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First $1,000: “Don’t give up—your future self will thank you!”

In the first version of a brand-new segment for 2022 (!), we hear from Deya Aliaga Kuhnle, the founder of DBM Bootcamp. She now runs a six-figure agency—but how did she make her first $1,000?
First 1000 Origin Story

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New segment alert! Learn how one of our featured case studies made their first $1,000.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1829
New segment alert! As we enter Season 6 of Side Hustle School, naturally we’re looking for ways to evolve and bring more helpful, insightful, and interesting content to you—all within the constraint of a brief daily episode, because I know you’re busy.

Today’s episode is part of a new feature we’re doing in 2022 called ‘Your First $1,000.’ As you might surmise from the title, this is all about how someone made their first $1,000.

Of course, the case studies that I share with you weekly go into origins stories in some detail, but with this feature, two things are different: one, you get to hear from the side hustler or small business owner directly, and two, this segment is focused entirely on the first $1,000 the person made.

How did they get to that point? Not their first $100,000—that’s cool, but it would probably be a long story.

One thing I’ve learned is that once you begin to earn real money, the steps required to go to the next level—whether it’s $1,000 to $2,000, or even to $5,000 or $10,000 are often easier than that first real paycheck.

Also, fun fact: you’re a lot more motivated at that point! Making money feels encouraging.

With that in mind, today’s origins feature comes from Deya Aliaga Kuhnle. We first featured her back on Episode #1611: Intern Manages Businesses For Six-Figure Income.

That’s great, but what about their first $1,000—how did she make that happen, what did it feel like, and what did she learn?

Listen to today's episode to learn more...


  • Thanks to Deya for telling us about her first $1,000. I hope you found it encouraging. Check out her website at DBMbootcamp.com/ or follow her on Instagram at @mynameisdeya on Instagram.

Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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