About six or so years ago I discovered a fantastic author called Chris Guillebeau. The book was called the ‘Art of Non-Conformity’ and it was one of those books that you couldn’t put down, and when you finished reading it, you wanted to start right back at the beginning. I won’t get into the book now, but a couple of years later, Chris put out another book that, again, I really loved. This one was called the $100 Startup. This book told the stories of entrepreneurs from around the world that started their ventures for $100 or less.
At the time when I read this book, I was teaching in London, and as a lot of teachers do, was getting burnt out on it. This book was exactly what I needed and motivated me to find my $100 Startup.
Fast forward a few years and I’m living near Queenstown, New Zealand and have found my $100 Startup and am loving it. I’m still teaching and travel about 40 minutes each way work. In the last year or so I’ve discovered podcasts are a perfect way to kill time while driving. My iPhone is full of unlistened to episodes from various subscriptions that I have to choose from on my daily commute. At the start of January, to my surprise and happiness, I caught the news that Chris was going to be starting a daily podcast called Side Hustle School. Side Hustle School is similar to the $100 Startup in a way, but also different because it tells the story of people’s extra income they bring in while keeping their regular job. Each story is unique and inspiring in itself.
When I first heard of the podcast, I checked the website and saw they were looking to hear from people who were successfully running their own side hustle. I wrote to Chris and well…the rest is history.
My side hustle, Gold Pan Pete Design, was featured on Side Hustle School this past weekend. After listening to it, I couldn’t believe that it was actually me that Chris was talking about. He really did an amazing job of telling my story. Probably better than I could. I hope you check it out and let me know what you think.