Side Hustle Spark 282: Chris Guillebeau’s Idea to Income in 21 Days (micro-course)

Chris Guillebeau–author, podcaster, side hustler since high school–if offering this micro-course to “help you find your best idea for making extra money outside of your job.”

The process:

1. Sign up

2. Receive lessons/content via audio and text message–everyday for 21 days.

3. Start your side hustle.

For all the details, go here.

Side Hustle Spark 281: Reach Out to Customers brainstorm list (150 items)

Here is today’s brainstorming list of 150+ ‘Reach Out to Customers’ terms.

You’ll notice it is heavy on the verbs.

First suggestion: Have fun with this content. See what’s helpful, but don’t sweat over it.

Everyone thinks differently. Maybe hand this list over to co-workers/assistants to get their input.

Another suggestion: Revisit the list on occasion. Hey, minds change, approaches change, priorities change.

Possible uses of a list like this…

— Combine terms.

— Find common themes.

— Which terms appeal to sense of humor?

— Which terms communicate a more serious approach?

— Which terms suggest a goal or objective you hadn’t previously considered?

— Find all the terms that relate to ‘customer problems’.

— Find all the terms that relate to ‘solutions to those problems’.

— Find words from which you can use to create your own new words or phrases.

— Find word(s) that speak to pop culture.

— Pare down. Pare down some more. 

— Even better…set a timer and give yourself 10 minutes to generate first-draft marketing or blog copy using list items.

— Can you create a slogan from chosen list items? Check out this link below:

I hope this helps, side hustlers. Let me know how else I can assist.

Good luck in your projects. Keep taking aim.

Photo by Engin Akyurt on Pexels.com

Side Hustle Spark 280: A value-added side hustles idea list (entrepreneur.com)

'Start now' in letter tiles
Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash

Entrepreneur’s R.L. Adams checks in with his 50 Profitable Side Hustle Ideas. Note: I just realized over a year ago I’d recommended you follow Robert’s work. It’s almost as if I know what I’m talking about…but we all know that can’t be, right? ;-]

While many of the ideas might sound familiar, Adams adds a related link for each of the list items. That multiplies the value of this post, so it’s well worth your time to click-and-read.

Some new-to-me ideas from the list I hadn’t considered:

— Do micro-jobs on Mechanical Turk.

— Produce an audiobook.

Sell your hair.

— Invest with LendingClub.

Here’s hoping you run across some helpful ideas, info, or advice.

Side Hustle Spark 273: Customer satisfaction brainstorm list (240+ items)

Here is today’s brainstorming list of 240+ terms .

First suggestion: Have fun with this content. See what’s helpful, but don’t sweat over it.

Possible uses of a resource like this…

— Combine terms.

— Find common themes.

— Which terms appeal to sense of humor?

— Which terms communicate a more serious approach?

— Which terms suggest a goal or objective you hadn’t previously considered?

— Find all the terms that relate to ‘customer problems’.

— Find all the terms that relate to ‘solutions to those problems’.

— Find words from which you can use to create your own new words or phrases.

— Find word(s) that speak to pop culture.

— Pare down. Pare down some more. 

— Even better…set a timer and give yourself 10 minutes to generate first-draft marketing or blog copy using list items.

— Can you create a slogan from chosen list items? Check out this link below:

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.

Side Hustle Spark 240: A video-cruise of Pinterest for winning ideas

Click the image above for a 90-seconds of idea-shopping in Pinterest…

Why watch the video?

  • Snappy words/phrases that speak to you or your customers
  • Product/service ideas you hadn’t considered
  • New customers
  • New websites/resources you hadn’t considered
  • Pinterest pin design strategies
  • A reminder to use Pinterest for the occasional brainstorming exercise

and some of the listings may actually affirm a strategy or product line you’ve already followed/created.
Nothing wrong with a little reassurance, right?

So pause this masterpiece where needed.

I hope this steers you to something new, profitable, or reassuring.


For a subject-by-subject look at sidehustlecurator,
check out my Posts Organized by Topic page.

Forge ahead, side hustlers!

Side Hustle Spark 184: Brainzooming and Mike Brown

I’ve followed Mike Brown since 2016. He is a consistent source of creative thinking within a business context.

Here is a link to sign up for his 49 Idea Magnet Ideas for Attracting Amazing Ideas

But what exactly are ‘idea magnets’?

Cue to Mike Brown: “Idea Magnets inspire creative ideas and encourage powerful creativity in everyone.” 

Some examples:

  • What can we do better to translate what we know about our customers into pleasant surprises for them?
  • How can we create a place for smart, opinionated, snarky customers to share more of their knowledge with us about what they love (even if it’s NOT about our brand)?
  • How can we test our latest, greatest ideas with a radically small group to get enough confidence to quickly move forward?

The book’s seven categories:

1. Generate Inspiration
2. Embody Servant Leadership
3. Attract Opposites
4. Make Unexpected Connections
5. Encourage People and Ideas
6. Implement for Impact
7. Recharge Creative Energy

For more resources from this generous provider…