Bootstrapping a $1M Direct to Consumer E-Commerce Brand as a Side Hustle

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Ben Feys and Kevin Niehoff had a problem. As young professionals working busy day jobs, they struggled with skincare issues like acne and eczema but couldn’t find products that worked for them.

Rather than accept their fate, these best friends decided to take matters into their own hands. They dreamed of creating the “Nike of skincare” — a brand built specifically for active males like themselves.

In 2019, Ben and Kevin finally decided to scratch their entrepreneurial itch and turn this passion project into a side hustle reality. Little did they know their bootstrapped men’s skincare line would generate over $1 million in annual revenue just a few years later.

How I Grew to $1M in All-Time Revenue in 3 Years, Starting as a Side Hustle

Monisha Misra

Who would have ever thought that cheese boards could earn you $1M? When we first met Monisha Misra, she had grown her charcuterie board side hustle, BoardsbyMo, to over $100k in revenue in less than a year.

Fast forward to today, BoardsbyMo generates over $1 million in lifetime revenue, and Monisha now runs the business full-time with a team of 7 employees.

How to Turn Your Ideas Into Recurring Revenue, with Stephen Key

“To build income you can hustle, but to build wealth you need to build something that doesn’t require your hands.”

That’s what this week’s guest told me, and then walked me down an interesting path in building that elusive “hands-free” business. His angle?

Product licensing.

Flipping Books for Profit: How to Make $4000 a Month Selling Used Books

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Do you enjoy hunting for bargains that you can buy low and sell high?

Charlie William does, and his book flipping business is proof that this business model still works.

He’s become a master deal-hunter, selling more than $9,000 worth of used books last month on Amazon. 

The best part? Anyone with access to thrift stores, yard sales, and local charity shops can get started with this side hustle for just a few bucks a month.

The 12 Best Ways to Make Money with a 3D Printer: $1,000+ a Month

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Do you want to make money with a 3D printer?

Whether you’re looking to build a 3D printing side hustle or just offset the costs of your 3D printing hobby, you’re in the right place.

Even though 3D printers can be expensive, the good news is there are lots of ways to turn them into money makers.

Flipping Shoes for Profit – $250-1000 a Month in Your Spare Time

flipping shoes for profit

One of the most popular side hustles, and really one of the most popular business models in the world is to buy a product and resell it for a profit.

Today’s guest, Beau Hunter, is an expert at that and he walks us through how to earn an extra $500-1000 a month in one particular flipping niche: and that’s shoes.

Beau is a full-time band director with a couple young kids, but with the help of his flipping side hustle, he’s paid off over $100k in student debt.

Building a $15K/Month Print on Demand Business on Etsy

With her hours cut due to the pandemic and a new house to pay for, this week’s guest set out an action plan to make 6-figures in 2021.

To achieve that, Heather Johnson of decided to start an Etsy store selling print on demand goods like t-shirts, mugs, and other apparel and items.

Fast forward two years and Heather is now a former MRI tech who’s taken her print on demand side hustle full-time and is averaging $15k a month in revenue and $4-5k in monthly profit.

How to Start a Roadside Produce Stand: $1000 a Weekend Flipping Peaches

Shannon Houchin

“Nothing puts a smile on a consumer’s face quicker than a good peach.”

This week’s guest is Shannon Houchin of, and she’s passionate about peaches, fresh produce, and delivering an awesome customer experience.

Shannon actually reached out to me and said, Nick, you’ve got episodes on flipping books and mattresses, clearance products, domain names, flea market finds, and a ton of other stuff – but have I got a side hustle for you: I flip peaches. 

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