2016 Annual Review and Q4 Progress Report: What Was Awesome, What Sucked, and What’s Next

As we move into 2017, on the surface, things are great. I had my best year financially since 2009, we managed to keep our little hustler alive 11 months in a row, and we went on quite a few cool adventures as a family.

Yet I’ve got some weird anxiety. Like I’m working every week, but maybe not on the right things. Like I could and should be taking on more or different projects. Like I’m letting people down who email me. Like I’m in maintenance mode and not growth mode — even though things are growing.

My 10 Best Performing Email Subject Lines of the Year (and 3 that flopped)

Thursday is Podcast Day, or as my wife calls it, “The Day Nick Spends at Least an Hour Trying to Send Out an Email.”

I’m constantly trying to improve my email deliverability, engagement, and open rates, so I wanted to take this opportunity to look back through some of the data and see which of my subject lines from this year performed the best.

3 Productized Service Business Ideas You Can Start Today

Productized service businesses are all the rage these days. They involve packing up a service traditionally sold on a freelance or hourly basis, and instead selling it at a fixed price or on a monthly retainer contract.

Examples include Dan Norris’ WP Curve, which offers unlimited WordPress support for $79 a month, or Russ Perry’s Design Pickle, which offers unlimited graphic design tasks for $370 a month.

These services are popping up in a ton of different niches, and for good reason. They have low startup costs, low overhead, and a simple to understand proposition for customers.

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.