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A Lifetime of Side Hustles & Fear Busting

fear gardening music Mar 17, 2022

Dr. Fred shares his journey through multiple side hustles, built mainly on passion projects. He shares that profit follows passion, and how to listen to the guiding voice within. Learn about his love of gardening, sustainability, homesteading, and music, in this episode of the SideHustle Lounge.

Guest Information:

“Fiddlin' Fred” Mayer, PhD is a string teacher, ensemble director, instrument designer and builder, and active musical performer. On 5-string viola, an instrument he designed and manufactured, Fred has played with too many bands to mention, none of which anyone has heard of, nor cares about. The only thing that matters is that his music lifts the spirits of those within earshot.

Fred is also an organic farmer, running his own farm operation from 2006-2017 and in addition to his musical activities, has worked at numerous food and medicine producing grows. Lately he has parlayed his organic farming skills to become a garden coach; helping new...

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Some of My Favorite Interview Moments from the last year (part 2)

best of side hustle ideas Mar 10, 2022

This week is part 2 of celebrating the last year with another "best of" episode. Let's take a look back at some of my favorite moments during my interviews with John Holder, Todd Snively, Lise Cartwright, Brian Winch, Dorie McCleskey, Dave Kettner, and Supal Vora.

Episode Highlights:

0:48 Listen to John's story about finding a tribe and mentor to help you on your way, and how he found his through the Sign & Thrive community.

18:37 On episode 24, Brian shared how you can made cleaning commercial property into a side-hustle, making really good money while walking and enjoying the fresh air, with no education required - 

28:39 Have you heard about creating custom mugs as a side-hustle. Yes mugs! And there's actually great money in it! 

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Here is the summary of the segments in this episode. If you'd like to hear the full interview of any of these conversations, just click the link next to the guest.

  • Finding your tribe and...

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Some of My Favorite Interview Moments from the last year (part 1)


This week we are going to celebrate the last year with a "best of" episode. Let's take a look back at some of my favorite moments during my interviews with Dr. Erica Adkins, Michael Rowell, Laura Sapal, Linda Frazee, Chris Misterek, Tara Grieb, and Mary Fain Brandt. Enjoy!

Episode Highlights:

5:05 We are in this process of becoming. Nobody comes 'ready made'. So if we can lean into the power of "becoming", we are better positioned to grow into the leader we want to be tomorrow.

14:30 You're already in a box already, whether you know it or not. What the Enneagram does is open doors and windows and give you access to find yourself. If you work it you'll be able to embrace the unfolding of your personality and less shame. To be the best version of yourself that you came here to be.

28:29 Being authentic is being your true self 24/7. If you're splitting your personality between two different types of people, one online and one in person, than you're not being authentic.


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Own the Future as a Mobile "Credentialed Professional"


Your human expertise and connection brings value to the marketplace! If you provide mobile or convenience services, you won't want to miss this episode with Todd Ausherman, CEO of Notaroo. His company is on the cutting edge of optimizing the credentialed professional. Tune in to hear about the endless possibilities!

Guest Information:

Todd Ausherman is an Attorney and mortgage entrepreneur who has been in the loan origination business for 15 years, and he built Notaroo to solve the communication and frustration issues associated with closing mortgage loans.

Connect with Todd on LinkedIn. Remember to include a message with your connection request and let Todd know you heard about him on the SHL podcast.

Episode Highlights:

15:34 If we're not learning new things, if we're not expanding our own abilities and our own vistas, and in terms of where we want to go, then, then we're not growing. And the very definition of not growing is...

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From Zero Skills to Self Made Web Designer


You gotta meet Chris Misterek who, after an abrupt divorce, had to find a way to supplement his income. He tought himself web development and design, and quadrupled his W-2 earnings within two years. Now, Chris believes ANYONE can do this work with the right guidance, mindset, and training. Have a laptop? Build a business you can run from anywhere in the world!

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Chris is a self-taught UX/web designer that works for a tech startup in Arizona. BUT, he didn’t start there.

For 13 years he was basically a full-time musician. While he loved his full-time job it became clear that he would need to make more money to support his 3 daughters as a single dad.

That’s when he turned to web design. He started learning everything he could about 5 years ago and then began freelancing in his free time shortly after. That led him to where he is today.

Now, instead of freelancing in his spare time he teaches other people how to take the same path he did at...

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Trailers & Dirt: Hidden Cash Flow in Real Estate Niches


Looking for cash flow? Check out this niche within a niche in the real estate investment realm with , Adrian Smude. Plus, Adrian shares how credentialed professionals, such as mobile notaries, can be valuable bird dogs for investors like him.

Guest Information:

Adrian Smude has been investing in real estate since he became an accidental landlord in 2002. Adrian attempted to invest again, but his second home ended as a short sale. After 11 years of being a hobby landlord, he discovered his passion for real estate through REIA meetings. Adrian switched his investing niche to Mobile Homes with Land and has been following this path ever since. He is a part of 3 masterminds, including a high level mastermind which he hosts. In addition, he helps facilitate his local REIA, and teaches about his success and failures.

Go to to connect with him and find his new book!

Episode Highlights:

7:17 We have stuck to this middle area that seems to be this like...

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Ditching Success?


What does it mean to "ditch success?" Author and entrepreneur, Batoul Ajlouni, joins Bill on this week's episode to discuss her ongoing journey from workaholic to…what comes next.

Guest Information:

Batoul Ajlouni is the author of the career memoir "Ditching Success?: A Career Ventured; A life Regained".

In her previous life, Ajlouni was an architect, entrepreneur, and business executive with thirty years of experience in fifteen of the world’s toughest markets. She co-founded her company at twenty-four, before serving as VP for Business Development at a leading IT firm, helping it grow into a multinational corporation.

As a prominent businesswoman, Ajlouni engages in activities and public speaking events on design, business, technology, and women & youth empowerment. She's also an active board member at Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. Batoul works from her home in Amman, Jordan where she lives with her husband and a fuzzy...

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The Bilingual Side Hustle


Translation Strategist, Liane R. Grant, joins us on this episode of the SideHustle Lounge to share her framework for success in bilingual transcription. Hear how she earns 4X's more in her side hustle than she did with full time employment. Is this for you? Liane has the answer.

Guest Information:

Liane R. Grant founded The King's Translators, a nonprofit translation team that has translated over 5 million words and published 100 books. Liane is a certified translator (French/English) with a Ph.D. in Translation Studies from Université de Montréal. Her innovative training method has impacted hundreds of budding translators worldwide. Liane lives in beautiful, historic Quebec City.

Take this free assessment today to identify your potential for a side hustle doing written translation. You will quickly see if you have the 8 characteristics needed to succeed.

Purchase Liane's book here:


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How to Replace Your 9-5 Salary by Generating Leads for Local Businesses

Uncategorized Jan 20, 2022

Wait until you hear about "rank & rent" websites from Luke Van Der Veer. Luke was fresh out of college and working in HR when he realized the standard 9-5 just wasn't going to work for him. He found a way to rent out digital real estate AND help support small businesses, and created an empire in the process.

Guest Information:

Luke started a side hustle and subsequently killed his job by using SEO to generate leads for local businesses (a process called "Rank & Rent"). In October of 2020, he started a coaching program teaching people how to do the same thing, and he'd love to share how ANYONE feeling stuck in the 9-5 can earn a residual income or kill their full-time job without a degree or any crazy technical skills.

Watch thefree webinar at

Episode Highlights:

21:25 I can't just sit around so that the whole you know, hang out on the beach for years is, is not something that I'm capable of doing. I immediately start feeling like I...

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How To Be Authentic and Why It Matters


"Be authentic," they say. But what the heck does that even mean? Online brand expert, Mary Fain Brandt, joins me this week for an energetic conversation about letting your personality differentiate you in a sea of sameness. Plus, tips on how to save ten grand in your first year of business.

Guest Information:

Ready to increase your visibility and fill your pipeline with sizzling hot qualified leads? Or maybe you're looking to book your calendar with speaking engagements or simply want to become known as a leader in your industry.

Either way Mary’s the ultimate connector and she’ll share all her top secrets with you on how she went from unknown to fully booked!

Mary has a ton of experience in the corporate arena working in the financial industry, specifically banking. This has given her a glimpse as to where sales professionals struggle when it comes to social selling and online prospecting. Mary has worked with Financial Professionals, Bank Managers, IT...

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