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Author: Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation

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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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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Miguel

good stuff

Nov 30th
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Ivie Porto

Amazing tips!!

Jul 19th
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Amira

From the speaker: rent the entire building and sublease it.

Jul 7th
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Amira

FHA and others

Jul 7th
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sirrellim

Great show, she is very helpful

Jun 14th
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K Hines

I agree that they are advantages, but they are not unfair.

May 10th
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