27 Leaders and Experts You Should Follow to Help Build Your Business on the Side Check out these books, podcasts and video series if you want to turn your side hustle into a major business.

By Ahmed Safwan

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Gary Vaynerchuk

It's not easy to build a business on the side, and you don't have a lot of time to for trial and error or taking care of mistakes. That's why the best thing you can do is to learn from the best.

These are the people who helped me build my business on the side while studying dentistry, and I'm sure that they can teach you a thing or two about building a business on the side.

Angela Duckworth

Simply put, if you want to have the stamina to be able to work late nights and get your side business to work, you need grit. To help, check out her 2016 book Grit, or her Ted Talk.

Brendon Burchard

Having written several bestsellers, Brendon is one of the first few people I started to follow on social media. His book, The Motivation Manifesto, was like the fire that fueled my motivation to start making a change in my life, and his YouTube channel adds value, too.

Tim Ferriss

If you want to learn how to take less time to build your business, check out Ferriss's book, 4-Hour Work Week, and his podcast.

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Jordan Harbinger

The host of The Art of Charm, a leading self-improvement podcast, can teach you how to be a better person and power your blog.

John Maxwell

John Maxwell is a known leader for leaders. He's written many popular books, but Make Today Count particularly made a huge difference in my life.

Tom Rath

Rath is one of my top favorite authors, and his best selling book, Are You Fully Charged, made me think a lot about my personal interactions and the meaning of my life. Plus, it's a short, easy-to-read book.

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Tony Robbins

You can start by checking out his Personal Power audio program and his book, Awaken the Giant Within, but everything he's made has affected my life.

Simon Sinek

Sinek's book, Start With Why, not only helped me with the marketing part of my business, but it helped me think more about my life and why the reason for something is an essential driver for success.

You can also check out his Ted talk here.

Lewis Howes

Howes is the host of The School of Greatness, the podcast, and author of The School of Greatness, one of my top 5 all-time favorite books. I encourage you to read the book and have his podcasts on your phone so you can listen to them while commuting.

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Pat Flynn

Flynn's Smart Passive Income Podcast was one of the first podcasts I ever listened to, and it's what got me into podcasting. I love his way of getting deep with the guests while still keeping the beginners in mind.

Hal Elrod

Elrod is the author of The Miracle Morning, and I didn't have a morning routine till I read this book. My morning routine now, though, is a major part of my success.

Seth Godin

Godin is one of the top brains in the modern marketing world and the author of many popular books, like The Purple Cow.

One of my favorite Godin books is The Dip, which is about why quitting is the best strategy to get more done in life. I think it's essential to help you build your business on the side.

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Brian Tracy

Tracy is the author of Eat That Frog, and he has great strategies for actually getting important stuff accomplished, not just feeling busy.

Gary Vaynerchuk

In addition to having a few books, Vaynerchuk hustles more than anyone and encourages you to do the same. He is one of the top people who inspired me when I was going through some hard times.

I watch at least one Vaynerchuk video every day. Check out his channel here.

Robert Kiyosaki

Kiyosaki is the author of the popular personal finance book, Rich Dad Poor Dad. He sums up what you need to know about money so it works for you instead of the other way around.

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Tai Lopez

Lopez's Ted Talk is about why he reads a book every day, and he's the reason why I read a lot of books. He shares a lot of golden nuggets on YouTube.

Chris Ducker

Ducker is the author of the bestseller Virtual Freedom, one of the first few books that I read that changed my life forever. I was doing everything myself, and when I tried to hire people, it didn't go well. This man taught me how to do it the right way. His podcast is one of my favorites, too.

Chris Guillebeau

Guillebeau is the author of The $100 Startup and two other great books, but the best thing about him is that he made a living while traveling the world. His business was a part-time thing.

His podcast, Side Hustle School, is perfect for anyone trying to build a business on the side.

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Jeff Olsen

If you are limited on time but want to have a successful life, you need to read Olsen's Slight Edge. It will help you meet your goals with consistent action and without stressing out.

Steven Pressfield

An author of many popular fiction and non-fiction books, Pressfield's The War of Art and Do the Work are essential to help you build your business on the side.

Brian P. Moran

Moran is the author of The 12 Week Year. If you want to get more done in 12 weeks than most people do in a whole year, this book is for you.

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

At the time of writing this post, I'm nearly finished with Csikszentmihalyi's book, Flow, and if you want to learn how to have the best experiences and enjoy your life while working, this book is for you.

Cal Newport

Newport's book, Deep Work, is your best weapon and resource for getting work done to grow your best business on the side.

Neil Patel

Being a hard worker and founder of many startups like Crazy Egg and Kissmetrics, Patel has a lot to share about building a successful business. Check out his book, Hustle, and his blog QuickSprout.


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Michael Hyatt

Michael is known as a mentor of leaders. His course, Best Year Ever, was one of the best investments I've made in my life. Also, his podcast is great, and I'm excited for the next season.

Marie Forleo

For me, Marie TV is the best show ever. You need to start watching it ASAP.

John Lee Dumas

I saved the best for last. Dumas is the host of the popular Entrepreneur On Fire podcast, which focuses on real-life success stories.

His Freedom Journal was a huge life-saver for me last year, and it's an easy way to apply the three-tier planning process I shared here.

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Ahmed Safwan

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Ahmed Safwan is building a freelancing business while studying to be a dentist but still finds time to enjoy with friends.

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