Scott Tarcy reached out to me with a listener success story of taking some of his on-the-job skills and turning them into a business on the side.
Scott’s a mechanical engineer by trade, and his job involved lots of product design work, including computer aided drafting and 3D modeling. Recognizing that other individuals and companies might have a need for those skills, he took to the interwebs.
In this episode you’ll hear how Scott’s first efforts to find freelance clients fell flat, but ultimately the two marketing channels that worked. He’s excited by the freedom and flexibility his business affords, but admits there’s still some work to do to make his income more predictable and not as reliant on his own input.
Like most side hustle stories, this one is a work in progress, but I wanted to share because Scott is doing a lot of things right and setting himself up for success. Listen in for parallels on how you can apply his tips to your own hustle.
He shares the power of getting in front of your target customers by going where they already are, how using a new platform called Thumbtack really accelerated his business, and his plans for growth to scale beyond trading time for money.
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- How Scott decided what service he could sell.
- How he landed his first customers after his initial marketing attempts flopped.
- How he’s leveraging the new Thumbtack platform to win clients locally and around the country.
- How his side hustle ended up getting him fired <– an important caution.
- How Scott prices his services and even sometimes subcontracts the work.
- His plans for productizing and scaling the business beyond straight hours for dollars freelancing.
- Scott’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.
- The $100 Startup
- The 4 Hour Workweek
- Product Licensing as a Side Hustle w/ Stephen Key
- The Piggyback Principle
- Gina Horkey on The Side Hustle Show
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