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Weekly Recap: How to Find Things to Sell Online

In our forty-eighth 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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Episode 337

In our forty-eighth weekly recap, we'll focus on a couple of different concepts that popped up this week—identity and belonging, thinking through who you're going to serve with your side hustle, and how to find products to sell.

Around this time of year, I always go on what I call my Annual Review trip. This is something I've been doing myself for the last 10 years and is the single thing I can use to trace the productivity I've had and the goals I've been able to accomplish. Essentially, it's a measure of my success. If you're interested in learning more about the process, start here!


Today we have a couple of listener emails from Andy and Kyle and a listener voicemail from Scott:

  • Andy: "I always understood from your writing and podcast that leveraging your passion or career is a great way to find something to sell. The impression I get is that by being embedded in an industry you are aware of how it works and (hopefully) are able to figure out a way to make a side hustle in it. That is, as long as you keep your head up and eyes open for all the opportunities around us.

    But in a recent recap episode, you mentioned that you sold Legos for a time even though you were not especially interested in them. My question is, how does one find arbitrage opportunities like that in an apparently totally random field? Or more directly, how did you get into selling Legos? Thanks for your help!"

  • Kyle: "I have a question about content or information you make available to potential customers. The side hustle I'm working on contains a lot of information, and I'm not sure if I should lean out the information or pile on all the details for people. For me, I like to have all the information to absorb but a lot of people want just the basics.

    How would you advise I go about this problem? Give all the info or release a little bit every week and charge for the meat and potatoes? I think the more you know the better, but people have a short attention span."

  • Scott has been listening to the show for a while now and has his own side hustle selling rustic wood decorations. It's totally fulfilling his creative desires, but what he'd like to learn is 1) how to use it to create passive income as well, and 2) how to overcome his time and geographic restraints so that he can take his side hustle to the next level.

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. 331 - After first learning Adobe Photoshop to forge his report card, a Hawaiian baseball enthusiast creates an apparel line that goes on to earn millions of dollars
  • Ep. 332 - In this ribetting feature, a high school science teacher earns an extra $3,000/month removing an invasive species of toads throughout Florida
  • Ep. 333 - A woman who undergoes bariatric weight loss surgery creates a subscription service to deliver monthly supplements and resources
  • Ep. 334 - An electrical appliance designer wants to start a side hustle in the Crossfit world, but instead of opening a gym or becoming a trainer, he finds a highly profitable third way
  • Ep. 335 - Not content with a single hustle, this web developer decides to create 5 projects that each earn $2,000/month. In this episode, we’ll evaluate his first two attempts
  • Ep. 336 - In a growing industry, this Oregon mom achieves high returns from licensed marijuana edibles
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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