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!

Good stuff!

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Nick Loper

About the Author

Nick Loper is a side hustle expert who loves helping people earn more money and start businesses they care about. He hosts the award-winning Side Hustle Show, where he's interviewed over 500 successful entrepreneurs, and is the bestselling author of Buy Buttons, The Side Hustle, and $1,000 100 Ways.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Forbes, TIME, Newsweek, Business Insider, MSN, Yahoo Finance, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times, Bankrate, Hubspot, Ahrefs, Shopify, Investopedia, VICE, Vox, Mashable, ChooseFI, Bigger Pockets, The Penny Hoarder, GoBankingRates, and more.

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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