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WEEKLY RECAP: Deadlines Are Your Friends

In our thirty-sixth weekly recap, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week. Also: more listener Q&A!
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Notes from Chris

Episode 253

This week we had a couple of check ins from La Dawn and Karen, and a couple of listener questions from Dan and Chris:

  • La Dawn: I just binged listened to every episode. It took about a week but I'm excited to pursue my side hustle in Austin, TX in the coming week. I will continue to listen and thank you for the amazing show.

  • Karen: Through a combination of hearing about Sven Delivers (Ep. 145 a few episodes back) and my life experience which included a year in Boston where I realized that used IKEA furniture resells for about 50% of its original value... I decided to get into action with my idea of reselling (and sometimes delivering) mostly IKEA furniture that I find for free or that is undervalued via Craigslist and selling groups on FB. The great thing about where I live (Orange County, CA) is that there are a lot of colleges nearby and numerous IKEA stores within driving distance, so that means a lot of used IKEA furniture floating around!

  • Chris in Amsterdam has a tendency to look for perfectionism at all stages of his side hustle and is seeking some guidance regarding how to keep from overthinking different things

  • Dan is in the pre-launch stage of his side hustle, and he has a lot of questions about the kind of content he should be including for his new audience

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!


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

  • Ep. 247 - A college student starts a blog, grows it for 7 years while he works full-time at Target, and now makes more than half a million dollars a year
  • Ep. 248 - We can’t stop chirping over this bodybuilder who uses an insect as the secret sauce in his smoothie side hustle
  • Ep. 249 - A Denver transplant learns new skills and creates a networking group that now includes a podcast, magazine, and $30,000 in side income
  • Ep. 250 - A British soccer—er, football—fan sets up a blog that refers visitors to bookmakers. He gets paid for every referral, making this a project worth betting on
  • Ep. 251 - A dermatologist enlists the help of his whole family to create an ecommerce site
  • Ep. 252 - The road to riches may not be paved with poetry, but this Dubai accountant earns a healthy side income teaching workshops and producing performances
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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  • A Toronto science teacher creates an attachable guitar amplifier that pairs with a smartphone, raising more than $250,000 and appearing on Dragon’s Den
  • For her first side hustle, a Washington, DC attorney creates an online course for new mothers returning to the world of work—and then finds a way to get employers to pay for it
  • A construction project manager flies to China and invents a new kind of kayak that folds into its own backpack

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