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Interviews with inspiring entrepreneurs who share actionable strategies to help you escape cubicle captivity and Design The Life You Want

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116: It’s Half Time 2016

It seems like yesterday that we were welcoming in the new year and now we're already at the half way mark.  For many, this is the time of year for vacations and cookouts.  Not for entrepreneurs, this is the time of year where we sit down to evaluate where we are on our 2016 goals.  So that is exactly what I did.  As you all know, I am all about reality entrepreneurship. So during this episode, I am going to share with you my mid-year evaluation and a few updates based on some of my earlier announcements.

During this episode, you will get updates on the following areas of my business and how I plan to accomplish my goals for 2016.

Updates:

Book
Ask Gary Vee
T-Shirt Business
Podcast
What's Next

Mentioned in this episode

Nina Babel - Keep It 100 Girl Podcast
Kim Springer
Side Hustle Money Challenge (free)
Side Hustle Money Challenge Guide ($5)
Affiliate Link to the new planner I'm using (below)

LAW OF ATTRACTION SUCCESS PLANNER | A Entrepreneur Planner & Life Planner - A 12 Month Journey Creating Your Dream Life - Personal Journal & Week Planner & Goal Planner & Organizer B5 (6.9" x 9.8")

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Jun-27-2016
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115: Make Money with 3rd Party Platforms

I don’t know if I believe that you can hack your way to success, but I do believe you can hack your way to survival.  As sidepreneurs, sometimes were are in survival mode.  We are just trying to keep the business afloat - especially when we are not seeing the results that we desire.  My goal is to help you think outside of the box.  So today, I am going to talk about making money with third party platforms.

During this episode, I discuss:

Why starting out on a 3rd party platform may be in your best interest.
How to select a service to offer
Two platforms where you can offer your services

Task Rabbit

Ideal for face to face service-based businesses
Examples: Handyman, Event Planners, Professional Organizers

Upwork

Ideal for freelancers, consultants and work that can be done remotely
Examples: Graphic designers, writers, consultants

Mentioned in this episode

Finding Your Keys To Success w/ Lisa Woodruff

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My Hustle Tees - Visit www.myhustletees.com to get your favorite hustle inspired apparel

Click here to learn how you can support the show at www.designthelifeyouwant.com/support-the-show

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Jun-20-2016
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114: Has Affiliate Marketing Created Lazy Entrepreneurs?

When you think about, using the words lazy is not a word you tend to hear associated with entrepreneurs.  Entrepreneurship is long journey, that requires hard work, sacrifice and patience.  So where did these lazy entrepreneurs come from?

During this episode, I talk about:

How hobbies like blogging and podcasting turned into businesses
Why you should not get paid for your hobby
What you should do if you need to diversify your streams of income

Mentioned in this episode

Check out the Side Hustle Money Challenge

Free e-Course or
$5 Side Hustle Money Guide 

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1004 - Visit www.startwithhatch.com/dtlyw

My Hustle Tees - Visit www.myhustletees.com to get your favorite hustle inspired apparel

Click here to learn how you can support the show at www.designthelifeyouwant.com/support-the-show

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Jun-13-2016
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113: Create A Winning Culture Like Muhammad Ali

As I turned my microphone back on to record a new episode, I didn’t expect to be dealing with the lose of another legend.  I woke up Saturday morning to the news of Muhammad Ali’s death.  As I went out for my morning walk and started listening to some of his interviews.  Within minutes, his great wisdom began to shine.  As listened, I began to hear wisdom that transcended boxing and sports.  So, I decided to share a few of his quotes and how I believe they can help you create a winning culture.  I believe that winning culture starts with you and me.  Here are a few quotes that resonated with me.

"If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something of you!"

"The wise man is he that knows his life purpose."

"Boxing is only styles"

"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

“There is another Champion and He is in the spotlight"

Mentioned in this episode

Discover Your Passion e-Course
Email me at info@designthelifeyouwant.com if you want to be my accountability partner for daily affirmations
Check our the Side Hustle Money Challenge

Free e-Course or
$5 Side Hustle Money Guide 

Sponsors

1004 - Visit www.startwithhatch.com/dtlyw

My Hustle Tees - Visit www.myhustletees.com to get your favorite hustle inspired apparel

Click here to learn how you can support the show at www.designthelifeyouwant.com/support-the-show

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Jun-06-2016
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112: Join The Side Hustle Money Challenge

Yes, we are going to talk about money today folks.  M o n e y, greenbacks, cheddar, paper, benjamins, dollars.

For over a year, I haven’t focus on money.  This may be shocking to many, especially from an entrepreneurial standpoint.  Money is the result of a successful product or service, right.  Yet, we often put too much of an emphasis on it - especially during the early stages of our journey.  As entrepreneurs, we rarely give ourselves the time we need to learn the ropes.  We take the Ready, Shoot, Aim approach.  When instead, we should be taking the Ready, Aim, Shoot approach.  This is why I decided to take my time.  However, after a year I think its time to pull the trigger.

Challenge: Make $500 a month with your side hustle in June 2016

Side up for the FREE email challenge

5 emails
Access to the FREE Facebook Group

Buy the Side Hustle Money Challenge Guide

Comprehensive guide with over 100 money making ideas
Access to the FREE Facebook Group

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1004 - Visit www.startwithhatch.com/dtlyw

My Hustle Tees - Visit www.myhustletees.com to get your favorite hustle inspired apparel

Click here to learn how you can support the show at www.designthelifeyouwant.com/support-the-show

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May-30-2016
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111: Customer Service For Sidepreneurs

Due to some recent experiences that I have had, I wanted to dedicate an episode to the topic of customer service.  I have over 20 years of customer service experience in a variety of industries and settings.  What I have come to realize here recently, is that a lot of entrepreneurs and professionals are lacking in this area.  Since this is something that I have been doing for so long, it may be a skill set that I take for granted.  I have to remember that a lot of people haven’t served in this capacity and may not be equipped with the proper skills.

Every Customer Has Value

Every person is a potential customer or potential referrer

Make room for compromise
The customer is not always right

 

If you liked this episode, you should check out When Customers Ask for Discounts

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1004 - Visit www.startwithhatch.com/dtlyw

My Hustle Tees - Visit www.myhustletees.com to get your favorite hustle inspired apparel

Click here to learn how you can support the show at www.designthelifeyouwant.com/support-the-show

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May-23-2016
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110: Make $ With T-Shirts and Other Products

As a side hustler, I believe it is important to have a passive income component to your business.  During this episode, I talk about why you should have a t-shirt or product based component to your income model as a sidepreneur and how to get started.

I cover the following topics:

Coming up with a concept
Setting a budget
Selecting a designer

Research the designer, their past designs and customer feedback
Make sure you can use the design for commercial purposes (which is usually an extra fee)
Make sure you understand their guidelines and parameters.  If you don’t understand, ask questions before you buy.
Be very clear with your instructions.  Give examples of fonts and pictures for visual support.

Some popular places to find designers:

Person you know
Fiverr.com
Upwork.com
99Designs.com

4. Selecting a product fulfillment company
Popular platforms

TeePublic
Spreadshirt
CafePress
GearBubble

5. Selling your products w/o paying for advertising

Directly via the fulfillment company
Your website
Social media
Your email list
Wear and use your own products

Additional resources

How To Start A T-Shirt Business

How To Build a T-shirt Empire w/ Kim Springer

 

Sponsors

1004 - Visit www.startwithhatch.com/dtlyw

My Hustle Tees - Visit www.myhustletees.com to get your favorite hustle inspired apparel

Click here to learn how you can support the show at www.designthelifeyouwant.com/support-the-show

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May-16-2016
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109: When Clients Ask For Discounts

During this episode I give my two cents on a conversation that started in a Facebook group.  Since I had such a strong opinion, I decided to talk about it on Periscope one day.  I later decided to use it as a podcast episode.  Here are a few things that I talk about:

Follow your instincts
Look at the situation from every angle
Offer alternatives
Why are you attracting these types of customers

 

When Clients Ask For Discounts, Ask Them ... Why by Jurgen Appelo

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1004 - Visit www.startwithhatch.com/dtlyw

My Hustle Tees - Visit www.myhustletees.com to get your favorite hustle inspired apparel

Click here to learn how you can support the show at www.designthelifeyouwant.com/support-the-show

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May-09-2016

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Founder/CEO of listenopoly.com | Co-host of the Add Water and Stir podcast | blogger at mimirobinsononline.com

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