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!

Side Hustle Spark 134: Money Tree TV: 100’s of Side Hustle Ideas [Chris Guillebeau]

This was fun.

Chris Guillebeau streamed this slide show, entitled Money Tree TV: 100s of Side Hustle Ideas–complete with mellow music–on his Money Tree TV channel. He weaves side hustle ideas gleaned from his 1400 podcasts with occasional nuggets of advice and, appropriately so, a few promos of his book, The Money Tree. **

Just a thought: While you may have an entirely different approach to side hustle success, you have to give Chris credit for his versatile and ever-evolving strategies to reach listeners/viewers/readers. He IS a prime model for this niche.

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


** Why do I link to Goodreads rather than Amazon?

  1. There is an easy link to Amazon from the Amazon-owned Goodreads page.
  2. I like providing you with some of the reader reviews.
  3. I like accessing quotes from the book. I just entered the following search string in my browser: goodreads the money tree Chris Guillebeau quotes

Side Hustle Spark 133: How to avoid ‘stuckness’: Chris Guillebeau

Greetings, Side Hustlers. [Heeeyyyyy! Upper case! Aren’t you feeling special right about now? ;->]

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 120: Copyblogger’s 7 Unusual Signs of Progress

Stefanie Flaxman of Copyblogger shares an insightful piece 7 Unusual Signs on the Path to a Breakthrough .

My favorite quote sits at the top: “Working toward a goal is typically more awkward than elegant.”

Here are three of the signs: [Don’t want to overstep my copyright bounds.]

Someone tells you ‘no’.

You’re uncomfortable.

You turn down a client.

Keep reading this piece. I would bet two or more of the signs apply to you.

Side Hustle Spark 117: Kyle Baker on Quora

Yesterday I steered you toward Quora.

As I reviewed responses, I came across Kyle Baker’s work.

He darn near delivers a mini-course in this one Quora answer.

Below are four of his seven components: [Just the titles. Click here for greater detail.]

  • #1 – Determine the Type of Blog You Want to Run
  • #2 – Determine Your Niche… Passion and Knowledge Become Profits
  • #3 – Purchase a Brandable Domain Name
  • #6 – Determine User Intent

Keep learning, folks. I hope some of this moves you forward.

Side Hustle Spark 116: What is your side hustle and how do you do it?

Back in September, I suggested a visit to Quora.

Today, it’s back to that site with answers to the question:

What is your side hustle and how do you do it?

As always, in the right column, there are related questions that may be better targeted to your interest.

Otherwise, just keep scrolling through the page that auto-fills more of the 100+ answers. And yes, some folks simply promote their own gig, but again, this is a search for answers and alternative strategies, so plenty here…

Note: Use your browser’s ‘Find’ command to narrow the answers to a specific year.

Side Hustle Spark 114: 5 More Side Hustle Lessons

This buffer.com post by Courtney Seiter–5 Side Hustle Lessons I Learned From My Day Job–still offers helpful insights, despite its 2017 publication date.

Anything written before the pandemic started is probably viewed through a different lens anyway, right?

It’s well worth the six-minute read.

As always, I hope you tailor any idea or ‘aha! moment’ into something helpful

Side Hustle Spark 110: More on Jon Corres’ faceless YouTubing

Following up on Side Hustle Spark 109, here are a few links to Jon Corres’ work…

5 Faceless Viral YouTube Channel Ideas YOU CAN DO

How to Find YOUR Niche on YouTube in 5 MINUTES

5 SUPER EASY Side Hustles for Teenagers Online 2019!! (Hey, if you have some kids who need to fill their time…and line their [or your!] pocketbooks!)

My thinking: Even if a video has only a few views, the value is in the ideas that resonate with you and your skills and knowledge/expertise.