Side Hustle Spark 268: Ben Hawes, Side Hustle Coach and measure your side hustle success

Here is the latest from my Scoop-it page:

Click the above image to view a 90-second tour of the sites.

Here are the links to the sites highlighted in the video:

https://www.recruiter.com/i/side-hustle-smarts-5-metrics-to-measure-success/

Meet Ben Hawes: Side Hustle Coach

2 Side Hustles Without the Hustle

5 Metrics to Measure Side Hustle Success

Forge ahead, solos!

Side Hustle Spark 266: A list of lessons for side hustlers

tips for side hustlers

Dielle Charon started as a struggling social worker and over time discovered her own methods of generating leads and clients. She has brought in over $200,000 over two years–while still working 9-5– and has evolved into a ‘coach for coaches’.

Here is her list of 19 lessons for side hustlers.

Some favorites are in the above graphic.

Keep plugging, solos!

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 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 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 219: Quotes Galore! (Content marketing, butt-kicking, and Seth Godin)

Three new additions to Side Hustle Curator’s page of lists

Lots of smart people chiming in on getting started and reaching your customer.

  1. 47 Content Marketing Quotes that Will Make You a Better Marketer
  2. 21 Quotes That’ll Inspire You To Finally Start A Side Hustle This Year
  3. 92 Seth Godin Quotes On Life, Business & Success

Side Hustle Spark 191: CNBC’s Ultimate Side Hustle Guide

If you’re just starting a side hustle and want guidance on the macro issues (tax planning, financial planning/budgeting, timing of launch), CNBC’s Ultimate Guide for 2021 should be a good starting point.

Included in the post are these three videos:

  • Key questions you need to answer before starting a side hustle
  • This side hustle is so lucrative it can build your wealth by six figures
  • Five ways to keep your side hustle from taking over your life.

Valuable reminders from this post:

  • “Not to mention a side business can be the best way to get a taste of a future career you might want to ramp up later.”
  • “What are you the go-to person for at work? In your personal life?”
  • “Once you find an option you like — whether it’s freelance blogging, selling hand-knit hats or helping people declutter their garage — do a trial run.”
  • “…listen to podcasts focused on starting a business in a particular niche (you can find them through ListenNotes)”
  • “,,,stash 20–35% of all your side hustle money for taxes. That way, you’ll have enough money to pay for the income taxes and the self-employment taxes…”
  • “One common mistake for first-time business owners accustomed to having taxes taken out of each paycheck is to forget to pay quarterly taxes and find themselves in a world of pain when they find they owe taxes in April.”
  • “Three ways your side gig could mess up your taxes.”

Your tax bill could rise by the hundreds or thousands.

If you don’t keep those receipts, you could be in a world of hurt if the IRS decides they need more documentation.

If you make enough, you might well have to pay estimated taxes.

Here’s hoping you pick up a few tips or ‘oh, yeahhhh’ moments from this post.

Forge ahead, folks.

Side Hustle Spark 185: Smart Hustle, Women on Business, templates, and more

Three additions to my Lists Page.

  1. The Entrepreneur’s Handbook: 120 Tools for Entrepreneurs and Startups (Note: Published 2015 with some dead links, but still dozens of sites worth exploring.)
  2. SCORE Resource Lists for Startups (Wide-ranging and practical, including templates for finances and bookkeeping)
  3. The Best Blogs For Entrepreneurs You Should be Reading (Ooooh, a few clicks on this page opens the door to tons of smarts and experience)

Some favorites that I picked up from these lists:

Women On Business

noobpreneur.com

The Quora startup founders and entrepreneurs page (Click on the ‘Discover More Spaces’ link, as I was seeing a lot of ‘Elon Musk’ content right off the bat. Plenty to learn from him, but some weird, almost tabloid-type stuff being posted.)

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 159 — A Lessons Gold Mine from Side Hustle School

The graphic above offers just a sampler of the 36 lessons and 2 review sessions you will find at Side Hustle School’s Classroom Page. More to come, I’m pretty sure.

Each lesson consists of a detailed lesson summary and a link to the corresponding podcast episode.

At the risk of sounding not so eloquent, great stuff. As I’ve also noted about Copyblogger’s content, this is a book-on-a-page.

Keep grinding. You never know what sparks might develop!

Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash