Side Hustle Spark 136: Experts’ excerpts

I know, I know, that’s a mouthful of a title. Sorry, I just had to. Don’t say it out loud and you should be fine…

Yesterday, I ran across‘s book excerpts section.
Lots of wisdom and experience from smart people in compact portions.

If my eyesight and concentration were ‘at one with each other’, I counted 156 different book excerpts.

Other authors include:
Srinivas Rao
Chris Guillebeau
Jen Sincero
Paul Jarvis

Other titles include:
Applied Empathy
Forging An Ironclad Brand
How We Make Stuff Now

The Right It: Why So Many Ideas Fail and How to Make Sure Yours Succeed

Reminder: Don’t forget my suggestion in this post. Record yourself reading aloud ‘good stuff’ like these excerpts and listen to them while rearranging the silverware [yeah, like that’s ever going to happen in my house] or walking the dog [and that happens all too regularly].

A thought…An experiment: You give me the content and I’ll create an mp3 or slide show or video for you. [sidehustlecurator at gmail dot com].

NOTE: I’m not trying to throw shiny objects at you. Just alternative options and ideas from people who’ve ‘been there’.

Thanks for checking in.

Side Hustle Suggestion 91: Proceed with caution

I really liked this piece by Phil Alves from

The Worst Advice I Received
as an Aspiring Entrepreneur
(and What Was Actually Helpful
for Growing My Business)

The word cloud lists the three oft-quoted recommendations he takes on.

Even if you don’t agree with him, he makes some very salient points.

Have a good weekend, side hustlers! And try not to fake it! ;-]

Suggestion 75: Start a side hustle from anywhere

A recent item from StartUp Nation caught my curating eye:

How to Start a Side Hustle You Can Run from Anywhere in the World

Actually, most of the suggestions match those strategies we’ve seen before, but hey, stuff falls through the cracks, right? Doesn’t hurt to be reminded of some of the basic guidelines.

Plus, it can steer you toward plenty of other helpful content from the site.

And curating this piece by Jo Barnes led me to tomorrow’s post on successful Upworkers and Fiverrers. [Sorry, I just had to…]

Keep plugging, folks.

Suggestion 70: Today’s freebie from StartUpNation

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Navigating Covid-19

Three of the included sections:

  • Ways to unlock your entrepreneurial spirit during quarantine
  • Business industries thriving during the pandemic—and new opportunities to start a business
  • Tech trends to watch

Some of the book’s ‘actionable steps’ include:

  • Research
  • Get in the right frame of mind
  • Plan for the future
  • I especially liked the ‘create a pitch deck‘ suggestion.

Ideas on preparing your business for ‘after Covid-19’:

  • Revamp your marketing strategy. Check for materials that are now outdated or that–in this new environment–might even appear insensitive.
  • Offer more online events and experiences
  • Stay connected with customers via emails and surveys. [How about a short video message straight from you?]