35: From $18 an Hour to $1000 an Hour in 60 Days

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In episode 35 of The Side Hustle Show, I learn how Daniel DiPiazza from Rich20Something.com went from earning $18 an hour to $1000 an hour using his “Marsupial Method” for side hustle businesses.

It sounds hype-y, but it happened. Pretty crazy stuff, with parallels you can takeaway and apply to your own biz.

We also talk about the super-simple-and-obvious-but-almost-never-implemented way to score new freelance clients and find out why teaching what you know is the perfect side hustle. (The classroom-style leverage is what generated the massive hourly rate hike!)

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  • The skills you have are worth money.
  • How to find the people who are really willing to pay for those skills.
  • How to do business with them by finding who they’re already working with.
  • Why teaching is a great side hustle, and how a packed classroom can skyrocket your hourly rate.
  • Daniel’s Elance “hack” that made him $23,000 in a month.
  • Daniel’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.



  • “I thought, I’ve got to have some monetizable skill.”
  • “I realized my services were really valuable.”
  • “I can learn anything.” <– click to tweet!

Check out the conversation, I think you’ll like it. Let me know what you think about the “Marsupial Method” in the comments below. Here’s Daniel explaining it in his own words:

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3 thoughts on “35: From $18 an Hour to $1000 an Hour in 60 Days”

  1. Excellent video and idea, Daniel. Actually, I believe I could do something similar in local High Schools. I am 100% fluent in Spanish (speak, read and write proficiently / Spanish is my native language) and although I’ve never taught it officially, I’ve been an educator on a variety of other fields. How would you approach a High School if you had this set of skills? What kind of materials or credentials could I use to prove that I know “my stuff”? I’ll appreciate your input!


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