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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 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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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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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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Side Hustle CEOs: Kwaku Osei-Bonsu and TheStrangeRootsBox

Some of the best business ideas come from our own life experiences that we know the rest of the world would benefit from. This is absolutely the case with Kwaku Osei-Bonsu and his idea for TheStrangeRootsBox.

As a college student, Kwaku’s mother would send him care packages that really covered all the bases. These incredible care packages had your usual home-sickness curing snacks and candy, but they also came with books and other real-life necessities. These care packages made being a broke college student a lot easier to handle.

The Strange Roots Box

According to Kwaku, “These care packages were a lifeline.” We totally get it—these care packages sound like they were love in a box.

Kwaku decided that he wanted to make it easy for families to send their loved ones care packages that make them feel loved and cared for the way his mother’s care packages did for him.

We think he hit the nail right on the head when he created TheStrangeRootsBox. Continue reading →

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Who are the Side Hustle CEOs?

Short answer: You. Me. Anyone else who has a side hustle and is in charge of its success.

Your side hustle could be something you work on for 3 hours a week or it could be something you work on more than you work at your day job. It’s a side hustle until it’s your main hustle.

Side hustle = side income. Main hustle = main income.

Meet the Side Hustle CEOs

You might be a Side Hustle CEO who is running a business that’s grown too big, i.e. makes you too much of your money, to still be called a side hustle. That’s cool. If it started out as a side hustle, and you remember the grind it took you to get where you are, then you’re still one of us.

But, more specifically, when we’re talking about Side Hustle CEOs here on the Side Hustle Business School website, we are talking about the amazing people who are featured in the Side Hustle CEOs series. Continue reading →

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How to Get Clients for a New Business

You’ve been designing/painting/consulting/writing code/underwater basket weaving for years. Maybe you’re self-taught or maybe you’ve taken some classes. Either way, you have skills. And, if you do say so yourself, you’ve gotten pretty damn good at what you’re doing. But, since you’ve never charged actual money for what you’re doing, and you have no idea how to get clients for a new business, you’re feeling a little insecure.

You don’t have a portfolio, or case studies, or past clients to show for your skill set. And even though all of your friends keep telling you, like every day, to go out on your own and start a business, none of them have any experience in how to get clients for a new business. And yeah, while you’re glad that they’re so supportive of you, you don’t actually know what to do now. #Pressure

 How to Get Clients for a New Business

Because, even though you’re really talented, you don’t know how to get clients for a new business when you’ve never had clients.

Chicken and the egg much? Continue reading →

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