I’ve spent 5+ years building successful (and even more unsuccessful) side hustles outside of my traditional career. Here are 6 of the biggest unexpected benefits I’ve experienced through my journey.

Peggy Anke | Image: Unsplash

I read the following stat the other day about “non-traditional” work arrangements:

In 2015, the Government Accountability Office estimated that people in non-traditional work arrangements could account for as much as 1/3 of the workforce. — Source: USA Facts

I would wager most people in the gig economy aren’t living the lifestyle of the gal in the picture above. …

“Many a false step was made by standing still.” -Timothy Ferriss — The 4-Hour Workweek

Over the last 4 years, I’ve tried my hand at a myriad of side hustles from painting house numbers on curbs to flipping products on eBay.

Many of these had short life spans and even more of them ended in false starts. BUT, a few of these side hustles actually worked and generated thousands of dollars on the side of my various full-time jobs!

In college, I read the extremely popularized book, The 4-Hour Workweek. It ended up being one of the most pivotal reads…

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Somewhere between my first and second job out of college, I became obsessed with the idea of building an e-commerce business during my nights and weekends.

After experimenting with international drop-shipping, wholesaling, and private labeling, I realized that there were inherent challenges that were preventing me from growing something meaningful:

  • Drop-shipping from Overseas: long shipping times posing customer service and satisfaction challenges.
  • Wholesale & Private Label: require capital upfront and the risk of holding inventory and assuming carrying costs.

I was searching for something that could put me on the fast-track to gaining more e-commerce experience and could scaled with…

Ben Smith

💻 E-commerce Nerd | Amazon | Print-On-Demand | YouTube

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