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Weekly Recap: Getting Paid Your First $500

In our twenty-third 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 526

Let's talk about something very important: earning your first $500! In case you didn't know, one of the guidelines for being featured on the show is that a hustler be bringing in at least $500/month from their side hustle.

A lot of them go on to make a lot more than that, but that's our minimum standard. And it's my goal for you, the listener, to create something that brings you in at least $500/month.

In today's recap, we'll delve more into this topic of the importance of origin stories and making your first $500—listen to the Weekly Recap to learn more!


This week, we received a listener voicemail from Tyler:

  • Tyler has a few questions about starting up his side hustle. He's starting veterinary school in the fall, and he's considering creating a resource or mentorship for other students looking to get into veterinarian school. But, he's worried that he won't be viewed as credible since he's not a veterinarian, just a veterinarian student.
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. 520 - After a civil engineer learns the ropes of using Fulfilled by Amazon, he moves to Bali with his wife, builds an extension to help him find products, and turns what he's learned into a business that employs 100 people and serves 100,000 users
  • Ep. 521 - He’d always dreamed of making a million dollars–but could he achieve it selling his services for just $5? Thanks to a penchant for naming things, he’s well on his way
  • Ep. 522 - Backpacks that bring fashion to the mountains earn a Colorado couple an additional $2,500 a month while also feeding the homeless
  • Ep. 523 - Two midwestern food market vendors collaborate on pastries, trade shows, a membership community, and more
  • Ep. 524 - A Washingtonian carries her passion for sustainability on her sleeve with a line of eco-friendly grocery bags
  • Ep. 525 - When a corporate employee is told she can’t take a big trip because of her daughter, she starts a company to make travel more accessible
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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Here's what's coming up next...

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:

  • A dog lover learns to bake and sell superfood dog treats, earning $3,000/month with just $3,000 in startup costs
  • An “involuntary sabbatical” prompts this Polish marketer to investigate the possibilities of apple-based vodka
  • And so much more!

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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