• Side Hustle

  • From Idea to Income in 27 Days
  • By: Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by: Chris Guillebeau
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,427 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The author of the New York Times best seller The $100 Startup shows how to launch a profitable side hustle in just 27 days. 

For some people, the thought of quitting their day job to pursue the entrepreneurial life is exhilarating. For many others, it's terrifying. After all, a stable job that delivers a regular paycheck is a blessing. And not everyone has the means or the desire to take on the risks and responsibilities of working for themselves. 

But what if we could quickly and easily create an additional stream of income without giving up the security of a full-time job? Enter the side hustle. 

Chris Gullibeau is no stranger to this world, having launched more than a dozen side hustles over his career. Here he offers a step-by-step guide that takes you from idea to income in just 27 days. 

Designed for the busy and impatient, this detailed road map will show you how to select, launch, refine, and make money from your side hustle in under a month. You'll learn how to: 

  • Brainstorm, borrow, and steal to build an arsenal of great side hustle ideas (day 3) 
  • Apply "Tinder for Side Hustle" logic to pick the best idea at any time (day 6) 
  • Learn, gather, or create everything you need to launch; then set up a real-life way to get paid (days 13-14) 
  • Start raking in the money by channeling your inner Girl Scout (day 18) 
  • Master the art of deals, discounts, and special offers (day 21) 
  • Raise your game: improve, expand, or make more money off your hustle (days 24-26) 

A side hustle is more than just another stream of income; it's also the new job security. When you receive paychecks from different sources, it allows you to take more chances in your "regular" career. More income means more options. More options equals freedom. You don't need entrepreneurial experience to launch a profitable side hustle. You don't have to have an MBA or know how to code or be an expert marketer. You don't need employees or investors. With Chris as a guide, anyone can make more money, pursue a passion, and enjoy greater security - without quitting their day job.

©2017 Chris Guillebeau (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A Side Hustle isn't about making a few extra bucks selling lemonade to your neighbors. Chris Guillebeau has created a step-by-step methodology for imagining, building, and launching side projects that can earn real, serious cash. In my years investing on Shark Tank, I've seen firsthand how side hustles can take off and grow into some major profits. Whether you want to supplement your pay check, or jumpstart a full-fledged business, Guillebeau will show you how to get your hustle going in just 27 days flat." (Daymond John, star of ABC's Emmy Award-winning business show Shark Tank)
"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)

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Just $100 Startup" distilled - At Double speed.

What would have made Side Hustle better?

Dates. Dates would have made it better. When you hear stories about people making great money on photography, and affiliate marketing, etc, you know you're hearing stories from pre 2010.

There may be ONE story in this book that has a date attached to it, but otherwise, none do. And there IS money to be made in those areas, but NOT as a "side hustle."

Not working at it less than FULL TIME. Not in 2017.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Guillebeau again?

Maybe.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Guillebeau?

Chris read his book like he was racing to just get it done. He frequently slurred words together because he was reading so fast.

It's hard to believe that with his massive business network, he couldn't find someone who could read his book properly, and not do things like make SideHustleSchool.Com sound like "Sideuhhslskl.com."

Any additional comments?

Look, there are a number of good action points in the book. But it is barely any different than the $100 Startup.

Many of the characters, once again, benefited from "lucky mentions" in very prominent online media. A few had very substantial cash reserves to fund $100K + equipment for their "side hustle."



However, the reader should take note about all of the references to his website. It is what is known as a "sales funnel." It leads readers to more ways to give Chris money. He actually hints at some of this in his books, but never really delves into the topic.

Go to the website, look at how many ways there are to hand over more money. And let me say, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. I applaud a great salesman - and Chris is exactly that!! 

 But that is information left on the cutting room floor. Maybe YOUR Side Hustle could benefit from knowing the power of a "sales funnel." Google it.

If you have not read the $100 Startup, and have no idea what to do with your idea for a side business, this book, or the $100 Startup may be worth your time.

I didn't get a free copy, and I am not returning it because there is some good information. But this book is mostly just a "Side Hustle" for the author. Know that going in.

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Too quick and a bit monotonous

The stories are OK, but the narrator speaks very fast, and keeps the same tone all the time which makes me lose focus many times. I think the written version of the book will be more effective, speaking for my self of course. Last word: Stories should be told like stories not like reading a newspaper, so we can follow you easily and receive the message more effectively

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Disapointing

What would have made Side Hustle better?

More specific info on getting a business started.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Guillebeau again?

Probably not, too shallow/superficial

Which character – as performed by Chris Guillebeau – was your favorite?

Not Applicable

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Side Hustle?

Not Applicable

Any additional comments?

Did not learn anything of value from this book.

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Links provided by the book are no longer active

Resources provided by the book (links etc.) are no longer active! Nifty way of making side money through a few tips that can be found via Google.

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Basic... Not for someone already hustling

101 info for someone that knows nothing on hustling. I don't think I learned anything new.

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Legit book

Great book on Hustle and inspiring stories that illustrates ideas and systems to improve your sidehustle!

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Good book but...

Great book but if you're a listener of the podcast, you will notice a lot of overlap. Still worth a listen because the emphasis is to give you an action plan, not just retell the stories.

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Practical advice, inspiring stories!

Chris' passion for this project comes through, like it does for most of his ventures, but in his own voice in this author narrated book. The author truly believes that everyone should have a side hustle, something he has lived out in his own life as most of his life has been spent in a series of side hustles so he speaks on good authority.

The book shares not only numerous examples to inspire the reader to imagine their own side hustle but also shares practical advice on how to get there.

If you are interested in learning how to earn additional income while working your full-time job and are willing to put some effort into getting there then this book is a great place to start!

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A step into the future

This book was an excellent listen for anyone looking to find your start, like me. I ended up purchasing the hard back version of the book as well to actually put to action this model.

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Great content, terrible sound

I really enjoyed this book, certainly great content and the speaker's voice was enthusiastic. My only issue and the reason I will be returning this book for a refund is because I'm not 100% satisfied with the quality of the audio. Approximately every thirty seconds or less there was a cut off of one of the words; as if the formatting had been modified to be slightly faster. This was incredibly annoying, and despite my attempts to troubleshoot : close audible app, delete and re-download the audio-book, and restart my phone entirely; alas this was still a problem. I hope that Chris takes this to heart and releases a better version.

Sincerely,
Michael

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