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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?
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.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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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