March 23rd I posted my first EVER podcast episode and, I’m not going to lie, it was scary as hell!
My finger was hovering over the “submit” button and it was shaking like it was going to trigger a nuclear missile launch.
Two weeks before that, starting a podcast for foreign to me, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing or who the hell I was going to interview or why anyone would want to spend an hour talking to me.
But I knew I needed to just take one small step forward and do that each day.
Two weeks later, I had several interviews under my belt and I launched! In fact, I launched one episode every day that week.
Since then it has been absolutely thrilling to interview some of the top side hustlers in the world – the people that are proving it’s possible to build an income generating business while working a day job.
I thought I’d get some listeners in the USA and maybe a few in Europe but I’ve been SHOCKED at how many international listeners the podcast has acquired.
As of today, the podcast has been listened to in 52 countries!!!
And the country with the 5th most downloads is Mongolia!
All this happened because I decided to take a step forward and act on a crazy idea in a time of doubt and fear.
What is the crazy idea that you have right now that you are scared to act on?
GO DO IT!
If you have ever thought about starting a podcast, go do it! Podcast listenership is skyrocketing right now and there is still so much room left to grow. Do you remember in 2006 when blogging was a buzzword and people were flocking to it – it was a gold rush. I feel like that’s where we are right now with podcasting. There are still so many niches either not claimed or they are being owned by someone with a mediocre show. There is plenty of room for you and you DO NOT need to be an expert to start.
If you want to start a podcast and need some help, I can help you get it done, fast.
In celebration of launching episode 25, I’m offering 50% off my Podcasting Made Easy course.
The discount code PODCAST101 is active now through Sunday June 3rd at 11:59 pm.
(There are only 5 available at half off)
Now, onto the summary of episodes 1-25 of the Hustle To Freedom podcast.
Episode 1: I talked with Michael Kummer about how he has started monetizing his blog by focusing only on content that has a clear ROI.
Episode 2: I chat with Jason Belisha on how his Kickstarter failed, what he learned from it, and how it helped him pivot into being a professional voiceover artist.
Episode 3: This episode features Brendan Dubbels who’s side hustle is helping Escape Room companies develop and maximize a marketing strategy.
Episode 4: Matt Sodnicar shares his journey and how the ups and downs ultimately led him to launch his first physical product, The Warm Front.
Episode 5: Marq Boyce takes us through his extensive side hustle career and why he is now focused on affiliate marketing and how it generated him $2,000 in recurring revenue after month 1.
Episode 6: In this episode, I talked with Andrew Deitsch about how he launched his own podcast and his formula for podcast success, The 3 L’s.
Episode 7: I talked with Ivan Zatko about how he got started in the crowdfunding world and how he has established himself as an expert with a 100% success rate on his campaigns.
Episode 8: In this chat with Dan Khadem, we discuss how he took his day job skills and found a niche of people that needed help and it led to an extra $16,000 for him last year.
Episode 9: Dean Yeong shares how he has taken a personal development blog, which is a tough niche and got featured on several big-name publications such as The Huffington Post.
Episode 10: Nina Morfin is a mom, and successful real estate agent, that started a drop shipping eCommerce store on the side that had gross revenue of over $300,000 in the first 8-months.
Episode 11: Jeff Weiner is a VP of Sales by day then works on his side hustle, a SAAS startup in the night hours. Hear how they are growing this SAAS product with a team of experts.
Episode 12: Genevieve Malone takes off her engineer hat at the end of the day, then gets to work on her fitness side hustle to help and empower women to take control of their bodies.
Episode 13: In this episode, Marvin Britt shares how he grew his personal training business from classes in a local park to owning his own studio and making it his full-time career.
Episode 14: Mark Campbell shares a crazyyy side hustle journey and how it ultimately led him to a developer contract that netted him $157,000 last year, in addition to his day job income.
Episode 15: Jaychrist Teves takes us through the challenges of starting a side hustle in the Philippines and how he eventually left his factory worker job to go all-in on his design side hustle.
Episode 16: Ryan Butler shifted gears when he got burnt out as a software developer then got into flipping houses. It ultimately led him to be a real estate agent and winning Keller Williams Rookie of the Year.
Episode 17: In this chat with Owen Lutz, he shares how he started and scaled a cleaning business on the side and how he realized it wasn’t what he wanted and why he sold it.
Episode 18: Charlie Liu walks us through his side hustle journey over the past ten years and how they grew it to over $500,000 in gross revenue last year – as a side hustle.
Episode 19: Cielo de la Paz became known as the iPhone girl after Apple picked up several of her photos to be used in their campaigns. She capitalized on this exposure and has built a booming side hustle.
Episode 20: Jeff Neal started a “dirty” side hustle drop shipping crickets and worms – but he never has to get his hands dirty or even lay eyes on a single cricket with this model.
Episode 21: Jill Bong took her lifestyle of Homesteading and turned it into a business, teaching others how they can do the same thing.
Episode 22: Monica Kirkland quit her day job at the end of last year after growing her photography side hustle and getting booked every day of the week.
Episode 23: In this episode, Greg Jeffries shares how he is making over $25,000 per month growing niche sites through affiliate SEO strategies.
Episode 24: Savanna Flakes saw an opportunity in the education consulting space and jumped in. After working with a few schools, word began to spread and she quit her job to go all-in.
Episode 25: Zack Arnold took everything he learned from managing life, a passion for fitness, and being an award-winning Hollywood film editor and turned it into an income generating side hustle.