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WEEKLY RECAP: Observation, Validation, and Leasing 16 Cars

In our fifth weekly recap, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week of Side Hustle School. Also: the SHS workshop series is underway this week! Tell me where I should go next.
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If you've been keeping up with the episodes from this week, you'll notice a few themes throughout. One that stands out the most is the "Power of Observation," something I talked about in a special episode this week.


Many hustles come about not through extensive validation or any kind of qualitative measurement, but rather by paying attention. One of the principles of Side Hustle School is that actionable ideas are everywhere—you just have to use your powers of observation, and that's a learned skill.


As you continue throughout your day, pay attention and be ready to take action when you notice an intriguing opportunity.


Remember, inspiration is good, but inspiration combined with action is much better.

Listener Q&A

Our listener questions for this week come to us from Tom in Brooklyn and Jenna in Seattle:

  • Tom is considering creating an image-based side hustle and isn't sure whether or not to focus on building his hustle in something like Fiverr or Etsy or something for larger projects like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. He also brought up some good questions about LLC licenses and copyrighting your product with Safe Creative.
  • Jenna is also just getting started with her side hustle, but her questions focused mainly on how you can build a quality website with limited technological capabilities. These days, there are many resources available to you if you're looking to build a website—regardless of your skill set. You can hire a developer to help you get the customized look you're looking for on Upwork, or you could even use a simple site builder like Shopify, if your side hustle is product-based. However, if you truly need an advanced solution, you'll need to get some advanced help one way or another.

    Listen to the Weekly Recap for a more comprehensive look at this week's Listener Q&A! Also, if you have a question you'd like answered, send me a voice message. Your question may be featured on the show!

Highlights From This Week

  • Ep. 29 - Dan Khadem created a high-end tutoring business on Wyzant.com and has been able to earn up to $125/hour teaching what he knows to others.
  • Ep. 30 - Shannon Mattern's story shows us that injecting personality into your hustle makes you more relatable and that sometimes it pays to change up your services when things stop working for you.
  • Ep. 31 - Bob Bentz's side hustle is a true testament to the "Power of Observation." He never intended to start a manufacturing hustle, but he saw an opportunity and took it.
  • Ep. 32 - Tahsir Ahsan found a way to creatively use a common platform called Turo in order to create a steady and high side income.
  • Ep. 33 - Andrew Church created a lucrative, artistic side hustle using existing skills and found empowerment along the way.
  • Ep. 34 - Sara Everett used her skills as a realtor and her knowledge of art to build a consulting business that goes hand in hand with her day job.

Listen to this week's recap for a more comprehensive highlight reel!



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