Side Hustle Spark 291: Overcome impostor syndrome

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Lots of good tips here as most of us at some time or another–especially as we leave our comfort zones–face impostor syndrome.

A quote from Naomi Osaka: “…internally I think I’m never good enough. I’ve never told myself that I’ve done a good job but I do know I constantly tell myself that I suck or I could do better … Every time a new opportunity arises my first thought is, ‘wow, why me?’ ”

Other highlights from this piece by Julianne McShane:

“Part of those celebrations will include praising small wins, Osaka wrote, like recognizing when she wakes up and doesn’t procrastinate.”

“…think about where their impostor system stems from — and often, that’s childhood and family dynamics…”

Best of luck, side hustlers. You ARE good enough!

Side Hustle Spark 290: Grow Your Audience with ConvertKit

Yes, it’s true. I’ve signed up for this before and haven’t followed through.

Completely my fault for allowing myself to be directed elsewhere and not taken substantive action via these folks.

So, don’t be like the ‘me of the past four years’.

Take ConvertKit’s September 1-30 Grow Your Audience Challenge. This includes the opportunity to earn up to $2,000 in ConvertKit bonuses.

Side Hustle Spark 288: Upping Your Freelance Game (Side Hustle Nation)

Even Buddy turned away from his incessant begging gig to check this out.

Nick Loper brings back Chris Misterek, who’s earned over $80K via freelance web developer gigs.

Chris’s main website: https://selfmadewebdesigner.com/

From Nick’s email:

“We cover how to:

— tap into the $2.5 billon freelance marketplace (where Chris himself has booked over $80k worth of work).

— set up your profile for success.

— create filters so you only bid on jobs that are a great match.”

Here is Chris’s first chat with Nick Loper–From ‘No Skills’ to 3K a Month on the Side–the most downloaded episode of 2020.

Here’s to forward momentum!
Hope today’s post will help.

Side Hustle Spark 284: How to stay motivated? Check out MarieTV.

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In her answer to a listener/fan’s question, Marie Forleo provides three proven steps on HOW TO FIND THE MOTIVATION TO KEEP GOING WHEN YOU’RE FEELING STUCK .

Here is a link to the transcript for the session.

A few gems:

“…ambiguity is the enemy of execution.”

“So once you decide what you really want to work on, what is that specific concrete goal, then we need a deadline.”

“(Deadlines) help me keep things simple.”

“…one of the keys for me to stay consistently motivated is to make sure that I’m doing the simple things that make the biggest difference in terms of my energy, my health, and my cognitive prowess.”


Reminder: Side Hustle Spark 133 pointed you toward Chris Guillebeau’s exploration of ‘stuckness’.

Chris Guillebeau, author of The Money Tree, Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days, The $100 Startup, etc., and creator of over 1400 consecutive podcasts, also shared his expertise on Periscope.

Five months ago, he posted a session, How to Avoid Getting Stuck.

Skip to the 14:30 mark to listen to him embellish these five suggestions:

— Identify potential problems in advance.

— Always know your next step.

— Impose an artificial deadline.

— Look for an alternative way forward.

— Try something totally different.

[Note: Each of his 30+ minute Periscope sessions also feature a live participant Q. and A. that nails down many of the universal concerns of side hustlers.]

Thanks for visiting. As always, check in with questions and requests at:
sidehustlecurator at gmail dot com

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.

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Side Hustle Spark 276: Nick Loper’s latest ’20 Questions’

Nick’s 12th in this series…

Expect solid content and practical advice when Nick Loper posts his ’20 Questions’ editions of The Side Hustle Show.

These are just some of the topics he explores in his latest 20 Questions.

1. Teachable as his online course tool

2. Skimlinks

3. Accelerating the process of growing a community

4. Side hustle opportunities for retirees

5. The benefits and logistics of bundle sales

NOTE: Spend an extra ten minutes on the linked page to follow links he mentions in the latest edition and/or click to his previous 20 Questions podcasts.

Side Hustle Spark 275: Can you ‘do it all’?

Make sure you take a look at this site’s resources–a generous supply of expertise and information.

Julia McCoy of expresswriters.com does a nice job of pointing some solo entrepreneurs to the truth:

You can’t do it all.

Click on the above screenshot for a two-minute scan of Julia’s May, 2021 post.

I hope this post helps steer your content efforts in the right direction.

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 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!