Merry Christmas! We’ve reached 150 episodes of The Side Hustle Show and I’m excited to introduce my favorite side hustler of all-time.
Yes, I may be a little biased, but by popular demand, my lovely bride Bryn is joining me this week.
She’s a mechanical engineer by day and a side hustling photographer evenings and weekends. What started as a picture-taking hobby quickly evolved into a pretty healthy side income stream, and in this call we break down the five steps it took to get there.
Three years ago, Bryn and her business partner Brooke had each made less $500 from photography — far less than they’d spent on equipment. Fast forward to this year, and they shot more than a dozen weddings and booked top-line revenue in excess of $40,000.
Listen in to hear what happened in between.
Remember, every professional starts as an amateur, and there are parallels in this conversation I think will apply to any freelance service-based side hustle.
(Brooke and Bryn’s business also had a cameo in my TEDx talk last year.)
Plus, we have an announcement to make. We’re expecting a new addition to the fam, a son due next month!
Wish us luck!
Bryn’s 5 Steps:
- Find a support group, mentor, partner, or apprenticeship.
- Build a portfolio.
- Find ONE paying customer.
- Raise your rates.
- Invest in yourself, invest in the biz, and hustle.
- How this hobby turned into a business almost by accident.
- Why partnership could be a cure for inaction.
- How Bryn and Brooke quickly (and freely) built an online portfolio to showcase their work.
- Where they found their first paying customers.
- The surprising reaction potential customers had to their initial rates.
- How word of mouth, local events, and SEO have driven growth each year, despite exponentially increasing prices.
- Bryn’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.
- Brooke and Bryn Photography
- Bryn on Instagram
- Building Multiple Income Streams with “For-Profit” Hobbies
- How I Made My First Sale in 6 Different Businesses
- Emma Perez on The Side Hustle Show
What do you think? Could you apply these steps to your business? I think the hardest part is putting yourself out there along with a price tag and saying, “I’m worth it.”