Side Hustle Spark 156: Use video to maximize valuable web content

How Multiple Streams Saved Me Title Slide

A while back, I created a podcast [okay, an audio recording] for an audience of one–myself–to reinforce quality web content from Copyblogger.

Today, I’m posting a video in which I review a startupnation.com article by Brooks Conkle entitled How Multiple Streams of Income Saved Me During Covid-19.

Nothing fancy. Just a digital product you can make to conveniently–and effectively–revisit important content for yourself…or your customers. Added bonus: You’ll sharpen your production skills.

I hope this gives you a few ideas to curate for yourself. Note: Am happy to do this for you.

Side Hustle Spark 146: Twitter wisdom (screenshots)

Just thought I’d try something different.

Twitter…lots of good stuff out there…and sooooo satisfying to block or mute the time-wasters out there.



I thought the above list was a unique approach to your morning launch.


Finally, from the ‘tongue-in-cheek’ department [not from Twitter]

Now is the time to cherish the little things… ;->

Side Hustle Spark 145: Listen to Noah Kerner [Acorns CEO)

This post pointed visitors to a December 2020 webinar. I’m now linking to this free on-demand Noah Kerner webinar entitled:

Acorns CEO Shares How He Built the Largest Subscription Service in Consumer Money

The word cloud shares some of the expected topics.

Noah Kerner is the current CEO of microinvesting standout Acorns.

He is also:

More on Noah Kerner.


And now, time for book recommendations…or shameless commercialism…or both. Okay, there are definitely book recommendations…

These seven books 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. ;->

These books cut across so many lines of productivity and accomplishment. Whether you use these links or go elsewhere, get your hands on these.

Side Hustle Spark 142: Brooks Conkle

Today, I googled [should I capitalize the ‘g’? Will Alphabet/Google sue me if I don’t?] side hustlers’ favorite tools and up popped brooksconkle.com.

Interesting guy.

Quote from his ‘My Story’ page:

I don’t think that we should only attempt to think outside of the box. I think that we should Destroy the Box.

Here’s a list of his current, completed, on-hold, and scrapped projects. Interesting cross-section…

But back to his preferred tools to further his side hustles…

I hope you learn a little something…or that one of your own strategies or approaches is affirmed by something you pick up in my posts.

Forge ahead!

Side Hustle Spark 141: MasterClass Trailers

I’ve been spending lots of time checking out MasterClass’s greatly expanded offerings since my wife bought me a James Patterson writing course.
One of my discoveries–its targeted sets of topic-based videos.

This link takes you to trailers for their business-themed courses. Lots of thought-provoking stuff.

Here also is the link to MasterClass Live on YouTube. Excellent free knowledge being shared by the experts.

I was going to post this here and at my inventwithwords site next week, but I’m going to squeeze this in today to promote their 2-for-1 annual membership offer through Nov. 30. (Nope, not getting any $$ for doing this. Just wanted to pass this along. I’m inches away from ordering myself, as it opens me up to gift my friend with free year of all their courses.)

Side Hustle Spark 140: 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

In keeping with Side Hustle Spark 138, I found Chris Dritsas’ guest post on ryrob.com helpful and relevant.

Holidays for many side hustlers the holidays are a time when they’re putting in the extra time. But these not-so-normal times may well generate a few extra rationalizations for easing off the gas pedal.

Some favorite takeaways:

  1. Your brain is programmed to accomplish short-term tasks for more immediate gratification.
  2. I like the Warren Buffett strategy of listing several goals, then paring it down to five goals, and then to one goal.
  3. I had heard, but never really learned, the term, ‘kaizen’–small steps toward continuous improvement.
  4. Chris uses Trello for his ‘break it down’ strategy. I went ahead and signed up. I had done so four years ago and never followed up. Gee, seems procrastination really is hard-wired into some people.
  5. “You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”
    –Steve Jobs [I just installed the Escape 2 app to keep me focused.]
  6. I liked the quick bullet-pointed review at the end of the post.

Of course, the enduring notion rattling around in my head is: “Am I creating these posts to put off my other projects?”

I’ll just set that aside for another day.

Forge ahead!

Side Hustle Spark 136: Experts’ excerpts

I know, I know, that’s a mouthful of a title. Sorry, I just had to. Don’t say it out loud and you should be fine…

Yesterday, I ran across startupnation.com‘s book excerpts section.
Lots of wisdom and experience from smart people in compact portions.

If my eyesight and concentration were ‘at one with each other’, I counted 156 different book excerpts.

Other authors include:
Srinivas Rao
Chris Guillebeau
Jen Sincero
Paul Jarvis

Other titles include:
Applied Empathy
Forging An Ironclad Brand
How We Make Stuff Now

The Right It: Why So Many Ideas Fail and How to Make Sure Yours Succeed

Reminder: Don’t forget my suggestion in this post. Record yourself reading aloud ‘good stuff’ like these excerpts and listen to them while rearranging the silverware [yeah, like that’s ever going to happen in my house] or walking the dog [and that happens all too regularly].

A thought…An experiment: You give me the content and I’ll create an mp3 or slide show or video for you. [sidehustlecurator at gmail dot com].


NOTE: I’m not trying to throw shiny objects at you. Just alternative options and ideas from people who’ve ‘been there’.


Thanks for checking in.