Side Hustle Book Review-Ignite Side Hustle

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

Rating: 9.5/10

Price: $13 on Amazon

This review will focus on the Side Hustle book review and the crucial details about whether this is worth your time.


Chris Guillebeau is the author of this book and is the best-selling author of The $100 Startup, as well as The Happiness of Pursuit.

He has founded and hosted Side Hustle School, which is a podcast that focuses on many of the same ideas in this book including the 27-Day Plan.

Guillebeau has worked in a ton of different side hustle businesses and spent over twenty years in various businesses.

This book is designed for very busy people who want to build up a side hustle business in the next month.

Your 27-Day Plan

This is an overview of what each day will consist of in the 27-day plan.

Each week has a major focus and each day is broken down to include some smaller but important task.

The focus for each week includes the following:

Week 1: Build an Arsenal of Ideas

  • Come Up With A Ton of Side Hustle Ideas

Week 2: Select Your Best Idea

  • Pick the Idea that you Are Most Likely to Succeed In

Week 3: Prepare for Liftoff

  • Create a Very Convincing Offer for Your Ideal Customer

Week 4: Launch Your Idea to the Right People

  • Pitch Your Offer to Certain People for Constructive Feedback

Week 5: Regroup and Refine

  • Your Hustle has started and now you must continue to revise and make it better

I will break down each week in more detail below to give you a better idea of what this book encompasses. Anyone can make money through a side hustle as long as they are willing to maximize their current skills to make money.

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Build an Arsenal of Ideas

Build an Arsenal of Ideas

This first part of the book gets you going with ideas quickly so that you can find the best idea for a side hustle.

Your idea for a side hustle should be the following:

  • Feasible
  • Profitable
  • Persuasive

Can you efficiently and effectively get your idea launched in the next month?

The author gives great examples of good ideas versus an amazing idea.

You can drive for Uber, which could be a nice side income, or you could become a coach for Uber drivers, which could make you more money.

This first part of the book helps you calculate your potential profit through a helpful equation:

Expected Income – Expected Expenses = Projected Profit

The first seven days force you to research different ideas and get you going quickly. A major theme of this part of the book is to jump start your side hustle into life by quickly generating many potentially successful ideas.

Select Your Best Idea

This second part of the book focuses on how to rank your ideas for side hustles and helps you compare these ideas to the current successful businesses in that niche.

Building on what was talked about in the first part of the book about how a great idea for a side hustle must include it being feasible, profitable and persuasive, as well as there being Efficiency and Motivation.

These 2 qualities help you further narrow down what is a great idea by explaining that you must be able to efficiently get your idea started and there must be plenty of motivation on your part to want to make this idea work.

Create a simple table for each idea that displays the 5 qualities. This table includes a rank of High, Medium or Low for each of the qualities. Doing this will allow you to quickly separate the good ideas from the best ideas.

  1. Feasible
  2. Profitable
  3. Persuasive
  4. Efficiency
  5. Motivation

Include for each idea whether each of these qualities is able to rank High, Medium or Low.

Find out what other successful businesses are doing in the niche you are interested in building a side hustle.

Try to find a way to emulate the good characteristics that these successful businesses are doing but also find a way to offer something different. Research your competition and look for a way to stand out from the successful examples.

Determine who your ideal customer is and tailor your service, offer or idea to that customer. This part of the book includes helpful tips to create a sense of urgency to help get a few sales and create a more convincing offer.

Lastly, create a story of how your side hustle was born to help convince people that you are trustworthy as well as to increase the amount of sales or business you will receive.

Prepare for Liftoff

In this third part of the book Guillebeau talks about general principles that are going to help prepare you for the decisions you must make as a business owner. These principles mainly focus on having separate accounts and keeping your side hustle separate from the rest of your life.

Creating work environment is key for success and productivity for your side hustle. Coming up with a way to have success be going to come down to how efficient and effective you can be with your time.

The product and service offered should be over the lowest amount of profit that you can afford.

Build a shopping list of all the resources needed to succeed in this information age.

These resources could include:

  • Website
  • Social Media Profiles
  • Scheduling Tool
  • Workflow
  • Payment System

Guillebeau goes into some detail here about these resources listed above but also explains how you should check out his website,, to find an updated list of items.

The last part of this week 3 goes into detail explaining how an effective workflow be going to set you up for success.

A workflow is a bunch of events that must happen in a certain order for a job or service to be completed.

The main theme of this week is to focus most of your energy on the bigger and more important details and less on the less important details.

Launch Your Idea to the Right People

This week is about pushing you to get your idea out into the world, even if you are fully ready. Figure out your strategy to sell your offer and push to sell it.

Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from the following people:

  1. Supporters
  2. Mentors
  3. Influencers
  4. Ideal Customers

Getting data and feedback from any of these people be going to give you very useful information to continue to get better at selling your product or service.

Another important point brought up here is to become a person that others want to help by being grateful for any little help that is given to you after you reach out to people.

Keep adjusting your offer because it should only be getting better over time as you find what works and what doesn’t.

Understand that almost every person is likely to buy a product or service if there is a significant amount of scarcity or urgency.

Incorporating scarcity and urgency, without being misleading, is likely going to allow your business to be successful.

Guillebeau lists helpful tips to help fine tune a special offer you make to customers to get them to buy your offer. Understanding how to utilize these special offers could make you get a big boost in sales.

Regroup and Refine

The final week of the program is geared towards tracking your progress so far and determining what level of success you have achieved.

Look at three different areas to determine where your side hustle is at including:

  • Profit
  • Growth
  • Time

The combination of these three will inform you if you are effectively making money, moving in the right direction and being efficient with your time.

Focus on what has been working and do more of that.

Come up with different ideas that you can add to your offer to help make it more valuable and make more money. If you add more value to what you are selling, then people will want to buy more of your offer.

This book finishes with a focus on how important it is to come up with a very efficient workflow process to help increase sales without cutting down on value from your offer.

The main theme of this last week and most of the book is to become very efficient and effective with all aspects of your side hustle.

To Buy or Not To Buy This Book

The Side Hustle From Idea to Income in 27 Days book is for people looking to make a change in their lives. Specifically this is a book for people who want to build a side hustle into a significant and positive part of their lives.

This book is worth buying because it will help you get started in a side hustle that will give you more money. This side hustle will likely give you a sense of purpose outside of your daily grind.

If you are looking for an income boost, then this is going to be a resource for you. If you are tired of your normal job and looking for something to supplement or replace that job, then this book be going to be very helpful.

The book has tons of personal examples of success that people have had throughout all sections of the book.

These examples help explain that people in all different kinds of start up businesses are having success and a lot of them have benefited from the tips and information in this book.

There is an additional section in the back of the book called the Kitchen Sink and all tons of helpful information there.

The Kitchen Sink has useful resources to get you started that spell out in more detail what you can do to maximize your success.

This part of the book as well as the website linked in this book, called, are well worth looking into to gain helpful information and tips to aid you in boosting your side hustle significantly.

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If you are interested in another helpful book for managing money, read The Millionaire Next Door Review – Key Info.

My Advice

There are many resources for starting a side hustle out in the world.

But this book is likely to be one of the best simply because it provides a lot of tips for success as well as general information about getting started with a new business idea.

If you are trying to find a new purpose or trying to create another source of income, then buy the Side Hustle From Idea to Income in 27 Days.

It will almost definitely help provide with useful information to accomplish either or both of these goals.

I hope that you liked this review that was focused on the Side Hustle Book Review and that it provided you with helpful information.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

14 Replies to “Side Hustle Book Review-Ignite Side Hustle”

  1. Thank you for this information. I have been trying to come up with side hustles for a while now especially since my job has been cutting hours recently. I look forward to making my side hustle become a permanent source of income, with the understanding that it takes time and patience. Great work!

  2. I like the way you provide a lot of detail about the book in your review. I am interested and have been thinking about a side hustle for a while. I like the way there is an urgency as I have started many projects and not completed them, so feel a time pressure would motivate me to start and continue. Plus, it makes a lot of sense working with scarcity and urgency as a marketing tool. Well done.

    1. I am glad that you liked this review!
      One of the great things about this book was how it created a sense of urgency to get going.
      This book could help narrow down what kind of side hustle would work best for you.

  3. There are so many books out there with general information and there is so much that you should know about building a business, or treating your side hussle as a business. I don’t believe that 27 days will ever be enough to set this up, but it sure is a great start.
    Thanks for the review. How did this book help you personally? Is something I’m curious about.

    1. This book has a lot of helpful information as well as tips to speed up the process of getting a side hustle going.
      27 days is not that much time to get a side hustle set up but this book would likely help get a person’s side hustle significantly more established.
      The author makes it clear that there is still going to be plenty to work on with your side hustle even after the 27 days. But this book could really get someone going quickly and efficiently and I liked that.
      This book mostly helped give me more urgency in what I was doing and forced me to look at my time. I had to come up with better ways of effectively and efficiently using my time to aid my side hustle.
      If you liked this review, then you might enjoy reading The Total Money Makeover Review.
      I am happy that you liked this review!

  4. With so many books out there on how to make money, Chris Guillebeau is well respected. I have read the $100 Startup. I think refining ideas and focusing on these specific ideas can be the hardest part of starting a side hustle, that and reaching out to the right people. I may check out this book, it sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing your ideas here.

    1. Finding the right idea for your side hustle that is going to work best for you can be challenging but this book helps narrow down the options until there are only the most likely to succeed options.
      Chris Guillebeau has some great ideas that he has put into the $100 Startup and also his online website for the Side Hustle Book, called Side Hustle School resources.
      I am happy that you liked this review and found some helpful information!

  5. I would love to get out of the 9-5 that I’m stuck in but I don’t even where to start. Does this book give you ideas? Or is it just a how to?
    Learning how is easier than coming up with an idea for a side hustle.
    Thanks for the in depth review, it’s given me a lot to think about.

    1. This book definitely gives ideas for how to get started.
      It breaks down how to come up with a profitable and feasible idea quickly and then turn that idea into a side hustle.
      It provides a lot of helpful information on a process for starting a side hustle that has worked for the author and many other people.
      Happy that you liked this review!

  6. Very good book review! I did listen to the audiobook a while back, and I found the information good to know. I never applied it or did the work, which I regret doing. If I was willing to put time and effort into the work, I might have seen better results.

    But this was a great refresher- I remembered several of the main points. Now that I recalled them, I may go back and listen to the book again. Hopefully this time, with the right mindset, I can apply what I took out of the book and turn into a profitable side hustle.

    Thanks again for the review, keep it up!

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