How do you turn a hobby into a career? Side Hustle School has you covered.
Chris Guillebeau was originally motivated by a passion for travel, visiting every country in the world before his 35th birthday. But once you’ve climbed that mountain, finding a second act can be tough.
After spending four years in West Africa working on a hospital ship, he returned to the U.S. and started a blog, where he shared his life experiences and philosophy. It built a reader base quick enough that Chris got a publishing deal.
The resulting book, The Art Of Non-Conformity, was a bold statement reflecting his personal philosophy: you can live an interesting, rewarding life on your own terms, if you commit to your core beliefs.
After its release, he spent 97 days traveling all 50 states, meeting readers and building even deeper connections with them.
He’d discovered a gift for inspiring others to follow their dreams wherever they lead.
Chris followed with another book, The $100 Startup, which serves as a guide to setting out on your own without financial backing.
With these hits under his belt, Chris was positioned to help people understand the ins and outs of the new workplace, where having the same employer your entire life is no longer a certainty.
The next step was to turn it into a formula.
Starting on January 1, 2017, Chris began a new project: releasing daily episodes of the Side Hustle School podcast. Each episode clocks in at under ten minutes and spotlights somebody who has found a unique way to pull in a second income.
Side Hustle School’s subjects are widely diverse, from artists to app developers to totally unclassifiable folks like the woman who makes saddles for pet chickens. The podcast now gets over two million downloads a month.
It wasn’t long before teaching other people how to find their side hustles became Chris’s main hustle. The book that followed, Side Hustle: From Idea to Income In 27 Days, laid out his maxims for success.
He’s very blunt about the fact that a side hustle has to pay for itself – “If it’s not making money, it’s just a hobby.” So in the book, he provides tools for identifying opportunities and capitalizing on them.
There’s no substitute for face-to-face learning, so Chris has also been running successful (and often sold out) Side Hustle workshops all over North America. These small group sessions are laser-focused and personal, and attendees leave with a 30-day plan for growing their new businesses.
Chris’s annual World Domination Summit, held in Portland, Oregon, has a cheeky name but a serious remit: to change the world through the three core principles of community, adventure, and service. The Summit has drawn more than 10,000 attendees from 40 different countries since starting in 2011.
Online and off, through books, podcasts, interviews and more, Chris Guillebeau found his niche in helping others find theirs. That’s why he’s a perfect fit for the Niche 100.