Side Hustle Spark 265: Startup Stories Affirm and Teach Entrepreneurs

Since October, 2020, Animesh Shukla and A. Bakshi have posted 75 startup stories on their site, startupstorymedia.com.

Benefits:

— Because a majority of these profiles are based in one nation (in this case, India), expect to find ideas and strategies that may not have been pursued elsewhere, possibly leaving you with the notion of ‘Why not here?’.

— There is something affirming in seeing the struggles and challenges are everywhere.

— Each story closes with a short message/lesson from the featured entrepreneur.

This link will take you straight to the 75 short stories.

Note: If you’re short on time, use the ‘categories’ and ‘tags’ in the left column to guide your search for stories and other posts.

Happy hunting, solos!

Side Hustle Spark 264: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch–abundant source of ideas, strategies

Fun stuff.

Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch completed its sixth season (eight 20-minute episodes) last December. The first five seasons consist of 12 episodes.

The contestants–usually four per show–have 60 seconds to convince one or more of the four seasoned entrepreneurs to join them in their ‘board room’ to further discuss their business and negotiate an investment agreement.

Here is the overview and cast of judges/investors.

Call it a scaled-down Shark Tank, but still with plenty of back-and-forth between the ‘pitchers’ and the ‘pitchees’.

Benefits:

— Get business ideas.
— Glean pitch strategies.
— Narrow (or widen) your own side hustle’s focus.
— Learn some of the lingo.

You might find your current hustle is either on the right track or you might decide to pivot. There’s value in either scenario, right?

Forge ahead, solos!

Side Hustle Spark 262: wpbeginner.com–a treasury of knowledge and resources

Syed Balkhi’s resource-filled wpbeginner website is a testament to his inside-and-out knowledge of WordPress.

A few of his more recent posts:

How to Increase Ad Impressions in WordPress with Ad Refresh (2 Ways) He credits Buzzfeed with this technique.

How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages (Post Pagination)

How to Start a WordPress Blog the RIGHT WAY in 7 Easy Steps (2021)

Experienced and novice WordPress users alike will benefit from a ten-minute visit here.

Keep plugging!

Side Hustle Spark 261: Interesting keyword/topic research tool–Answer the Public

Not easy to read, but this is a visualization of just the 46 side hustle-related questions generated by answerthepublic.com. Right-click and download the image to get a better look at the result or click the screenshot below for a 5-page PDF of the entire 326 results.

If you want a different approach to keyword research for blog topics or product or marketing ideas, give this site a try.

Side Hustle Spark 260: Recession-proof side hustles, sharper product launches, and tips for mom-entrepreneurs

Just a quick glance at StartUpNation’s recent posts in their ‘Start Your Business’ section.

Here are the links to the highlighted posts:

6 Recession-Proof Side Hustles You Can Start Today to Bring in Extra Cash

These 3 Entrepreneurs Share Tips for Overcoming E-Commerce Product Launch Obstacles

3 Excellent Ways to Bootstrap Your Startup’s Product Launch

5 Tips for Aspiring Mom Entrepreneurs to Turn Your Startup Dreams Into Reality

Clubhouse Explained and 4 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Find an Invite

Side Hustle Spark 258: Pat Flynn’s Affiliate Marketing Launch Plan (freebie)

This week, Pat Flynn, always a generous provider of quality content for solo entrepreneurs, emailed this offer of the Affiliate Marketing Launch Plan.

Having generated over $3.5 million after 11 years of successful partnerships with Teachable, Buzzsprout, ConvertKit and others, Pat calls affiliate marketing ‘the most proven, simple, and authentic way to monetize your online brand.’

The ‘Launch Plan’ is a free five-day email course that starts this coming Monday (May 17).

Here is the sign-up link.

Side Hustle Spark 257: Pre-sell that online course you’ve been putting off!

Teachable is a leader in the online course business and offers plenty of quality content and support for course creators.

On May 12, they are offering (to anyone) two time slots for their Create and Start Selling Your Online Course in 30 Days session.


One of presenter Cameron Mattis’ points of emphasis:
Pre-sell before you put all your effort into creating your course.

A replay will be available, as well.

And even if you don’t attend, take a little time to visit Teachable’s blog.
Plenty of free and quality content there.

Side Hustle Spark 256: Keep generating ideas…marketing, promotion, products.

Photo by CJ Dayrit on Unsplash

I ran across this photo and it immediately revived my appreciation for Become An Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher and James Altucher.

A few quotes from this ‘best-bargain-around’** book’s foreword by James:

“…idea generation, of the good kind, the kind that helps you AND OTHERS, which is the type you will exercise in this book, is worth ten times that, or more.”

“You can’t trust the old style of thinking anymore…You have to come up with a new way of thinking, a new way of having ideas…we can train it (the mind) to work for us, and to move us in the direction of a life of fulfillment. One day at a time.”

“The way is this: Come up with ten ideas a day.
That’s it.”

“Coming up with ten ideas a day is like exercise. And exercise makes the idea muscle grow stronger.”

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** The Kindle version is 99 cents. Yes, 99 cents! For a 251-page ebook with lots of…you guessed it, IDEAS!
The link to the book is an affiliate link. If you happen to buy the book through that link, it doesn’t NOT affect the price, but it does give me a small commission, which I’ll be using to buy my small island in the Caribbean…or the yacht I’ll need to get to that island…or my therapist who’s exhausted himself trying to dispel my daily delusions.

Here is my original post on inventwithwords.com.