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[141] Grow your Side Hustle with Chris Guillebeau


In this episode I talk with the master of the Side Hustle – my friend Chris Guillebeau.

Chris has been running one side hustle after the other his whole adult life. These days, amongst other things, he’s a well-known author, blogger, and the host of the Side Hustle podcast.

I met Chris at a Problogger conference many years ago – and in fact, a conversation with him at that conference was one of the key moments that helped me decide to start Create & Thrive!

So it’s quite poetic that I am now welcoming him as a guest on the show to talk about business, life, and the power of having a side hustle.

Don’t miss this episode – Chris is full of awesome wisdom and knowledge from the thousands of small business owners he’s talked to, interviewed, and worked with in his career.



Win a signed copy of Chris’s new book Side Hustle!


I’m giving away 2 signed copies of Chris’s new book. There are 2 ways to enter:

  1. In the Thriver Circle – just search #Chris to find the entry post.
  2. During my monthly public live Q&A on the Create & Thrive Facebook Page. RSVP here to join in, and be in with a chance to win.









Love the show? You can show your support by:

  • Leaving a review on the C&T FB page.
  • Leaving a review on iTunes.
  • Donating a few dollars towards the costs of producing the pod.
  • Joining the Thriver Circle – without the members of the Circle, this podcast would not be possible.


Quotes and Highlights from this episode:

  • You don’t have to quite your day job to launch a creative business.
  • There is value in building security before leaving your day job to start your side hustle full-time.
  • “There is nothing wrong with keeping the day job and slowly building this business on the side” {Jess}
  • A day job will allow you to try different things and experiment rather than putting too much pressure on your new venture.
  • “Be willing to take action even when they are no guarantees” {Chris}
  • Your first side hustle may not where you ultimately end up. Don’t be afraid to ty new ideas and discard those that don’t work or feel like a good fit.
  • Chris shares a story for his first side hustle.
  • When selling your goods promote the benefits of your product before the features.
  • “What emotional need does this purchase meet for someone?”{Chris}
  • Everyone is capable of starting a side hustle – if you don’t have all the skills required you can learn these.
  • “You don’t have to pick the content or topic that you are most passionate about. You can just be excited about learning how to do this (building a business)” {Chris}
  • Investors and starting capital are not essential to start a business.
  • “You don’t have to live your life the way others expect” {Chris}
  • Find Chris online here.
  • Check out the Side Hustle School and book!



#CTMonthInTheLife – A Photo-a-Day Instagram Challenge for Makers – Starts August 1, 2016!

#CTMonthInTheLife is happening in August.


It’s back! I’m once again running a month-long Instagram #photoaday challenge in August – #CTMonthInTheLife

I had so much fun last time I ran it – and I know so many of you really enjoyed it, too.

This challenge is for makers, artists, and creatives of all stripes.

I know how much I love seeing behind the scenes of other creatives’ lives and work, and I know I’m not alone in that bit of loving voyeurism, am I right?

So, I created this challenge as an opportunity for you to share all sorts of behind-the-scenes snapshots of your work life with us.

I want to see a month-in-the-life of your work. I want to see your space, your materials, your life, your passion. I want to see what motivates you, what your materials look like, what you DO every day!

Who wants to play?


Join us for #CTMonthInTheLife!


How to participate:

1. Share the image below on your Instagram feed. (And why not share it on FB to your Page… and on Pinterest or Twitter, too? This isn’t compulsory, but it will help to get your friends playing, too!).


#CTMonthInTheLife Shareable


2. Follow @CreateAndThrive on Instagram. I’ll be posting each day’s prompt to the feed to remind you to take your photo!

3. Post your response to each day’s prompt on your own IG feed (and some folks are creating a #CTMonthInTheLife Pin board, too – and you can push the photo through to your FB page).

4. Make SURE to tag every challenge image @CreateAndThrive AND #CTMonthInTheLife – I’ll be choosing my 4 faves and re-posting them to the C&T IG feed each day.


I’ll be posting each day’s prompt on the Create & Thrive IG account throughout August with a little blurb that explains a little bit about what it is. Most of them are pretty self-explanatory though!

We’ll kick off on August 1st, and play through till the 31st.

Please be aware that I’m running on Australian Eastern Standard Time – so for those of you on the other side of the world, we’ll be a little ahead of you time-wise – but just play when each day rolls around in your timezone!


Make sure you’re following the @CreateAndThrive IG account.

I can’t wait to peek inside your creative lives… will you be joining us?

Where could your business be one year from now?

#youryeartothrive - are you ready- pinterest


Have you thought about it?

I mean, really thought about it?

Where could your business be one year from now?

How much could it have grown?

How many pieces might you have sold?

How confident will you be about your branding, your ideal customer, and your website?

How much might your social media profile, your mailing list, and your traffic grow in a year?

How much closer will you be to achieving success – whatever that means to you?

Do you feel confident you know what you need to do, and when you need to do it, to grow your business in the direction you want to go?

Or is it all just crazy-overwhelming, and you end up getting stuck because you’re not sure what to do next?

I get it – I’ve been there.

And I want to help you break through the overwhelm. To knock down the fear barriers holding you back. To give you the map and be your guide on the path.

I’ve created a lot of guides and courses over the last few years, but none of them bring everything together.

I think it’s about time I changed that. For you.

So, I’ve created something epic that will help you not only figure all of the above out – it will help you make your goals and dreams a reality.


Introducing – Your Year to Thrive


I have created a year-long (yes, a whole year!) program to guide you on your handmade business journey.

It covers everything you need to do and know to start (or revitalise!) and grow your handmade business – from foundational vision and planning; through brand and product development; venue testing and selection; your online presence; your copy and photography; marketing; social media; time management & self care, and much, much more.

In this course I have pulled together everything I have learnt over the last 8 years – it covers everything you need to learn and do to make your business a success.

This program is also deliberately designed to fit into your busy life – with one lesson on one topic every week for a whole year, it is at a pace you can actually enact, and will help you to make informed, epic progress on building your business.

Say goodbye to wondering ‘am I missing something’? Or ‘am I doing this right’? Or even ‘is this even possible’?

Yes. It is possible. I did it, and so have many, many others. You can, too.

This is the course I wish existed during my first few years in business.


Your Year to Thrive will begin Monday July 18.


So, how can you take part?

(Spoiler, it’s WAY more affordable than you might think.)

Find out here.


Keep thriving, 




[55] 8 Places You Can Get Help with Your Handmade Business

Ep 55 - Create & Thrive Podcast

When we start a business by ourselves we are limited. We only know what we know. As you grow, other people become increasingly important as a resource for your handmade business.

At first we think we think we can figure it all out on our own, but where can you turn when you need the mental, physical or emotional help of others?

Sometimes it’s as simple as finding someone who will tell us that we actually can do what we dream of.

In this episode I share where I get support and help with my businesses (and how much that help has impacted the success of my endeavours). I also outline 8 sources of support that you can turn to, which are fantastic for starting, growing or strengthening your support network.

So, if you’re not sure where you can turn to get help, I hope you find one or more ideas in this episode to help you.

Ep 55 quote - Jess



Quotes and highlights from this Episode:

  • 1. Family
  • Family are usually the first port of call when we need help.
  • You are so blessed if you have family with the willingness, time and energy to help you.
  • Be thankful to them always if you have them because not everybody does!
  • If you don’t have this family support it is important that you find it elsewhere.
  • 2. Friends
  • Often our friends are our greatest cheerleaders.
  • There will always be those friends that aren’t supportive and usually this is because they simply do not understand.
  • Think about your friends skills and abilities as you may be able to source practical help from them.
  • It is common for some people to not see how your success is possible until you reach it.
  • Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, after all that is what they are there for.
  • 3. Local Organisations
  • Finding a local organisation is a great thing to do.
  • Most cities have craft groups or guilds you can join.
  • Craft and business courses are a great way to find like minded people.
  • 4. Teams or Forums Online
  • Online there are so many teams or forums available that you can ask advice.
  • Etsy has teams and forums you can easily follow or join.
  • Keep in mind the downsides such as the fact that your posts are public. Competitors and customers can all see this.
  • If you need to rant then this is not the platform to do it as lashing out publicly is never a good idea.
  • You don’t know the people you will be talking to so remember to tread carefully. You don’t want to attract the negativity of the internet.
  • 5. Blogs and Podcasts
  • These are places where people share what has worked and what hasn’t.
  • Blogs and podcasts are full of lessons learnt.
  • Make a list of your favourite blogs or podcasts to follow.
  • ‘Make yourself a treasure trove of knowledge.’ {Jess}
  • Don’t forget to explore the archives as most advice is still very relevant.
  • You need to keep in mind that not all advice will apply to you and don’t fall into the procrastination trap.
  • ‘Make sure the doing gets done.’ {Jess}
  • 6. Staff
  • Sometimes it gets to the point when you can no longer do everything on your own.
  • You can either pull back or hire someone to help you.
  • Be honest with which tasks are vital but that you don’t enjoy doing.
  • Start small to see how it goes and take it from there.
  • Don’t let cost or perfectionism hold you back if growth is your goal.
  • ‘If you reach your upper limit you need to accept that.’ {Jess}
  • 7. Mentors and Coaches
  • Most successful people don’t have much time for mentoring.
  • ‘The best way to gain a mentor is to gain a friend.’ {Jess}
  • Mentorship is built on a relationship and trust.
  • If there isn’t someone in the position to be your mentor then consider a paid coach or advisor.
  • 8. Online Community
  • The beauty of online communities is that they are full of people on the same journey as you.
  • Most offer helpful content such as e-books and courses.
  • Get to know who runs the community. What is their approach? Do you like them? Who are others in the community? Do you trust them?
  • ‘Make sure you connect with the message and the mentor.’ {Jess}
  • My own membership community – The Thriver Circle – is currently open to new members – for 48 hours only! Head to for more information.


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