Tomesha Campbell – Smart Passive Income

Tomesha Campbell, owner of A Fitness Mindset, had an eye-opening experience when she was in the Marines, serving in Afghanistan, Botswana, and Germany. She had grown up in New Jersey, but her time overseas made her realize how difficult it could be to maintain good nutrition in some parts of the world. “I was just not aware of the disparities around the world, especially the misinformation when it came to health and nutrition,” she says. Growing up, food was always available and accessible. But that was not the case in the places where she was stationed. On top of that, she realized the mindset of some of her mostly male fellow soldiers was single minded. “In the Marine Corps, it’s very bro-like. It’s all about the supplements—all about working out. And then when you start really seeing what these things do to your body, it was just a little bit […]

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What’s Giving You Hope? – Smart Passive Income

It’s sometimes hard to find the silver linings during a time like this. We’re in the doldrums of quarantine, many of us have experienced loss, some of us are trying to homeschool and work at the same time, and the daily headlines are frightening. So we wanted to find out in the midst of this crisis, “Where are you finding hope?” Almost 300 people in the SPI audience responded to our question. Here are several answers (edited for length and clarity), that we found particularly inspiring, and we hope you find encouragement in them as well. “I am hopeful that my husband and I, as well as many other people across many other industries, will see clearly that now more than ever that we can and need to take our careers and income streams into our own hands. The world is changing fast and there are opportunities like never before […]

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How to build an audience: my unconventional approach to rebuilding mine in a few years

In the last four years I’ve launched one 7-figure and two 6-figure businesses off the back of the audiences I’ve built up. Since a lot of the people who read my stuff don’t have an audience like mine, I often get questions, such as this one below, on how to build an audience: Thanks for the question Nick, because I was wondering what I was going to write about this week and I think this is a great topic. What a lot of people don’t know, is while I’ve been online for a decade, I actually started almost entirely from scratch 4 years ago, giving up virtually everything I’d done in the 7 years prior. There is a lot of information out there on how to build an audience, but all of it focusses on how to increase your metrics like conversions, email list subscribers, social media followers etc. The […]

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How to build a 6 figure side business by self publishing books

4 years ago I was broke, looking for a job after 7 failed years as an entrepreneur. Things have changed since, which is great but perhaps the most surprising is the business I’ve built through self publishing books. In the last 2 years I’ve written 4 books and turned them into a stand alone 6-figure side business. I never considered for a second that I would be a writer / author so it feels pretty wild. I was recently asked to talk at the Dynamite Circle event in Bangkok on the topic of self-publishing (The 6-figure self publishing side hustle), and I thought I’d share the lessons here also, as well as my slides (available at the end of this post). Here are all the topics covered in this post, you can click on the topic to go down the page to the content. Getting ideas for your book When I think […]

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No funding no worries, check out these multiple 7-figure self funded startup success stories

In the startup world, getting outside funding and bringing investors onboard upfront, may seem like the holy grail for achieving success. And a lot of times it’s required to build, fast growing tech startups. But there are still plenty of examples around of companies who have used the self funded startup model to grow to 7 figures and beyond. For me personally, getting funding was never really an option. I didn’t live in a city with tech investors or a legit startup ecosystem, I didn’t have co-founders, I got continually rejected by the main Australian incubators with a track record. So don’t let a lack of startup capital via outside investment discourage you from launching. Here are 9 examples of highly successful startups that bootstrapped their way to growth and profitability. Drip Drip’s email automation platform and visual campaign builder is one of the best email management tools out there. […]

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How to Start an Online Car Dealership – ShoeMoney

Tesla recently moved all their sales online. And Telsa knows what it’s doing. They understand that running a showroom takes overhead and that overhead can be expensive. It’s entirely possible to run a car dealership online. And it’s probably the best decision you’ll ever make as an aspiring car dealer. 85% of car customers would rather start and or complete their vehicle purchase online. 1. Start Thy Engines Here’s how to burn that rubber when getting started. First, you’ll need to do your market research. This means checking out the competition. Who else is selling cars online? Are they making money? What kind of marketing are they doing? Who are their customers? Once you know this, you can start on customer research. Who is buying cars right now? What kind of customer do you want to sell to? Low end? High end? Who buys the most cars? Create a website […]

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How to Start an Online Business

Discover how to start an online business, including figuring out your “why,” identifying your target market, and building a brand and website! Matthew Gartland June 17, 2019 How to start an online business: It’s a giant question, one that’s loaded with lots of ins and outs. And it’s one that I (with a little help from someone on my team) will attempt to answer for you in this post! I’m first going to share what I consider the crucial first three steps you must go through (plus a couple more key tips) before building an amazing online business. Then I’ll hand it over to SPI’s “integrator”—Matt Gartland. He’ll introduce some of the things we’ll be talking about on the blog in the near future about the less sexy but still super important parts of creating a business that will stand out and stand the test of time. Step 1: Ask […]

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$100k in Debt to Facebook Ads Expert—Monica Louie and Her Amazing Journey

Monica Louie: But we paid off in two years $120,000 on a single middle-class income. So we definitely hustled. Pat Flynn: Wait, how much on— Monica: $120,000. Pat: $120,000. How? Give me the plan. How did you make that happen? On a single income? That doesn’t even seem real in just a couple years. Monica: Yes. In two years . . . Pat: You’re listening to Monica Louie, our featured guest today from MonicaLouie.com. She has an amazing story to tell about how she got out of debt on a single income, $120,000, in two years. Not only does she tell us this story, but she tells how this milestone led into a new blog, which then she sold. And then because so many people were asking her, she then developed her own agency around a special skill that she learned, and now serves the world with this skill. That […]

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Why People Really Hate Us Online

Pat Flynn: Stop talking, because nobody cares. You are a complete idiot— Speaker 2: You are a complete idiot from head to toe. Speaker 3: Go do something that actually matters. Speaker 4: Why were you even born? Pat: . . . I hate you. Speaker 2: I hate you. Pat: These are some powerful words that I’ve read online about myself. Now, nobody has ever said any of these things to me in person, but it doesn’t really matter because when I read these things online, it hurts. I don’t know if you’ve ever been targeted for hate online. Whether it’s a comment on a YouTube video, or your blog, or a reply on social media, or something that you read in a forum somewhere, it doesn’t matter. It never feels good no matter how much people tell you that those are things you should just ignore. I’ve been […]

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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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Rafael Romis Says This Is the No. 1 Mistake That Online Businesses Make

May 8, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Rafael Romis, founder and CEO of Weberous, an award-winning web design agency in Los Angeles. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Rafael Romis: I was born and raised in Greece and studied and worked in London at a pharmaceutical company. When I was 21, the owner thought I was a corporate spy because I networked with so many suppliers — but that’s a long story. After a brief stint back in Greece, where I opened a retail store, I decided to move to Los Angeles. I found my home there in many ways. It’s where I started my digital agency, Weberous, met my wonderful wife, adopted our dog, and recently welcomed our daughter. In my two […]

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3 Simple but Effective Strategies to Create Consistent Income Online

Consistency is more reliable than inspiration. March 25, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The lack of consistent income is one of the hardest parts of adjusting to entrepreneurship. When you work a nine-to-five, you’re getting a reliable paycheck every week or bi-monthly. You know roughly what that check will be and can plan accordingly. You don’t get that as an entrepreneur. When you work for yourself, you get paid when you generate revenue. Successful entrepreneurs have cracked the formula for creating consistency in generating that revenue. This isn’t a mystery. In a business, you get out of it what you put into it. So, if you ready to work and grow your business, here are three simple ways to create consistent income online. Related: 21 Ways to Market Your Business Online 1. Create a recurring revenue program. One of the beautiful parts of an online business […]

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How to Launch an Online Coaching Business

Cut through the noise and create a viral product. October 30, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Work from home? Control your own schedule? Impact people across the world with your product or service? Internet marketing is on the rise for a reason. It gives you the ability to scale your business to a global level without forfeiting your personal freedom. Still, there’s one question that still prevents entrepreneurs from entering the online space: “Is it really possible to make a living off the internet?” Related: The Complete, 12-Step Guide to Starting a Business Not only is it possible, it’s lucrative when done correctly. We live in the Golden Age of internet marketing. Thanks to social media, everyone can get in front of a camera and pitch their idea to the masses. Good enough, right? Not quite. These days a big idea will only get […]

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The Riches Are in the Niches—The Advantage of SMALL

Pat Flynn: I remember when I was in high school, and just to paint a picture for you, I was the shortest kid in my grade. Even my junior year of high school I wasn’t past five feet tall and I barely passed five feet tall my senior year of high school. I had a growth spurt my sophomore year of college, but going back to high school, unfortunately a lot of my friends liked to play basketball. If you know anything about basketball, the taller you are, the bigger the advantage is. Now, I did play with them because they were my friends, but I hardly got passed the ball. When I had the ball I would take shots and because I never got a lot of practice, I would never make it, so you know, I was always last picked and that sort of thing. But I’ll tell […]

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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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Branding Masterclass (and Selling Digital and Physical Products) with the Amazing Seller, Scott Voelker

Scott Voelker: It’s a lot of work if you have to educate and you have to build the market, so I think finding a market that you know is either underserved or one that you think that you can add value to or your spin on. That doesn’t mean that you have to be the first, but I think that you have to make sure that there’s enough people in that market for you to be able to grow it and scale it. Pat Flynn: How do you determine if there’s enough people? Scott Voelker: There’s a few different ways, and I’m glad you asked that because I like talking about this. A lot of people don’t look at . . . Pat Flynn: That’s Scott Voelker, The Amazing Seller, who’s with us today to talk about branding, his story, how he got started from a little photography business. He […]

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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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How to Write Copy that Sells with Ray Edwards

CONTENT WARNING: You’re going to want to have a pen and paper handy for this one. Today we’re talking with Ray Edwards, a fan favorite from Episode 182 and Episode 300 and a member of my mastermind group. Today he’s going to teach us how to write copy that sells—written words that encourage readers to take action and result in profitable sales. Stick around! Knowing how to write solid marketing copy for your business isn’t nearly as simple as it might seem. In fact, it’s really one of the most important parts of running an online business, particularly when it comes to selling. So how can you do it well? How do you write engaging, strong, and convincing sales copy? Ray is here today to give us techniques, hints, and blueprints for doing exactly that! Like I said at the top, you’re going to want to take notes. In this […]

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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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