Side Hustle Spark 237: Side hustlers, I dare you! Leave this posted site uninspired.

There is at least one inspirational message for us creators and/or side hustlers right here.

Thank you, Canva.

How to keep the fires going? Just right-click on the images of your choice,
and select ‘Save image as…’ [or whatever your device offers…].
Use as a screen background or print them out.

And DO pass this along to friends and colleagues!
They’ll thank you.


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

Forge ahead, side hustlers!

Forge ahead, side hustlers!

Side Hustle Spark 231: Repost–Women Create 2021: March 23-25 (FREE)

Nope, no commissions or affiliation here, just a recommendation.

It’s not too late. You’re still able to sign up. [I just tested the page again.]

And really, tons of value for women OR men.

Some of the topics so far:

  • 5 Types of 15-Second Videos to Sell More Courses
  • How to Get Your First 3 Coaching Clients
  • Passion to Paid: How to Turn Your Creativity Into a Career

Here is Teachable’s invitation to Women Create 2021

There are over 12 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. Why can’t you be next? Introducing #WomenCreate2021—a FREE, three-day online summit that’s been built to uplift women in entrepreneurship.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3ctS1GE

Side Hustle Spark 212: “Say your dreams out loud.” (Jadah Sellner)

People like Chris Guillebeau help make my version of curation fun and interesting.
(Okay, maybe it’s curation-lite, since I often point you toward people, tools, and resources and let you decide if you want to read or click further.)
Today, it was a matter of opening Chris’s email, click/tap and–there it is!–I meet Jadah Sellner, thanks to a linked video at his 2014 World Domination Summit. Jadah has continued rising since launching Simple Green Smoothies in 2012 , was a TEDx speaker, is now a business mentor, and has her own Lead with Love podcast.

Her 2014 message: Say your dreams out loud.

My favorite quote: “When you’re bootstrapping a business, you don’t have the time and energy to do ‘one more thing’. But we did it anyways…and the one thing that we almost didn’t do was the kickstart to growing this amazing community of rockstars.”

Side Hustle Spark 196: Online course tips from 31 creators

Thought I would follow up on yesterday’s post…

No matter that this was published in 2017, these tips from Smart Passive Income are still valuable.

NOTE: I found some contradiction between those who advise diving in with passion and building vs. validating first.

Maybe the solution is: Put some of that passion into your ‘pre-building’ promotion. [sales pages, lead pages, social media posts].

You might even repurpose some of that same content. Hey, just a thought.

Here are a few favorites…

1. Whatever topic you have in mind right now, make it 5 times smaller. The biggest mistake is to think you have to cover everything in one step. – Kerstin, Fluent Language School

2. Find one person and walk them through your exact process of the course you’re considering creating.  – Jeff Rose, The Online Advisor Growth Formula

3. Stop reading about it. Taking action is the best teacher! …The more I studied, the more overwhelmed I became. I finally stopped worrying about it… – David Wallimann, Guitar Playback

4. The number one tip I would give to course creators is start building your list immediately.
– Fleur Ottaway, Venture Digital: Get Results from Your Facebook Ads

5. Do not prepare an online course for selling. Create an online course for what you love to do and then sell it. You will earn a lot if you tell a topic that you love to do. – Resit, Master of Project Academy

Many thanks to Pat Flynn and SPI for mining a wealth of advice and expertise.

Side Hustle Spark 175: Nick Loper (Side Hustle Nation): Site Startup to Site Selloff

The year was 2011.

Side Hustle Nation’s Nick Loper had an idea: Add to his existing expertise in the virtual assistant space and build some affiliate income.

And so virtualassistantassistant.com was born.

Year 1: $1000 in earnings. That was enough to convince him this was a viable idea.

Here’s his story.

His post/outline of his story offers plenty of value, but running the full 46 minute podcast is well worth your time.

Just a few takeaways…

  • What worked well–early on–was ‘trying to crowdsource a critical mass of honest user reviews’.
  • “One thing that did work on the SEO front was not a lot of people were creating dedicated content about hiring on these different platforms.”
  • Close to 90% of his traffic was organic.

Pete McPherson from Do You Even Blog plays guest-host and steers Nick’s review of the 9 1/2 year process.

Pete’s own takeaways from the interview:

  • Patience. You’re in it for the long haul.
  • Scratch your own ‘niche’.
  • Diversify your income streams.

**As always with Nick’s podcasts, if you’re short on time, I suggest using his convenient table of contents to guide your listening.


My Manifesto

Side Hustle Spark 174–: ‘The Playbook’

One of my favorite parts of curating is finding good new ‘stuff’. (Sorry, that word just works for me, no matter how inelegant or generically lame it sounds. Yes, it’s lazy, but hey, it’s one less syllable than ‘content’ and it covers a lot of ground. Okay, in the time it took me to–fancy word alert!–bloviate on that, I could have found a more effective word than ‘stuff’, right? Now that I’ve completely lost you…

It’s always a plus in my day when I come across a new voice with clear, often unique, ideas to add to the curation.

S. Anthony Iannarino of thesalesblog.com has one of those voices and offers this ‘side hustler’s playbook’.

Even if you’ve read or heard these suggestions, I think you’ll find the succinct explanations to be affirming.

Other interesting posts by Iannarino…


My Manifesto

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

Yesterday’s post of side-hustlers’ tips nudged me toward digging further into Buzzfeed’s take on side hustling.

It led to this fun 2018 piece: 10 Things That Will Make Every Side-Hustler Say “True”.

NOTE: Just as interesting were the comments below this Uber-sponsored post.

To those visiting today,

here’s wishing you

a memorable [for all the right reasons] 2021.