Latest Side Hustle Posts
Adventures in building job-free income streams.
Tim Johnson is a man of many hustles. In fact, when he applied for my Inner Circle Mastermind last year, I had a hard time keeping them all straight.
Between his day job as a product engineer, his awesome self-publishing business, his Amazon FBA activities, and an upcoming brick-and-mortar project — and twin 2 year old boys — there’s no doubt he’s keeping busy!
On this call, we focus on his book business, which has earned a consistent $1000-1500 a month in author royalties.
In January, I had a chance to sit down with Nick Stephenson, a top-selling Kindle author in both fiction and nonfiction. We recorded a podcast session on building an email list from Amazon.
The “hook” was Nick built a massive list of 15,000 email subscribers in just a few short months, using one pillar strategy: giving his books away for free.
The first was with his fiction work, a crime thriller series where he decided to make the first title in the series “permafree.” Later, he pulled the same trick in non-fiction with a giveaway (very meta) called Reader Magnets.
I was able to catch up with Kathryn, one of my public coaching volunteers who’s starting a gluten free baked-goods company in Portland, Oregon.
Where we left off, things were going pretty well.
She’s been pounding the pavement doing some good ol’ fashioned cold calling to land her first clients, focusing on coffee shops in the local area. She had 2 recurring clients and around $250 a month in profit, but had just started a new job and was pressed for time.
Side Hustle Coaching: What it REALLY Takes to Build a SaaS Business, with Special Guest Dane Maxwell
It’s been almost 2 months since we last caught up with Wellington, one of my public coaching volunteers. Where we left off, he was working on a smartphone app for travel hackers and kicking around the idea for a software business in the home renovation estimating world.
Our last session was a rough one.
Wellington had just broken his foot and had his app repeatedly rejected from the app store for bugs that needed to be fixed. To make matters worse, his day job had become increasingly demanding and he was putting in 60-70 hour weeks at work.