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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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 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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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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Preorder the Special Edition of Let Go on Kickstarter!

10 years ago today I walked into my boss’s office and got let go from my dream job. I felt like I’d been punched in the gut, but this was actually one of the best things that’s ever happened to me! Sometimes it takes letting go of where you are to get where you need to be. I celebrate my Let Go Day every year. It reminds me of how far I’ve come since starting my journey. I’ve written about this journey before in my book, Let Go, but this year I’m doing something special. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of my Let Go Day, I’m launching the first ever hardcover edition, coffee table-style version of Let Go. Through my brand-new Kickstarter campaign, you can get access to it, as well as a limited, signature edition of the book. I have various pledge goals at different levels: You can get […]

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Five Truths About the Mindset of a Successful Entrepreneur

The most important part of any entrepreneur’s journey? Mindset. Learn the five most important lessons I’ve uncovered about mindset and entrepreneurship, plus how you can be featured in an upcoming video on my YouTube channel! Pat Flynn February 12, 2018 Wow, 2018. It’s safe to say that this year is a big year for me. October marks the ten-year anniversary of starting my business, and on June 17th it’ll be ten years since I was laid off (not that I’m keeping track or anything!). In fact, there’s something special that’s going to be happening on June 17th, 2018—but I’ll save that for later. But . . . ten years. What a journey it’s been! Over that time, I’ve moved from focusing mainly on my own business to becoming a coach and teacher for others getting started in online entrepreneurship. I’ve had the opportunity to guide so many smart, committed people […]

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Back to the YouTube: Why You Should Subscribe to the Channel

Learn about my YouTube journey and why you should subscribe to the channel, why I’m renewing my focus there in 2018, and how you can enter my YouTube giveaway! Pat Flynn January 29, 2018 2018 is the year of video. Haven’t you heard? You may have heard me mention this a few times already. But we’re ready to take this to the next level. In just a few days, I am going to start posting three to five videos a week on my YouTube channel! With my video recording studio all set up, and my trusty videographer Caleb, I am equipped and excited to bring you value in new ways, on a channel I haven’t focused on at all. Subscribe here if you haven’t yet (or read on to find out exactly why you should subscribe!). SPI on YouTube—A Little History To effectively talk about the future of my YouTube […]

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