What’s the story of your first job-free income?
To celebrate the 4-year anniversary of The Side Hustle Show, I asked the Side Hustle Nation community to join me in creating a really fun episode.
I asked people to tell me how they first started making money on the side, and got 25 different voicemails!
In this episode, you’ll hear first-hand the steps your fellow listeners took to put themselves back in the driver seat of their own financial well-being. And no matter how you shake it, that first sale is a powerful one.
We asked, you shared. For the past week, our original series, The Evolution of the Side Hustle: How Gigs Are Killing the 9-to-5, has charted the changing nature of the daily grind as the digital economy introduces new ways to meet rent with innovative side gigs. Inspired by our coverage, OZY readers have been sending us stories of their own weird and wacky side hustles; here are some of our favorites.
My side gig is blowing things up. I work on fireworks displays for multiple companies as well as for events ranging from football games to touring rock concerts. I also make side money teaching courses to people who want to become licensed to handle pyrotechnics.
Chad Carson is a 30-something semi-retired real estate mogul, who together with his business partner, oversees a portfolio of 90+ rental units.
In fact, he and his wife are in the middle of an exciting adventure — a year abroad in Ecuador with their two daughters.
But of course he didn’t start there. Fresh off the football field at Clemson, Chad’s real estate career started more modestly by “bird dogging” and house hacking — two of the tactics he shares in this week’s show.
You can learn more about Chad and his real estate business at CoachCarson.com, where he writes about using real estate investing to retire early and do what matters.
Today’s contribution comes from Grace Moser, who, together with her husband Silas, took action on one Side Hustle Show episode in a big way.
In this post, she shares their incredible results and best-practices from starting a blog from scratch in late 2015, and turning it into a 5-figure a month income stream today! Wow!
Silas and Grace are two adventurers who blog at ChasingFoxes.com about lifestyle, travel, and food. They enjoy creating awesome content for their readers, spending time with each other, and traveling full-time.
Take it away, Grace!
Unable to find branded candy hearts for a client, a marketing executive decides to make her own. She also ends up making a six-figure income with 90% of the work being done in one season of the year. Check out the show notes at SideHustleSchool.com/3
Side Hustle School features a new story EVERY DAY of someone who started a hustle without quitting their job. You’ll learn how they got the idea, how they overcame challenges along the way, and what the results are. You need a hustle!
On today’s episode, Arsha shares:
How she developed the Capital City Co mambo sauce in her kitchen and ended up on the front page of The Washington Post
How she launched her first t-shirt shop with no shirts and no supplies
How haters reporting and shutting down her Etsy shop gave her the motivation to launch her own e-commerce site
Why you should test and validate your ideas before spending a lot of money on branding and inventory
Her number one secret to Facebook marketing
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Amazon ranks the items by popularity, and Lassen used this data to decide which shirts to produce. These rankings are called best sellers rank, or BSR, and they are found within the product information section under an item for sale. A clothing item with a best sellers rank of 100,000 means the item is probably selling an item per day, Lassen estimates, while a best sellers rank near 2,000 is selling about 25 to 50 items daily.
Ice cream queens Natasha Case and Freya Estreller run Coolhaus, an artisanal ice cream sandwich company, but they didn’t always have their sights set on the confectionary world.
30 Under 30 honoree Case had just received a graduate degree in architecture and Estreller was working in finance when they started selling ice cream sandwiches on the side in an old postal truck. “A side hustle is kind of my advice to all people starting a business, especially a food business,” said Case, who wanted to take a bite out of the business before fully jumping in.
4. Sell shoelaces.
This may sound totally random, but billionaire Mark Cuban swears that any student can make more than minimum wage by selling shoelaces.
“I guarantee you that if you go to the parking lot of any high school or college football game with a bunch of shoelaces in team colors that you bought for two bucks a pop, and put up a sign and two chairs, you can make money,” Cuban writes on his blog.
He continues, “Go to wherever there are people in your community. Flea Market. Basketball Game. Dance recital. Wherever people who go to your school show up, you show up.”