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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).
340 Episodes
“Everyone is researching a product, I’m telling you to research a problem,” Chad told me. Chad Rubin runs, 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.
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.
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.
Kimberly Gauthier has been running 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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
"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
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!
Comments (20)

K Hines

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

May 10th

Sara B

Hmm... sounds a bit like a network marketing company that actually provide services.

Mar 29th

Vincent Ruiz

Do you have to have a business license and or tax ID to have a Amazon reseller account?

Mar 14th

Daniel Baldry

Great show Nick... 😎

Mar 7th


I have been listening to this show for a while! I am now a big fan! The information provided by Nick and his guests have helped me to develop a solid business plan. They also have helped me find the correct sources of research information to correctly choose and evaluate my customer base. I am glad to have run across this podcast. Keep doing your thing Nick!! #HustleNation #HustleStrong #GetMoney

Feb 2nd

Mike Starback


Jan 31st

Ava Fails

This triggered my Alexa...LOL.

Jan 4th


This episode is very helpful! Thank you for the great insight.

Dec 6th


How exactly does this happen? I can’t see how a family can be made homeless by airbnb subleasing

Dec 6th

Leona Gonnelly

Number 5 is destroying Families in Ireland, please don't make families homeless for the sake of extra cash.

Nov 26th

Leona Gonnelly

Grigory In Dublin, Ireland, many of the available rental properties are owned by 20 - 30 landlords who have been using Airbnb to cash in on tourism. Real families couldn't afford to pay up to €1500 a month for their apartments but in the height of tourist season landlords could get 3000 a month by airbnb leasing to tourists. New laws are in place now to stop this, as renting in Dublin is now more expensive that Paris or Dubai. The same thing is happening in Spain and other European countries.

Feb 6th


Leona Gonnelly How exactly this happens?

Dec 7th



Oct 26th

Laurean Robinson, MA

I have my own local podcast here in Miami called Lboogie's Pop World where I cover local Entertainment and Pop Culture

Jul 26th

Angelia Dodd

I have a you tube channel (Mystic Moubtain Homestead)and I planned on making a website for that on wood press. I really don't have anything to sell "of my own" yet. so I was considering drop shipping. Can I add a shopify, etsy, etc to this same website or do I need a whole new site for e-commerce?

May 18th

J. R. Cherubin

Angelia Dodd Shopify is great for drop shipping. And an app called orberlo helps. I paid 29$ a month for shopify basics.

Jul 20th

Bobby Hodges

i like this show a lot i am surprised to see few comments on it.

May 17th

El P

so... he is actually making money off of poor vulnerable people by locking them in contract and syphoning blood off of them. I really hope this podcast won't produce more leeches.

Apr 30th


El P leeches.? really.. when your not making your rent and you have a child, then you lose your job, then maybe you will get it. You scrape, claw, dig, and fight to get out of that hole. EVERYTHING is set up to screw the poor. our economy has never been nor will it ever take it easy on the weaker links. you go with it and feed your kids or you go against and get crushed.

May 11th

Becky Gallion

where does he get the actual products from?

Jan 13th
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