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Weekly Recap: How NOT to Add People to Your Email List

In our fourteenth 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 463

Last week, we looked at launching crowdfunding campaigns. This week, let's consider email lists. In this episode, I share a personal experience where I was added to someone's email list without my permission. The lesson is that you should definitely have an email list, but don’t randomly add people to it. Nobody likes spam!

And if you don't have an email list yet, check out ConvertKit. It's the email marketing platform I use for the show—plus, all Side Hustle School listeners get their first month absolutely free!

Listener Shoutouts

Last but not least, I'd like to give a shoutout to Paul who forwarded me a new project that he's working on called My Value Manifesto. Listen to the recap to hear more about this project, and check it out for yourself!


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

  • Ep. 457 - A New Zealand-based software developer puts her digital skills to artistic use by creating virtual lettering brushes for budding digital calligraphers
  • Ep. 458 - Frustrated with snobby and overly-serious triathletes, a man creates a Facebook group for more casual and fun discussion. It then transforms into a $30,000 side hustle with tens of thousands of members
  • Ep. 459 - When she left her job, she found herself longing to reconnect with a favorite hobby. So she grabbed some paints and brushes—and within an hour, found her first client
  • Ep. 460 - A new mom helps party hosts plan their events. After hiring college students to do the work, she parties her way to a European vacation, complete with Beyoncé tour tickets
  • Ep. 461 - An emergency medical technical builds iPhone apps on the side, landing gigs with Buzzfeed and the University of Massachusetts
  • Ep. 462 - An adjunct community college professor uploads his final course to YouTube, then converts it to a Udemy course. In just sixteen months, he reaches almost 35,000 students and makes over $100,000 in profits
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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  • A student cashes in on his love of history by mailing beautifully designed letters to monthly subscribers
  • A North Carolina man’s software app forces users to make donations when they slack off their fitness routines
  • And so much more!

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