How to Leverage Your Real-World Network to Build Your Online Business

So you want to make a living online, eh? You can see it now… A plane ticket in one hand, laptop in the other.  You set out to fulfill your wildest remote living dreams.  Passive income dripping into your bank account to fund your next trip to Thailand. You’ve put a website up, written valuable blog posts and turned all of your little Yoast SEO circles green. There’s only one problem. You don’t have any customers! Do you give up?  Spend money on Facebook ads?  Wait! There’s a new webinar on building a brag-worthy Instagram following that’s sure to attract your people. There’s no shortage of exciting new digital methods and info-products to build your business. But what if there was a different way? Before shiny object syndrome convinces you to buy another online course, sign up for another webinar or try another digital marketing tactic – why not start […]

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How Books Increase Our Authority and Leadership with Azul Terronez

Pat Flynn: One thing I love to do in my business is to pull back the curtain and to share with you a lot of the behind the scenes, and the processes that I work through to accomplish some of the goals. Sometimes, it’s a win; sometimes, it is a fail; but every time, it’s going to be a lesson for you. That’s why I continue to do what I do, and why I continue to experiment, and try new things. Now, I’ve been writing books for a number of years now. Thank you to everybody who has supported my previous book, Will It Fly?, and helped it, as a self-published book, become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. In case you haven’t heard yet, my next book is finally coming out. It’s called Superfans, and it comes out in August of this year, by the time this episode publishes, about […]

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From Office Break-In to An Amazing Partnership (A Look at My New Office Space!)

Earlier this year, my video studio was broken into. This was the space where I recorded a ton of YouTube… Pat Flynn July 8, 2019 Earlier this year, my video studio was broken into. This was the space where I recorded a ton of YouTube videos, course videos, and livestreams, as well as hosted a lot of team meetings. It was a special space, and I grew to love it very much. But because of the break-in and the lack of security in the business complex where this office was located, I decided it was time to move out and find a new space. Here’s how that process has unfolded, and the exciting new partnership that has emerged! Losing Gear and Dealing with Fear Shortly after the break-in happened, I published a YouTube video showing what happened. I also got a little emotional about it, mostly because it just felt very […]

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Community & Accountability: Why Staying Social Fosters Success (FS324)

What are the ways that we entrepreneurs really want to be remembered? Why is it that we do the kind of work we do and reach out to the people around us? What is the ultimate role of our community and the connections we make? Here at Fizzle, we cannot stress the importance of community and communication enough. For us, it is the building block and the end goal of almost everything we do. We both do things in order to serve and create a community but we also are able to do those things because of the connections we make in the world. In this episode, we are contemplating the place of community and connection in our more general roadmap for entrepreneurs. We are talking about the effect that friends can have on our personal success and the subtle and transformational role of the people around us over time. […]

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SwitchPod—The Final Numbers, Churn, Retail, and How Much Are We Taking Home?

Dive into my latest income report on the SwitchPod Kickstarter, including our final sales and profit numbers, churn, our plan for retail sales, and what’s next on the physical product front. Pat Flynn May 20, 2019 —I’ve been talking about the SwitchPod a lot in the past few months, and I’m excited to finally share this big report with you! To start off, I want to talk about how amazingly thankful I am for everybody’s support for the Kickstarter campaign. It’s been an incredible journey, and I’m really excited for the actual release of the SwitchPod. It wasn’t always smooth, of course. Not all of our marketing efforts panned out, and since it was such new territory, we ran into a lot of things we didn’t know about. In this post, I’ll share some of the numbers from the campaign. I’ll also talk about what worked well, what didn’t, and some […]

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SEO and Business Growth Today with Glen Allsop

Glen Allsop: I am so happy you asked me that. So let’s just say, if a no-name person, no one you’ve ever met, no one you’ve ever contact with, somehow got to get in front of you, if it was a Twitter DM or an email, and they said, “Hey Pat! I’m friends with Casey Neistat and I would love him to kind of promote what you’re working on.” You do not care who they are, what kind of relationship you’ve had with them in the past, you are responding to that message. Pat Flynn: One hundred percent. Glen: So, they’re— Pat: You’re listening to one of the several amazing strategies that our special guest today has mentioned on this particular episode. Pat: This is Glen Allsop, formerly from viperchill.com, although I think he still has that website. You may remember that name from episode 3. Yes, episode 3 of […]

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Staying Positive and Building a Business That Matters with Marc and Angel Chernoff

Marc Chernoff: When it comes to growth personally and professionally, discomfort is really the key to the growth that you ultimately want for yourself. So do something every single day that challenges you, or scares you, just a little bit, right? You know, you don’t have to go crazy, but . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Marc Chernoff, who is here with his wife, Angel, and they’re going to be talking about some of the biggest discomforts that they’ve had in their life that have helped push them forward into a very successful business, helping hundreds of thousands of people. You’re going to learn about how they got started in business and kind of accidentally fell into this business, how long it took for them to monetize, what they monetized with, it is actually a lot simpler than you might think. You’re going to discover how they dealt […]

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Top 5 Major Business Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Pat Flynn: Look, we all make mistakes, and making mistakes is a part of being an entrepreneur, but the problem is when we make the same mistakes over and over again, and we see other peoples make those mistakes, and we do them anyway. This particular episode, I’m going to teach you five major mistakes that new entrepreneurs make, no guests in this episode, just you and me having a conversation, and listen to the intro, here we go. Announcer: Welcome to the Smart Passive Income Podcast, where it’s all about working hard now, so you can sit back and reap the benefits later. And now your host, when he wants to learn something, he hires a mentor to save him time, Pat Flynn. Pat: What’s up and welcome to session 390 . . . no 369 of the Smart Passive Income Podcast. Thank you so much for joining me […]

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The Miracle Equation and How to Help You Achieve Your Biggest Goals

Hal Elrod: He said, “Hal, you don’t have that kind of cancer. You don’t have a slow growing tumor.” He goes, “You were healthy last week. You’re on the verge of death right now, and you’ve got days to live if we don’t do chemo.” I thought that was a scare tactic. I’m like, “You know, let me sleep on it.” I Googled it and basically found this is real, most people die from this cancer because they go and get misdiagnosed with pneumonia, which is what I was diagnosed with initially. Then before they figure out what’s actually wrong, the person’s dead. And so I started chemo . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Hal Elrod, a near and dear friend of mine who has gone through, now, a second near-death experience. The first time he was on the show, he talked about his book The Miracle Morning, […]

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Smart Work Report: Matthew Gartland

In the first of the Smart Work Report series, COO/CFO Matthew Gartland shares how he works, his favorite business tools, and the transformation of Team SPI. Matthew Gartland April 15, 2019 Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new series we are testing out here at SPI, and you know how much we love experiments! We’re inspired by other journal-like content we’ve seen around the web like the Money Diaries and Feel Good Diaries from Refinery29, as well as the standard format of the much loved How I Work series from Lifehacker.com. In this series we hope to capture a vast array of not only different types of work that people do in the online space, but also the different ways we all work toward our goals and positive impact with our jobs, businesses, or brands. We’re starting off this series with the members of Team SPI and, if […]

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Anti-Busy. Pro-Purpose. Talking Work-Life Balance with Chalene Johnson

Chalene Johnson: We’re so used to being hyperstimulated and go, go, go, go, go, go, go, I’ll say, admittedly, mainly for me because I had such an addiction to work as my default. We had lots of things in . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Chalene Johnson, an amazing friend and mentor of mine and today we’re going to be discussing work-life balance. I don’t know if you’re like me or like Chalene, but oftentimes we default to just continuing to stay busy and how do we know what we should stay busy on when we want to say no to things. What do we prioritize, how do we manage this versus our family, how do we blend them together nicely? I’ve always admired Chalene and how she’s been able to seemingly have everything together and we find out in this episode that it wasn’t always that way. […]

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Here’s a Sneak Peek Behind the Curtain of How SPI Operates

Take a sneak peek behind the curtains of how SPI operates, from our core values and mission to management to business systems and tools for performance. Matthew Gartland April 8, 2019 Tony Robbins. A primetime news broadcaster. The front-man for a popular band. What do they all have in common? One heck of a team behind the scenes that brings their respective magic to life. Your favorite newscaster, for example, may be a star. But the folks in the control room are the ones running the show. Aaron Sorkin’s show Newsroom puts the chemistry between newsroom team and big personality broadcaster on captivating and insightful display as only Sorkin can. I love it so much not just because the writing is brilliant but more so because of the truths it conveys: big personalities cannot do it alone; uncontrolled ego is a destructive force; mutual deference between authority figures (e.g. between […]

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How & When They Grew Their Team

Take your business to the next level by making your first hire! Learn from 20 entrepreneurs who reveal their first hire story today on the blog! Pat Flynn April 1, 2019 Ah, your first hire. When you’re just starting out, it can be tricky to know when it’s time to start building your team. The key, my friends, is to remember that you can’t do it alone—and that it’s okay to start small. Like many entrepreneurs, I started out working with contractors for things like building iPhone applications, copywriting, and web design. But a couple of years in, as I was building new passive income streams, I realized I could use help with things like building websites and creating backlinks. Even though I enjoyed doing those things, they probably weren’t exactly the best use of my time. So I started using sites like Elance and Odesk to find help for a few […]

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10 Podcasters Who Grew Their Business on Top of Their Show

In this post, ten podcasters who grew their business on top of their show share how they did it, from podcast ROI to podcast Kickstarters and more! Pat Flynn March 11, 2019 Podcasting isn’t just a hobby for people anymore. For many, it’s about business growth and profit. In this post, I’m going to share several examples of how different people have used their new podcast to either grow an existing business or start a brand new one. When I started podcasting in 2010, I wasn’t ready for the kind of positive results it would have for my brand. It didn’t happen overnight, but relatively quickly, my podcast began helping me extend my reach, increase my authority, and grow my income. In a survey I conducted in 2012, for example, I learned that the Smart Passive Income Podcast was the #1 way my audience discovered me, ahead of links on […]

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Inside a 5-Figure JV Affiliate Promotion

In this Campaign Income Report, I’m going to unpack a promotion I ran for someone else’s online course. Here’s how I became one of the top three affiliates and earned five figures in the process without spending any money on ads! Pat Flynn January 28, 2019 Welcome to the first of our new edition of income reports here on SPI! For nearly a decade since the blog was created in October 2008, I’ve been sharing monthly income reports to reveal exactly how my online businesses were performing, including exactly how much money was being made, where it was all coming from, the expenses and the lessons learned that month, too. These income reports, many said, are what put me on the map and what I had become known for, and they were the most popular blog posts on the site. Then, in January 2018, I stopped publishing them. For an […]

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The Origin of FlynnCON1 and What I’ve Learned So Far Creating My First Conference

Step behind the scenes of of FlynnCON1: Why I’m doing it, what to expect, and the top five lessons I’ve learned on the journey! Pat Flynn January 21, 2019 For the last six months I’ve been working with Team SPI to create an amazing and unique event experience for people who want to press start (or restart) on their vision for their future. That experience is FlynnCON1—and it happens in my hometown of sunny San Diego this July 26–28. Today, I want to share how FlynnCON1 came about, give you a taste of what to expect at the event, and go over some of the biggest lessons our team has learned while putting together our first ever large-scale in-person event. Why FlynnCON1 Is Happening: The Origin Story I’m incredibly excited to be finally putting together an event like this. It’s not an understatement to say that I’ve been looking forward […]

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Booted out of His Own Business & the One Thing Jordan Harbinger Did to Survive

Jordan Harbinger: It would be kind of like if it was illegal tomorrow to be doing anything Smart Passive Income related, and you weren’t allowed to touch any of your existing platforms, and you weren’t allowed to teach any of your existing courses. You’d just kind of be like, “Okay. I’m Pat Flynn, family man, got a great family, great kids, but what do I do? I’m not allowed to speak. I’m not allowed to write. I’m not allowed to teach. What do I do?” Pat Flynn: That’s insane. Jordan Harbinger: You’d have to kind of figure out what you were gonna do . . . Pat Flynn: That would be a truly nightmare situation if, for whatever reason, I wasn’t allowed to do what I’m doing right now for you. This is my business. This is my identity. This is who I am. This is exactly what happened to […]

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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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How to Be an Amazing Coach with Michael Bungay Stanier

Today’s guest is Michael Bungay Stanier, author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller: The Coaching Habit—my choice for top business book of 2017. Why, you ask? Because everyone is a coach. Seriously. Think about it. If you tell anyone how to do anything, you are a coach. If you are helping anyone else in any sort of way, you are a coach. But here’s the trick: You aren’t supposed to just tell someone what to do, if you want to be a great coach. You have to listen and ask the right questions. I’ve directly applied lessons like these—not just in AskPat and this podcast—but in every aspect of my life, personal and business-wise. I’m just going to say it: This is the most useful book I’ve ever read. In today’s episode, we’re going to dive into the principles of the book and I’m going to ask some followup questions. This […]

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How to Launch a Brand New Website (with a Bang!)

I’ll walk you through each step in how to launch your brand new website with a bang, from creating your viral content to creating buzz for launch day. Pat Flynn June 25, 2018 So you’re here because you want to know how to launch a brand new website (with a bang!). That’s exciting, and you should feel proud! This post will show you exactly how to do that and will cover a wide range of website launch tips, including: What an ideal website launch day looks like. How to maximize your reach and website traffic on day one of your launch. Why you need to be able to pitch your website in seven seconds. What content to choose to be live on day one of your launch. How to create your viral piece: a beastly resource page and a round-up post. Why I also recommend having how-to content, case studies, and […]

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