090: Side Hustles for Married Couples

Podcast Guest: Alec Atkinson

079: Marriage and Raising Children with Autism

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In this Episode

In today’s episode, Dr. Dave and Dr. Liz welcome Alec Atkinson, founder and CEO of Harvest React, to discuss side hustles for married couples. Alec shares insights on starting and managing side hustles, the importance of financial freedom, and the impact on relationships. He provides valuable advice on avoiding scams and ensuring both partners are on the same page. The discussion also highlights success stories and the potential benefits of e-commerce side hustles.

“The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of the Utah Marriage Commission.”

Time Markers

00:00 - Introduction to the podcast and today's topic on side hustles for married couples. 
02:16 – Who is Alec Atkinson 
05:20 – Alec introduces Harvest React and the transition to e-commerce. 
06:35 - The importance of financial freedom and how it can strengthen relationships. 
07:56 - Overview of side hustles, their benefits, and potential risks for couples. 
09:14 - Red flags to watch out for before starting a side hustle  
11:34 - The significance of being on the same page as your spouse. 
13:42 - The importance of not feeling pressured or rushed. 
15:18 - Steps to begin exploring e-commerce as a side hustle and what Harvest React offers. 
19:39 - Success story of a young couple who turned their financial struggles around. 
21:58 - Harvest React's model and how it helps individuals start e-commerce businesses. 
25:18 - Information on where to find more about Alec Atkinson and Harvest React. 
28:40 – Alec’s takeaway of the day. 
29:16- Liz's takeaway of the day.  
29:48- Dave's takeaway of the day.  


Insights and Invites



You can feel encouraged to pursue a side hustle, as it can be a great opportunity. Be careful and vigilant, seek best practices, and educate yourself thoroughly. Once you're ready, dive in and enjoy the journey. It might be challenging, but it will be either rewarding or a valuable learning experience. Find the benefit and joy in everything you do. 


You might find the idea of side hustles for couples intriguing, especially if you enjoy thinking about new ideas and taking them to the next level. While the creative process can be exciting, it's important to remember that it's not for everyone. People have different personalities and risk tolerances, and side hustles can sometimes cause stress and strain relationships. It's crucial to be on the same page with your partner, do your homework, and work as a team to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience. 


There are ways to pursue a side hustle and to do it fairly safely, where you can really minimize some of the risk.  If it is in someone's heart and mind to really find ways to access extra money and finances because you have a dream for your family, I'm all about it and it sounds like Harvest React would really be something to look into. 

About Alec Atkinson:

Alec Atkinson is the founder and CEO of HarvestReact, a social media marketing and e-commerce company he founded in June 2021. HarvestReact helps people thrive in e-commerce, having hundreds of clients in its flagship program. Before his entrepreneurial journey, Alec served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chicago, Illinois, from 2019 to 2021. Alec graduated from BYU in Business Strategy this past December.  

Alec also helps oversee the deployment of capital for two niche hedge funds and a family office in the private banking world. 

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Email: Alec@harvestreact.com 

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