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The Side Hustle Show

The entrepreneurship podcast you can actually apply! The award-winning small business show covers creative ways to make money online and offline, including blogging, online business, freelancing, marketing, sales funnels, investing, and much more. Join 100,000+ listeners and get the business ideas and passive income strategies straight to your earbuds. No BS, just actionable tips on how to start and grow your side hustle.

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388: From “No Skills” to $3k a Month on the Side

Are you stuck with the idea that you don’t have the skills to start a side hustle? Today’s guest, Chris Misterek of SelfMadeWebDesigner.com didn’t let that hold him back. He went from being in a tight spot personally and financially, to bringing in an average of $3k a month on the side through his new web design business. With no previous experience with web design, Chris decided to start at the ground up by working through some free online courses. Within a few months, he was introducing himself as a web designer, and within 18 months he was earning double his day job salary on the side! Tune in to this episode to hear Chris explain how he: Picked up this new skillset on the cheap Found his first clients Marketed and grew his business Recommends you replicate this across any number of industries

46mins

21 May 2020

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142: $5k per Month Blogging Case Study: How to Drive Massive Traffic with Pinterest, with Rosemarie Groner

Rosemarie Groner is a former state trooper turned blogger and stay at home mom. In the last 12 months, her site The Busy Budgeter has grown from zero to 400,000 page views per month. More importantly, Rosemarie earned $5000 from the site last month while working on it part-time. Note: Click here to download Rosemarie’s top blogging and Pinterest traffic tips. Want to start a blog of your own? My free video course shows you how. (For the sake of comparison, SHN was around 73,000 pageviews for the last 30 days at the time of recording.) I met Rosemarie (and several other members of her mastermind group) at FinCon in September, where she shared a surprising secret weapon to her success: Pinterest. st.

40mins

5 Nov 2015

Rank #2

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108: The Best Passive Income Model?

I was very excited to sit down with Mark Podolsky, The Land Geek, to talk about his side-hustle-turned-full-time-biz of investing in raw land. In fact, he was able to replace his day job income and quit his job only 18 months after starting. Mark calls it the best passive income model because you don't have to worry about building a website, building a product, dealing with tenants, dealing with repairs, or selling a service.

33mins

30 Apr 2015

Rank #3

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189: How to Start an Online Store – Without Touching Any Inventory (Drop Shipping 101)

Dropshipping is also a topic we haven't really covered in depth in the past, but many listeners have been requesting to learn more about it. I reached out to Anton Kraly, who's one of the most successful people I know in this space. He's been selling online for almost 10 years and he and his team have built out an impressive portfolio or drop ship stores. Dropshipping is where you sell a product and the manufacturer or supplier ships it directly to your customer.

36mins

18 Aug 2016

Rank #4

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35: From $18 an Hour to $1000 an Hour in 60 Days

In episode 35 of The Side Hustle Show, I learn how Daniel DiPiazza from Rich20Something.com went from earning $18 an hour to $1000 an hour using his "Marsupial Method" for side hustle businesses. It sounds hype-y, but it happened. Pretty crazy stuff, with parallels you can takeaway and apply to your own biz.

31mins

23 Jan 2014

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310: 10 Creative Side Hustles that Make Real Money

In this episode of the Side Hustle Show I’ve put together a round up of creative side hustle ideas that people have shared with me over the last couple of years. Here are the 10 creative side hustles I cover in this episode: 1. Flyer Distribution Business   2. Moose Poop Art   3. Tumbleweed Sales   4. BabyQuip 5. Subleasing Airbnb   6. Snuggling   7. Waiting in Line   8. Penny Posters 9. Funeral Cryer Service 10. The Death Reminder App Tune in or check out the show notes at https://www.sidehustlenation.com/310 for the full details. 

22mins

22 Nov 2018

Rank #6

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63: The 8 Income Streams I’m Working on Right Now

It's a special Friday edition of The Side Hustle Show, and I'm flying solo on this one discussing the 8 income streams I'm working on right now. Add a little diversity to your revenue sources to protect yourself if any one of them gets cut off suddenly (been there!). You'll hear what's working well for me, as well as some challenges, opportunities, and plans going forward.

17mins

25 Jul 2014

Rank #7

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320: Multiplying Money, Morning Routines, and $100k Side Hustles: 20 Questions with Nick

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, including: Let’s say you’ve got $100. How do you turn it into $200? What's your #1 morning ritual? Should I create a course around self-care? Am I even qualified to? I haven't made a single sale (on Etsy) and am super demoralized. What can I do? How hard is it to make a website? How do you find a "tech" person for a reasonable rate? Why don't you use ads to monetize your website? In starting my online business, which social media platforms should I focus on? What side hustles do you recommend that could generate $100k a year within a year? When you started Side Hustle Nation, how'd you get engagement from Day 1? No one is buying my book. How can I market it? What WordPress template do you suggest? How do you refer to affiliate links when you haven't used the product? How big of a content backlog do you have / should you have? I'm a college senior interested in entrepreneurship. What do you recommend with the "real world" fast approaching? How was your trip to Mexico? Did you feel unsafe? How do you balance family, job, and business? What's the goal of your local meetups? Why'd you give away the PDF version of The Progress Journal for free? How do you organize your side hustle financially? Which gigs should I create first on Fiverr?

35mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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363: 10 Creative Side Hustles That Make Real Money - Part 2

This week’s show is a re-take on last year’s Thanksgiving episode on 10 Creative Side Hustles that Make Real Money. That show was a hit, so I’m returning to that format for another round. Some of these will you have kicking yourself not thinking of it yourself, and some of these are 6-figure businesses you could literally start tomorrow. Here are the 10 creative side hustles I cover in this episode: The 7-Figure Lemonade Stand The World's Most Boring Podcast Local Dog Poop Pick-Up The 6-Figure Dog Walking Business The 7-Figure Email Newsletter Business The Ambient Noise Alexa Skill Big Bat Houses The Niche Service Provider Directory The Niche Productized Service In-Person Classes Enjoy!

34mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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226: Earn Your First $500 on the Side in the Next 7 Days - No More Excuses!

Scott Voelker is the host of the super popular Amazing Seller podcast, where he’s recorded more than 300 episodes about the Amazon FBA business model. He's a family man and a serial hustler, having been involved with a number of businesses ranging from construction to photography to ecommerce. His latest project is the 1k FastTrack Challenge, where he takes a group of students through the paces of making their first $1000 selling online. Note: Click here to download Scott’s 5-steps to start selling and earning your first $500 on the side in the next 7 days. One of the biggest challenges people struggle to overcome is deciding on, or even finding a side hustle they can start and take those important first steps. In this episode of The Side Hustle Show, Scott takes you through the 5-steps he uses when guiding his students to earning their first $500 online in just 7 days. He also shares some powerful words of motivation and some success stories he’s been part of, helping you to see just how easy it really is when you follow these 5 simple steps. "You’re probably sitting on a few hundred, if not thousands of dollars in your possession right now that you’re not even aware of," Scott explained. Tune in to find out exactly what Scott is talking about, and how you can start your own challenge today to earn $500 in the next 7 days. No investment needed, no prior experience selling online, just the motivation and willingness to stick to a deadline. Sound good? Join the free SH Nation Facebook group and look for the #7daychallenge thread to post about your results.

32mins

20 Apr 2017

Rank #10

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230: How 25 Side Hustlers Made Their First Entrepreneurial Income

What's the story of your first job-free income? To celebrate the 4-year anniversary of The Side Hustle Show, the Side Hustle Nation community joined me in creating a really fun episode. I asked people to tell me how they first started making money on the side, and got 25 different voicemails! In this episode, you'll hear first-hand the steps your fellow listeners took to put themselves back in the driver seat of their own financial well-being. And no matter how you shake it, that first sale is a powerful one.

49mins

18 May 2017

Rank #11

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125: $4k a Month on the Side with Amazon FBA Clearance Arbitrage

I was really excited to sit down with Travis Scott from StuffParentsLike.com to share his success with the Amazon FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) clearance arbitrage business, and also to get his insight since I just started playing around with this side hustle myself. Travis has seen impressive results with Amazon, netting $25,000 so far this year through July, in addition to his full-time job and duties as a dad. You may remember Travis from a guest post he contributed on his FBA adventures last year.

30mins

30 Jul 2015

Rank #12

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351: Thrifting for Profit: How I Made $270k in Sales Reselling Vintage Items

The fastest way to multiply money? It might be reselling. That is, buy low, sell high, repeat. Keely Stawicki started reselling when she was just 12 years old, flipping a horse saddle on Craigslist and making $100 profit. Fast forward 15 years--and more than $270,000 in sales--and reselling is now her full-time gig. Today, Keely focuses mostly on vintage goods, clothing, and furniture--all items in great demand right now. Reselling is a business model we keep coming back to because it checks some of the boxes for an awesome side hustle: Anybody can do it It doesn't require a huge upfront investment It’s quick to get started and see results If this sounds like a side hustle you’re interested in, listen in to hear Keely’s top tips for sourcing profitable inventory, the types of products she sees doing well today, and where she lists and markets her items for maximum exposure and profitability.

51mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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199: Building a Blog to $20k a Month and Beyond

You may remember Rosemarie Groner from episode 142 of the Side Hustle Show last year. She revealed how her blog Busy Budgeter was just a year old and receiving around 400,000 pageviews and making around $5k a month — primarily through Pinterest traffic. It’s almost a year later now and I had to have her back to see how things were progressing. Rosemarie is now regularly making more than $20k a month, and while her pageviews are still at a similar number she has improved her ROI and diversified her traffic and income sources. Note: Click here to download Rosemarie’s top traffic and monetization tips from this episode. Rosemarie is still getting a ton of traffic from Pinterest and explains how she has moved with the changes on the platform to maintain her numbers. She also talks about how she has started focusing on SEO, has built different email lists to sell different products to, and why calculating the ROI on a project should be one of your first considerations. Her first appearance on episode 142 was one of the most popular shows of last year and I expect this episode to be just as popular. It’s packed with actionable tips and information you can use to increase your own traffic numbers and earnings, along with some of the new tips and tricks Rosemarie has implemented in the last year. Related: Want to start a blog of your own? Check out my free step-by-step tutorial series on how you can get up and running in no time.

37mins

27 Oct 2016

Rank #14

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362: Get Paid to Answer Questions: How I Make $20,000 a Month Online

Can you really get paid to answer questions? That’s exactly what Debbie Gartner from TheFlooringGirl.com does - and her answers are earning her $20,000 a month. Debbie used to run a local hardwood flooring consultation business. She’d estimate jobs, make recommendations, and match homeowners with reliable installers. In her spare time, she started her blog with the goal of showing up in some local search results to generate some more business. “I wrote blog posts that were questions that my customers would have,” Debbie told me. Note: Click here to download Debbie’s top tips for growing and monetizing a blog. But as you might have guessed, the site soon started to reach an audience well outside her local area. A couple of years later Debbie got out of the brick and mortar flooring business and decided to monetize her blog. She was already pulling in more than 100,000 visitors and by simply turning on ads she made $1,100 in her first month. From there she continued to grow her traffic numbers, added affiliate posts, created her own products, and is now making more than $20,000 a month. Tune in to hear how Debbie is driving traffic, how her site earns money, and how you may be able to replicate some of Debbie’s tactics in your own niche. Note: If you don't have a blog of your own yet, my free video series will show you how to get up and running quickly and affordably.

48mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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84: $33k in 30 Days? Getting Started with Private Labeling and Amazon FBA

Selling on Amazon is one of the hottest side hustles around, and I'm not talking about selling books! In this show, we'll dive into sourcing and selling your own physical products on Amazon by finding what's hot in the marketplace, making smart purchases, and out-marketing the competition. I'm joined by Andy Slamans, an Amazon seller who turned his online side hustle into a full-time business this May, and expects to finish the year with over $400,000 in top line revenue. (And $33k in 30 days and over $5k in one day on Cyber Monday!) Incredible!

49mins

11 Dec 2014

Rank #16

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387: Retiring Early with Real Estate: $15k a Month in Passive Cash Flow

$15,000 a month for 30 minutes of work? The passive income dream is real for Dustin Heiner. Dustin achieved this by following a systematic approach to buying homes and renting them out. He started with his first property back in 2006. Within 6 years he had 19 properties, and within 9 years he had 26 properties and had retired from his day job at the age of 37. Today he has more than 30 properties bringing in (mostly) passive income supporting him and his family. Note: Click here to download Dustin’s top tips for finding and buying rental properties from this episode. Dustin is a serial side hustler, but once he realized the benefit of getting paid over and over again for work he did once – he doubled down on real estate. Tune in to hear Dustin talk through: His approach to property sourcing The 6 ways he makes money with rental properties How he’s been able to grow his portfolio so quickly His advice for those looking to replicate his success

52mins

14 May 2020

Rank #17

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18: How to Earn Big Money with Small Websites, with Spencer Haws

In Episode 18 of The Side Hustle Show, Spencer Haws of NichePursuits.com shares his detailed process for niche site creation and monetization, including idea generation, competitive analysis, content creation, link building, and much more. Spencer is the leading expert in this field, which is one of the most popular side hustles around. If you know a thing or two about WordPress (or are willing to learn) and can follow a few simple rules that Spencer lays out, there's no reason why you can't borrow his process to get started with a niche site or ten of your own. Subscribe to The Side Hustle Show on iTunes! Subscribe to The Side Hustle Show on Stitcher! In this episode, you'll learn: One smart way to generate "seed" keyword ideas. Why worm farms and buffalo nickels hold a special place in Spencer's heart. The tools and metrics used to evaluate a niche. How Spencer overcame a $10,000/month ban from Google Adsense. Why rumors of the death of "exact match domains" are false. The link-building strategies Spencer uses to rank new sites quickly. Links mentioned: Long Tail Pro - Spencer's powerful and proprietary keyword analysis and competitive research tool. Use that (affiliate) link for $30 off. Elance Textbroker Pat Flynn's Niche Site Duel Google Keyword Planner Moz (formerly SEOmoz) Open Site Explorer LayeredLinks.com Ubersuggest Learn more about Spencer at his blog, NichePursuits.com or hit him up on twitter. And of course, you're welcome to leave a comment here as well and I'll make sure he sees it. What do you think? Are niche sites a viable side hustle? Have you ever built one (or several)? Let me know!

49mins

5 Sep 2013

Rank #18

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178: How To Build a 6-Figure eBay Business Part-Time

Darrel is a full-time Operations Manager for a startup in Atlanta, but has built a sizable side hustle on eBay. In the last 12 months, he's sold over 6-figures worth of merchandise. eBay still gets massive traffic; it's currently the 7th most popular site in the US and 26th most popular in the world. That's a lot of eyeballs, and more importantly, that's a lot of buyers! In this conversation, Darrel breaks down his inventory acquisition strategies, his step-by-step auction strategy, and how he batches packing and shipping to make the most of his time.

35mins

16 Jun 2016

Rank #19

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292: Free Houses: How to Build a $1 Million Real Estate Portfolio on the Side

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: Find a killer deal on a house that needs some work. Buy it with the creative financing methods Austin talks about in this episode. Either do the work yourself or hire contractors. Put a paying tenant in the newly rehabbed home. Refinance the home with a traditional bank loan and pay back the original funding source. The end game is positive monthly cash flow from rental income, plus building a long-term wealth through tenants paying off the mortgage. Austin has developed some unique and interesting ways to hard money and private money to fund his property purchases. The best part – it’s truly a side hustle that can be done in a few hours a week the end result is passive income from rental revenue. Tune in to hear how Austin finds killer deals, buys the houses without risking his own capital, and then rehabs them to get ready to rent.

37mins

19 Jul 2018

Rank #20