Michael Suggs spent years as a supervisor for local mechanic shops and woodturning was just a hobby.  He finds it exciting to create items that are all unique because even though the shape  might be the same, the grain from the wood is always slightly different.

He still has a full-time job, a large family, and belongs to the Patriot Guard Riders and Christian Motorcyclists Association. None of this stops him from creating custom gifts from his ´hobby´ turned side hustle. On his Facebook page you can see wooden boxes, custom pens, wooden urns, mortar and pestle, cell phone amplifiers and many other gorgeous items.

Michael was used to building things, but had no formal training in woodwork other than a couple of classes in the local community.  


Key Points

  • Turned a hobby into a business.
  • Kept practicing over the years.
  • Started as a side hustle while working full-time.

Ask Yourself

  • What do you love that you could combine with skills you already have or could learn?

Have a look at his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/madwoodturning/

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Sébastien Taché and his girlfriend had to suffer through a couple of bed bug infestations to get the inspiration to start their side hustle business - Bed Bugs SOS. It started in an apartment in Montreal, Canada, when after having to go through the stress and upheaval of getting their apartment free of bed bugs. 

They researched the subject thoroughly and discovered things like the fact bed bugs can go a year without feeding.  This required an informed and consistent effort to stop them coming back. Because they had to go to several different places to get what they needed to do this, they thought how much better it would be to have a one-stop-shop for everything you need.

BedBugSOS.ca  was born!

It is an ecommerce store using the Shopify platform, where they offer a wide range of products to deal with the bed bug problem.  They are still working and don´t have a physical store, which means they can build up the business before they give up their jobs.

Key Points

  • Turned a problem into a business.
  • No previous experience.
  • Learnt through personal experience and research.
  • Started side hustle while still working.
  • Using an online store like Shopify eliminates the need to maintain your own website.

Ask Yourself

Is there anything you have been through in your life that you could turn into a business by selling your knowledge, your services or related products?




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