Book Review: Hustle Away Debt

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I recently had the opportunity to review the book Hustle Away Debt: Eliminate Your Debt by Making More Money by David Carlson. You may recognize David or D.C. as we like to call him around here. He is the founder of the blog Young Adult Money and often comments here and on many other blogs.


Philosophy behind the Book

Hustle Away Debt details the secrets David used to get of debt through a concept of “side hustles.” David outlines a step-by-step guide on how you can use side hustles to help pay off debt faster. He also shows how exploring side hustles can lead you to explore new fields and improve skills for your regular nine to five, all while developing earning potential. The five types of side hustles that David defines in the book are:

• Quick cash Side Hustles
• Online Side Hustles
• Small Business Side Hustles
• Self-Employment Side Hustles
• Local Side Hustles

What I didn’t Like

Overall there is much I didn’t like about the book. Once of David’s side hustle ideas is playing poker, based on his own personal experience. I would never advise someone to use any form of gambling as a way to make money. I just believe the risk is too great, but base on David’s own experience he was successful.

What I Loved

The book gives you the great practical advice to be successful with a side hustle. David covers the basics for someone looking to start their first side hustle and detailed examples for someone looking for their next. The book is a quick read and is under 200 pages, but still offers a ton of valuable information.

Why you should Read “Hustle Away Debt”

If you are looking to diversify your income streams or pay down debt with a side hustle this book is for you. It’s so important to have a plan “b” with respect to your income because if you work for someone else that job is never guaranteed. Hustle Away Debt gives you the tools to take control of your debt and build wealth.

12 thoughts on “Book Review: Hustle Away Debt”

  1. Thanks for sharing Brian. I don’t know David well, but like you said he comments on our site. I’ll have to check out the book. Thanks for pointing it out!

    I hope you’re having a great week buddy

  2. Thanks for taking a look at the book, Brian! If only you knew how much I debated whether or not to leave the poker example in the book ; ) It stands out and I don’t think it’s a bad thing, almost like a fun conversation starter. I also wouldn’t advise poker as a side hustle, especially in today’s day and age of pretty advanced poker play. Granted there are still a lot of bad player….

    • You’re welcome DC. Can’t fault your successful experience, just not something I would advise, but agreed a great conversation topic. Continued success with the book!

  3. David’s book really was an awesome read and great for someone who lacks experience or knowledge about side hustling. Even if I wasn’t in debt I believe I would still side hustle because I don’t like to have all of my eggs in one basket. I believe moving forward more people will start to grasp all of the benefits of side hustling and the concept will take off.

  4. Hey cool review and honest feedback. I’m always interested in reading other bloggers books and have read a few. The title sounds great and it is a topic many people can relate to. Good luck David.

  5. Definitely looking to add this to my reading list as I’m a huge believe in developing multiple streams of income, not only for dealing with debt, but as a safeguard against the vagaries of the economy and employment environment.

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