The Side Hustle Show is the podcast for part-time entrepreneurs who are looking for business ideas, actionable tips to start a business, and killer strategies on how to turn their side hustle dreams into a growing business. We cover all aspects of starting a business and making money (online and offline), including small business marketing, sales, websites, social media marketing, blogging, time management, and more. Our topics include passive income ideas, niche sites, self-publishing, software and app development, coaching and consulting, freelancing, affiliate marketing, Amazon FBA, and much more.
Learn how to turn your business idea into your own thriving small business. Starting your own business gives you the freedom and opportunity to quit your job. It doesn't take a high-flying start-up to make money or create an awesome lifestyle business.
Guests include Jon Acuff, Chris Ducker, Brian Clark, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, and many Tim Ferriss and Gary Vaynerchuk proteges. Because your 9 to 5 may make you a living, but your 5-9 makes you alive.
Hosted by Nick Loper, Chief Side-Hustler at Side Hustle Nation (.com).
472: 10 Creative Side Hustles That Make Real Money - Part 4
This week — in what has become a Thanksgiving tradition on the show — we’re diving into 10 creative side hustles that make real money.
This is the 4th installment of the series, so I encourage you to go check out the other episodes if you like this format -- those are episodes 310, 363, and 420.
Tune in to learn about how real people are making real money from everything from tarantulas to luxury picnics, from invisible sculptures to reselling driftwood that you can go pick up for free.
Full show notes
471: 6 Figures in 18 Months: Building a Photo Booth Rental Business
From hating photo booths to seeing an opportunity in the market and taking her photo booth side hustle to 6-figures in 18 months…
That’s the story of today’s guest, Cat Bloch.
Cat told me you would never “catch me dead” using a photo booth at a party.
That was until she came across a modern photo booth, and it completely changed how she looked at this popular wedding venue and Gala attraction.
Cat saw a gap in the market for an upmarket, modern, photo booth. Something that does much more than you’d expect from a photo booth, such as being used for corporate branding, immersive virtual experiences, and more.
Starting with one photo booth out of her front closet, Cat and MDRN Photobooth Company now operate 20 photo booths in multiple cities all across Canada.
Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn:
how Cat got her first customers how she prices and positions her service to stand out from the competition and really smart and intentional ways she’s found a steady stream of bookings Full show notes
470: $1K/Week: How to Flip Phones for Profit
Can you really make money flipping phones?
To find out, I sat down with pro cell phone flipper Jeff Duhon from the Smart Flippers Facebook group. In a typical week, Jeff resells 20-30 used iPhones with a target profit of $100 per flip.
If if you did half that volume, you could be earning $1000 a week.
Flipping phones for profit can be a lucrative side hustle or grow into a full-time income stream, but, like any business, there are some pros and cons.
The used cell phone industry is already huge, and growing bigger all the time. Estimates project the global market for secondhand phones to be worth between $39 and $52 billion by 2025.
Here's how to carve out your piece of that massive pie.
Tune in to The Side Hustle Show interview to learn:
How to source profitable inventory The easiest places to resell your phones How to not get scammed After all, being able to go out into the world and find profit is a skill to recession-proof your life.
Full show notes
469: 16 Business Ideas You're Free to Run With: The Business Idea Giveaway Show
Struggling to come up with a side hustle or business idea?
To help get the creative idea juices flowing, I’ve invited Joel Hansen, a member of the founding team of Kern.al on the show.
Kern.al is kind of like Reddit or Product Hunt, but for business ideas that don’t exist yet.
Just a few minutes on the site definitely sparked some creativity for me so I encourage you to check it out.
In this episode, Joel and I bounce some different business ideas back and forth that are free for you to run with and should be enough to get the cogs turning on your own ideas.
Tune in to this episode of The Side Hustle Show to hear 16 business ideas that are free for the taking, including:
why I’d be interested in an “erase me” button for personal data online ideas that have been posted on Kern.al for shadowing CEOs and elevating “Open” signs in shop windows a cool idea Joel has for autotext reminders and more Full show notes
468: 16 Marketing Ideas from Side Hustle Nation to Grow Your Business
Like it or not, we’re all marketers.
Whether we’re selling ourselves in a job interview, pitching our product or service, or trying to get people to pay attention to our content — we’re all marketers.
And you should know this is one of my all-time favorite topics.
So, how do we solve the awareness problem?
How do we position ourselves so the right people can find us — and the wrong ones leave us alone?
To spark some inspiration and maybe breathe new life into your own marketing efforts, I asked members of Side Hustle Nation to share what’s working for them right now.
Tune in to this episode of The Side Hustle Show to hear 16 of the best marketing wins and tips, including:
how you can dominate local search for your business and get a steady flow of organic leads the best social platforms to use to grow and engage with your audience some different and highly effective ways you can build your network and more Full show notes
467: What I’ve Learned and Applied from 49 Awesome Entrepreneurs Part 8
At the end of nearly every episode of The Side Hustle Show, I ask my guests for their “#1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.”
There’s always a great variety of responses, and I wanted to take some time today to go through some of my favorites from the past 50-ish interviews.
This has become an annual tradition on the show, which is now almost 8.5 years old and recently passed 17 million lifetime downloads.
If you like this short-and-sweet meta-style show, be sure to check out the others in this series:
Episode 50 - 2014 Episode 124 - 2015 Episode 177 - 2016 Episode 236 - 2017 Episode 288 - 2018 Episode 338 - 2019 Episode 392 - 2020 Full show notes
The BEST Side Hustle Podcast 🏆
I crossed paths with Nick at a conference a few years ago and he and the podcast have been on my radar ever since. And while I've always been interested the work he does, I've only recently started listening to the podcast with more regularity.
So glad I finally did, as the show is full of gold, even as someone who's been running an online business for the past 5 years. There are a number of similar shows out there but Nick's experience, personality and perspective really set this show apart.
If you're looking to start or grow a side-hustle, or full-time biz, do yourself a favour and check this show out!
Entertaining but lacks a dose of reality
I’m finally ready to review this podcast that I’ve been listening to for years. I’m sure Nick has the best intentions but many of the people he has interviewed over the years are not side hustlers but full hustlers. These are people that work 4-6 or more hours per day and call it a side business. That’s not a side business but a full time job. Also some of the people he has interviewed are very close to not being the real deal. I’ve contacted a few, like the Fiver guy and he was close to being a scammer. I also contacted a girl that made 150000 in 18 months and she tried to sell me a course and didn’t show up to the first lesson. I have tried step by step the Pinterest tips that a Pinterest expert gave and they didn’t work. So much of the advice doesn’t work, is outdated or is not real or it has never worked.
Very few guests tell the truth and say how hard is to have a side hustle that pays 6 figures per year.
I do have a couple of side businesses, for example as a consultant, but I’m a highly qualified professional in my field and those are services that not anyone can sell and that is something that is not mentioned often in these interviews.
I’m sure this podcast has inspired many to start side businesses and for that I give it 2 stars.
Side Hustle Show Podcast
I’ve stumbled on this podcast when I started my Coronavirus year of listening to 1k of Podcasts and honestly I’ve gotten hooked on it. The show is informative, well balanced with great guests and the host Nick Loper does an amazing job of not glorifying them but really selecting people who are real and give amazing ideas and advice. I’d strongly suggest it to anyone starting a side hustle.