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Weekly Recap: How to Go from $1,000 to $5,000/Month

In our seventeenth recap of Season II, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week. Also: listener Q&A!
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Episode 484

In today's recap, I talk about going from $1,000 to $5,000/month.

Growing your business is easier than starting your business. Once something works a little, it’s not nearly as hard (most of the time) to make it work more. And by “work” I mean make more money. It also doesn’t mean you need to expend twice as much (or five times as much) effort.

In today's recap, we discuss the two best ways to grow—listen to the Weekly Recap to learn more!


This week, we received a listener email from a side hustler named Terri:

  • Terri: "I just listened to your Side Hustle School weekly recap where you answered a question from Houston in Nashville about his student loan debt idea. Every podcast I listen to I try to write down what nugget of wisdom I get from it. Today my nugget was that it’s not enough to want to help someone in the same situation as me—but in order to monetize it, I need to provide something more tangible like an answer to the problem.

    I wrote a blog through my breast cancer treatment, which led me to wanting to create a program to help survivors to find their joy again. I’ve been trying to figure out what that looks like but getting stuck at the implementation stage. This past week I redid my blog and formatted it for when I have a program to sell, but what I realized today after your podcast is that my story isn’t enough. It’s valid, and it’s good background for my plan, and it validates my “expertness” but it’s not what I need to sell and market.

    Thanks for the spin that helped point my compass in a better direction!"

If you find yourself stuck at the implementation phase, listen to today's Weekly Recap to hear my thoughts on how to add more value to your offerings.

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. 478 - After looking for a way to send mass emails by Gmail, this web developer stumbles on more than a million dollars a year in recurring revenue
  • Ep. 479 - After getting fit with a customized training program, this enterprising college student now provides coaching services, using a popular fitness app to generate leads
  • Ep. 480 - After visiting 50 countries, a flight attendant and her pilot husband create an income-generating project to teach kids about the world
  • Ep. 481 - A man in Australia spends a year eating nothing but potatoes to conquer his food addiction. Along the way, he loses 121 pounds and gains a $1,500 a month side hustle
  • Ep. 482 - This New York DJ wants to rock and roll all night... and party every day. After he mixes recordings from classic rock and roll songs, he sells the packaged shows to international music markets
  • Ep. 483 - A former engineer turns a 3-month backpacking trip into three side hustles that make exploring Kenya more accessible for travelers
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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