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Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation

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The entrepreneurship podcast you can actually apply! The award-winning small business show covers creative ways to make money online and offline, including blogging, online business, freelancing, marketing, sales funnels, investing, and much more. Join 100,000+ listeners and get the business ideas and passive income strategies straight to your earbuds. No BS, just actionable tips on how to start and grow your side hustle. Hosted by Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation.
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From the Founder of I Like To Dabble, Daniella Flores brought to life Remote Work Bestie to challenge the traditional 9 to 5 and help you navigate a more flexible way of working and living. Weekly episodes feature experts and fellow remote work besties to help you navigate the world of remote work, side hustles, freelancing, & entrepreneurship, as well as negotiation, managing finances, mental health support, traveling, and building a way of working that works best for you as you build your ...
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What if we looked at our businesses like professional sports teams? That’s what Vincent Pugliese from Membership Freedom shared, drawing parallels between running a successful business and how sports franchises operate. Vincent helps people build successful membership sites and communities around topics they care about. He previously shared his fre…
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Billboards are timeless. And they remain a successful advertising strategy even with the rise of digital technology. With that said, you probably never imagined that a solopreneur could rake in $30,000 a month from it (part-time!). But that’s exactly what Chris Brown from Signs of Good and wantmore.org has done for the past decade. Chris retired ea…
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Do you want to get rich? To build real, lasting wealth that can change your family's circumstances for generations? Prepare to be disappointed because there are no get-rich-quick shortcuts or overnight secrets. Building wealth takes time, discipline, and sustained effort. But the good news is you can absolutely do it, no matter your current situati…
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How can one income stream turn into a whole lot more? Simplify first, diversify second—that’s an idea I have always advocated on the show. The first step towards diversifying is to have something working. But how do you know it’s time to diversify? That is exactly what Bjork Ostrom (our previous guest from Ep 46) has done as he (and his wife Lindsa…
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Starting a service business on the side is one of the fastest ways to build extra income. It's flexible, low-overhead, and you can probably start with skills you already have. “I had a lot of drive underneath me," Abbey Ashley told me, about starting her service business back in 2013. "I was super pregnant and I hated my job so much,” Abbey started…
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Google's Helpful Content Update (HCU) hit a lot of online businesses hard with its new update. Even well-established and authoritative websites experienced a significant drop in their rankings. That's why I went behind the scenes with Kelan Kline from The Savvy Couple, whose online blogging side hustle did well even after the update. Kelan built hi…
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Ever wish you could get a piece of the Amazon pie? Corey Ganim of coreyganim.com did just that, banking $3.2 million in sales by selling other people's products on the e-commerce giant's platform. And he didn't have to deal with the massive upfront costs and headaches of manufacturing his own products. Corey got started in early 2019 and went full-…
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One of the most common questions I get is, "What if I don't have any skills? Can I still start a side hustle?" On the one hand, I totally get that feeling. If you're a teacher, tutoring might seem like an obvious side gig. If you're an accountant, you could freelance or start a bookkeeping business. But not everyone's skills neatly align with a nat…
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If you've ever thought about traveling the world while getting paid (and mingling with the rich and famous on the side), Hugo Ortega's side hustle story may appeal to you. After spending 9 years working as a yacht crew member and captain, traveling to over 60 countries, the former engineer decided to turn his niche career experience into a fast-gro…
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Austin Miller built a $1.2 million real estate portfolio at 31 years old -- for free. He's a side hustling real estate investor specializing in "creative" financing deals -- houses he can buy without using his own money. Austin is the author of Free Houses: How To Build Your Real Estate Investment Portfolio With No Money. His basic strategy is this…
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When you hear "college admissions essay consultant," you might imagine some dull, overly formal academic type. But Carter Osborne from carterosbornetutoring.com took a pretty unconventional path to dominating this niche business. When he started providing tutoring services on the side, he was just a "broke, desperate graduate student" in need of so…
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Liz Wilcox found herself at a crossroads. With a growing email list of beginners wanting to learn about email marketing, she knew she wanted to find a way to step away from client work within a couple of years. She had just signed a huge copywriting contract worth $20,000... her biggest one yet. But instead of excitement, all she felt was dread abo…
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Tired of trading time for money at your 9 to 5 job? Looking for a way to make passive income with minimal startup costs and overhead? Then starting a vending machine business may be perfect for you. The vending machine industry was valued at $42 billion last year and is expected to grow at 8.1% from 2024 to 2030. Profitable vending machines are eve…
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What's one small change you could make right now to instantly improve your life? I'm talking about tweaks that are completely within your control—minor upgrades that deliver outsized returns on your happiness. Today we're talking 21 little life upgrades—small purchases, shifts, and habits you can adopt this year to improve your life. I'll be sprink…
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Three years ago Design Pickle didn't exist. It wasn't even an idea in founder Russ Perry's head yet. That's why it seems crazy to me that today the unlimited graphic design service is doing $400k in monthly recurring revenue! Back in 2014, Russ was running a creative agency, but he started to hate everything about it. “I felt like I was in a prison…
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Miao Rios was listening to the Side Hustle Show episode “Rank and Rent” with Luke Van Der Veer about creating niche websites to rank them on Google, then renting out the leads to local service businesses. She decided to give it a try, and just 3 months after creating her first site, she got an unexpected call. It was from the Ministry of Education …
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You may remember the story Jacques Hopkins first shared on the Side Hustle Show in 2017 about his online piano course. Over the past decade, he systematically scaled Piano in 21 Days, into a powerhouse brand that generated over $4 million in sales. Now in 2024, I connected with Jacques again to get an update on his current projects and perspective …
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What if I told you that you could launch a million-dollar business this weekend? Sounds crazy, right? I recently had the pleasure of having Noah Kagan back on the Side Hustle Show podcast. You might remember him from Episode 237 about brainstorming and validating business ideas. Noah is a serial entrepreneur and founder of AppSumo, The Noah Kagan Y…
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Making an extra $100 a day through side hustles might seem out of reach for many people. So how did one side hustler earn over $10,000 in just 100 days? Jaclyn "Jackie" Mitchell (@jaclynmitchell) set out to save for a down payment on a house by breaking a big goal into bite-sized daily targets. By earning $100 every day over 100 days, she ended up …
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As the author of more than 70 books, Steve “S.J.” Scott is one of the most productive and disciplined people I know. His latest title, Habit Stacking, became a Wall Street Journal Bestseller and served as the inspiration for this episode. (Long-time listeners might remember Steve from WAY back in the archives; he was my guest in episode 9 where we …
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Have you ever done a juice cleanse or a "Whole30" challenge? While I haven't ever gone to that extreme, I DO always feel better physically and mentally after even just a few days of clean eating. So if a quick "cleanse" can work for our health, why not try it with our money? To dive deeper into this, I'm joined by Rachel Jimenez from Money Hacking …
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When school teacher Claire McCann turned a $65 used table set into $300, she discovered a profitable new side hustle model. Intrigued by the potential to multiply her money by flipping furniture, Claire set out to hone her skills and scale the venture up. Just 15 months later, Claire has earned over $35,000 in profits from furniture flipping using …
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We've had hundreds of inspiring side hustle stories on the show this past year, but a few really stood out from the pack. In this week's roundup episode, I'll be counting down the 10 best side hustles of 2023. To make it super easy to revisit any episode, I put together a Side Hustle Show "Best Side Hustles of 2023" playlist on Spotify with quick a…
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Have you ever woken up one day feeling trapped in a career you used to love? The stability of a steady paycheck no longer worth the daily dread of unfulfilling work? Did you suddenly want a career change? I’m talking staring-at-the-ceiling-all-night type misery. Alex Warneke knows exactly how this feels. She found herself creatively stifled and fin…
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Stacy Caprio was desperate to leave her day job. She ended up doing just that after acquiring – and improving – a portfolio of mini online businesses. In her case, these were websites that make money from advertising. Now, this asset class can be risky, and Stacy is open about her early failures. But if you have some online skills, (or management s…
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Lou Rice was breastfeeding her son Archie one night when disaster struck—she dropped her Kindle on his head! While that experience was upsetting for both of them at the moment, it sparked an idea for Lou and her husband Ben to create a solution. Ben fashioned a silicone strap with staples to attach Lou's Kindle to her hand and prevent any future dr…
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Making money in real estate typically requires owning the property, right? Coming up with a large down payment, securing financing, dealing with tenants, handling maintenance and repairs. The barriers to entry aren’t exactly low. But what if you could skip all that and still bring in serious cash flow by renting out apartments and homes without buy…
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It’s that time of year again—Thanksgiving! For the past years, I’ve celebrated the holiday with an annual roundup of some of the most creative, outside-the-box side hustle ideas and stories that have come across my desk. These unique money-making side hustles stand out not just for their ingenuity but for the impressive income generated by ordinary…
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Can you really get paid to be curious? When Harry Duran launched the Vertical Farming Podcast in 2020, he had zero experience or connections in the industry — he just wanted to learn more about vertical farming. Yet through strategic partnerships and consistency, he has established himself as a leading voice in this emerging space. Fast forward jus…
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We've got another round of 20 Questions from Side Hustle Nation listeners on the agenda today! I always enjoy tapping into your collective experience and the challenge of providing helpful answers off the cuff. As is customary on these episodes, I’ve filtered through a stack of questions from the Side Hustle Nation community over the past few month…
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A location-independent consulting business that replaces your day job income in a matter of months? That's what Paul Minors achieved with his virtual software consulting side hustle. You might recognize Paul’s name. Paul is a productivity blogger and consultant from New Zealand. He was part of a fun productivity roundtable episode we did towards th…
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It's one thing to teach a toddler to read; it's another entirely to transform that skill into a 7-figure business. Spencer Russell built Toddlers Can Read from the ground up and achieved tremendous success in just 2 years. Despite early setbacks with initial sales, he adapted by refining the course experience and struck gold with viral content on T…
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David Paxton earns $1000s a month sharing the best golf gear deals on the Internet. And unlike most affiliate businesses, he didn't wait around in the Google sandbox waiting for SEO to take hold. In fact, he made $2000 in his first month! Tune in to the interview to learn how he: sources the deals gets the word out monetizes the business Could you …
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Becky Beach’s side hustle journey began like many others—with an unhealthy relationship at a day job. After being fired from her toxic work environment, Becky was inspired to start her own business. She launched the blog MomBeach.com in 2015, but it took 6 long years of blood, sweat, and tears before it became a full-time income source. When COVID-…
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What if you could make your rent or mortgage payment go away? Or, what if instead of paying that expense every month, your living situation actually paid you? It’s not as far-fetched as it may sound. In fact, that’s exactly what today’s guest, Craig Curelop, has done by intentionally "house hacking" over the past few years. He’s even written a book…
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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 bu…
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I’ve got a couple Plug and Play Side Hustles for you today that are quick and easy to start. In the first side hustle, we dive into mattress flipping through Sharetown. Find out how it works, what you need to get started, and how much you can expect to make. For the full details, check out: Sharetown Review: Inside the Mattress Pickup and Resale Si…
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Making extra money on the side often requires finding ways to create leverage. Leverage means getting paid multiple times for work you only have to do once, and making money without having to actively do the work yourself. One side hustler who has cracked the code on leveraged profits is Steve Slagle. By day, Steve works construction jobs. But outs…
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What are the quick, simple, and maybe a little “weird” productivity tricks entrepreneurs use to get more done? Well, I’m always curious about that myself so I decided to ask 26 of my most productive and successful friends for the “hacks” and tools they use every day. (And I added in one of my own to round out the list.) This episode was a ton of fu…
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Starting a side hustle is all about finding new ways to make extra money outside of your regular 9-5 job. And in today’s digital world, there are two primary paths people take — starting a local business or building an online business from your computer. But which strategy should you pursue to start earning real income as a side hustler? That’s the…
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Starting an online tutoring business while juggling nursing school and 6 kids sounds daunting. As a nursing student struggling to keep up with her coursework, Nicole discovered a passion for helping fellow students learn difficult concepts and develop effective study skills. This launched her on an incredible 10-year-long journey - from tutoring cl…
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Growing an engaged audience is crucial but challenging when starting a podcast or online business. Chris Hutchins started the All the Hacks podcast in May 2021. Today, he reaches over 250,000 downloads per month and has released over 120+ episodes optimizing life, money, and travel and built other content to help listeners upgrade their lives. In t…
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I hope you're having an awesome start to your year so far. The first half of 2023 has been filled with exciting new projects, experiments, wins, challenges, and everything in between for Side Hustle Nation. In this progress report, I want to give you an inside look behind the scenes at what I've been working on so far this year. The goal is to prov…
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Imagine going from having no business ideas and no money, to making your first sales in 2 weeks. It’s not a far-fetched goal according to this week’s guest. Alan Donegan from PopUpBusinessSchool.co.uk specializes in guiding people through this transformation, and he says that everyone has a profitable business idea in their heads – and he knows how…
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I’ve been getting a ton of questions about remote side hustles and how to find them, so we’re digging deep into the remote gig economy in this episode. Today’s guest is the one and only, Nick Loper, from the award-winning blog Side Hustle Nation and podcast The Side Hustle Show to discuss remote side hustles, where to get started, what worked for u…
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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 e…
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I’m so excited to welcome a friend of mine from the online creator space to the podcast, Jannese Torres, founder of the award-winning podcast Yo Quiero Dinero & long-time successful Latin food blog Delish D'lites. We’ll be covering a highly requested side hustle topic - blogging - with the queen of blogging herself! Jannese will also be taking us t…
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What if your passion project could transform into a full-time income source in just a few short years? Turning a blog into a lucrative business takes time, effort, and know-how. But by consistently publishing high-quality content, building backlinks, and monetizing through ads and affiliate offers, you can tap into income streams in your niche. Tha…
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Do you know your rights at work? Most people don’t and employers want to keep it that way. So naturally, I sat down with former employment attorney Delyanne Barros in this episode to break down several rights that employees have and how to use an employment attorney instead of going to HR for your next dispute (the process is simpler than you think…
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Summer is a great time to start a side hustle and make extra money. The question is, which summer side hustles would be best for you? Check out the list below to spark some ideas and inspiration! I selected these based on: Interviewing over 500 side hustlers and entrepreneurs 15+ years of my own side hustle experience Full Show Notes: 15 Sizzlin’ S…
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