Nearly half of Americans have a side hustle of some sort, according to a 2019 Bankrate survey of 2,550 adults.
If you're considering a way to earn extra money on the side or are simply curious about how people try to make their fortunes outside of or instead of a 9-5 job, consider these seven podcasts. Each offers up stories of entrepreneurs and hustlers who hit it big with their ideas and could inspire or help you with your own side hustle.
Chris Guillebeau, the author of "The $100 Startup" and "100 Side Hustles," has been writing about entrepreneurship and side hustling for nearly a decade. His daily podcast features question and answer sessions with his listeners, stories of successful side hustlers, and homework assignments for the aspiring hustler.
Start with: Episode 1129, which outlines seven common mistakes people make as they home in on their idea for a money-making project, from trying to serve too wide a clientele to not having a clear revenue model.
Host Nick Loper has 15 streams of income, including credit card rewards, Fiverr, and podcast sponsorships. Loper's weekly podcast features interviews with successful side earners focusing on how they were able to build their projects, and how they were able to market it.
Start with: Episode 295, one of Loper's favorite episodes, which is about Chris Schwab, who founded Think Maids, a D.C.-area cleaning service, while still in college.
Schwab "went on Yelp and found all of these reviews of the other local cleaning services and found no one was complaining about cleaning," says Loper. "They were complaining about customer service: 'I couldn't get a quote, I didn't know when the crew was coming out.' … [Schwab] was like, 'Well, I could do that. I could be a better administrator.'"
As of August 2018, Think Maids brought in $60,000 per month, according to Loper.
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While working at NPR, Nicaila Matthews Okome decided to turn her part-time podcast, "Side Hustle Pro," into a full-time career, following the example of the successful entrepreneurs she profiles. The show spotlights black women entrepreneurs specifically.
While not strictly a side hustle podcast, NPR's "Planet Money" takes an enthralling and colorful look at the economy by breaking down everything from successful small businesses to paychecks and personal finance.
Start with: Episode 968, "The Trouble With Table 101," which teaches budding entrepreneurs and business owners to think about every detail of their venture and how it affects their clients.
The Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement is popular among those who commit to setting aside huge portions of their income with the goal of early retirement. Hosts Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett co-wrote a book on the topic, and on this podcast they both interview guests who've built multiple streams of income and offer money-saving tips for anyone keen on getting control of their spending.
Start with: Episode 165, which features entrepreneur Jesse Mecham, who successfully turned his budgeting side hustle into a full-fledged business.
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Comedian, writer, and actor Marc Maron has been interviewing A-list celebrities and dignitaries as iconic as former President Barack Obama since 2009. Maron's deep dives give listeners clear examples of how hard, and how rewarding, hustling can be. His guests explain how they struggled as they climbed to the top, and they show how persistence, patience, and problem solving can pay off.
Start with: Episode 1069, an interview with musician and actor Kate Nash, who worked at a fast-food restaurant while independently releasing her music on MySpace before she became a star.
Host Ryan Robinson has made a living doing a combination of hustles for years, from entrepreneurship to content creation to consulting. His podcast, currently on hiatus but set to return in early March, covers work and work habits.
Start with: Episode 129, an interview with Nir Eyal, whose 2019 book "Indistractable" teaches readers how to focus.
For Robinson, the podcast always offers opportunities to learn something new: "I think it's been a really cool reminder just to see how much people are hustling in order to create something meaningful for their future."
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