Curation for Side Hustlers
Side Hustle Spark 296: Fast Company Innovation Festival
Here is your invitation to:
Fast Company’s Innovation Festival (A virtual event)
September 27 – October 1, 2021
Here is the list of all the speakers.
Here is a link to the schedule.
Here is a link to the FAQ page.
Your free registration gives you access to five keynote speeches, including:
— THE CASE FOR OPTIMISM: A CONVERSATION WITH DREW BARRYMORE
— EMPOWERMENT FOR ALL WITH ALLYSON FELIX AND ATHLETA’S MARY BETH LAUGHTON
— MASTERING SCALE AND CREATIVITY WITH REID HOFFMAN AND JUNE COHEN
Here are the various levels of access to the Innovation Festival‘s speakers, workshops, and panel discussions. (Sorry for not posting this sooner. Only the late rates are available through tomorrow, 9/26.)
Side Hustle Spark 272: Annuity.org–Not all passive income requires a side hustle
A reader recently pointed me to annuity.org, which reminds us that sometimes we can just let some stashed cash do the work for us.
Passive Income Streams by Kim Borwick explains a few of the benefits of income sources requiring financial research and strategy vs. the ‘produce-and-market’ approach of many side hustlers.
A few highlights:
— “A passive income stream can mitigate the effects of financial shocks, especially for people in retirement who are on a fixed income.”
— “For example, diversification lets investors achieve two goals simultaneously: increase their rate of return and reduce risk.”
— “Similarly, laddering can eliminate the rigidity of an annuity contract, allowing you to take advantage of rising interest rates.”
— “These income sources can allow you to save for retirement or meet current financial obligations” without “the lack of quality family time and personal connection common among dual-earner households (including side hustlers).”
— The author closes with a list of additional ideas for passive income, many of which you might have considered, but in this world of ‘info-barrage’, a few reminders never hurt. PLUS, conditions and circumstances in 2021 change so fast, an idea ignored one day might be just the ticket for extra cash the next.
Side Hustle Spark 269: Advice and Inspiration, via Twitter
From the Department of Short and Sweet, But Valuable Just the Same:
I’ve already pointed you to:–Hustle & Conquer
And I think the same creator tweets content through Side Hustle Journey–multiple Twitter accounts…something you might consider.
I also like…
The Growth Hub
The Smart Money
You just never know when or where you might hit upon a strategy or digital tool or kick-in-the-rear that launches you forward.
Good luck, side hustlers.
Side Hustle Spark 268: Ben Hawes, Side Hustle Coach and measure your side hustle success
Here is the latest from my Scoop-it page:
Click the above image to view a 90-second tour of the sites.
Here are the links to the sites highlighted in the video:
Meet Ben Hawes: Side Hustle Coach
2 Side Hustles Without the Hustle
5 Metrics to Measure Side Hustle Success
Forge ahead, solos!
Side Hustle Spark 261: Interesting keyword/topic research tool–Answer the Public
Not easy to read, but this is a visualization of just the 46 side hustle-related questions generated by answerthepublic.com. Right-click and download the image to get a better look at the result or click the screenshot below for a 5-page PDF of the entire 326 results.
If you want a different approach to keyword research for blog topics or product or marketing ideas, give this site a try.
Side Hustle Spark 256: Keep generating ideas…marketing, promotion, products.
I ran across this photo and it immediately revived my appreciation for Become An Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher and James Altucher.
A few quotes from this ‘best-bargain-around’** book’s foreword by James:
“…idea generation, of the good kind, the kind that helps you AND OTHERS, which is the type you will exercise in this book, is worth ten times that, or more.”
“You can’t trust the old style of thinking anymore…You have to come up with a new way of thinking, a new way of having ideas…we can train it (the mind) to work for us, and to move us in the direction of a life of fulfillment. One day at a time.”
“The way is this: Come up with ten ideas a day.
“Coming up with ten ideas a day is like exercise. And exercise makes the idea muscle grow stronger.”
** The Kindle version is 99 cents. Yes, 99 cents! For a 251-page ebook with lots of…you guessed it, IDEAS!
The link to the book is an affiliate link. If you happen to buy the book through that link, it doesn’t NOT affect the price, but it does give me a small commission, which I’ll be using to buy my small island in the Caribbean…or the yacht I’ll need to get to that island…or my therapist who’s exhausted himself trying to dispel my daily delusions.
Here is my original post on inventwithwords.com.
Side Hustle Spark 253: Topic ideas from Blog Tyrant–hack list, expert roundup, and more
I really do appreciate Blog Tyrant.
This 2019 post—19 Different Types of Blog Posts That Work For Any Niche is a prime example of evergreen content that you might want to revisit every month.
I know I’ve been banging the ‘blog post’ drum a bit lately, but I’m hoping one or more ideas will resonate with you.
Side Hustle Spark #246: Practice makes you less sucky (Free chart from Austin Kleon)
Austin Kleon, one of my favorite authors and inspiration to keep making stuff, recently issued a challenge to suck less.
His words: “
Something small, every day, adds up to something big over time.
What should you practice? Whatever you want to suck less at.”
Go to his 30-Day ‘Practice and Suck Less’ challenge page and download his PDF. Two copies are printing out as I’m writing this…assuming my printer is on…then again, maybe it’s not printing out because I’m too lazy to get up from my standard morning ergonomically-challenging, splayed-across-the-bed work position…
You might be asking, ‘so what do I practice?’.
- Writing copy
- Researching online with a five-minute constraint
- Speed reading
- Scanning/copy/pasting from a web resource into a document you can use
- Text-to-speech [Your blog posts/sales copy into audio.]
- Audio creation
- Video creation
- Editing/paring down your copy
- Making your creative/side hustle tasks a bit more fun.
Keep your sessions short and snappy.
Go ahead and suck less!
And now, time for my book recommendations…
These seven titles are go-to sources of inspiration and valued experience. These are affiliate links which, if you use to preview and buy the product, won’t raise the product’s price and will earn me a commission. At that point, I’ll be that much closer to buying that unclaimed island in the Caribbean. Please don’t ask for the island’s coordinates. It is mine and you can’t have it. ;->
- Keep Going (Austin Kleon) Perfect kick in the pants for when you’re stuck.
- Show Your Work (Austin Kleon) The world is waiting for your stuff, even if it’s not (especially if it’s not) perfect.
- Side Hustle: Idea to Income in 27 Days (Chris Guillebeau) One of the first, and most reliable, ‘bibles’ for this niche.
- Atomic Habits (James Clear) This guy makes so much sense, even if he was spitballin’, but he backs it up with research as well. In other words, don’t even try to counter with any ‘yeah-buttals’.
- Poke the Box (Seth Godin) The message of this book: Get started. And keep the mindset throughout.
- The War of Art (Steven Pressfield) I love the formats of both of Pressfield’s books in this list. Some pages are only a paragraph long (perfect for my attention span). But this message is: I’ve made my point. And I’m moving on. And his main point? Resistance is pervasive and powerful and destructive to our dreams. But it can be defeated…but usually just one day, or one hour, at a time. Steven Pressfield’s books guide us through these same battles.
- Turning Pro (Steven Pressfield)
This list cuts across so many lines of productivity and accomplishment. Whether you use my links or go elsewhere, get your hands on these.
Side Hustle Spark 243: Blog Topic Generator from webfx.com
I know there are other blog topic generators out there, but I really preferred this one over the others.
It didn’t limit me to a single week’s worth of possible titles and it was seamless in its delivery.
The ‘Google This Idea’ button is another plus.
And think of it…you don’t have to limit yourself to your side hustle topics.
Use it to come up with new product and service ideas.
If you dabble in fiction, why not enter ‘Big Bad Wolf’ and see what ideas emerge?