What It's About
A startup marketing consultant decides to startup his own language education app, and it's ripe for the picking!
Words of Wisdom
Sean brought a lot of new traffic to the site after posting valuable comments to questions on Quora. Most of the questions were about learning languages, and all of Sean’s helpful answers ended with a quick link to Rype and the mention of a trial lesson. In 24 hours, Sean had over 50 people sign up for the free Spanish lesson.
Because of Sean’s frugal, hands-on start and successful onboarding of those initial eight customers, Rype was profitable after only 10 days.
Notes from Chris
As a marketing consultant for startups, Sean Kim had the freedom to work from anywhere he wanted. He used this opportunity to temporarily move to a city that he’d long dreamed of visiting one day—Buenos Aires, Argentina. Though a few months wasn’t enough to become fluent, Kim’s intentional engagement with locals using Spanish—rather than English—allowed his Spanish to reach a comfortable, conversational level. Eventually, it was time for him to say goodbye to the city that he fell in love with, and he returned to Canada where English was the main form of communication. As such, he resumed speaking only English and slowly felt the Spanish skills he’d learned in Buenos Aires slip away. Disappointed that he was forgetting a language he worked so hard to learn, Sean downloaded a popular language-learning app. It was convenient and inexpensive, but after the rich, one-on-one conversational education he’d received, it felt, well...impersonal. He quickly realized it wasn’t going to really help refine his Spanish language skills because it lacked any passion or relationship. The problem was clear: learning languages is difficult without having friendly native speakers as teachers. He also saw the solution: relational learning from native speakers is the most effective and fun way learn a language. And best of all, he knew he could help others do it without breaking the bank. It’s been over a year now since Rype launched and the business has helped over 100,000 people learn Spanish, English, French, German, Mandarin, and French. The success stories are piling up, the user base is growing, and the business has generated over $350,000 in sales.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Rype: See what all the talk is about on Sean's website!
- Quora: A platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers
- HelpScout & Calendly: Two of the platforms that Sean used connect with potential language students and help them schedule their classes with instructors
- Benny Lewis | Fluent in 3 Months: If you're looking to learn a language quickly and efficiently, check out Irish polyglot and WDS 2017 speaker, Benny Lewis's Fluent in 3 Months
- Woman Uses Language Skills to Import Moroccan Jewelry: Knowledge of local culture—and an extended Moroccan family—help an IT manager set up a side business importing and selling jewelry
- Language Teacher Becomes Fluent In Passive Income: Looking to add more time to her day, an avid language lover and teacher takes what she uses in the classroom to share it with a larger audience, earning $500/month in the process
Earn 50,000 travel rewards points (enough for 2 round-trip plane tickets or $625 in travel credit). You'll also earn 2x points on all travel and dining spend, with zero foreign transaction fees.
I use this card every day all over the world! ✈️
Create your online store with Shopify using an exclusive discount for Side Hustle School listeners. For a limited time, get a free 21-day trial and a 10% discount for a whole year.
Many Side Hustle School listeners are building sites using Shopify's easy-to-learn platform. Try it free today!
Quote of the Day
Sponsors & Gratitude
Today’s episode of Side Hustle School is brought to you by Wordpress.com! Whether you’re looking to create a personal blog, business site, or both—you’ll make a big impact, when you build your website on WordPress.com. 💻
Get 15% off when you build your website with Wordpress.com—use promo code PODCAST when you check out.
Get Started Here
Side Hustle School is for you! If you’re enjoying it, please take a quick moment to leave a rating or write a quick review. It's really easy and it makes a difference! ✅
It also makes a huge difference when you tell your friends about the show. Remember, it's 100% free and listener-supported.
Keep in Touch
There’s a new story every single day on Side Hustle School. Episodes are produced to be short and to the point—I know you’re busy. Be sure you subscribe to get instant notification of the day’s broadcast!
To infinity and beyond,