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 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 144: Check out Matt Brewin’s work

Matt Brewin’s models his consistent, concerted effort to share a mountain of resources and content.

Added note: Judging by the front content, you would think that it’s a Dean Holland website.

Today, I’ll steer you to his Videos page, a massive collection of links to strategy-sparking, ‘kick-slackers-like-me-in-the-butt’ content from smart, experienced people.

It features nine categories shown above.

I followed his link to this free Pinterest course video and figure to pick up a few pointers about a tool that I continue to flail away at.

[Note: I don’t know Matt and am not a shill. I just finally spent time at his site and–once I got over comparing my piddly efforts to his–found plenty to share.]

Side Hustle Spark 140: 6 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

In keeping with Side Hustle Spark 138, I found Chris Dritsas’ guest post on 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‘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.

Side Hustle Spark 135: DiscoverFest (free)

A rare Sunday post…Just thought I’d get this out to you in case you have some free time to run a session in the background.

This no-cost, online event is happening right now…

Sign up here:

Even better, you can sign up right on the schedule page. You’ll notice that a fair number of the sessions cover non-business topics.

Replays will be available until November 30 at midnight EST.

Quote from the Discover by Teachable FAQ page: “The promotions and bonuses from participating creators will be available from November 17 to November 30 at midnight EST. We will be sending out the link to the promotions to registrants of any of the workshops.”

Hope you get something helpful from Discover by Teachable.

I’ll try to take some notes from sessions. If you have a specific request, email me at:

sidehustlecurator at gmail dot com

Another reminder: No affiliate links. Just want to pass along good stuff for side hustle-preneurs. [Again, Tim, soooooo weak. I’m sure someone has already ‘hybridized’ those terms.]

Side Hustle Spark 128: Look behind the curtain at

Yep, I’ve never really spent time looking at online entrepreneurs’ income reports. A lost opportunity to learn. [Challenge: Get past the ‘Geez, I’m getting left in the dust!’ reaction and strap on your thinking cap.]

Here is expert blogger Ryan Robinson’s October income report…

What stands out:

  • Net profit: $19,356.67 [a drop in revenue! I’m thinking a number of you might endure that kind of decrease.]
  • Affiliate earnings from Bluehost: $16,750 [whoa!]
  • Blog traffic: 321, 352
  • New email subscribers: 2,476 [also a decrease, which tells you he’s still doing a lot of things right.]

Look for yourself and check out both his earnings and expenses. You may well learn of some new digital tools and pick up hints about Ryan Robinson’s approach and strategies.

Side Hustle Spark 125: More freebies from

Reminder: No perks or underhanded sales pitches going on here. Just hoping some of these ideas and resources help you move forward.

Want The Exact Email Scripts I’ve Used To Beat The Competition & Close More Deals?

Here is the download link.

Get 60 Proven Side Hustle Ideas You Can Launch Today Without Quitting Your Day Job.

Some intriguing ideas or reminders in this list:

  1. start marrying people [Think about it…during the pandemic you may not even be expected to attend in person! ;->]
  2. submit stock photos [If you’re out in nature, why not put your photographer’s eye to use? And many of you probably already have some sellable shots you’ve take through the years.]
  3. seamstress or tailor [How many of us have lived with the torn favorite jacket not knowing where to take it for ‘repairs’?]
  4. human photo-op [I’d better let Ross explain this one: “Dress up as a movie character, celebrity, or famous musician or comedian and charge people to take a picture with you.”
  5. bad sketch artist [Ross’s explanation: “People like funny too, so even if you create something so bad that it fits within that category, you can make a side hustle out of it.”]

Here is the download link.

Side Hustle Spark 121: The Next Big Idea Club

Part of my curation process simply involves hunting down and sharing repositories of advice and ideas.

And then it’s a matter of passing it along for others to curate for themselves.

The Next Big Idea Club is a perfect vehicle for this approach.

A few other titles from this page:

Charles Duhigg on How Willpower Leads to Success

The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You

7 Ways to Prevent Stress from Ruining Your Day