Consulting is a unique “flavor” of freelancing in that you’re positioned even more as a trusted advisor vs. a straight hired gun freelancer.
Last fall, Chris Deardorff had a passion for startups and entrepreneurship, but wasn’t sure which direction to go. He had — and still has — a good job doing product marketing.
But as he studied the local startup scene, he noticed a common problem. Many startups struggled to gain traction for the products and services; a problem an experienced product marketer could solve.
In this episode, you’ll hear how Chris landed his first clients, the suite of services he decided to offer, and how he’s delivering the work in addition to his full-time job.
Jonathan Stark says the key to side hustle success — for consultants, at least — lies in finding an expensive problem, and solving it.
Jonathan’s a pro at finding these expensive problems, having run a successful online consulting business for several years, focusing on mobile-ready web development.
At the recommendation of two-time Side Hustle Show guest, Kai Davis, he dropped by to share some of his insight on how to get a side hustle consulting business off the ground.
Can you see yourself walking away from your day job in the next 6 months?
In 2013, Amanda Abella decided to start taking her side hustle (freelance writing and coaching) seriously so she could make that glorious exit. Six short months later, she was free.
How’d it happen? Well that’s what this week’s conversation is all about.
So far this year, I’ve made $1338.96 consulting on Clarity.fm. This is one the many income streams I’m working on, and it’s an easy one to add to your repertoire.
Clarity earnings are incremental; it’s $1300 I wouldn’t have made otherwise. I say that because my “clients” don’t have a pre-existing relationship with me, but this platform brought us together.
Clarity is the marketplace to get one-on-one expert advice on a wide variety of business topics. The site makes it easy to facilitate quick Q&A-style consulting calls.
If you’ve been in the “niche site” game at all over the past few years, this week’s conversation will open your eyes to a whole new world of possibility in the realm of making money with Adsense.
Kurt Elster is the co-founder of EtherCycle, an online marketing strategy and web design and development firm. But on top of that, his company also runs a plethora of one-page micro-sites that earn advertising revenue with Adsense.
Charlie started his first business at 4 years old and has been hustling ever since. He’s built a multi-million real estate company at age 24 and has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in his own entrepreneurial education from some of the best in the world.
And while his book and coaching services are primarily aimed at larger organizations than most “side hustles,” I thought there were still some valuable takeaways from our chat.
Consulting can be a beautiful business model because it transitions you from selling what you do to selling what you know.
So what do you know that other businesses might pay for? What could you consult on?
We cover all that and more with Kai Davis this week on The Side Hustle Show. We talk everything from landing more clients, increasing your rates, getting paid to do work you used to do for free, how to get clients on a monthly retainer agreement, and if you stick around to the end of the show — Kai lays out his exact one-hour-at-a-time plan on how he would get a new consulting business off the ground.