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Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: Book Report

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: Book Report

If Side Hustle Business School had a required reading list, or a set of books to live by, at the top would be either Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson or The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss.

And I never thought I’d find a book on entrepreneurship that I love as much as I love The Four Hour Work Week.

The Four Hour Work Week is great for you if you know you want to have something to do with this whole creating-streams-of-income thing, but have no idea what that really means.

However, if you’re already hip to why you need to start creating your own income (like the students in Side Hustle Business School), and have a solid idea of what you want to do, then Rework is where you should start.

Rework front cover

Rework shares exactly the attitude I take towards starting a business. Starting a business is not about waiting until have the means to turn your idea into the huge enterprise you hope to have one day. Your new business is not meant to start off perfect—it’s meant to be started. Continue reading →

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Side Hustle Playlist (It’s Lit)

Side Hustle Playlist (It’s Lit)

Put on your headphones. Then put in that work.

One of our very own Side Hustlers—hey, Marta!—put together this super lit Side Hustle Playlist. This playlist pulls from the old and the new to keep you focused and motivated.

It’s pure vibes. Continue reading →

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Side Hustle Ideas for Nurturers

If you’re a nurturing person—say your friends call you the mom or the dad of your friend group—these side hustle ideas might help you think more strategically about what kind of side hustle is right for you. Continue reading →

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Side Hustle Ideas for Social Butterflies

This one is for my social butterflies.

Now if you’ve never heard the term social butterfly before, I like to describe it as a person who speaks to, and gets to know, everyone. They’re that friend who you go to the party with—but then you lose at the party—because they’re busy talking to everybody.

You know, that one friend who, every time you go somewhere, s/he wanders off and talks to a bunch of people and makes like 25 friends. Then comes back at the end of the party like, “okay, you ready to go?”—as if you weren’t ready to go watch home and watch Netflix two hours ago.

You don’t know that friend? Then you are probably that friend. Continue reading →

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What is Side Hustle Summer School?

Side Hustle Summer School vs Side Hustle Business School: a comparison.

Take a good look at those two titles. Side Hustle Summer School and Side Hustle Business School. There’s a difference—and it’s not just in the name.

In the Summer of 2016, Side Hustle Summer School was released to the world for free. 100% free. Each week, free video lessons and worksheets were posted in the online classroom. That happened for about seven weeks. In the weeks prior to that—the ones leading up to the program’s official first day (in late July)—live, interactive lessons were held on Periscope. Those lessons stopped, for the most part, once the really detailed lessons started hitting the online classroom.

Side Hustle Summer School

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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 →

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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 →

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Time Management Strategies for the Side Hustler

We can all benefit from new time management strategies, whether you’re a side hustler or not. The tips in this post are best for people with full-time commitments who would like to start a business on the side.

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I’ll get straight to the point. You’re busy. But you want to make more money. You want financial freedom. And you want to feel fulfilled.

You know that starting a business can help you achieve these things, but you just don’t (think) you have time. If you didn’t know already, my philosophy on starting a business with limited time and/or money is that you should start off with your own side hustle and then grow it into the business you imagine having one day.

Why is that my philosophy? Because a side hustle comes with a lot less responsibility and pressure than a business that someone (including yourself or a bank) has already invested resources in. And, if you don’t have a lot of money, a side hustle is usually easy to get out of if you’re not able to keep up with it, or if a significant change happens in your life.

On top of that, the biggest step that your side hustle actually requires is getting started. Once you start feeling that extra money in your hands, you’ll wonder why you ever took so long to take this step (feel free to leave a comment if you disagree).

Let’s not pretend that it isn’t going to take any time, though. It’s not about starting your side hustle and putting your feet up by the beach for the rest of your days. Still, you shouldn’t have to feel burdened by the amount of time your side hustle requires, so I’m going to share a few tips that can help you add your side hustle into your life without making any drastic changes. Continue reading →

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List Building and Why You Should Have an Email List

Whether you know exactly what list building is, or have only seen the phrase in retweets and blog posts, you’re going to walk away with a clear understanding of what list building is and what it can do for your side hustle or business.

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How many emails do you get a day? Think about it. Do you get more emails than phone calls? More emails than text messages? Look in your junk folder and in your promotions tab. I’m willing to bet, unless you’re a receptionist or do most of your work on the phone, that you probably get more emails than any other form of electronic communication.

And that’s because people read emails.

We check our emails to stay in touch with people we care about. We check emails to communicate at work. We check emails to find out that the shoes we’ve been meaning to buy are now half-off. Then we check our emails to find out when that new pair of shoes will arrive.

We read emails for both work and for play.

If you intend to sell to anyone, especially if you intend to make sales online, I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want to be in the email marketing game. In order to do that, you need to start list building ASAP. Continue reading →

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