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.

Even if you weren’t about that #HustleLife, this playlist would still get you through whatever you’re working on like a boss. Just make sure you wear headphones—some of the songs have grown-up language in them.

Hit play on the Spotify or Apple Music players below, and then thank Marta with the tweet below (or tweet her @rokkaku92):

Marta! This playlist is EVERYTHING! Thank you, @rokkaku92! #SideHustlePlaylist


Side Hustle Playlist Tracks:

  1. The Boss
    James Brown
  2. The Dreamer, Explicit (feat. Talib Kweli & Timan Choir)
    Anderson .Paak
  3. DEVASTATED,[Explicit]
    Joey Bada$$
  4. The Apprentice [Explicit] (feat. Rag’n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK)
  5. Get Money[Explicit] (Performed By Junior M.A.F.I.A.)
    The Notorious B.I.G.
  6. F.U.B.U.[Explicit] (feat. The-Dream & BJ the Chicago Kid)
  7. You Can Do It Too [Explicit]
  8. The World Is Yours [Explicit]
  9. DNA. [Explicit]
    Kendrick Lamar
  10. God’s Whisper
  11. HUMBLE. [Explicit]
    Kendrick Lamar
  12. Get Up Get Down [Explicit]
    Mick Jenkins
  13. Blur My Hands[Explicit] (feat. Guy Sebastian)
    Lupe Fiasco
  14. Roll Call[Explicit] (feat. Mya)
  15. By Fire
    Hiatus Kaiyote
  16. Dang![Explicit] (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  17. Get Bigger / Do U Luv [Explicit]
    NxWorries, Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge
  18. G.O.A.T. [Explicit]
    Princess Nokia
  19. Same Clothes As Yesterday [Explicit] (feat. Ciscero)
  20. My 1st Song [Explicit]
    JAY Z

Now go ahead. Grind to the beat.

If you’re #TeamSpotify

If you’re #TeamAppleMusic

Don’t forget to share the Side Hustle Playlist with a friend!

Looking for more motivation to turn up on your side hustle? Take a free test drive of Side Hustle Business School or get your ish together with the Seven Day Side Hustle Cleanse.

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My First 90 Days of Entrepreneurship (by Guest Writer Niya Smith)

My First 90 Days of Entrepreneurship (by Guest Writer Niya Smith)

You’ve seen entrepreneurship after the success story. You’ve seen the multi-millionaires with their blue Twitter check marks and features in Forbes magazine. You know that they put in a lot of hard work and made sacrifices, but you don’t know what any of that that really means. And you don’t know what steps to take to get you where they are.

Our guest writer, Niya Smith, (not to be confused with our Founder, Naya the Creative) is new to the entrepreneurship game. She offers us a fresh perspective on the her first 90 days of entrepreneurship. If you’re on the fence about taking the dive into becoming an entrepreneur, Niya’s sharp advice might help you mentally prepare for what’s up ahead.

Take it away, Niya.

My First 90 Days of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship: It’s not for the faint hearted.

But, if you approach it with the right mindset, there is room for exponential growth. Here are a few important things I have learned during my first 90 days of entrepreneurship. 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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Side Hustle CEOs: Jabari Butler and EatWithJB

What’s the recipe for turning a hobby into a hustle—and then into a small business? Chef JB is about to give us the raw story of how he turned an Instagram post into a business that he now runs full-time.

Meet Jabari.


Jabari is “a budding culinarian with a passion for people and food, Jabari Butler focuses on creating unique memorable food experiences. ‘eat with JB’ is a full-service brand that provides prepared meal services, coordinates private catering, and hosts seasonal food events.”

This is probably a good time to warn you: this Side Hustle CEO feature is about to make you very, very hungry.

Jabari is a young chef who didn’t take the conventional route. He didn’t start his journey in culinary school. He doesn’t come from a long line of fancy chefs. And, no, he didn’t even major in Hospitality in college.

If you’ve ever had his cooking, you wouldn’t know that. 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

Continue reading →

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Side Hustle Cleanse

Here at Side Hustle Business School, we think that starting and growing a side hustle should be easy and affordable—which is why we’re really excited to be announcing our Seven Day Side Hustle Cleanse!

If you’re thinking about subscribing to Side Hustle Business School, but aren’t sure if you’re ready, the Seven Day Side Hustle Cleanse is the perfect primer!

Side Hustle Cleanse

What’s a side hustle cleanse? It’s like a reset button that upgrades your side hustle.

If your side hustle is something you kinda-sorta use to make money sometimes, but you’d like to really get serious about it, this is a great chance for you to get organized, confident, and paid.

Our Founder, Naya the Creative, will be walking you through each day of the cleanse, which is great for you because Naya’s really good at helping people clarify and simplify achieving their goals.

Each day of the cleanse will be sent straight to your email inbox. In each email, you’ll get a lesson on how to clean up a part of your side hustle and you’ll also get (at least) one worksheet that will help you put that lesson into action.

Oh, and just so you know, the Seven Day Side Hustle Cleanse is free! Continue reading →

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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.

Continue reading →

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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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