The side gig economy is a real thing, but not everyone wants or can afford to turn a second job into a career, especially if that means giving up health or retirement benefits. But you don’t have to go full time to make good money, says author/blogger/world adventurer Chris Guillebeau (The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity) in his latest book, Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days.
What’s a side hustle? “A moneymaking project you start on the side, usually while working a day job,” the author says. “Anyone can build a fast track to freedom by increasing their income using the skills they already have.” A heady claim, but one that Guillebeau backs up with dozens of stories of actual side hustles throughout the book.
It’s not enough to have great ideas, the author says — you have to act on them. The good news is you don’t need much, if any, startup money to take on his 27-day plan, or even much time (an average of an hour a day, he estimates). You won’t need a business degree to follow his plan either, or employees, or even any experience. And thanks to Guillebeau’s conversational and engaging tone, you’ll barely even notice how much you’re learning until you emerge from the other side with a viable business.
A 27-day plan to turn your idea into income may sound like the same tired promise of so many get-rich-quick books, but Guillebeau’s plan starts small and focuses on concrete actions just about any of us can handle with the right motivation and a little bit of time. This plan is so central to the book, in fact, that Side Hustle lays it out week by week, day by day from the very first page, without even the briefest of introductions. Your task for Day 1? “Predict the future,” the author writes. “The path from idea to income begins with an answer to an important question: Twenty-seven days from now, what will be different about your life?” Answer the question, and you’re already on your way.
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