Month: June 2017

Side Hustle CEOs: Courtney Holland and The Gallery Dance Collective

Side Hustle CEOs: Courtney Holland and The Gallery Dance Collective

How do you go from not being interested in dance—while growing up in a dance household—to owning and running your own dance studio? Courtney Holland, Founder and Creative Director of The Gallery Dance Collective, is about to spill the whole story for us.

Courtney has danced for the majority of her life. It’s a craft that she’s continued to perfect—and she’s damn good at it. But many of us know that not everyone who can do something well can also teach it well.

Courtney Holland

When you’re thinking about which side hustle to start, one of the best ways to get ideas is to ask the people who know you well or who have worked with you in the past what they think you’d be good at. Think about what people ask you for help with and what they ask you to do for them. Are they always asking you for advice, or to bake a cake for a party, or to help them revamp their resumes? When multiple people ask you for the same thing—especially on a regular basis—there’s a market for what you do and how you do it.

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Posted by Side Hustle Business School Team in Mindset, Side Hustle CEOs, 0 comments

You Have a Sole Proprietorship and Might Not Know It

Scenario: you don’t have your own legit business today. You have a couple of people you’ve done some work for once or twice this year and you’ve been paid a little bit of money. You don’t want to start a sole proprietorship because you read that you should start an LLC or SCorp, so you’re planning to set that up when you have a little more time.

Sound familiar?

Well, let me be the first to say…Congratulations—you’re a business owner!

A Sole Proprietorship: You Might Already Own a Business and Not Even Know It graphic

If you have “a couple of people you’ve done some work for” and “you’ve been paid a little bit of money” you have clients and income. You already have a business—even though you don’t have an LLC or SCorp or any other legal business structure.

In a nutshell, if you provide a service or if you sell something, and collect money from it**, you have a sole proprietorship—unless you’ve formed a legal structure for that business (if you don’t know what I mean by “formed a legal structure”, then you probably haven’t done it).

**This is all assuming that what you do or sell is legal. Side Hustle Business School encourages legal side hustles.

As an example, when you design a logo for a client, and they pay you, you’re operating as a sole proprietor. That’s generally all it really takes to have a sole proprietorship.

Before you get all nervous, you haven’t done anything wrong. Many businesses start this way. You probably don’t need to go run out and start filing any papers or doing anything much different than what you have been doing.

You should, however, be aware that you already are running a business. Which means if you were “waiting to start your business one day”, but you’re already getting paid, you’re actually not waiting to start your business.

You’ve already started your business and just didn’t know it. Continue reading →

Posted by Naya the Creative in Laws and Ethics, Side Hustle Logistics, 0 comments

Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles

I am one of many raving fans of the public library system. All of the books I want, delivered to my library, for free. They find what I want for me and make it super easy for me to request and pick up my books, no matter how busy they are. And my librarians are really nice.

So when I took out a few books the other day and realized one of my books, Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, wouldn’t register in the self-checkout machine, I went to a librarian for help. When she scanned it she said:

“This book actually shouldn’t be in our system anymore. You can actually keep this one.”

Free book. Like free-free.

Yeah, I was pretty hyped about it. And that’s before I even read the book.

Raving Fans Ken Blanchard Sheldon Bowles

Raving Fans claims to be “A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service”. But just a few pages in you’ll lean that Raving Fans is about a lot more than creating excellent customer service. This book forces you to think critically about the way you want your business to run and then how to turn your customers into raving fans. Continue reading →

Posted by Naya the Creative in Book Reports, Getting Started, Mindset, 0 comments