100: Behind the Scenes at Side Hustle Nation

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It’s episode 100!

The Side Hustle Show started kind of randomly. It was one of those things I was hesitant to start, because … well, where does it end? Do you just keep doing it forever?

But I was determined to do a podcast because it seemed like a really cool medium to get involved with (and, as we’ll discuss on this episode, was way less intimidating than video). I started out interviewing people from my personal network, and it branched out from there — often with a “who else should I talk to?”

I worried about running out of guests to talk to. I was self-conscious about the sound of my voice. I’d never edited audio before. I had no training or equipment.

So I had a lot to learn, but it’s been one of my best projects ever. Seriously.

The show cost less than $100 to start and I’m still using the same equipment. My mic has traveled to half a dozen countries and always earns a second look going through security.

I convinced enough friends — and maybe even a few strangers — to download the show, enough that it showed up in iTunes’ New and Noteworthy section during the launch. But let’s not mistake that for some magic podcasting pill and all of a sudden you have thousands of listeners. Not so, at least in my case.

It’s been a slow and steady climb. I wish I had a better answer, and obviously some other podcasts have seen much faster growth, but it’s been fun. Creating the show is the highlight of my week.

This week my friend Alex Barker co-hosts and interviews me on my entrepreneurial beginnings, my first side hustle, and the origins and future of Side Hustle Nation. We also go through a few listener questions as well.

(You may remember Alex from Episode 40 on the power of mastermind groups.)

I realized I’ve told some of these stories only in bits and pieces on the show and on the Side Hustle Nation blog before, despite having mentioned them on several other podcasts.

This episode is admittedly a little “fluffy” — so I promise a return to the hard-hitting tactical stuff next week!

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  • How I became an entrepreneur.
  • The story behind my first side hustle.
  • My biggest entrepreneurial failures.
  • My recommendations for people just starting out.
  • The percentage of income that comes from passive vs. active sources.


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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.

5 thoughts on “100: Behind the Scenes at Side Hustle Nation”

  1. 8 income streams? I need 7 more to catch up with you. Alex did a great job co-hosting. Thank you Nick for being transparent and vulnerable. I agree with Alex on the choice of your guests. All of them are working hustlers. Overall, Nick/Alex was a great combo.

  2. Nick,

    Another great show! It’s always good to hear the behind the scenes stuff – especially the stories about previous failures & the early days.

    Keep up the great work!

  3. Congrats on reaching #100! I love Thursdays when your podcast downloads into my phone :) I agree with Alex- one of the reasons I love your show is because the people you interview seem like they are just a few steps ahead of me- I can (kind of) relate to them and learn from them. Your show increases my hustle because I know I don’t have far-fetched dream; it’s something within my grasp. Thanks for all you do for the community.


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