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WEEKLY RECAP: Shipping Options for International Goods (Live from Mexico!)

In our thirtieth weekly recap, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week. Also: a listener asks about shipping options for importing items from far away.
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Notes from Chris

Episode 211

This week we had a listener email from Paul in Canada and a listener question from Lindsey in North Carolina:

  • Paul just recently retired at the ripe age of 48, and after listening to Side Hustle School every morning during his stretches he's decided to launch a side hustle with all of his newly acquired free time. He has a lot of ideas, and I can't wait to feature him one day on the show!

  • Lindsey and her husband have been considering starting up a business importing products from North Africa, but after hours of research, they can't seem to find a method of shipping that would not be cost prohibitive for them. She called in to ask if I have any recommendations for them regarding shipping partners that will not cost them an arm and a leg to get their products to the U.S.
**Tune into the Weekly Recap to hear my response to Lindsey and learn more about freight forwarders and international shipping options.

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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. 205 - Tired of the guilt associated with consuming coffee while pregnant and breastfeeding, a biomechanical engineer creates a line of coffee bean options that keep Mom happy and baby healthy
  • Ep. 206 - Three friends create a side hustle helping others hack their morning habits for more productive mornings
  • Ep. 207 - A former graphic designer turns a personal thirty-day challenge into a growing photography brand
  • Ep. 208 - A marketing executive sees an opportunity to fulfill a niche tourism need in an up-and-coming wine region
  • Ep. 209 - After being frustrated when setting up a bar for Virgin Atlantic, a Polish bartender living in the U.K. sets up an online shop to sell cocktail equipment
  • Ep. 210 - When a chronic back injury sidelines an Australian IT professional, he pulls out his saxophone and establishes three new sources of income
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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