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Weekly Recap: Set Your Goals for 2018!

In our first weekly recap of Season II, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week. Also: listener Q&A!
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Notes from Chris

Episode 372

As we're kicking off this new season, I'd like to read some comments to you courtesy of Ryan Grant from Ep. 367—our second day of the new season. Ryan had an incredible story about buying and reselling items from big box stores that allowed him to make hundreds of thousands of dollars which is pretty amazing! He actually did end up quitting his day job, and here's something he said that I really liked:

"When making the decision to quit my full-time job, the main factors were: I knew I would regret it if I didn’t take the chance, and I wasn’t fully happy at the position I was working. I felt like I was just existing as opposed to being in control of my life.  

So on September 20, 2013, I quit my job as an accountant to pursue selling online full time. I walked out of the office on that day with a big smile on my face, and I’ve never looked back."

It’s not that you have to quit your job. But you should be in control of your life. No one else should be deciding your future.

However you’ve arrived at this shared space where every day you hear about people taking control of their lives in one way or another, ask yourself “What will you regret if you don’t take the chance?” and if starting a project is part of the answer, well, let’s make it happen this year.


Today we have listener voicemails from Cameron and Stephen:

  • Cameron is considering starting a reselling side hustle where he would purchase all of these products that are valuable by themselves and resell them together as part of a kit (which he thinks would add value), and he's wondering what kinds of things it would be important to keep in mind for a side hustle like this.

  • Stephen was looking for a mobile pedicure service for his elderly mother in Florida who lives in a care facility, but he had a really hard time finding one. He ended up using someone that wasn't necessarily a manicurist by trade who did a good job, but he thinks that there's a real market for this type of service and would encourage anyone in the area to start it up. 

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!


You know how in Times Square they drop the ball to commemorate the New Year? Well, in Brasstown, NC, they do something a bit different called the Possum Drop.

And their motto is “Keep your ball, NYC, we’ve got the possum.” The Possum Drop is fairly self-explanatory—it basically involves a live possum being lowered from height at midnight. Why are they doing this? Just because, well, I don’t actually know, but it’s been going for more than 30 years.

By the way, no possums are harmed in this process; it’s more like a possum lowering than a drop. However, to be fair, the possum doesn’t have much say in it.

For next year’s new year’s plans, if NYC is expensive, head to Brasstown, NC for a very different celebration.


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

  • Ep. 366 - You need a side hustle, and you can start one without taking a lot of risk or spending much money. We’ll show you how!
  • Ep. 367 - A young accountant learns the art of reselling, purchasing textbooks, dental floss, and Cheerios from retail stores in bulk—then earns hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit by selling it online
  • Ep. 368 - Two immigrants from Laos meet the needs of an underserved community in a $50,000 per year hustle
  • Ep. 369 - After first rejecting Instagram as being “only for selfies,” a Sri Lankan designer starts a popular account that earns steady affiliate commissions
  • Ep. 370 - After struggling with sleeplessness for years, an account executive learns to make herbal remedies—then sells them to other tired people, earning up to $3,000/month on the side
  • Ep. 371 - A no-risk model to earn passive income by uploading t-shirt designs to Amazon.com
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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