[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.









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  • Leaving a review on the C&T FB page.
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  • 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!



Thriver Circle Membership is Going Up to $29 p/m on April 1st.


When I started the Thriver Circle over 3 years ago, with just 3 workshops and no courses, I deliberately decided to make it affordable.

I had big plans to deliver value to members: but I also wanted to make membership as accessible as possible to as many people as I could.

Since then, the price of membership has been just $15 AUD per month.

Fast-forward to now, and so much has changed!


New members these days get access to:


  • 30 video workshops on handmade business topics,
  • 2 courses (Handmade Biz Bootcamp & Your Year to Thrive),
  • A strong, supportive community of over 450 makers,
  • Live calls, mastermind videos, and chats with me every month,
  • A new members-only podcast every month, plus access to all the previous premium episodes,
  • Monthly group projects,
  • Access to a huge library of recorded business coaching calls,
  • And more…


To reflect the immense value new members receive when they join, I am raising the price of membership as of April 1st.


The price will be going up from $15 to $29 per month.


If you are a current member, or you join before April 1st? You will LOCK IN the current super-low price of $15 per month for as long as you remain a member!


So, if it’s time to get the support and guidance you need to turn your handmade hobby into a thriving, profitable business, don’t wait.


Join the Thriver Circle today: ThriverCircle.com


Long-term member Stacey Howard of Max & Me Designs says of her time in the Circle:


“I’ve been a member of the Thriver Circle for a few years now and the knowledge I have learnt from the workshops, podcasts and monthly challenges has been pivotal in the growing success of my business.

When running your own business there is always something that can be improved or further developed, and the resources that Jess to members provides the perfect framework for every handmade business owner’s needs, no matter whether you’re just starting out or have an established business.

Everything is presented in an easy to follow format with clear actionable steps.

I view my membership in the Thriver Circle as an investment in myself, after all the most important part of your business is you!”


Join the Thriver Circle now: ThriverCircle.com



[140] Goal Setting Do’s and Don’ts for your Business (Member-Exclusive Episode)


In this member-exclusive podcast episode, I outline a whole bunch of do’s and don’ts for goal setting.

I hope this helps you think about the process of setting goals for your business, so that you can set goals that are actionable, achieveable, and realistic.


>>Become a member of the Thriver Circle and listen to the full episode right now.<<


Listen to the Intro:


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