A few more of our more popular posts…
Start from Zero
Topics from this Side Hustle Nation-related post:
— How to Make $1,000 in 24 Hours
— The Two Metrics to Pick a Niche
Evan Carmichael: Curator Extraordinaire
Highlighted topic: 10 Top Rules for Success
700 Power Words to Boost Conversions
A deep dive into humans’ basic weaknesses…
Greed words, curiosity words, sloth words, vanity words…and more!
The author, T. Haag, is now 240+ sidehustlecurator posts into this little hunt-and-share project. As he works on his own stuff, he likes learning:
— what others are doing to create additional income for themselves
— side hustlers’ successful strategies
— solo entrepreneurs’ favorite tools
Hoping that you find something useful among these posts.
I took a quick look at sidehustlecurator posts with the most likes.
My translation: People gained insight, info, and valued resources from them.
So, for those visitors who haven’t seen these four.
The first two link to Quora.
Side Hustle Spark 116: What is your side hustle and how do you do it?
Side Hustle Spark 117: Kyle Baker on Quora
Suggestion 46: Stop Trading Time for Money! 71 Passive Income Ideas
Suggestion 44: Nick Loper’s Side Hustle Nation Quarterly Report
For a subject-by-subject look at sidehustlecurator,
check out my Posts Organized by Topic page.
Okay, okay, you can stop rolling your eyes now, it’s not exactly magic.
Once again, Nick Loper delivers on value and quality suggestions for effective time management.
AND he throws in a free time tracker!
In this valuable–even inspirational–episode, Nick weaves in lessons and experience from various podcast guests to reinforce his time-management guidelines. Also included: book recommendations and time tracking tool suggestions.
Here is a sampling from his list:
- Figure out where your time is going now
- Find the time that works for you
- Aim to complete the smallest actionable chunks.
Here is the link to the opt-in for his Google Sheets Time Tracker document. DO opt in!
[After downloading, under ‘File’, click ‘Make a copy’, and you can customize as needed.]
Enjoy! And forge ahead.
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. ;->
This list cuts across so many lines of productivity and accomplishment. Whether you use my links or go elsewhere, get your hands on these.
As I’ve said before, I could probably just hitch my wagon to and pinpoint good stuff from certain folks or sites.**
Copyblogger, Side Hustle Nation, and ryrob.com come to mind.
And then there’s Chris Guillebeau of Side Hustle School whom I’ve followed since 2014.
Because I’ve also dabbled with a journal prototype, I found a recent episode of his podcast even more relevant than usual.
As Chris points out in the opening, you may have no interest in producing and selling a personal journal, but many of the steps–his word, ‘pathway’– apply to other projects.
Here is the direct link to the actual seven-minutes of audio.
His key points:
- Projects like this come down to a. design b. printing and c. marketing.
- Look to team up with designers/contractors [Upwork and Fiverr].
- Printing options: local, national, or international. At one point, he did use printingforless.com.
- International printing may be cheaper, but adds variables like lag time [shipping].
- His advice: For a first project, avoid international printing.
- Marketing: Think about marketing from the beginning of the project.
- It’s not just about the product, it’s about the message.
- Start with message, then explore design.
- Copyright? Everything that you make on the Internet is automatically copyrighted. It doesn’t mean it won’t be snagged by lazy, low-life toads. [My term, not Chris’s. He’s much more diplomatic than I am.]
Here is a three-page PDF of my own journal prototype–two actual pages that I would have duplicated and a page of links.
** But where’s the fun in that?
The year was 2011.
Side Hustle Nation’s Nick Loper had an idea: Add to his existing expertise in the virtual assistant space and build some affiliate income.
And so virtualassistantassistant.com was born.
Year 1: $1000 in earnings. That was enough to convince him this was a viable idea.
Here’s his story.
His post/outline of his story offers plenty of value, but running the full 46 minute podcast is well worth your time.
Just a few takeaways…
- What worked well–early on–was ‘trying to crowdsource a critical mass of honest user reviews’.
- “One thing that did work on the SEO front was not a lot of people were creating dedicated content about hiring on these different platforms.”
- Close to 90% of his traffic was organic.
Pete McPherson from Do You Even Blog plays guest-host and steers Nick’s review of the 9 1/2 year process.
Pete’s own takeaways from the interview:
- Patience. You’re in it for the long haul.
- Scratch your own ‘niche’.
- Diversify your income streams.
**As always with Nick’s podcasts, if you’re short on time, I suggest using his convenient table of contents to guide your listening.
Since January is often about ‘starting’, take a look at Nick Loper’s free six-part video series on blogging.
Even if your blog is well-established, Nick raises salient points and shares worthwhile tips.
The six components:
- 4 Reasons to Start a Blog
- Don’t Call It a ‘Blog’
- 8 Ways Blogs Make Money
- What to Blog About
- How to Get Your Site Online
- How to Install WordPress
Added freebie: The lead magnet 365 Blog Post Ideas.
Note: There are plenty of blogging experts out there, including Ryan Robinson of ryrob.com, whom I’ve pointed you to several times.
My bias as a long time teacher: One expert’s approach may fit your needs and learning style better than another’s.
And what you bring to the course at any given time makes a big difference…so again, I’m trying to set the table. It’s up to you to grab a plate and dig in.
Best of luck. I’m in your corner.