TBT: Boise Woodworking Team Upgrades Toolkit

What It’s About

A hardworking update from a woodworking shop out in Boise.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1958

Welcome to Throwback Thursday / “Where are they now?” where we take an in-depth look at someone who’s story has evolved considerably since we first featured them.

Last week, we heard from the founder of Mozart for Munchkins. The group produces concerts and musical experiences for children of all ages in New York City.

Today, in our latest feature, we’ll hear from an Idaho woodworker. As more people have moved to the area, his business has taken off. Note: his business is called Mahogany House Woodworks, but the website is BoiseCustomFurniture.com.

What’s happened since?

Listen to today’s episode to hear James’s updates…

 


 

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Q&A: “I have a tricky ethical situation with my day job…”

What It’s About

Today’s listener seeks advice on a tough subject.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1957

The intended market for Side Hustle School is people with day jobs who want to earn money outside those jobs—an additional source of income, in other words. Some go on to run their side hustle as a full-time business, others do both, but the point is I understand that most of our listeners are dealing with a number of different variables.

Like today’s caller, for example. Their day job has brought them a side hustle opportunity—but this comes with some tricky ethical dilemmas. Let’s see what’s going on, and see if we can help!

“I work for a medium-sized management consulting firm. I’m assigned to a client for a number of days or weeks, so I get to know them fairly well. Meanwhile, in my spare time I’ve been working on improving my SEO skills, as I’d like to start doing that for my side hustle.

The combination of these roles has led to a dilemma. A recent client learned that I was into SEO, and has asked to hire me on a small, part-time basis to improve their search rankings. It’s exactly the kind of entry-level side hustle role I’ve been looking for. But of course, I got to know this client through my day job. Even though SEO has nothing to do with how the company I work for helps them, I worry that I’m not being totally honest if I don’t disclose this to my employer. And I already know how they’ll respond—they’ll tell me not to do it. Should I a) just do the work on the down-low, b) tell them and hope for the best, or c) something else?”

Listen to today’s episode to learn more…

 


 

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College Student Turned Fashion Influencer Earns $140,000

What It’s About

A young fashion blogger writes herself into financial independence.

Words of Wisdom

Through her experiences, Harman has learned firsthand how hard it can be to analyze the differences between her and other bloggers and influencers out there. “Believe in yourself and what you are doing. Don’t compare yourself to the bigger fishes in the sea when you know you were born yesterday. Keep doing and take out time for learning.”

Fun Fact

Harman loves food. In fact, on her blog it says that the way to her heart is through pasta and chocolate chip ice cream. “Oh, I’m a hardcore foodie. And I don’t know if other people experience it or not, but I legit get drunk on good food. My brain stops working, I cannot stand properly, and you’ll find me laughing and talking drunkenly, lol. It seems very funny to other people or my friends, and I cannot even control it.”

Notes from Chris

Episode 1956

As a seventeen year old, Harman Awal was amazed with the influencer life she saw on Instagram. These people seemed to have the perfect life—full of food, travel and shopping.

It was a happy and luxurious lens, and Harman wanted it for herself! In the middle of her first year of college, she turned to the internet to see what exactly these influencers were doing, how they were doing it, and the ways they were getting paid.

I should mention that Harman is from India. If you live in North America or the UK, you might not realize that Instagram is pretty big everywhere—in fact, in parts of Asia it has even more adoption than where we live.

What Harman found was that every single one of the influencers she liked had blogs. So, her next question was how to start one of her own. Harman found that many of them were using WordPress, so she followed suit and began her free website. 

She didn’t feel pretty enough or perfect enough, she was constantly comparing herself to other influencers, and she didn’t understand why she wasn’t attracting an audience like some of the other accounts she followed.

It took her a year to get out of this mindset. Then, she tried again. She started another free website, then eventually spent $100 to buy a hosting service and the domain name YourGirlKnows.com

As a student, she didn’t have a lot of money, so she asked if she could use her mom’s credit card for the expenses.

Through her initial research about how to profit from a blog, she could tell that she had a lot more to learn. She didn’t have money to pay for courses. Instead, she picked a successful blogger every day, and read or watched all of their free content about growing her website into something profitable. Harman observed their techniques and took detailed notes.

She knew that to make money, she needed traffic. She saw that a lot of people were getting views from building up their presence on Pinterest. In addition, since she planned on having a female-focused audience, she figured that this would be an effective platform to invest her time into.

Right now, most of her content centers around fashion, skincare, beauty and lifestyle. Harman writes about topics many young women are interested in, from where to buy fake designer bags to how to smell good all day with minimal effort. Her work is reminiscent of Seventeen Magazine.

Harman started this side hustle on April 3rd, 2020. She made her first few cents (yes, cents!) two months after she started with an Amazon affiliate program. With that consistency, marketing, and research, she started making about $900 a month from it by September.

Soon after is when she began to use SEO, which skyrocketed her profits to be $400 a day. This roughly translated to $144,000 a year. While she has to reinvest some of the money back into the site, she gets to pocket most of it. 

As a 20-year-old student living in India, Harman says that this amount of money is “seriously a lot.” In India, many people live with their parents until they are 25 or even longer, so being financially independent makes both her and her parents incredibly happy.

YourGirlKnows has made her financially independent, and she is proud to be the youngest earning member of her family.

 


 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Learn more about Harman and check out her fashionable website at, YourGirlKnows.com.

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First $1,000: Digital Art Reaches Physical Homes Worldwide

What It’s About

How two friends combined their wanderlust and love of art.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1955

Today’s episode is part of a new feature we’re doing in 2022 called ‘Your First $1,000.’ As you might surmise from the title, this is all about how someone made their first $1,000.

How did they get to that point? Not their first $100,000—that’s cool, but it would probably be a long story.

One thing I’ve learned is that once you begin to earn real money, the steps required to go to the next level—whether it’s $1,000 to $2,000, or even to $5,000 or $10,000 are often easier than that first real paycheck.

With that in mind, today’s feature comes from Emily and Christine in Toronto, Canada. They’re the co-founders of Wandercolors, which offers digital art of travel destinations. We first featured them back on Episode #1681.

They’re still going strong and continuing to grow! But what about their first $1,000—how did they make that happen, what did it feel like, and what did they learn?

Listen to today’s episode to learn more…

 


 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Thanks to Emily and Christine for telling us about their first $1,000. I hope you found it encouraging. Check out their website wandercolors.com, offering free worldwide shipping. Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram at @wandercolorsart.

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Chris Guillebeau

Q&A: “I’m giving lots of consultations, but making few sales…”

What It’s About

Today’s listener has plenty of interest in her services but is unable to make a sale.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1948

With coaching and consulting, it’s very common to offer a free session of some kind to make sure it’s a good fit and to gently sell someone on the paid service. That’s the idea: go from free to paid, at least as long as you the coach/consultant feels confident in providing value.

Well, as I said, it’s a common model but the key point is you have to convert those prospects. Today’s listener is experiencing lots of demand … but only for the free version of her offer, not the paid one. Let’s see if we can help her!

“I set up a page to offer my service helping people with self-confidence and negotiation. As part of my offer, I include a free 15-minute consultation to see if my coaching would be a good fit. I’m doing at least one of these a day, and often they end up going to 20 or 30 minutes. I can impart a lot of value during that time, but maybe that’s the problem: very few of these free sessions convert to real clients! I don’t want to spend all my time helping people for free. Should I change something about this process or even stop doing the free consults altogether?”

Listen to today’s episode to learn more…

 


 

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Q&A: “I think my client ghosted me…”

What It’s About

Today’s listener seeks advice on how to work with clients that…. disappear.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1953

Have you ever been ghosted? It’s not pleasant. You think you’re really connecting with someone, and then suddenly they stop returning your messages! You think, surely something must be wrong with their phone or their inbox … and why are the police coming to my house to tell me to stay away from them? This is all so awkward.

Well, let’s leave the relationship advice to someone more qualified than me. Today in Side Hustle School, a designer is having this problem with her client … or actually, her almost client, as you’ll hear. Aside from calling with a burner phone in hopes the client might pick up, is there anything that can be done?

“I’m a new designer who’s been doing freelance work for the past few months. Some of the experiences have been great, but something happened recently that’s been bothering me. I had a client ready to sign a contract for a good amount of work, but they wanted to see some sample ideas first. I put a few hours into the project and sent them over. The client said they liked them and would get back to me in a day or two to move forward, but then they disappeared. I’ve tried following up multiple times but haven’t received any response. I feel like I’ve been ghosted! Did I do this work for nothing—and should I not have sent them my initial ideas before the project officially started?”

Listen to today’s episode to learn more…

 


 

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To infinity and beyond,

Chris Guillebeau

Failure Friday: “I naively thought the influencers would bring sales…”

What It’s About

Are social media influencers as influential as they seem?

Notes from Chris

Episode 1952

I believe we can learn as much from failure as we can from success, if not more. It’s with this principle in mind that I offer you a weekly segment called Failure Friday: a collection of short stories all about mistakes, missteps, disasters, and of course, failure.

Just like our Throwback Thursday segment, you’ll hear directly from side hustlers who have struggled to get something off the ground. They’ll tell you a short story of something that went very wrong.

The stories will vary, but often it starts with an idea, what they thought would happen and what really happened—and of course, what they learned.

Today’s short story features Paige McInnes from Australia. She’s the owner of Little Change Creators, an ecommerce business offering ”mindful toys and gifts to make a difference.”

Following a rebrand, Paige thought it would be a good idea to pay some Instagram influencers to post about her products. Guess what? It didn’t work so well.

Listen to today’s episode to learn more…

 


 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Thanks to Paige for sharing this transparent and truthful story. Check out her website at littlechangecreators.com. “A little colour can change the world! By using activities that nurture creativity, encourage appreciation for our environment and cultivate empathy, modern families can build a bright future.”

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To infinity and beyond,

Chris Guillebeau

TBT: “Mozart for Munchkins” Gives Encore Performance

What It’s About

An update from the creators of a music program for children.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1951

Welcome to Throwback Thursday / “Where are they now?” where we take an in-depth look at someone who’s story has evolved considerably since we first featured them.

Last week, we heard from the creator of Just My Type, a creative bookbinding business based in Missoula, Montana. Other recent episodes have highlighted a guy who runs pizza tours in Chicago and two sisters who work together as auctioneers.

Today, in our latest feature, we’ll hear from Sara Sherman, the founder of Mozart for Munchkins, offering concerts and musical experiences for kids in the New York City area and beyond. We last featured Sara on Ep. 1080: Musicians Tune Up Classical Concerts For Families.

What’s happened since?

Listen to today’s episode to hear Sara’s updates…

 


 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Thanks to Sara for sharing her updates with us. Check out the website at mozartformunchkins.com. Sara is also an accomplished professional pianist who’s performed at Lincoln Center and all over the world. I listened to some of her performances while working on this episode. You can hear them at saraleilasherman.com.

 

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Q&A: “Can you really just right-click and save an NFT?!”

What It’s About

Today’s caller asks what everyone is thinking regarding NFTs. Can’t you just copy and save them?

Notes from Chris

Episode 1950

NFT alert!

We’re talking about those crazy things people are buying for large amounts of money online—digital images that are non-fungible. This is a topic some of us are still getting our heads around.

Today’s caller wants to know: can you really right-click and save someone else’s NFT to your computer? That same thing they paid tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for? (Or if they’re Justin Bieber, $1.3M?)

If you can do this, can you then sell it yourself? I love the thinking!

“Everyone knows that NFTs are just digital art, and there’s no way to make them truly exclusive. After all, anyone can right-click and save an image to their computer. Yet many of them are selling for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars! So what’s different about the version that people are buying and the one that you or I could save to our computer—why is there so much interest around them? Also, is it possible for anyone else to sell the NFTs? I’m thinking it can’t be that easy… but I don’t know what’s stopping them.”

Listen to today’s episode to learn more…

 


 

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Travel Membership Program Earns $300,000/Year

What It’s About

A travel blogger helps families learn how to fly free.

Words of Wisdom

Lyn share’s important advice about where to spend your energy: “Focus on one thing and keep tweaking it until it works. It turns out there’s a way to make almost anything work! I would try one thing, give up, try something else, etc. And be persistent. It’s those of us who don’t give up who are ultimately successful.”

Fun Fact

Families Fly Free isn’t Lyn’s first side hustle. In fact, she’s had a company doing social media research for law firms, travel writing, travel public relations, paid blogging and more!

Notes from Chris

Episode 1949

In 2015, Lyn Mettler was working as a travel writer for outlets like U.S. News & World Report and The TODAY Show. One day, she received a pitch about a couple who were flying around the world using miles and points they’d collected in ways other than flying. As a self-described spendthrift and frugal couponer, she was intrigued.

Lyn investigated the couple’s techniques for herself, experimenting with them on her family of four. She tried different strategies and eventually patched together her own process that allowed them to fly six times a year using miles and points. It was life-changing. The family went from road trips to flying around the U.S., Caribbean and Europe, all within a year. Inspired, Lyn decided to show other families exactly how to do it.

Inspired by membership programs she followed in other spaces, Lyn created the Families Fly Free membership program. It gives members access to all of the content she’d created in one place. She also works with members 1-on-1 on Zoom to show them her process and craft a plan specifically for their family. But the membership didn’t take off right away. Why not? As she explains it, she wasn’t being disruptive enough and didn’t have full confidence in what she was selling. In other words, Families Fly Free was flying under the radar.

During the pandemic, Lyn got an SBA loan and hired a business coach she’d worked with in a group setting. The coach affirmed that her product had value and helped hone her marketing and raise her prices. In fact, the price went from $199/year to $1,295, and that’s when the program finally caught some tailwinds!

Lyn says raising the price is the best thing she could have done. People finally valued the membership, and because they invested in it, they actually took the time to follow her advice. Members can save $3,000-$5,000 in just a few months following Lyn’s process and recommendations. That benefit led to powerful testimonials and word-of-mouth marketing.

These steps solved the crucial problem of monetization. In 2021, Lyn’s side hustle grew into a full-time hustle generating $300,000.

In the future, she aims to grow the membership to $1 million and help as many families as she possibly can. She’s also adding more features to the membership and continuing to grow her team. The sky’s the limit!

 


 

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  • Learn more about Lyn and find out how your family can fly for free at her website, familiesflyfree.com.

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"Focus on one thing and keep tweaking it until it works. It turns out there’s a way to make almost anything work!"
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