Side Hustle Spark 189: Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle Task Tracker

A while back, as a subscriber to his newsletter, I received Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle Task Tracker.

It’s a 27-page step-by-step guide taking you from idea generation to earning your first dollar to ramping up to earn that first 100, 1000, and, well, you know where I’m going with this.

Quick overview

WEEK​ ​I:​ ​Build​ ​an​ ​Arsenal​ ​of​ ​Ideas

WEEK​ ​II:​ ​Select​ ​Your​ ​Best​ ​Idea

WEEK​ ​III:​ ​Prepare​ ​for​ ​Liftoff

WEEK​ ​IV:​ ​Launch​ ​Your​ ​Idea​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Right​ ​People

WEEK​ ​V:​ ​Regroup​ ​&​ ​Refine

Highlights of the tracker:

  • Weekly recaps
  • Forms, checklists, and templates weaved in for convenient jump-starts. The guy is all about actions.
  • His conversational writing style

The tracker was a natural fit for this blog, but, technically, it was intended for his subscribers, so I asked Chris’ permission to share it. Here is his response:

Generally speaking I’m happy for people to have access to anything, anywhere, anytime. 🙂 
All best always,
cg

Geeez, talk about hard-nose. ;->

Actually, his sincere and friendly response is not at all surprising. The guy’s a team player.

So, here is the Task Tracker.


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 179: ‘Ask Chris Guillebeau’–Go ahead, ask him!

A quick post for the weekend of January 16-17:

Chris Guillebeau invites visitors to seek his advice.

From the page:

  • Is my side hustle idea a good one?
  • When do I make the jump from freelance to full-time?
  • How do I get my service in front of the best possible audience?

You may well get some published/podcasted feedback AND your gig’s exposure to a very wide audience.

Side Hustle Spark 176: Chris Guillebeau (Side Hustle School) advises on a personalized journal

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?

Side Hustle Spark 159 — A Lessons Gold Mine from Side Hustle School

The graphic above offers just a sampler of the 36 lessons and 2 review sessions you will find at Side Hustle School’s Classroom Page. More to come, I’m pretty sure.

Each lesson consists of a detailed lesson summary and a link to the corresponding podcast episode.

At the risk of sounding not so eloquent, great stuff. As I’ve also noted about Copyblogger’s content, this is a book-on-a-page.

Keep grinding. You never know what sparks might develop!

Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash

Side Hustle Spark 134: Money Tree TV: 100’s of Side Hustle Ideas [Chris Guillebeau]

This was fun.

Chris Guillebeau streamed this slide show, entitled Money Tree TV: 100s of Side Hustle Ideas–complete with mellow music–on his Money Tree TV channel. He weaves side hustle ideas gleaned from his 1400 podcasts with occasional nuggets of advice and, appropriately so, a few promos of his book, The Money Tree. **

Just a thought: While you may have an entirely different approach to side hustle success, you have to give Chris credit for his versatile and ever-evolving strategies to reach listeners/viewers/readers. He IS a prime model for this niche.

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** Why do I link to Goodreads rather than Amazon?

  1. There is an easy link to Amazon from the Amazon-owned Goodreads page.
  2. I like providing you with some of the reader reviews.
  3. I like accessing quotes from the book. I just entered the following search string in my browser: goodreads the money tree Chris Guillebeau quotes

Side Hustle Spark 133: How to avoid ‘stuckness’: Chris Guillebeau

Greetings, Side Hustlers. [Heeeyyyyy! Upper case! Aren’t you feeling special right about now? ;->]

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:
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