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Side Hustle: Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,424 ratings  ·  273 reviews
The author of the New York Times bestseller The $100 Startup shows you how to launch a profitable side hustle in just 27 days. For some people, the thought of quitting their day job to start their own business is exhilarating. For many others, the loss of a stable paycheck is terrifying. But what if we could easily create new income without giving up the security of a ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Macmillan (first published September 19th 2017)
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Boni Aditya No, you won't, I have read the other book. But, unlike this book which talks about hustling i.e. the right name for what he advocates. The other book…moreNo, you won't, I have read the other book. But, unlike this book which talks about hustling i.e. the right name for what he advocates. The other book talks about micro entrepreneurs, examples of a bunch of people who have set up micro business operations with close to zero investment. He has collected such examples and put them in one place. The problem is not no two stories have the same principles behind them, in fact I wonder if there are any similarities between any of them! The only common theme is that all of them were set up with little or no investment. Yes, there are such opportunities but they are extremely rare and cannot be scalable, and temporary hacks. They will never become full time businesses. But, this book differs from the other book, i.e. the Side Hustle, clearly says that it is just a hustle, not a business. Here is my full review about the 100$ Startup,
FYI there is no such thing as a 100$ startup, as such you cannot get from Idea to Execution in 27 days! The author loves sensationalism, and chooses such titles.(less)

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Elaine - Small Farm Big Life
Unfortunately this is going to be my first bad review. I feel guilty! I wanted to like this book. Who doesn't want to have an idea and create an income in 27 days? I wasn't even really expecting to do any of the suggestions in 27 days. I thought if the book could give me some good ideas for the next few months I would be thrilled. But the book has all the ideas that are regularly in my inbox. It's not anything new. It's the same game all entrepreneurs are playing to try to get ahead.

Week 1:
Weronika Zimna
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is just a long-ass article sold in a form of a book. A good side hustle for Chris, I guess. :)
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, business
It says something about Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle (and the readers of Side Hustle) that I was recommended to check it out at the library. Guillebeau believes side hustles are the new job security and everyone should have a side hustle. It's a pretty safe thing to say that no single employer deserves your lifelong loyalty, and you should continually learn and add to your skill set in order to be considered employable. AI is coming, people, and it is transforming industries. Depending on ...more
Ryan Kirk
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, I'll start out by saying I'm a huge fan of Chris and his work. So that may color my judgment a bit.

I'll also say this wasn't my favorite book of his.

Side Hustle is fairly self-explanatory. The book is a guide to starting a side business, an outgrowth of the daily podcast Chris has been doing all year. I haven't listened to the podcast, so I can't comment on that, or how this book relates.

To me, this book is classic Chris: inspirational, well-written, and full of excellent case studies. It's
E. H. Nathasia
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I aimed to get this book a few months ago, and it's my rezeki that I received a free copy from Pansing through Alyssa J. Oon. First, I have always prefer this type of non-fiction books where it gives you a practical step by step guidance that is easy to read and practical to follow. Even as I have done my own version of Side Hustle for the past 10 years, it is good to be reminded of the approaches, and there are new ideas in the book that I can use and implement. Apart from sharing practical ...more
Ken Corum
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're anything like me, any large scale life change requires thought, planning and execution. I'm not one of those people who can just jump into something head first with the "ready, fire, aim" mentality. So, that's why I appreciate a book like "Side Hustle" by Chris Guillebeau. If you don't know his previous books or have been exposed to his ideas before, sometimes he does advocate for a "just try something, what could possibly go wrong" attitude, but with a sustainable side hustle, it does ...more
*Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for providing an advance copy for review.

This book was a good overall introduction to the concept of side hustles. I felt however, that it would be most helpful if someone already has an idea (or ideas) for a potential side hustle, as I didn't feel that the chapter on generating ideas was as useful as the implementation chapters. I would have preferred more information and examples regarding idea generation, as I don't feel that I'm the most creative
John Lamb
Sometimes these business books seem like they are more interested in selling you on whatever "cult" they're trying to get you join (I see you "Rich Dad, Poor Dad") and this definitely ventures into that fray. However, it is helpful in brainstorming and thinking through methodically about starting a small business most of the time.
Ahmad Abugosh
While I would recommend this book to someone that never got too deep into entrepreneurship, and wants to start their own business, for myself I really wanted to like this book, but found the concepts in it too basic, and I was expecting a bit more. What I did like about the book were the anecdotes, the bias towards action, and the fun and practical tips!

Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book maps out a comfortable outline of how to take your ideas and turn them into a profitable proposition. It's easy to read and follow. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in following their ideas to fruition.
Debbi Mack
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, business
A very clear and logical step-by-step guide to finding money-making ventures you can do on a part-time basis and get off the ground without spending too much time or money.

A great book for getting you to think of creative ways to use your existing skills and resources to make money.

Highly recommended.
❀ Susan G
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
Side hustle provides some great ideas for making some extra money by marketing your skills or items on the side of your regular day jobs. It is inspiring and educational.
Ryan Williams
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Easily one of my favorites. I listened to the Audible version and also bought the print book for easy referencing.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, we get to know more about those people who take on an opportunity. This can because of interest, because of extra money, or just for fun. The book shares with us some ideas about how to make this a reality for those who aspire to do this. In full disclosure, I am not positive that I would be very skilled at doing that. But this book made me believe that I could possibly do something like this.

I appreciated that the book was honest and gave you practical tips and advice. The words
Nick Mclean
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-hack
This is really more like an activity book than a guide. I worked with a group of colleagues on a CSR project for work and we followed the program Gullibeau lays out in the book. It was pretty fun, and I'd say our project was a mild success. A lot of the tips are straightforward and could be gleaned online. There is little really earth shattering but it's a pretty neat book for anyone curious about starting any kind of side project. We generated enough of a return to run our effort cost-free, so ...more
Madeline Wright
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really took my time with this one because I wanted to fully absorb each of the daily lessons. It's pretty clear early on that you can't do all of the day's tasks in a single day without a significant amount of deep thinking or pre-planning (assuming a hustle hasn't just landed in your lap) but it still provides a decent framework of how to go about each step of starting a side hustle. I can tell that my struggle will be staying motivated to continue forward even when I don't yet see positive ...more
Zachary Wrightsman
There are good stories of how people got their side hustles. I didn’t have an idea before starting it and still don’t. I’m sure it’s good advice but I wouldn’t know. An okay book I’m sure if you follow what’s in it and have an idea of what you want to do for a side hustle. A lot of the side hustles on there too are like side jobs where you have to ha e experience in something. Like giving guitar lessons or photographer
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I've read some books promising some financial or material outcome for following their steps, this is sort of that but not really. The examples he uses in the book are very real and the dollar amounts he's talking about people making in their side hustle is not millions, which makes it relatable because a few hundred bucks a week is considered a win here-- and it would be for me too. If you're at all interested in this type of book, pick this one up.
Nopadol Rompho
Another great book written by Christ Guillebeau. If you want more income but don't want to resign from your current job, this is the book for you. You can do it within 27 days. I strongly recommended it.
Joshua Miller
DNF. Inspiring for someone who needs a confidence boost in making money and who needs a planned out list of what to do in starting a business. Uninspiring in actually helping someone generate real ideas. I plan to come back to this later, but I lost interest after the beginning skimped out on idea generation.
Ben Reay
I seem to be reading a lot of this sort of stuff lately, I preferred his other book $100 start up ...... but not exactly sure why
Harish Borse
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book for those who want to get Amazing book for those who want to get started really helpful for the people who want to start their new side has it it gives a step-by-step guide to start your own the new idea as it has a lot of business ideas which you can copy
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
I have similar thoughts of this book and the first book I’ve read of the author’s The $100 Startup: practical & helpful information with a lot of fluff.
Aja Marsh
plenty of solid ideas, almost like a prequel to the 4 hour workweek.
Good information, but I was hoping for a little more detail. I felt like this book was glossing over important factors, but I couldn't tell what they were. Still worth reading tho.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A practical - and surprisingly inspirational - guide to getting a side hustle going. And Chris Guillebeau keeps repeating a few simple things:

A side hustle should make money, but it's not a full-time job or investment.

Do more of what's working and less time turning around failures.

Done is better than perfect.

And let's repeat that one. Done is better than perfect. So get going.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Crown Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC! This book is simple, readable, and - best of all - entirely practical. I enjoyed the success stories and gleaned some tips helpful for promoting my own side hustle.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I find all of Chris’s books useful and motivating, including this one. I just read three of his others about a month and a half ago, and I didn’t find much new or groundbreaking in this one - though it did prompt me to add another couple side hustle ideas to my list!
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This seemed to be targeted a little more towards high skilled workers than I would have liked.
Sharon Borgstrom
You learn if you try things out. And surprisingly, many of those things can make you money.

This book gives you a step-by-step process of how you can launch a side hustle. More income means more freedom. It's filled with examples of who have done it and how their processes were. You don't have to look elsewhere: think creatively and discover (with the book) how YOU can create a new income as well.
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Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. Chris also hosts Side Hustle School, a popular podcast that is downloaded ...more
“Sell your art, crafts, or any handcrafted item on Develop a travel concierge service to help people when they miss their flights Offer online tutoring services in your field of expertise Host a networking event (charge a low ticket price and get sponsors to provide food) Create and sell a visitors’ guide to your town or city, or build a web resource for tourists, supported by advertisers Create an online (or offline) course in some quirky subject you happen to know a lot about Publish a blog with a new lesson on a specific topic every day Start a podcast and sell sponsorship Visit yard sales or thrift shops and buy items to resell Offer a simple freelance service—anything from fact-checking to tech support or something else entirely Become a home, office, or life organizer Manage P.R. or social media accounts for small businesses Buy and sell used textbooks to college students Sell your musings on business, art, or culture as a freelance writer Start a membership website, where people pay a monthly or annual fee to access useful information about a specific topic Write and publish a book (if I can do it, you can too!)” 0 likes
“Don’t let yourself get distracted from the two things that matter the most for your side hustle: the benefit for customers, and the income for you. Spend at least 10 percent more time on each of these” 0 likes
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