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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 
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
“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
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
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
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!)
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
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
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
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)
“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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 
“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
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
"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
Comments (48)

Rise Above

Very practical podcast show ever found!

Feb 5th
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Antonio Little

I need to start make 2,000 a month in the next month what should I do? I live in St. Louis and I have no job and my saving is running out and I have v-tach and a heart condition and need to pay my medical bills?

Dec 26th
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Brian

I kid you not, I literally tried one thing from what he said and I got a reply!!!!

Nov 19th
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Brian

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Nov 18th
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Nov 18th
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Lisa Smith

loving your podcast thank you for all you do to bring us all this information

Apr 20th
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Austin Peek

Everyday I'm Hustlin

Feb 27th
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Joseph Dykes

very interesting and after working 23+ years in physical therapy, I think he made a wise decision in pursuing Ytube video creation instead

Oct 8th
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Becky Gallion

She can use bees wax wraps as reusable bags & they're super easy to clean & shape into a cone

Oct 8th
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Thisor That

Very insightful trading strategies.

Oct 1st
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Thisor That

Excellent programming. Both guests are well-versed and just good guests in general.

Sep 29th
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Joseph Dykes

Great hearing these follow up reports. As always , great content Nick!

Sep 24th
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Joseph Dykes

great episode!

Sep 19th
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Joseph Dykes

Looking forward to the "where are they now?" episode!

Sep 18th
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Monica Mallory

Hi Nick. Is myblagroup.com/contacts still a viable resource ? Thank you

Aug 7th
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Ivie Porto

I guess everybody starts splitting words to make them sound good haha I have fell into this perfectionist side also

Jul 3rd
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Teresa D.

Great stuff! Thank you, Joshua.

Jun 7th
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Christopher Davis

Craft blogs are probably the easiest, most popular topic to build a blog and a following. She obviously worked hard and focused, but there is also a huge audience of rabid fans for this. Not the same with many, many other blog topics.

Apr 2nd
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Brad Watt

Probably my favorite episode so far. Also, Dave's an awesome guy who knows his stuff.

Feb 2nd
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Mark Cousino

great idea for a podcast

Jan 29th
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