These 9 Apps Help You Save, Make, and Even Invest Money While You Shop

Try as I might to do all my shopping online, I still find myself running errands around town at least on a weekly basis.

And my guess is you’re in the same boat.

With Christmas and the holiday season coming up, I wanted to share a few cool apps and resources that can help you save money while you shop, make a few extra bucks, and even invest your change.

The 5 Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Side Hustlers

You know I wouldn’t condone the mindless consumerism, the frenzied deal-hunting hordes, or the manufactured scarcity that typically go along with a Black Friday-themed message, BUT if you were going to buy something anyway, you might as well get the best deal on it, right?

So here’s a short selection of products and services that may help your business and your bottom line for the duration of 2016 and beyond.

Enjoy!

Gravy Time

With Thanksgiving coming up, I want to introduce the concept of Gravy Time.

Gravy Time is the time you’re working because you want to, not because you have to.

Hopefully you have Gravy Time in your day, in your month, your year, and even your life.

Here’s how it works: Once you’ve earned enough to cover your obligations, everything else is gravy.

Podcast Marketing Brain Dump: 21 Lessons from 200 Episodes, 3.5 Years, and 1.9 Million Downloads

The Side Hustle Show just hit 200 episodes and 2 million lifetime downloads. It’s all pretty crazy for what started as a little side project experiment in 2013 with a $50 mic from my living room.

Podcasting is an incredibly powerful medium and it’s honestly been life-changing for me.

I wish I could give you a definitive answer on how to grow a podcast but the truth is I don’t know. I think there’s a combination of factors at play, and I’ll do my best to outline those in this post.

Here’s Everything I Did To Launch a Bestselling Book (and How Much It’s Made So Far)

Last month I launched my latest book project, Buy Buttons, out into the world. On Day 1, it became an Amazon bestseller and has gone on to collect 75+ 5-star reviews and sell more than 2600 copies.

My process was much more involved this time around than it was two years ago for the launch of Work Smarter. A lot has changed during that time so I was excited to put some new ideas to the test.

In this post, I’ll break down the entire writing and launch process, step-by-step, start to finish.

The 30-Day Meditation Challenge: Am I 10% Happier?

In August I embarked on a personal challenge to develop a meditation habit. If I could do it every day for a month, maybe it would (finally) become a routine practice.

Inspiration for the challenge came from a conversation with Dan Harris, an Emmy award-winning journalist who discovered meditation as an effective way to calm the voices in his head.

Dan convinced me to give it another shot, citing scientific evidence that meditation has a whole host of benefits including lower blood pressure and increased focus. So I committed to meditating every day in August, and I recruited 47 side hustlers to join me for accountability.

How to Launch a Bestseller: 25 Authors Share Their Top Book Launch Tips

What’s the best way to write a bestselling book? Ask a hundred people and you’ll get 100 different answers.

This post serves a couple purposes. The first is to collect and share some awesome book marketing tips from the authors you’ll find below. After all, the “round-up” post format is a proven winner.

The second purpose is admittedly a little more self-serving. I’ve got a new book launch coming up and wanted to hear from some of the best in the business what I should to give it the best chances for success.