Make Your Hobby a Side Hustle or Small Business in 2023

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Small Business and Side Hustles - a Library U newsletterIt's 2023! Is this the year you... Make your hobby a side hustle? Start your own business? Or work on taking your business to the next level?

Note: The "Small Business and Side Hustles" newsletter is going monthly! That means even more opportunities to connect you to Library and community resources and programs to help you start or build your business!

This month, we're showcasing some great books as well as some on-demand video courses with LinkedIn Learning. Next month, we'll feature an interview with a local business owner and see what books have helped them! Sign up on the Library U enrollment page to get the newsletter delivered straight to your inbox!


Side Hustle: From Idea To Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

For some people, the thought of quitting their day job to strike out on their own as an entrepreneur is exhilarating. For many others, it's terrifying. After all, a stable job that delivers a regular paycheck is a blessing. And not everyone has the means--or the desire--to take on the risks and responsibilities of working for themselves. But what if we could quickly and easily create an additional stream of income without giving up the security of a full-time job? Enter the side hustle. Chris Guillebeau has launched more than a dozen side hustles over his career. Here, he offers a step-by-step guide that takes you from idea to income in just 27 days.

How I Built This by Guy Raz

Based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast, How I Built This with Guy Raz, this book offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture. Great ideas often come from a simple spark: A soccer player on the New Zealand national team notices all the unused wool his country produces and figures out a way to turn them into shoes (Allbirds). A former Buddhist monk decides the very best way to spread his mindfulness teachings is by launching an app (Headspace). A sandwich cart vendor finds a way to reuse leftover pita bread and turns it into a multimillion-dollar business (Stacy's Pita Chips).

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz, the cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he's gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies.


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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (Blinkist Summary)

Discover how to become an exceptional CEO! In this audiobook summary of the 2014 book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Blinkist uses the LinkedIn Learning platform to share concise highlights and practical lessons gleaned from entrepreneur Ben Horowitz's experiences in Silicon Valley. Listen on the go and learn how to handle layoffs, hire the right people, dispense with politics to make your company a place where people want to work, and more.

Small Business Secrets with Dave Crenshaw

Learn the secrets of successful small businesses in this series with business coach Dave Crenshaw. Are you thinking about starting a small business, freelancing, or turning a hobby into a full-time job? Or perhaps you're already running your own business and need some inspiration to take it to the next level. Join small business coach Dave Crenshaw for two short lessons that reveal the secrets of running a successful small business. This series covers topics such as getting started, writing a business plan, determining your most valuable product or service, hiring people, managing processes, documenting systems, bootstrapping, seeking funding, accounting, controlling costs and profit margins, marketing, creating culture, and more.

Understanding Business with Eddie Devila

Learn the basic concepts underpinning all businesses, small to large, including marketing, supply chains, accounting, and HR. Learn the foundational concepts underlying all businesses, small to large. Arizona State University professor Eddie Davila covers all the basics, explaining concepts such as how revenues and costs influence a company's profit and which teams play a key role in any organization's success. He then provides a basic explanation of how finance teams operate in a business, so that you can better understand what drives financial decisions in an organization. He also reviews how companies communicate with customers via marketing and branding; how supply chains function in an organization; and how accounting, HR, and IT teams work to manage an organization's money, employees, and information.

Start a Side Hustle with Chris Guillebeau

Capitalize on your creative skills without quitting your day job. Learn how to jump-start a side hustle that earns you a brand-new source of income. A well-executed side hustle can be both financially rewarding and personally fulfilling. Curious about how to launch one of your own? In this course, join entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau as he steps through how to jump-start your first (or second) side hustle. Chris begins by going over the different types of side hustles, sharing practical tips that can help you select a stellar idea for your new venture. Next, he shows how to execute on your chosen idea, demonstrating how to take your initial concept and move it into a position where you have an offering for customers. To wrap up, he covers how to refine your product and keep your side gig manageable by focusing your energy on the tasks that matter.

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