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 294: Freebies for Side Hustlers

From the Freebies list on my Highlighted Posts page

Unleash the Ideavirus (Seth Godin)

Side Hustle Spark 118: Freebie book of quotes

Side Hustle Spark 113: Pat Flynn’s Essential Guides…

Side Hustle Spark 106: hustleandconquer.com Pinterest strategies

Suggestion 58: Check out this free illustrations site

Suggestion #40: Get freebies from The Money Tree book site

Suggestion 30: Tune into John Lee Dumas (Free courses)

Free from Success Magazine: The Side Hustler’s Handbook

Suggestion #17: Valuable freebie from Chris Guillebeau (ebook/manifesto: 279 Days to Overnight Success)

Side Hustle Spark 102: Freebie email course (Meera Kothand)

Side Hustle Spark 293: Check out highlighted posts (dozens)

I’ve updated my highlighted posts page.

The more I worked with it, however, the more I heard ‘the voices’: “You need more updated content! You need more updated content!”

Yeah, welcome to my world, where the voices don’t just talk…they sing. ;->

Anyway, some of the other link categories include: Content Marketing, Inspiration for Side Hustlers, Chris Guillebeau/Side Hustle School, Seth Godin, NIck Loper/Side Hustle Nation, and Blogging.

I hope you find content that hits one of your targets.

Side Hustle Spark 292: 7 Marketing Sins (Seth Godin)

Seth Godin lists no-no’s to avoid in your sales/marketing strategies. Here’s his lineup, but follow the link for his insights on each marketing sin.

Impatience

Selfishness

Self-absorption

Deceitfulness

Inconsistency

Anger

Jealousy

You might notice that this was a 2012 post. Doesn’t matter. Still as relevant today.

Side Hustle Spark 290: Grow Your Audience with ConvertKit

Yes, it’s true. I’ve signed up for this before and haven’t followed through.

Completely my fault for allowing myself to be directed elsewhere and not taken substantive action via these folks.

So, don’t be like the ‘me of the past four years’.

Take ConvertKit’s September 1-30 Grow Your Audience Challenge. This includes the opportunity to earn up to $2,000 in ConvertKit bonuses.

Side Hustle Spark 289: Some sources for free music

Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay 

Wanting to step up audio on your site?

Here are a few sources of public domain music:

Purple Planet Music They do require attribution.

Bensound

–Bensound’s terms:
You are free to use this music in your multimedia project (online videos(YouTube,…), websites, animations, etc.) as long as you credit Bensound.com, For example: “Music: www.bensound.com” or “Royalty Free Music from Bensound

No Audiobook
No Audio Podcast 

No Song Making
No Music Remix

3. For sound effects and royalty-free music for registered [free] users: ZapSplat

From ZapSplat: All our free sounds and music are safe to use for any non-commercial and commercial use, even for broadcast. We check every file for quality and we only add content we, or our contributors recorded themselves.

You must credit us/provide attribution when using our sounds/music in your work. An example would be: Sound from Zapsplat.com

Side Hustle Spark 288: Upping Your Freelance Game (Side Hustle Nation)

Even Buddy turned away from his incessant begging gig to check this out.

Nick Loper brings back Chris Misterek, who’s earned over $80K via freelance web developer gigs.

Chris’s main website: https://selfmadewebdesigner.com/

From Nick’s email:

“We cover how to:

— tap into the $2.5 billon freelance marketplace (where Chris himself has booked over $80k worth of work).

— set up your profile for success.

— create filters so you only bid on jobs that are a great match.”

Here is Chris’s first chat with Nick Loper–From ‘No Skills’ to 3K a Month on the Side–the most downloaded episode of 2020.

Here’s to forward momentum!
Hope today’s post will help.

Side Hustle Spark 287: Listen to your passionate employees

From Fast Company’s vast collection of informative and relevant videos comes:

Listening to your passionate employees can make all the difference (6 minutes) featuring Dawn Ostroff, chief content officer for Spotify and Jack Davis, cofounder of Crypt TV. (2018)


Also from that collection is this ‘Hit the Ground Running’ podcast episode featuring Jasmine Lawrence, founder of natural hair and body care line Eden BodyWorks. (July 27, 2021)

Could your side hustle become a second career? (35 minutes) Jasmine’s main message: Side hustlers should view themselves as followers of two career paths.

Here’s hoping you pick up a tip or mental shift that moves you forward.

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

Image by Anita S. from Pixabay

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 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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