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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 off…

Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation


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    516: Building an Offline Agency to Multi 6-Figures

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 48:00

    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

    515: $1000 a Day Flipping Used Pallets

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 18:16

    Play matchmaker between pallet buyers and sellers to flip pallets for profit. Varnie 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. To check out that episode here.

    514: How to Start a Roadside Produce Stand: $1000 a Weekend Flipping Peaches

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 52:49

    “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

    513: 3 Ways to Get Out of the Rat Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 17:30

    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

    512: Getting Paid to Talk: $4500 a Month Voiceover Acting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 59:20

    What if I was to tell you that 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 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

    511: How to Use Your Side Hustle to Save on Taxes and Fund Your Retirement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 13:52

    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 

    510: The 6-Figure Bird Watching Blog

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 57:05

    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 subs how you can borrow some of the same tactics for your business Full show notes

    509: $100s of an Hour as a Part-Time Wedding Officiant

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 15:23

    Do you love weddings? Professional wedding officiants can make $100s of dollars 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

    508: Quiz Funnels 101: How to Sell Smarter, Serve Better, and Earn More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 58:20

    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

    507: How I'd Make $1M in 2 Years Starting from Scratch

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 48:07

    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

    506: 6 Million Visits a Month! SEO and Blogging Tips To Make More Money

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 65:06

    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 

    505: How to Find Expensive Problems (And Getting Paid to Solve Them)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 32:19

    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

    504: Building an Online Business from Scratch: A Listener Success Story

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 54:00

    “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

    503: 12 Ways Podcasts Make Money: $800k an Episode??

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 10:40

    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

    502: How a Part-Time Dinosaur Podcast Became a Full-Time Business

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 69:01

    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

    501: $3000 a Month Flipping Mattresses Part-Time

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 14:25

    Staci and her husband are earning $3,000-4,000 a month flipping mattresses with risk-free inventory sourced from Sharetown. Sharetown is a "reverse logistics" company that helps online mattress companies like Purple deal with customer returns. As a Sharetown rep, you get notified of these return requests, pick up the mattresses, 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!)

    500: 10 Big Ideas from 500 Episodes of The Side Hustle Show

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 40:46

    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

    499: $4000 a Month Playing Video Games

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 21:08

    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

    498: Profitable Podcasting, Getting Clients, and $50k/mo in Passive Income: 20 Questions with Nick

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 37:42

    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

    497: How I Doubled My Salary During the Pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 15:33

    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)

    496: From Imposter Syndrome to $1500 Recurring Clients: Building a 6-Figure Agency

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 49:20

    “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 RicohetDM.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

    495: The Multi-Million Dollar Pivot

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 23:27

    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.

    494: Reselling Software: Don't Start a SaaS — White Label Someone Else's Instead

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 41:13

    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

    493: The $5K Side Hustle Spinoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 17:22

    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

    492: $17k in 30 Days: Building a Reselling Business

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 61:33

    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

    491: My Latest Online Business Experiments (Q1 2022 Progress Report)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 34:02

    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

    490: $10k a Month Helping Babies and Toddlers Sleep Through the Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 64:27

    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 

    489: How I Bootstrapped 6-Figure E-commerce Brand in Year 1 Business With Zero Ad Spend

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 62:10

    “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

    488: 16 Free and Low-Cost Marketing Ideas to Grow Your Side Hustle

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 59:05

    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

    487: From $17/hr to 6-Figure Side Hustle

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 49:33

    "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

    486: Get Paid to Sell Other People's Stuff: Building a Successful Consignment Business

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 55:23

    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

    485: The $90k Niche Daily Deals Blog

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 56:35

    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

    484: Turning a Service Business into a Passive Income Stream - Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 47:27

    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

    483: 6 Figures in 12 Months: Pivoting from Low-Ticket Products to a Productized Service

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 41:22

    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

    482: From 6-Figure Blog to 7-Figure Online Business: Catching Up with Robert Farrington

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 64:17

    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

    481: 6 Months to 6 Figures … Helping People with Excel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 42:06

    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

    480: Building a $60k a Month Business as a Full-Time College Student

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 28:00

    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

    479: $90k a Month on Fiverr: From Freelancer to Agency

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 46:51

    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

    Bonus: 9 Business "Wins" From 2021: My Annual Review and Q3/Q4 Progress Report

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 51:23

    Inside my biggest wins, best purchases, favorite books, most popular episodes, and most important projects. Full show notes

    33 Life Hacks to Experiment With in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 66:31

    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

    Trailer: The Business Podcast You Can Actually Apply

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 1:01

    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.

    477: How to Make Money with NFTs: Opportunities for Side Hustlers and Creators

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 62:21

    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

    476: $500 a Day Selling Other People's Products with Facebook Marketplace Dropshipping

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 48:45

    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

    475: How One Football Fan Turned Tailgating into an Online Business

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 42:50

    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

    474: The 6-Figure Belly Dancing Course

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 49:05

    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

    Bonus: $1K 100 Ways Case Studies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 31:02

    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

    473: 9 Quick Ways to Optimize Your Sleep and Feel Super Human

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 46:39

    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

    472: 10 Creative Side Hustles That Make Real Money - Part 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 35:47

    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

    471: 6 Figures in 18 Months: Building a Photo Booth Rental Business

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 59:15

    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

    470: $1K/Week: How to Flip Phones for Profit

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 50:38

    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

    469: 16 Business Ideas You're Free to Run With: The Business Idea Giveaway Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 58:09

    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

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