about traveling the world while getting paid (and mingling with the rich and famous on the side), Hugo Ortega's side hustle story may appeal to you. After spending 9 years working as a yacht crew member and captain, traveling to over 60 countries, the former engineer decided to turn his niche career experience into a fast-growing online course business—Superyacht Sunday School. Now, it has grown into a full-time business earning $10K/month. (Sign up for Hugo's free superyacht training here!) Tune into Episode 602 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: building audiences with free valuable content turning followers into email subscribers using lead magnets boosting sales through live virtual trainings and webinars. monetization models like courses, plans, and memberships. Full Show Notes: $10k/mo On The Side Sharing What You Already Know New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Cantaloupe — An all-in-one platform that powers self-service commerce around the world with innovative technology and software solutions for businesses of all sizes Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host! Monarch Money — Get an extended 30-day free trial of the top-rated personal finance app.
4/4/202453 minutes, 29 seconds
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GH: Free Houses: How to Build a $1 Million Real Estate Portfolio on the Side

Austin Miller built a $1.2 million real estate portfolio at 31 years old -- for free. He's a side hustling real estate investor specializing in "creative" financing deals -- houses he can buy without using his own money. Austin is the author of Free Houses: How To Build Your Real Estate Investment Portfolio With No Money. His basic strategy is this: Find a killer deal on a house that needs some work. Buy it with the creative financing methods Austin talks about in this episode. Either do the work yourself or hire contractors. Put a paying tenant in the newly rehabbed home. Refinance the home with a traditional bank loan and pay back the original funding source. The end game is positive monthly cash flow from rental income, plus building a long-term wealth through tenants paying off the mortgage. Austin has developed some unique and interesting ways to hard money and private money to fund his property purchases. The best part – it’s truly a side hustle that can be done in a few hours a week the end result is passive income from rental revenue. Tune in to hear how Austin finds killer deals, buys the houses without risking his own capital, and then rehabs them to get ready to rent. Full Show Notes: Free Houses: How to Build a $1 Million Real Estate Portfolio on the Side New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Squarespace - Start building your professional website today! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host! This is Small Business Podcast - Brought to you by Amazon, explore the stories of small business owners as they navigate their path to success!
3/28/202438 minutes, 31 seconds
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601: The $100k niche consulting business

When you hear "college admissions essay consultant," you might imagine some dull, overly formal academic type. But Carter Osborne from carterosbornetutoring.com took a pretty unconventional path to dominating this niche business. When he started providing tutoring services on the side, he was just a "broke, desperate graduate student" in need of some extra money. Carter actually had no formal business training. His background was in political science and public administration—so not exactly the traditional entrepreneurial breeding grounds. Not exactly the traditional path for an entrepreneur, right? And yet, the untraditional route Carter took allowed him to build a unique $100k consulting business, with almost all the revenue coming in just half the year. While Carter's career path didn't seem logical as a tutor, he was about to discover an untapped market niche that was waiting to be explored. Tune in to Episode 601 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: How to come up with your lucrative side hustle offer How to get your first customers How to grow the business How to handle the delivery logistics as a solopreneur Full Show Notes: The $100k niche consulting business New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Ladder – Get instantly approved for term life insurance—no doctors, no needles, no paperwork! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host! This is Small Business Podcast - Brought to you by Amazon, explore the stories of small business owners as they navigate their path to success!
3/21/202452 minutes, 42 seconds
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600: $500k from a $9 membership

Liz Wilcox found herself at a crossroads. With a growing email list of beginners wanting to learn about email marketing, she knew she wanted to find a way to step away from client work within a couple of years. She had just signed a huge copywriting contract worth $20,000... her biggest one yet. But instead of excitement, all she felt was dread about the massive project she now had to take on. And as a single parent, she knew the importance of creating a business that would support her lifestyle and allow her to be present for her family. This is where the idea of "low cost = low responsibility" appealed to her, as it would allow her to serve her audience at LizWilcox.com while maintaining a manageable workload. So Liz had the idea to create her flagship offer The Email Marketing Membership - a set of done-for-you email newsletter templates that members could access for just $9 per month. Tune in to Episode 600 of the Side Hustle Show to learn: How to come up with ideas for your own recurring revenue membership How Liz built her own email list and audience How to improve retention and continue delivering value to members Full Show Notes: $500k from a $9 membership New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: US Bank — Get a 75,000-point sign-up bonus with the US Bank Business Altitude Power World Elite Mastercard, and earn 2X points on everything you buy for your business. Squarespace - Start building your professional website today! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host! This is Small Business Podcast - Brought to you by Amazon, explore the stories of small business owners as they navigate their path to success!
3/14/202454 minutes, 47 seconds
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599: Vending Machines: The Path to Your First Passive Profits

Tired of trading time for money at your 9 to 5 job? Looking for a way to make passive income with minimal startup costs and overhead? Then starting a vending machine business may be perfect for you. The vending machine industry was valued at $42 billion last year and is expected to grow at 8.1% from 2024 to 2030. Profitable vending machines are everywhere — offices, apartment buildings, gyms, airports. Wherever people gather, there’s an opportunity to provide convenient access to snacks, drinks, and other bestselling impulse-buy items. And it’s a great market to get into because it’s extremely fragmented, with vast potential for growth. No national player owns more than 5% market share. In this episode, you’ll learn: How the vending machine business model works The step-by-step process to go from zero to $1,000+ in monthly passive income Finding ideal locations and signing contracts Buying used machines vs leasing new ones Stocking, restocking, and maintenance procedures Risks to watch out for and mitigation tactics Full Show Notes: Vending Machines: The Path to Your First Passive Profits New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: US Bank — Get a 75,000-point sign-up bonus with the US Bank Business Altitude Power World Elite Mastercard, and earn 2X points on everything you buy for your business. Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Airbnb - Start an Airbnb business and earn money as an Airbnb Host! This is Small Business Podcast - Brought to you by Amazon, explore the stories of small business owners as they navigate their path to success! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202447 minutes, 28 seconds
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598: 21 Little Life Upgrades for 2024

What's one small change you could make right now to instantly improve your life? I'm talking about tweaks that are completely within your control—minor upgrades that deliver outsized returns on your happiness. Today we're talking 21 little life upgrades—small purchases, shifts, and habits you can adopt this year to improve your life. I'll be sprinkling in some of my own tweaks throughout, but we've also got a ton of suggestions from the Side Hustle Nation community on everything from work hacks to health habits to home upgrades. We actually did a whole previous episode on life upgrades back in 2020, Episode 418, with a completely different set of upgrades and tricks. I definitely encourage you to check that one out as well for even more upgrade inspiration! I guarantee you'll find at least one new idea to try out here. Full Show Notes: 21 Little Life Upgrades for 2024 New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: US Bank — Get a 75,000-point sign-up bonus with the US Bank Business Altitude Power World Elite Mastercard, and earn 2X points on everything you buy for your business. Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! The Science of Scaling Podcast — A framework to help guide entrepreneurs through the scaling process! This is Small Business — Pulls back the curtain on pivotal moments in the journey to success for small business owners! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202442 minutes, 55 seconds
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GH: Scaling Up a Service Business: From Idea to $400k in Monthly Recurring Revenue (in Under 3 Years)

Three years ago Design Pickle didn't exist. It wasn't even an idea in founder Russ Perry's head yet. That's why it seems crazy to me that today the unlimited graphic design service is doing $400k in monthly recurring revenue! Back in 2014, Russ was running a creative agency, but he started to hate everything about it. “I felt like I was in a prison of my own creation,” he said. By January 2015, he'd shut down his agency and started working as a freelancer. Not wanting to build a similar prison again, he sought out a different business model -- one with a simpler service offering that was designed to scale. From taking on a friend as his first client to now completing more than 800 design jobs a day, it’s been an incredibly quick ascension and a great example of how to scale a service business. Tune in to hear how Russ grew his business from zero to $410k+ in monthly recurring revenue in less than 3 years. We cover his marketing strategies, his hiring best practices, and what Design Pickle does to keep customers coming back month after month. Full Show Notes: Scaling Up a Service Business: From Idea to $400k in Monthly Recurring Revenue (in Under 3 Years) New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Squarespace - Start building your professional website today! Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! My First Million — Explore new business ideas based on trends and opportunities in the market! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202446 minutes, 50 seconds
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597: Website Rentals: The simple local websites that earn $1000/mo each

Miao Rios was listening to the Side Hustle Show episode “Rank and Rent” with Luke Van Der Veer about creating niche websites to rank them on Google, then renting out the leads to local service businesses. She decided to give it a try, and just 3 months after creating her first site, she got an unexpected call. It was from the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, inviting her new website business to bid on a large demolition project for a local school. Despite having no actual demolition capabilities, Miao took a chance responding to the tender. She partnered with a qualified local contractor, got help polishing up the bidding documents, and ended up winning the $5,000 job! In this episode, you’ll learn how Miao of blackbirdseo.com builds and ranks her sites to earn $1000-$1500 per month passively. More importantly, you’ll get a blueprint to find profitable niches and service providers to create your own side income stream. Tune in to Episode 597 of the Side Hustle Show to learn about: Finding profitable niches and locations Building out niche sites to rank locally Getting high-quality leads Partnering with reliable service contractors Full Show Notes: Website Rentals: The simple local websites that earn $1000/mo each Free Listener Bonus: 50+ Rank and Rent Niches New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: US Bank — Get a 75,000-point sign-up bonus with the US Bank Business Altitude Power World Elite Mastercard, and earn 2X points on everything you buy for your business. Notion – Try Notion AI for free! Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202452 minutes, 59 seconds
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596: An Online Course Business Turns 10: Lessons from $4M in Online Piano Course Sales

You may remember the story Jacques Hopkins first shared on the Side Hustle Show in 2017 about his online piano course. Over the past decade, he systematically scaled Piano in 21 Days, into a powerhouse brand that generated over $4 million in sales. Now in 2024, I connected with Jacques again to get an update on his current projects and perspective looking back on his entrepreneurial wins and lessons learned over the past years. Like all savvy business owners, his approach and focus has evolved quite a bit during that timeframe. Tune in to Episode 596 of the Side Hustle Show to learn: Jacques' online piano course business after 11 years and over $4 million in sales Elements of building a successful online course business How Jacques' passion has shifted after doing this side hustle for over a decade What Jacques is focused on next with his coaching program and podcast Full Show Notes: An Online Course Business Turns 10: Lessons from $4M in Online Piano Course Sales New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Squarespace - Start building your professional website today! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! The Hustle Daily Show - Your daily news podcast about irreverent and informative takes on business & tech! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202448 minutes, 40 seconds
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595: The Million Dollar Weekend / Business Idea Giveaway Show

What if I told you that you could launch a million-dollar business this weekend? Sounds crazy, right? I recently had the pleasure of having Noah Kagan back on the Side Hustle Show podcast. You might remember him from Episode 237 about brainstorming and validating business ideas. Noah is a serial entrepreneur and founder of AppSumo, The Noah Kagan Youtube channel, Noah Kagan Presents podcast, and several other successful ventures. He recently launched a new book called Million Dollar Weekend: The Surprisingly Simple Way to Launch a 7-Figure Business in 48 Hours. Throughout our conversation, we brainstormed numerous side hustle business ideas that listeners could pursue this year. Noah also shared his insights on idea validation, launching quickly, and much more. Tune in to Episode 595 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: How to quickly validate and launch a side hustle idea Multiple promising side hustle concepts to pursue in 2024 The importance of pre-selling a product idea before building it Why services businesses make for promising first side hustles Actionable tips for overcoming "analysis paralysis" and launching faster Full Show Notes: The Million Dollar Weekend / Business Idea Giveaway Show New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: US Bank — Get a 75,000 sign-up bonus with the US Bank Business Altitude Power World Elite Mastercard, and earn 2X points on everything you buy for your business. Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! HubSpot — Connect your data, teams, and customers on one customer platform that grows with your business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202452 minutes, 57 seconds
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594: The $100/day for 100 Days Challenge

Making an extra $100 a day through side hustles might seem out of reach for many people. So how did one side hustler earn over $10,000 in just 100 days? Jaclyn "Jackie" Mitchell (@jaclynmitchell) set out to save for a down payment on a house by breaking a big goal into bite-sized daily targets. By earning $100 every day over 100 days, she ended up netting a total of $10,972. How’d she do it while working a full-time job? By relentlessly testing quick-hitting side hustles, working in public to hold herself accountable, and opening herself up to unexpected income from building an audience. Tune in to Episode 594 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: how to break down big goals into small, daily actions how to leverage communities for advice and accountability. how to look for passive income opportunities how consistency compounds over time Full Show Notes: The $100/day for 100 Days Challenge New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Notion – Try Notion AI for free! Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! Squarespace - Start building your professional website today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202449 minutes, 42 seconds
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GH: 10 Foundational Hustle Habits to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness

As the author of more than 70 books, Steve “S.J.” Scott is one of the most productive and disciplined people I know. His latest title, Habit Stacking, became a Wall Street Journal Bestseller and served as the inspiration for this episode. (Long-time listeners might remember Steve from WAY back in the archives; he was my guest in episode 9 where we discussed how to earn money as a side hustling author.) This time though we’re diving into a few of the habits that allow Steve to continually drive his business forward, and lead a healthier and happier life. Plus, you’ll learn why we think they’re important and how you can apply them in your own life. The 10 habits we cover are: Tracking your time Reviewing your goals daily Writing down the tasks you got done Fixing your “broken windows” Wearing a step-tracking device Keeping a food diary Researching one side hustle Breaking down a big project into actionable steps Following an evening shutdown routine Practicing mindfulness As you can see, they’re not all directly business-related, but most take 5 minutes or less and are designed to increase your productivity, reduce stress, prioritize your workload, and help you find a healthy work-life balance. Tune in to hear how Steve and I incorporate these habits into our daily routines (or plan to, in my case). Full Show Notes: 10 Foundational Hustle Habits to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness New to the Show? Grab your personalized playlist here! Sponsors: Entrepreneur Franchise 500 - Check out the list of the Top 500 Franchicses to own! Factor — Get 50% off America’s #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202448 minutes, 57 seconds
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593: The 30 Day Money Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Detox Program for Your Financial Health

Have you ever done a juice cleanse or a "Whole30" challenge? While I haven't ever gone to that extreme, I DO always feel better physically and mentally after even just a few days of clean eating. So if a quick "cleanse" can work for our health, why not try it with our money? To dive deeper into this, I'm joined by Rachel Jimenez from Money Hacking Mama, one of the most popular Side Hustle Show guests of all time. Her episode on selling printables on Etsy has been downloaded almost 90,000 times. Ready for the cleanse? Let's do it! Full Show Notes: The 30 Day Money Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Detox Program for Your Financial Health Free Listener Bonus: Download the Printable Money Cleanse Checklist. New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Squarespace - Start building your professional website today! Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 2 seconds
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592: How One Side Hustler Turned $65 into $25k in 12 months

When school teacher Claire McCann turned a $65 used table set into $300, she discovered a profitable new side hustle model. Intrigued by the potential to multiply her money by flipping furniture, Claire set out to hone her skills and scale the venture up. Just 15 months later, Claire has earned over $35,000 in profits from furniture flipping using Facebook Marketplace and other digital platforms. Now she spreads her hard-won knowledge so others can succeed too through her The Furniture Flip brand. Tune in to Episode 592 of the Side Hustle Show to learn: Where to source profitable secondhand furniture pieces online for low buy prices Strategies to customize your outreach messages and listings so your deals stand out Which furniture styles and brands yield top resale prices? The economics behind leveraging movers and staging help to scale Best practices to avoid prevalent marketplace scams and fraudsters Full Show Notes: How One Side Hustler Turned $65 into $25k in 12 Months New to the show? Grab your personalized playlist here! Sponsors: Notion – Try Notion AI for free! Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/202445 minutes, 43 seconds
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591: The 10 Best Side Hustles of the Year

We've had hundreds of inspiring side hustle stories on the show this past year, but a few really stood out from the pack. In this week's roundup episode, I'll be counting down the 10 best side hustles of 2023. To make it super easy to revisit any episode, I put together a Side Hustle Show "Best Side Hustles of 2023" playlist on Spotify with quick access to all the audio. Get ready to have your side hustle dreams ignited as we reveal the year's top ideas and strategies for earning outside of the conventional 9 to 5. The only question is - which one will you put into action this year? Let's dive in! Full Show Notes: The 10 Best Side Hustles of 2023 New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Masterclass — Get 15% off an annual membership! Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! Gusto – Get 3 months free when you run your first payroll! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/28/202350 minutes, 30 seconds
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590: The Most Overlooked Way to Make More Money?

Have you ever woken up one day feeling trapped in a career you used to love? The stability of a steady paycheck no longer worth the daily dread of unfulfilling work? Did you suddenly want a career change? I’m talking staring-at-the-ceiling-all-night type misery. Alex Warneke knows exactly how this feels. She found herself creatively stifled and financially limited working as a marine ecologist and park ranger. While loving the subject matter, restrictions around income growth, adventure, and location independence nagged her. She couldn't shake the feeling that her current path just wouldn't get her to the life she envisioned. Despite no prior experience, Alex strategically skilled up and gained Salesforce credentials to increase her income potential dramatically. Her story offers an inspirational template for others looking to pursue more career flexibility. Tune in to Episode 590 of the Side Hustle Show to learn: How Alex was able to increase her earning potential by changing careers The process Alex took to learn Salesforce through the Talent Stacker program What a typical day in the life looks like working as a Salesforce administrator and consultant Common mistakes to avoid on your journey to career change and advancement Full Show Notes: The Most Overlooked Way to Make More Money? Is a Salesforce Career Right for You? Join the Free 5-Day Salesforce Challenge to find out. New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Monarch Money — Get an extended 30-day free trial of the top-rated personal finance app.  Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/202345 minutes, 33 seconds
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GH: How to Replace Your Salary by Buying Mini Businesses

Stacy Caprio was desperate to leave her day job. She ended up doing just that after acquiring – and improving – a portfolio of mini online businesses. In her case, these were websites that make money from advertising. Now, this asset class can be risky, and Stacy is open about her early failures. But if you have some online skills, (or management skills to bring people in if you don’t want to run the site yourself) this can be a fast-track to the cash flow you need to fund your lifestyle. Since websites often sell for 20x monthly earnings, they’re perhaps 10-15x “cheaper” than if you were to rely solely on traditional investments and a 4% withdrawal rate. Sound like the kind of investment that suits your lifestyle? Tune in to episode 323 to hear where Stacy finds these businesses to buy, her unique filtering criteria, and a few quick ways she’s been able to accelerate the cash flow of her portfolio for even better returns. Full Show Notes: How to Replace Your Salary by Buying Mini Businesses New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Gusto – Get 3 months free when you run your first payroll! Factor — Get 50% off America’s #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50! Kababi — Start your 30-day free trial today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/202338 minutes, 39 seconds
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589: How a Simple Idea Turned Into a $50k a Month Side Hustle

Lou Rice was breastfeeding her son Archie one night when disaster struck—she dropped her Kindle on his head! While that experience was upsetting for both of them at the moment, it sparked an idea for Lou and her husband Ben to create a solution. Ben fashioned a silicone strap with staples to attach Lou's Kindle to her hand and prevent any future dropping incidents. Lou tested it out over the next month and absolutely loved having the grip and security of the strap for comfortable one-handed reading during those long middle-of-the-night feeds. And thus, their side hustle, strapsicle.com was born—a company now generating over $50k a month selling their innovative Kindle straps. Not only that, but Strapsicle is on pace for its first-ever 6 figures after recently going viral on TikTok and Instagram. Tune in to Episode 589 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: How an accident sparked a successful product idea Why micro-influencers were key for visibility How early demand was validated before production How diversified sales channels have inherent strengths Full Show Notes: 589: How a Simple Idea Turned Into a $50k a Month Side Hustle New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Ladder – Get instantly approved for term life insurance—no doctors, no needles, no paperwork! Masterclass — Get 15% off an annual membership! Factor — Get 50% off America's #1 ready-to-eat meal delivery service w/ code sidehustle50!
12/7/202344 minutes, 39 seconds
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588: Rental Arbitrage: $700K Renting Out Other People's Properties

Making money in real estate typically requires owning the property, right? Coming up with a large down payment, securing financing, dealing with tenants, handling maintenance and repairs. The barriers to entry aren’t exactly low. But what if you could skip all that and still bring in serious cash flow by renting out apartments and homes without buying them? When Richie Matthews and his wife were looking to supplement their seasonal events business in late 2019, rental arbitrage seemed like an ideal side hustle. Little did they know that just a few months later, that tiny side hustle would quickly scale into a business managing 60 units and generating over $2.5 million in revenue and $700k in profits. He now runs his company, iStayUSA.com. Tune in to Ep 588 of The Side Hustle Show to: Test unfamiliar models with tiny experiments before going “all in” Stay nimble and embrace opportunities, even in uncertainty Build scalable systems and processes early on Diversify marketing channels and revenue streams Focus on profitability metrics rather than solely revenue growth Full Show Notes: Rental Arbitrage: $700k Renting Out Other People's Properties Get your personalized money-making playlist here!
11/30/20231 hour, 43 seconds
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587: 10 Creative Side Hustles that Make Real Money - Part 6

It’s that time of year again—Thanksgiving! For the past years, I’ve celebrated the holiday with an annual roundup of some of the most creative, outside-the-box side hustle ideas and stories that have come across my desk. These unique money-making side hustles stand out not just for their ingenuity but for the impressive income generated by ordinary people putting their skills, passions, and sheer determination to work. This is the 6th installment of the series, so I encourage you to go check out the other episodes if you like this format: 10 Creative Side Hustles Part 1 – 2018 10 Creative Side Hustles Part 2 – 2019 10 Creative Side Hustles Part 3 – 2020 10 Creative Side Hustles Part 4 – 2021 10 Creative Side Hustles Part 5 - 2022 This year’s list features an awesome mix of unconventional side hustles spanning cleaning, gardening, rentals, social media, and more. Each profile contains key stats, actionable ideas, and an inside look you won’t find anywhere else! Full Show Notes: 10 Creative Side Hustles that Make Real Money - Part 6 Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Gusto - Hire, pay, and manage your team all in one place!
11/23/202334 minutes, 7 seconds
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586: Monetize Your Curiosity: $80k in Revenue from a Part-Time Project

Can you really get paid to be curious? When Harry Duran launched the Vertical Farming Podcast in 2020, he had zero experience or connections in the industry — he just wanted to learn more about vertical farming. Yet through strategic partnerships and consistency, he has established himself as a leading voice in this emerging space. Fast forward just over three years later, the show generates over $80,000 in annual revenue. Harry is now seen as a leading authority in the space. His show generates thousands in sponsorship revenue from companies eager to get in front of this highly targeted audience. Tune into episode 586 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: What made him interested in vertical farming Tactics for landing high-profile guests Creative approaches to securing sponsors Strategies for expanding into a media network And much more Full Show Notes: Monetize Your Curiosity: How a Part-Time Podcast Generated $80k in Revenue Listener Bonus: 20 Hobby Niches to Build a Side Hustle Around Free Bonus: Your Podcast Starter Kit Sponsors: Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post! Masterclass — Get 15% off an annual membership! Gusto - Get 3 months free the leading payroll, benefits, and HR platform for small businesses!
11/16/202353 minutes, 47 seconds
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585: Giving Away Ideas, Getting Great Guests, Growing Your Business, and More: 20 Questions with Nick

We've got another round of 20 Questions from Side Hustle Nation listeners on the agenda today! I always enjoy tapping into your collective experience and the challenge of providing helpful answers off the cuff. As is customary on these episodes, I’ve filtered through a stack of questions from the Side Hustle Nation community over the past few months. Though we usually hit 20, this time around we've got 18 questions to explore. This is the 15th installment of this series, making it probably the longest-running series in the Side Hustle Show's history, so feel free to check out the older ones: 556: Pricing, Podcasting, Permission to Quit, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 498: Profitable Podcasting, Getting Clients, and $50k/mo in Passive Income: 20 Questions with Nick 451: Affiliate Marketing, Early Retirement, and Side Hustle Shifts Over 8 Years of Podcasting: 20 Questions with Nick 431: Fear of Selling, Protecting Ideas, Podcasting and More 412: Side Hustle Ethics, Charging Your Friends, the Side Hustles I’m Most Excited About, and More 365: Market Saturation, Mind Mapping, Miracle Mornings, and More 346: The Con of the Side Hustle, Beanie Babies, Affiliate Marketing, and More 320: Multiplying Money, Morning Routines, and $100k Side Hustles 291: Email, Ebooks, Platforms, and Conferences 271: Brilliant Blogging, Ruthless Productivity, and Guaranteed Success 245: Network Marketing, Imposter Syndrome, My Side Hustle Mistakes, and More 219: Growing Traffic, Monetization, List-Building, a Day in the Life, and More 198: Blogging, Branding, Book Writing, and Finding the Right Side Hustle for You 181: SEO, Affiliate Marketing, Self-Publishing, Udemy, and More Topics covered include podcast advertising, SEO resources, deciding which side hustle to focus on, and much more. You'll hear me reflect on getting sponsors for the show, recommend tools for affiliate marketing, give advice on turning a skill into a money-maker, and share what I've been reading lately. There's a little something for everyone in this episode, whether you're just getting started on your first venture or looking to take an existing business to the next level. Let's jump right into the questions! Full Show Notes: Giving Away Ideas, Getting Great Guests, Growing Your Business, and More: 20 Questions With Nick New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here! Sponsors: Kajabi — Start your 30-day free trial today! Ladder – Get instantly approved for term life insurance—no doctors, no needles, no paperwork! BetterHelp — Get 10% off your first month!
11/9/202337 minutes, 11 seconds
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GH: Virtual Consulting: How to Start a Location-Independent Consulting Business

A location-independent consulting business that replaces your day job income in a matter of months? That's what Paul Minors achieved with his virtual software consulting side hustle. You might recognize Paul’s name. Paul is a productivity blogger and consultant from New Zealand. He was part of a fun productivity roundtable episode we did towards the end of 2016 -- that was episode 197 if you want to go back and check it out. At that time, Paul was putting the wheels in motion on his consulting business centered around specific software tools. If you can hitch your cart to a rising tide of interest in a particular tool, and become the go-to expert in that space, you can do really well. Paul was able to leave his day job within a couple of months of starting his business. He was then able to go traveling with his wife for 6-months while working 15-20 hours a week from his laptop. After arriving back home, he started working full-time on his consulting business. “I noticed the impact of that straight away, within a couple of months I had doubled my income,” Paul told me. It's clear Paul has figured out this business model. This episode is packed with ideas you might be able to apply to your own areas of expertise. Maybe you’ll even uncover some areas of expertise you never really considered that special before. Tune in to episode 344 hear: How Paul came across the idea of offering his first consulting services “by accident.” The several different marketing channels that drive targeted traffic to his website How he’s added more products and services to his portfolio Full Show Notes: Virtual Consulting: How to Start a Location-Independent Consulting Business New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here!
11/2/202349 minutes, 5 seconds
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584: Building a 7-Figure Online Business in Just 2 Years

It's one thing to teach a toddler to read; it's another entirely to transform that skill into a 7-figure business. Spencer Russell built Toddlers Can Read from the ground up and achieved tremendous success in just 2 years. Despite early setbacks with initial sales, he adapted by refining the course experience and struck gold with viral content on TikTok. As Spencer innovates, scales, and plans a rebranding, he remains deeply committed to his mission—helping children everywhere unlock their reading potential. Explore his strategies, learn from his experiences, and discover why he believes in giving your side hustle full-time energy. Tune into episode 584 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: How Spencer Russell found his niche in early childhood education Strategies for delivering value and engaging customers Leveraging social media for business growth Expanding reach through blogging and paid advertising Full Show Notes: Building a 7-Figure Online Business in Just 2 years New to the Show? Get your personalized Side Hustle Show playlist Sponsor: BetterHelp — Get 10% off your first month!
10/26/202351 minutes, 38 seconds
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583: $1000s a Month Sharing the Best Deals in Your Niche

David Paxton earns $1000s a month sharing the best golf gear deals on the Internet. And unlike most affiliate businesses, he didn't wait around in the Google sandbox waiting for SEO to take hold. In fact, he made $2000 in his first month! Tune in to the interview to learn how he: sources the deals gets the word out monetizes the business Could you borrow the idea in your own niche? Full Show Notes: $1000s a Month Sharing the Best Deals in Your Niche Your Listener Bonus: 20 Hobby Niches To Create A Promotional Business Sponsors: Masterclass — Get 15% off an annual membership! BetterHelp — Get 10% off your first month! Kababi — Start your 30-day free trial today!
10/19/202349 minutes, 43 seconds
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582: How to Use AI to Create Digital Products: $30k a Month

Becky Beach’s side hustle journey began like many others—with an unhealthy relationship at a day job. After being fired from her toxic work environment, Becky was inspired to start her own business. She launched the blog MomBeach.com in 2015, but it took 6 long years of blood, sweat, and tears before it became a full-time income source. When COVID-19 struck, Becky's blog exploded from 20,000 pageviews a month to over 250,000. Riding the growth, she took the leap into full-time blogging and digital product creation. Just two years later, Becky now earns $30,000 a month, largely from digital product sales. She sells printables, courses, planners, workbooks, and more through her website, Etsy store, and TeachersPayTeachers. Tune into Ep 582 of The Side Hustle Show to learn how to: Build an audience and digital products around problems you can solve Research demand thoroughly before creating any product Funnel free content into paid digital product purchases Drive consistent traffic to maximize your sales funnel potential Full Show Notes: How to Use AI to Create Digital Products: $30k a Month New to the Show? Get your personalized Side Hustle Show playlist! Sponsors: Ladder – Get instantly approved for term life insurance—no doctors, no needles, no paperwork! Indeed – Start hiring NOW with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post!
10/12/202352 minutes, 12 seconds
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GH: House Hacking 101: Live Free and Turn Your Biggest Expense into a Profit Center

What if you could make your rent or mortgage payment go away? Or, what if instead of paying that expense every month, your living situation actually paid you? It’s not as far-fetched as it may sound. In fact, that’s exactly what today’s guest, Craig Curelop, has done by intentionally "house hacking" over the past few years. He’s even written a book on the topic, and it's one I wish I’d had when I was 18 or 19! I would have definitely done some things differently. The basic idea is to use other people’s rents to offset, or even profit from your own housing costs. On top of that, you'll begin building wealth through real estate and earn tax benefits as well. If you have a spare room or two in your home, or you're interested in house hacking, this episode is going to get the gears turning for you. Tune in as Craig runs through some examples of how you can do this. Whether you’re a young professional, or you have a family of your own, you can offset some or all of your mortgage payments. But keep in mind, this isn’t a common path -- this is living for a period of time like others won’t -- as you’ll hear from Craig’s story. Full Show Notes: House Hacking 101: Live Free and Turn Your Biggest Expense into a Profit Center
10/5/202342 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bootstrapping a $1M Direct to Consumer E-Commerce Brand as a Side Hustle

Ben Feys and Kevin Niehoff had a problem. As young professionals working busy day jobs, they struggled with skincare issues like acne and eczema but couldn’t find products that worked for them. Rather than accept their fate, these best friends decided to take matters into their own hands. They dreamed of creating the “Nike of skincare” — a brand built specifically for active males like themselves. In 2019, Ben and Kevin finally decided to scratch their entrepreneurial itch and turn this passion project into a side hustle reality. Little did they know their bootstrapped men’s skincare line YoPrettyBoy.com would generate over $1 million in annual revenue just a few years later. Tune into Episode 581 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: How Kevin and Ben validated the market opportunity for PrettyBoy The extensive research and preparations that went into formulating and launching their products Clever branding and positioning strategies to stand out in a crowded market Traction tactics to efficiently acquire customers and drive repeat sales Key operational areas like manufacturing, fulfillment, and inventory management Full Show Notes: Bootstrapping a $1M Direct to Consumer E-Commerce Brand as a Side Hustle
9/28/202334 minutes, 20 seconds
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580: 2 Quick and Easy to Start Side Hustles to Make Extra Money

I’ve got a couple Plug and Play Side Hustles for you today that are quick and easy to start. In the first side hustle, we dive into mattress flipping through Sharetown. Find out how it works, what you need to get started, and how much you can expect to make. For the full details, check out: Sharetown Review: Inside the Mattress Pickup and Resale Side Hustle For our second side hustle, we talk with a veteran mystery shopper. Get the details on how to get started, how to avoid scams, and the best companies to work for.  For the full details, check out: How to Become a Mystery Shopper: 10 Best Companies (2023)
9/21/202328 minutes, 14 seconds
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579: Ice Vending: $2500/Month in (almost) Passive Profits

Making extra money on the side often requires finding ways to create leverage. Leverage means getting paid multiple times for work you only have to do once, and making money without having to actively do the work yourself. One side hustler who has cracked the code on leveraged profits is Steve Slagle. By day, Steve works construction jobs. But outside of his 9 to 5, he now earns over $2500 a month from Beachside Ice, his ice vending machine business. In this episode, Steve takes us through the world of vending machine location negotiations, landowner compensation, and the importance of maintaining positive relations. We explore the finer details of partnering with manufacturers, securing permits, and overseeing installation and delivery. Tune into Episode 579 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: Ideal locations for steady demand with ice vending machines Financing options for starting an ice vending operation Local customer promotion with grassroots marketing Maximizing profits through maintenance strategies Scaling ice vending for semi-passive income Full Show Notes: Ice Vending: $2500/Month in (almost) Passive Profits
9/14/202349 minutes, 42 seconds
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GH: 27 "Weird" Productivity Hacks You Can Try Today

What are the quick, simple, and maybe a little “weird” productivity tricks entrepreneurs use to get more done? Well, I’m always curious about that myself so I decided to ask 26 of my most productive and successful friends for the “hacks” and tools they use every day. (And I added in one of my own to round out the list.) This episode was a ton of fun to put together and I owe a huge thank you to everyone who participated! I know I learned of a few new tools to try and I’m sure you will to. If you like this style of show, you might consider checking out last year’s round-up episode as well, which asked 25 people how they made their first side hustle or business income. You can see the participants and the approximate timestamps of their advice below. Enjoy! Full Show Notes: 27 "Weird" Productivity Hacks You Can Try Today
9/7/202353 minutes, 9 seconds
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578: Side Hustle Showdown: Sweaty Startups vs. Laptop Lifestyle

Starting a side hustle is all about finding new ways to make extra money outside of your regular 9-5 job. And in today’s digital world, there are two primary paths people take — starting a local business or building an online business from your computer. But which strategy should you pursue to start earning real income as a side hustler? That’s the discussion in which Nick Huber, co-founder of Storage Squad and host of The Sweaty Startup podcast, and Miles Beckler, an online business expert, share their perspectives on both approaches. Tune into episode 578 of The Side Hustle Show to learn how to: Leverage your existing skills and interests Identify underserved needs to fill Commit for the long haul Delegate extensively Provide real value to others Full Show Notes: Side Hustle Showdown: Sweaty Startups vs. Laptop Lifestyle
8/31/202346 minutes, 14 seconds
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577: Scaling an Online Business for Recurring Revenue: From Course to Membership

Starting an online tutoring business while juggling nursing school and 6 kids sounds daunting. As a nursing student struggling to keep up with her coursework, Nicole discovered a passion for helping fellow students learn difficult concepts and develop effective study skills. This launched her on an incredible 10-year-long journey - from tutoring classmates to building a thriving online membership site, YourNursingTutor. How'd she pull it off while raising 6 kids? In this episode, we'll hear Nicole's story of pivoting from an online course to a membership model and achieving recurring revenue. Tune into episode 577 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: How Nicole revived her business after a Google algorithm collapse Pivoting from an online course to membership model Creative tactics to attract audience and drive sales How Nicole optimized her offers and funnel for maximum value How TikTok helped Nicole gain 80K+ followers fast Full Show Notes: Scaling an Online Business for Recurring Revenue: From Course to Membership Get your personalized money-making playlist here!
8/24/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 55 seconds
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576: Audience Growth Hacks w/ a Multi 6-Figure Creator

Growing an engaged audience is crucial but challenging when starting a podcast or online business. Chris Hutchins started the All the Hacks podcast in May 2021. Today, he reaches over 250,000 downloads per month and has released over 120+ episodes optimizing life, money, and travel and built other content to help listeners upgrade their lives. In this episode, we'll take a deep dive into Chris's approach to growing his audience quickly and how you can apply similar tactics in your own business or side hustle. Tune into episode 576 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: How Chris gained traction in the podcasting space Clever marketing tactics to grow your audience Ideas for turning listeners into paying customers Key mindsets for podcasting success Chris's #1 tip for side hustlers this year Full Show Notes: Audience Growth Hacks w/ a Multi 6-Figure Creator
8/17/202355 minutes, 47 seconds
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575: 3 Questions, a $10k Launch, and 8,516 Warners: My 2023 Mid-Year Progress Report

I hope you're having an awesome start to your year so far. The first half of 2023 has been filled with exciting new projects, experiments, wins, challenges, and everything in between for Side Hustle Nation. In this progress report, I want to give you an inside look behind the scenes at what I've been working on so far this year. The goal is to provide a transparent view into running this side hustle that's now over 10 years old. There's been some new habit installations, email marketing tests, product launches, podcast experiments, website updates, and more. I'll share what's going well, what's still a work in progress, and what's on the horizon for the rest of 2023 and beyond. Full Show Notes: 3 Questions, a $10k Launch, and 8,516 Warners: My 2023 Mid-Year Progress Report  
8/10/202337 minutes, 2 seconds
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GH: How to Start a Business You Care About — With No Business Ideas and No Money

Imagine going from having no business ideas and no money, to making your first sales in 2 weeks. It’s not a far-fetched goal according to this week’s guest. Alan Donegan from PopUpBusinessSchool.co.uk specializes in guiding people through this transformation, and he says that everyone has a profitable business idea in their heads – and he knows how to find it. He does this through in-person workshops that are free to attend by forming partnerships with government bodies in cities across the UK, and he’s bringing his workshops to the US soon. Alan is adamant about bootstrapping and not taking on a load of debt to start a business because he saw his family go through a multi-million dollar bankruptcy and doesn’t want anyone else to have to experience the same fate. He preaches starting a business around a passion or something that excites you. Because running a business you’re passionate about sets you apart from the competition and makes the process so much easier. He shares how he teaches his students to pre-sell and validate their side hustle ideas before putting down cash for stock that might end up collecting dust in the garage. Alan also shares how he practiced what he preaches when he sold his first PopUpBusiness workshop to a housing authority in the UK. He ended up selling his highest priced package right out of the gate, and his business has been gaining momentum ever since. Tune in to hear how Alan pulls business ideas out of people who don’t think they have any, how he has his students quickly and cheaply validate those ideas, and what makes for a successful pitch. Full Show Notes: How to Start a Business You Care About — With No Business Ideas and No Money Get your personalized money-making playlist here!  
8/3/202336 minutes, 13 seconds
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574: How I Grew to $1M in All-Time Revenue, Starting as a Side Hustle

Who would have ever thought that cheese boards could earn you $1M? When we first met Monisha Misra, she had grown her charcuterie board side hustle, BoardsbyMo, to over $100k in revenue in less than a year. Fast forward to today, BoardsbyMo generates over $1 million in lifetime revenue, and Monisha now runs the business full-time with a team of 7 employees. In this "Where are they now?" episode, Monisha catches us up on the rapid growth and evolution of charcuterie board company BoardsbyMo over the past few years. Tune into this episode 574 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: How Monisha leveraged Instagram and social media to build an audience for her charcuterie board business Strategies she used to land press features and local awards Ways she diversified her offerings into workshops, classes, and corporate gifting Why excellent customer service was key to her success How you can turn your own creative passion into a lucrative business Full Show Notes: How I Grew to $1M in All-Time Revenue, Starting as a Side Hustle Get your personalized money-making playlist here!
7/27/202353 minutes, 14 seconds
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573: How I Grew My Hobby Travel Blogs to $50K Months in Just 3 Years

What if your passion project could transform into a full-time income source in just a few short years? Turning a blog into a lucrative business takes time, effort, and know-how. But by consistently publishing high-quality content, building backlinks, and monetizing through ads and affiliate offers, you can tap into income streams in your niche. That's exactly what Shelley Marmor did when she started her travel blog on a whim. The former corporate worker and travel magazine editor turned her websites, Travel Mexico Solo and Travel Blogging 101, into a thriving online business. Today, Shelley's ventures generate over $50k monthly in revenue. She now manages a team to handle the day-to-day operations of the sites. Tune in to this Side Hustle Show interview to learn: Step-by-step process for building authority and ranking your content How to monetize through affiliate links, ads, email marketing, and digital products Tips for outsourcing writing and editing tasks to scale the business Why you should niche down and "cut the line" with micro-sites Full Show Notes: How I Grew My Hobby Travel Blogs to $50K Months in Just 3 Years Get your personalized money-making playlist here!
7/20/202357 minutes, 46 seconds
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572: 15 Sizzlin’ Summer Side Hustles

Summer is a great time to start a side hustle and make extra money. The question is, which summer side hustles would be best for you? Check out the list below to spark some ideas and inspiration! I selected these based on: Interviewing over 500 side hustlers and entrepreneurs 15+ years of my own side hustle experience Full Show Notes: 15 Sizzlin’ Summer Side Hustles New to the show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here!
7/13/202342 minutes, 59 seconds
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571: How One Side Hustler Bought Herself a $5k a month Income Stream -— with no Money Down

You’ve heard about building time-leveraged income streams. But what if you could instead insert yourself into an income stream that’s already happening? That’s exactly what Hannah Ingram did at the ripe old age of 22. A real estate agent by day, she bought a cash-flowing car wash with seller financing and no money out of pocket. Today, Hannah’s business generates thousands of dollars in profit every month, all for just a few hours of work every week. Tune in to this Side Hustle Show interview to learn: How to go shopping for cash flow near you what Hannah has done to improve the business after she took over how much work is actually required Full Show Notes: How One Side Hustler Bought Herself a $5k a month Income Stream -— with no Money Down New to the show? Grab your personalized playlist here!
7/6/202337 minutes, 10 seconds
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GH: $120K in Pre-Sales in 6 Months With No List

John Logar is the king of pre-selling software. As one of The Foundation’s top students, he’s broken all their records and even broken the mold on some of the methods they teach. In fact, he sold $120k worth of software within his first 6 months of joining the program. Since he was already a consultant, doing idea extraction and finding pain points for businesses was second nature. He just knew nothing about software before so just added a new weapon to his arsenal. (Without learning how to program.) He’s a natural born salesman if there ever was one. On this call we get into just one of his pre-sales successes, but they follow a similar pattern: identifying an expensive pain, and solving it with software. It’ll definitely get your gears turning! Full Show Notes: $120K in Pre-Sales in 6 Months With No List
6/29/202329 minutes, 30 seconds
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570: A 6-Figure Online Business, Starting as a Side Hustle

How can you turn what you already know into an online income stream? Or better yet, a recurring online income stream? Long-time Side Hustle Show listener Steven Foust is a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW3) and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) who recently left his corporate executive position to pursue his online side hustles full-time. His primary side hustle is NCOonFire.com, where he helps army soldiers get promoted faster and earns $14k a month in the process. Tune in to this Side Hustle Show interview to hear: How Steven came up with the idea the marketing and sales tactics that are working today how to give yourself a raise every month Full Show Notes: How I Built a 6-Figure Online Business, Starting as a Side Hustle New to the show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here!
6/22/202356 minutes, 40 seconds
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569: How We Made $25k Flipping Liquidation Pallets

Pallet flipping is a popular "buy low, sell high" side hustle. When you return a product to Costco, Amazon, or Walmart, it doesn’t always go back to the shelves. In most cases, that product ends up at a local liquidator that resells it to side hustlers, who then flip it for profit. Jamie McAuley has been doing just that for the past few years, and he’s earned over $25k in profit in the process. Jamie is one half of the dynamic duo behind the Jamie and Sarah YouTube channel, where they cover all things return pallets, furniture flipping, and more. Tune in to this Side Hustle Show interview to learn: The ins and outs of the pallet flipping game how to avoid scams Jamie’s tips on how to make pallet flipping worthwhile for you Full Show Notes: Pallet Flipping: How We Made $25k Flipping Liquidation Pallets Listener Bonus: The Best Items to Flip for a Profit
6/15/202338 minutes, 17 seconds
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568: How to Start a Recruiting Business and Earn $10-20k Per Hire

Starting a recruiting business can be a lucrative side hustle, especially if you love playing matchmaker. Jon Chintanaroad knows the recruiting business inside and out, having worked for staffing agencies before starting and selling his own recruiting business. Today, he helps hundreds of other people start and expand their own profitable recruiting businesses at Recruiting Accelerator. Tune in to episode 568 of The Side Hustle Show to learn: Jon’s best practices for acquiring new clients and finding candidates what he calls “stealth mode” how to set yourself up for success Full Show Notes: How to Start a Recruiting Business and Earn $10-20k Per Hire New to the show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here!
6/8/202352 minutes, 56 seconds
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GH: Turn Your Ideas into Recurring Revenue

"To build income you can hustle, but to build wealth you need to build something that doesn’t require your hands." That's what this week's guest told me, and then walked me down an interesting path in building that elusive "hands-free" business. His angle? Product licensing. Product licensing is essentially selling your ideas to larger companies for a percentage of future sales. You don't have to worry about the design, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, or anything outside an initial pitch and perhaps a prototype. Stephen Key is a master of this and has been doing it decades. He's the author of One Simple Idea, the bestselling licensing book, and the founder of InventRight. In this conversation, Stephen shares how you can get started in product licensing without any big upfront investment, how to protect your intellectual property without a patent, and how to get big companies to take you seriously. Full Show Notes and Free Bonus: Turn Your Ideas into Recurring Revenue Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist!  
6/1/202332 minutes, 45 seconds
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567: 20 Ways to Make Money on Amazon

With a ton of ways for people to make money, Amazon is at the center of lots of side hustles these days. The innovative—if not controversial—Seattle company still has its core retail business, but has expanded in many different directions. For entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and everyone else looking to earn some extra cash, Amazon probably has an option for you. In fact, I have several Amazon-related income streams myself! It's the 4th most popular website in the country, and 13th most popular in the entire world. That means there's a huge volume of traffic--and buyers--visiting every day. Let's dive in and explore some of the many ways to make money on Amazon. Full Show Notes: 20 Ways to Make Money on Amazon
5/25/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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566: 27 Ways to Use AI in Your Business

AI is rapidly revolutionizing the business landscape, offering a wide range of benefits from task automation to better customer service. Despite concerns about job displacement and ethical considerations, I’m curious to learn what tools are out there and how we can best use them to work smarter and drive better results. To help with that, I’ve crowdsourced some wisdom from Side Hustle Show listeners on how you’re using AI in your businesses, and you delivered big time. Stick around to hear creative suggestions on how you can boost your side hustle using AI tools or ignite a new income stream altogether. Ready? Let’s do it! Full Show Notes: 27 Ways to Use AI in Your Business
5/18/202359 minutes, 13 seconds
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565: YouTube Automation: Up to $14k a Month w/ Faceless Viral Videos

This week’s guest learned how to tap into the massive viewership of YouTube and make viral, cash-flowing videos on autopilot. Tony Lysandrides runs several YouTube channels, and what’s unique about his videos is he’s not on them. They’re faceless videos intentionally engineered for virality. Tony now brings in up to $14k a month in ad revenue from his videos. With a little practice and a little patience, there’s no reason you can’t do the same. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear: Tony’s research process how he decides what videos to make the automated production process that keeps the publishing machine spinning Full Show Notes: YouTube Automation: Up to $14k a Month w/ Faceless Viral Videos
5/11/202349 minutes, 15 seconds
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564: $3k a Month Renting Out Mobility Scooters Part-Time

I love a good rental business: buy something once and get paid for it over and over again. It’s a cool model, and this week’s guest found a creative approach to it in the mobility scooter niche. Lenny Tim from LAMobilityScooterRentals.com is a serial side hustler and entrepreneur involved in the e-commerce and YouTube space. He built his scooter rental to $3k a month in his spare time. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear how: Lenny discovered his niche found his first customers expanded his fleet and operations Full Show Notes and Bonus PDF: $3k a Month Renting Out Mobility Scooters Part-Time
5/4/202341 minutes, 45 seconds
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563: 19 Business Ideas Free for the Taking

Today, we’re doing another round of business idea giveaways with Side Hustle Show listener and serial entrepreneur Steve Chou. Steve built not one but two 7-figure businesses — MyWifeQuitHerJob.com and BumbleBeeLinens.com — and started both as side hustles. We did one of these episodes back in September, episode 530, so check that out if you enjoy this format. Without further ado, let’s get into it! Full Show Notes: 19 Business Ideas Free for the Taking
4/27/202346 minutes, 57 seconds
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562: From Zero to $2k a Month w/ the Amazon Influencer Program

Last month, I did an episode on the 17 different income streams I was working on. One of the smallest on that list generated the largest response, and that was the Amazon Influencer Program. At the time of that recording, I made only $9.50, but I mentioned it was the easiest $9.50 I ever made online. A month later, I earned over $100. Now, there were a lot of questions about the program, and we’re going to attempt to answer those in today’s episode to see whether the Amazon Influencer Program could be a new income stream for you! To better explain how the program works, I’ve enlisted the help of two Side Hustle Show listeners who’ve been in the program for longer and are now earning around $2k a month from their product review videos. The first is Jon Corres, who encouraged me to test the program. You might remember him from episode 413 where he discussed how he made $10k on YouTube without being on camera. And second is Tyler Christensen from TylerChristensen.com — a serial side hustler, university instructor, and father of four who has also been doing well with the program. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how to get accepted into the Amazon Influencer Program Jon and Tyler’s best practices for review videos other revenue streams they’re involved in Full Show Notes: From Zero to $2k a Month w/ the Amazon Influencer Program
4/20/202354 minutes, 13 seconds
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561: From Selling Fish and Chips to a $50k/Mo. Online Business

In his book “Start From Zero,” Dane Maxwell shares a simple framework to use as an engine for coming up with both business ideas and your first sales: CPSO (Customer → Pain → Solution → Offer). Thanks to this framework, Chris Panteli from Linkifi.io found a common pain point and started selling the solution from zero to $50k a month in recurring revenue. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear: How Linkifi found their first customers how they price their work Chris' tips on using HARO (Help A Reporter Out) for backlinks Full Show Notes: From Selling Fish and Chips to a $50k/mo Online Business
4/13/202350 minutes, 35 seconds
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560: $250k Selling Spreadsheets on Etsy in Under 2 Years

I love a business where you can get paid over and over again for work you do once. That’s exactly what Emily McDermott from PrettyArrow.com has done by selling spreadsheets online. Emily is a top 0.1% Etsy seller who went from selling $2 printables to $20 spreadysheet templates. She now helps entrepreneurs earn passive income by selling digital products, even if they’ve never made one before. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear how: Emily differentiates herself from her competitors she took her store into six-figure territory the tools she uses to get it all done Full Show Notes: $250k Selling Spreadsheets on Etsy in Under 2 Years New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Money-Making Playlist
4/6/202346 minutes, 27 seconds
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559: From Pandemic Side Project to $40k a Month: An Affiliate Marketing Case Study

This week’s guest took inspiration from a previous guest — Alex Goldberg from FinvsFin.com — but more importantly, took action. In episodes 367 and 410, Alex broke down the model of the modern comparison shopping site: in-depth product reviews and comparisons that help buyers make informed decisions, and earn affiliate commissions on those referrals. Matt Oney from ZenmasterWellness.com saw what Alex was doing and how much he was earning, and thought he could do something similar. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear: How Matt chose a niche for affiliate marketing the creative way he builds backlinks the methods he used to turn his side hustle into a full-time income stream Full Show Notes: Affiliate Marketing Example: From Pandemic Side Project to $40k a Month New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
3/30/202353 minutes, 40 seconds
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558: From $40k a Year to a $40k Payday: How to Start Your First Online Store

Today’s guest is your friendly neighborhood forklift driver turned e-commerce entrepreneur. Over the last nearly 10 years, Ben Knegendorf from DropshipBreakthru.com has started, grown, and sold several different online stores. (Check out the free on-demand webinar for more.) Ben advocates for a model of “high ticket dropshipping,” where he acts as a virtual retail storefront for brands. Those brands or their distributors ship products to his customers without him ever having to touch the inventory. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear how: Ben sold his first online store he differentiates himself from other sellers you can start your own online business in the next 30 days Full Show Notes: High Ticket Dropshipping: From $40k a year to a $40k payday  Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist!
3/23/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 25 seconds
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557: The 17 Income Streams I’m Working on Right Now

Can you live for free? That’s what The Side Hustle Snowball framework tries to answer. The idea behind this framework is to slowly erase or eliminate monthly expenses — starting with your smallest expenses and working your way up — with new income streams. Most of the income streams I’ll share in this post are not huge but they are snowball-worthy, and I think you can use them to build momentum toward that ultimate goal of financial independence. This is the 3rd installment of the series, so check out the previous episodes if you like this format: 63: The 8 Income Streams I’m Working on Right Now 303: The 15 Income Streams I’m Working on Right Now (I’m going to follow the snowball framework and roughly go in order from smallest to largest.) Let’s do it! New to the show? Grab your personalized playlist here! Full Show Notes: The 17  Income Streams I’m Working On Right Now
3/16/202343 minutes, 55 seconds
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556: Pricing, Podcasting, Permission to Quit, and More: 20 Questions with Nick

I’ve got another 20 Questions episode for you today, diving into the ol’ listener mailbag. As is customary on these episodes, I’ve pulled out questions from the Side Hustle Nation community from over the last few months and will attempt to answer those for your benefit and listening pleasure. This is the 14th installment of this series so feel free to check out the older ones: 498: Profitable Podcasting, Getting Clients, and $50k/mo in Passive Income: 20 Questions with Nick 451: Affiliate Marketing, Early Retirement, and Side Hustle Shifts Over 8 Years of Podcasting: 20 Questions with Nick 431: Fear of Selling, Protecting Ideas, Podcasting and More 412: Side Hustle Ethics, Charging Your Friends, the Side Hustles I’m Most Excited About, and More 365: Market Saturation, Mind Mapping, Miracle Mornings, and More 346: The Con of the Side Hustle, Beanie Babies, Affiliate Marketing, and More 320: Multiplying Money, Morning Routines, and $100k Side Hustles 291: Email, Ebooks, Platforms, and Conferences 271: Brilliant Blogging, Ruthless Productivity, and Guaranteed Success 245: Network Marketing, Imposter Syndrome, My Side Hustle Mistakes, and More 219: Growing Traffic, Monetization, List-Building, a Day in the Life, and More 198: Blogging, Branding, Book Writing, and Finding the Right Side Hustle for You 181: SEO, Affiliate Marketing, Self-Publishing, Udemy, and More A common piece of advice you’ll hear is to take audience questions and turn them into content, so here’s a meta example of that in action. We’re talking pricing, podcasting, pre-aged domains, privacy, personal growth, permission to go full time, and lots more. Enjoy! Full Show Notes: Pricing, Podcasting, Permission to Quit, and More: 20 Questions with Nick
3/9/202342 minutes, 12 seconds
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555: From Side Hustle to $300k a Year: Building an In-Demand Business with Local SEO

Today, we’ve got a killer case study for you, where my guest has built his business to almost $300k in revenue — all on the back of local SEO. Kody Smith from AwwCrap.com started his pet waste removal service as a side hustle, earning $26k his first year. He did $187k after quitting his day job and nearly doubled that last year without any paid ads! Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear how: Kody found his first customers he prices the service gets it all done Get Your Personalized Money-Making Playlist Full Show Notes: From Side Hustle to $300k a Year: Building an In-Demand Business with Local SEO
3/2/202351 minutes, 4 seconds
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554: 10 Ways to Get Free Items to Flip for a Profit

One of my favorite side hustles is buying low and selling high. This is the business model of Amazon, Walmart — pretty much every store in the history of stores. You buy inventory at one price and resell it at a higher price. It works great, but you still have to buy that initial inventory. What if you wanted to start with super low upfront costs? Turns out, there are lots of ways to get “free” stuff to resell, and I want to walk you through 10 of those methods in today’s show. Let’s get right to it! Your Free Bonus: The Best Items to Flip for a Profit Full Show Notes: Free stuff to flip for a profit
2/23/202345 minutes, 8 seconds
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553: How I Built a Multi 6-Figure Business While Still Working Full-Time

Turn the skills you already have into a new income stream! Shannon Weinstein is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) who turned her fractional CFO (Chief Financial Officer)/tax strategy service at KeepWhatYouEarn.com into a full-time income stream — while still working a full-time job. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear: the low-cost, high-return marketing tactics that Shannon used to start her business how she found her first customers how she took the leap to turn her side hustle into a full-time job Free Bonus: 101 Service Business Ideas Full Show Notes: How I Built a Multi 6-Figure Business While Still Working Full-Time
2/16/202356 minutes, 2 seconds
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552: 10 AI-Powered Side Hustles You Can Start Today

AI (artificial intelligence) is one of the hottest topics of the year. And today, we’re going to explore some of the actionable ways that you can capitalize on this new technology to either start a new business or grow one that you’ve already got. To help me talk through these is Matt Wolfe from FutureTools.io and the FutureTools YouTube channel. Matt’s a long-time friend who’s been doing a deep dive on this stuff for the past few months and I’m anxious to get caught up. Last week, Matt shared some of his advanced affiliate marketing strategies that helped him earn over $900k from ONE affiliate product — if you missed it, be sure to check that one out as well, but that’s where I want to start this list. Full Show Notes: AI Side Hustles
2/9/202349 minutes, 9 seconds
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551: $900k from Someone Else’s Product: Advanced Affiliate Marketing Strategies

Affiliate marketing is a great business. You: help people make decisions point them to the products that will help them earn a commission on those referrals But most affiliate marketers — myself included in a lot of cases — don’t put as much effort as they could into their campaigns. And as a result, we cut ourselves short of the results we could have seen if they just went a little deeper. Today’s guest is Matt Wolfe from FutureTools.io, and he’s going to break down what that looks like in practice and the specific tactics you can use to earn more commissions and better serve your audience. Because the difference isn’t a 15% incremental improvement — it may be a 10x gain or more! Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear how Matt: made almost $1 million dollars from one affiliate product promoted his affiliate link drives traffic today Full Show Notes: Advanced Affiliate Marketing
2/2/202341 minutes, 31 seconds
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550: From Zero to $100k MRR: Setting Your Side Hustle up for Recurring Revenue

Making a sale? That’s great. But making a recurring sale? That’s even better. This week’s guest is Ryan Golgosky from 180Sites.com. (Use promo code HUSTLE to get your first month free!) He took what is typically sold as a one-off service —  web design, in this case — and repackaged it for recurring revenue in a really creative way. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Ryan started his side hustle why he picked the service business niche how he found his first customers Your Free Bonus: 50+ Web Design Niche Ideas Full Show Notes: Setting Your Side Hustle Up for Recurring Revenue
1/26/202346 minutes, 40 seconds
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GH: Your Masterpiece Life Starts Today

Ancient wisdom + modern science to help you live your best life. In 2021, I sat down with Brian Johnson from HEROIC. He's a serial entrepreneur who has helped thousands of people discover their true passions, purpose, and potential.  If your New Year goals are starting to wane a little, I guarantee this conversation will kick you back into high gear! Full show notes
1/23/202351 minutes, 48 seconds
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549: 8 Ways to Build Your Email List Fast in 2023

If you’ve been around online business for some time, you’ve likely heard the saying “the money is in the list.” There’s a reasonable deal of truth to it — the more people you have paying attention to you, the easier it will be to reach their inbox and sell them your products or services or recommend to them relevant affiliate offers. That’s actually how I connected with today’s guest probably over a decade ago. Matt McWilliams is a prolific voice in online marketing who has helped some of the most prominent figures in online business dominate their product launches. His new book is “Passions into Profits,” which you can find at PassionsIntoProfitsBook.com. Tune in to learn about high-quality strategies to help you grow your email list and ensure that you have a large audience of subscribers eager to hear what you have to say and likely to contribute to your business growth. Full Show Notes: How to Build Your Email List Fast
1/19/202347 minutes, 47 seconds
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548: $1000 a Week Tutoring on the Side

As someone who was a pretty good student in school, I always thought about starting a tutoring business. But while I never acted on it, Matt Fuentes did. In this interview, he breaks down the steps he took to build a $1000 a week tutoring business. He focuses on the ACT, but I believe you can apply these tactics to other tests or other academic subjects — even if you're not a teacher. Full Show Notes and 101 Service Business Ideas Bonus: How to Start a Tutoring Business
1/12/202345 minutes, 20 seconds
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547: Debunking 12 Popular TikTok Side Hustles

TikTok side hustles promise big money for little effort, but do they really work? In this week’s episode, we’re looking at the good, the bad, and the ugly of side hustles that are popular on TikTok with Daniella Flores. Daniella runs ILikeToDabble.com and is a self-proclaimed side hustle queen who has gone from 0 to 12 income streams in 4 years, paying off over $40k of debt in the process. They now teach thousands of others how to start and grow their own side hustles, get their money right, and live their best life. We’ve got a long list of TikTok side hustles to run through, so let’s get right into it! Full Show Notes: Popular TikTok Side Hustles Follow The Side Hustle Show on TikTok New to the show? Get your personalized money-making playlist!
1/5/202349 minutes, 55 seconds
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GH: 7 Steps to Start and Grow a Side Hustle

How do you start a side hustle? Well we can talk about side hustle ideas and marketing tactics until we're blue in the face, but in studying my catalog of past interviews, a few common traits popped up over and over again. I've compiled those into this 7-step guide to starting a side hustle. Whether you’re an established business owner, or you’re just starting out, I think you’ll find this a helpful framework for your projects. It'll also help you identify where you have the biggest opportunities for improvement this year. Full show notes: How to Start a Side Hustle New to the show? Get your personalized money-making playlist!
1/2/202322 minutes
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546: The 10 Most Popular and Inspiring Side Hustles of 2022

In this week’s episode, we’re revisiting some of the most inspiring, creative, and popular side hustles on the show from the last 12 months. If you missed any of these, make sure to go back and add them to your podcast app. Let’s dive in! Full Show Notes: The Best Side Hustles of 2022 New to the show? Get your personalized money-making playlist!
12/29/202250 minutes, 50 seconds
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545: $100k from a Part-Time Lead Generation Website

This week’s guest is a long-time Side Hustle Show listener who reached out with a unique side hustle: a part-time lead generation website. Link Moser runs NHFineHomes.com, which features high-end, lakefront real estate listings in New Hampshire. How it works is prospective buyers find the website, usually through Google, and when they reach out for more information, Link can either work with them himself as a real estate agent or pass along the lead to one of his referral partners in exchange for a percentage of the agent’s commission if and when the lead eventually buys a house. Tune in to the Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Link started his side hustle his lead generation strategies for real estate his advice for people looking to replicate his success Full show notes: How to Start a Local Lead Generation Website Get your personalized Side Hustle Show playlist 
12/22/202243 minutes, 57 seconds
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544: $1300/mo in Under a Year: Growing a Paid Newsletter

This week, we’re diving into a really cool business model that scales and has really low overhead: paid newsletters. Danielle Desir started the Grants For Creators newsletter earlier this year and has already built it up to around $1,300 a month in recurring revenue. Danielle also hosts The Thought Card Podcast, which is all about affordable, luxury travel and personal finance. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear how: Danielle came up with her newsletter idea she found her first subscribers she sold the premium version of her newsletter Full show notes: How to Start a Paid Email Newsletter Get your personalized Side Hustle Show playlist
12/15/202252 minutes, 33 seconds
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543: I Bought a Side Hustle and Tripled Revenue in 1 Year

For his side hustle, this week’s guest didn’t start from scratch. Instead, he bought a business that was already profitable, then he went out and tripled the revenue in his first year — all while working a full-time job. Jono Santamaria from Melbourne, Australia is the proud owner of Nina’s Laundrette, a local self-service laundromat. Jono bought the business a year and a half ago to diversify his investments. When he took over, he implemented several changes to dramatically improve his side hustle. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Jono found and vetted the laundromat the quick win actions he took to multiply revenue some of the surprises he encountered along the way Full show notes: I Bought a Laundromat as a Side Hustle and Tripled Revenue Get your personalized Side Hustle Show playlist
12/8/202249 minutes, 33 seconds
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GH: How 25 Side Hustlers Made Their First Job-Free Income

No matter how you shake it, that first sale is a powerful one. What's the story of your first job-free income? I asked people to tell me how they first started making money on the side, and got 25 different voicemails! In this episode, you'll hear first-hand the steps your fellow listeners took to put themselves back in the driver seat of their own financial well-being.  Full Show Notes: How 25 Side Hustlers Made Their First Job-Free Income Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
12/1/202247 minutes, 51 seconds
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542: 10 Creative Side Hustles That Make Real Money - Part 5

Want to bring in extra money but don’t know where to start? Well, you’re in luck. This week, we’re diving into a special Thanksgiving episode on 10 creative side hustle ideas that make real money. This is the 5th installment of the series, so be sure to check out the previous episodes if you like this format: 10 Creative Side Hustles Part 1 – 2018 10 Creative Side Hustles Part 2 – 2019 10 Creative Side Hustles Part 3 – 2020 10 Creative Side Hustles Part 4 – 2021 Let’s get right to it! Full Show Notes: 10 Creative Side Hustles That Make Real Money - Part 5 Get your personalized Side Hustle Show playlist!
11/24/202239 minutes, 50 seconds
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541: 14 Big Ideas From The Last Year of Side Hustle Show Guests

A side hustle is not only an opportunity to earn extra money but also a key to escaping the 9-to-5 grind. But launching a side hustle is not easy — just ask the many amazing guests who’ve been on the show! More often than not, solopreneurs’ business trajectories are a series of trials, errors, pivots, and adjustments. These are things we can all learn from, which is why we rounded up 14 big ideas from Side Hustle Show guests that really stood out this year. Whether you’re thinking of starting a side hustle or looking to breathe new life into an existing one, these ideas may just be what you need to give your business the best chance of success. Full Show Notes: 14 Big Ideas from the Last Year of Side Hustle Show Guests Get your personalized Side Hustle Show playlist!
11/17/202254 minutes, 23 seconds
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540: From Zero to 7-Figure ARR as a Digital Nomad

This week’s guest began his side hustle with the goal of getting just 10 clients in 90 days. Four years later, he’s now the proud owner of a 7-figure business! Justin Tan is a Side Hustle Show listener who was inspired by Russ Perry’s story in Episode 248 of how he began Design Pickle. In 2014, Russ was running a creative agency when he started to hate everything about it. Not wanting to feel like a prisoner of his own creation, he sought out a new business model, one that offered reliable, affordable, and scalable creative work at a flat rate. Justin took inspiration from that model and applied it to video editing. And so, Video Husky was born. Justin’s story is one of many examples of what can happen when you combine a demonstrable business model with a novel idea and an untapped market. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear how: Justin found his first clients he scaled into a full-time business he made the ultimate decision to step away Full Show Notes: Growing a Productized Service from Zero to 7-Figures as a Digital Nomad Download Your Free Listener Bonus: 101 Service Business Ideas Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist: https://hustle.show
11/10/202251 minutes, 20 seconds
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539: How to Start a Commercial Cleaning Business on the Side: $100k in 9 Months

This week’s guest booked $100k worth of work in their first 9 months of a new side hustle they had no experience with. Haley Gallagher and her husband are serial side hustlers and were specifically looking for a side hustle they could do after hours. Seeing an opportunity at a bar he was working security for, Haley’s husband asked if they could take on the cleaning contract. That job snowballed into more jobs and as they hired employees and grew their business, MoonlightCommercialCleaning.com, they turned over $170k in revenue in their full first year. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Moonlight Commercial Cleaning found their first customers how they price their work and manage a growing team of cleaners mistakes they made along the way Full Show Notes: How to Start a Commercial Cleaning Business Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
11/3/202247 minutes, 45 seconds
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538: Starting a 6-Figure Car Rental Business on the Side

Your next income stream might be sitting right in your driveway… This week we’re talking about how to get your piece of a $100 billion market. It’s the same model practiced by Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, National: renting cars out for a profit. It’s a business with lots of built-in demand, and new platforms like Turo help put your car or cars in front of that demand and get paid. Two years ago, Kirtis Murphy of FamilyTalksAuto.co decided to give this a shot on the side. He started with his personal vehicle, and since then and with the help of a couple of partners has grown it to a 6-figure business that now has 14 cars in its fleet. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how you can get started renting out your car for cash how to protect yourself and your vehicle assets Kirtis’ tips for setting yourself up for profitability and scaling your operation Sponsors:  EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼  Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Freshbooks.com – Start your 30-day free trial today! Full Show Notes: How to Start a Rental Car Business Download Your Free Listener-Only Bonus: 25 Unconventional Things to Rent Out for a Profit Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist: https://hustle.show
10/27/20221 hour, 53 seconds
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537: The $1.2 Million Part-Time Affiliate Site

A common theme on the show: how do you make money online? In short, you do it by solving other people’s problems. We’ve got a really fun example of that today with an online business that helps people come up with gift ideas. The business is Giftlab.co; it’s a 5-year-old website that’s already earned over $1.2M as a part-time project for today’s guest Andrew Fiebert. You might recognize the name and the voice — Andrew co-hosted Listen Money Matters, a really fun podcast in the personal finance space. He’s also the co-founder of the popular affiliate link management tool Lasso, which you can find at GetLasso.co. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Andrew creates and monetizes his content how he optimizes his older posts to increase CTR and revenue his keyword research strategy for finding super-low competition longtail queries Sponsors:  EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼  Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Ladder – Get instantly approved for term life insurance—no doctors, no needles, no paperwork! Full Show Notes: The $1.2M Part-Time Affiliate Site Download Your Listener-Only Bonus: 3 Quick Ways to Stop Your Website From Leaking Money Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist: https://hustle.show
10/20/202253 minutes, 24 seconds
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536: Selling to the World’s Largest Customer: How to Win Government Contracts

This week we’re exploring a unique opportunity to turn the world’s largest buyer of goods and services into a customer of yours. That’s right, we’re talking about selling to the government. There’s nothing like having a client that can literally print the money. But there’s a lot of confusion and misunderstandings around getting government contracts so I’ve enlisted some expert help to help us learn how to do it the right way. Retired Lt Col Ricky Howard of DoDContract.com spent years on the purchasing side for the U.S. Department of Defense and now helps small businesses like yours get their foot in the door. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: why there are so many lucrative opportunities with government contracts Ricky’s tips and best practices for winning contracts how you can also win contracts acting as matchmaker or partnering with other business owners Sponsors: EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼  Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! Freshbooks.com – Start your 30-day free trial today! Full Show Notes: How to Win Government Contracts Get your personalized Side Hustle Show playlist
10/13/202246 minutes, 36 seconds
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535: Growing an Online Business from Scratch: From Personal Struggle to Multiple Income Streams

This week you’re going to meet an entrepreneur who recently left her 6-figure job in biotech to become a full-time podcaster and online business owner. Gill Tietz of SoberPowered.com started the Sober Powered podcast in mid-2020 and has released over 100 episodes on the science of alcohol addiction and other content to help listeners get and stay sober. In that time she’s also grown her Instagram account to over 43k followers, created a podcast network for other sober-related podcasts, and created several other income streams. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Gill made her podcast stand out from the crowd how she’s grown her audience through different platforms the different ways she’s monetizing her business Full Show Notes: Growing an Online Business from Scratch Download Your Free Bonus: The Podcast Starter Kit Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
10/6/20221 hour, 10 seconds
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534: 5 Easy Ways to Build Backlinks and Outrank the Competition

By the end of this episode, you’ll have at least a dozen new backlinks for your website. For those who are new to SEO, quality backlinks will help you climb the ranks in Google — which means you’re going to make more money. To talk through his best link-building quick wins and link-building tactics, I’m joined by Jeremy Poland. Jeremy is a long-time Side Hustle Show listener, he’s a former Pastor and non-profit worker turned SEO pro, and he’s gone from digital marketing freelancer to agency owner. Jeremy specializes in helping small businesses leapfrog the competition with easy SEO wins. The backbone of what Jeremy does is build backlinks, and best of all he does it without needing a huge marketing budget. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: some of the quickest and easiest ways you can pick up backlinks why industry-specific links are so important and how to build those some of Jeremy’s best “special plays” backlinking tips Full Show Notes: 5 Easy Ways to Build Backlinks and Outrank the Competition Don’t have a site of your own yet? Check out my free video series on how to start a website of your own. New to the show? Get your personalized Side Hustle Show playlist!
9/29/202253 minutes, 37 seconds
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533: 40 Things I've Learned in My 40 Years

I wish I was half as smart now as I was at 16! But learning everything you don't know is part of the process. One thing I love about my work is I feel like I learn new things every day. Sometimes they're small little tweaks and hacks, and other times they're broader strategies or ideas. I'm incredibly fortunate to have a healthy family and to get to work on stuff I love every day. Each year that goes by makes me more and more aware of that fact. But the life I have today didn't happen overnight. It's the result of literally decades (well, at least 2) of entrepreneurial education, trial and error, hustle, and if I'm being totally honest, luck. In any case, here are 40 life lessons I've picked up in my 40 years on this planet. Full Show Notes: 40 Things I've Learned in My 40 Years New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
9/22/202239 minutes, 33 seconds
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532: The Ladders of Wealth Creation

Nathan Barry went from working at Wendy's to running a software company doing $2.5M in revenue every month. But there were several steps along the way — and those steps are the topic of today's episode. In 2019, Nathan penned The Ladders of Wealth Creation to explain why to level up your earning power, you usually need to level up your skills. In this episode, we cover: The 4 Ladders of Wealth Creation How you may be able to add new income streams to an existing side hustle or business A marketing strategy that's working well for Nathan right now Full Show Notes: The Ladders of Wealth Creation New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
9/15/202248 minutes, 48 seconds
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531: Flipping Shoes for Profit: $250-1000 a Month in Your Spare Time

On the side from his day job, Beau Hunter is a professional shoe flipper. His flipping side hustle has helped his family erase over $100k in debt! In this episode, Beau explains why shoes are an excellent choice for beginners and how you can find shoes to flip for up to a 10x return. If you're looking for an extra $500-1000 a month in profit, I'm confident you can go out and find it footwear with the help of Beau's insights. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: why Beau narrowed in on flipping shoes where he sources inventory and how he prices his shoes how Beau cleans, preps, and lists his shoes for sale Full Show Notes: Flipping Shoes for Profit Download Your Free Bonus: The Best Items to Flip for a Profit New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
9/8/202257 minutes, 52 seconds
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530: 17 Business Ideas Free for the Taking!

Today we’re giving away a bunch of business ideas, and to help me do it is Steve Chou. Steve is a serial entrepreneur who runs a 7-figure e-commerce business at BumbleBeeLinens.com, a 7-figure blog and podcast at MyWifeQuitHerJob.com, and also a conference in the e-commerce space called Sellers Summit. It’s been 7-8 years since Steve was last on the podcast back on episode 128, so it was long overdue to get him back on. In this one, we go back and forth brainstorming some side hustle ideas that we think should exist in the world - or maybe they already do and we’re just not aware of them. Here are 17 business ideas we came up with that you’re welcome to take for free and run with! Full Show Notes: 17 Business Ideas Free for the Taking New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
9/1/202257 minutes, 29 seconds
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529: The 6-Figure Houseplant Blogger

In this week’s episode, we’re catching up with the 6-figure houseplant blogger, Raffaele Di Lallo of OhioTropics.com. You might remember Raffaele from a blog coaching episode we did last year with the help of Matt Giovanisci from Money Lab. At that time, Raffaele was generating over 300,000 pageviews per month, which translated into around $10k in income, mostly from display ads and a little slice of affiliate commissions as well. The biggest change since I last spoke to Raffaele is that he’s been able to leave his day job and now works on his blog full-time. In this episode, we focus on that core of the business and what made that possible: creating SEO-friendly content and monetizing it on autopilot with ads. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: How Raffaele’s business has changed from last year His best tips for optimizing content for higher ad RPMs How Raffaele has doubled down on what’s driving the most revenue Full Show Notes: The 6-Figure Houseplant Blogger My Free Course: How to Start Your Own Blog Download Your Free Bonus: 20 Hobbies to Monetize w/ an Online Business Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist: https://hustle.show
8/25/202250 minutes, 59 seconds
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528: 16 Marketing Ideas from Side Hustle Show Listeners

To find out what’s working today across a wide range of industries, I’ve crowdsourced some wisdom from Side Hustle Show listeners. I asked listeners to share a marketing tactic that’s working well for them this year, and I got back a ton of great responses. Here are 16 of the best marketing tips that were submitted, many of which you can apply to your business today. Full Show Notes: 16 Marketing Ideas from Side Hustle Nation Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
8/18/202237 minutes, 15 seconds
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527: The $10k Backyard Nursery Side Hustle (Plus the Benefits of Working in Public)

Today I’ve got an awesome story for you — on the one hand, it’s about matching your interests and skills with a hungry market, but maybe more importantly it’s about documenting your work. When you do those two things, like Craig Odem has, you start to see some fun results. I found Craig through the Side Hustle Nation Facebook group; he’s a pastor in Tennessee but as a side hustle he sells plants out of his backyard. Craig’s backyard nursery does around $10k in sales every year, which is awesome. But where things get even more interesting is when you factor his Savvy Dirt Farmer YouTube channel. Craig started his YouTube channel in early 2021. It’s already hit 1 million views and is starting to bring in some pretty significant revenue on its own via multiple revenue streams. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Craig came up with the idea to sell plants how he is growing and selling plants what he’s done to grow his YouTube channel Full Show Notes: The Backyard Nursery Side Hustle and the Value of Working in Public Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
8/11/202257 minutes, 3 seconds
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GH: $300k in Sales on the Side in Year 1

Rene Delgado started an online high ticket dropshipping store with no ideas and no inventory and went from $0-300k in sales in his first year in business. It was the search for an extra stream of income that led Rene Delgado to consider e-commerce; selling physical products online. (GH = Greatest Hits) Full Show Notes: How to Start an Online Store with No Ideas and No Inventory Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
8/8/202231 minutes, 6 seconds
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526: How a Self-Published Book Turned into a Full-Time Business

This week’s episode is about self-publishing, which we’ve covered before. But this week’s guests have turned the success of their book into a full-time business that’s still growing in momentum. In late 2020, Justin and Alexis Black self-published their first book Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love. Redefining Normal currently has over 200 reviews on Amazon and has sold more than 9,000 copies in the two years since it was published. That’s an accomplishment in itself for a title that’s kind of categorized as a memoir, where typically unless you’re already famous, nobody’s buying your memoir. In addition to book sales, Justin and Alexis are also doing workshops, keynote speeches, and other paid gigs related to the content of their book. So, in this episode we’re going to dive into everything Justin and Alexis did to set the book up for success, and how you can borrow the same tactics for your own side hustle. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: where the inspiration to write Redefining Normal came from how Justin and Alexis build and used a launch team how they’ve created several other revenue streams Full show notes
8/4/202244 minutes, 1 second
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525: $3k a Month Pressure Washing Houses

Starting a pressure washing business may be a great seasonal side hustle opportunity. These types of blue collar businesses tend to have low startup costs and you may already have the skills and equipment you need to get started. Full Show Notes: How to Start a Pressure Washing Business Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
8/1/202213 minutes, 2 seconds
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524: How to Make Money with a Small Podcast

Megan Champion is a mom of 3, a 15-year elementary education teacher, and in the past year, she’s started a side hustle that has brought in $20,000. Megan’s side hustle is in the parenting niche and has 3 main parts: An Instagram account to drive awareness A podcast called On The Hard Days to drive connection And a paid membership to drive community — and recurring revenue. In this episode, you’ll learn how all three of those work and how they work together to build Megan’s business — and how you may be able to apply some of the same strategies to your own business. The exciting thing here is that the audience numbers that Megan shares aren’t huge, but they’ve still been enough to build a pretty substantial extra income stream and help a lot of people at the same time. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how and why Megan had the idea to start a podcast and paid membership the ways she has leveraged a small but dedicated social media audience how Megan validated her membership idea and launched it Full Show Notes: How to Make Money with a Small Podcast Ready to Grow Your Show? Get a Special Discount on my Podcast Growth Playbook Course Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
7/28/202250 minutes, 40 seconds
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523: Should You Tell Your Boss About Your Side Hustle?

When it comes to sharing your side hustle with your boss, is honesty always the best policy? In this post, we’ll explore whether or not you should clue your boss in about your side hustle(s). Full Show Notes: Should You Tell Your Boss About Your Side Hustle? Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
7/25/20226 minutes, 2 seconds
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522: The 6-Figure Side Hustle Cleaning Up Parking Lots

This week’s guest started his side hustle with the goal of earning an extra $1,000 a month. Four summers later and it’s now a 6-figure business. Blademir Hernandez of LitterFreeLots.nyc is a long-time listener of the Side Hustle Show who was inspired by Brian Winch’s story in episode 266 to start his business. Additional Resource: CleanLots Brian built a $650k a year operation picking up litter and cleaning parking lots, something Blademir told me he knew he could also do. Blademir ended up reaching out to Brian and running the idea past him, before going out and finding property managers in this area to pitch his litter picking service to. This story is a perfect example of what can happen when you take inspiration from a proven business model and execute your own game plan. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: more on where Blademir got the inspiration to start his litter pick-up business how he found his first customers by driving around his neighborhood how Blademir has scaled his business by hiring contractors to carry out the work Full Show Notes: How to Start a Parking Lot Cleanup Business Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
7/21/202241 minutes, 19 seconds
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521: 5 Popular Side Hustles (and what to do instead)

The most popular side hustles aren't necessarily the best fit for you. In this episode I'm breaking down the pros and cons of 5 common side hustles — and what you might consider doing instead. Full Show Notes: 5 Popular Side Hustles (and what to do instead) Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
7/18/202214 minutes, 43 seconds
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520: Building a $15K/Month Print on Demand Business on Etsy

With her hours cut due to the pandemic and a new house to pay for, this week’s guest set out an action plan to make 6-figures in 2021. To achieve that, Heather Johnson of HeatherXStudio.com decided to start an Etsy store selling print-on-demand goods like t-shirts, mugs, and other apparel and items. Fast forward two years and Heather is now a former MRI tech who’s taken her print-on-demand side hustle full-time and is averaging $15k a month in revenue and $4-5k in monthly profit. How’d she do it? By following the trends with her own unique spin, putting 100s of products up for sale, and implementing some savvy marketing strategies you can apply in your own business. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: why and how Heather created a “high-volume listing store” how she evaluates competition and finds new creative ideas heather’s best practices for maximum organic exposure on Etsy Full Show Notes: Building a Print on Demand Business on Etsy Download Your Free Bonus: 100 Print on Demand Niches Get Your Personalized Side Hustle Show Playlist
7/14/202250 minutes, 40 seconds
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519: Get Paid to Write: $200+/mo Part Time Publishing on Medium

Matt makes $200+ a month sharing his writing on Medium.com. It's a hobby he genuinely enjoys doing anyway, so the revenue it brings in is a bonus! Here's how to get started making money on Medium. Links and resources: Matt on Medium  Matt's site Episode 510: The 6-Figure Bird Blog New to the show? Get your personalized playlist here!
7/11/202216 minutes, 26 seconds
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518: My $10k Launch (and Other Projects)

We're halfway through the year, and 2022 is flying by! In these quarterly Progress Reports, I break down how the business grew (or shrunk), what I worked on, and other happenings from the last three months. I worked more hours the first half of 2022 than I did in 2021, and (not surprisingly) I feel like I'm getting more done as a result. I'm still struggling to come to terms with a to-do list that's never going to be done, but do feel like I'm making progress on building a business that serves me and serves others. Full show notes: My $10k Launch (and Other Projects)
7/7/202235 minutes, 31 seconds
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517: From $30k a Year to $30k in a Day: Freelance to Freedom

“You have a skill, but you’re not using it correctly.” That the tough love advice Vincent Pugliese’s father gave him. Vincent was working what he thought was his dream job as a photojournalist. He’d just won the most prestigious award in his industry (International Sports Photographer of the Year), and he and his wife Elizabeth had a baby on the way. Yet the newspaper job didn’t pay well. With the impending arrival of their son, Vincent took a hard look at his financial picture: he was in his mid-30s, 6-figures in debt, and earning $15 an hour. Not great. Something had to change, and something did. Full Show Notes: Freelance to Freedom: From $30k a Year to $30k in a Day New to the Show? Get your personalized playlist
7/4/202235 minutes, 41 seconds
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516: Building an Offline Agency to Multi 6-Figures

This week’s guest took a pain point she was experiencing - finding a nanny for her 3-month-old - and turned it into a multi 6-figure full-time business with 500 nannies across 5 states. Kristy Bickmeyer started TwinkleToesNanny.com back in 2011 in response to not being able to find a nanny herself. At least not without going through the “traditional” agency model of paying $1,500-3,000 upfront and with few guarantees it will work out long-term. Kristy decided to start her own agency without the upfront fees, and with a more streamlined approach and robust guarantees for parents - and it’s snowballed from there. I love this strategy of taking a fragmented, localized industry and adding a layer of branding and professionalism to it. This is what 1-800-Got-Junk did in junk removal, and is what Belay Solutions has done in the executive assistant space. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Kristy found her first customers how she’s scaled into a full-time business with locations in multiple states the mistakes and challenges she faced along the way Full Show Notes: Building an Offline Agency to Multiple 6 Figures Download Your Free Bonus: 101 Service Business Ideas New to Show? Get Your Personalized Money-Making Playlist
6/30/202248 minutes
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515: $1000 a Day Flipping Used Pallets

Play matchmaker between pallet buyers and sellers to flip pallets for profit. Varnie Sambola started his pallet flipping business in 2020, and has already scaled it to $1000 a day (and beyond). He credits another Side Hustle Show guest — John Wilker from episode 274— and his Simplest Biz course with helping him get started. Full Show Notes: Pallet Flipping 101 New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Playlist
6/27/202218 minutes, 16 seconds
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514: How to Start a Roadside Produce Stand: $1000 a Weekend Flipping Peaches

“Nothing puts a smile on a consumer's face quicker than a good peach.” This week’s guest is Shannon Houchin of RoadsideRepublic.com, and she’s passionate about peaches, fresh produce, and delivering an awesome customer experience. Shannon actually reached out to me and said, Nick, you’ve got episodes on flipping books and mattresses, clearance products, domain names, flea market finds, and a ton of other stuff - but have I got a side hustle for you: I flip peaches. So, of course, I had to call her up to learn more. Turns out Shannon has been doing this for 10 years and has scaled up to operating up to 100 roadside stands at once. Whether you’re looking for a way to make extra money on the weekend, or to scale to something larger, Shannon has a compelling story for starting a roadside produce stand. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how to find suppliers and price your produce the best places to set up your stand some of the common mistakes to avoid Full Show Notes: How to Start a Roadside Produce Stand Grab Your Free Bonus: The Best Items to Flip for a Profit New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Playlist!
6/23/202252 minutes, 49 seconds
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513: 3 Ways to Get Out of the Rat Race

Escaping the rat race is simple, but not always easy. In this episode, I break down the 3 most common ways out of the rat race, and the pros and cons of each. (This was originally recorded for YouTube, which explains the faster-than-normal pacing and some video sound effects.) Full Show Notes: How to Escape the Rat Race New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Playlist!
6/20/202217 minutes, 34 seconds
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512: Getting Paid to Talk: $4500 a Month Voiceover Acting

Your voice has value — both figuratively, and maybe even literally. To prove this point, I’m joined on the show this week by a side hustling couple who have turned their voices into an income stream worth thousands of dollars a month. Dom and Nicole Draper from TheVoiceoverCouple.com are multi-award winning voice over artists - they get paid to talk. As professional voice over artists, they’ve done all kinds of interesting jobs and worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, including Nike, Netflix, and Adobe. In this episode they share how they went from hustling on Fiverr outside of their 9-5, to working with voice over agents and agencies and turning this into a full-time business. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Dom and Nicole got their first voiceover gigs how they scaled up their business and raised their prices the broader tactics you can apply to your own side hustle Full Show Notes: How to Start a Voiceover Acting Business New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Playlist!
6/16/202259 minutes, 20 seconds
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511: How to Use Your Side Hustle to Save on Taxes and Fund Your Retirement

Creating the right retirement plan for your business income can save you thousands of dollars in taxes. But between LLCs, IRAs, SEP IRAs, Solo 401(k)s, and more, it's a confusing acronym jungle out there. To help cut through the clutter, Matt Ruttenberg stopped by and schools us on how to choose the right plan for you and the key differences between them. Important Links: Matt's site - Retirement plans for solopreneurs  Retirement plan evaluator tool  Matt on LinkedIn Matt on TikTok 
6/13/202213 minutes, 52 seconds
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510: The 6-Figure Bird Watching Blog

This week’s guest, Scott Keller, left his high-paying but not super satisfying career in insurance to run a bird blog full-time. Scott started BirdWatchingHQ.com as a side hustle back in 2016 and has since turned it into a full-time income with half a million monthly pageviews and more than 1 million monthly YouTube views. But like all businesses, it’s been an evolution to get to that point. Scott started out chasing high-ticket affiliate commissions but pivoted into creating one of the best bird watching resources online with multiple revenue streams. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: what’s driving traffic for Scott today the creative ways Scott has grown his email list to over 50,000 subscribers how you can borrow some of the same tactics for your business Full Show Notes: The 6-Figure Bird Watching Blog Download Your Free Bonus: 20 Hobbies to Monetize with an Online Business Ready to Start Your Own Site? Here's My Free Video Series on How to Get Your Site Online Quickly and Affordably New to the Show? Get Your Personalized Playlist!
6/9/202257 minutes, 5 seconds
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509: $300 an Hour as a Part-Time Wedding Officiant?

Do you love weddings? Professional wedding officiants can make $100s an hour and usually do it as a side hustle. In this episode, you'll meet Maria Romano, who's officiated more than 4000 weddings in her career. She shares what you need to get started, how to get your first customers, and more. Full show notes
6/6/202215 minutes, 23 seconds
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508: Quiz Funnels 101: How to Sell Smarter, Serve Better, and Earn More

Quizzes can help you: Grow your email list Serve your audience better Make more money We’ve been talking a bit about the power of quiz funnels over the last few months, and so I thought, why not call up the guy who’s famous for implementing these things and helping others do it as well? Ryan Levesque is the bestselling author of Ask: The Counterintuitive Online Formula to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy...Create a Mass of Raving Fans...and Take Any Business to the Next Level, and CEO of The Ask Method Company. Using the exact methods we’re talking about today he’s built a highly-profitable 8-figure/year business across 23 different niche markets, amassing an email list of over 4 million people along the way. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: what exactly quiz funnels are and why they are so effective how you can get started building your own quiz funnels how to drive lots of targeted traffic to your funnel for next to no cost Next Steps: Register for the upcoming live quiz funnel training (use code SIDEHUSTLE to make the $100 registration free!) Full show notes
6/2/202258 minutes, 20 seconds
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507: How I'd Make $1M in 2 Years Starting from Scratch

If you had 2 years to earn $1 million, what would you do? In this episode Chad Carson from the Real Estate and Financial Independence Podcast breaks down his strategy. (And I share mine at the end.) Links and Resources: CoachCarson.com 222: 5 Ways to Get Started in Real Estate Investing on the Cheap 460: Side Hustle Showdown: Investing in Real Estate vs. Buying a Small Business
5/30/202248 minutes, 7 seconds
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506: 6 Million Visits a Month! SEO and Blogging Tips To Make More Money

From serious health issues and being $500,000 in debt to earning 7-figures a year in ad revenue. That’s the short story of this week’s guest on the show, Brandon Gaille of  BrandonGaille.com. Brandon has been around online business since the 90s, he’s made a ton of money, battled some really scary health issues, and today is one of the top bloggers in the world earning a collective 6 million visits a month across his three sites. Brandon is also the founder of RankIQ.com, an AI-powered SEO tool that helps bloggers find keywords and outline their articles, and The Blogging Millionaire Podcast. In this episode, Brandon goes into detail explaining how new bloggers can choose a niche to enter, how he finds low competition keywords, the best ways to monetize a blog, and much more. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: Brandon’s best-proven processes for getting more traffic to your site how Brandon evaluates if a niche is worth entering how to use your blog to create a funnel and sell your own digital products Full show notes 
5/26/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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505: How to Find Expensive Problems (And Getting Paid to Solve Them)

Find an expensive problem, and solve it.  Jonathan Stark is a pro at finding these expensive problems, and walks us through idea generation and validation, pricing, and growth strategies. Full show notes
5/23/202232 minutes, 19 seconds
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504: Building an Online Business from Scratch: A Listener Success Story

“If you’re bored walking up the hill, try running up it.” That was what this week’s guest William Wadsworth of ExamStudyExpert.com told me when I asked him about how he got his side hustle off the ground. Four years ago, William was working full-time in a corporate job, but he wanted to build his own dream, not someone else’s. Finding it difficult to balance a full-time job and his side hustle, William left his job and took on some part-time tutoring so he could spend more time on his business. Today, William earns thousands of dollars a month doing what he loves - writing, podcasting, and coaching people about memory psychology, learning science, and how to study smarter. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: why William decided to leave his job and go all-in on his business how he’s gone from doing one-on-one tutoring to having multiple income streams how he’s grown his blog, podcast, and coaching clientele Full show notes
5/19/202254 minutes
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503: 12 Ways Podcasts Make Money: $800k an Episode??

Top podcasts make thousands of dollars an episode, but sponsorships are only one way to ring the cash register. In this episode, I'm breaking down the different ways you can monetize a podcast, including some that don't require any listeners at all. Full show notes
5/16/202210 minutes, 40 seconds
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502: How a Part-Time Dinosaur Podcast Became a Full-Time Business

There has never been a better time to build an online business around a topic you care about. This week’s guests on The Side Hustle Show are proof of that. Garret Kruger and Sabrina Ricci are the husband and wife team behind IKnowDino.com, which started as a side hustle and is now the world’s #1 dinosaur podcast. Not bad for a couple of non-paleontologists. It wasn’t an overnight success. In fact, it took 6 years for the two of them to feel comfortable going full-time in the business. But they’ve had a blast along the way and they’re doing what they love doing most - interviewing paleontologists, talking about dinosaurs, and building a passionate dino-loving community. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Garret and Sabrina grew their audience the different ways they monetize their show how you may be able to borrow some of the same tactics for your business Full show notes
5/12/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 1 second
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501: $3000 a Month Flipping Mattresses Part-Time

Staci and her husband are earning $3,000-$4,000 month reselling like-new furniture with risk-free inventory sourced from Sharetown. Sharetown is a “reverse logistics” company that helps online, name brand furniture companies deal with customer returns. As a Sharetown rep, you get notified of these return requests, pick up the items, clean and store them, and resell them on Facebook Marketplace or other outlets. Per Staci, you only have to pay Sharetown for your inventory once each item sells. IMPORTANT LINKS: Sharetown (referral link) Full Sharetown Review SPONSOR WP Harbor (use promo code SIDEHUSTLE for 50% off your first month!)
5/9/202214 minutes, 25 seconds
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500: 10 Big Ideas from 500 Episodes of The Side Hustle Show

This week it’s the 500th episode of The Side Hustle Show, which just seems crazy to me. It feels like just yesterday I started this thing in a lot of ways. But it’s been 9 years — I guess time flies when you’re having fun. In honor of the 500 episode milestone, I wanted to reflect back on 10 big ideas and 10 common themes over the last 9 years. It took longer than I care to admit to go back through the archives and pull out some of these forgotten soundbites, but I think you’ll like ‘em. Tune in to this episode of The Side Hustle Show to hear 10 of the big ideas I’ve gotten from speaking with hundreds of guests of the years, and how you can implement these ideas within your business today. Full show notes
5/5/202240 minutes, 46 seconds
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499: $4000 a Month Playing Video Games

Devyn Ricks, a mom of 4, isn't a Twitch celebrity or a big time YouTuber, but she's still earning thousands of dollars a month playing video games part-time. In this episode, she breaks down how she does it and how you can follow the same strategies to monetize your hobby! SPONSOR: WPharbor - Use promo code SIDEHUSTLE for 50% off your first month! IMPORTANT LINKS: Outschool Devyn's YouTube Channel Devyn on Outschool MissDevyn.com How to Make Money on Outschool
5/2/202221 minutes, 8 seconds
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498: Profitable Podcasting, Getting Clients, and $50k/mo in Passive Income: 20 Questions with Nick

It’s time once again to dive into the ol’ listener mailbag and answer a few questions in this week’s edition of The Side Hustle Show. I’ve had quite a few interesting questions come in since the last Q&A episode, and picked 18 to talk through in today’s show. We're covering podcasting, affiliate marketing, passive income ideas, my proofreading side hustle, customer service issues, and more. Click here to join Side Hustle Nation for free! Full show notes
4/28/202237 minutes, 42 seconds
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497: How I Doubled My Salary During the Pandemic

Anita Smith saw the writing on the wall when she was furloughed and ultimately laid off in 2020. The hospitality industry was among the hardest hit when travel ground to a halt. So she decided to use the time to level up her skills and launch a new career, piggybacking on the popularity of the Salesforce software. In just a few months, she landed a new job making twice as much as her old salary! In this episode she shares the steps she took to make it happen. Sponsor: Tailor Brands (use code SIDEHUSTLE for 40% off!) Links: Free 5-Day Salesforce Challenge Anita on LinkedIn Anita on YouTube Bradley Rice on the Side Hustle Show ($200k/year working 20 hours a week)
4/25/202215 minutes, 33 seconds
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496: From Imposter Syndrome to $1500 Recurring Clients: Building a 6-Figure Agency

“There is no plan B, I’m going to make this work.” That’s the kind of determination that is often the difference between success and failure, and this week’s guest is a perfect example of that. In this episode, you’ll meet Brien Gearin, a side hustler who battled through 11 months of not getting a single client. However, during those 11 months, Brien was learning new skills and growing as an entrepreneur and has since grown his digital marketing agency into a 6-figure business. Today, customers are happy to pay Brien and his agency RicochetDM.com $1500 a month and up to spearhead their online marketing efforts. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: the methods Brien uses to connect with customers how to navigate the “freelance trap” of selling your own skills how to keep customers coming back month after month Full show notes
4/21/202249 minutes, 20 seconds
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495: The Multi-Million Dollar Pivot

The cocktail content business wasn't paying the bills, but a slight pivot changed everything. Chris and Julia Tunstall from ABarAbove.com were disappointed with the quality of existing barware on the market. So they placed a big bet that they could do better—and sold out in 3 weeks. This is a story about the power of being a part of your community and listening to what they really want.
4/18/202223 minutes, 27 seconds
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494: Reselling Software: Don’t Start a SaaS — White Label Someone Else’s Instead

From working 40-50 hours a week in an engineering job to working 5-10 hours a week in a “lifestyle business”. That’s the lifestyle and business shift Chris Lollini created for himself by white labeling someone else’s software tools. White labeling is a super interesting business model. It’s basically putting your brand, your sales and marketing, and your frontline customer support on top of an existing software product. And it comes with a lot of the benefits of SaaS — recurring revenue, good margins — without the upfront development time and expense. To make it work, you essentially play matchmaker — finding a common problem and pairing that with a software solution. Chris was a self-described “recovering engineer” who started a marketing agency as a side hustle 9 years ago, which has evolved into a multi-6 figure white labeling operation called Reputation Igniter. Through Ignite.Reviews, Chris Lollini helps small businesses earn more positive reviews for their work. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Chris got the idea to start white labeling SaaS products how he identified his customer's pain points and provided a SaaS solution the methods he uses to add value and create healthy profit margins Full show notes
4/14/202241 minutes, 13 seconds
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493: The $5K Side Hustle Spinoff

Rob's side hustle was crushed by the pandemic, but he found a winning spinoff buried deep in his YouTube stats and Google Analytics.  This one will definitely have you thinking about the simple long-tail search questions you can answer — and monetize — for your own audience. Full show notes
4/11/202217 minutes, 22 seconds
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492: $17k in 30 Days: Building a Reselling Business

There’s profit out there, you just have to learn how to find it. On this week’s show, I’m joined by a pair of Side Hustle Show listeners who’ve been learning that skill and have translated it into tens of thousands of dollars in sales over the last 16 months. Jack and Joan Ferrell of SecondTimeSellers.com are resellers. They find used items at flea markets, yard sales, online auctions, and flip those items for anywhere up to 10x what they paid for them. Inspired to start reselling after listening to episode 406 with Stacy Gallego, they’ve hit the floor running and have set themselves the goal of turning over $250,000 in the next 12 months. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: the creative ways Jack and Joan source inventory how they handle the shipping and logistics the most effective ways they’ve found to grow their business Full show notes
4/7/20221 hour, 1 minute, 33 seconds
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491: My Latest Online Business Experiments (Q1 2022 Progress Report)

Here are the projects I've been working on lately and how they're shaping up, my favorite business and lifestyle upgrades of the quarter, a few things that sucked, and what books made my reading list. Full show notes
4/4/202234 minutes, 2 seconds
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490: $10k a Month Helping Babies and Toddlers Sleep Through the Night

From being a “bored stay at home mom” to running a multi 6-figure business in just a few short years. That’s the story for this week’s guest, Jayne Havens of TheSnoozeFest.com who decided to take a sleep certification course “on a whim.” This is a 2-for-1 episode where we’re going to learn about starting a service business from scratch — in Jayne’s case that’s coaching parents how to help their babies and toddlers sleep through the night. Jayne started earning thousands of dollars a month doing the coaching, before deciding to add the addition of an online course component teaching other people how to do what she did. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Jayne got started coaching parents on how to get their babies and toddlers to sleep better why she decided to start the online course component of her business the methods she’s used to grow both sides of her business Full show notes 
3/31/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 27 seconds
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489: How I Bootstrapped 6-Figure E-commerce Brand in Year 1 Business With Zero Ad Spend

“How I bootstrapped a 6-figure e-commerce brand in its first year with zero ad spend.” That was the subject line that Side Hustle Show Connor Meakin sent me that grabbed my attention and earned him a spot on this week’s show. The brand Connor is talking about is BluebirdProvisions.co, an organic bone broth, and bone broth powder company. Connor started Bluebird Provisions after suffering a devastating foot injury that doctors said he would never fully recover from and be able to run again. Searching for alternative, holistic ways to heal his foot, Connor decided to try drinking bone broth. He accredits healing his foot injury, in part, to the healing properties in bone broth and decided to manufacture his own line of bone broth products. Connor now sells his products through retail stores like Whole Foods, on Amazon, and through his own e-commerce site, and saw a 225% growth last year. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Connor came up with the idea to sell bone broth how he’s turned it into a reality for a relatively low startup cost the creative and effective ways he’s driving sales on and off of Amazon today Full show notes
3/24/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 10 seconds
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488: 16 Free and Low-Cost Marketing Ideas to Grow Your Side Hustle

Today we’re geeking out on the awareness problem — how to spread the word about your business. And how to do it in a way that aligns with your style and your budget. To help me out with this is long-time Side Hustle Show listener, Larry Towner. He’s a real estate investor, a handyman, and co-host of the Handyman Pros Radio Show podcast. Larry runs a local handyman service in the North Atlanta area and always has his work calendar booked up months in advance. He uses a wide range of free and low-cost ways to get his business in front of the right customers, so there’s going to be more than enough ideas you can use for your own business. Tune in to this episode of The Side Hustle Show to hear 16 free and low-cost marketing ideas, including: how you can use your website and business cards as an “electronic brochure” why it’s so important for local businesses to use Google My Business how Larry gets so much business through referrals both on and offline and more Full show notes
3/17/202259 minutes, 5 seconds
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487: From $17/hr to 6-Figure Side Hustle

"Changing the world with chess" and making $100,000 per year on the side. That’s the story of today’s guest, Jeff DiOrio from EliteChess.net. Jeff went from working in summer camp chess programs teaching kids how to play chess, to running his own summer camps and earning five times as much. He then transitioned to an online recurring membership model, in part due to the pandemic, while also keeping the in-person coaching side of his business alive. Jeff’s approach to growing his student numbers so rapidly? Organic growth through giving to charities and delivering a value-driven service. All while doing something he loves -- teaching chess. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Jeff built his minimum viable audience the methods he used to set up the business for recurring revenue how you can borrow some of these same tactics in your business Full show notes
3/10/202249 minutes, 33 seconds
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486: Get Paid to Sell Other People's Stuff: Building a Successful Consignment Business

How does risk-free profit sound? That’s the promise and of the consignment business — getting paid to sell other people’s stuff. To help school me on how it all works I’ve invited Megan Church from PineappleConsignment.com onto this week’s show. Megan experimented with her first popup consignment event in October 2018 with the goal of breaking even and to do something creative with her time. Megan did a little better than break even with that first show, and more importantly, validated her business idea and had a lot of fun doing it. She has since broadened her business into online sales, estate sales, and now has her own warehouse and storefront open to the public. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how you can get started throwing popup consignment events right away how Megan sources and manages her inventory the creative ways she’s found to market and grow the business Full show notes
3/3/202255 minutes, 23 seconds
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485: The $90k Niche Daily Deals Blog

What’s one thing people want? They want to get great deals on great products, and for you as a side hustler, that spells a business opportunity to curate and spread the word about those deals. This is exactly what Side Hustle Show listener Camron Stover from HuntingGearDeals.com is doing. Camron stumbled into the business, starting with his hunting hobby and a passion for finding good deals. He ended up acquiring the site from the original owner and has accelerated its revenue growth to $90k last year. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how the site is making money the creative ways Camron gets free content and products how you may be able to apply similar strategies in your own business Full show notes
2/24/202256 minutes, 35 seconds
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484: Turning a Service Business into a Passive Income Stream - Part 3

Today’s guest, Matt Bochnak of HowToMotorcycleRepair.com, is one of my favorite examples of how you can dedicate part of your week to generating time-leveraged income. This is Matt’s third time on The Side Hustle Show, and every time we speak he’s made huge leaps forward with his business. Matt first appeared on the show back in 2016 when he was making around $1,000 a month recording himself performing motorcycle repairs in his garage and selling digital products. When Matt appeared on the show for a second time in 2019 he was making $4,000-5,000 a month from a combination of digital product sales, YouTube ad income, affiliate commissions, Patreon, and sponsored content. As you’ll discover in this episode, Matt is now making almost $20,000 a month in revenue. He’s completely shut down the service side of his business, expanded into physical products, and more. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Matt’s business has changed since we last spoke in 2019 where the idea for a physical product came from and how he validated it the various revenue streams ringing the cash register for Matt right now Full show notes
2/17/202247 minutes, 27 seconds
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483: 6 Figures in 12 Months: Pivoting from Low-Ticket Products to a Productized Service

When the pandemic hit, Timmy Bauer from DinosaurHouse.com pivoted his business from being a traveling children’s book author to running a children’s book production company. Timmy was enjoying working as a traveling children’s book author, but he was forced to change directions when schools started locking down and not allowing guests. His story is the perfect example that you don’t always need to make a complete 180 if your business hits a wall. Sometimes you just need to make a slight re-calibration, a couple degrees one direction or the other that can set you off on a new path. This new path has taken Timmy from “just over the poverty line” to running a 6-figure business in the last 12 months. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Timmy pivoted his business model when the pandemic hit how he uses content-based marketing and other people’s events to drive sales the ways you might also be able to take your existing skills and knowledge to serve a different customer base Full show notes
2/10/202241 minutes, 22 seconds
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482: From 6-Figure Blog to 7-Figure Online Business: Catching Up with Robert Farrington

From a $10,000 a month “blog” to a 7-figure “Media Company” — a lot can happen in six years. Today’s guest is one of my most important real and virtual online business mentors — I’m always trying to pay attention and keep an eye on what Robert Farrington from TheCollegeInvestor.com is up to. Fun fact: Robert was one of the very first guests on The Side Hustle Show back in 2013. Our last update was 6 years ago, in early 2016. Back then, The College Investor was earning $10k a month and Robert was still working full-time at Target. There have been lots of life changes since then, plus some exponential growth on the business side. Today, The College Investor is one of the biggest personal finance media brands in the world. With over 1 million visits a month, covering student loans, taxes and tax software, investing, insurance, budgeting — if it’s related to money, you’ll find it at The College Investor. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: what the biggest changes Robert has seen in his online business are since 2016 what marketing channels are driving traffic for him today why he’s started a new brand and the future of his business Full show notes
2/3/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 17 seconds
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481: 6 Months to 6 Figures … Helping People with Excel

There are a million and one ways to make money online, but they almost always come down to helping other people. Today’s guest, Kat Norton aka Miss.Excel, has been doing plenty of that. She’s reaching hundreds of thousands of followers as a spreadsheet influencer — you didn’t know there was such a thing, did you? Kat started on TikTok in June 2020 and already has over 734k followers, she later branched out onto Instagram and has already built a following of more than 573k followers there, too. She hit 6-figures in sales within 6 months and has since scaled to consistent 6-figure months and even the occasional 6-figure DAY - which is absolutely nuts. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Kat built her following so quickly her tips for viral success on TikTok and Instagram how she’s turned those views into real-life revenue and profits Full show notes
1/27/202242 minutes, 6 seconds
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480: Building a $60k a Month Business as a Full-Time College Student

While he was a full-time student, Johnny Robinson built OrangeWindowCleaning.com into a $700k a year operation. If you want to start your own business, it doesn’t necessarily take a never-before-seen business idea to have a never-before-seen impact on your life. Johnny's a long-time Side Hustle Show listener, and we actually recorded this on his last day of college. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: How Johnny got his first customers The marketing engine you can borrow for your own business How he fulfills the work and the tech and tools he uses to manage the whole operation Full show notes
1/20/202252 minutes, 54 seconds
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479: $90k a Month on Fiverr: From Freelancer to Agency

People out there will pay for your skills, you just have to find them. One person who’s done an excellent job of finding them over the last 9 months or so is Georgia Austin from WizardOfContent.com. Georgia took her skill of writing, and despite a crowded world of other writers out there, did over $500k worth of work through the Fiverr platform last year, including $90k the month before we recorded. In this episode, Georgia shares her top tips for getting started on Fiverr and quickly gaining traction. As well as explaining why being a Fiverr seller doesn’t have to be a race to the bottom and how you can command high rates by knowing your worth. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: Georgia’s best practices for getting started on Fiverr how she manages her huge order volume how Georgia is transitioning to a standalone agency Full show notes
1/13/202246 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bonus: 9 Business "Wins" From 2021: My Annual Review and Q3/Q4 Progress Report

Inside my biggest wins, best purchases, favorite books, most popular episodes, and most important projects. Full show notes
1/7/202251 minutes, 23 seconds
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478: 33 Life Hacks to Experiment With in 2022

Happy New Year! May this be a year of stacking up incremental improvements and optimizations — getting 1% better every day — that’s the idea. To help out with that goal, I’m excited to introduce Chris Hutchins. He's a serial entrepreneur, a new dad, a professional life optimizer, and host of the new AllTheHacks podcast. The stated mission of All the Hacks is to help listeners upgrade every aspect of their life while spending less and saving more. I think that’s a mission we can get on board with since this show is also about upgrading your life through entrepreneurship. Chris shared a full docket of hacks in this episode to help you start your year off right, and I did my best to chime in as well. Many of these are quick actionable ideas you can apply to make little upgrades to your life. Tune in to this episode of The Side Hustle Show to hear 33 hacks covering work and productivity, networking, money, travel, and health. Full show notes
1/6/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 31 seconds
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Trailer: The Business Podcast You Can Actually Apply

The Side Hustle Show is a top-rated podcast featuring the ideas, actions, and results you need to start and grow a successful business. Put a little hustle in your earbuds as I extract the actionable tips and business strategies from successful entrepreneurs. Each week you’ll get new business ideas, side hustle opportunities, and high-value content to help you make extra money and make the most of your time.
1/1/20221 minute, 1 second
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477: How to Make Money with NFTs: Opportunities for Side Hustlers and Creators

Selling JPEGs and other digital collectibles - do NFTs present some of the hottest investment opportunities right now? You could hardly open your laptop or unlock your phone this year without reading about NFTs or non-fungible tokens. When you start to see jpegs selling for tens of thousands of dollars, you can’t help but ask, wait, what’s going on here? And as is often the case when these new shiny things pop up, I try to learn from those who are a few steps ahead. In this episode you’ll meet Michael Quan from FinanciallyAlert.com, he’s a father of 2 who retired at 36, and calls himself “an accidental NFT investor.” I met Michael at FinCon this fall, and called him up to try and get some clarity on the murky world of NFTs, and where opportunity may lie for side hustlers, on the buying, trading, and creating side. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: why Michael is investing in NFTs and the returns he’s seeing where you can get started creating or buying NFTs yourself how to avoid scams and what Michael thinks the future holds for NFTs Full show notes
12/30/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 21 seconds
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476: $500 a Day Selling Other People’s Products with Facebook Marketplace Dropshipping

Smart side hustlers go where the cash is already flowing… One place it’s been flowing at a rapidly increasing pace is Facebook Marketplace. What started as a Craigslist competitor — a place to buy and sell secondhand stuff — has morphed into an e-commerce powerhouse in its own right. How Facebook Marketplace works will not be new to most reading this. But how today’s guest, Andrey Kozlov is taking advantage of this platform will be a real eye-opener to most. So, how can you take advantage? In this episode, you’ll learn how Andrey Kozlov is making hundreds of dollars a day, selling stuff on Facebook he never even has to touch. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: how dropshipping on Facebook marketplace works how to find profitable products and make your listings stand out the risks and pitfalls to avoid Full show notes
12/23/202148 minutes, 45 seconds
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475: How One Football Fan Turned Tailgating into an Online Business

How does turning a passion into a profitable side hustle sound? That’s exactly what this week’s guest, Luke Lorick of Tailgating-Challenge.com has done. Luke took his passion for tailgating — the pre-game parking lot party variety, not the annoying driving habit variety, and turned that into a long-running and profitable online side hustle. It wasn’t an overnight success. In fact, Luke says himself that “Overnight successes don’t happen overnight.” Luke has put in years of hard work building strong relationships with brands - some of which are huge household names - and growing an audience of more than 250,000 across his social media accounts to get where he is today. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: how Luke drives traffic and revenue how he’s grown some substantial social followings ways you can emulate his strategies in your niche Full show notes
12/16/202142 minutes, 50 seconds
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474: The 6-Figure Belly Dancing Course

Turning a passion into a 6-figure business is the goal of many entrepreneurs, and that’s what this week’s guest, Jennifer Sobel has done. Jennifer has combined her lifelong passion for belly dancing with her skills in digital marketing to create TheBellyDanceSolution.com, one part of what’s become a 6-figure online business. There are 3 big ideas in this episode that you may be able to use to improve your own sales funnel: The power of combining two or more things to come up with a new idea - The combination game can help you stand out from the crowd like Jennifer did and become a market of one. Mentorship - If there is such a thing as a shortcut or cheat code, I believe mentorship is it. You’ll hear how Jennifer applied that and relaunched her funnel. The power of micro-optimizations - I loved Jennifer’s call to always be testing and I think it’s something we can all apply. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear: how Jennifer made her first sales without an audience the creative ways you may also be able to acquire customers how she’s transitioning from one-time sales to a recurring membership Full show notes
12/9/202149 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bonus: $1K 100 Ways Case Studies

100 members of the Side Hustle Nation community shared their path to $1000 and beyond in my latest book, $1,000 100 Ways. I just got approval for the audiobook edition, narrated by yours truly. Here's a sneak peak of the stories inside. Learn more: http://1k100ways.com Get the audiobook free with an Audible trial
12/3/202131 minutes, 2 seconds
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473: 9 Quick Ways to Optimize Your Sleep and Feel Super Human

Struggling to perform at your best from the moment you wake till you go to sleep at night? In today’s episode, we’re talking about a key component of your physical and mental foundation to be a high-performing human, and one that we probably don’t give a lot of thought to. Still, it’s something you spend roughly a third of your life doing, so it’s a huge lever to pull in terms of optimizing your energy and your output in the world. Yes, we’re talking about sleep. I promise this episode won’t put you to sleep as we explore 9 quick ways to optimize your horizontal hours to wake up feeling superhuman. To help walk me through these is Riley Jarvis from TheSleepConsultant.com and SleepForSideHustlers.com. Riley started through his own health journey many years ago and discovered that sleep was the missing link that brought everything together. After some biohacking and learning from top doctors in the field, he now helps others get the root of their sleep issues rather than masking the symptoms — all about building that foundation so you can feel amazing and be the best version of you. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to hear 9 of Riley’s top tips for getting a better night’s sleep. Full show notes
12/2/202146 minutes, 39 seconds
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472: 10 Creative Side Hustles That Make Real Money - Part 4

This week — in what has become a Thanksgiving tradition on the show — we’re diving into 10 creative side hustles that make real money. This is the 4th installment of the series, so I encourage you to go check out the other episodes if you like this format -- those are episodes 310, 363, and 420. Tune in to learn about how real people are making real money from everything from tarantulas to luxury picnics, from invisible sculptures to reselling driftwood that you can go pick up for free. Full show notes
11/25/202135 minutes, 47 seconds
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471: 6 Figures in 18 Months: Building a Photo Booth Rental Business

From hating photo booths to seeing an opportunity in the market and taking her photo booth side hustle to 6-figures in 18 months… That’s the story of today’s guest, Cat Bloch. Cat told me you would never “catch me dead” using a photo booth at a party. That was until she came across a modern photo booth, and it completely changed how she looked at this popular wedding venue and Gala attraction. Cat saw a gap in the market for an upmarket, modern, photo booth. Something that does much more than you’d expect from a photo booth, such as being used for corporate branding, immersive virtual experiences, and more. Starting with one photo booth out of her front closet, Cat and MDRN Photobooth Company now operate 20 photo booths in multiple cities all across Canada. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: how Cat got her first customers how she prices and positions her service to stand out from the competition and really smart and intentional ways she’s found a steady stream of bookings Full show notes
11/18/202159 minutes, 15 seconds
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470: $1K/Week: How to Flip Phones for Profit

Can you really make money flipping phones? To find out, I sat down with pro cell phone flipper Jeff Duhon from the Smart Flippers Facebook group. In a typical week, Jeff resells 20-30 used iPhones with a target profit of $100 per flip. If if you did half that volume, you could be earning $1000 a week. Flipping phones for profit can be a lucrative side hustle or grow into a full-time income stream, but, like any business, there are some pros and cons. The used cell phone industry is already huge, and growing bigger all the time. Estimates project the global market for secondhand phones to be worth between $39 and $52 billion by 2025. Here's how to carve out your piece of that massive pie. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: How to source profitable inventory The easiest places to resell your phones How to not get scammed After all, being able to go out into the world and find profit is a skill to recession-proof your life. Full show notes
11/11/202150 minutes, 38 seconds
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469: 16 Business Ideas You're Free to Run With: The Business Idea Giveaway Show

Struggling to come up with a side hustle or business idea? To help get the creative idea juices flowing, I’ve invited Joel Hansen, a member of the founding team of Kern.al on the show. Kern.al is kind of like Reddit or Product Hunt, but for business ideas that don’t exist yet. Just a few minutes on the site definitely sparked some creativity for me so I encourage you to check it out. In this episode, Joel and I bounce some different business ideas back and forth that are free for you to run with and should be enough to get the cogs turning on your own ideas. Tune in to this episode of The Side Hustle Show to hear 16 business ideas that are free for the taking, including: why I’d be interested in an “erase me” button for personal data online ideas that have been posted on Kern.al for shadowing CEOs and elevating “Open” signs in shop windows a cool idea Joel has for autotext reminders and more Full show notes
11/4/202158 minutes, 9 seconds
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468: 16 Marketing Ideas from Side Hustle Nation to Grow Your Business

Like it or not, we’re all marketers. Whether we’re selling ourselves in a job interview, pitching our product or service, or trying to get people to pay attention to our content — we’re all marketers. And you should know this is one of my all-time favorite topics. So, how do we solve the awareness problem? How do we position ourselves so the right people can find us — and the wrong ones leave us alone? To spark some inspiration and maybe breathe new life into your own marketing efforts, I asked members of Side Hustle Nation to share what’s working for them right now. Tune in to this episode of The Side Hustle Show to hear 16 of the best marketing wins and tips, including: how you can dominate local search for your business and get a steady flow of organic leads the best social platforms to use to grow and engage with your audience some different and highly effective ways you can build your network and more Full show notes
10/28/202141 minutes, 50 seconds
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467: What I’ve Learned and Applied from 49 Awesome Entrepreneurs Part 8

At the end of nearly every episode of The Side Hustle Show, I ask my guests for their “#1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.” There’s always a great variety of responses, and I wanted to take some time today to go through some of my favorites from the past 50-ish interviews. This has become an annual tradition on the show, which is now almost 8.5 years old and recently passed 17 million lifetime downloads. If you like this short-and-sweet meta-style show, be sure to check out the others in this series: Episode 50 - 2014 Episode 124 - 2015 Episode 177 - 2016 Episode 236 - 2017 Episode 288 - 2018 Episode 338 - 2019 Episode 392 - 2020 Full show notes  
10/21/202137 minutes, 26 seconds
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466: Online Drop Servicing - Building a $10k/mo Niche Productized Service Agency

Where there’s pain, there might also be profit… That was the case for today’s guest, Pete Mockaitis. Pete was seeing some traction with his podcast, the HowToBeAwesomeAtYourJob Podcast, but was struggling to keep up all the off-air tasks — the show notes, the editing, the social media. For Pete Mockaitis, that pain turned into AwesomePros.co, a niche drop-servicing company that he co-founded with Brian Kearny and is now doing $10k a month in recurring revenue. This is something that will work in just about any niche where you can outsource tasks remotely, and in this episode, Pete and Brian break down exactly how they grew their business. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: how Pete and Brian took this from an in-house solution to a $10k/mo business the tactics they’ve used to grow their client roster how you can figure out niche and pricing if you want to replicate this in another vertical Full show notes
10/14/202149 minutes, 6 seconds
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465: 6-Figure Growth Hack: Partner Workshops

One challenge that most new businesses face is the awareness problem – nobody knows you exist. To help erase this problem, I’ve invited Dustin Lien from JumpXmarketing.com back on the show. Dustin first appeared on episode 251 back in 2017. Back then, he was just ramping up JumpX after shutting down his own physical product business. Since then he’s grown it into a 6-figure operation and built it in such a way that it only requires part-time attention. What’s been his key driver? Partner workshops, which are essentially virtual lunch-and-learn sessions where he can showcase his expertise and build his client roster without ads or bidding for work. This works in just about any niche and in this episode, Dustin breaks down his exact process so you can go out and apply it in your own business. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: Dustin’s fast-track strategy to getting in front of the right audience how he builds his email list quickly with his top tips for creating warm outreach emails and connecting with customers Full show notes
10/7/202149 minutes, 23 seconds
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464: The $8k a Month Curly Hair Blog

Ever thought about turning your expertise in an everyday subject or topic into an online business? For Delilah Orpi, her expertise was on taking care of her curly hair — and starting as a side hustle, she turned that into an online business earning around $8k a month at HolisticEnchilada.com. Delilah has some interesting strategies she used to grow her audience, build her email list, diversify her multiple income streams -- all of which can be applied to a topic of your choosing. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: why Delilah started blogging about curly hair how she has grown her audience through Pinterest and organic search the multiple income streams she’s created and a high-converting tripwire Full show notes
9/30/202148 minutes, 47 seconds
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463: Memberships vs. Online Courses: Which Business Model is Right for You?

There are tons of ways to make money online — the root of all of them comes down to helping people. Two common ways entrepreneurs help a wide audience is by packaging up their knowledge and experience into an online training course or a membership program/community. But which model makes the most sense for your business? To find out, it’s time for another Side Hustle Showdown. For the debate, I’ve invited back two Side Hustle Show favorites: Jacques Hopkins has sold over $2 million worth of his flagship online course PianoIn21Days.com and teaches others how to create their own courses at TheOnlineCourseGuy.com. Shane and his wife Jocelyn sold their primary membership website for over $1M and now help other people create and grow membership sites of their own at flippedlifestyle.com Tune in the week to learn: how Jacques and Shane approach creating content for their businesses the differences in business models between memberships and courses the time commitment involved for both business models tips for pricing and increasing conversions and more Full show notes
9/23/202155 minutes, 57 seconds
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462: Zero to 50,000 Followers in 12 Months: How to Build and Monetize an Audience on Facebook

We’ve been on a bit of an audience building kick lately in our conversations with Dickie Bush about Twitter, with Tori Dunlap about TikTok. Today you’ll meet a long-time listener of the show who built her audience on Facebook. Chantal Lavergne is the founder of FunSensoryPlay.com, which started as a Facebook page in early 2020 — and that’s important because that’s years after the supposed death of organic Facebook page reach. Since then she’s grown the page to nearly 80,000 followers using some specific and proven engagement strategies, and turned that following into a business with multiple revenue streams. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: how Chantal came up with the idea to start a sensory fun Facebook page how she has grown her audience so fast by creating an “ecosystem” the multiple income streams she’s created for her business Full show notes
9/16/202155 minutes, 27 seconds
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461: How to Grow and Monetize a TikTok audience: 1.6M Followers in 13 Months

Tired of toiling away on social media for lackluster results? Tori Dunlap earned her first 200,000 TikTok followers in just a couple weeks, and has added another 1.4 million since then. All that attention has helped her turn a healthy 6-figure business into a multi-7-figure operation.  Tori is the founder of HerFirst100k.com and host of the Financial Feminist podcast, where she helps women become more financially confident. She argues that TikTok is the best social media platform on which to grow a targeted audience right now. For a start, TikTok has more than a billion monthly active users and is still seen as an up-and-coming social media platform where you can easily connect with your target audience. In addition to the huge user base, Tori explained that "there are more consumers than creators," which gives content creators like you an edge.  Tune in to The Side Hustle Show to learn: how to get started on TikTok and what type of content works best how Tori creates viral videos that helped her gain more than 1.6 million followers in 13 months the ways she's driving TikTok traffic to affiliate offers and paid products Full show notes
9/9/202146 minutes, 17 seconds
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460: Side Hustle Showdown: Buying a Business vs. Investing in Real Estate

If you’re looking to add some time-leveraged cash flow to your bottom line, two of the best options are investing in rental real estate and buying small businesses. Both are viable options, and to help you figure out if either or both of these investment options are right for you, it’s time for another Side Hustle Showdown. For the debate, I’ve invited back two Side Hustle Show favorites: Chad Carson is the owner of over 100+ properties and the author of Retire Early with Real Estate. Codie Sanchez is the owner of several so-called “boring” small businesses, including a laundromat and a podcast production service. (In Chad's first appearance, we covered 5 low-cost ways to get started in real estate. With Codie, we explored how to grow and monetize an email newsletter.) Tune in the week to learn: what kind of portfolios Chad and Codie have built up how you can get started buying real estate and small businesses some of the creative financing options available the mistakes they made along the way and more Full show notes
9/2/202158 minutes, 1 second
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459: Online Arbitrage: Make Money with Amazon FBA from Home

Online arbitrage is the process of buying inventory from one site to resell on another (usually Amazon). To help school me on this side hustle is Chris Grant, a longtime Amazon seller and the founder of ClearTheShelf.com and OAChallenge.com. Chris has been involved in the online arbitrage space for the last 10+ years and is currently selling $75,000-80,000 per month. In this episode, Chris explains the systems he’s built and the tools he uses to help him find more “winners”, minimize the risk of losses, and how anyone can make money with this side hustle in just 1-2 hours a day. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: Where Chris finds inventory to sell on for profit The tools and tech he uses to automate and streamline his product sourcing How he minimizes risk on the downside and some hacks for finding discounts when buying in bulk Full show notes
8/26/202152 minutes, 49 seconds
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458: $80k on This Site: How to Get More Freelance Gigs

Few words will get as polarizing a response among freelancers and side hustlers as Upwork. Depending on who you ask, it’s either a fantastic platform to connect with well-paying gigs and quality clients … or it’s a hopeless, desperate race to the bottom, overly-competitive bloodbath with no chance of success. Like a lot of things, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle, and a lot of your outcome will depend on your strategy and how well you show up. Upwork is the world’s largest freelance marketplace. The platform booked $2.5 billion worth of work last year, so there's no shortage of cash flowing — if you know how to get it flowing toward you. To help is do that, I invited 2020's most popular guest, Chris Misterek, back to the show.  Chris is a web design pro who’s booked over $80k worth of work through Upwork.  (We’re going to focus on Upwork but these same rules apply for other freelance platforms as well, like Fiverr or Thumbtack — so get ready to set yourself up for success.) Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: how you can set up your Upwork profile for success why Chris says niching down will help you secure more jobs how to pitch clients the right way to increase your chance of landing your ideal jobs Full show notes
8/19/202147 minutes, 41 seconds
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457: Growing a 6-Figure Side Hustle in 12 Months

Today’s guest has gone from zero to almost 50k followers in the last 12 months and has turned that newfound attention into a 6-figure online business. This is impressive in itself, but what’s even more impressive about this story is that Dickie Bush has built his audience on Twitter. You know, that social media platform that's always just ... been there. One of several platforms that I’d kind of written off. In fact, in 8 years and 450 episodes, we’ve never done a dedicated conversation on Twitter as an audience-building platform. Dickie has been a frequently-requested guest over the last few months. He’s a former college athlete turned portfolio analyst. But on the side, he’s the creator of Ship30for30.com, a cohort-based online course that helps you build an online writing habit. Dickie opens up enrollment for Ship 30 for 30 every 6 weeks, and in the last enrolment, he had 476 students paying $350 each. That’s $166,600 in gross revenue. If you’ve been focusing on YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok, you may be missing out. In this episode, Dickie explains why Twitter is the perfect platform for quickly building an engaged audience. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: why Dickie uses Twitter and says it’s the best platform for building an audience how he writes tweets that go viral and attract followers why he opted to build a cohort-based course over evergreen content Full show notes
8/12/202148 minutes, 54 seconds
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456: 16 Marketing Tips for Books (and Other Products) From Bestselling Authors

What's the best way to write a bestselling book? Ask a hundred people and you'll get 100 different answers. Sure, I've had some book launch success before, and have certainly learned a lot about self-publishing since my first title in 2012. But there are always new and different tactics to try, and you never really know how audiences and algorithms are going to react. You can check out my latest book at 1K100ways.com.  I asked several fellow authors "What's your #1 book launch or book marketing tip?" Here are their answers. Full show notes.
8/5/202136 minutes, 56 seconds
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455: The Side Hustle Snowball: Erase Your Expenses One Extra Income Stream at a Time

I want to introduce a concept I call The Side Hustle Snowball. If you've heard about Dave Ramsey's "Debt Snowball" framework, this may sound familiar. Here's how The Side Hustle Snowball works: You itemize out your expenses and then aim to come up with side hustle income to cover them, starting with the smallest and working your way up. Once you reach the bottom of your list, you don't need your job anymore! In this episode, I'll share 11 of our real household expenses and how we zero those out with side hustle income. Full show notes
7/29/202132 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bonus: $1K 100 Ways: The Book Project 6 Years in the Making

Some ideas just won't die. This project was one of them. My latest book is called $1K 100 Ways, and it features 100 case studies from the Side Hustle Nation community on how to earn an extra $1000 or more in your spare time. The first flicker of the idea came into my head way back in early 2015. This is the story of how it finally came to life. Full show notes
7/27/202118 minutes, 56 seconds
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454: Easy Website Wins: Marketing and Monetization Lessons From 175 Website Flips

Today we’re diving into the easy wins — the quick updates you can make to your websites to drive more traffic and sales. To help me out on that topic is Mushfiq S., a side hustler who has been building, buying, growing, and selling websites since 2008, all on the side from his full-time career. During that time he’s done over 175 transactions and has a wealth of knowledge on what it takes to make money and build equity online. You can think of it a little like flipping houses — trying to find these undervalued fixer-upper projects, and making 'em shine. Only it’s better suited to those who are more comfortable creating content than they are replacing countertops and cabinets -- and your upfront costs may be a lot lower too. You can find out more about Mushfiq over at TheWebsiteFlip.com and EasyWins.io where you can buy a copy of his “easy wins” spreadsheet listing the things he does to fix up sites he purchases. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: where Mushfiq finds “distressed assets” he knows he can fix up and flip for a profit the buying criteria he uses to find the best deals some of his best “quick wins” that have the biggest impact on a site’s revenue Full show notes
7/22/202150 minutes, 24 seconds
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453: 12 Expert SEO Tips for 2021: Get More Free Traffic

Want to drive more organic traffic to your website? I’m sure you do. At the heart of organic traffic is SEO or Search Engine Optimization. The better optimized your site is for search engines, the higher you’ll rank for your target keywords, and the more visitors you’ll get. For everyone interested in SEO, I have an excellent round-up style show for you today. To help you get up to speed with the latest SEO techniques and methods that are working right now, I invited a bunch of friends of mine and experts who make a living online to share their top SEO tips. I asked them what’s working today in terms of driving more search traffic to their sites, and they shared some insights, resources, and tips that are easily replicable for your sites. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show this week what's working now in the world of SEO, including how to: find easy-to-rank-for keywords perform a free SEO site audit and identify easy SEO fixes use content editors to write better-optimized content Full show notes
7/15/202141 minutes, 12 seconds
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452: Blogging vs. YouTube: Which Platform is Best to Grow an Online Business?

If you’re starting an online business, you’re almost certainly going to create content. But should you focus on written content on your blog, or video content to try and tap into the massive YouTube audience? Which is better to focus on for audience growth, monetization, and for the best ROI on your limited time? To help you figure out which type of content is best for you, it's time for another Side Hustle Showdown. For the debate, I found two gracious volunteers. Both are from the food and recipe niche, so we can compare proverbial apples to apples. They are: Blogger Jannese Torres-Rodriguez, who started DelishD’Lites.com as a side hustle to share her love of Latin food. She has since turned it into one of several income streams under her multi-6-figure business umbrella. YouTuber Nisha Vora, who is a former lawyer who started RainbowPlantLife.com and the Rainbow Plant Life YouTube Channel to share how to master vegan cooking at home. She’s closing in on half a million YouTube subscribers and has more than 20 million lifetime views. Tune in to hear: Which type of content takes the longest to create How they go about creating content that ranks well on each platform The pros and cons of "owning" your blog content vs. relying on YouTube How monetization compares on the two platforms And more This is a fun one, and by the end, you’ll have an idea which platform is going to be best for your business. Full show notes
7/8/202153 minutes, 22 seconds
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451: Affiliate Marketing, Early Retirement, and Side Hustle Shifts Over 8 Years of Podcasting: 20 Questions with Nick

It’s time to dive into the ol’ listener mailbag and answer a few questions in this week’s edition of The Side Hustle Show. I’ve had quite a few interesting questions come in since the last Q&A episode, and picked 20 to talk through in today’s show. Click here to join Side Hustle Nation for free! The questions: How I can use my knowledge for a blog or a podcast or affiliate marketing? How have your attitudes about side hustling changed over the last 8 years in the space? How do bundle sales work? Why would these product creators give their work away for so little? What's the table of contents plugin you're using on your site? How is the "You Might Also Like" box in your newsletter working for you in terms of boosting clicks, pageviews, etc.? I noticed that you are using Teachable -- any particular reason? Which WordPress theme should I use? How much do podcasters get paid by sponsors? What made you “jump” [from your day job]? How did failure not become an option for you? Should you build a review site around a single product or service, or broaden it a bit to the whole family of products of services? What are some good potential side hustles for retirees? How can you protect yourself from legal liability related to online content? What's your take on services like Skimlinks? Do you still recommend putting your books in Kindle Unlimited / KDP Select? When registering a business, can I be my own registered agent? I have 11 separate websites for the local towns where we operate. Should I consolidate domains? I'm just getting started. Should I write and publish a book or start a service business? How much is enough to retire at 35? What side hustles or gigs grew the most in the last year? How would you speed up the process of growing a community? Full show notes
7/1/202139 minutes, 53 seconds
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450: How to Make Money with Kids Books on Amazon

Royalties from book sales is one of the most passive of all my income streams. After you create a book, with print or digital distribution handled by Amazon,  you can collect royalties for years. And while I enjoy the writing process and have published several titles myself, I have yet to venture into the world of children's books.  (Despite having the outlines of a couple kids books on my phone for the last two or three years!) This week I connected with Matthew Ralph, a children’s book author from England, who recently quit his full-time marketing job to focus on his publishing and freelancing business. His bestselling work to date is Sam the Speedy Sloth. The idea of which came to him while walking through an airport, and by the time his flight landed, the book was almost written. Matt has since added more books to his portfolio, while freelancing to help other self-publishing authors. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: what the children's book creation process is like the most effective ways he’s found to market his books how he’s expanding his portfolio and entering different markets Full show notes
6/24/202156 minutes, 27 seconds
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Bonus: My Graduation Speech from 20 Years Ago

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Here's my actual valedictorian speech from 20 years ago!
6/18/20218 minutes, 3 seconds
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449: $10,000 a Month Selling Digital Products on Etsy

Creating assets you can sell over and over again -- that’s the passive income dream, right? This is exactly what Rachel Jones at MoneyHackingMama.com has done by creating and selling downloadable printables on Etsy. This year she’s averaging over $10,000 a month in sales, all while balancing a full-time job and two young kids. Rachel has only been doing this for two years, and she’s planning on leaving her full-time job in the near future and going in full-time on her Etsy business. Big thanks to Cody from Gold City Ventures and The FI Show for the intro! Note: I call this the Buy Buttons strategy. To kickstart your business, find the mini-marketplaces your target customers are already shopping at. Go where the cash is already flowing! Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: how to find profitable niches to sell digital products in on Etsy some of the categories Rachel likes the tools and technology she uses to get it all done Full show notes
6/17/202144 minutes, 9 seconds
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448: Rank and Rent: $1000 a Month From Simple Local Websites

What if you could rent out digital real estate just as you would traditional real estate, but without all the headaches that come with maintaining a property? That’s exactly what Luke Van Der Veer is doing with his digital “Rank and Rent” business. I found Luke through the Side Hustle Nation Facebook group, where he shared a unique take on online business, kind of at the intersection of service businesses, SEO, and real estate. Really taking a page out from all of those playbooks. What Luke does is he builds a local service business website, then “rents” it out to a local, less digital-savvy business that is more than happy for the extra leads. Luke has been doing this for several years but said it took about 6 months to replace his day job income, and 12 months to hit 6-figures. Today he runs a portfolio of over 100 different websites using this “rank and rent” model, earning predictable recurring revenue taking up just a few hours pre week. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: how Luke picks a niche and evaluates the competition how to price your service how to find qualified “tenants” for your digital properties Full show notes
6/10/202148 minutes, 42 seconds
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447: $10k a Month Going to Parties

Earning up to $2,000 for 45 minutes doing something you love -- who wouldn’t want to do that? That’s exactly what Brian McGovern of McMagical.com does. Brian is a party entertainer — he’s been practicing magic and performing since he was in high school. The success of the side hustle allowed him to walk away from a well-paying, but stressful, career on Wall Street. Despite the pandemic forcing him to perform shows from his living room, he’s still making up to $2,000 for an hour's work. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn how to: Get started, even if you don’t have any experience Attract event producers and party planners for high-paying events Turn something you love into something that can make you an extra $1000-2000 in just a few hours on weekends Full show notes
6/3/202139 minutes, 21 seconds
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446: From Kickstarter Success to a Sustainable Brand [Side Hustle Coaching]

"Apples to Apples meets Shark Tank" in SideHustle, the party game for entrepreneurs. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the team behind the game is looking for ways to raise awareness and stand out on the crowded Amazon marketplace. In this coaching episode, you'll meet co-founders Darby Rollins and Tomer Soran, who (along with a 3rd co-founder, Tim Palladino) are looking for some ways to expand on the initial traction and grow a brand in the "productive play" space. To help out with this one, I enlisted Side Hustle Show alumni and e-commerce and branding pro, Scott Voelker.  Full show notes
5/27/202155 minutes, 25 seconds
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445: $80,000 in Etsy Sales: How to Grow from Here? [Side Hustle Coaching]

With a full-time job, a baby at home, and a thriving side hustle, Troy Parker was becoming a master juggler. He was excited about the growth of his Etsy shop, Goober Prints, but was beginning to reach the ceiling of his own capacity. Troy specializes in fun, quirky, customizable direct-to-garment printing. Goober Prints had a breakout year in 2020, jumping to $80,000 in total sales — up from about $10,000 in 2019. Could it become his full-time focus? Is it possible to scale sales without sacrificing even more sleep? I reached out to Side Hustle Show alum and Etsy growth pro Melissa MacDonald, because I knew she'd have some great ideas for Troy. And she didn't disappoint! Tune in to check out our full conversation. Full show notes
5/20/20211 hour, 1 minute, 33 seconds
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444: $10k a Month Blogging: How to Grow from Here?

Side Hustle Show listener Raffaele Di Lallo has built a successful house plant website, earning $10k a month — on the side from his day job. Still, he explained that 90% of that income was from advertising, and he wanted to diversify his revenue sources and earn more from affiliate marketing. To help me talk through Raffaele's business is a long-time friend and online business mentor of mine, Matt Giovanisci. Matt runs SwimUniversity.com, BrewCabin.com, and MoneyLab.co and the Money Lab Pro membership community. I knew he'd have some suggestions to grow the income pie and "future proof" Raffaele's business. Tune in to check out our full conversation. Full show notes.
5/13/20211 hour, 3 seconds
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443: 10 Life and Business Lessons from Mom: The Best Mom Advice

With Mother's Day coming up, I wanted to share some of the best advice and lessons I got from mom growing up. Most of the time, this was pretty literal advice, but I found a lot of it has a broader application to entrepreneurship.  Mom has always been probably my biggest advocate and supporter. For background, she essentially had a couple different careers, first in nursing and then as a library assistant. (At the library, she actually helped me get one of my first jobs in high school.) Lots of wisdom I hope to be able to pass along to our little ones! And if you like this format, be sure to check out the companion list/episode on dad's advice! Full show notes
5/6/202128 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bonus: Your Perfect First Business + Should You Teach a Live Course?

$100 MBA Founder Omar Zenhom shares his perfect first business, plus why live courses are so hot right now. Check out the full $100 MBA Show archives in your podcast app of choice and learn more at 100MBA.net. 
4/30/202123 minutes, 41 seconds
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442: $10k a Month Teaching Online Part-Time

$10,000 a month working 20-hour weeks sounds like a pretty sweet gig! And for Jade Weatherington, it's been a dream come true to make a living in education--while working from home. Her financial success didn't happen overnight. She had months of earning less than $100 from her online private tutoring. But when she discovered a then-new platform called Outschool, things really started to take off. In her first month on the platform, Jade made $32. Still, she was encouraged by the possibilities and scale of teaching online classes there. By the third month, she made almost $5,000. Today she’s making $10,000+ from a combination of online classes, pre-recorded courses, and other teaching products -- all while working around 20 hours a week. Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn: how to decide what topics to teach the online teaching platforms Jade likes how to price and market your courses or classes Full show notes
4/29/202147 minutes, 47 seconds
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441: $225k in 18 Hours a Week: The Path to High-Paying Consulting Gigs

Last year, Brad Rice booked $225,000 worth of Salesforce consulting work. That's impressive on its own, but what's crazier is he only worked an average of 18 hours a week. Brad took his existing skills and experience with a popular software product, and pivoted to become a remote freelance consultant. This is the "SWAS" strategy: Software with a Service. (We’ve heard from guests following a similar path with Asana and Quickbooks.) If you're not familiar with Salesforce, it's the #1 CRM (customer relationship management) software in the world. Businesses and non-profits of all sizes use the software to organize and manage the back-end of their sales efforts. And on the other side, there’s a community of salesforce professionals who support those customers … and earn up to $230 an hour to do so. Why are the rates so high? Supply and demand — there's a gap between the popularity of Salesforce and the number of experts like Brad who can help with it. That's the opportunity I think you should know about. To learn more and see if Salesforce consulting is the right career upgrade for you, check out Brad's Free 5-Day Salesforce Challenge. Tune in to hear: why there's such a high demand for Salesforce professionals how you can get started today earning your Salesforce certifications the progression steps Brad took to go from $40,000 a year to $225,000 part-time Full show notes
4/22/202149 minutes, 25 seconds
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Bonus: A 6-Figure Business Selling Dollhouse Furniture

Amanda Austin has a healthy 6-figure part-time business drop shipping dollhouse miniatures. From the My Wife Quit Her Job podcast, Steve Chou takes over hosting duties today! If you want to learn more about building an e-commerce business, check him out at MyWifeQuitHerJob.com and subscribe to his show for more!
4/16/202145 minutes, 24 seconds
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440: $10k a Month Investing in Mobile Homes

Rachel cash-flows $10k a month from her portfolio of mobile homes. When most people think of real estate investing, mobile homes probably don't come to mind. In fact, technically speaking, mobile homes are personal property--not real estate. Still, this is a sub-niche in real estate that comes with the familiar cash-flowing opportunity of buying a building and renting it out for a profit. Rachel Hernandez has been investing in mobile homes for over 10 years. She made her first mobile home purchase for $3,600, re-sold it for $10,000 on a leas-to-own contract, and hasn’t looked back since. Rachel is the author of Adventures in Mobile Homes and she blogs and podcasts about her work at AdventuresInMobileHomes.com. Tune in to hear: why mobile homes make an attractive investment how to find potential deals near you how Rachel markets for tenants Want more unconventional rental ideas? Click here to download a list of 25 other things you could make money renting out. Full show notes
4/15/202142 minutes, 50 seconds
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439: 500 Million Users: Pinterest Marketing in 2021

With over 500 million users and growing all the time, your target customers are probably on Pinterest. To help catch us up on all the latest strategies and best practices for getting more traffic, more sales, more leads from Pinterest is our resident Pinterest marketing expert, Kate Ahl from SimplePinMedia.com. It’s been a couple of years since I last spoke with Kate and a lot has changed on the Pinterest platform. The user base has doubled, they’ve released new pin formats, and I’m actually starting to see some signs of life from my own account. Which I’d kind of written off for a while to focus on SEO instead. Tune in to hear: what’s working on Pinterest right now how to optimize your content for Pinterest search some cool things coming to the platform around selling your own products Full show notes
4/8/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bonus: Q1 2021 Progress Report

Here's an inside look at what I've been working on the last few months. Tune in to hear: The projects / experiments on my mind Personal / lifestyle updates What books I read My plans for what's coming next Important links: TheTrafficCourse.com SideHustleNation.com/join Thanks so much for tuning in!
4/2/202124 minutes, 31 seconds
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438: From Idea to 6-Figure Side Hustle: A Listener Success Story

Anthony and Jhanilka Hartzog erased $114k of debt in 23 months. The couple were making good money at their day jobs, but realized there's only so much you can cut from your budget. That’s when they turned to the income side of the equation and started a ton of different side hustles. They picked up second jobs at their gym, rented out their car on Turo, dogsitted, and — inspired by my episode with Chris Schwab — they started a residential cleaning business called Maids2Match.com. Today, that business is doing $20-25k in sales a month, with other people doing the cleaning. Anthony and Jhanilka are fully in business-owner mode, dedicating just a few hours a week to it. You can follow along with their journey on Instagram @thehartrimony. Tune in to hear: how they got this business off the ground while working full-time how they find reliable cleaners the marketing tactics that are paying off Click here to download 101 more service business ideas! Full show notes
4/1/202141 minutes, 1 second
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437: Domain Flipping: $70k+/yr Investing in Domain Names Part-Time

Can you still make money in domain flipping? Last year, Mark Levine flipped 70 domain names, for around $160k in gross profit. Of that, he spent a little over half on renewal fees for his domain name portfolio and acquiring new domains to add to it, netting $70-80k for the year. Not bad for a part-time hobby! In his spare time, Mark manages a portfolio of 3500-4000 domains. That's not huge by domain investor standards, but still a good-sized collection. With established investors like Mark, I was curious to find out if there was room for new players to earn a profit. (Several Side Hustle Show listeners requested this topic as well!) Tune in to hear: what it takes to buy low and sell high in the world of digital real estate where to buy and sell domains how new up-and-coming extensions level the playing field for new investors Free Bonus: Click here to download the "alternative" investments I've personally invested in. Full show notes
3/25/202150 minutes, 5 seconds
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436: John Lee Dumas' Advice for Side Hustlers: Be "The Only"

Speedos, systems, and niche strategy -- this episode has it all. John Lee Dumas to share some insights from 2000+ interviews with successful entrepreneurs. (Turns out, I have an informal tradition of hosting John every 4 years. In 2013 we chatted podcasting and monetization, and in 2017 we dove into productivity, discipline, and focus.) His latest project is a book: The Common Path to Uncommon Success: A Roadmap to Financial Freedom and Fulfillment. Inside, he unpacks a 17-step guide to business success -- based on his own experience in building Entrepreneurs on Fire into a 7-figure operation and lessons learned from his thousands of interviews. Tune in to hear: John’s take on the common path to uncommon success an outline of the steps you need to take to create a successful business some of the tips and tricks John has implemented in his own businesses over the years Full show notes
3/18/202134 minutes, 11 seconds
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435: 10 Steps to Make Time for Your Side Hustle

How do you make time for a side hustle? That's one of the questions I get the most, and one of the reasons we return to the theme of productivity so often. In this post (and podcast episode), I'll share a 10-step process for making — and optimizing — time for your business, inspired by Side Hustle Show guests. Download the Free Time Tracking Template + My 10 Favorite Productivity Tools Full show notes
3/11/202136 minutes, 21 seconds
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434: $100k in Sales in 9 Months: Instagram, Salami, and Fun

Last May, Monisha Misra reluctantly accepted her first customer. Nine months later, she'd eclipsed $100k in total sales -- all on the side from her day job. BoardsByMo.com is a charcuterie board prep company, and the early success and attention in that arena has spun off other revenue streams including virtual live charcuterie board building classes. Click here to join Side Hustle Nation for free! Monisha has covered a lot of ground in the last year. She started out donating snack platters to essential workers during the beginning of the pandemic. Now she’s scaling up her B2B operations, running online classes several times a week, and holding several business workshops a month. Tune in to hear: how Monisha has grown her Instagram following to over 20,000 people the actions she took to build a 6-figure operation on the side in less than a year how she’s been streamlining her business and adding additional income streams Full show notes
3/4/202152 minutes, 43 seconds
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433: Simple, Local Cash Flow: Are Laundromats the Ultimate Side Hustle?

Are laundromats "the ultimate side hustle," like my guest Jordan Berry described? These simple, local, cash-flowing businesses have been around forever, but surprisingly this is the first time discussing them in detail on the show. Click here to join Side Hustle Nation for free! Jordan is a former pastor turned laundromat mogul. Along the way, he's become an advocate for the industry through his website and podcast at LaundromatResource.com. Jordan got the idea to buy a laundromat after his wife told him about a family friend quitting his day job in tech after buying one. It wasn’t just the income potential that intrigued Jordan. He wanted a business that would generate passive income -- and yield better returns than real estate. Jordan has been able to achieve both of those things through buying laundromats.  Tune in to hear: why a laundromat makes a great side hustle and investment vehicle some of the expensive mistakes to avoid where to look for financing and some creative marketing and monetization ideas Here's a look at the 10 most compelling reasons why owning a laundromat is -- according to Jordan -- “the best investment you can make." Full show notes
2/25/202146 minutes, 6 seconds
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432: How a New Blogger Went from Zero to $200/day in a Year

From burned out freelance writer to making $200+ a day in affiliate sales ... all in less than a year. That’s Tami Smith's story. Tami was writing affiliate content for clients when she had a “why don’t I try that?” moment. Starting in late 2019, Tami went from watching clients make money from the articles she wrote, to making her own affiliate commissions on a site of her own. Her effort and results on FitHealthyMomma.com are extraordinary, all while combining two things she loves -- fitness and writing. Tune in to hear: how Tami gained traction and traffic so quickly the tools she uses to get the job done how you can follow a similar path with a side hustle of your own If this inspires you to start a blog of your own, my free video series will help you get online quickly and affordably. Download the Free Bonus: 3 Common Website Mistakes that are Costing You Money Full show notes
2/18/202147 minutes, 19 seconds
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431: Fear of Selling, Protecting Ideas, Podcasting and More: 20 Questions with Nick

It’s time to dive into the ol’ listener mailbag and answer a few questions in this week’s edition of The Side Hustle Show. I’ve had quite a few interesting questions come in since the last Q&A episode, and picked 20 to talk through in today’s show. Click here to join Side Hustle Nation for free! Here are the questions I cover: How do you get over the fear of asking someone to buy your service or product? (1:42) Should I gain a skill to start a side hustle or just jump on some ones that have little barrier to entry? (3:45) How do you combat shiny object syndrome? (5:14) Do you have to have an established site to qualify for affiliate programs? (6:52) I'm thinking of expanding the focus of my website. Should I rebrand? (7:59) Are there tasks too small for virtual assistants? (9:32) What are your thoughts about leaving a side hustle as a "hustle" instead of a business? (10:08) Can you send it to me in French? (10:58) What low startup cost businesses can a 14 year old do? (12:07) Is there a service you would recommend for monetizing newsletters through sponsorships? (13:55) What are the top three things you would do to monetize a (new) podcast? (17:21) What’s the hardest part about hosting a podcast? (18:59) How do block days work if there's a conflict between your schedule and someone you're trying to meet with? (20:17) What's your take on the best length of time for a podcast? (21:26) How do I transition from my full-time career to my side hustle? (22:44) I have a idea that if shared with anyone or investors could be easily stolen. How do I protect it? (25:04) I just made my first $5 in passive income! How can I keep this newfound motivation alive? (27:51) I'm finding it difficult to grow my Facebook page. Any ideas or advice? (29:29) How would you go about getting your first freelance clients? (30:37) What makes a good KPI? (33:02) Full show notes
2/11/202136 minutes, 9 seconds
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430: Built to Sell: How to Design a Business to Run Without You

Service businesses can get a bad rap. After all, there are clients to deal with, and actual labor involved in fulfillment. They’re just not as glamorous as other more “passive” income models. But you should know that more Side Hustle Show guests started with a service-based business model than any other. This week’s guest has a unique approach to service businesses -- one that doesn't rely on your skills as the expert. Tyler Gillespie has built two successful service businesses and had a clean exit from both -- the last being just 13 months from startup to sale. Tune in to hear: how Tyler comes up with ideas for productized service businesses the processes he implements to put his business in a position to exit how he outsources the mechanism of his businesses Click here to download 101 more service business ideas! Full show notes
2/4/202148 minutes, 29 seconds
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429: The Facebook Funnel: A Proven Path from Strangers to Paying Customers

How does the idea of taking your part-time hobby, and turning it into a full-time income sound? That’s exactly what Carey Adam of RunningMoms.com has done. Carey has turned her passion for running and fitness into a full-time business by creating paid products and a membership model. To do this, she tapped into the massive Facebook audience -- over 2 billion people -- to connect with her target customers. I’m calling this the Facebook Funnel. It's a unique and systematic way to make money on Facebook. Tune in to hear how: New prospects enter Carey’s ecosystem She provides them with helpful, valuable content and an “experience” They ultimately become long-term paying customers Download the Free "Facebook Funnel" Visualization and Worksheet. Full show notes
1/28/202143 minutes, 33 seconds
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428: Hot Tub Cash Machine: Zero to $1000s a Month

You’ve heard of Hot Tub Time Machine, but how does Hot Tub Cash Machine sound? That’s effectively the business model this week’s guest, Steve Nadramia. Steve is a high school history and economics teacher in New York, and a listener of the show. He reached out after our Thanksgiving episode, which touched on renting out attic space and even camper vans and semi-trucks as potential sources of recurring revenue. His unconventional rental business? Portable hot tubs! Steve started a hot tub rental business to replace his summer job income, with the goal of earning $1000 a month. Today, he’s got 25+ tubs in his “fleet,” delivers them with his pickup truck, and is doing thousands of dollars in bookings every month. Steve explained renting hot tubs is quite common in Europe, but doesn’t have much competition in the US yet. Tune in to hear: how Steve got the idea for this business how he’s marketed and grown his business the logistics of how it all works Want more unconventional rental ideas? Click here to download a list of 25 other things you could make money renting out. Full show notes
1/21/202146 minutes, 42 seconds
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427: Masterpiece Days: Laying the Groundwork for a Flourishing Life

A masterpiece life starts with masterpiece days stacked on top of masterpiece moments. Whatever your future looks like, to get there you’re going to need to build masterpiece days. To help us build more of those masterpiece days and work toward being the best versions of ourselves in our life and work starting today is Brian Johnson. Brian is a serial entrepreneur who combines ancient wisdom with modern science to help people live their best lives. You’ll find him at optimize.me, the app version of which has lived on the homescreen of my phone for the past few years, ever since my brother introduced me to his work. This is an episode about taking a break from chopping down trees to sharpen the saw. This is about the seemingly small actions you can take on a daily basis to get from where you are to where you want to be. Note: Click here to access my free habit tracker inspired by this episode. Tune in to hear: what it means to have a masterpiece day and where you should start the framework Brian uses with his students and coaches which virtues he sees having the biggest impact on his students Full show notes
1/14/202153 minutes, 10 seconds
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426: My $550k Side Hustle: An Online Business from Idea to Exit

In October, I sold a website. It wasn't a 7-figure, never-work-again type of exit, but when the funds were deposited, it was the largest single amount ever to hit one of my accounts. Over the course of 9 and a half years of running Virtual Assistant Assistant--including the proceeds from the sale--the site generated over $550,000 in revenue. This is the story of how I started, grew, and sold a very part-time online business. I hope it inspires you to start one of your own. Full show notes
1/7/202146 minutes, 39 seconds
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425: Best of 2020: My Top Books, Tools, and Moments of a Wild Year

I know most people are ready to put 2020 behind us for good, but there were some bright spots in the midst of all the craziness. With that in mind, here were some of mine I'd love to share. Full show notes
12/31/202035 minutes, 48 seconds
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424: How I Sold 64,000 Pounds of Onions Online: A Creative Drop Shipping Case Study

What comes first, the domain name or the business idea? For Peter Askew, the author of a viral blog post called “I Sell Onions on the Internet,” the answer is always the domain name. Peter is fascinated by expiring domain names and how they’re treated like physical assets. This is how he ended up with VidaliaOnions.com long before he had any plans on starting an e-commerce site shipping onions. Peter took that domain name, partnered with an award-winning onion farmer, and last season shipped more than 64,000 pounds of onions! (Prices range from $2.50-$7 per pound so you can estimate the site doing multiple 6-figures in revenue.) Like the product itself, this is a business with layers worth exploring. From the domain name to the farmer/supplier relationship, to the marketing efforts, and to the logistics and customer support that make it all work. Tune in to hear: why Peter says starting with an expired domain name gives you “a small unfair advantage” how he found a supplier and manages the logistics of his business his marketing and customer support methods Full show notes
12/24/202051 minutes, 58 seconds
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423: $3500 a Day in Etsy Sales in 6 Months

What started as a 2-week challenge with a friend 6 months ago, has turned into a business processing $3,500 in orders a day! Luke Emery has a background in design and portrait painting. So, he decided to utilize these skills and his e-commerce experience and start a business selling custom pet portraits. Van Woof specializes in putting your dog or cat into a Renaissance-style oil painting, looking like they really posed for the portrait. This isn’t Luke’s first e-commerce business, but it's taken off like a rocket! Tune in to hear: how Luke markets and sells these paintings on Etsy and his own store how the fulfillment logistics work the tools and platforms he uses to create a smooth workflow and great customer experience Full show notes
12/17/202040 minutes, 25 seconds
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422: $1000 a Week Cash Flow ... from a Semi Truck?

Ever thought about buying a semi truck and renting it out? Yeah, me neither, until I came across Ericka. Apparently there's big money to be made in trucking, but like any other side hustle, there's some strategy, risk, and nuance to the business. Ericka Williams owns 12 of these giant 18-wheelers, which can generate thousands of dollars a month in profit. Ericka has gone from delivering pizzas as a side hustle to owning a painting company, to now managing an investment portfolio that includes both real estate and semi-trucks. If you're interested in real estate, there’s a parallel to consider with this business model. Trucks are assets you can acquire with leverage (meaning other people’s money), and essentially rent it out for weekly or monthly cash flow. Tune in to hear: how Ericka came across the idea of buying semi-trucks what to look for when buying your first truck the math, marketing, and mistakes to avoid in this side hustle Full show notes
12/10/202039 minutes, 58 seconds
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421: $6k a Month Blogging About Gray Hair

Interested in growing a community and building a profitable blog around something you - and most other people - will inevitably go through? That’s exactly what Katie Emery did when she decided to stop dying her hair after 25 years and transition to natural gray hair. Kate had questions about the transition, but couldn’t find the answers she wanted online. In fact, the information she found was mostly negative. So, she decided to start her own blog, KatieGoesPlatinum.com, to provide comprehensive information about gray hair, and to show women that growing out their grays could be fun and empowering. In just two years Katie has grown her blog to an average of $6,000 a month in revenue. She’s also grown a passionate community and is helping other women go through the transition to natural gray hair. Ready to start a blog of your own? My free video course will help you get online quickly and affordably. Tune in to hear: how Katie started her blog and got it off the ground with no prior experience how she creates content that drives traffic the revenue streams bringing in an average of $6,000 per month Full show notes
12/3/202048 minutes, 56 seconds
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420: 11 Creative Side Hustles That Make Real Money

Our annual Friendsgiving celebration has been put on pause this year, but one tradition lives on. This is year 3 of a special Thanksgiving Side Hustle Show episode showcasing creative side hustle ideas that make real money. If you like this format, I’d love for you to check out the first two in this series -- those are episodes 310 and 363 -- both are in the Top 10 all-time most popular episodes. Ready? Let's do it! Full show notes
11/26/202045 minutes, 22 seconds
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419: Zero to $50k: How to Grow and Monetize an Email Newsletter

Zero to 55k subscribers and $50k in revenue in 8 months? That’s exactly what Codie Sanchez with Contrarian Thinking, her newsletter about investing and entrepreneurship. Codie's a former journalist, turned institutional investor, turned online business owner.  I've thought about content businesses mostly in the context of blogging, podcasting, or video -- but what if email is your content channel? After all, the challenge that many other content channels face is "how to get people to join your list." Codie's model, in a true "contrarian" way, cuts out that middleman. This episode is sure to have you thinking a little differently about how you approach building an audience and building an online business. Tune in to hear: what you might create a newsletter about what makes newsletters such an interesting business model how Codie’s grown and monetized her's so far Full show notes
11/19/202045 minutes, 54 seconds
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418: 21 Little Life Upgrades: Small Optimizations to Improve Your Days

What little purchases or changes have you made that had an outsized impact on your overall happiness? This is something of a sport in our house. Bryn and I kind of joke that we have this mission to optimize everything, whether that’s the: limited space in our house hours in the day money in the bank We've taken great joy in these incremental improvements. We often ask ourselves, “How can we make this 1% better?” If we can make those 1% improvements consistently over time, they start to compound and we’re way better off than when we started. I put the call out to several friends and listeners: What little life upgrade or optimization have you made recently -- with great results? Tune in to hear 21 little life upgrades -- the habits, products, or tools that don't cost a lot of time or money, but make a big impact. Full show notes.
11/12/202035 minutes, 36 seconds
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417: Make Money Online: The Freelance Business Blueprint

We’re in the middle of a massive labor shift from employees to entrepreneurs. In this episode, I want to try and equip you with some skills, frameworks, and mindsets to help navigate that shift. If you want to make money online, there are a million ways to get it done, but it usually boils down to one thing: helping people. To help me walk through this stuff I’m joined by Austin L. Church. Austin’s a writer, brand consultant, and online entrepreneur. He’s been making his living online for the last 12 years, with some of the exact strategies we’re talking about today. Tune in to hear: how to identify your marketable skills how to land clients in a crowded marketplace the tips and tactics Austin has used to grow his business over the last 12 years Full show notes
11/5/20201 hour, 26 seconds
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416: Minimum Viable Memberships: Build a Recurring Revenue Online Business

Want to get started with an online business but don’t feel like you’re an expert in anything? Maybe you’ve started a business but you’re struggling to monetize it? A few short years ago, Shane Sams and his wife Jocelyn were school teachers. In their off-hours, they built several successful online businesses, including ElementaryLibrarian.com, which sold for over $1 million in 2017. Today they run FlippedLifestyle.com along with the Flipped Lifestyle podcast, to help others try and replicate the success they’ve had online, and specifically take advantage of the membership model. Tune in to hear: how to set up your membership site the right way why you might be closer than you think to getting your first paying members the payment tiers that work for Shane and his students how Shane and Jocelyn continue to grow their community year-over-year Full show notes
10/29/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 33 seconds
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415: How a Couple College Students Started a $6000 a Month Side Hustle

Josh Belk is a full-time college student, he works full-time in web design, and in what little spare time, he’s started a $6,000 a month mobile detailing business with his younger brother. This idea came about when Josh connected the dots between obsession and opportunity. On the obsession side, Josh would always see his brother out in the driveway cleaning his car. On the opportunity side, he received an email about business ideas anyone could start, and mobile car washing was one of them. He asked his brother if he wanted to team up to see if they could make some money cleaning cars -- and with that, Belk Mobile Detailing was born. Tune in to hear to the full podcast episode to hear how the pair: landed their first mobile detailing customers price their service stand out from the competition Full show notes
10/22/202040 minutes, 20 seconds
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414: Raising Innovative and Entrepreneurial Kids: The Next Generation of Problem Solvers

How can you instill the skills and values of innovation and entrepreneurship in kids? And if you can teach it to kids, why can’t you teach it to grownups? This week I’m joined by Don Wettrick, an award-winning middle school, and high school teacher and the CEO and co-founder of StartEdUp, which has a mission to empower students and teachers to apply innovation and entrepreneurship in the classroom. He’s author of Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level, and also the host of the StartEd Up Podcast. Tune in to hear: how to get kids AND grownups excited about this stuff the rules Don uses for brainstorming his processes for turning problems into real solutions for real customers how those of us with young kids can encourage them to be producers not just consumers Full show notes
10/15/202038 minutes, 40 seconds
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413: $10k a Month on YouTube - Without Filming or Being on Camera

$18k in 9 months ... from ONE YouTube video? And that's without even filming or putting your face on camera! Jon Corres identifies trending topics on YouTube and produces viral videos to ride that trend. Or at least videos he hopes will hit the algorithm just right. It's a numbers game -- not everything you publish will get traction. In fact, Jon said most of his videos don't even breakeven on their production costs right away. But when you have one that hits, it washes away all those expenses and more. When I spoke with Jon, he told me about one of his videos that had gone viral earlier in the year. This video quickly hit 1 million views in February, netting Jon $3,200 in ad revenue. That same video has carried on bringing in passive income. At the time of our call, it had made Jon more than $18,000 and received 8 million views. All from a short video that cost $80 to produce and comprises of short clips from other videos. Tune in to hear: how Jon comes up with ideas for his videos how he and his team create videos without filming any new content the types of videos most likely to go viral the math and metrics behind a successful viral video Full show notes
10/8/202052 minutes, 22 seconds
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412: 20 Questions with Nick: The Side Hustles I'm Most Excited About Right Now, Side Hustle Ethics, Charging Your Friends, and More

It’s time to dive into the ol’ listener mailbag and answer a few questions in this week’s edition of The Side Hustle Show. I’ve had quite a few interesting questions come in since the last Q&A episode, and picked 20 to talk through in today’s show. Like this format? This is the 10th installment of “20 Questions” so feel free to go back and binge on the older ones too: 365: Market Saturation, Mind Mapping, Miracle Mornings, and More: 20 Questions, with Nick 346: The Con of the Side Hustle, Beanie Babies, Affiliate Marketing, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 320: Multiplying Money, Morning Routines, and $100k Side Hustles: 20 Questions with Nick 291: Email, Ebooks, Platforms, and Conferences: 20 Questions with Nick 271: Brilliant Blogging, Ruthless Productivity, and Guaranteed Success: 20 Questions with Nick 245: Network Marketing, Imposter Syndrome, My Side Hustle Mistakes, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 219: Growing Traffic, Monetization, List-Building, a Day in the Life, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 198: Blogging, Branding, Book Writing, and Finding the Right Side Hustle for You: 20 Questions with Nick 181: SEO, Affiliate Marketing, Self-Publishing, Udemy, and More: 20 Questions with Nick A common piece of advice you’ll hear is to take audience questions and turn them into content, so here’s a meta example of that in action. This episode covers side hustle ethics, the side hustles I'm most excited about right now, the best traffic drivers, and lots more. Enjoy! Full show notes
10/1/202037 minutes, 9 seconds
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411: $40k a Month in 15-20 Hours a Week

"I allowed the business to to coast and it's coasted wonderfully well," Nate Dodson explained. In this episode you'll hear about the power of an evergreen digital product that makes sales on autopilot. It's allowed Nate to shift his focus to some offline projects, including several real estate renovations. In Nate's first appearance on The Side Hustle Show (episode 314 in late 2018), he shared the simple sales funnel that ultimately earned over $1 million in total online course sales. Tune in to hear how Microgreens Farmer continues to make sales every week, how COVID has impacted Nate's business, and his plans for the future. Full show notes  
9/25/202023 minutes, 28 seconds
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410: $50k a Month Online in 2 Years

How does a new blog get to $50k a month within 2 years?  It takes great content, a consistent SEO strategy, and building strong partnerships. When we last heard from Alex and Healy from FinvsFin.com in episode 367 at the very end of 2019, the site was earning around $20k a month in affiliate commissions. Just 9 months later, that's jumped to $50k! Tune in to hear what's changed and what's working today in terms of content, SEO, and affiliate partnerships. Full show notes
9/24/202028 minutes, 56 seconds
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409: How Matt Tripled His Business

When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail, right? Well, when you're a knife sharpener, every house is a potential customer! Matt Rowell was earning $250-500 a month when we caught up in episode 308 back in late 2018. Since then, he's grown to a consistent $1500 a month, working maybe an hour a day. Tune in to hear: The most important new marketing channel for Matt. How the pandemic has impacted his sales. How he's leveled up his skills to broaden his customer base. How new sharpeners can get started today. Full show notes
9/23/202021 minutes, 58 seconds
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408: $10k a Month Watching Ink Dry

The mobile notary business is booming for Brian Schooley, a long-time Side Hustle Show listener. When we last caught up with Brian in mid-2018 (episode 286), he was earning $1500-2000 a month as a loan signing agent. In this "where are they now?" edition of the show, he shares how he's grown to $10k a month and quit his day job to focus on the notary gig full-time. Tune in to hear: when he felt comfortable quitting his job how the pandemic has impacted his business how he builds relationships with escrow officers Full show notes
9/22/202019 minutes, 52 seconds
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407: 135 Recurring Weekly Customers

$1000 a week cleaning backyards? Erica Krupin turned some earbuds at the start of the year with her fast-growing pet waste removal business.  Since we spoke, she's added another 50+ recurring weekly customers and expanded to a new location. Tune in to hear: What's working on social media today. How she's grown 50% in 9 months, in spite of a global pandemic. The software she's testing to manage her customers, team members, and jobs. Full show notes
9/21/202020 minutes, 49 seconds
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406: $4000 a Month in Flipping Profits

Want to scale back on your day job? Want to travel more, and spend more time with your family? That’s exactly what Stacy Gallego has been able to do thanks to her part-time flipping business. What’s cool is that this income stream was actually inspired by a former side hustle show guest, Rob “the flea market flipper” Stephenson, who we last heard from in episode 298. Stacy is one of Rob’s star students, and I’ve loved watching her share some of her sales results for quite a while. In just two years, Stacy has gone from flipping her first item to hitting $10,000 in sales in a month. The ability to find profit in your hometown is one I think is really valuable in recession-proofing your own income. If that appeals to you, I encourage to you check out Rob and his wife Melissa’s free training to learn more. Tune in to hear: how Stacy sources profitable inventory how she deals with the logistics of shipping huge items which items/categories are selling best her advice for new flippers to start making money Full show notes
9/17/202047 minutes, 34 seconds
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405: 10 Unconventional Money Rules

We all live by a set of unwritten "money rules." These guide the decisions we make on how we spend, save, earn, and invest. But are your rules really serving you? In this episode, we’re looking at 10 "unconventional" money rules. These are suggestions that hopefully spark some introspection and conversation. Because the "conventional" wisdom clearly isn't working for a whole lot of people! To help me talk through these is Rich Jones. He’s the host of the award-winning Paychecks and Balances podcast, which is all about helping you navigate your finances and career. Rich is a frequent speaker at both podcasting and personal finance events. More impressively, he’s done it all on the side from his day job. Tune in to hear why: your best side hustle might be your day job all dollars earned are not equal the “best” financial advice might not be right for you All that, and more "unconventional" financial wisdom coming at you! Full show notes
9/10/202057 minutes, 20 seconds
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404: Email Marketing Tips from Australia's Best Marketer

Build your email list! Get your first 100, 1,000, 10,000 subscribers. “The money’s in the list,” right? That's the chorus of advice you hear from all the marketing experts. But what do you send someone after they join your list? That’s what we’re diving into in this episode with Daniel Throssell of PersuasivePage.com. Daniel is a copywriter and has been called “The best marketer in Australia” by a prominent client of his. His journey started as a side hustle while working 12-hour shifts as an electrical engineer. Daniel started using any spare time he had and a special way of writing proposals - and landed high paying jobs from week 1. It wasn’t long before he was charging $200/hr and up, working with the bestselling author in Australia, and he now has his own audience he writes emails to daily. Tune in to hear: how to come up with the best lead magnet for your target audience how to get people to sign up for your email list the 3 kinds of emails you’ll send after someone does sign up the 3-part email structure that can work in just about any niche Full show notes
9/3/202056 minutes, 25 seconds
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403: "Local" E-Commerce: Building a Following for Homemade Products

This week I’m excited to share a unique side hustle that’s turning hobbies into profits, through what I’m calling “local” e-commerce. This is a story of building a following for homemade or handmade products -- without shipping anything, without advertising, and without relying on 3rd party marketplaces like Amazon or Etsy for exposure. We’re going to explore this through the lens of So Here’s the Dough, a local cottage kitchen cookie operation run by a friend of mine here in Livermore, Jenn Fei. Jenn is an attorney and real estate broker by trade, but those professions have now become the side hustles to her thriving cookie business. Tune in to hear: when it's time to turn your hobby into a business how to grow a loyal and hungry (pun intended) following for your products how to consistently generate new product ideas other growth ideas for artisan products Full show notes
8/27/202036 minutes, 25 seconds
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402: Merch by Amazon and Print on Demand in 2020 and Beyond

Create a design. Upload it to a store. Earn passive royalties whenever it sells. That’s the passive income dream, and that’s the premise behind the Merch by Amazon and print-on-demand side hustles. But does it really still work? To find out, I invited Michael Essek on to the Side Hustle Show. Michael has been designing and selling t-shirts online since 2013, and he’s seen how the market has changed over the years. For the past 4-5 years, Michael's earned $100,000+ licensing and selling his designs, so he has his finger on the pulse of what’s working right now. Tune in to hear: how you can get started selling merch online -- even if you don’t have design skills how to come up with product ideas -- without being a copycat some interesting ways to level up your merch business as a gateway to bigger opportunities Full show notes
8/20/202058 minutes, 59 seconds
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401: The Productivity Pyramid: A Simple Framework to Make Real Progress

We’re all dealt 24 hours a day. I believe how you spend that time, or maybe rather how you invest it, should give you some sort of return. That could be a monetary return, sure. But it could also be a return in personal satisfaction or impact on others. Today, I want to introduce a productivity framework I’m calling The Productivity Pyramid. Like most frameworks, it’s a work in progress, but here’s how it shapes up: Vision / Goals Projects Tasks Tools and Tactics Full show notes
8/13/202047 minutes, 29 seconds
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400: Low Startup Cost Business Ideas from Side Hustle Nation

Starting a business doesn't have to be expensive -- in fact, low startup cost business ideas are everywhere. Just last week, Nate and Alysha Jackson explained how they started their Amazon retail arbitrage business with just $100 -- and had since grown to over $1 million in total sales. Inspired by their story, along with a couple of threads in the Side Hustle Nation Facebook group that asked for some real-life low startup cost business ideas, I put together this episode. Stick around to hear how several Side Hustle Nation members got their business off the ground on the cheap. In most cases, you don’t need outside capital to get started. Instead, my hope is you’ll use these stories as inspiration to start lean and start now. Full show notes.
8/6/202033 minutes, 11 seconds
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399: From $100 to 7-Figures: Amazon FBA Retail Arbitrage Case Study

“It was costing me money to go to my job,” Nate told me. That was just a year after Nate and Alysha Jackson started their Amazon FBA retail arbitrage business -- with just a $100 investment. Since then, the former public school teachers have sold over $1 million worth of products on Amazon! Amazon FBA retail arbitrage is the art of buying low locally and online, and reselling for a profit on Amazon. After hearing about the opportunity on Side Hustle Nation, they turned that $100 in initial inventory into more than $180,000 in total sales in 12 months. It didn't take much longer than that before they both quit their jobs to focus on the Amazon business and their growing family. Tune in to hear: the product categories Nate and Alysha like for new sellers (interestingly enough, they’re known as the bra flipping couple in FBA circles). where they source profitable inventory. tools of the trade to scale up your reselling business.
7/30/202041 minutes, 34 seconds
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398: Build a Website or Buy One that's Already Working?

If you want to start an online business, you’re probably going to need to build a website. But could you shortcut the process by just buying one that’s already working? In this episode, which is the fourth and final episode of our Showdown series this month, we’re comparing two ways you operate a revenue-generating website; building your own site vs buying an established website. For this debate, I’ve got a couple of powerhouse guests: Mark Webster from AuthorityHacker.com and the Authority Hacker podcast, one of my favorite resources for all things SEO and affiliate marketing. He’ll be representing the build side of this conversation. Dom Wells from Onfolio.co is on the buy side. Onfolio, among other things, has a management service for website investors. He’s been in the website building, buying, and monetizing space for years. There are pros and cons to both starting and buying websites. But, as you’ll hear discussed, there are some key differences between each method and might help you lean one way or the other. Tune in to hear both Mark and Dom discuss the different strategies behind: Getting started Finding a site to buy Quick wins and monetization Marketing Pros and cons of each model And more These guys both have a lot of experience in building and buying websites. By the end of this one, you’ll have a good idea which path is best for you. Full show notes
7/23/202055 minutes, 36 seconds
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397: Should I Start a Freelance Business or Build an Agency?

A service business is one of the fastest side hustles to get off the ground, and you can scale it by hiring other people to deliver the work. But is there an advantage to staying a solo operator? In this Side Hustle Showdown we're looking at freelancing vs. building an agency. For this debate, I invited a couple members of The Side Hustle Nation community who both run cleaning companies: Chris Schwab from ThinkMaids.com represented the agency side. We last heard from Chris in episode 294, where he talked about how he’d built his cleaning business to $60k a month in revenue, and scaled back his own involvement to just 10 minutes a day. Ken Carfango from SoloCleaningSchool.com represented the solo freelance side. Ken’s a former engineer and a father of 5 who’s got his cleaning business dialed in where he can knock out the work himself in just a couple days, and enjoy 5-day weekends with his family. Tune in to hear both Chris and Ken discuss which business model is best for: Getting started Finding new clients Scaling Start-up costs How to exit And more If you’re trying to decide which path you want to take, stick around to learn how to avoid the dreaded “valley of despair” that often afflicts service businesses, and how to get started on the right foot. Full show notes
7/16/202059 minutes, 44 seconds
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396: Private Label vs. Product Licensing: Which is the Better Side Hustle?

In the e-commerce space, selling private label products on Amazon has been a popular side hustle for the last several years. But is it still the best way to go? Or is there a lower risk, higher reward way to turn your ideas into profits? In this episode, which is the second episode of our Showdown series this month, we’re comparing two ways you can capitalize on opportunities in the market; selling private label products and product licensing. For this debate, I’ve sourced two guests who have appeared on the Side Hustle Show before: Greg Mercer of JungleScout.com, creator of the popular Jungle Scout product research and amazon analytics software. We last from Greg on episode 263, when he talked about how to find your first Amazon FBA private label product. (Try Jungle Scout for half off your first month with my referral link.) Stephen Key of, InventRight.com and author of the One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work. We last heard from Stephen on episode 113, when he talked about how you can turn your ideas into recurring revenue. Both business models allow you to exercise our creative muscles. But, as you’ll find out, each model is suited to a different personality type and has a different balance of risk and reward. Tune in to hear both Greg and Stephen dig into the different strategies behind: Getting started Marketing and discoverability Start-up costs Beating the competition Monetization And more There is some interesting insight into these business models. By the end of the episode, you’ll have a clearer idea of which business model is best for you. Full show notes
7/9/202048 minutes, 30 seconds
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395: Podcasting vs. YouTube for Building an Online Business

Creating content online can be a super-effective way to build an audience and ultimately to make money. If you’re just starting out or trying to grow your business, you might be wondering what type of content makes the most sense to create. In this episode, we’re going to compare and contrast two of the most popular content channels going today: podcasting and YouTube. This is actually the first of several friendly debate-style episodes this month I’m calling the Side Hustle Showdown series. For each debate, I tried to source guests in a similar niche so they could best speak each other’s language. To fire shots over the pros and cons of starting an online business with podcasts or YouTube, I enlisted the help of: Podcaster Jonathan Mendonsa, co-host of ChooseFI, a personal finance show. We last heard from Jonathan in episode 287, where he talked about how his show took off and how he was able to quit his job just 10 months in. YouTuber Marko Zlatic, who started his personal finance channel Whiteboard Finance as a side hustle also in 2017. Since then he's amassed 370k subscribers and quit his job to produce videos full-time. Tune in to hear both Marko and Jonathan go back and forward discussing which of the platforms are best for: Marketing and discoverability Content production Monetization Start-up costs And more This is a fun one, and by the end, you’ll have an idea which platform is going to be best for your business. Full show notes
7/2/202056 minutes, 32 seconds
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394: Pandemic Pivots: How Entrepreneurs are Adapting to "Obliteration"

Businesses evolve over time, but I don’t think anyone could have prepared for the pace of change this year. To gauge how some of you have been handling everything the pandemic has thrown at you, I reached out to Side Hustle Nation and asked what pivots and changes you’ve been making in your business over the last few months. What I got back were some interesting and innovative ways some business owners and side hustlers have found to actually grow their businesses during the pandemic. Here’s a look at some of the hardest hit industries, and some of the ways business owners have been pivoting and adapting. Full show notes
6/25/202029 minutes, 16 seconds
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393: Best Dad Advice: 10 Life and Business Lessons from Dad

6/19/202023 minutes, 44 seconds
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392: What I've Learned and Applied from 49 Awesome Entrepreneurs - Part 7

At the end of nearly every episode of The Side Hustle Show, I ask my guests for their "#1 tip for Side Hustle Nation." There’s always a great variety of responses, and I wanted to take some time today to go through some of my favorites from the past 50-ish interviews. This has become an annual tradition on the show, and we just passed 7 years and 12 million downloads! If you like this short-and-sweet meta-style show, be sure to check out the others in this series: Episode 50 Episode 124 Episode 177 Episode 236 Episode 288 Episode 338 Full show notes
6/18/202033 minutes, 32 seconds
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391: Taking Local Businesses Online: $500k in Sales in Year 1

How did a butcher shop's side project turn into "the best snacks in the world" -- and $500,000 in sales in their first year? And more importantly, could you apply the same strategies to help local businesses take their products online? This story features Dustin Reichmann, a long-time Side Hustle Show listener. He has a blog called EngagedMarriage.com, and with the online marketing skills learned there, started a new consulting business to help other businesses build their online presence. One of his clients was a local butcher shop. Impressed by one of their products--a higher-end, clean-ingredient meat stick--Dustin felt there was an opportunity to reach a lot more customers online. So, he made Ryan -- the owner of the butcher shop -- a low-risk offer to partner and launch the product online. What followed was a series of wins across multiple marketing channels and through a number of innovative promotional tactics. Tune in to hear: How Dustin approached Ryan with a win-win partnership. The marketing channels and techniques they used to sell more than $500,000 worth of FireCreek snacks in their first year. How they got their product into 50+ Walmart stores. And how anyone can apply the same online and offline marketing strategies into their own business. Full show notes
6/11/202045 minutes, 39 seconds
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390: YouTube for Freelancers: The Surprising 6-Figure Strategy

How does a YouTube channel with less than 300 subscribers generate 6-figures a year? In Joshua Lisec's case, he does it by answering targeted questions, and selling high-value services to those viewers. Joshua is an award-winning, celebrity-recommended, #1 international bestselling Certified Professional Ghostwriter. He’s also a TEDx speaker, a novelist, and has ghostwritten over 45 books for entrepreneurs, executives, and public figures. Over the last few years, Joshua's freelance work has gone from $1.67 an hour on his first writing project, to over $500,000 a year! (Long-time listeners might remember him; Joshua appeared on episode 201 in late 2016. In that classic Side Hustle Show episode, we talked through the OPA strategy -- tapping into Other People's Audiences -- to sell your services.) In this episode, we're diving into another innovative marketing strategy involving YouTube. It's one you can apply to your own business right away. Tune in to hear Joshua explain: How he’s generating high value leads on YouTube with less than 300 subscribers The tools and techniques he’s using to optimize his YouTube videos to rank well How he bundled individual low paying freelance gigs for a high-value service
6/4/202045 minutes, 22 seconds
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389: How to Host a Successful Virtual Summit for Influence, Impact, and Income

Liam Austin made $50k off his first online event, and hasn't looked back. Since then, Liam has hosted another 17 virtual summits and online business networking events. In total, these events have brought together more than 400 speakers and 100,000 business owners. Virtual summits allow you to connect with industry leaders and influencers in your niche while growing your own audience. Hosting a virtual summit sounds pretty straightforward: interview a bunch of influential people in your niche collect registrations of people who want to watch those interviews sell access to the recordings after they expire But the virtual summit model has a lot of nuance and strategy, and behind-the-scenes action that all has to come together to make it a hit. That's why I invited Liam on the show. Note: Click here to download Liam’s top tips for planning and hosting a virtual summit from this episode. If you’re looking for ways to grow your business and make meaningful connections within your industry, this episode lays out that blueprint for you. Tune in to hear Liam talk through: The core benefits of hosting a virtual summit How he made $50k from his first summit and learned some valuable lessons What it’s going to take to create your own virtual summit in your industry And more
5/28/202048 minutes, 32 seconds
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388: From “No Skills” to $3k a Month on the Side

Are you stuck with the idea that you don’t have the skills to start a side hustle? Today’s guest, Chris Misterek of SelfMadeWebDesigner.com didn’t let that hold him back. He went from being in a tight spot personally and financially, to bringing in an average of $3k a month on the side through his new web design business. With no previous experience with web design, Chris decided to start at the ground up by working through some free online courses. Within a few months, he was introducing himself as a web designer, and within 18 months he was earning double his day job salary on the side! Tune in to this episode to hear Chris explain how he: Picked up this new skillset on the cheap Found his first clients Marketed and grew his business Recommends you replicate this across any number of industries
5/21/202046 minutes, 46 seconds
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387: Retiring Early with Real Estate: $15k a Month in Passive Cash Flow

$15,000 a month for 30 minutes of work? The passive income dream is real for Dustin Heiner. Dustin achieved this by following a systematic approach to buying homes and renting them out. He started with his first property back in 2006. Within 6 years he had 19 properties, and within 9 years he had 26 properties and had retired from his day job at the age of 37. Today he has more than 30 properties bringing in (mostly) passive income supporting him and his family. Note: Click here to download Dustin’s top tips for finding and buying rental properties from this episode. Dustin is a serial side hustler, but once he realized the benefit of getting paid over and over again for work he did once – he doubled down on real estate. Tune in to hear Dustin talk through: His approach to property sourcing The 6 ways he makes money with rental properties How he’s been able to grow his portfolio so quickly His advice for those looking to replicate his success
5/14/202052 minutes, 42 seconds
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386: $70 an Hour from Home as a Remote Bookkeeper

Side Hustle Show listener Kate Johnson started her bookkeeping business in 2017, and now serves several recurring clients. She targets an effective rate of $70 an hour, and is able to work from home. With her youngest starting preschool, Kate found herself with an extra 9 hours a week. "I wanted to be a good steward of that time," she explained. Tune in to this episode to hear Kate explain: Why she decided to start working as a virtual bookkeeper How she landed her first clients How she’s grown her client base with little marketing The surprising new side hustle this work has spun off
5/7/202038 minutes, 46 seconds
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385: $1000 a Day Trading Stocks From Home?

Is trading stocks a legit way to make money from home? Or is it just another get-rich-quick-scheme? Admittedly, I’ve always kind of looked at stock trading as a glorified form of gambling. And to be sure, there are risks involved. In this episode, Teri Ijeoma does a good job of convincing me there really is an art and a science to it -- and that it is a winnable game. Teri is a former assistant principal at an elementary school, who turned her stock trading side hustle into a full-time income. To replace her day job salary, the MIT grad set herself a goal of making $300 a day. By trading stocks before school started and during her lunch break, she was hitting that goal in about a year. Today, Teri’s on a Million Dollar a Day mission -- that is, to help 1,000 people start making $1,000 a day trading stocks through her online course. Tune in to hear: Teri’s trading criteria Her advice for new traders Why small players like you and me may have an advantage over billion-dollar hedge funds and Wall Street quants Where and how you can get started trading today
4/30/202052 minutes, 50 seconds
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384: From Zero to $10,000 a Month with a Niche Newsletter and Directory

Reports of email's death are greatly exaggerated. Andrew Allemann has gone from zero to up to $10,000 a month in just 3 years with a low overhead side hustle: An email newsletter and an online directory that helps connect podcasters with guests. Finding it difficult to find guests for his own podcast, he wanted to create a solution that would not only help himself, but the greater podcasting community as well. It’s a business model I’m excited about right now, and Andrew is proof that if you provide value through email, people are willing to pay for it. Tune in to hear why Andrew decided to start a newsletter and an online directory, how he’s grown his audience to more than 19,000 subscribers and 500 paying directory members in 3 years, and how he’s turned this into a profitable business.
4/23/202045 minutes, 5 seconds
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383: LinkedIn Lead Generation: How to Attract Your Ideal Clients on LinkedIn

Would 10 new clients solve all your business worries? That was the position Helen Pritchard was in back in 2008. On the back of a financial and personal crisis, Helen needed 10 clients paying £250 each to pay her bills. She turned to LinkedIn to find those clients, and it didn’t take her long. Since then, Helen has pivoted her business and now teaches other people how to get clients and grow their business using LinkedIn. Note: Click here to download Helen’s top tips for attracting your ideal clients on LinkedIn from this episode. In fact, I found out about Helen through a listener of the show: I do not work for Helen. Nor do I do her PR. I just want to nominate her because she changed my life. Thanks to her, I have filled my client roster and have more money coming in as an entrepreneur than I ever did working for someone else. That’s an awesome testimonial for Helen, and solid proof that her methods work. If your goal is to leave your job in the near future, you don’t want to miss this one. What Helen teaches is probably the fastest way to start your own business with the least upfront expense. Tune in to hear Helen talk through: the processes she teaches students on her LinkedIn mastermind how to set up your LinkedIn profile as a landing page that converts how to connect with potential clients and more
4/16/202034 minutes, 31 seconds
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382: Going to Side Hustle School with Chris Guillebeau: Planting Your Money Tree

Chris Guillebeau is a tremendous advocate for the lower risk brand of entrepreneurship we cover on the show. He’s the bestselling author of several books including, The $100 Startup, Side Hustle, and The Art of Non-Conformity. On top of that, he’s hosted over 1,100 episodes of The Side Hustle School podcast. His latest project is The Money Tree: A Story About Finding the Fortune in Your Own Backyard. I've been a fan of Chris' work for years, so it was about time we had a meeting of the side hustle minds! Tune in to this episode to hear Chris’ take on: How you can come up with side hustle ideas What actions you should take next What may be coming down the road in the world of side hustles.
4/9/202034 minutes, 43 seconds
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381: How to Grow a Blog to 6 Figures a Month with Jennifer Maker

Are you struggling to get traction with your blog? Are you concerned your niche is too competitive or you’re starting too late? If so, you’re going to come away from this episode with loads of actionable tips to put those questions to the side. “I have learned, it is never literally too late to ever start anything,” today’s guest Jennifer Marx from JenniferMaker.com told me. Jennifer has taken her DIY/crafting site from a part-time hobby blog earning $33/mo to bringing in more than 6-figures every month in just a few years. Note: Click here to download Jennifer’s top tips for growing a blog into a 6-figure business from this episode. She knows a thing or two about entering a competitive niche, finding, and cultivating an audience. First, she mastered Pinterest, then Facebook, and just over a year ago she entered YouTube and already has an audience of more than 225k subscribers! Dominating a source of traffic and growing an audience is something Jennifer excels at, and in the blogging world, there’s huge profit in doing so. Tune in to hear how Jennifer found her initial traction in a competitive niche, what’s driving traffic for her today, how her site makes money, and how she’s built an email list that’s almost the population of Cleveland!
4/2/202048 minutes, 49 seconds
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380: Flipping Books for Profit: How to Make $4000 a Month Selling Used Books

Do you enjoy hunting for bargains that you can buy low and sell high? Charlie William does, and his book flipping business is proof that this business model still works. He’s become a master deal-hunter, selling more than $9,000 worth of used books last month on Amazon.  The best part? Anyone with access to thrift stores, yard sales, and local charity shops can get started with this side hustle for just a few bucks a month. I connected with Charlie though the Side Hustle Nation Facebook Group and invited him on the show to learn more about the book flipping business. Tune in to hear: How Charlie got started flipping books. The tools and software he uses to run his business. Where he sources profitable inventory. What it takes to make this side hustle profitable and successful.
3/26/202047 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bonus: Hunkering Down and Leveling Up: What Can We Do Now?

Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. As you know, one of the core themes of Side Hustle Nation is to control what you can control, even when the world seems to be spinning out of it. I’m still wrapping my head around what the coronavirus outbreak means for all of us. I mean, we’ve never been through a global pandemic before! We’re all learning as we go. But at this point, it feels weird NOT to address the issue, so here goes. In this episode, I'll attempt to cover: Why I think this is a temporary setback, and how science says we can make that prediction come true How to stay sane while working at home Businesses that are positioned to thrive in this environment and on the other side Some awesome free resources to help if you’re hurting right now
3/24/202020 minutes, 53 seconds
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379: 3 Ways to Get More Leads for Your Business

Do you want to generate more leads for your business? Are you struggling to turn prospects into paying customers? If you’re saying “yes” to either of those questions, you’re going to get tonnes of value out of this episode. I invited Kai Davis of KaiDavis.com and DoubleYourEcommerce.com back onto the show as he’s a pro when it comes to this stuff. (Kai was actually guest #4 on The Side Hustle Show way back in 2013, he also had an encore performance a year later in episode 59.) This time around, Kai walks us through the 3 levers that anyone can use to grow their business: Find new customers Get referrals from existing customers or your network Sell more to existing customers Note: Click here to download Kai’s top tips for finding prospects and turning them into sales and paying clients from this episode. With a little creativity and tenacity, you can begin to implement his strategies right away. Tune in to hear the techniques Kai is using to generate more leads for his business, how he’s turning these prospects into sales and profit, and the 3 specific actions anyone can use to generate leads for their own business.
3/19/202048 minutes, 14 seconds
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378: Facebook Groups: Grow and Monetize a Community Around Something You Care About

Melissa Fassel Dunn has built a thriving - and profitable - online community serving residents in her small town. The interesting part is that she didn't start her Facebook group or website with the goal of making money. She did so to solve a pain point she was experiencing finding information about services in her town of Milton, a suburb of Boston. “I needed information about kindergarten, I needed information about a plumber, an electrician, and I felt like there wasn’t a go-to place for any of that. “So, I thought, I’m going to start a group, I’m going to add some of my friends and we can exchange information with one another,” Melissa told me. She started Milton Neighbors, a Facebook group for residents of Milton to share information and recommend local services. That was in 2013, today the group has more than 11,000 members and is almost a 6-figure business. Note: Click here to download Melissa’s top tips for growing and monetizing an online community from this episode. Tune in to hear how Melissa built up her group, how she keeps people engaged, her monetization methods, and how you can replicate her model with a Facebook group of your own in just about any niche.
3/12/202044 minutes, 42 seconds
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377: How to Start Virtual Call Center: From Idea to 7-Figure Exit

From personal pain point to a 7-figure payday! That’s what Donald Spann did when he started -- and eventually sold -- his virtual receptionist company, Vicky Virtual. Donald took a personal pain point of his -- handling incoming phone calls in his cleaning business -- and built out a fully remote virtual call center. Tune in to hear how he found his first clients, what worked in terms of marketing and sales, and how you can apply some of the same strategies to a business of your own.
3/5/202042 minutes, 18 seconds
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376: Audience Engagement, Affiliate Sales, and Automated Product Funnels

What would it take to make the 4-Hour Workweek a reality? Since we last caught up, this stay-at-home-mom blogger has been on a mission to automate and simplify her business. Yes, by request, Rosemarie Groner from BusyBudgeter.com is back for a 4th round on the podcast! If you are just joining us, let me catch you up on the backstory... In her past life as a state trooper and home daycare operator, Rosemarie made an incredible transformation in her own household’s finances -- reducing expenses and paying off debt. She shared her winning money strategies on a blog for “chronically disorganized” moms.  Within her first year, she was making $5k a month, mostly from ad income. A year after that, $20-25k, mostly from affiliates and her own email list. And a year after that, she’d even touched the 6-figures a month mark by creating her own products. Tune in to hear how Rosemarie: Turned her best content into a 2-year automated email sequence. Fine-tuned that sequence to earn affiliate commissions and sell her products. Drives traffic today. Decided to cut off a profitable segment of her audience.
2/27/202053 minutes
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375: Rapid Side Hustle Prototyping: A New Income Stream on Your Lunch Break?

Can you build a new income stream on your lunch break? This week's guest says yes, and shares how. In this episode, I’m joined by Mike Zima from ZimaMedia.com -- a full-service digital marketing agency that got its start with a single $5 sale on Fiverr. It’s been a while since we talked about Fiverr, but the way today’s guest has used the platform to start and grow his freelance business is an eye-opener. Mike’s claim to fame: He’s the only Fiverr seller who’s mentioned in Fiverr’s IPO pitch deck. But it all started with one $5 order. He’s now doing thousands of dollars a month, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars a month in Fiverr sales. Tune in to hear what’s working on Fiverr today, Mike’s “rapid gig prototyping" strategy to test out new offers, and how to wean your reliance off of Fiverr while building your agency.
2/20/202035 minutes, 58 seconds
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374: Side Hustle Legal Q&A with Mariam Tsaturyan

Are you operating online fully compliant with GDPR and CCPA regulations? Do you have the right type of liability insurance to cover you should the worst case happen? If you’re unsure about any of the legal stuff surrounding you, your business, or side hustle, it should be a lot clearer by the end of this episode. This is because Mariam Tsaturyan from FreelanceandMarketing.com has graciously agreed to do some legal listener Q&A for us in today’s show. She’s a licensed and practicing attorney, who helps bloggers and online business owners navigate the often-murky waters of legal regulations and compliance. Tune in as we tackle some of the big topics like entity selection, GDPR, and liability insurance. Then we'll dive into some specific questions from the Side Hustle Nation FB group.
2/13/202046 minutes, 41 seconds
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373: The Sweaty Startup: How to Start a Local Service Business

Do you know how much cash flows through your hometown on a monthly basis? In this episode we explore how to get some of that cash flowing toward you! I'm joined by Nick Huber, co-founder of Storage Squad and host of The Sweaty Startup podcast. Storage Squad, a student storage service, has grown to over $3M in sales since starting it as a little part-time project back in 2011. I invited Nick on The Side Hustle Show to help walk us through his "sweaty startup" framework. That is, how you can start a low-risk, low-overhead, local, service-based business, set it up for success, and let that be the vehicle that drives you away from a lifetime of cubicle slavery. Tune in to hear Nick’s thoughts on generating service business ideas you could start today, evaluating the market and competition, and scoring your first customers. That’s why I think this is pretty exciting -- it really doesn’t take many customers to begin to make a meaningful income here.
2/6/202042 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bonus: My Course Launch Experience and Results

Early last summer I joined Teachable’s “Creator Challenge.” The premise was to research, create, and launch an online course over the next three months. On top of that, Teachable provided expert support, a community of fellow instructors, and a little friendly competition. People have been asking me about creating an online course for years — but since I tend to work better with a deadline, I jumped in on the challenge.
2/5/202035 minutes, 22 seconds
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372: 15 Ways to Monetize a Website

Creating your own website can definitely be a great side hustle–if you take the time to monetize it. But the problem is that many people who create websites have no clue how to actually make money with them. When this happens, your website becomes a liability. You’re sinking precious time and money into something that isn’t giving you a return. However, it’s entirely possible to prevent that from happening or to fix the problem if it has already started. You just need to know how to use your website to generate income, and in this article, I’m going to show you how. Let’s look at 15 great ways you can monetize your website and turn it into a proper revenue-generating machine.
1/30/202054 minutes, 46 seconds
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371: Decade in Review: My Most Important Moments and Lessons from the 2010s

As we turn the calendar on a new decade, I thought I'd reflect back on the last 10 years. To paint the picture of where the 2010s started for me, I was: coming off a great year in business, and had high hopes for the future about to get married blogging at nickloper.com, on a bunch of random topics $150k underwater in our house, which was a huge source of stress Let's see what happened next!
1/23/202040 minutes, 43 seconds
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370: How to Market a Local Business on YouTube: $40k on the Side

Rob brought in $40k last year hosting tours in of Washington, D.C. -- all on the side from his day job, and with no marketing budget. However, if you Google “Washington, D.C tour guide”, Rob Pitingolo's TripHacksDC.com is nowhere to be seen. So what's secret sauce? He’s been creating helpful tourist-friendly content on YouTube, and outlet largely ignored by his better-funded competitors. His channel has had more than 1.4 million views to date, and he’s funneling those viewers to his site where they can sign up for a tour. In fact, his channel has grown so much that he’s partnered with YouTube and ad revenue from his videos has become another income stream for his business. Tune in to hear how Rob has grown his business into a fun and cash-flowing side hustle, how he leverages YouTube to reach his target customers rather than traditional tour marketplaces, and how he’s growing the business beyond just himself giving tours.
1/16/202039 minutes, 8 seconds
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369: 7 Key Steps to Start and Grow Side Hustle

How do you start a side hustle? Well we can talk about side hustle ideas and marketing tactics until we're blue in the face, but in studying my catalog of past interviews, a few common traits popped up over and over again. I've compiled those into this 7-step guide to starting a side hustle. Whether you’re an established business owner, or you’re just starting out, I think you’ll find this a helpful framework for your projects. It'll also help you identify where you have the biggest opportunities for improvement this year.
1/9/202024 minutes, 24 seconds
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368: How to Start a Pet Waste Removal Business: $50 an Hour Part-Time

Is there gold in your backyard? Or, more accurately ... dog poop? Erica Krupin found $1000 a week in hers, with a side hustle that can easily be replicated in your local area. Erica started Kroopin’s Poopin Scoopin, a pet waste removal business in her spare time, and now has more than 80 recurring weekly customers. With an average price of $15 per customer per week, that’s over $1,000 a week, picking up dog poop. Sometimes it’s the simplest businesses that are the fastest to get started and see some results. Erica just left her day job to pursue this full-time, and with the plans she has in place, it looks like her business is set to continue growing. Tune in to hear how she landed her first customers and markets this business, how she prices the service, and how she delivers on her promises.
1/2/202033 minutes, 12 seconds
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367: Zero to $20k/Month in a Year: Affiliate Marketing Case Study

Helping people make decisions is a big business! In fact, these two Side Hustle Show listeners started a website to do just that, and it's now bringing in $17-20k a month. Oh, and the project is only a little over a year old. Alex Goldberg and Healy Jones run a site called FinvsFin.com, which focuses on reviews and comparisons of direct to consumer brands. They earn money as affiliates -- basically earning a commission on sales that are referred through the site. Full Show Notes and PDF Highlight Reel: Affiliate Marketing Case Study: Zero to $20k/month in a Year Ready to Start a Site of Your Own? My free video series will help you get online quickly and affordably. FinvsFin is an example of what I’ll call the modern comparison shopping site -- helping readers make decisions and getting paid for it. And since comparison shopping was my original side hustle over a decade ago, this was especially fun to dive into. The impressive part is that this is still very much a side hustle. Both Alex and Healy have full-time jobs, and their business falls under the “passive income" business model. Tune in to hear how Alex and Healy prioritize and create their content, what they’re doing to market the site and drive traffic, and how you can borrow some of their same strategies in your own niche.
12/26/201949 minutes, 58 seconds
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366: Drop Shipping and Digital Products on Etsy

Etsy is no longer just the marketplace of handmade crafts! Yes, you can sell digital products like printables and even drop ship physical goods without ever touching your inventory. We haven’t really discussed Etsy in detail for a while. But I thought it was time to take a closer look at this platform again, as it’s seen tremendous growth in recent years. Opening the doors for you to create your own passive products -- both through digital downloads and drop shipping physical products. In fact, since 2015, the number of Etsy buyers has more than doubled -- far outpacing the growth of Etsy sellers. So, if you are currently selling online or have an idea in the pipeline, you’d be crazy to ignore the potential Etsy holds as a "Buy Buttons" platform. Melissa MacDonald is a long-time Etsy seller who now focuses her efforts on Etsy marketing and optimization for other shop owners. Tune in to hear Melissa’s process for coming up with new passive income product ideas, her favorite tools for running a hands-off Etsy shop, and how to optimize your listings for conversion and sales.
12/19/201940 minutes, 3 seconds
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365: Market Saturation, Mind Mapping, Miracle Mornings, and More: 20 Questions with Nick

It’s time to dive into the ol’ listener mailbag and answer a few questions in this week’s edition of The Side Hustle Show. I’ve had quite a few interesting questions come in since the last Q&A episode, and picked 20 to talk through in today’s show. Like this format? This is the 9th installment of “20 Questions” so feel free to go back and binge on the older ones too: 346: The Con of the Side Hustle, Beanie Babies, Affiliate Marketing, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 320: Multiplying Money, Morning Routines, and $100k Side Hustles: 20 Questions with Nick 291: Email, Ebooks, Platforms, and Conferences: 20 Questions with Nick 271: Brilliant Blogging, Ruthless Productivity, and Guaranteed Success: 20 Questions with Nick 245: Network Marketing, Imposter Syndrome, My Side Hustle Mistakes, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 219: Growing Traffic, Monetization, List-Building, a Day in the Life, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 198: Blogging, Branding, Book Writing, and Finding the Right Side Hustle for You: 20 Questions with Nick 181: SEO, Affiliate Marketing, Self-Publishing, Udemy, and More: 20 Questions with Nick A common piece of advice you’ll hear is to take audience questions and turn them into content, so here’s a meta example of that in action. This episode covers market saturation, getting up earlier, mapping out content, and lots more. Enjoy!
12/12/201943 minutes, 38 seconds
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364: Public Domain Publishing: $100,000 Selling Classic Books on Amazon

Looking for a part-time side hustle where you get can your inventory for free and there are almost no startup costs? This week, I’m excited to introduce the side hustle of public domain publishing. This is the art and science of republishing classic literature - where the copyrights have expired - and earning passive royalties when your version sells. Because these works are so old, they’re available online for free - but many Amazon shoppers and Kindle owners will pay to have them delivered straight to their device. I think any business where you can get your inventory for free is pretty compelling! Since 2013, Aaron Kerr has pocketed over $110k in royalties through this very part-time side hustle. You can see all his public domain projects over at TimelessReads.com. Tune in to hear how this business model works, Aaron’s advice on what to publish and how to get past Amazon’s gatekeepers, and how to differentiate your public domain books from everything else out there.
12/5/201945 minutes, 15 seconds
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363: 10 Creative Side Hustles That Make Real Money - Part 2

This week’s show is a re-take on last year’s Thanksgiving episode on 10 Creative Side Hustles that Make Real Money. That show was a hit, so I’m returning to that format for another round. Some of these will you have kicking yourself not thinking of it yourself, and some of these are 6-figure businesses you could literally start tomorrow. Here are the 10 creative side hustles I cover in this episode: The 7-Figure Lemonade Stand The World's Most Boring Podcast Local Dog Poop Pick-Up The 6-Figure Dog Walking Business The 7-Figure Email Newsletter Business The Ambient Noise Alexa Skill Big Bat Houses The Niche Service Provider Directory The Niche Productized Service In-Person Classes Enjoy!
11/28/201934 minutes, 15 seconds
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362: Get Paid to Answer Questions: How I Make $20,000 a Month Online

Can you really get paid to answer questions? That’s exactly what Debbie Gartner from TheFlooringGirl.com does - and her answers are earning her $20,000 a month. Debbie used to run a local hardwood flooring consultation business. She’d estimate jobs, make recommendations, and match homeowners with reliable installers. In her spare time, she started her blog with the goal of showing up in some local search results to generate some more business. “I wrote blog posts that were questions that my customers would have,” Debbie told me. Note: Click here to download Debbie’s top tips for growing and monetizing a blog. But as you might have guessed, the site soon started to reach an audience well outside her local area. A couple of years later Debbie got out of the brick and mortar flooring business and decided to monetize her blog. She was already pulling in more than 100,000 visitors and by simply turning on ads she made $1,100 in her first month. From there she continued to grow her traffic numbers, added affiliate posts, created her own products, and is now making more than $20,000 a month. Tune in to hear how Debbie is driving traffic, how her site earns money, and how you may be able to replicate some of Debbie’s tactics in your own niche. Note: If you don't have a blog of your own yet, my free video series will show you how to get up and running quickly and affordably.
11/21/201948 minutes, 18 seconds
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361: How to Get More Clients … By Interviewing Them

Would you trade $200 for $4,000? That’s exactly what today’s guest, Josh Elledge is doing. Josh runs a kind of modern PR service for small businesses and has developed a unique and innovative way to break through the marketing clutter and have real conversations with real prospects -- and do it at scale. He’s found a way to create what he calls “a speed dating environment.” That's his metaphor for the revolving door of new prospects he’s interviewing and selling his services to. To do this, Josh has created a podcast called The Thoughtful Entrepreneur. It serves as a platform for business owners to talk about their businesses, and for Josh to demonstrate to them how he can improve their visibility. It’s a win-win, and with streamlined processes in place, Josh is seeing a return of around $4,000 for every $200 he spends on producing his show. If you’re a current or aspiring freelancer, consultant, coach, or agency owner… this is gold.  Tune in to hear how Josh does his proactive prospecting, how he’s turning his content creation into sales conversions, and the foundational ground game he’s got set up that makes this all work.
11/14/201938 minutes, 25 seconds
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360: From $12/hr at Walmart to a $70k a Year Part-Time Business

He knew his $12 an hour gig at Walmart was a dead-end job. His escape route was a business idea you probably walk past at least a couple times a year without even thinking about it. What's he do? Today, Larry McGee's the guy who takes care of the aquarium at the dentist office and other commercial waiting rooms. And it earns him around $70,000 a year, doing something he enjoys and working just 15-hours a week. Larry’s aquarium maintenance business started as a lunch break side hustle with a friend while working at Walmart. More than a decade into the operation, he's got dozens of predictable retainer clients that pay him every month. In this episode, Larry shares some interesting tactics he’s used over the years to find new clients and keep them around for years. I'm confident he'll give you some food for thought as to what type of local service business could be right under your nose.
11/7/201931 minutes, 40 seconds
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359: Profitable Affiliate Marketing, Even in an Insanely Competitive Niche

Just because a niche is insanely competitive, it doesn’t mean you can’t start an affiliate site and claim a slice of the revenue. At least, that’s what Sa El of SimplyInsurance.com has done, and the way he lays out how he’s done it will pique the interest of affiliate marketers out there. Sa was a door-to-door insurance salesman in Atlanta. He wanted to get into the online space and build an affiliate site, and with more than 11 years’ experience in the insurance industry, it made sense to enter the insurance niche. He took Brain Dean’s SEO That Works course to learn the ropes. But, when he told Brian he was going to build a site in the insurance niche, he was advised against it. Did Sa go back to the drawing board and look for a new niche? Nope. Sa told me there were two reasons why he decided to go ahead and build his site: He likes a challenge, and If the niche is that competitive, most of his competition is already at the top, leaving room for him to work his way up. That was 2 years ago. Today, Sa’s site is bringing in 6000 visitors a month and $13k-$15k in revenue. These numbers prove how competitive the insurance niche is. That’s a huge revenue number for 6k visitors, and Sa told me that only around 4.5k of those visitors are landing on his "money pages." (Some examples linked below.) Tune in to hear how Sa strategically built out his content to capture longtail traffic, how he builds backlinks (lots of them) to rank his money pages, and the tools he’s using to accelerate his efforts.
10/31/201943 minutes, 40 seconds
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358: House Hacking: Live for Free and Turn Your Biggest Expense into a Profit Center

What if you could make your rent or mortgage payment go away? Or, what if instead of paying that expense every month, your living situation actually paid you? It’s not as far-fetched as it may sound. In fact, that’s exactly what today’s guest, Craig Curelop, has done by intentionally "house hacking" over the past few years. He’s even written a book on the topic, and it's one I wish I’d had when I was 18 or 19! I would have definitely done some things differently. The basic idea is to use other people’s rents to offset, or even profit from your own housing costs. On top of that, you'll begin building wealth through real estate and earn tax benefits as well. If you have a spare room or two in your home, or you're interested in house hacking, this episode is going to get the gears turning for you. Tune in as Craig runs through some examples of how you can do this. Whether you’re a young professional, or you have a family of your own, you can offset some or all of your mortgage payments. But keep in mind, this isn’t a common path -- this is living for a period of time like others won’t -- as you’ll hear from Craig’s story. “Typically you’re going to sacrifice comfortability with profitability,” Craig explained to me. But living for a few years like others won’t has given Craig the financial independence to potentially live decades like others can’t.
10/24/201942 minutes, 10 seconds
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357: Productized Service Coaching: Building a Product Ladder

You’ve started a business. You’ve created a product or a service. You’re selling it to clients and getting great feedback. That’s great, you’ve overcome so many of the hurdles we face as entrepreneurs. But the next step is finding a way to keep new customers coming through the doors and scaling up your services. That’s the challenge today's guest Matt Rudnitsky of Platypusbooks.com is facing. Matt helps entrepreneurs and other interesting people turn their ideas and expertise into books. For this, Matt earns $30k and up per project. But, as you might have guessed, it takes a ton of work and the client pipeline is sometimes dry for months at a time. Matt has also created an online course teaching self-publishing, but hasn’t enrolled any students yet. So, I invited Kurt Elster from EtherCycle.com back onto the show. (Some of you will remember Kurt from episode 71 back in 2014 where he talked about productized consulting). Kurt hosts the unofficial Shopify podcast and is a leader in productized consulting in the Shopify space. He’s faced all the same problems Matt, and a lot of you reading this are currently facing. Tune in to hear our take on Matt’s business and Kurt's recommendations for next steps. As you listen in, put yourself in Matt’s shoes and see how a similar product or service ladder can apply to your own business.
10/17/201946 minutes, 52 seconds
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356: 11 Simple Ideas that Tripled My Business

Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most effective. This post (and podcast episode) are inspired by my presentation at FinCon last month. I broke my own rule of not seeking out any speaking gigs, and submitted for a breakout session. The idea was a bit of an homage to the conference: 10 FinCon Breakthroughs that Tripled My Business. The powers that be stripped the "FinCon" part from the title, but I was still able to highlight some of my favorite -- and most impactful -- takeaways from the annual conference. I've been every year since 2015, and have seen some great steady business growth since then. This chart tracks my yearly profit: While there are certainly other factors that went into that growth, there is absolutely a concrete, positive ROI from attending. And on top of that, it's super energizing to hang around a group of motivated, talented, and generous individuals. So here we go with the 11 simple ideas!
10/10/201940 minutes, 6 seconds
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355: The Dream 100: Stop Building Links and Start Building Friendships

If you have an online business, chances are you’ve tried your hand at outreach. If you want to expand and grow your business, especially from an SEO standpoint, you need good quality links pointing to your site from other websites. The problem is that getting other sites to link to you is not easy, as I’m sure you’ve found it. The “traditional” method is to send out dozens, even hundreds of emails to other site owners trying to land a guest post. But, as today's guest Brendan Hufford explains, this takes an awful lot of work, has a low chance of success, and the links you do get might not actually be doing much for your site’s SEO. Brendan is an SEO master, a long-time entrepreneur, and a master at building win-win relationships. His approach to SEO and link building is a little different. “Build friend’s first, not links,” is Brendan’s motto when it comes to outreach. He’s come up with his own Dream 100 Strategy for SEO, and he’s seen it work wonders with his own businesses and for his students. Tune in to hear Brendan explain how you can create your own Dream 100 list of the sites you’d like to work with to grow your business. He explains why most outreach is awful, how you should be reaching out to people, why there is long-term value in building friendships, and how you can improve your SEO and grow your online business.
10/3/201945 minutes, 37 seconds
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354: Turning a Service Business into a Passive Income Stream - Part 2

Sick of trading time for money? Looking for ways to turn a service or a skill you already have into a digital product? This is exactly what Matt Bochnak of HowtoMotorcycleRepair.com has done. He’s turned a "blue collar" service business--repairing motorcycles--into a lucrative business with multiple streams of time-leveraged income. This is a “Where are they now?” episode. I first caught up with Matt early in 2016 when he was a guest on episode 160 of the Side Hustle Show. Back then, Matt’s revenue split was about 50/50 between repairing bikes and selling the video guides of the repairs. Overall, his business was doing around $800-$1,000 a month. Fast forward almost 4 years later and Matt is earning $4,000-$5,000 a month, still on the side from his day job. What’s more impressive is that this boost in revenue is mostly from passive income streams, and he’s spending less time than ever in his garage. If this sounds like a side hustle you’d like to replicate with your own business, tune in to hear how Matt’s creating content without repairing customer's motorcycles, and the various passive income streams he’s built up over the past 4 years. Related: Need a website for your service business? Here’s the fastest and cheapest way to get one online.
9/26/201940 minutes, 16 seconds
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353: Small Blog, Big Income: Recurring Revenue from a Low-Traffic Site

A small blog doesn't have to mean a small income. By helping a specific group of people solve their problems, Carol Tice has attracted more than 1500 members -- at $25 a month -- to join her community. Note: Click here to download Carol’s top tips for starting and growing a paid membership community from this episode. Carol went from working as a freelance writer, to coaching others how to become freelance writers, to building one of the largest online membership sites for freelance writers. (I found Carol while doing keyword research for terms like “get paid to write” and “make money writing” – and Carol OWNS this space.) The best part is that the paid membership model is an awesome way to build an online business, and it’s a model that can be applied to just about any niche. It didn’t come without sacrifice for Carol, who was working full-time and had two preschoolers when she started her blog. “I didn’t see a TV show, I didn’t go out to a movie, I didn’t go to dinner parties,” Carol explained. But with hard work, a laser-focused attitude towards her goals, and good communication with her audience, Carol has built something special for freelance writers. Tune in to hear how Carol built her membership site from the ground up. She explains how she uses funnels to constantly bring in new members, and how she keeps members engaged (any paying) for the long-haul. You’ll learn loads of actionable stuff, and how you can also apply the same tactics to develop a recurring revenue business of your own.
9/19/201942 minutes, 35 seconds
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352: 37 Things I Have Learned in My 37 Years

I wish I was half as smart now as I was at 16! But learning everything you don't know is part of the process. One thing I love about my work is I feel like I learn new things every day. Sometimes they're small little tweaks and hacks, and other times they're broader strategies or ideas. I originally drafted this list 7 years ago, after my 30th birthday, but decided it was due for an update. (I updated it at 35, too, but keep learning more!) For context, that was pre-Side Hustle Nation, pre-podcast, pre-kids, and pre-almost everything I'm working on now. I'd been a full-time entrepreneur for 4 years already at that point, but my business had seen lots of ups and downs. Turning 30 had hit me harder than I expected it to, and I'm guessing it was because I really wasn't where I wanted to be. I'd been battling with flaky developers, fighting with the state Assembly in Sacramento over affiliate marketing tax laws, and we were in the process of short-selling our home -- which had been a major source of stress. Seven years later, that stuff is thankfully in past, and I’m in a better place today. That's not to say I'm completely stress-free, but I'm incredibly fortunate to have a healthy family and to get to work on stuff I love every day. Each year that goes by makes me more and more aware of that fact. But the life I have today didn't happen overnight. It's the result of literally decades (well, at least 2) of entrepreneurial education, trial and error, hustle, and if I'm being totally honest, luck. In any case, here are 37 life lessons I've picked up in my 37 years on this planet. Enjoy!
9/12/201934 minutes, 6 seconds
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351: Thrifting for Profit: How I Made $270k in Sales Reselling Vintage Items

The fastest way to multiply money? It might be reselling. That is, buy low, sell high, repeat. Keely Stawicki started reselling when she was just 12 years old, flipping a horse saddle on Craigslist and making $100 profit. Fast forward 15 years--and more than $270,000 in sales--and reselling is now her full-time gig. Today, Keely focuses mostly on vintage goods, clothing, and furniture--all items in great demand right now. Reselling is a business model we keep coming back to because it checks some of the boxes for an awesome side hustle: Anybody can do it It doesn't require a huge upfront investment It’s quick to get started and see results If this sounds like a side hustle you’re interested in, listen in to hear Keely’s top tips for sourcing profitable inventory, the types of products she sees doing well today, and where she lists and markets her items for maximum exposure and profitability.
9/5/201951 minutes, 21 seconds
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350: Is Real Estate Your Next Income Stream? Rental Property Q & A

Buy a house. Rent it out. Tenants pay it off for you. It’s possibly one of the oldest side hustles in the books, right? Done right, owning rental properties can be an attractive long-term income and wealth-building strategy. But done wrong, it can be a recipe for headaches and a mountain of debt.  It’s a side hustle that I know a lot of the Side Hustle Nation readers and listeners are interested in (as am I). For this one, I collected my own real estate investing questions, and gathered more from the Side Hustle Nation Facebook community. On the other end of the line is Zach Evanish, a remote real estate investor and Director of Retail for Roofstock.   Roofstock is a marketplace designed to make it easy to shop for, compare, and purchase rental properties. (Zach was Roofstock employee #3 -- and has bought 11 rental properties of his own through the platform.)
8/29/201944 minutes, 15 seconds
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349: How to Start and Grow a Local Consulting Business: Effective Marketing Ideas

She always knew she wanted to start her own business, she just didn’t know what kind of business. Sound familiar? So, Sylvia Inks asked friends and colleagues what they saw her as an expert in, and what they go to her for advice and help with. Their answers? “They said I’m great with finances, and they said I have great research skills,” Sylvia told me. This helped Sylvia narrow down her focus to financial coaching. From there she started networking, wrote a book, and worked diligently on her presentation and speaking skills. Her business has taken off as a result. Tune in to hear how Sylvia found her niche, found her first clients, and continues to level up her impact and income. As you listen in, you'll notice the common theme throughout the call: conversations + action.
8/22/201941 minutes, 27 seconds
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348: Blog Coaching: Building Traffic and Income to a Brand New Site

8/15/201953 minutes, 37 seconds
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347: Paid to Breathe: Make Money Hosting a Unique Local Experience

Michele Mattix of SedonaMeditationExperiences.com has a unique side hustle where she gets paid to breathe. As a tagline that sounds great, but there’s a lot more to her side hustle than just breathing. In fact, in Michele’s own words she describes her business as helping, “people experience the spiritual side of Sedona and to bring more awareness and wellness into their life through meditation, mindfulness, and a deep connection with nature.” Michele is able to offer all of this because she is a certified meditation instructor. The interesting part is how she's managed to carve out a profitable business model in the experience economy using Airbnb’s Experiences platform. When travelers book a stay in Arizona using Airbnb, they are also offered one of Michele’s meditation experiences -- at a cost of course. This enables Michele to take advantage of the huge marketing machine that is Airbnb. They drive the traffic and raise awareness of her meditation experiences, and it’s paying off. Tune in to hear how Michele found her first experience customers, what she’s done to market and grow her business, and how you may be able to apply the same strategies to an experience of your own.
8/8/201941 minutes, 4 seconds
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346: The Con of the Side Hustle, Beanie Babies, Affiliate Marketing, and More: 20 Questions with Nick

It’s time to dive into the ol’ listener mailbag and answer a few questions in this week’s edition of The Side Hustle Show. I’ve had quite a few interesting questions come in since the last Q&A episode, and picked 20 to talk through in today’s show. Like this format? This is the 8th installment of “20 Questions” so feel free to go back and binge on the older ones too: 320: Multiplying Money, Morning Routines, and $100k Side Hustles: 20 Questions with Nick 291: Email, Ebooks, Platforms, and Conferences: 20 Questions with Nick 271: Brilliant Blogging, Ruthless Productivity, and Guaranteed Success: 20 Questions with Nick 245: Network Marketing, Imposter Syndrome, My Side Hustle Mistakes, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 219: Growing Traffic, Monetization, List-Building, a Day in the Life, and More: 20 Questions with Nick 198: Blogging, Branding, Book Writing, and Finding the Right Side Hustle for You: 20 Questions with Nick 181: SEO, Affiliate Marketing, Self-Publishing, Udemy, and More: 20 Questions with Nick A common piece of advice you’ll hear is to take audience questions and turn them into content, so here’s a meta example of that in action. This episode covers the dark side of side hustling, beanie babies, affiliate marketing, and much more.
8/1/201935 minutes, 48 seconds
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345: A Millionaire Business Coach Takes a Look Inside My Day-to-Day

Jaime Masters has interviewed more than 500 millionaires. On top of that, she runs some premium mastermind programs and is a sought-after business coach. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to get on the podcast for years, and I think we came up with something unique and hopefully compelling. Jaime agreed to actually coach me on a couple of areas of my business. In preparation, she: took a look at the last 12 months of my business finances asked me to complete a time-tracking study to see what I was actually spending my time on had both my wife and I complete a 5-year vision document So, if you want to hear what a millionaire coach thinks of my operations and what I could or should be doing differently, or just want hear the kinds of questions that come up, tune in. I think you’ll find the insights applicable to your own business, no matter what level you’re at.
7/25/201948 minutes, 9 seconds
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344: Virtual Consulting: How to set up your location-independent Consulting Business

A location-independent consulting business that replaces your day job income in a matter of months? That's exactly what Paul Minors accomplished with his virtual software consulting business. You might recognize Paul’s name. Paul is a productivity blogger and consultant from New Zealand. He was part of a fun productivity roundtable episode we did towards the end of 2016 -- that was episode 197 if you want to go back and check it out. What I now know, is that at that time Paul was putting the wheels in motion on his consulting business centered around specific software tools. Which as a side hustle tactic, is fantastic. If you can hitch your cart to a rising tide of interest in a particular tool, and become the go-to expert in that space, you can do really well. And, that’s exactly what Paul has done. Note: Click here to download Paul’s top tips for setting up a location-independent consulting business and landing your first clients from this episode. Paul was able to leave his day job within a couple of months of starting his business. He was then able to go traveling with his wife for 6-months while working 15-20 hours a week from his laptop. After arriving back home, he started working full-time on his consulting business. “I noticed the impact of that straight away, within a couple of months I had doubled my income,” Paul told me. It's clear Paul has figured out this business model. This one’s packed with ideas you might be able to apply to your own areas of expertise. Maybe you’ll even uncover some areas of expertise you never really considered that special before. Tune in to hear how Paul came across the idea of offering his first consulting services “by accident”. As well as how he’s used several different marketing channels to drive targeted traffic to his website, and how he’s been adding more products and services to his portfolio and seen his revenue increase as a result.
7/18/201949 minutes, 28 seconds
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343: Hiring Your First Virtual Assistant: When, Where, and How to Do it Right

We all have a limit to our capacity. For some entrepreneurs and small business owners, that’s a tough pill to swallow . But when you’re up against that ceiling you have to decide between two options. You can: Settle in. Ask for help in breaking through. This episode is about growing your team in such a way that you have some breathing room in your schedule and in your mental bandwidth to do the work that’s required of a business owner. Even though I’ve been hiring virtual help in my businesses since 2005, I’ve still got a lot to learn! This is something that’s been on my mind this year as I think about where I want to my current operations to go and who can help get me there. To help dive into this topic, I’m excited to welcome John Jonas and Nate Hirsch to the show. Between them, they’ve got more than 60 virtual team members and have been practicing remote management for more than a decade. They both run platforms to help you make your first virtual hire as well: John heads up OnlineJobs.ph, the largest remote job board and resume database for workers in the Philippines. Nate created FreeeUp.com, a curated freelance marketplace for workers all around the world. Tune in to hear John and Nate’s take on when it’s time to hire, how to find the best talent for your budget, and some common mistakes to avoid.
7/11/201959 minutes, 19 seconds
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342: Options Trading 101: 8 Rules for Success for Total Newbies

Is options trading legit? Is it a viable side hustle? In this episode, we’re tackling trading options -- a topic that’s been frequently requested by listeners, but is somewhat foreign to me. To help school me on this, I’m excited to welcome my friend Kirk DuPlessis to the show. Kirk runs the super popular site OptionAlpha.com, where you can get all sorts of free options trading training. He’s been at this for over 10 years and the site has over 150,000 members. Options trading (when done right) is a high probability form of investing, but as with all investments it’s based on risk. Kirk explained options contracts are like insurance. As a trader, you can either be a buyer of insurance or a seller of that insurance. On the buying side, it’s a way to kind of amplify your trading power through leverage. Instead of buying 100 shares of a certain stock and hoping it goes up, for example, you could buy contracts for a fraction of the share price that give you the option to buy the stock at today’s price should it go up by a defined amount in a certain amount of time -- the contract term. If it does, you exercise your option and make a big gain on a small initial investment. If it doesn’t, you just lose your initial option contract purchase price, kind of like your car insurance premium if you don’t get into a wreck. On the seller side, you’re the person selling that insurance. You collect the cash upfront, and as long as the trigger event doesn’t happen, you keep it. Kirk argues that just like insurance companies are some of the most profitable in the world, option sellers are most often the winners in the options trading game. In this post and podcast episode, Kirk explains in more detail about how this all works in practice and shares his 8 rules for success in options trading.
7/4/201950 minutes, 6 seconds
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341: How to Make Money with Wholesale Bundles on Amazon FBA

Amy Feierman and Kristin Ostrander of MommyIncome.com have generated over $2 million in sales on Amazon over the last 12 months with a unique strategy that has high margins and lower costs per sale. What are they selling on Amazon? Bundles -- Think shampoo and conditioner, peanut and butter, or any 2-6 products that compliment each other and provide some added value and convenience to the buyer. Note: Click here to download Amy & Kristin’s top tips for sourcing, packaging, and selling wholesale bundles on Amazon from this episode. Amy and Kristin have both been selling online for over 10 years, but recently they have shifted their focus onto this specific strategy of wholesale bundles – and it’s working really well for a number of reasons. These bundles make life easier for the 1-click ordering, free Prime shipping Amazon customer, and they make life better for you as a seller because you face less competition and can earn better profit margins. Tune in to hear how Amy and Kristin go about their product research that leaves them confident their bundles are going to sell without any paid ads, product reviews, or marketing efforts. You'll also learn how they're sourcing their inventory, the kinds of upfront investment needed, and the price points and margins they're working with.
6/27/20191 hour, 1 minute, 41 seconds
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Bonus: How to Start an Audience Business

Over the last 10 years, the bulk of my energy and attention has been on building audience businesses.  These types of businesses (usually) involve creating some helpful resource, and then figuring out a way to monetize the people who come by to use it. In my case, that's primarily been through affiliate marketing and more recently, advertising on this podcast. But you also have the flexibility to sell products and services to your audience once you have their attention. In this episode, I'll play a section from my latest book on Building an Audience Business of your own, and share why I'm giving it away for free on Amazon.
6/24/201934 minutes, 25 seconds
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340: Affiliate Review Sites Done Right: How to Market and Monetize Like a Pro

Robert Brandl is a German entrepreneur now living in Spain with his wife and twin 16-month olds, but 10 years ago he was working full-time, wanting to travel, and was just trying to figure out how to get a blog online. He did what most aspiring bloggers would do--he turned to Google for answers. But he was disappointed with what he found. Nobody was doing a great job answering his question and comparing all the different options. With that, WebsiteToolTester.com was born. This is Robert’s flagship affiliate site that now has in-depth reviews of all the top website building software. I invited Robert on the show because this is a really common side hustle business model: the affiliate review site. How it often works is you write product reviews, hopefully attract some organic search traffic, and then collect your commissions when someone buys through your links. We saw this most recently in the physical product space with Kieran MacRae in episode 313, where he was reviewing mattresses and other sleep-related products. But like most businesses, there’s an art and a science to doing this right and building a truly helpful resource as Robert has. And, he’s applied the same model to a number of different niches too, including email service providers, live chat tools, and more. You can check out his whole portfolio at ToolTester.net. Tune in to hear how Robert structures his review content to make it easy to consume, how he optimizes it for SEO, and how you might apply the same strategies to an affiliate review site of your own. Or even just to review content on your existing blog.
6/20/201948 minutes, 7 seconds
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339: Low Content Publishing: Can You Make Money Selling Blank Books on Amazon?

This week I’m excited to introduce one of the hottest side hustles of the moment, and that is low-content self-publishing. What is low-content publishing? Let me explain -- self-publishing has been around for a decade, and we’ve covered that quite a bit in both fiction and non-fiction -- it’s one of my favorite and perhaps most passive side hustles. Write the book, hit publish, collect royalties for years. Cool, right? Well, it’s the whole write the book part where a lot of people get stuck. You might not know what to write about, and even if you do, it can be really time-consuming, and at the end of the day, it still might turn out to not be a huge seller on Amazon. What low-content publishing aims to accomplish is to accelerate your product creation by focusing on a very specific sub-set of books: journals diaries planners notebooks sketchbooks and more With these types of books, the value doesn’t come from your years of experience and a 35,000-word brain dump. Instead it comes from how you’ve structured the mostly-blank internal pages and prompts, and who you’re targeting as your customer. With Amazon’s print-on-demand KDP print service, you can upload these products as digital files, hold no physical inventory, and collect passive royalties whenever they sell. But there’s an art and a science to it, and that’s why I’ve assembled a panel of experts in today’s show. I’m joined by three experts in the low-content publishing space with more than 1,000 titles between them: Rob Cubbon from RobCubbon.com - Long-time listeners might remember Rob from episode 81, back in 2014. Rob’s been in the low-content game for the last year or so and in that time has published over 1,000 titles. Flav Maderios from SideBusinessLaunch.com - Flav was a guest on episode 300 of The Side Hustle Show last summer, where we were talking about his merch business. Since then he’s expanded to the self-publishing space with around 300 titles so far. Rachel Harrison-Sund from RachelHarrisonSund.com - Rachel built her low content business to 6-figures a year on a very part-time basis. But as you’ll hear in this episode, there’s some seasonality that comes into play, there are some competitive factors that come into play, and there’s a little bit of a gold rush feel to all of this. Tune in to hear how these low content publishers go about their product research (so they don’t waste their time), how they price and market their books to maximize sales and royalties, and how they manage such wide-ranging portfolios. Download the Free PDF Highlight Reel: Click here to download Rob, Flav, and Rachel's top tips for starting a low-content KDP publishing business from this episode.
6/13/201945 minutes, 29 seconds
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338: What I've Learned and Applied from 49 Awesome Entrepreneurs - Part 6

At the end of nearly every episode of The Side Hustle Show, I ask my guests for their #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation. There’s always a great variety of responses, and I wanted to take some time today to go through some of my favorites from the past 50-ish interviews. This has become an annual tradition on the show, and we just passed 6 years and 8.5 million downloads! If you like this short-and-sweet meta-style show, be sure to check out the others in this series: Episode 50 Episode 124 Episode 177 Episode 236 Episode 288 And even though my primary motivation is to extract helpful tactics for you, the listener, I can’t help but learn from my guests as well. You never know when inspiration will strike or where you’ll hear the one insight that has a huge impact. These episodes are a lot of fun to put together, and give me an excuse to revisit some of my favorite moments and wise words from the show. From the last 49 guests, the 3 most common theme I heard was to "Take action. Just start!" While it might sound overly generic, don’t be quick to dismiss it. If all these really smart and successful people keep saying these episode after episode as their “#1 tip,” I think it's worth paying attention to. My #1 tip this time? Surround yourself with people on the same trajectory.
6/6/201924 minutes, 45 seconds
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337: Multi Six-Figure Consulting on the Side

Dr. Shirag Shemmassian decided to take action on a particular skill of his, and is seeing some impressive results -- all on the side from his day job as a research psychologist. What do I mean by impressive? How about $650k in revenue last year, which was more than double of 2017, which was more than triple of 2016. He’s on a serious growth curve!
5/30/201949 minutes, 1 second
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336: Direct to Consumer Product Research - How to Find Your Next Profitable Product

“Everyone is researching a product, I’m telling you to research a problem,” Chad told me. Chad Rubin runs ThinkCrucial.com, a profitable e-commerce business that he’s built by selling products that solve a pain point for people. Every product follows a direct-to-consumer strategy that lets him source and sell in-demand products efficiently and inexpensively. Click here to download Chad's top tips for finding and sourcing direct-to-consumer products from this episode. Chad’s story began when he was laid off from his job on Wall Street. He started helping out at his parent’s vacuum shop, selling some of their inventory online. He came to the realization that the profit margins were being eaten up by intermediaries along the supply chain, so he decided to get closer to the manufacturers to make more profit per sale, while still selling at a competitive price. His first products, starting with what he knew, were vacuum filters. Once he had the blueprint down for selling at a higher margin than his competitors, Chad started sourcing new products to expand his product line, and he has an interesting and unusual way of finding product ideas. Tune in to hear Chad’s unique take on product research, what he calls the “anti-Amazon opportunity,” and some sneaky ways you can connect with expert manufacturers.
5/23/201940 minutes, 56 seconds
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335: The 6-Figure Pivot: How Shifting Your Customer Can Dramatically Shift Your Results

He'd just gained 3000 subscribers and made $8000 in a matter of days, but Chris Ritter's first virtual summit didn't deliver the result was looking for. As a personal trainer for swimmers, he was looking for more clients to coach online. Not a single one signed up. Still, the summit was a serious turning point in his business--one that turned into a 6-figure side project in its first year. He started serving an entirely different set of customers, and went from working one-on-one to one-to-many. Note: Click here to download Chris' top tips from this episode. His multi-year journey includes in-person personal training, seeking online clients, writing blog posts, selling an e-book, hosting a hit virtual summit, and more. Listen in because you’ll pick up some tactics and ideas you can apply to your own side hustle as this is one that’s ripe for replication across different niches. It’s a story about leveling up your reach and impact and income, and evidence that opportunities start to appear once you’re in motion.
5/16/201946 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bonus: Origins and Growth of The Side Hustle Show

5/13/201933 minutes, 37 seconds
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334: Unfair Advantages: How to Find Yours—and 10 of Mine

There's a topic that no one really talks about in entrepreneurship or online business, and that's the unfair advantages someone had starting out. Behind every killer case study, every income report, every "overnight" success, there's a backstory you don't always hear. The truth is, no one ever really starts from scratch. We bring our own history, perspectives, and baggage to the table. We also have the advantage of learning from everyone who's gone before us. Like Newton said, we "stand on the shoulders of giants." In this episode, I'll share some unfair advantages that undoubtedly helped me, and offer up some you probably have working in your favor as well.
5/9/201927 minutes, 39 seconds
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333: The Raw Truth About Blogging - How a "Dog Mom" Built her Online Business on the Side

Kimberly Gauthier has been running KeepTheTailWagging.com since 2011, but things really started to take off when she niched down her focus to raw feeding for dogs. Raw feeding is basically the paleo diet for dogs -- attempting to mimic their ancestral diet. Her blog had than 2 million page views last year -- almost entirely from organic search in Google, and she’s monetized the traffic with a few different income streams. Tune in to hear how Kimberly arrived at his niche, what drives content and marketing today, and how the business makes money -- all on the side from her day job.
5/2/201936 minutes, 6 seconds
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332: The Junk Hauling Business: From $0 to $300 Million and Beyond

WTF man!? Are you willing to fail! Let that be your new mantra. That's the rule Brian Scudamore -- the founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK -- lives by. What started with a $1000 investment (Brian's life's savings at the time) has turned into a home services empire that does $1 million in sales on any given day. Brian's come a long way since that beat-up pickup truck going door-to-door that first summer. His portfolio now includes house painting, moving services, and home detailing--all under the umbrella of Ordinary 2 Exceptional Brands. He’s formulated some unique and effective ways to build teams of passionate employees that share his goals and has leveraged the franchise model to grow his businesses and revenue from $0 to $444 million and beyond. Tune in to hear how Brian started the junk hauling business as a soon-to-be college student, his thoughts on marketing and hiring, and how you can apply nearly 30 years of his own successes and failures to your business.
4/25/201946 minutes, 54 seconds
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331: A Look Inside a 6-Figure Online Business: Traffic, Monetization, and More

A few years ago, a side hustler named Brock McGoff reached out to me with a guest post pitch. The post detailed how he was making, at that time, $4,000 a month, from his blog about men’s fashion, on the side from his day job. Since then, Brock has turned TheModestMan.com into his full-time focus, into a 6-figure income, and into a media empire that expands well beyond the blog itself. Note: Click here to download Brock's top tips for growing an online business from this episode. In this episode, Brock talks me through how he generates content ideas, how the business makes money, where he’s focusing his energy for the best results, and how he’s taken his site from a side hustle to a full-time business. Don't have a website of your own yet? Check out my free video series on how to get up and running in no time.
4/18/201946 minutes, 58 seconds
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330: Land Flipping Revisited: From Zero to $10,000 a Month on the Side

Roberto Chavez started his raw land flipping side hustle a little over a year ago, and with persistence, has already built it into 5-figure of monthly revenue. This is a business model that was first introduced to me by Mark Podolsky, from TheLandGeek.com, in episode 108 of The Side Hustle Show. He called it "the best passive income model" because it avoids "the 3 T’s" of traditional real estate investing: tenants, toilets, and termites. How the model works is you: acquire parcels of land on the cheap because the owners don’t want them anymore re-sell them either for a quick cash flip, or more commonly, as an owner-financed sale. This is where the passive income comes in as you collect monthly payments for a period of 3-7 years, or whatever terms you agree on. For example, buy a $10,000 parcel upfront for $2,500, and resell it for $199 a month for 5 years. In that scenario, your total payments collected would be almost $12,000, and you'd breakeven on your initial investment after about a year. Where the persistence comes in, is the initial seller outreach. It’s very much a numbers game, as you’ll hear Roberto explain. I think that’s what separates those who have success in it from, those who don’t. Tune in to learn how Roberto finds parcels to buy for 25 cents on the dollar, how he figures out how much to offer, the due diligence that goes into these deals, and how he re-sells them for profit. Note: Roberto is actually a student of Mark's. When I told Mark we were recording this episode, he offered his Land Investing Launch Kit (normally $97) free for Side Hustle Show listeners. I'm also an affiliate for his paid program; use code "sidehustle" for $500 off.
4/11/201949 minutes, 3 seconds
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329: Get Better, Not Bigger: On Growth, Freedom, Online Marketing, and "Enough"

"Growth isn't the byproduct of success," Paul Jarvis told me. "Or at least it shouldn't be. The byproduct of success should be freedom." Paul is a talented writer and designer who’s made a living--and a name for himself--by often taking the counterpoint to the conventional wisdom, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship and business growth. His latest book, Company of One, caught my attention. It’s about why building a better business doesn’t necessarily mean building a bigger business. In this episode Paul talks me through: The decision-making frameworks he uses in his business and how you can apply them to yours How he’s intentionally set up his own operation to maximize time leverage and freedom How he’s built a list of 33k+ email subscribers over the 8 years and how this list drives his business today
4/4/201941 minutes, 27 seconds
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Bonus: 7 Ways to Scale a Service Business

As we’ve mentioned, “scaling” a service business can be one of the biggest challenges with this business model. In fact, it’s a sticking point that keeps a lot of people away from freelancing altogether. But if your goal is to get big or even to just avoid trading time for money your whole life, there are lots of ways to scale a service business. If you'd like to learn more about starting a service business and connecting with your first clients, check out this in-depth interview with Abbey Ashley (Episode 328). Abbey's claim to fame is she booked enough virtual assistant work during her maternity leave that she didn't have to back to that job she hated when her leave was up! Abbey also put together this killer free training on how to launch and grow your freelance business. In the meantime, here are the 7 Ways to Scale a Service Business from this episode: Raise your rates Go From one-to-one to one-to-many Hire subcontractors Create productized packages Play Matchmaker Look for affiliate opportunities Create a product Enjoy!
4/1/201917 minutes, 53 seconds
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328: How to Start a Service Business to Replace Your Income, Step-by-Step

Starting a service business on the side is one of the fastest ways to build extra income. It's flexible, low-overhead, and you can probably start with skills you already have. “I had a lot of drive underneath me," Abbey Ashley told me, about starting her service business back in 2013. "I was super pregnant and I hated my job so much,” Abbey started offering her services as a virtual assistant, and connected with her first clients at local networking events in Washington, DC. My the time her maternity leave was up--just a few short months--Abbey had booked enough work to not have to go back to that job she hated. On top of that, she only had to work 20 hours a week to do it, and could work from home. There are almost no barriers to entry to starting a freelance service business, and the startup costs are minimal. (All Abbey did was make business cards for networking.) In fact, it was a service business, a house painting business in my case, that was one of my first entrepreneurial adventures. Over time, Abbey scaled her virtual assistant business from just herself at $20-30 an hour, to her own little virtual agency, to $75 an hour and up for some specialized work. Before long, the questions started coming in: How can I do what you do? How can I work from home and set my own hours? How can I do work I enjoy? In response, she built up a complete training program for would-be virtual assistants. She's helped thousands of people start their own service businesses and has built a thriving free community of virtual assistants.  If you want to dive in deeper, check out her free training called Become a Booked Out Virtual Assistant. (That's an affiliate link; if you buy her full program, I'll receive a commission.)
3/28/201946 minutes, 11 seconds
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327: How to Get Unstuck: 6 Levers to Pull to Level Up Your Business

Todd Tresidder took his own personal net worth from less than zero at 23, to self-made millionaire and retired at 35. When it comes to building wealth, he's the smartest guy in the room. His latest book is The Leverage Equation: How to Work Less, Make More, and Cut 30 Years Off Your Retirement Plan. We met through the FinCon community several years ago and I've learned a ton from our conversations. Todd has a unique perspective on business and investing, and our conversations over the years always get me thinking a little differently. He blogs at FinancialMentor.com. Tune in to hear Todd talk me through his 6 types of leverage and how you can apply those as needed in your business: Financial Leverage Time Leverage Technology and Systems Leverage Communications and Marketing Leverage Network and Relationship Leverage Knowledge and Experience Leverage Enjoy!
3/21/201939 minutes, 41 seconds
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326: Reselling on Amazon with a $1 Million Seller: Let’s Go Pick Up Profit!

Jessica Larrew and her husband Cliff have been reselling on Amazon for years. And though it started as a part-time side hustle, it turned into a serious business--they've sold more than $1 million worth of stuff on Amazon! What's surprising – and I think exciting – is that they’ve done this is by finding profitable products to resell primarily in nearby retail stores. How Reselling on Amazon Works Jessica takes advantage of Amazon’s FBA program, or Fulfillment by Amazon. This is Amazon's way of crowdsourcing its inventory, and letting regular people like us tap into its world-class logistics network. That means this Selling Family doesn't have to ship anything to the end customer, handle returns, or write up product descriptions. How the business works is like any other retail business: you profit on the spread between the cost of your product and what it sells for. Now you have to account for Amazon's fees and shipping costs, but it's basically buy low, sell high. And the best part of this side hustle is that you can get started today with whatever initial inventory investment you're comfortable with.
3/14/201952 minutes, 39 seconds
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325: The Million Dollar Hobby: How to Monetize What You’re Already Interested In

Note: Click here to download Marc’s top tips for turning a hobby into a profitable website from this episode. Marc Andre made over $1.1 million dollars from his photography hobby. But what’s interesting is that he never: got paid to take pictures sold any of his photos held any photography workshops So, what did he do instead? He built and subsequently sold 3 websites related to photography – that sold digital products to other photographers. His journey started in 2012. Marc wanted to upgrade from a point-and-shoot camera to a nice DSLR and some lenses but couldn’t justify the $5k price tag for the equipment. Instead of settling for something else, Marc set himself a challenge to see if he could raise the $5k starting a photography-related side hustle. Things escalated quickly, from starting a site to creating digital products, he made that $5k in a few months. Marc carried on scaling his business, creating more products, starting two more photography-related sites, and over the next 6 years pulled in more than a million dollars in revenue. Tune in to hear Marc’s unique process for starting and growing sites, why he decided to create products before having an audience to sell to, how he used sites that already had traffic to drive sales, and how he scaled up his business to more than a million dollars in revenue in such a short space of time.
3/7/201935 minutes, 26 seconds
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324: Amazon FBA Japan: Make $3000 a Month Selling Private Label Products

Mitch Davis is selling around $9,000 per month with private label products on Amazon Japan on the side from his day job. (Of that, around $3000 is profit, which cover's his family's living expenses.) Selling on Amazon Japan via FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) opens up a whole new marketplace for Amazon sellers, and one that Mitch says is a lot less competitive than the US. Tune in to hear Mitch talk me through: his process for researching profitable products how he deals with manufacturers and the shipping process, some of the nuances that come with selling on a platform that’s not in your native language For more, be sure to check out Mitch's YouTube channel and join his free Amazon FBA Japan Facebook Group.
2/28/201932 minutes, 10 seconds
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323: Financial Independence Fast-Track: How to Replace Your Salary by Buying Mini Businesses

Note: Click here to download Stacy’s top tips for buying, improving, and managing online businesses from this episode. Stacy Caprio was desperate to leave her day job. She ended up doing just that after acquiring – and improving – a portfolio of mini online businesses. In her case, these were websites that make money from advertising. Now, this asset class can be risky, and Stacy is open about her early failures. But if you have some online skills, (or management skills to bring people in if you don’t want to run the site yourself) this can be a fast-track to the cash flow you need to fund your lifestyle. Since websites often sell for 20x monthly earnings, they're perhaps 10-15x "cheaper" than if you were to rely solely on traditional investments and a 4% withdrawal rate. Sound like the kind of investment that suits your lifestyle? Tune in to hear where Stacy finds these businesses