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.

Side Hustle Spark 109: Jon Corres–faceless YouTubing

Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation is back with another valuable interview.

How I make $10,000+ on YouTube
WITHOUT Filming or Being on Camera

In the interview, Jon Corres explains his ‘follow-the-YouTube algorithm/ad-monetized’ video approach.

Production cost: Approximately $100 per video.

Once established, one of his channels will make an average of $300-$400 per day.

To quote from Nick’s weekly email (Oct. 8):

As we got to talking, I realized this strategy is pretty similar to blogging and SEO.

You see what’s already performing well, and try and make something a little better.

The real wildcard when it comes to video over text, though, is the YouTube algorithm, which can push something to millions of views seemingly overnight.

(As the word cloud above tells us, one of Jon’s videos this year has 8 million views and earned $18k in 9 months. Topic: JoJo Siwa)

A few suggestions from Jon:

  1. Look for videos where there are more viewers than subscribers. [Baseline is 300,000 views.]

2. Keyword placement ‘shoulds’:

  • In the title of the video
  • Within the first line of the description for the video
  • In the tags

3. When making Top Ten videos, make list items #10, #9, and #8 (i.e. the first items viewers see) captivating enough to keep viewers’ attention—–then heighten the interest level of items #2 and #1 so viewers aren’t disappointed.

Side Hustle Spark 108: Actions tell your story.

In Side Hustle Suggestions 92 and 93, I mentioned Derek Sivers and his book Hell Yeah or No: What’s Worth Doing. Here is the detailed overview.

Today, I’ll look at the excerpt Actions, Not Words, Reveal Our True Values.

Four main points that speak to side hustlers…

as well as me.

1. Derek’s coach to Derek: “You actually prefer the simple life you have now, focused on learning, writing, and playing with your kid.”

2. “I had been fooling myself for years, telling myself I wanted to do this, but my actions proved otherwise. Yes, I wanted it a little bit, but I wanted something else more.”

3. No matter what you tell the world or tell yourself, your actions reveal your real values.Your actions show you what you actually want.

4. There are two smart reactions to this:

  1. Stop lying to yourself, and admit your real priorities.
  2. Start doing what you say you want to do, and see if it’s really true.

I guess the advice to all of us is: Before you follow that next shiny object, take the time to look inward a bit.