Side Hustle Spark 270: Naming your products? Here’s some help.

Developing a product or service but can’t seem to get past what writers call ‘a working title’?

Here are a few tools that might help you nail down a name that creates a memorable identity in the minds of prospective customers.

— Sign up for 7 QUESTIONS FOR CREATING COOL PRODUCT NAMES from Mike Brown [brainzooming.com), whose skills, experience, and generosity I’ve highlighted way back in Spark #184.

— Namestorming: How to Choose a Brand Name in 20 Minutes or Less

Build a memorable online brand easilywith this business name generator, Namify

Side Hustle Spark 267: Side hustlers’ advice and tips galore (A collection of links)

Advice for Side Hustlers

Side Hustle Spark 186: Random, but meaningful advice from Kevin Kelly

Side Hustle Spark 181: Check out themanifest.com

Side Hustle Spark 174–: ‘The Playbook’

Side Hustle Spark 166: More side-hustlers’ tips (Buzzfeed)

Side Hustle Spark 142: Brooks Conkle

Side Hustle Spark 134: Money Tree TV: 100’s of Side Hustle Ideas 

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

Side Hustle Spark 131: Sara Blakely’s 50 Rules for Success

Side Hustle Spark 166: More side-hustlers’ tips (Buzzfeed)

Side Hustle Spark 167: More side-hustler talk from Buzzfeed (but with a twist)

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

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 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 243: Blog Topic Generator from webfx.com

CLICK THE SCREENSHOT ABOVE FOR A 2-MINUTE DEMO
OF WEBFX.COM’S TOPIC GENERATOR

I know there are other blog topic generators out there, but I really preferred this one over the others.

It didn’t limit me to a single week’s worth of possible titles and it was seamless in its delivery.

The ‘Google This Idea’ button is another plus.

And think of it…you don’t have to limit yourself to your side hustle topics.

Use it to come up with new product and service ideas.

If you dabble in fiction, why not enter ‘Big Bad Wolf’ and see what ideas emerge?

Side Hustle Spark 230: “Organize your stuff!”–Your big idea, be remarkable, don’t stall, unleash ideas (Seth Godin)

My content organization effort continues…

The list below tells me this: I’m really short-hitting you on Seth Godin content. Will have to remedy that.

Here is the ‘Let’s get organized! page in progress.

Topic: Seth Godin Resources

  • Side Hustle Spark 222: Seth Godin on ‘your big idea’.
  • Side Hustle Spark 213: More Seth Godin wisdom
  • Side Hustle Spark 193: Unleash the Ideavirus (Freebie)
  • Side Hustle Spark 192: How to be remarkable (Seth Godin)
  • Side Hustle Spark 139: Are you stalling?
  • Side Hustle Spark 129: Wisdom from Seth Godin
  • Side Hustle Spark 229: Seth Godin freebies –lasting insights and stuff you’ve never considered.
  • Side Hustle Spark 227: Like magic! More time for your side hustle!

    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!

    Click here to visit his page with the text summary and podcast versions of:
    How to Make Time for Your Side Hustle: 10 Steps to Positive Progress.

    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.

    Side Hustle Spark 223: 9 Years, 9 Side Hustle Lessons

    “Remember, everyone you know knows someone.”

    “I make time every Monday morning to send emails, share blog posts, and reach out to potential clients.”

    “One of my favorite sayings comes from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella:
    ‘The learn-it-all does better than the know-it-all.'”

    These are just three memorable lines–in addition to the paraphrasing in the above Padlet–shared by Beth Newton in her October 2020 post for Entrepreneur.

    Side Hustle Spark 221: “Organize your stuff!” Today: A Chris Guillebeau/Side Hustle School collection

    So yeah, it looks like I’m some kind of fan-boy.
    This is actually just a fraction of what I could have posted.

    Quote from Chris:
    “Never despise small beginnings, and don’t belittle your own accomplishments. Remember them and use them as inspiration as you go on to the next thing.”


    Here is the ‘Organize your stuff!’ page in progress.