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Weekly Recap: How to Identify Side Hustle Ideas in Your Workplace

In our fourth 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 393

We had quite an eclectic mix of stories this week! I'd like to begin today's recap by addressing something from Sumit Bansal's story in Ep. 387. Sumit was able to create a lucrative side hustle using skills that he picked up in his day job. Sometimes your hustle idea can be found in your workplace.

In Day 6 of the Side Hustle book, I told the story of Meredith Floyd-Preston, a Waldorf teacher who created her own curriculum and then sold that to other teachers (Ep. 13). She knew that Waldorf teachers were expected to teach in a certain way, and it took a lot of time for them to design their lessons from the ground up each week. She provided templates and ideas they could use, and then, of course, they could further customize them.

Listen to the recap for more on this concept, including my response to the question, "But won't I get in trouble with my employer??"


Today we have a listener email from Emily and a listener update from Faith:

  • Emily: "Hi Chris! Thank you so much for sharing side hustler stories on your podcas—it's been a big inspiration for me. Currently, I've cast a wide net trying to find the right idea. My question is this: when do I need to open a business bank account? And can I have one bank account for multiple potential revenue streams? I haven't made much money yet, so it doesn't seem necessary, but I do want to avoid any future complications."

  • Faith is a local Portland listener who has recently been checking out the show and binge listening. Inspired by the stories she's heard, she put an ad up on Craigslist to offer a decluttering and organizing service for the new year, and she's already secured her first client! 

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. 387 - An IBM employee in India creates a series of Microsoft Excel tutorials, earning hundreds of dollars per sale
  • Ep. 388 - This expat’s local pub quiz night started as a hobby. It turned into an idea to sell his collection of 5,000 trivia questions online, earning passive income month after month
  • Ep. 389 - An architect creates minimalist onesies and t-shirts for his own kids—then turns it into a profitable side hustle
  • Ep. 390 - After struggling with insecurities, a woman takes charge of her life and creates a cosmetic brand designed to boost confidence
  • Ep. 391 - After being told he had a voice for radio, a journalist stumbles into a profitable side hustle appearing in beer and soft drink commercials
  • Ep. 392 - For two decades, she trained sled dogs in the woods of Minnesota—but after a personal transformation, she started a fitness and empowerment program for women ages 45-55
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


Weekly Update:

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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:

  • Men’s overalls that double as sweatpants: yes, this is a thing—and an experiment to sell them brings in $64,000
  • Turn up the heat! An electrical engineer becomes the cover model for an indie romance series. This leads to a side gig that pays an additional $20-50,000 a year
  • Tired of look-alike flag patches, this carpenter and frequent traveler creates his own designs based on a modern style with a nod toward 1920s luxury travel

Do you have a side hustle story you'd like to share? Fill out the Side Hustle School submission form and your story may be featured on the show!

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"It’s best to open a dedicated bank account right at the start of your side hustle, but you can often use the same account for multiple projects."

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