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WEEKLY RECAP: What If My Idea Is Already Taken?

In our fortieth weekly recap, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week. Also: more listener Q&A and updates from the road!
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Notes from Chris

Episode 281

This week we have listener check ins from Corinne and Jessica and a listener voice message from Dave:

  • Corinne wrote in after listening to Ep. 273 which featured an all-in-one study box for students looking to focus and settle in for the long hours leading up to exam week. In her email, she brings up a couple of good points that could help Craig and Logan reach a larger market.
  • Jessica wrote in to share the success she's found after being inspired by the episode featuring Austin Church's Space Retreat (Ep. 60). She created a weekend cottage retreat with aspiring female entrepreneurs who needed a community and others to hold them accountable. Learn more about Jessica's Empire Building Retreat on her female-centric entrepreneurial retreats on her website.
  • In the past, Dave has had side hustle ideas for products that he thought would be helpful for him and others, but then he realized that there are already some small-scale operations selling and developing these products. His question—what are the pros and cons of taking on a side hustle selling a product that already exists in some form or another?
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 into 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. 275 - After spotting an unusual watch design while on vacation in Aruba, this enterprising teen and a friend go on to hustle their way to making five-figures
  • Ep. 276 - An American teaching in Taiwan tells tales of foreign lands, packaging them in a series of books for children back home
  • Ep. 277 - A Canadian man finds adventure and profit on the road to wet shaving paradise
  • Ep. 278 - After saving money on their wedding, a couple gets paid to help others plan theirs—focusing on the social media trend of geofilters
  • Ep. 279 - What if you have more than one passion? It probably means you’re normal. In today’s episode, a California man integrates his love for agriculture and pottery
  • Ep. 280 - When a British man wonders why he can’t find Nespresso pods in other flavors, his curiosity leads to a pod-tacular side hustle that earns a full-time income
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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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:

  • When mosquitos attack, this marketing manager creates a wristband to ward them off. The project is a swarming success!
  • Ever been annoyed at someone who double-parks? This Los Angeles designer turned his frustration into a novelty gift item with growing sales.
  • And so much more, so stay tuned!

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