In this special 300th edition of The Side Hustle Show, I’m excited to feature 5 listeners who took action on specific ideas they heard on the show or read on the Side Hustle Nation blog -- and turned that action into concrete results.
Those results range from their first $1000 on the side, up to a $700k e-commerce empire, but the point is they made something happen.
Tune in to hear how they got it done, and check the text summary below.
Remember the Red Paperclip Guy from a few years ago? In 2005, an out-of-work Kyle MacDonald started with a single red paperclip and traded his way up to a house in Kipling, Saskatchewan.
Remarkably, this barter adventure took only 14 trades and was completed in less than a year. Kyle started out small, each time seeking something “bigger and better” in exchange.
For example, his first trade was the red paperclip for a pen shaped like a fish. Then he traded the fish pen for a doorknob,...
Rob is a professional "money multiplier."
The good news, he says, is it's a skill that can be learned.
You might remember Rob "The Flea Market Flipper" Stephenson from episode 147 in late 2015. At that time, he was earning $30,000-$40,000 a year flipping random products on the side from his day job.
Since then, the father of 3 has taken his buy low, sell high model and turned it into a full-time 6-figure operation.
Rob doesn’t discriminate what the products are he’s flipping, as long...
"I'm this close to firing you right now."
That's what Hung Pham's boss told him when he reached out about ways to get his team more engaged with the company's overall mission.
"If you want passion and purpose," she said, "you've got to look somewhere else."
Frustrated with the internal cultures at the organizations he worked in, Hung wanted to attend a culture-building conference.
The only problem? That event didn't exist.
Sensing a void in the market, Hung was inspired to create...
“I feel like this is the most important project I’ve ever worked on,” Mike said about his blog YoungArchitect.com.
Mike Riscica runs a blog, podcast, and has built a thriving community for young professionals in the architecture field.
The idea for the blog came from a pain point in Mike’s life, and for many others – passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
After failing to pass the exam 4 times (before passing) and seeing his peers struggling, Mike started blogging about...
“I tell people I work on my cleaning business about an hour a day because 5 minutes doesn’t seem believable,” Chris Schwab said.
Chris is the founder of ThinkMaids.com, a residential house cleaning service in the Washington DC area he started on the side while still a university student.
Less than two years later, the business is doing $60k a month worth of cleaning work, all without Chris ever lifting a mop or dusting a shelf himself.
Note: Click here to download Chris’ top tips for...
Rene Delgado started an online drop shipping store with no ideas and no inventory and went from $0-300k in his first year in business.
It was the search for an extra stream of income that led Rene Delgado to consider e-commerce; selling physical products online.
“Drop shipping” is a form of e-commerce where your suppliers ship products directly to customers on your behalf.
Note: Click here to download Rene’s top tips for starting and running a drop shipping business from this...
Bill Nowicki has a unique side hustle. He has a podcast show called MariettaStories named after Marietta GA, a suburb of Atlanta with a population of about 60,000.
Having a podcast show isn’t unique but producing a show that’s focused on a local community is something a little different – and something you might consider doing for your local community after hearing Bill’s story.
Note: Click here to download Bill’s top tips for starting and growing a local podcast from this episode.
Austin Miller built a $1.2 million real estate portfolio at 31 years old -- for free.
Note: Click here to download Austin’s top tips for finding and financing property from this episode.
He's a side hustling real estate investor specializing in "creative" financing deals -- houses he can buy without using his own money.
Austin is the author of Free Houses: How To Build Your Real Estate Investment Portfolio With No Money.
His basic strategy is this:
The end game is positive monthly...
It’s time to dive into the ol’ listener mailbag and answer a few questions in this week’s edition of The Side Hustle Show.
I’ve had quite a few interesting questions come in since the last Q&A episode, and picked 20 to talk through in today’s show.
Like this format? This is the 6th installment of “20 Questions” so feel free to go back and binge on the older ones too:
271: Brilliant Blogging, Ruthless Productivity, and Guaranteed Success: 20 Questions with Nick245: Network Marketing,...
Willpower predicts academic and professional success better than IQ, or charisma, or having rich parents.
It’s not the only ingredient in our success recipe, but it’s a critical one -- and one I certainly struggle with at times.
Derek Doepker of ExcuseProof.com is an expert when it comes to increasing willpower and strengthening this critical success muscle we all have.
He is the author of 7 bestselling books in personal development, a speaker, consultant, trainer, and specializes in...
May Najafabadi earned $12,000 in 8 weeks -- working just 1 hour a day.
Her side hustle?
After school enrichment classes teaching crafts and jewelry making.
Note: Click here to download May’s top tips for creating and running after school classes from this episode.
As a long-time entrepreneur in the e-commerce space, May was used to enrolling her son in these classes to buy herself an extra hour in the afternoons.
Over the last couple years though, she wanted to diversify her income...
At the end of nearly every episode of The Side Hustle Show, I ask my guests for their #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation. There’s always a great variety of responses, and I wanted to take some time today to go through some of my favorites from the past 50-ish interviews.
This has become an annual tradition on the show, and we just passed 5 years and 5.5 million downloads!
If you like this short-and-sweet meta-style show, be sure to check out the others in this series:
Episode 50Episode 124...
Note: Click here to download Jonathan’s top tips for starting and growing a podcast, blog, and online community from this episode.
Just 10 months after starting his side hustle, Jonathan Mendonsa was ready to quit his 6-figure job and take the business full-time.
What's the hustle?
A podcast called Jonathan co-hosts with this partner Brad Barrett ChooseFI.
“You need to either be first or be different. We couldn’t be first, so we wanted to pivot and be a little different,”...
“It’s the best-kept secret in the real estate industry,” Mark said, talking about becoming a loan signing agent.
You can make $100 an hour as a part-time, and the only real requirements are that you know what you’re doing, and you have a notary license.
(A loan signing agent is the person who walks you through the giant stack of forms and contracts you have to sign when you close on a new home loan.)
I was first introduced to this side hustle early last year, when I first sat down with...
“I set up a big business just selling somebody else’s stuff,” Wes said.
Wes runs TheSalesWhisperer.com and is the host of The Sales Podcast which started around the same time as The Side Hustle Show back in 2013.
He’s an Air Force vet, a father of 7, and has built up an interesting side hustle that on the surface looks like a typical consulting business but is done in such a way that it’s set up to generate recurring passive income.
Wes has been side hustling since the 90’s and started...
When Abbey made $8000 from her 1000-person email list, she knew she was on to something.
Over the last several years, Abbey Ashley has gone from earning $25 as a virtual assistant, to coordinating monster 6-figure launches of her own product.
I actually met Abbey at the bar during Traffic and Conversion Summit. Her “Virtual Assistance Is My Jam,” t-shirt caught my attention and I had to know more.
Eight months pregnant with her first daughter, she couldn't imagine putting her child in...
You've got less than 3 seconds to make a first impression online.
Is your website turning would-be customers away without you even knowing it?
Your site and the words you use -- your copy -- could either be making you money or costing you big time.
I invited copywriting pro Laura Belgray on the show to do some live "copy audits" of listeners' sites.
Laura is a professional copywriter with nearly 20 years of experience. During this time, she has written everything from TV promos, launch...
FoodTruckEmpire.com generates $60k a year on the side from Brett Lindenberg's marketing consulting job.
Why'd he start a blog about the food truck industry?
“I started the blog at a time in my life when I was looking at just a whole bunch of different business ideas,” Brett said.
Originally, Brett wanted to start his own food truck. While researching how to start a food truck business he discovered there wasn’t enough quality information online.
So, he did what all good entrepreneurs...
In his first 3 months, he'd booked more than $4000 worth of work.
“I’ve never been very good at working with people, so I wanted something that was flexible,” James said.
These are the words of someone who was not happy being a shoe salesman and wanted out.
James was looking for that location independent lifestyle, and when he was approached to ghostwrite a book for $300 he knew what he wanted to do from that point on.
Fast-forward a couple of years and James now...