Welcome to the fourth Experts Interview Series on The Blog Incubator.
Where I, Shakir Jamal share some of the best stories and advices from the best bloggers and internet marketers and discover their secrets for you to benefit from.
This is the interview of Nick Loper where I will be discovering the exclusive secrets to amplifying your earning power.
Nick Loper is a Chief Side Hustler at Side Hustle Nation.
He's an entrepreneur, helping men escape the rat race income.
He's helped hundreds of people in creating new income streams, building business they love and ditching their 9-5 cubicle grind. And today, he'll help you too.
So, without any further ado let's reveal some of the exclusive secrets to amplifying your earning potential and building a successful online business.
- What was the reason for your side hustle when you used to work full-time for a giant corporation?
- How did you get started with side hustling?
- What was the biggest challenge you faced on your way to quitting your day job to a full time successful online business?
- How do you help people amplify their earning power?
- What's your thought on ditching 9-5 job in general?
- What's the best thing ever that happened to you on your way to moonlighting your own path of success?
- How are you currently making money from your blog and helping people escape the rat race at the same time?
- Any tip you would like to give to side hustlers who want to make extra money and build a future of real financial freedom?
- And final question - How can people get in touch with you?
Shakir: What was the reason for your side hustle when you used to work full-time for a giant corporation?
Nick: Honestly, I was scared at the prospect of working for another 30 years for someone else. I thought of myself as a smart guy, so I ought to be able to figure a way out.
One of the most depressing moments for me was having to ask my boss if it was OK to take vacation.
For whatever reason, that lack of control over my own calendar was humiliating, and a big motivating factor in building an outside income stream.
Shakir: How did you get started with side hustling?
Nick: My first "real" side hustle was a comparison shopping site for footwear. But before building the site, I actually tested the idea with direct affiliate link text ads on Google AdWords (not sure if this is still a thing!).
If you've read Jim Collins, he talks about the idea of "firing bullets, then canonballs", and that's what this strategy was.
I could test out for a very small budget if people would buy through my links. Once I found they did, I invested in building out the full-fledged site.
Shakir: What was the biggest challenge you faced on your way to quitting your day job to a full time successful online business?
Nick: The biggest challenge was convincing myself I could really cut my own paycheck.
Sure, I had a track record of revenue from the side hustle, but there was still something pretty scary about giving my 2-week's notice.
I was actually out to dinner with my boss and on my second beer before I got up the nerve!
Shakir: How do you help people amplify their earning power?
My guests and I breakdown the strategies and tactics that work to make more money today.
We focus on online businesses, e-commerce, and freelancing/service businesses.
Shakir: What's your thought on ditching 9-5 job in general?
Nick: It's not for everyone, but if that's your goal, go for it!
Many people glamorize the entrepreneurial life but it comes with its own unique challenges.
Shakir: What's the best thing ever that happened to you on your way to moonlighting your own path of success?
Nick: Discovering podcasts.
My first several years of self-employment were pretty lonely, but podcasting opened my eyes to this incredible world of on-demand, educational audio.
It didn't take long before I wanted to start a show of my own, which has been completely life-changing.
Of course, it didn't happen right away, but through doing the show consistently, I've gotten to connect with incredible entrepreneurs and build a worldwide audience of like-minded people.
Shakir: How are you currently making money from your blog and helping people escape the rat race at the same time?
Nick: The biggest revenue pillars of Side Hustle Nation are:
- Sponsorships on the podcast
- Affiliate offers through the site (and occasionally the email list)
- My own products (mostly books and a digital course)
- My own side hustle experiments and investments
Shakir: Any tip you would like to give to side hustlers who want to make extra money and build a future of real financial freedom?
Nick: Don't wait for the "perfect" business idea or opportunity. It doesn't exist. Instead, pick something and take action. (If it helps, here's a big list of side hustle ideas.) Treat it like an experiment — if it doesn't work, move on to the next hypothesis.
Shakir: And final question - How can people get in touch with you?
Nick: I'm most active on social media in the Side Hustle Nation Facebook group. If you have a specific question, make sure to tag me so I see it.
If you’d like to learn more about Nick Loper and his other strategies to amplifying your earning power and building buisness you love, I warmly recommend that you check out his podcast The Side Hustle Show.
And you can also check out his FREE book on
How to Turn Your Spare Time into $1000 a Month or More on Amazon and Kindle.
That's it from the fourth Experts Interview Series.
Thanks again to Nick for taking the time and sharing your valuable wisdom with all of us.
If you want to learn more from other successful Internet Marketers and bloggers, then be sure to check out Expert Interview Series.