The Side Gig Central Podcast

Expert interviews to help you with your side gig.

Keep up that side hustle, cuz mmm! It looks good on you!

Welcome to the Side Gig Central podcast, where we truly believe that your side gig has the power to change your life. I’m a small business owner and side gig hustler just like you, and my goal is to help you redefine what success looks like in today’s gig economy. Listen in on honest conversations from the experts and from hard working side gig entrepreneurs who are killing it with their side hustle everyday. Learn the best strategies, tips and tricks that helped others pave their own way and create their dream side gig. So, if you’re ready to get started, up your game, and do the work, you’re in the right place!





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February 10, 2020 : Episode #24

How to Write Stories That Sell

On this episode, Brenna McGowan, a Newport Beach California based copywriter and Instagram expert talks about the steps she uses to create copy that actually sells stuff! Brenna helps female-led lifestyle businesses take the confetti of their ideas and put the party down on paper with words that connect and sell, so you can “work less and play more.”

During this episode you’ll learn:

  • how to achieve effective copy
  • why relevant and relatable storytelling is a MUST these days
  • how you can become a word smithing ninja and attract your ideal client
  • how to communicate everyday stories that make people take ACTION

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February 5, 2020 : Episode #23

How to Build a Brand that Pops

On this episode you’ll meet, Brianne Fleming, a Florida based marketing and branding expert, professor, course creator and THE queen of all things 90’s pop culture. Brianne’s mission is to teach entrepreneurs how to infuse their personality into their brand while still remaining authentic and relevant. During this episode you’ll learn:

  • how to capitalize on your quirks when creating your brand
  • how to monitor news trends to stay memorable with your audience
  • how to create more content (people actually care about) with less effort
  • why you should publicly demonstrate your knowledge to become an expert in your niche

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January 27, 2020 : Episode #22

The Ultimate Money Guide for Your Side Gig

On this episode, I’m talking with Ayana Campbell Smith, an Ohio based money coach, course creator and the brains behind the hugely popular, Millennial Money Guide brand. Ayana’s mission is to share practical tips and money advice to help millennials ditch debt, save more and win with money. During this episode you’ll learn:

  • how to handle inconsistent cash flow for your side gig
  • how to be intentional about funding your side gig when first getting started
  • how to automate your savings strategies
  • what is conscious spending and how to make it work for you
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January 20, 2020 : Episode #21

How Make More Money with Less Hustle

On this episode, I’m talking you through how I plan on making more money with my side gig with less hustle. And more specifically, if I’m seriously going to continue producing this weekly podcast and not have it turn out to be complete crap and still enjoy LIFE, now more than ever, I gotta get MORE strategic with my side gig. I gotta get more strategic with my time, my energy and how I’m producing content for you. Simply put, I gotta do it with LESS HUSTLE.

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January 13, 2020 : Episode #20

How to Grow and Profit from Your Influencer Status

Meghan Higgins, fashion blogger and high level influencer, will help you navigate the sticky world of “influencers” with style, grace AND adoring fans. . In this episode you’ll learn: how to become a trusted and AUTHENTIC RESOURCE for your audience, how to land affiliate deals when you have <1k followers, how to STAND OUT from the crowd in a saturated marketplace and  the # 1 success metric for micro-influencers.
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January 6, 2020 : Episode #19

This Is Your Side Gig Secret Weapon: Confidence

Ashley Kirkwood, attorney, speaking coach, podcaster and entrepreneur is kicking off SEASON 2 (and the first episode of 2020!) with some much needed advice on CONFIDENCE. In this episode you’ll learn: how you can overcome your fears as you pursue your side gig, how to convert confidence to currency, how to tune into your most confident self by checking your MBA = “Mindset, Beliefs and Actions.”
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December 30, 2019 : Episode #18

How to Use Instagram to Find Your Ideal Audience

If you’ve ever wondered if your sweat equity side gig should be on Instagram OR, you already have an Instagram account and you’ve agonized over what to post and write, this is the episode for you! Allison Scholes’s tips and strategies can not only be applied to mompreneurs, but they can also apply to any side gig entrepreneur who wants to level up their Instagram game and engage with their ideal audience.

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December 23, 2019 : Episode #17

The #1 Guide Your Etsy Business Needs Right Now

In this episode you’ll meet James Dillehay, a craft business expert from New Mexico with over 30 years experience. During this conversation with James, you’ll learn:
  • how to get started on Etsy with a shoestring budget
  • creative, low-cost ways to source materials for your handmade items
  • how to turn a $35 on Fiverr into $1,000+ in Etsy sales
  • why Etsy SEO is one of the best tools to increase sales for your shop
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December 16, 2019 : Episode #16

How Your Side Gig Can Help You Live Debt-Free

On this episode, you’ll meet Mandy Velez, a senior social media editor at the Daily Beast and an “insta-famous” student loan slayer who knows all about how to use side gigs to eliminate student loan debt. In this eye-opening discussion, you’ll learn how Mandy paid off her student loans AHEAD of schedule by using the debt snowball method plus two side gigs, why you should never pay the minimums on your student loans and how Mandy’s story went viral and was covered by People Magazine, Business Insider, Forbes and more!
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December 9, 2019 : Episode #15

Why I Killed My Personal Training Company

This is the solo episode you’ve been waiting for! What started out as a dream side gig, slowly grew into a thriving business over an 8 year period. But, as you’ll soon discover, the fairy tale quickly evaporated once I realized the unsustainable business model was killing the company. In this side gig love story, you’ll learn HOW TO:

  • pivot when your business model is no longer working
  • capitalize on your core competency
  • fail forward without losing your mind
  • turn losses into lessons
  • scale up or scale down a side gig to fit YOUR life
Consider this my holiday podcasting gift to you with a dash of humor, a sprinkle of sass and a generous helping of humility. Thank you to our sponsor for this episode 


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December 2, 2019 : Episode #14

Is It Too Late to Start a Side Gig? LIVE from Vegas

If you’ve been debating with yourself whether or not it’s too late to start a side gig – this episode will convince you otherwise. On this episode, you’ll meet Ati Grinspun, photographer and network marketer, who turned her two passions into a full time lucrative business. During my conversation with Ati, we talk about the “ah-ha” moment that pushed her to start scaling her side gigs into two full time businesses, the biggest misconceptions that derail new network marketers, how to deal with irregular cash flow when you’re transitioning from side gig to full time gig, and why ACTION beats FEAR any day.

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November 24, 2019 : Episode #13

How to Freelance Your Way to Success Without Going Broke

When is the right time to make my side gig a full time gig? When should I really get serious about paying the bills with my side gig? How do I leave my full time job to pursue a side gig? If you’ve been listening to this podcast, my guess is that one of these questions has crossed your mind at some point or another. 

On this episode, you’ll meet Laura Pennington-Briggs, founder of the Better Biz Academy, TEDx speaker and author of Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business, about how to succeed as a freelancer and how you can scale your sweat equity side gig from a part time side hustle to a fulfilling career.

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November 18, 2019 : Episode #12

Are you Making THIS Money Mistake With Your Side Gig?

In this episode of the Side Gig Central Podcast, Elena talks with Lamine Zarrad, CEO of Joust, a banking platform for self-employed workers that merges invoicing with a merchant account and an FDIC-insured bank account. During my conversation with Lamine, we tackle topics like:

  • how to create a financial action plan for your side gig
  • how to overcome the “collections” problem once and for all
  • how to position your side gig for a stress free tax season
  • how to ride the wave of prosperity when you hit your side gig revenue goals

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November 11, 2019 : Episode #11

The Secret to Finding the Right Side Gig for You

What on EARTH is keeping you from earning sweet side hustle cash? Think you need a huge investment to get started on your side gig? Think again! On this episode, you’ll meet Kathy Kristof, editor of the popular website, Sidehusl, a side gig aggregator that researches, reviews and rates more than 300 online platforms (or “plug and play” side gigs) that allow you to make money. The diversity of side gigs on this website is totally mind boggling and yes there is truly something for everyone, no matter your skill set or current occupation.

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November 4, 2019 : Episode #10

The Holy Grail of the Gig Economy with Dan Primack

Why does the gig economy exist as it does today? How can I leverage plug and play side gigs to get ahead?  In this episode. Dan Primack, Business Editor for Axios talks about the current state of the gig economy today, the best ways to leverage plug and play side gigs and where the gig economy is headed in 2020. Dan shares in-depth information as to why the gig economy matters, how the wage debate for on-demand workers is influencing policy makers, and the changes that are on the horizon for the gig economy in 2020. 

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October 28, 2019 : Episode #9

How to Win Big with Airbnb and Turo

Have you ever wondered how to make extra cash with an asset like your house, apartment or car? Does Airbnb and Turo sound appealing to you but you’re unsure how to manage it profitably? In this episode. you’ll hear from JD Possumato, asset based “side gig aficionado,” about the best ways to get started making money on Airbnb and Turo, how to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes when it comes to renting out an asset on these platforms and the questions you should consider when you sign up as an Airbnb host or Turo owner. If you’ve ever been curious about what it’s REALLY like to make money on Airbnb and Turo (the good, the bad and the straight up confusing) you’re going to love all of the side gig secrets that JD shares on this episode.  

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October 21, 2019 : Episode #8

How to Build a Powerful Brand Strategy for Your Side Gig

Do you need help creating a powerful brand strategy for your side gig? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the idea of creating a brand strategy on your own? Well, look no further than this episode because you’re about to hear my guest, Denise Petti, share all of her secrets about how to create a powerful brand strategy for your side gig. And spoiler alert: it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune! In this episode, you’ll hear about the questions you should consider when sketching out your brand’s strategy, how to unlock your brand’s potential and how to get started on a shoestring budget. 

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October 14, 2019 : Episode #7

Tackling the Stand Up Comedy Gig in LA

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do stand up comedy in LA? Like Jay Leno style, just you, the mic, and the spotlight, delivering killer punchlines to 20 strangers? Well, that’s exactly what my dear friend from high school, Sarah Biren, knows how to do and then some! On this episode, Sarah and I talk about ALL OF THE THINGS it takes for her to create material for her comedy gigs, how she auditions constantly to book gigs and her “tight 3” that she uses for her auditions. And did I mention that she’s also got a handmade gift company as well? Sarah’s talents are unending and I’m thrilled to share her side gig secrets with you.

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October 7, 2019 : Episode #6

No One Ever Told You THIS About Driving Lyft and Uber

Hold onto your phone chargers, car air fresheners and barf bags, because this ONE IS A DOOZY! During this episode, I talk with side gig entrepreneur, Will Pasternak, a phenomenal father of 5, an engineer with an MBA and a rideshare driver with over 7,000 lifetime rides under his belt. Will and I talk about where we think the industry is headed, what’s changed for drivers in the past 6 months and the most controversial of all, we talk about the AB5 Bill that recently passed in California.

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September 30, 2019 : Episode #5

Why a Money Mindset Matters for Side Hustlers

Money talks. But are you listening? Talking about money can feel straight up weird. But it is, in fact, the foundation of our lives, right? I’d also argue that successful money management is a huge part of starting (or building) a fulfilling side gig. Which is why I’m so excited that financial expert and wealth coach, Rocky Lalvani, maps out everything side hustlers need to know about money. In this episode, Rocky shows us how to master your money mindset, plan for profitability, the best ways to maximize your independent contractor status and why “leaping with a parachute” is a good thing.

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September 16, 2019 : Episode #4

How to Start a Side Gig from Zero

Think that you need tons of cash in the bank to start a side gig? It turns out you definitely DO NOT! Starting a side gig from zero is not impossible, it just takes a bit of brain power, resourcefulness, a willingness to roll with the punches and relentless execution. This podcast is all about how to start a brand new side gig with nothing but a few key ingredients (psst! they’re free!) and the five phases you’ll encounter when you start chipping away at your side gig.

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September 16, 2019 : Episode #3

You’ve Been Dying to Know THIS About Your Credit Score

Managing your credit score can be straight up confusing, like trying to solve a New York Times crossword puzzle with third grade vocabulary. Luckily, Elizabeth Karwowski, CEO of GetCreditHealthy and financial expert, has mastered credit score management. On this episode, she’s sharing her best advice on how to navigate the twists and turns of your credit score regardless of where you are on your side gig journey. Listen in as Elizabeth teaches me how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to your credit score, the top three action items you can do TODAY to improve your credit and best of all, get Elizabeth’s hot take on Experian Boost and what it REALLY does to your credit.

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September 16, 2019 : Episode #2

The Biggest Secret to Driving Rideshare

I’ve invited Amanuel Tegnene, a rideshare driver with over 1,500 rideshare rides under his belt in the Philadelphia area, as my guest today to get into the nitty gritty details about what it really takes to be profitable as a rideshare driver. During my interview, Amanuel reveals his number one trick that helped him make money and thrive using rideshare as his side gig while he was going through a move and a career transition. 

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September 16, 2019 : Episode #1

A Woman’s Perspective – What You Should Really Know About Rideshare

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran rideshare driver or a newbie who’s thinking about getting started, I think you’ll really enjoy our premiere episode jam-packed with three fascinating interviews featuring an all-female cast of rideshare drivers. And stay tuned til the end to hear my interview with John Possumato, automotive industry veteran, serial entrepreneur and (surprise!) my husband.

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