Side Hustle Spark 188: Commence the avalanche (Curation by Scoop-it)

I used this tool––a while back when I provided instructional and tech support for teachers. (A great job with great people, by the way.)

And I thought to myself, “Self, you’re now spending even more time curating. Why aren’t you using”

And so I am, right here.

I’ll be adding to this regularly. And if I don’t, let me know.

Note: I’m using the name jr mays. Nothing hinky here. Just for other writing reasons.

Forge ahead, folks!

Suggestion 42: Revisit ‘minimum viable product’.

Entrepreneur Magazine offers these 5 Criteria to Master Before Launching an MVP [Note: Follow their related links.]

  1. Clearly define your target. [Nothing so generic that it doesn’t leave an impression.]
  2. Design for scale. [But not toooo specific and narrow.]
  3. Disrupt and differentiate. [Seinfeld had his ‘show about nothing’. Find the opening in the market and fill it.]
  4. Compete on price…but deliver profits. [Set a ‘disruptive price point’, but one that is still worth your while. I know, easier said than done, but that lower price will at least keep folks’ attention.]
  5. Solve a problem. [Fill a customer’s want or need of a solution, not your own need to realize a vision.]

My Manifesto

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Suggestion #40: Get freebies from The Money Tree book site

Chris Guillebeau’s latest book points readers to resources on his website, including The Third Way Manifesto and a reader’s guide to his The Money Tree book.

Reminder: These aren’t affiliated links. I just want to point you to helpful content from successful folks.

Challenge: Give even a single minute to an item and nail down some positive lesson, additional link, or reminder.

Okay, I’ll do that riiiiight now with the manifesto…

There! During that 60 seconds, I scanned the three-page manifesto [big font size…I liked that.] and these points popped out at me.

  • Don’t be vague—tell people exactly what you’re offering,
    why it will help them, and how they can buy it.
  • Launch before you’re ready and improve as you go.

Had I come across these points before? Yep. Still, they were valuable reminders to not get stuck on the small details and occasionally keep a ‘minimum viable product’ mentality.

Suggestion #6: Follow the work of R.L. Adams at Entrepreneur

In my search for other idea lists, I ran across the work of R.L. Adams.

Check the word cloud for topics this software engineer/entrepreneur/author
has posted for Entrepreneur.

I’m keeping in mind the financial challenges many of us are facing
amidst the current events.

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Suggestion #5: list of ideas

Okay, okay, okay…enough with the idea lists already! So, unless I find another one with more unique items, this one from is the last I’ll share for awhile. Most of these are basic ‘trading time for dollars’ ideas, but these first posts of sidehustlecurator are meant to stir the pot and get people thinking.

Come to think of it, I’ll add a page just for lists…I mean, what in blazes kind of curator am I if I didn’t have lists? [One of my favorite ways to use lists: ‘hybrid-thinking. My oversimplified definition: cross-pollinate two ideas into one product or service.]

Note: A side benefit of this blog–I’m constantly learning about or being reminded of contributors and resources like R.L. Adams [the topic of the next post] and CafePress.

My previous lists:

Nick Loper’s 99 ideas for side hustles.

Chris Guillebeau’s list of 50 ideas for side hustles.

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