We all want to be our own boss, right? Choose our own hours, and work with clients we like.

More and more people are taking steps to live this dream. They’re building themselves side hustles to supplement their incomes and provide themselves with enjoyable work.

The long term goal is to take that side hustle full time. Maybe it's a blog, freelance design work, or personal training.

The one job for life, career salary man, of the 20th century has been replaced.

We’re now a society of people that have multiple skills and work in 100’s of different ways.

And helping us find our way through this sometimes tricky work environment is our podcast guest Nick Loper from Side Hustle Nation.

Nick Loper Guest Profile

Nick hosts the podcast, ‘The Side Hustle Show’. He’s also the chief side hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a company he set up to help people reach their side hustle goals.

Nick has made it his mission to help people build job-free income streams. He didn’t want to climb the corporate ladder, he wanted to build his own.

After canning his corporate job he went on to build websites, write books, work around the world, all while coaching new and seasoned entrepreneurs, and connecting with some pretty amazing people.  

Nick's podcast: www.sidehustlenation.com/side-hustle-show/

Side Hustle Nation: https://www.sidehustlenation.com/

Transcribed highlights from the show

Dan: What are the first steps people should take to get their side hustle off the ground?

Nick: I recommend you start by creating an inventory of your skills. What skills do you have, what have you done in the past, what skills have you picked up from your career, what are things people have paid you for, and what have you learned to do outside of work.

The important thing here is to not discount the skills you take for granted because once you know something it’s hard to imagine not knowing something. A very simple example is two plus two. Of course it's four but if you’ve never done math, not so simple right!

So things you find simple might not be so easy for others, or people just might not want to do the job in question and pay you to do it.

And the second thing to consider is: what are the challenges, problems, and hurdles that you’ve overcome in your own life that you hear other people complaining about, or that you just face on a day to day basis.

I have an exercise that’s called “What sucks”. I take some time out of my day to get really pessimistic and think what in my life is painful, what isn’t working well, and I make a list of all them things. I then think about ways I could improve them with a service or an automation.

What this exercise does is get me looking at the solutions to problems people are having and then you can begin to think about ways to monetize that.