Side Hustle Spark 286: Building a podcast

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Hubspot’s Matthew Brown posted this on August 3:

How We Built the Strategy for Our New Flagship Podcast

Key learnings from this post:

— In the formation stage, the team listened to 20 high-performing business podcasts. From that research, they gained four insights, including:

** 87% of the hosts were male.

** Very few shows used audience engagement tactics to connect host with listeners.

— “After exploring various formats, we went with a hybrid format — Chat Cast + Interview.”

— “Engineers perfect the sound of your show.”

— There are eight key components to a podcast team:

Executive producer

Senior producer

Producer

Editor

Host

Managing producer

Engineer

Editorial director

***

Yes, for most of us, eight key roles…oy! But at least learning why these are important can help you prioritize as you plan for and build your own podcast.

I hope this helps as you explore reaching your audience via audio.

Side Hustle Spark 285: A Ryan Robinson Roundup…Really!

Sorry, just decided to play the alliteration game today.

Received this today in my email 10 Blog Post Templates (+ Free SEO-Driven Template).

I made a listicle of Ryan Robinson content I’ve shared in past posts.

Here goes:

— Side Hustle Spark 278: Top Blogging Tips (ryrob.com)

— Side Hustle Spark 128: Look behind the curtain at ryrob.com.

— Suggestion 94: 201 Blog Post Ideas from ryrob.com

— Suggestion 83: Monetizing Your Blog–tips from ryrob.com

— Suggestion 81: 40 Blogging Tips and Advice From Top Bloggers in 2020

Side Hustle Spark 284: How to stay motivated? Check out MarieTV.

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In her answer to a listener/fan’s question, Marie Forleo provides three proven steps on HOW TO FIND THE MOTIVATION TO KEEP GOING WHEN YOU’RE FEELING STUCK .

Here is a link to the transcript for the session.

A few gems:

“…ambiguity is the enemy of execution.”

“So once you decide what you really want to work on, what is that specific concrete goal, then we need a deadline.”

“(Deadlines) help me keep things simple.”

“…one of the keys for me to stay consistently motivated is to make sure that I’m doing the simple things that make the biggest difference in terms of my energy, my health, and my cognitive prowess.”


Reminder: Side Hustle Spark 133 pointed you toward Chris Guillebeau’s exploration of ‘stuckness’.

Chris Guillebeau, author of The Money Tree, Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days, The $100 Startup, etc., and creator of over 1400 consecutive podcasts, also shared his expertise on Periscope.

Five months ago, he posted a session, How to Avoid Getting Stuck.

Skip to the 14:30 mark to listen to him embellish these five suggestions:

— Identify potential problems in advance.

— Always know your next step.

— Impose an artificial deadline.

— Look for an alternative way forward.

— Try something totally different.

[Note: Each of his 30+ minute Periscope sessions also feature a live participant Q. and A. that nails down many of the universal concerns of side hustlers.]

Thanks for visiting. As always, check in with questions and requests at:
sidehustlecurator at gmail dot com

Side Hustle Spark 283: 322+ FREE Business Resources (Marie Forleo)

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How could I?

I merrily traipse along sharing good side hustler stuff with you and it took me 280+ posts before I shared something from Marie Forleo?

I’m even reading her Everything is Figureoutable book and it didn’t dawn on me that she should have been one of the first people this blog should have showcased.

If I didn’t have to live with myself, I’d fire me ASAP.

Apologies done, let’s move on to her 322+ FREE Business Tools & Resources.

She shares resources via 9 categories, each of which could qualify as an online course.

1. Make a Plan

2. Create a Website

3. Design Your Website, Logo & More

4. Support Your Customers

5. Market Your Business

6. Collaborate With Your Team

7. Be More Productive

8. Manage Your Business

9. Learn New Things

She also offers this massive blog post in spreadsheet format.

Side Hustle Spark 282: Chris Guillebeau’s Idea to Income in 21 Days (micro-course)

Chris Guillebeau–author, podcaster, side hustler since high school–if offering this micro-course to “help you find your best idea for making extra money outside of your job.”

The process:

1. Sign up

2. Receive lessons/content via audio and text message–everyday for 21 days.

3. Start your side hustle.

For all the details, go here.

Side Hustle Spark 281: Reach Out to Customers brainstorm list (150 items)

Here is today’s brainstorming list of 150+ ‘Reach Out to Customers’ terms.

You’ll notice it is heavy on the verbs.

First suggestion: Have fun with this content. See what’s helpful, but don’t sweat over it.

Everyone thinks differently. Maybe hand this list over to co-workers/assistants to get their input.

Another suggestion: Revisit the list on occasion. Hey, minds change, approaches change, priorities change.

Possible uses of a list like this…

— Combine terms.

— Find common themes.

— Which terms appeal to sense of humor?

— Which terms communicate a more serious approach?

— Which terms suggest a goal or objective you hadn’t previously considered?

— Find all the terms that relate to ‘customer problems’.

— Find all the terms that relate to ‘solutions to those problems’.

— Find words from which you can use to create your own new words or phrases.

— Find word(s) that speak to pop culture.

— Pare down. Pare down some more. 

— Even better…set a timer and give yourself 10 minutes to generate first-draft marketing or blog copy using list items.

— Can you create a slogan from chosen list items? Check out this link below:

I hope this helps, side hustlers. Let me know how else I can assist.

Good luck in your projects. Keep taking aim.

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Side Hustle Spark 280: A value-added side hustles idea list (entrepreneur.com)

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Entrepreneur’s R.L. Adams checks in with his 50 Profitable Side Hustle Ideas. Note: I just realized over a year ago I’d recommended you follow Robert’s work. It’s almost as if I know what I’m talking about…but we all know that can’t be, right? ;-]

While many of the ideas might sound familiar, Adams adds a related link for each of the list items. That multiplies the value of this post, so it’s well worth your time to click-and-read.

Some new-to-me ideas from the list I hadn’t considered:

— Do micro-jobs on Mechanical Turk.

— Produce an audiobook.

Sell your hair.

— Invest with LendingClub.

Here’s hoping you run across some helpful ideas, info, or advice.

Side Hustle Spark 279: A resource-filled email from entrepreneur.com

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A good reason to subscribe to entrepreneur.com.

The most recent email topic:

Tips. Tools, and Resources for Thriving as a Solopreneur

The email points us to:

3 Challenges Every Solopreneur Faces and How to Overcome Them

5 Reasons Millennials are Embracing Solopreneurship

— Free Report: Solopreneurship and Thriving in the Gig Economy

Side Hustle Spark 278: 21 Top Blogging Tips (ryrob.com)

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Just passing along more helpful content from ryrob.com.

This post incorporates both Ryan’s 21 Blogging Tips from a Blogger Who Makes $30,000 a Month YouTube video and a collection of blogging wisdom from many others.

Challenge: Find three pieces of applicable advice shared by those folks.

I liked some of his summarizing points:

“Treat your blog like a business.”

“Take the tips that sound right to you and apply them…pick up what does work for you, what sounds most genuine…and relates to where you’re at in your blogging stage today.”

“Take the mindset of experimentation…and if something is getting results, double down on that.”

Side benefit of this post: You will most likely hear of new blogs that will benefit you.


Side Hustle Spark 277: Lessons galore via StartupNation Radio

Jeff Sloan delivers hours of useful content via audio.

Greetings, solo entrepreneurs/side hustlers/hard-working creative folks/whatever else you want to call yourselves.

I was going to do a quick video tour of StartupNation, but decided to drill down to its audio content.

Here are a few of the more recent topics covered here.

How to Make It Big on Amazon

4 Entrepreneurs Share Their Startup Stories

How to Run a Successful Franchise