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Weekly Recap: Bees, Children’s Books, & Granola Butter

In our thirty-fourth recap of Season II, we'll highlight the lessons learned in this week. Also: listener Q&A!
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Episode 603

From children’s books about real-life to a buzzworthy six-figure beekeeping biz to a Frenchman who says Bonjour to $35,000/month in foodie sales—this week has been full of adventure and lessons!

We also celebrated crossing the rubicon of Ep. 600! Julius Caesar was once told by the Roman senate to disband his army and return to Rome—and most important of all, do not cross the Rubicon river to make a 600th podcast episode.

In other news, Labor Day is right around the corner, and we're going to reimage, reinvent that concept by calling it "Happier Labor Day" (#happierlaborday). This project is the invention of Gretchen Rubin, who I have mentioned many times on the show. She is a great friend and mentor to me, and Side Hustle School is part of her Onward Project imprint.

In an upcoming episode of her popular podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she's going to talk a bit more about this Happier Labor Day concept. In this episode, she'll be sharing some great tips with her listeners, so make sure to tune in!

If you're interested in learning more about Happier Labor Day, check out today's Weekly Recap and head on over to Gretchen's podcast page!


This is a new segment we're trying out with the help of side hustlers that we've featured in the past. Today, we have an update from Meredith Floyd-Preston, who was featured very early in the show on Ep. 13.

Meredith is a teacher who specializes in very specific learning style: Waldorf Education. She started helping other Waldorf teachers with their lessons through her website, A Waldorf Journey and checked in with us to let us know how things are going.

Listen to the Weekly Recap to hear from Meredith and learn what's happened since she was 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. 597 - The buzzworthy journey of Minnesotan bees and their keepers. These hardy bees don’t mess around—last year they produced $150,000 in sweet profits
  • Ep. 598 - A mom in search of a new side hustle creates a profitable after-school enrichment class
  • Ep. 599 - After sharing about her recovery from unhealthy eating, this health tech worker leverages an Instagram following and turns a kitchen experiment into a growing business
  • Ep. 600 - Two Canadian mothers shake up the children’s book narrative by publishing stories that tell the truth about hard things in life
  • Ep. 601 - After relocating to Quebec, this continental creative brings seasonal flavor to an artisanal food retailing biz
  • Ep. 602 - A particularly productive crafter shares her goal-setting tips with readers, then goes on to make a “Get to Work Book” that earns more than $1 million in sales in the first three years
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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Head on over to our online submission page, and we'll be in touch if your story is chosen.

And if you're still working on something but have some questions, we want to hear from you too! Most Weekly Recap episodes include Listener Q&A.

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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:

  • An ad executive turned teddy bear manufacturer creates a military-grade sleep system for children, earning $100,000 in sales and making a lot of people beary happy
  • What starts as a collegiate adventure in getting around the legal drinking age requirements leads to a mission that turns trash into cash
  • And 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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