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Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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“The essential guide for anyone who wants to create more freedom, opportunity, and security by launching a profitable side hustle” On his popular podcast, Chris often says, “Inspiration is good, but inspiration combined with action is so much better,” and Side Hustle provides both. It’s packed with practical tips and strategies—illustrated by compelling stories of real-life hustles—that will inspire readers to start their side hustles now. “- Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project
"Chris Guillebeau is back with another book that will teach you not just how to earn more, but ultimately how to live better. He says we can all benefit from a 'side hustle,' work you we do in addition to our day job. And he shows us how to make it happen. In fact, if you follow Chris's guidance, you can establish your own side hustle in just 5 week. What’s stopping you?” — Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human
“There's a great temptation to assume that side hustles are just for "special people," like artists, dreamers, and 17-year-old computer geniuses. But Guillebeau deftly proves everyone can (and should) have a side hustle. More than that, he shows you how. He is living proof that this book works, and so are the many people who have followed his roadmap.”- Jon Acuff, New York Times Bestselling Author of Finish
“Hobbies cost you money, legit side businesses make money. If you want to get on the road to financial freedom and enjoy more passion and choice in your life, Side Hustle can help you take the first critical steps. “ Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder, Stella and Dot
About the Author
- Publisher : Currency (September 19, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524758841
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524758844
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.81 x 0.91 x 8.51 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book did not disappoint (of course). I love the step-by-step layout of the book with a very specific 27-day roadmap for how to discover your side hustle mission all the way through to launch date and beyond. The advice is practical and down to earth with direction like "launch before you think you're ready and adjust as you go." You can't let perfectionism hold you back if you want a side hustle to be a success. And don't worry if things don't work out the first time, Chris gives you lots of tips on how to evaluate your launch and make changes for the next iteration.
Did it work for me? Yep. I'm already earning some extra money on the side. As soon as I got the book I grabbed a blank notebook and carried it with me wherever the Side Hustle book went so I could craft my own side hustle plan (I even took it to the beach a couple times for some educational reading). I've written pages and pages of notes and generated lots of ideas for future projects. Since starting the 27-day plan (it's taken me more than 27 days because... life) I've started earning affiliate income from my existing personal blog that never used to earn anything. Now that the low hanging fruit is started, it's time to grow it and see where it takes me next.
Author Guillebeau’s book, ‘Side Hustle’ may be exactly what you should be reading. Finding a ‘side hustle’ sounds like the excellent advice one gets from your gym partner or your hairdresser. (Yes, you say to yourself, great idea, but now tell me how!)
“It’s not that hard to start a side hustle. You can do so in less than a month by following the lessons in this book,” the author promises. This book is a guide, broken down into a four-week programme with daily activities.
The process starts with generating a list of profitable ideas. Then choose from that list which is best for you at this point in your life. Then you must take action. The term “hustle” is a good one, because it has a sense of urgency. It includes starting even before you feel you are totally ready and doing the correcting while you are in action.
Success is really a function of the right frame of mind, and if your hustle is the right one for you, it won’t require much money. Some hustles cost hardly anything to start. You certainly don’t need a business degree, or even expertise at starting a business. You also don’t need assistants, or business partners.
You do, however, need a clear goal. It may be as simple as making some extra money to pay off a debt, or to buy something you really want or need. The goal of your hustle could even be to create a continuous source of income, which may even, as it has for some people described in this book, replace or exceed the income from your current job.
That said, where do you start?
The first step is to draw up a list of business ideas that could work. Do this on a piece of paper, on your phone or on your computer. NOT in your head. And don’t stop until you have many more than one. When you start looking for ideas you will be surprised how many there are all around you.
Then you can apply the criteria for selection. Great ideas have 3 qualities: they are feasible, profitable, and persuasive.
A feasible idea is one you can start very soon, and that will earn you money in a short period of time. If it is a grand idea that will require great dedication, significant capital, it is not a side hustle. It is useful to see the hustle as much like a hobby, but with one huge difference. Most hobbies cost money, but your side hustle makes money. If you would have difficulty explaining the idea in a sentence or two, you should rethink the idea.
“Everywhere you look, hustle ideas are all around you,” the author promises, so pay close attention to your surroundings—you never know when a good idea might show up.
There are three broad categories of side hustles. You can sell a product, whether one of your own or someone else’s. You can provide a service or you can be a ‘middleman’ of some kind.
The book has numerous ideas, and while none may fit you exactly, they will get your creative spirit going. Below are a few.
Develop a travel concierge service to help people when they miss their flights. Become a home, office, or life organizer for busy or disorganized people. Buy and sell used textbooks to university students. Start an online course in some quirky subject you know a lot about. Visit jumble sales and buy items to resell. Start an Airbnb, but for dogs, so their owners can travel and leave the dogs somewhere better than a kennel.
Is there an obvious way to make money from any of your ideas? Does your idea solve a problem for someone? Can you make this idea happen quickly? Is it relatively low effort? Can you get paid more than once for this idea? Is this idea for your side hustle no more than another part-time job? (It should make your life easier, not harder.)
“If your idea is to sell lunar golf carts to astronauts, you should understand right away that this idea comes with some major constraints: astronauts are a very small market, production costs are likely quite high, and it’s hard to get to the moon to open your shop.”
If you answer yes to most of the questions above, then get to work right away!
Your side hustle can of course grow into something larger than your day job. Consider the Uber driver, Harry Campbell, who created an online community called ‘The Rideshare Guy.’
Instead of only driving people around, he now also earns money coaching other drivers. As a driver he can only do one lift at a time, but since new drivers are constantly signing on, Harry’s market demand is nearly inexhaustible.
To start though, remember that your side hustle must have a clear plan to make money. The expansion of the plan can come later. Much like dating, the author explains, look at a lot of ideas, reject most of them, flirt with a few, and then settle in for a trial phase with the most attractive and well-rounded option.
You probably don’t know how to do half the things you need to start this business, but everything is “figureoutable” (not English!) the author points out.
A side hustle isn’t only about money, as helpful as that can be. A side hustle really can change your life in a profound way – by building your resourcefulness. If this idea has relevance to you, read this book. Immediately.
Readability Light +---- Serious
Insights High -+--- Low
Practical High +---- Low
*Ian Mann of Gateways consults internationally on leadership and strategy and is the author of the recently released ‘Executive Update.
Top reviews from other countries
However this book has given me the confidence that I can do it. Above all the most important advice take home for me was that side hustling is accessible to anyone and is not very hard. The author provides lots of steps to make you thinking about your side hustle.
The style of reading I found is not very engrossing and fast paced making it bit boring to read nonetheless the practical lessons it gives makes it worth. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to try side hustling and make more income on the side.