45 Side Hustle Tools, Apps, and Resources I Use to Run My Online Business

I’m always looking for ways to work smarter and more efficiently, and to that end I took a recent inventory of my online business “toolkit.”

Of course many of these will be obvious to you but hopefully you discover some helpful new resources as well.

The good news? Most are free or at least have a free version!

And if you’re looking for the definitive guide to online resources named by top entrepreneurs, check out the full collection in my book, Work Smarter.

340: Affiliate Review Sites Done Right: How to Market and Monetize Like a Pro

Robert Brandl

Robert Brandl is a German entrepreneur now living in Spain with his wife and twin 16-month olds, but 10 years ago he was working full-time, wanting to travel, and was just trying to figure out how to get a blog online.

He did what most aspiring bloggers did, he turned to Google for answers. But was disappointed with what he found. Nobody was doing a great job answering his question and comparing all the different options.

With that, WebsiteToolTester.com was born.

339: Low Content Publishing: Can You Make Money Selling Blank Books on Amazon?

selling blank books

This week I’m excited to introduce one of the hottest side hustles of the moment, and that is low-content self-publishing.

What is low-content publishing?

Let me explain — self-publishing has been around for a decade, and we’ve covered that quite a bit in both fiction and non-fiction — it’s one of my favorite and perhaps most passive side hustles. Write the book, hit publish, collect royalties for years.

333: The Raw Truth About Blogging – How a “Dog Mom” Built her Online Business on the Side

surprised dog blog

Kimberly Gauthier has been running KeepTheTailWagging.com since 2011, but things really started to take off when she niched down her focus to raw feeding for dogs.

Raw feeding is basically the paleo diet for dogs — attempting to mimic their ancestral diet.

Her blog had than 2 million page views last year — almost entirely from organic search in Google, and she’s monetized the traffic with a few different income streams.

331: A Look Inside a 6-Figure Online Business: Traffic, Monetization, and More

Brock McGoff

A few years ago, a side hustler named Brock McGoff reached out to me with a guest post pitch.

The post detailed how he was making, at that time, $4,000 a month, from his blog about men’s fashion, on the side from his day job.

Since then, Brock has turned TheModestMan.com into his full-time focus, into a 6-figure income, and into a media empire that expands well beyond the blog itself.

My Podcast Production Process, Start to Finish

podcast production process step by step

In this post, I’ll walk through my complete podcast production process for The Side Hustle Show.

If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s a top-rated and award winning business podcast with more than 8 million lifetime downloads.

I’ve been producing the podcast weekly since 2013, and though I know this process will continue to evolve, here’s what it looks like today.

Usually Hustling, Occasionally Social