My First Live Conference—Announcing FlynnCON1!

Pat Flynn: Hey, what’s up Team Flynn? Really thankful you’re spending some time with me today. This will be a very unique episode actually, because I don’t have a special guest on. I’m not necessarily teaching you step by step tactics—which I love to do, and don’t worry there are a lot more of those episodes coming—but I wanted to take you into my brain behind the scenes of my business and tell you about something that’s coming next year that I haven’t announced formally or publicly yet. I’ve teased it a little bit here and there on social media and so far just, I mean, I’m so excited about this but I’m so scared. And actually it’s because I’m scared, that’s how I know that this is the right direction to go. What is this? What am I going to be talking about? The very first live event that […]

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The Story of Super Coffee—from Dorm Room to Whole Foods and Beyond with Jim Decicco

Jim Decicco: Once we got in, we were like, “This is our only account.” We were only in one Whole Foods, it was a local account. We were like, “This is our only account, this is all we got. Let’s make it the best ever.” That first day our product was available on the shelf, this was a few weeks after that initial order. We figured out how to make it, and sort of scale enough for that. That first day, we broke the store’s weekly sales record in the first four hours, because the three of us . . . Pat Flynn: That’s Jim Decicco talking about the story of Super Coffee, and how he and his two brothers created this company, broke sales records, and are now one of the top beverages out there in the sort of niched, super coffee, protein coffee space. This was all born […]

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How to Build and Scale an Agency Model Business—with Jason Swenk

Jason Swenk: They tell me their gross revenue. I’m like, “I don’t care about your gross revenue.” I know a lot of 10 million, 100 million dollar industries that make zero, so that’s not good. so what is your profitability margin? They say, “Oh, it’s 15-20 percent.” I’m like, “Okay. Do you know all the service space companies in the US based on the Service Bureau—are around 32 percent? That’s the average, so you’re way below the average. So let’s focus on profitability.” Pat Flynn: That’s Jason, our special guest today. Swenk is his last name, and Jason is a master at helping people build their agencies; an agency being a business where you are in the service-based business helping others do something, whether it’s an SEO agency, a design agency, a copyrighting agency, what have you, it doesn’t really matter. If you have the ability to serve others through […]

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The Story You Tell Yourself (That Could Crush You) – with Dr. Shannon Irvine

Pat Flynn: Being an entrepreneur, owning your own business, it’s tough. There’s a lot of things on that checklist to do. There’s a lot of big, ambitious goals that we have, and there’s a lot of hurdles along the way, but the number one thing that’s going to help you through all of that is what happens in your head and how you speak to yourself, the story that you are creating for yourself. And that voice. That voice is really whatever you want it to be, but there’s a lot of things in our past that, psychologically, we hear that voice say things that maybe we don’t want it to say. But then we start to believe it, and then it starts to determine what actions we take or don’t take and the results that we get or don’t get. What if you put in all this hard work […]

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Building a Personal Brand (Because It’s Your Calling) with Jadah Sellner

Jadah Sellner: Yeah, so can I tell you a secret, Pat? Pat Flynn: Yeah. Can I publish . .. Wait, is this something I could publish or is this . . . ? Jadah Sellner: It’s totally publishable! Pat Flynn: Oh, okay. Jadah Sellner: I’m not passionate about green smoothies. What I’m passionate about is helping people, and this dream had been planted before Simple Green Smoothies. Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Jadah Sellner, our special guest today, who was with us over a hundred episodes ago, in Episode 205. You might remember her as one of the co-founders of a very successful company, SimpleGreenSmoothies.com, which grew quite big in a relatively short period of time. Jadah came on before to talk about how she and Jen used challenges to help get the community together and help them build this massive following. I think they have over a half million […]

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One of the Most Important Business Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself—with Dan Andrews

Dan Andrews: In the online business space, Pat, this happens all the time. What happens is someone comes in and says, “Look, jobs are an inefficient way to make a living.” We all nod our heads. That’s true. They’re a horrible time and money investment, so let’s start a business. You keep going down the path. The problem is, is that jobs do so much more for us, and let’s use the word career, than just give us money. Pat Flynn: That’s Dan Andrews from TropicalMBA.com, a friend of mine for over a decade now actually, somebody who had recently done something in his business that he kind of regretted. We’re going to talk all about that today. Hopefully you’ll be able to have these important conversations with yourself now so you don’t have these similar feelings and thoughts later. Before we get to that, let’s cue the music. Announcer: […]

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From $50k in Debt to Business Success in Less than a Year—How to Be Mindful and Ruthless

Today’s special guest is Sagi Shrieber, coming at us from Tel Aviv, Israel, who bailed himself out of $50k worth of debt by taking massive action. Today he’s sharing his journey, why he hired a coach (even though he was deep in debt), and how he’s building an amazing community in the design and entrepreneurial spaces now. Sagi’s also breaking down some of his favorite design tools, as well as quick and easy tips so you can boost your design game and maximize conversions for your business. Sagi is what’s known as a Full Stack Designer, a designer who also knows how to get great results for sales and conversions (he uses the metaphor of an MMA fighter). It’s that kind of mindset—Sagi calls it the Full Stack life—that got him through some of the tougher times. In the end, he managed to push through the discomfort and learn to […]

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A Huge Announcement (& Lessons on Evolving Your Business)

Today we have a very special and important announcement from ConvertKit’s founder Nathan Barry, who’s here to talk about how to evolve your business by making critical decisions and getting uncomfortable . . . which ties in perfectly with the big news that Nathan’s about to drop. Stay tuned! [Full Disclosure: I’m a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.] Last time I had Nathan on the show (Session 244) we talked about how he bootstrapped ConvertKit from nothing into one of the best email service providers out there (the best email service provider out there, in my opinion). And actually, Nathan was on the show all the way back in Session 75 (!) talking about how he was making six figures by self-publishing books. ConvertKit reached an incredible goal recently, hitting $1 million a month in monthly recurring revenue. If you want to read more about how Nathan got […]

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How Paul Collins Overcame Childhood Illness to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

How Paul Collins overcame life-threatening health struggles, became an English as a Second Language teacher, and used Pat’s teachings to develop a successful online business. Pat Flynn June 18, 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 Paul Collins, whose business focuses on teaching English as a second language. You can also check out Brendan and his work at his blog. And if you haven’t done so already, click here to join the Facebook Group and be a part of the community! “Why would anybody pay for this?” That’s a question Paul Collins asked himself as he was starting […]

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My March 2017 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my March 2017 Monthly Income Report. Fun fact: This is the 102nd monthly report published here on the blog. As always, I’m happy to share with you what happened during the past month, from the actions taken to the lessons learned, and, of course, the earnings report and where it all comes from. March was an extremely busy month, but also very exciting. A lot of hard work from the past six months paid off in March, and I’m stoked to talk about the results of two course launches that happened. Yes—two courses. 🙂 Am I crazy? Probably, but also very excited to be moving forward with the goals I set for myself and the business. With no more delay, let’s get right into it. Important Goings-On in March Two courses? Yes. Let’s start with the one that’s more well known, Smart From Scratch, which opened up for […]

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SPI 319: How to Work Less & Make More with James Schramko

James Schramko is as passionate about surfing as he is about working less, earning more, and helping people learn how to do exactly that. If you’ve ever wanted to design a truly fulfilling lifestyle, you’re going to want to take notes, because that’s what James is all about. James has been rocking it in online business for ten years now, and quite literally surfing the world at the same time. He’s been able to design the lifestyle he always wanted, but that didn’t happen overnight, and James strives to share what he’s learned. Whenever I hear him speak I’m at peak attention—his methods and mindsets are so powerful and inspirational. James is also the author of the new book Work Less, Make More, and that title pretty much sums up what he’s all about. James has shaped the lives of thousands of people by helping them build the lifestyles that […]

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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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