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Weekly Recap: Starting a Coffee Delivery Service

In our sixth 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 407

Today we have listener updates from Wendy, Kristin, and James, and a listener voicemail from Fatima:

  • Wendy: "It took 49 days instead of 27, but I am finally launching my first side hustle! In that time I clarified my product and have a list of 10 related products to launch in the near future. I keep referring back to the “Shopping List” and the Side Hustle School Resource Page to make sure I have everything I need! I can’t wait to share with you how my first launch goes! Have a great week; I know I will! :)"

  • Kristin: "I am loving the productivity that comes with reading Side Hustle, and while it's taken me some time, I have already generated $400 this month!

    I teach dance for a studio on the side, but I've worked out a way to make WAY more money by renting space and doing private sessions. The time I put in is minimal (choreography, which I do anyway, and lining up the studio). I am so excited and launching some pop-up classes when I travel for my day job in other cities—it's great!!! More ideas are pouring out of me as well, but they are not as profitable immediately. Hence, I am focusing on this one right now. Can't wait to read more...I'm only on day 5!"

  • Fatima has an idea for a coffee delivery service similar to Uber Eats, but she's having a difficult time marketing it.

    Here's something based on this scenario that anyone can do—you can either think of your product or service first and then ask, "Okay, where are those customers and how can I find them?" or you can think of your customer first and ask yourself "what do they need?" When you think along those lines, you may find yourself more on the fast track to success!
  • James has been considering starting a YouTube video series where he would interview people about the type of profession they've chosen so that others can decide if it's something they'd really be interested in doing.

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. 401 - After seeing a mean comment on Dolly Parton’s Facebook page, a woman bakes up a hilarious and ironic side hustle
  • Ep. 402 - A marketer for the financial industry regains touch with his upbringing and starts a jewelry business that benefits the marine wildlife of his home region
  • Ep. 403 - After answering the same questions over and over, this freelance writer opens an online school to help others break into the business
  • Ep. 404 - After two friends create a podcast for fun, it turns into a side hustle that generates $100,000 in its first year, multiple six-figures in year two, and a book deal in year three
  • Ep. 405 - In need of funds for an adoption, two married teachers consider teaching summer school—but instead of working with the school system, they create their own “brain camp” and earn more than $15,000
  • Ep. 406 - It takes a long time to get to market, and success doesn’t come cheap—but this mini-blind “prescription” now earns an extra $15,000 a year for its inventor
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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  • After receiving a “lame” marriage proposal, this former contractor sets up shop helping others create memorable proposal stories
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