Side Hustle Blueprint – Tips & Tools Page


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Expense Tracking Spreadsheet Template

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Where to Find Training

If you decide that you want to upskill or need to get trained in the you want to do, there are a few places you can go to get that sorted quickly. This also depends on the skill set you’ve chosen.

Some ideas, such as an at-home hairdresser or legal consultant, require a bit of training and are not ideal options if you don’t already hold the skills in the first place. Keep it simple, and try to stick with what you know.

You can find further training on sites like:

Udemy— tons of free, discounted and cheap courses on anything under the sun

Skillshare— similar to Udemy, you’ll find even more course options here

Helpouts by Google— this is a great way to learn how to do something very cheaply with someone beaming into your home via a Google Hangout to teach you

Guides— this is a great online community of free and paid guides that will teach you anything you want to know, and it is all self-paced learning

Fiverr— while not normally a place to go to learn how to do something, there are people selling their courses on here, so if you’re boot-strapping, this is a good place to go to check out and see what’s available for what you want to learn


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Interviewing Tips

  1. Always dress professionally – regardless of whether this will be an audio or video chat. How you dress influences how you come across. Give yourself the best opportunity by dressing like you would for a ‘normal' job interview.
  2. If you're doing the call via audio only, stand up during the call. Don't stay seated. This allows you to stay focused, and you'll feel more confident. It also allows you to punctuate what you say with body movements, which come through well over audio.
  3. Smile during the interview, regardless of whether they can see you or not. It will come through in your voice and adds to your personality.
  4. Listen! Wait until the client finishes speaking before replying. Talking over a potential client NEVER turns out well.
  5. Come prepared with questions! Don't think you've got any? Ask something anyway. Always have at least 2 questions such as: “Would you like daily email updates on progress, or would an update a few days out from the deadline suffice?” or “Will you or someone else be available via Skype should I have questions during the project?” and “Skype chat is a great way to communicate and get immediate answers. Is this something you or your company would be willing to do during the project?”
  6. Follow up – most likely, the client will let you know when they will be back in touch. But it doesn't hurt to shoot off an email 10 to 15 minutes following your interview to let them know how much you're looking forward to working with them. And should they have any further questions, you'd be happy to answer them.


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Side Hustle Job Boards/Sites

Craigslist— this is a good place to find people locally that you don’t know. Use this option if you’re providing services like writing or hairdressing. In fact, you’ll probably find at least one job here no matter what service you provide

Elance— similar to oDesk, you need to have a complete profile, and it may cost you a subscription fee to access specific jobs

Dice— if you’re side hustle is tech related, this is a good option for you to start— any type of writing gig can be found on the job board at Problogger with a focus on blogging and copywriting

Smashing Jobs— designers and programmers will have the most success on this job site

We Work Remotely— if you’re not quite ready to enter freelancing, there are some remote job options here, a good stepping stone if you just want to test the waters and leave your current job for more flexibility

Hire Writers— any writing gig can be found here, cheap but a good way to build your portfolio

Authentic Jobs— lots of different options here, both freelancing, moonlighting, and if you want a career change, there are also full-time options available[/text_block]


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Resource Links


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Website Options— you can set up a great website in under an hour without having to spend a dime on hosting or domain name registration— the same as Wix, no money required to get yourself up and running

Portfoliobox— if your skill set is more on the creative side, this type of website might better suit your needs

Crevado— another alternative for your creative skills— use this if you think you’ll turn your side gig into a full-time thing, as it can easily morph into a hosted website with your own domain name at the press of a few buttons

Other Links – contract set up for when dealing direct with clients

PayPal – receiving payments from overseas/local clients and invoicing clients

Dwolla – receive payments if you're based in the USA

Invoiceomatic – free, online invoice template

Freshbooks – cloud based accounting system

Nutcache – free, cloud based accounting system

Fiverr – great place for getting logos, banners etc designed for your business

Google Calendar – managing your time and client deadlines

Evernote – task management and client job management

Zapier – to connect apps together based on certain, predefined tasks

IFTTT – another app management program that will perform actions based on your predefined actions

Todoist – to-do list with project management capabilities

Trello – cloud based project management program