A side hustle isn’t just nice, it’s necessary.

If you’re trying to make a big change, a hustle can help you build a foundation to move on to something else. If you love your day job, that’s great too—the hustle will provide a creative outlet and a backup plan.

Either way, you need a hustle of your own.

When you have more than one source of income, you’re no longer dependent on a single employer. You’ll have much greater opportunity. You’ll learn new skills. Oh, and you’ll also have … more money.

When you have more than one paycheck arriving every month, you feel better about yourself. You look to the future differently, and you consider a wider set of options as you make decisions.

It’s also fun. Starting a side hustle is like “playing entrepreneurially” without making a huge commitment. The stakes are low and the potential is high.

You need a hustle. So how do you start one?

It all starts with learning to think differently, and then taking action on your ideas. Here’s how you do it:

  • Subscribe to the show. It’s free. It comes out every morning, every single day. It’s also short—each episode is less than 10 minutes long. By listening to the show, you’ll hear different stories of how ordinary people have all started a hustle without quitting their job, and by using the skills they already have.
  • Get the books. If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide to go from idea to income in 27 days, look no further. Want more ideas and some helpful tips? Learn more about the Side Hustle and 100 Side Hustle books.
  • Start brainstorming ideas. Ideas are everywhere! Over time, you’ll learn that not all hustle ideas are created equal. You don’t want just any idea—you want profitable ideas. It’s okay, however, if you’re not sure what makes a good idea. You’ll learn that as you go along.
  • Learn to go from idea to action. The skill of generating ideas is highly valuable, but you only truly unlock the ideas when you put them into action. The Side Hustle School method is action-focused. You need to start quickly, probably before you’re ready.
  • Invest in yourself. You don’t need to spend much money. Here are some free or low-cost resources that can help, but by far, your most important investment is time. Spend 20 minutes a day working on your hustle, even if it’s just writing down your ideas and questions. Choose to make this a priority.

I started Side Hustle School with a clear mission in mind. My commitment to you is that if you take this process seriously and make it your priority, I’ll do everything I can to help you succeed.

It’s not a fantasy. There’s a hustle waiting for you. Are you in?

Yours in the revolution,


Chris Guillebeau

About Chris Guillebeau

Challenging authority since 1978.

Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity, and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. His latest book, 100 Side Hustles is all about the stories, presented in a colorful “idea book” filled with inspiration for your next big idea.

Connect with Chris on Twitter, Instagram, on his blog, or your choice of worldwide airline lounges.

Other Projects

The Art of Non-Conformity

You don’t have to live your life the way others expect. My original blog, with articles published at least twice a week since 2008 and continuing through eternity.


Our annual gathering in Portland, Oregon welcomes attendees from all over for a weeklong celebration of community, adventure, and service.


Cards for Travel

The easiest way to earn hundreds of thousands of miles all at once and redeem them for free travel is by taking advantage of credit card bonuses.

Born for This

It’s not just what kind of work you do, it’s how you do it. Find the work you were born to do and win the career lottery. If you don’t have your dream job, read this book.

The Happiness of Pursuit

My New York Times bestselling book about quests (including mine!) is now available in paperback. Warning: once you go down the road of adventure, you don’t always know where you’ll end up.

The $100 Startup

The original bestseller, with more than 400,000 copies sold worldwide. You don’t need an 80-page business plan or a business degree. Fire your boss and create a new future.

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