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Weekly Recap: Don’t Compete with Amazon

In our thirty-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 617

A listener by the name of James reached out to ask what my advice would be for people looking to compete with Amazon and eBay—how can small independent shops thrive against big companies?

My advice is don't compete ... you could never compete with Amazon, fair or unfair. But meanwhile, thousands of people are making a living using Amazon's models (Fulfilled by Amazon, Merch by Amazon, etc.). So you either adapt to one of those or you find a way to do something different. 

To hear more, check out today's Weekly Recap!


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 Amanda MacArthur, who was featured very early in the show on Ep. 11.

When we featured Amanda back in 2017, she was introducing the world to the Ketogenic diet and had just come out with a new book that helped her earn $1,000 in the first day.

Since then, the ketogenic market has experienced a huge increase in visibility, and business is booming! Check out her websiteWicked Stuffed to see for yourself.

Listen to the Weekly Recap to hear from Amanda 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. 611 - This CPA was burned out on office work, so she turned her efforts to an Etsy business—but it wasn’t long before she was hitting the books again, just in a more creative way. Her new spreadsheets help Etsy sellers and earn a six-figure income for her
  • Ep. 612 - In search of a side hustle, two Australian friends learn to import toothbrushes from the U.S., earning $30,000 in profit
  • Ep. 613 - This web developer always wanted to travel, but only had a few days a year to do it. Little did she know that her jam-packed adventures would become a profitable side hustle
  • Ep. 614 - After designing a laminated menu for a restaurant, this product design manager has “the write idea” to create reusable paper. She then sells it to brands like Airbnb, earning up to $10,000 a month
  • Ep. 615 - After overcoming obstacles in her search for remote work opportunities, this stay-at-home mom creates her own resource website to help others. She gets paid when visitors click through to register for programs she promotes
  • Ep. 616 - This attorney was frustrated with the content the media creates for modern women—so she started her own magazine to represent what women like her wanted to read
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 London receptionist rents out his photography equipment on a peer-to-peer sharing site… over and over and over
  • Two sisters living in New York City relive their childhood memories and create a personalized board game, earning $16,500 in the first four months
  • 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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"Don’t try to compete in a game you stand no chance of winning. Change the rules of the game, or find a game that better suits your strengths in the first place."

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