288: What I’ve Learned and Applied for 49 Awesome Entrepreneurs – Part 5

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At the end of nearly every episode of The Side Hustle Show, I ask my guests for their #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation. There’s always a great variety of responses, and I wanted to take some time today to go through some of my favorites from the past 50-ish interviews.

This has become an annual tradition on the show, and we just passed 5 years and 5.5 million downloads!

If you like this short-and-sweet meta-style show, be sure to check out the others in this series:

And even though my primary motivation is to extract helpful tactics for you, the listener, I can’t help but learn from my guests as well. You never know when inspiration will strike or where you’ll hear the one insight that has a huge impact.

These episodes are a lot of fun to put together, and give me an excuse to revisit some of my favorite moments and wise words from the show.

From the last 49 guests, the 3 most common #1 tips I heard were:

  1. Take action; learn as you go.
  2. Be persistent. It doesn’t happen overnight.
  3. Charge more. Don’t undervalue yourself.

While those might sound overly generic, don’t be quick to dismiss them. If all these really smart and successful people keep saying these episode after episode as their “#1 tip,” I think they’re worth paying attention to.

What action can you take today to apply those tips?

My #1 tip this time? Make progress every day.

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The Goods

Here are the tips. The ones in bold are the ones I spend some time talking about and applying in my work.

232 – Ben Foley “Just ship it. “

233 – Jim Brown – “You will never get anything in life you don’t ask for.”

235 – Ryan Dowd – “Don’t try and build perfection on the first try.”

237 – Noah Kagan“Write down your most important priorities for tomorrow tonight, and then wake up and do them.” 

238 – Steve Scott – “Identify your 8/20. Figure out what’s actually driving the results and focus on that first thing every morning.”

239 – David Fedewa & Stash Standley

David: “Smart small and make incremental improvements.”
Stash: “Persistence is key. If the answer isn’t coming, ask the question in a different way.”

240 – Teresa Greenway – “Spread joy.”

241 – Cathy Heller – “Get busy living up to your potential.”

242 – John Cavendish“Outsource as soon you can afford it.”

244 – Chris Green “Take action. Try it.”

246 – Sam Gonzalez – “Patience and perseverance; success doesn’t happen overnight.”

247 – Zeona McIntyre“Be really flexible. Figure it out.”

248 – Russ Perry “Pricing: If you’re not charging enough you won’t succeed. Double or triple your pricing. Cash flow is the elixir of life.”

249 – Christopher Gimmer “Think about how you’re going to get customers before building the product.”

250 – Ravider Deol – “Just get started.”

251 – Dustin Lein“Give yourself permission to take action.”

252 – Deacon Hayes “Track everything.”

253 – Kim and Cressel Anderson

Kim: “It’s never too late to pivot.”
Cressel: “Arrange yourself for financial flexibility.”

254 – Vincent Pugliese “It comes down to relationships. Always give before receiving.”

255 – Bryan Orr“Create content about something you care about.”

257 – Michelle Schroeder-Gardner“The average person watched 34 hours of TV a week. Take 15-20 of those to build your side hustle.”

258 – Jefferson Lilly“Hire ahead of the curve.”

259 – Jon Shanahan, Pete Sveen & Matt Tran

Jon: “Just start doing it.”
Pete: “Schedule an afternoon once a week to do something you enjoy.”
Matt: “Target a demographic that has money.”

260 – Ryan Grant“Take action on something you find interesting.”

261 – Rob Dionne“The process is the result.”

262 – Anthony Tran “Allow yourself to let go.”

263 – Greg Mercer“Use other people’s money to help grow your business.”

264 – Kelly Snyder “Believe in yourself.”

265 – Allie McAdam“Don’t undervalue yourself.”

266 – Brian Winch“Work the business and the business will work for you.”

268 – Rosemarie Groner“Learn Facebook Ads.”

269 – Natalie Eckdahl “Everyone has a high-end offer in their business.”

270 – Greg Hickman“Fall in love with the problem, not the solution.”

272 – Josh Bauerle“Tax tip – Get the proper business entity. General business tip – Get in front of other people’s audiences.”

273 – John Doherty“Cast a wide net, then focus on what’s working.”

274 – John Wilker “Take imperfection action, and fix what’s broken on the fly.”

275 – Perry Marshall – “Good marketing can’t fix bad economics.”

277 – Paul Brodie“Take the plunge! Everyone has at least one thing they can teach.”

278 – Spencer Haws & Ace Chapman

Spencer: “Test and do what makes sense for you.”
Ace: “The bigger you get the more important your relationships become.”

279 – Matt Giovanisci“Spend more time on content, less on promotion.”

280 – Corey Jeffreys“Know your calendar.”

281 – James Johnson“Focus on income-generating activities.”

282 – Brett Lindenberg“Interviews are great way to start relationships. Make a list of 100 companies that are potential advertisers in your market and start interviewing / featuring them.”

283 – Laura Belgray“Get comfortable copywriting.”


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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.

4 thoughts on “288: What I’ve Learned and Applied for 49 Awesome Entrepreneurs – Part 5”

  1. Hey Nick,

    I surely love the fact that you interview people on podcast shows. I t really adds to the great rich content of your blog and lets people hear a live person and get valuable insight. I’m wondering by chance if you can hopefully enable the embed option in your podcast shows so bloggers can embed your shows into their blogs and discuss them, thus giving their readers inspiration to take the side hustle seriously to the point of relying on it for a 100% income.

    I like the part toward the end of your blog where it says “spend more time on content and less on promotion.” I have to admit I was doing the opposite of that for a good New York minute, But the moment I double slip switched the content strategy around and started producing more content for the site, my SEO, bounce rate, and global traffic rank started improving.

    Hopefully you’ll let others embed your podcasts soon by enabling the option. Thank you for all you do Nick.

  2. Nick, thanks for all of your awesome podcasts. I love how your interviews really get into the trenches with the info rather than just being super high level. There is something to be said for more of the “motivational” focused entrepreneurs out there, but your podcast makes everything they talk about seem obtainable. Thanks for always being awesome.


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