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The entrepreneurship podcast you can actually apply! The award-winning small business show covers creative ways to make money online and offline, including blogging, online business, freelancing, marketing, sales funnels, investing, and much more. Join 100,000+ listeners and get the business ideas and passive income strategies straight to your earbuds. No BS, just actionable tips on how to start and grow your side hustle. Hosted by Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation.

The Side Hustle Show Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation

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The entrepreneurship podcast you can actually apply! The award-winning small business show covers creative ways to make money online and offline, including blogging, online business, freelancing, marketing, sales funnels, investing, and much more. Join 100,000+ listeners and get the business ideas and passive income strategies straight to your earbuds. No BS, just actionable tips on how to start and grow your side hustle. Hosted by Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation.

    614: Scaling a Local Service Business: Multi 6-Figures in Pet Waste Removal

    614: Scaling a Local Service Business: Multi 6-Figures in Pet Waste Removal

    It's not every day you spot one of your podcast guests' yard signs while driving, but that's exactly what happened to me.
    As we cruised the neighborhood, a bright pink "Kroopin's Poopin Scoopin" sign caught my eye.
    We first heard from this guest in 2020.
    She was earning around a thousand bucks a week from her part-time pooper scooper/pet waste removal business.
    And since then, it has grown to serve almost 200 weekly residential customers at an average ticket price of $99/month.
    In this 'Where Are They Now?' episode, I have once again Erica Krupin from Kroopin's Poopin Scoopin to talk about what this former side hustle looks like at scale.

    Full Show Notes: Scaling a Local Service Business: Multi 6-Figures in Pet Waste Removal
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    • 55 min
    GH: Best Dad Advice: 10 Life and Business Lessons from Dad

    GH: Best Dad Advice: 10 Life and Business Lessons from Dad

    In honor of father’s day, I wanted to share some of the best advice I’ve received from my dad over the years, and how we can all work to apply it in life and in business.
    For the sake of background, dad is a chemical engineer — he spent decades of his career at one company — but still had lots of entrepreneurial experiences and insights along the way.
    (He did do a bit of consulting in retirement!)
    The funny thing is almost all of these were very literal conversations, which I’ve extrapolated out (30 years later!) to have a broader meaning.
    And as I think about the kind of advice I want to be passing along to my own kids, I think these kinds of concrete illustrations may be a really effective way to do it. Especially if they turn out to be the over-analyzing types like me!
    Full Show Notes: Best Dad Advice: 10 Life and Business Lessons from Dad
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    • 23 min
    613: 14 Income Producing Assets

    613: 14 Income Producing Assets

    Income producing assets are things you own (or control) that pay you every month, quarter, or year.
    In this post, I’ll share some of the best income producing assets you can build or acquire — starting on the side.
    These selections are based on:

    15+ years building income-producing assets online

    20+ years as an investor in income producing assets

    500+ interviews with successful side hustlers

    You’ve probably heard the saying that it “takes money to make money,” but that’s not always true. Sure, starting with money will help, but you can also create income producing assets with a little sweat equity.
    Ready? Let’s do it!
    Full Show Notes: 14 Income Producing Assets
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    Tailor Brands — Get 40% off the all-in-one platform to build your online brand the smart way w/ code SIDEHUSTLE.

    • 43 min
    GH: Should I Start a Freelance Business or Build an Agency? Side Hustle Showdown

    GH: Should I Start a Freelance Business or Build an Agency? Side Hustle Showdown

    A service business is one of the fastest side hustles to get off the ground, and you can scale it by hiring other people to deliver the work.
    But is there an advantage to staying a solo operator?
    In this Side Hustle Showdown, we're looking at freelancing vs. building an agency.
    For this debate, I invited a couple members of The Side Hustle Nation community who both run cleaning companies:


    Chris Schwab from ThinkMaids.com represented the agency side. We last heard from Chris in episode 294, where he talked about how he’d built his cleaning business to $60k a month in revenue, and scaled back his own involvement to just 10 minutes a day.


    Ken Carfango from SmartCleaningSchool.com represented the solo freelance side. Ken’s a former engineer and a father of 5 who’s got his cleaning business dialed in where he can knock out the work himself in just a couple days, and enjoy 5-day weekends with his family.

    Tune in to hear both Chris and Ken discuss which business model is best for:

    Getting started

    Finding new clients

    Scaling

    Start-up costs

    How to exit

    And more

    If you’re trying to decide which path you want to take, stick around to learn how to avoid the dreaded “valley of despair” that often afflicts service businesses, and how to get started on the right foot.
    Full Show Notes: Should I Start a Freelance Business or Build an Agency? Side Hustle Showdown
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    • 1 hr
    612: 10 Ways to Make Your Side Hustle Feel “Real”

    612: 10 Ways to Make Your Side Hustle Feel “Real”

    Before we begin, I should note that the single BEST way to make your side hustle feel official is to get paid.
    As soon as you’ve got your side hustle idea, go sell something.
    Seriously.
    That first income — no matter how small — is an empowering moment.
    In fact, I did a whole episode describing how I got my first sale in 6 different businesses, and later another 25 members of Side Hustle Nation shared their story in this fun round-up episode.
    But I also understand that many people — myself include — often want some level of “establishment” before they feel comfortable saying they’re open for business.
    I opened my first LLC while I was still in college and really had no idea what I needed it for. But it felt good, and if I’m being honest, made me feel smart and important too.
    And later I got plenty of use out of it.
    And that’s what this post is about. Even though in the early days of your side hustle, you’re better off focusing on getting customers, sometimes you need a little foundation before you’re mentally ready to focus on getting customers.
    My only caution is not to use this list as fodder for procrastination, but to use it as a checklist to build positive momentum and keep going.
    Again, before you pull my hustle card, know that you don’t need any of these to get started. But you will need to do most of these eventually, and if you’re the person who likes to get everything in order first, let’s get that excuse out of the way.
    Ready? Let’s do it.
    Full Show Notes: 10 Ways to Make Your Side Hustle Feel More Official
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    • 20 min
    611: The 6-Figure Video Game Mom

    611: The 6-Figure Video Game Mom

    You know those endless hours you've spent perfecting your Fortnite skills or learning how to defeat a Guardian in Zelda games?
    There is a chance those skills aren't just good for bragging rights or racking up likes on Twitch.
    In fact, it is possible to make money out of these games without being an online streamer.
    I'm talking about teaching video games online, and the demand for these is exploding.
    In this "Where Are They Now?" series, we have once again Devyn Ricks from missdevyn.com share how much her online gaming teaching business has grown over the last years since we talked in Episode 499.
    When Devyn and I connected a couple of years ago, she was making around $4,000/month.
    Today, her business has more than doubled, earning her the title of "six-figure video game mom." She has since expanded her team to 14 teachers.
    Tune in to Episode 611 of The Side Hustle Show to learn:

    mechanics of setting up classes on Outschool

    strategies Devyn used to market her classes

    how Devyn identified her profitable niche

    connected with her audience


    Full Show Notes: The 6-Figure Video Game Mom
    New to the Show? Get your personalized money-making playlist here!
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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Lavinia_M ,

Great show, Nick!

This show is one of the best I listen to. It really resonates with my freelancing career!

Keep up the good work!

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