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WEEKLY RECAP: What Should You Name Your Side Hustle Idea?

In our twenty-ninth weekly recap, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week. Also: a listener asks about naming her side hustle.
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Notes from Chris

Episode 204

This week we had a couple of listener emails and a listener question from Liz in South Carolina:

  • Liz feels that she's finally landed on a viable side hustle idea—she's researched it, priced it, and is even using skills that she already has. She even thinks that her start-up costs will be low and totally manageable! All of this has Liz squarely on the right path, however, she has one road block on her side hustle journey: picking out a name for her side hustle. She can't really launch her side hustle website or build a brand without it, so she's looking for a way to pick out a name quickly so that she can get the ball rolling.

    If you're like Liz and are struggling to find a name for your side hustle, here are two tips for picking out something that will lead you on the path to side hustle success: 1) be descriptive (For examples, see Ep. 158 & Ep. 201 and 2) don't be afraid to pick something clever (For examples, see Ep. 27 & Ep. 198).
**Tune into the Weekly Recap to hear a couple listener updates and get a more in-depth look at these two naming tips!

If you have something you'd like to ask me or an update you'd like to share, I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message on the website or call in to the Side Hustle Hotline (Dial 844-9-HUSTLE // 844-948-7853), and your question may be featured on the show!


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Here's what we heard this week on Side Hustle School! Listen to this week's recap for a more comprehensive highlight reel.

  • Ep. 198 - From smuggling diamonds in a grocery bag on a fast moving train to secret meetings in the shadows of St. Paul Cathedral at sunset, this Special Agent dedicates her time to helping suitors looking for “yes"
  • Ep. 199 - A long love affair with the Sci-fi genre helps this side hustler build an empire—both imaginary and real—through his successful comic books and audio drama podcasts
  • Ep. 200 - A brother-and-sister duo learns about entrepreneurship first hand when they create a side hustle baking and selling bread at their local farmer’s market. Each of them purchases their first car with the profits!
  • Ep. 201 - In the North African city of Marrakech, an American expat starts a project that she hopes will earn $200/month in spending money. It ends up earning more than $5,000 a month
  • Ep. 202 - More than 20,000 people apply to Physician Assistant programs every year. This recent graduate gets paid to coach and prepare students for interviews
  • Ep. 203 - A high-school teacher turns his love for woodworking and business into lessons for his students, but it’s really he who’s doing all the learning
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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Here's what's coming up next...

Each week I'll feature more stories from people who are starting side hustles without quitting their job. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming next week:

  • A marketing executive sees an opportunity to fulfill a niche tourism need in an up-and-coming vacation spot and wine region in Prince Edward County and helps others appreciate the beauty of the area over glasses of wine
  • Three friends create a side hustle helping others hack their morning habits for healthier and more productive mornings so that they can wake up at 5am and have the best morning, every morning
  • A former graphic designer turns a personal thirty-day challenge into a growing photography brand after realizing that the world could use more opportunities to celebrate

Do you have a side hustle story you'd like to share? Fill out the Side Hustle School submission form and your story may be featured on the show!



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"When you’re naming your side hustle, try to choose a name that makes the purpose of it very obvious."

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