About Nick and Side Hustle Nation

nick loperEvery day I’m hustling…


Nick Loper here, Chief Side Hustler at Side Hustle Nation™.

I’m an entrepreneur involved in a variety of projects. Like any business, it has its ups and downs, which can be stressful, but I learn something new every day.

I started this site because I believe in the hustle, but not the burn-yourself-out-working-24/7 variety.

Life tends to “happen to us” at an increasingly rapid pace. To me, hustle — or focused effort — is one way to be proactive and steer your life the way you want it to go.

It comes from an old baseball coach of mine: “Look, you’re gonna have bad days at the plate. You’re gonna have bad days in the field. But hustle never slumps.”

It’s the one element of your game you have control over.

After all, what’s riskier: starting a business, or relying on your job as your only source of income?

My entrepreneurial journey began at an early age — selling candy to my fellow Boy Scouts at summer camp, and eventually painting houses in college at the University of Washington.

After graduation, I did what you’re “supposed” to do: I got a full-time for a giant corporation.

But I built my biz nights and weekends. You can do it too.

Everyone has their own reasons to side hustle:

I believe in you. Whatever your reason, I’m here to help.

This site has literally hundreds of side hustle ideas. It showcases my successes and failures, as well as the actionable lessons from hundreds of fellow side hustle entrepreneurs.

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This is about the experiments along the way, the journey. But it’s also about building a future of real financial freedom.

You can steer your own financial destiny.

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Quick Facts About Side Hustle Nation

  • Side Hustle Nation was founded in 2013.
  • The Side Hustle Show has been downloaded more than 24 million times!
  • Side Hustle Nation won the Plutus Award for Best Entrepreneurship Blog/Podcast in 2016 and 2018.
  • Nick is the author of 7 books on entrepreneurship, side hustles, marketing, and productivity.
  • Side Hustle Nation is a 1% for the Planet member, where at least 1% of our revenue goes to protect this tiny rock we all call home.

Creation, Connection, and Contribution

Here’s a deeper look about what this brand of entrepreneurship is all about.

25 Random Facts About Nick:

  1. If you speak to me in Spanglish and/or Simpsons quotes, I’ll understand you.
  2. I’m a former swimmer, fast skier, bad golfer, and rec softball player.
  3. My entrepreneurial journey began selling baseball cards at the end of the driveway and candy at summer camp.
  4. After 11 years of dating, I married my high school sweetheart.
  5. We spent 14 years in California before returning to our Northwest roots in the Seattle suburbs. Still adjusting to the colder climate!
  6. I once took cold showers for 500 days in a row.
  7. I hate the word “deserve.”
  8. I know way more about shoes than anyone should.
  9. Potential most embarrassing moment: I once swallowed my gum during a bubble gum bubble-blowing contest. I was just chewing so hard to soften that thing up, and next thing I knew, I had to make the walk of shame back to my mom.
  10. I never expected to own a yoga mat.
  11. I “retired” from corporate America at age 25, and won’t have to get a real job ever again.
  12. If I could pick one superpower, it would be flying. I’ve wanted a flying car ever since I saw Back to the Future as a kid.
  13. I am lucky enough to work from home and keep Mochi, our giant shih-tzu, company.
  14. I suck at Saran wrap.
  15. I’ve never seen Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, or whatever other shows are popular, but I have seen The Sandlot and Major League dozens of times.
  16. I’ve been to 27 countries on 6 continents and believe a passport full of stamps is way better than a garage full of stuff.
  17. I once broke my arm throwing a baseball. True story. Snapped the humerus right in half.
  18. You know those one-size-fits-all hats? They’re always too big for me.
  19. I am decisively indecisive.
  20. Dad brag: my kids were both riding bikes without training wheels before they turned 3.
  21. There are few things I dislike more than ironing.
  22. I can’t turn my right wrist all the way over because of an elementary school monkey bar accident.
  23. I rarely wash fruit before I eat it, and I’m still alive. I know, a regular Evel Knievel over here.
  24. I’m on a very slow quest to visit every Major League stadium. I’ve been to 19 out of 30 so far.
  25. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

I also publish quarterly progress reports about what’s going on in my life and business.

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And a Few Pet Peeves…

  • $9 beers.
  • People who insist on introducing themselves with a middle initial.
  • Scary movies. What’s the point?
  • People who steal.
  • Hotels that still charge for WiFi.
  • Parking lot “waiters.” You know, those people who creep along waiting for someone with a choice spot to pull out. Or worse, the ones who will stalk you all the way to your car. Just find another spot.
  • Litterbugs.
  • “Mealy” apples.
  • Second hand smoke.
  • Valet parking. I really just feel naked without my keys.

But my biggest pet peeve is seeing people live unhappy lives when they have complete control over their futures. By visiting this page today, you’re already one step ahead.

So, what’s next? I’m so glad you asked.


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