How to Build Atomic Habits—with James Clear

Pat Flynn: Who you are and what happens in your life, the results of the work that you do, is often a reflection of the habits that you form and the systems that you create to achieve those goals that you have. There is a very famous quote out there that is actually often—I’ve done some research here. A lot of people think Aristotle said this, “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” I love that quote but it’s often misattributed. But I want to give credit to where credit is due: It was first written in a small book called The Story of Philosophy by a man, a philosopher named Will Durant, back in 1926. So anyway, now that we got that out of the way, I do want to talk about another book that just came out, written by a […]

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My Top 10 Favorite Apps on My Phone (And Why I Love ’em So Much)

Mobile apps can make a world of difference in your personal and business life. Here are my top 10 favorite mobile apps on my phone right now. Start downloading! Pat Flynn September 24, 2018 In June 2014, I shared my top ten favorite apps on my phone. But, since it’s now 2018, I thought it would be fun to share an update on what apps I am using and loving today—from productivity apps to writing apps and more. All of these mobile apps make my personal life and business life better, so open up your app store because you’re going to want to start downloading! Here’s a list of my top ten favorite applications on my iPhone right now, and why I love them so much: 10. Slack Since building a small team to help me with my projects, I’ve learned the importance of organized communication—convenient and sorted conversations between team members with […]

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Creating Evergreen Sales Funnels (And What to Watch out For) with Amy Porterfield

Amy Porterfield: When you go evergreen, I think a lot of old school marketers who talk about evergreen, like make money in your sleep, you can go off and play more, take time on the beach, get a tan, blah, blah, blah. I’ve experienced that evergreen still takes some focus. Every single week I’m dabbling a little bit in my evergreen funnels. Where it happens for me the most would be in my . . . Pat Flynn: That’s Amy Porterfield, our special guest today who’s coming on to talk about evergreen funnels. If you don’t know what a funnel is, a funnel is how you take somebody from when they first find you, to the next step, to the next step, to eventually a purchase decision of some kind. Hopefully a customer is what they become. An evergreen sales funnel is one that happens automatically. You’ve set things up […]

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The Art of the Unforgettable Interview with Andrew Warner

Andrew Warner: And so, when you came on the first question I said to you, the first thing I brought up was I said I didn’t have you on because passive income just felt so phony to me. It felt like, “I’m going to show you how to make money while you sleep,” and in reality anyone who cares about making money while they sleep doesn’t have the heart to do the work while they’re awake. And then, it was only through time that I got to know what you were about and that I had tremendous respect and I felt that I was wrong in doing it. But I wanted to bring up the Passive Income name. I wanted to understand that, and so I brought that up. Pat Flynn: You are listening to Andrew Warner, host of the very popular podcast and show, Mixergy, which you can find […]

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From College Nerd to Wildly Successful Personal Brand with Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank is a massively successful YouTuber and the creator of CollegeInfoGeek.com. We’ve been friends for a while, and this episode has been a long time coming. We’re sitting down to chat about how he built his brand, how he got into the online business world, and the strategies, tips, tools, and tricks that he’s using to kill it on YouTube. If you’ve ever thought about building a niche site or launching a YouTube channel, you won’t want to miss out on this episode! Thomas has crafted an invaluable, supportive website in the student success niche, and his Resource page is one of the best on the web. I actually use it as an example for my affiliate marketing students. Thomas’s Essential Books for Students page is another inspiring resource page. Thomas stumbled into the online space without thinking too much of it, but once he hit his first breakthrough, […]

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My April 2017 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my April 2017 Monthly Income Report! As always, I create these reports to share the latest happenings with my online businesses, including the wins, the failures, the lessons learned, and the income generated along the way. If this is your first time stumbling upon these reports, check out the income report page to see my income history dating back to October 2008, which is when I first started to monetize a website (InTheLeed.com then; now GreenExamAcademy.com) dedicated to helping people pass an architectural industry exam. Since then, I’ve created many more websites, brands, and products ranging from courses to software to books. And, as always, I’m happy to share the inside scoop on what I’ve learned so you can be better prepared for your own online business journey. Without further ado, here’s the April 2017 report. Latest Goings-On As shared in last month’s income report, March was an […]

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SPI 316: The Art of Scaling with Nathan Chan from Foundr

How do you take an idea and grow it into a six-figure business, a multiple six-figure business, and then scale it to a multiple seven-figure business? That’s what we’re talking about with today’s special guest: Nathan Chan, founder of Foundr Magazine. Foundr Magazine has turned into a powerhouse brand since I last spoke with Nathan (Episode 169). So much has happened! Today, Nathan is going to dish on all that he’s done, and all that he’s had to stop doing in order to grow. I’m basically just turning the mic over to Nathan so he can give us the scoop on what he’s learned, what he’s aiming for now, how he’s building his brand, and why his mission with Foundr has increased 100x. Stick that phone in your pocket and listen close, because this episode is stuffed with insights and powerful takeaways. That’s what Foundr is all about—helping entrepreneurs create […]

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SPI 312: This “Hole” Can Cost Entrepreneurs Thousands—Let’s Fix It

Today’s guest is Casey Graham, the founder of Gravy, a company that’s filling a huge hole for businesses. The thing is, a lot of people don’t even know that hole exists. It takes a lot of effort to go back and recover failed payments. That’s what Casey and his team at Gravy do, and they do it very well. When I started working with Casey I didn’t even realize how much I needed him and his service. But he’s helped me recover tens of thousands of dollars. Read that sentence again. Yeah—this is that important. That money would have been lost if it weren’t for Casey. I didn’t even know that stuff was happening. Casey’s giving us a huge wealth of information today. A lot of what he’s talking about, even if you don’t have a business yet—it’s so good to know. This is stuff that doesn’t get talked about […]

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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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My Home Office Set Up and Tour

I’m taking you on a tour of my home office! This space is so important to me because it’s where I create content for all of you—I hope this video inspires you to work towards your own dream office! Pat Flynn March 19, 2018 What’s up, everybody? I’m so excited, because today I’m taking you on a tour of my home office! Whether you work from home or a coffee shop or somewhere else, you’re going to get a couple things out of this post. First, you’re just going to see the different kinds of work that I do and why it’s important to have a specific environment where you do those certain things. Second, hopefully it will also give you some inspiration for something to work toward when it comes to your own work space—because this is definitely not how it was for me in the beginning. It took […]

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SPI 309: How to Create a Marketing Funnel That Works (with Molly Pittman)

No matter where you are in your business journey, it’s fundamental for you to understand your customer’s journey. What happens after a person comes to your website? How do you go from the minute they find you all the way to a purchase? I knew when I hired Molly Pittman that it was going to change my business forever, specifically with funnels. She’s here today to talk about strategies for your customer journey, how to implement them in your business, and how to keep them simple so you’re not overwhelmed. Molly is the former VP of DigitalMarketer—the company that puts on the Traffic & Conversion Summit every year in San Diego (an amazing event). I brought Molly on to help me and Team Flynn manage all of the pieces of our business so that we can better optimize the customer journey. What does that mean? Well, it means taking the […]

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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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Start. Stop. Continue. Making Real Progress in Your Business

Here’s a simple metric to help you identify where to spend your time in 2018. Pat Flynn January 1, 2018 I once heard a phrase that has stuck with me for years, and has become one of the most important phrases for my business: “You can’t improve what you don’t track.” It’s a simple idea, yet so easy to forget, or just ignore. This phrase has been an essential part of my planning and building of my business, and it’s helped me understand, as the CEO of my company, that I need to track metrics in order to fully understand how to improve. If I don’t track the data, how can I possibly understand what’s working and what’s not working? How can I improve? There was a time when I didn’t track data, which, in retrospect, is sort of mind boggling. I just kind of based efforts on a general […]

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How to Write a Book: The Secret to a Super-Fast First Draft

Learn the tools and techniques I use to write 36,000 words in two weeks, save time, and achieve up to 180 words per minute. I’ll also be covering strategies to keep you moving forward, so you write your book fast without getting stuck. Pat Flynn December 15, 2017 Hey, everyone! This post is a trial run of a new blog post format, and we’re using a video guide I created in 2015 on how to write the first draft of your book to test it out. Basically, I want to make it as easy as possible for you to digest, enjoy, and benefit from the content I produce—and my videos in particular! I’d love to hear if you find this new format useful. Please let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments! If you’d prefer to watch the video version of this blog post on YouTube instead, click […]

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My November 2017 Monthly Income Report

Over the past few years, the business has become more and more like a machine. Although I’m definitely keeping myself busy with new projects, more parts of the business become automated. This is thanks to the team that I’ve built, the software we’re using, and the rules and procedures we have in place. The blog, the podcast, the emails—a lot of it is automated, which is great. I can serve more and offer even more value since the hard work was put in up front. But . . . Since growing the team and getting more hands-off, I’ve noticed I’ve had a thirst for something new to get excited about—something that would allow me creative freedom and also allow me to re-experience the journey of trying to “figure something out again,” like it was at the start of my podcast and blog. And I think I’ve found it, and it’s […]

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SPI 279: Finding Fringe Hours and Work-Life “Balance” with Jessica Turner

Today’s guest is an expert at finding more hours in the day. No, she hasn’t invented time travel—not yet, anyway. Jessica Turner has mastered the art of maximizing “fringe hours” and making time in our days to do the things we love. In today’s episode, she’s spilling her secrets. In addition to being an online business owner and bestselling author, Jessica works a full-time job and is a mother of three. She also routinely makes time for herself in her “fringe hours,” those slivers of the day just waiting to be put to use. Jessica explores this time management strategy in her bestselling book, The Fringe Hours, which continues to change the lives of busy professionals and parents like herself. In this episode, Jessica explores the importance of making time for ourselves and strategies even the busiest entrepreneurs can put to use. You’ll hear her advice for achieving work-life satisfaction (versus work-life “balance”), as well […]

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A Dos and Don’ts Guide to Finding Business Partners

Some of the most common questions I receive from the SPI audience are about the legal aspect of starting a business. Although I’ve had my fair share of legal-related experiences (both positive and negative) since starting my business, I also know that I don’t know everything and need someone in my corner who does. That’s why I’ve been working with Richard A. Chapo from SoCalInternetLawyer.com for almost ten years now. He’s my attorney, and he’s here to help all of us understand the bits and pieces of legal information we might need to know to protect our online businesses. Richard was featured in Smart Income Podcast Session 231 where he and my trademark attorney, Alena Herranen, tackled the most common legal questions for those just starting out in business. Richard is back today to tackle the important decision of starting a business with a partner, and all that should be […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Predictable Marketing Funnels

In this guest post, Greg Hickman gives us an in-depth beginner’s guide to predictable marketing funnels. Learn how to set up a reliable system for growth. Pat Flynn May 15, 2017 We’ve been going full steam this month with a load of paid advertising related content, both here on the blog and on the podcast. Before we keep going, however, it’s important that we pull back a little and ask ourselves this question: What are we driving traffic to anyway? A product? A promotion? No. A funnel. We MUST know what our goals are related to the traffic we pay for, or else—and I can say this from experience—you’ll quickly lose money and opportunity. So today, I’m happy to re-introduce Greg Hickman. He’s been on the podcast before way back in Smart Passive Income Podcast Session #65, where he talked about marketing strategies related to mobile, such as SMS and […]

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How to Start with Paid Advertising

I’ve never run a paid advertisement for my own products. Why? Well, simply because I’ve never had any products of my own to sell. One of my goals for 2017 is to shift the higher percentage of income coming from affiliate marketing (selling the products of others for a commission) to earnings generated from my own stuff. The primary driver for that shift will be my online courses. I’ve launched a couple of online courses this year already, and with the reopening of those courses over the span of the next few months, it’s about time I finally add some fuel to the furnace and pay for advertisements, something many successful entrepreneurs say they wish they had done sooner. I’ve run ads for non-product things before, such as boosted posts on Facebook, or ads to increase the number of fans on my business page, but I’ve never run ads as […]

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SPI 263: Laddering Up: How to Build a 7-Figure Business by Building a $7K per Month Business

Clay Collins of LeadPages returns to the Smart Passive Income Podcast for another incredible, value-packed (and potentially record-breaking) episode. This time, Clay is dropping serious knowledge on building a seven-figure business, step by step. [Full Disclosure: FYI, I’m a compensated advisor and an affiliate for LeadPages.] During his time as CEO and co-founder of LeadPages, Clay has watched his business grow from a humble blog to a seven-figure company with a sprawling array of product offerings. He’s got his process for scaling a successful business down to a science, and that’s what he’s sharing here today. Clay’s got big plans for this episode: He wants to break his own record for the most downloads of an SPI Podcast episode (Episode 78). He wants to pack hundreds of dollars of value—the equivalent of an online course—into one interview. And he wants you to walk away with a framework you can implement today to turn […]

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