How to Plan Anything (So You Actually Get it Done)

My formula for planning anything without getting overwhelmed, plus how you can use it to write the perfect blog post! Pat Flynn May 21, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Have you ever tried to plan something and just gotten completely overwhelmed? Today, I’m going to give you my PAT formula for planning anything—along with the one tool I use to make any planning process dead simple. I’ll dig into the details of the PAT formula in just a minute. But first, the thing I love the most about the PAT formula is it’s applicable to just about anything you might be planning. Maybe you’re building a business, or writing a book. Maybe you’re creating something smaller, like a podcast episode or a blog post. Or maybe you’re planning an event, like a party or a vacation. It could even be something as big as a wedding. Whatever it is, […]

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SPI 318: Modern Mindfulness with Melissa Monte—An SPI Student and Her Successful Start

I’ve had a lot of requests for episodes like this, so we’re doing something a little different today. We’re talking to Melissa Monte, a student of my Power-Up Podcasting Fast Track Workshop. Her podcast, Mind Love, launched soon after, and she’s here to share how she created her vibrant and successful podcast from scratch. I wanted to bring Melissa on today to talk about what she’s learned, what she has planned for the future, and how she’s progressing. It gets pretty personal too. Melissa talks about some of the darker years of her life, and how she was able to overcome them and create a whole new perspective. We go into why she decided to launch a podcast, and why podcasting specifically is helping her fulfill her life’s mission. Now that Melissa has a growing audience, I also offer some help and advice for next steps so that she can […]

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SPI 317: Make Money with Your Skills—Creating Awesome with Roberto Blake

Let’s go back in time to the day after I lost my architecture job. What would you say to me? That’s the thought experiment we’re running today with Roberto Blake, creative entrepreneur and founder of Awesome Creator Academy and Create Awesome Media. In my challenge to Roberto, he walks me through exactly what he’d suggest I do to get started building a personal brand (if it was the day after I got let go). He identifies the strategies, tactics, and mindset that any new entrepreneur should embrace, and highlights the shifting culture of modern business. Roberto has a reputation for building brands from the ground up and helping entrepreneurs make money with their creativity, and his game plans are spot-on. This episode is powerful listening, especially if you’re at the beginning of your journey. Even if you’re not, you’re going to gain some major insight from Roberto. Put that phone […]

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How Sam Priestley, the “Lazy Entrepreneur,” Climbed the Staircase of Success

Sam Priestley’s passive income journey started because he wanted to be his own boss. Inspired by Pat’s strategies, he’s built multiple businesses and is his own CEO. Here’s his story, along with his four steps to financial freedom. Pat Flynn May 7, 2018 Welcome to our second SPI community member feature! On our SPI Facebook Group, we have over 40,000 amazing entrepreneurs across all stages of business, and I wanted to start highlighting some of the amazing work the community members are doing with their businesses here on the blog. Brendan Hufford, our Facebook Community manager, wrote this post to highlight Sam Priestley, who is a lifestyle entrepreneur who lives in London. You can also check out Brendan and his work at Photo MBA. And if you haven’t done so already, click here to join the Facebook Group and be a part of the community! London entrepreneur Sam Priestley remembers […]

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SPI 315: How to Disrupt Yourself & Grow a Company with Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is one of the Top 50 leading business thinkers in the world, according to Thinkers50. She’s an expert in disruptive innovation and personal disruption, and she’s here today to help us learn how to grow our businesses and understand the patterns we’re going through, especially when we’re starting something new. She’s also giving us a seven-point framework for working through essential disruption and creating change in our lives and businesses. Whitney’s story is filled with diverse entrepreneurial adventures. She got a degree in music, and ended up in New York City. In New York she discovered Wall Street and found her way to investment banking, became an award-winning equity research analyst, and then . . . she disrupted herself. She became an entrepreneur and co-founded an investment firm specializing in disruptive innovation. It was there that she had a huge “aha!”—the theory of disruption she was applying to […]

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The Million Dollar Tweet: 8 Lessons to Grow a Successful Business

Nathan Barry bootstrapped ConvertKit to $1 million monthly recurring revenue in a little over five years. Here are 8 critical lessons he learned along the way. Pat Flynn April 23, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Nathan Barry is the founder of ConvertKit, and a good friend of mine. Just the other day he tweeted: Yesterday @ConvertKit hit $1m MRR. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped along this journey! We’ve now got an incredible team of 34 supporting 18,872 customers. — Nathan Barry (@nathanbarry) March 19, 2018 This is a huge milestone, and I want to give huge kudos to Nathan and his team for achieving it! [Full disclosure as we dive in to this post: I am both an affiliate and an advisor for ConvertKit, and I do earn a commission if you choose to use my affiliate link (the links back to ConvertKit on this […]

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SPI 314: From Clients to Passive Income—Productize Your Business with Brian Casel

Today we have a return appearance from an amazing past guest—Brian Casel. I’ve had a lot of people asking me to bring him back to talk about how to take your service-based business and turn that business into a product, or into something that can be scaled and automated. We’ll cover all of that, plus how to hire for and manage your productized business, why Brian is delving into the software field, and more! We really get deep in the weeds in this conversation. For example, we’ll be talking about how to get over the fear of hiring or being a manager for the first time, so that you’re not the one doing all the work anymore. The goal is to have people or software or other tools that can do it for you so that you can get a little bit of time back, work on the bigger decisions […]

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SPI 313: Building a Strong and Healthy Brand with Michelle Tam from Nom Nom Paleo

Today’s guest is the author of two of my favorite books, and they’re not entrepreneurial books, they’re actually cookbooks! Her name is Michelle Tam, the author and creator of Nom Nom Paleo. She’s here to talk about her story and the strategies she’s used to launch her products, books, and merchandise. You might have seen her books at Whole Foods. Today we’re talking about how Michelle grew her business, but also how she’s able to balance her business with family life, even incorporating her family into her business in really unique ways. I really look up to her for that—as you know I’m a family man and always looking for new ways to get my family involved in what I do. This episode is full of great tactics if you’re thinking of launching a business or a product of your own. Michelle’s story really is a classic online business story, […]

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How To Create and Sell an Online Course: The Ultimate Guide

My ultimate guide to creating online courses! Here are the three principles and ten practical steps you need for creating amazing, profitable, and life-changing online courses. Pat Flynn April 2, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Online courses can help you make more money, save more time, and help more people. In 2017, I hit one million dollars in revenue from online courses alone! And I’ve made lots of money serving as an affiliate for other people’s courses too. Today, I want to share the keys—the three crucial psychological principles, plus the ten practical steps—that will help you do the same. This post has been crafted to be the ultimate guide (it’s there in the title!) to creating and selling your own online course, so it’s a bit of a long one. But if you’re looking for a one-stop shop on what it takes to create and sell a great […]

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SPI 311: How to Build an Audience with Your Hobby

Have you ever considered starting a podcast? Do you wonder what it’s like to get going? Are you thinking of trying to build an audience out of your hobby? Today’s guest—Phil Lichtenberger of Scanner School—can give you some insight into that experience. You might also be scratching your heads as to what the scanner radio hobby is, and Phil will explain all of that in today’s episode. He’s just started building his business, and while it’s not super-successful yet, he’s well on his way. Scanner radio is certainly a niche hobby, but Phil’s managing to build a growing audience out of it. He’s been consistent every week with his podcast, and he’s up to Episode 10 already (at the time of this recording). He’s having a lot of fun, but he has a lot of questions to ask too. To put it bluntly: Phil’s in the thick of it. I […]

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How to Start Freelancing (And Get Your FIRST Client!)

Freelancing is the number one way to get started with online business. Here’s why, plus how you can make more money doing it and transform your side hustle into a full-time, scalable business. Pat Flynn March 26, 2018 The SPI community has been asking about the world of freelancing a lot lately, so I thought I’d share some recent thoughts on freelancing to guide you in how to start freelancing (and get your first client). But first, I want to take you back to a post I shared in November 2017: The 2 Quickest Ways to Generate an Online Income In that post, I explain that freelancing is one of the two quickest ways to generate online income (the other is affiliate marketing). Freelancing allows you to quickly get paid for a task that can actually help solve problems for people. And when you’re first starting out, freelancing is the […]

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BONUS: How to Focus on Just One Thing at a Time (Special Episode)

I have a special announcement to make! I know a lot of you have not yet heard AskPat 2.0, so today I’m giving you SPI subscribers a little bonus: A sample call from the new show. Enjoy! Ask Pat (1.0) was a show I started back in 2014 in which I answered short questions from audience members. I answered 999 of those questions, but I started to realize that a lot of the questions were similar. I also wanted to have one-on-one conversations to help people even further. So that’s exactly what I decided to do for AskPat 2.0! Starting with Episode 1001, I’ve been publishing a weekly coaching call (usually around thirty minutes long) to help callers through any number of issues. Today I’m sharing a sample call from Episode 1003, where I coach Jackie on what I call “squirrel syndrome.” Most entrepreneurs struggle with this—having too much on […]

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SPI 310: The Secret to Superfans in Two Words

What exactly is a superfan? Glad you asked! Today I’m offering some tips and blueprints for building a thriving community of superfans who will boost your online business to the next level. I also have two guests toward the end of this episode—Matt Barnett and Oli Bridge from Bonjoro—who are going to talk about how their tool will help surprise and delight your audience. It’s a fantastic resource for making a solid first impression, and I highly recommend it, whether you’re just getting started or already have a business up and running. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] I also have a special giveaway to announce! All you have to do is find three people in your audience to surprise and delight. You can surprise and delight each of them in the same way, or three different ways—up to you. Just leave […]

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How To Make Passive Income Online (3 Business Models)

I’ve been building businesses since 2008 and have generated over $5M in earnings. In this post, I’ll distill what I’ve learned into three passive income business models you can choose from. Pat Flynn March 12, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel The internet is an amazing place, folks. I probably don’t need to tell you there’s more than one way to make money online. And today, I’m going to give you the lowdown on three strategies you can use to do just that! I’ve built several businesses since 2008 using one or more of these models. I’ve been featured in magazines and articles across the globe, and since I started my journey I’ve generated over $5M in earnings from these businesses. All of my income and expenses for those businesses dating back to October 2008 have been tracked publicly on SPI.com. But you don’t have to read all of my […]

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SPI 308: Sunny Lenarduzzi on Bad Dream Jobs, Building a YouTube Empire, and Using Video for Business

Today’s guest is Sunny Lenarduzzi, an amazing woman with a giant YouTube channel and a brand-new podcast. She’s here today to talk about her story, and to lay out tactics for using YouTube and other content to drive email subscribers, engagement, and traffic for online business. Sunny’s story is truly inspiring. Imagine you work years to land a dream job, but you get there and it’s not what you thought it would be. You realize the dream job was just that: A dream in your head. What would you do? That was exactly Sunny’s experience, which she’ll be sharing with us today. I got connected with Sunny literally over Twitter. I’d heard her name before, but when I was posting about doing some more YouTube collaborations, Sunny was quick to say “Pat, I want to work with you!” What she had built blew my mind—her channel with over 130,000 subscribers, […]

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SPI 308: Sunny Lenarduzzi on Bad Dream Jobs, Building a YouTube Empire, and Using Video for Business

Today’s guest is Sunny Lenarduzzi, an amazing woman with a giant YouTube channel and a brand-new podcast. She’s here today to talk about her story, and to lay out tactics for using YouTube and other content to drive email subscribers, engagement, and traffic for online business. Sunny’s story is truly inspiring. Imagine you work years to land a dream job, but you get there and it’s not what you thought it would be. You realize the dream job was just that: A dream in your head. What would you do? That was exactly Sunny’s experience, which she’ll be sharing with us today. I got connected with Sunny literally over Twitter. I’d heard her name before, but when I was posting about doing some more YouTube collaborations, Sunny was quick to say “Pat, I want to work with you!” What she had built blew my mind—her channel with over 130,000 subscribers, […]

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Is SPI Better Than Business School? 9 Lessons One Reader Used to Grow His Business

Better than business school? Read about how Salo Mizrachi grew his family business to six-figures and doubled it using 9 lessons he learned from Smart Passive Income. Pat Flynn March 5, 2018 Welcome to our first of (hopefully) many SPI community member features! On our SPI Facebook Group, we have over 30,000 amazing entrepreneurs across all stages of business, and I wanted to start highlighting some of the amazing work the community members are doing with their businesses here on the blog. Brendan Hufford, our Facebook Community manager, wrote this post to highlight Salo Mizrachi and his business, EzPacking. You can also check out Brendan and his work at Photo MBA. And if you haven’t done so already, click here to join the Facebook Group and be a part of the community! In 2015, Salo Mizrachi took over his family business, grew it to six-figures in 2016, and doubled that […]

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SPI 307: Copyright Infringement and DMCA (with my Attorney)

What if someone copied your written content, online course, or digital products, and used them to make money? What would you do? How would you respond? This happens to me all the time, but it doesn’t have to weigh you down, and it doesn’t have to be difficult to respond. That’s why I invited Richard Chapo from SoCalInternetLawyer.com onto the show, my attorney of almost a decade, to answer these questions and give you practical strategies for responding to copyright infringement. This happens all the time; you may even be dealing with this right now. But even if you’ve never run into these issues, please listen closely. Stealing other people’s work on the internet is so easy these days, and it’s important to know how to handle these cases. It could easily happen to you, and once you reach a certain level with your business, it almost certainly will. Richard […]

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SPI 306: Rise of the Youpreneur with Chris Ducker

Today I have a very special guest: Chris Ducker of ChrisDucker.com and Youpreneur, and author of the new book Rise of the Youpreneur! Chris and I have been friends for eight years now. He’s been on the show before but we’ve never gotten this deep. A lot of people may not be familiar with the side of Chris we’re going to be talking about today. We’ll be discussing a time in Chris’s life when he was actually hospitalized due to burnout. That event, and everything that happened after, ultimately led Chris to a successful, enjoyable, and fulfilling business. Chris understands how to be the best version of you, how to portray that so that you can hire people, coach people, and get your audience to trust you. This translates into every facet of his business: branding, content, and how he interacts with his audience. He’s going to be sharing some […]

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Top 10 Podcast Recording Tips to Sound Like a Podcasting Pro

Podcasting is one of the most powerful ways to build your brand and audience. Here are my top 10 recording tips for producing professional, engaging episodes that will keep your listeners coming back for more. Pat Flynn February 19, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel I believe podcasting is one of the most powerful tools available to build your brand and your audience. And when it comes to creating a great podcast, the real magic happens when you’re recording. Over several years and hundreds of episodes, I’ve uncovered several crucial tips that have helped me improve my craft and produce podcast content that keeps people engaged and coming back for more. And I wanted to share those tips with you! Without further ado, just click on the video above, or read below for my top 10 tips for recording a killer podcast episode! #10: Watch Your Mouth! This tip is […]

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