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

Side Hustle Spark 157: $300 in 21 Ways (Brooks Conkle)

Yesterday, I posted a video reviewing a StartupNation post by Brooks Conkle.

The video promised a follow-up on Brooks’ $300 in 21 Ways post on his own website.

And here is that post, including his YouTube video version.

Side note: I had created a short video steering viewers to the post with a few highlights…and I saw how really non-helpful it was, compared to just directing you to the post-and-video, so I tossed it.

Bottom line lesson for me: Don’t waste visitors’ time.

Lesson 2: Good idea to curate/rethink my own work.

Hope you see progress today.

Forge ahead.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Side Hustle Spark 156: Use video to maximize valuable web content

How Multiple Streams Saved Me Title Slide

A while back, I created a podcast [okay, an audio recording] for an audience of one–myself–to reinforce quality web content from Copyblogger.

Today, I’m posting a video in which I review a startupnation.com article by Brooks Conkle entitled How Multiple Streams of Income Saved Me During Covid-19.

Nothing fancy. Just a digital product you can make to conveniently–and effectively–revisit important content for yourself…or your customers. Added bonus: You’ll sharpen your production skills.

I hope this gives you a few ideas to curate for yourself. Note: Am happy to do this for you.

Side Hustle Spark 143: Podcast Topics Listeners Love

Let’s be honest…if I just lingered and lurked [I know, that sounds creepy.] at copyblogger.com and curated only their stuff, I’d be doing you right.

As I’ve said before, one post/article from copyblogger is the equivalent of a solid mini-course.
So today, let’s explore Tim Stoddart’s Podcast Topics Listeners Love.

Topics for those with no audience

  • Focus on a teardown (a look behind-the-scenes)
  • Record your stories
  • Record your experiments
  • Invite other experts
  • Curate great content
  • Partner with an established cohost

Note: Tim S. continues with ‘topics for those with an established audience’, but I don’t want to stretch the fair use privileges. Do visit the post to reap full value.

Even if you’ve tried or listened to any of the above suggestions, there is value in these reminders that register with the brain’s ‘o-yeah-that-al’ cortex.


Side Hustle Spark 142: Brooks Conkle

Today, I googled [should I capitalize the ‘g’? Will Alphabet/Google sue me if I don’t?] side hustlers’ favorite tools and up popped brooksconkle.com.

Interesting guy.

Quote from his ‘My Story’ page:

I don’t think that we should only attempt to think outside of the box. I think that we should Destroy the Box.

Here’s a list of his current, completed, on-hold, and scrapped projects. Interesting cross-section…

But back to his preferred tools to further his side hustles…

I hope you learn a little something…or that one of your own strategies or approaches is affirmed by something you pick up in my posts.

Forge ahead!