SPI 211: How to Know What You Were Born To Do with Chris Guillebeau

It’s my pleasure to introduce Chris Guillebeau, author of Born for This and inspiring role model for living a rewarding, purpose-driven life. Chris’s list of accomplishments is incredible. He’s visited every country in the world. He’s written two books. He breaks a Guinness World Record every year at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. Today, Chris is giving us a peek at the life lessons and insights that inspired Born for This. He’ll reveal why the happiest, most successful people all maintain a balance of “joy, money, and flow,” and how you can pursue these qualities in your own career starting today. This is one episode that’s sure to leave you feeling inspired. Ready? Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the […]

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How Celebs Are Cashing in as Social Media Influencers

In 2016, marketers and brands spent $570 million on Instagram influencers. And that was long before Instagram hit 1 billion users. But Instagram is only a small piece of the influencer marketing pie. If you’re a celebrity or you simply know how to leverage social media to gain followers, the cloud is the limit. Where there is an audience, brands will pay to get exposure. But how much do influencers actually make? And what brands are most likely to utilize an influencer? Let’s talk about that. 1. Who Are Influencers? Not Just “Celebrities” One misconception I want to squash right now is the idea that only high profile celebrities can be influencers. This is complete B.S. In fact, if you can gain even 10k followers on Instagram, brands will flock to you. The same goes for platforms like YouTube and Twitter. I wouldn’t even discount Facebook although it’s rapidly becoming […]

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How This YouTuber Used Language Tutorials to Get More Than 55 Million Views

English teacher Rachel Smith has been on the platform since its early days. February 28, 2018 6 min read In 2009, when YouTube was just beginning, Rachel Smith was an American living in Germany and doing her best to learn a new language  — and commiserating with fellow expats and locals who were doing the same. With the encouragement of a friend who told her she had a knack for explaining a complex language in a straightforward way, she decided to make her first video. Smith had experience singing in German, French, Italian and Spanish, and she also had a background teaching ESL since the late 1990s. Armed with that knowledge, she decided to make her first video about American English pronunciation and see what kind of response she got. Related: YouTube Star and ‘The Older Sister of the Internet’ Anna Akana Explains How She Found Her Honest Voice Nearly a […]

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I’m Running an Experiment—and I Need Your Help…

When I chose to self publish Will It Fly, I was told that it would be nearly impossible to get onto any bestseller lists because it was only for books that are traditionally published. A week after it went live, it became a Wall Street Journal Best Seller. Also, when I chose to self publish Will It Fly, I was told that it would be nearly impossible to get onto the shelves at physical book stores. Challenge accepted. I’m going to need your help though, and if you’re willing to be a part of this crazy experiment (and have some fun at the same time), keep reading! Why It’s Difficult for a Self-Published Book to Get Into Bookstores When you go self-published, you aren’t working with a traditional publishing house that has distribution and connections to the people at book stores who place orders for books. That’s one of the […]

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What Steve Jobs Taught Me About Success

Many people consider Steve Jobs someone who changed the way the world engages. He defines success because of the way he thinks and what his products have done for our society. For example, the products are innovative and way ahead of our time. He focuses on simplicity which is what many people are looking for in a time where things are very complicated. However, even though he has been a strong player in innovative gadgets you can still apply his work ethic to your blogging. The way he thinks and functions can be great for anyone looking to be successful in a very competitive world. I have read many books on Steve Jobs and even watched several of his documentaries to understand his mind frame and thinking pattern. It’s hard to get in the mind of someone who many consider a genius however you can definitely learn some awesome lessons. […]

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This Technology Will Transform How You Work — If You Can Get Team Members to Use It

Chatbots are the future of office communication. February 28, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the last several years, chatbots have become ubiquitous for businesses trying to scale their customer outreach. Research from Oracle found that 80 percent of businesses intend to interact with customers using chatbots by 2020. While many companies have recognized that chatbots and other automated applications are a powerful means to grow and support their businesses externally, it’s equally important to think about how chatbots can support companies internally, both now and in the future. Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business The benefits of bots Whether you’re a startup founder, a small business owner looking to grow your business, or an executive hoping to take your enterprise to the next level, jumping on the chatbot train can help your team in numerous ways. […]

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How to Get Your Customers to Recommend Your Brand to Others

Marketing your business is expensive. Coming up with customer acquisition strategies that won’t break the bank can be a challenge. Acquiring a new customer can cost you six or seven times more money than retaining your current customers. But you can get new customers without having to spend much money. Using your existing customers to help bring in new business is one of my favorite ways to do this. It may sound complex, but it’s much easier than you might think. It’s all about getting creative. Coming up with an acquisition strategy that also promotes retention is a win-win scenario for everyone involved. Don’t underestimate the power of a recommendation. Research shows 83% of consumers say they trust recommendations from family and friends. When your brand gets recommended to someone, they are likely to give it a shot. But the key here is getting that initial recommendation. How do you do it? If you’ve […]

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SPI 210: How to Automate Your Business to Save Time and Make More Money with Dana Malstaff

Joining me this week is the amazing Dana Malstaff, CEO and founder of Boss-Mom.com. Through the Boss Mom community, Dana provides online resources and support for entrepreneurs who also happen to be moms. I met Dana at a 1-Day Business Breakthrough event with Chris Ducker. Dana had some big questions about where her business was headed, and she put herself in the hot seat to learn how she could serve her audience better and take her business to the next level. One year later, Dana’s made massive changes to her brand and watched her fan base grow in a serious way. She’s also embraced a life-changing component of the passive income lifestyle: automation. Today, Dana’s going to cover it all: what she automates, how she does it, and how it’s freed her up to focus on the parts of her business she loves the most. In addition to learning her strategies for adopting a hands-off approach to […]

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6 Tell-Tale Signs You’re Underpaid

Have you added skills, a certificate or a degree to your resume? That could be a sign that you deserve more pay. “Simply putting the time in with a company does this to some degree,” said McAdams. “But if you’ve received certifications or continuing education… but have not been rewarded for your greater effectiveness, now’s the time to bring that to the attention of your manager.” What you should consider: First, check those comparison websites to see what others with your new skills are being paid, said Krawcheck. In fact, do this before you put the time into getting the certificate or degree, and verify that your manager believes it will be a good investment to further your career. Regardless, set up a meeting with your manager and make your case, clearly showing that the new skill or degree is a benefit to your position and the company at large. […]

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SEO for Modern Content Marketers

In my experience, creative writing pros have an endless appetite for writing advice. How to add more color and texture to your writing, storytelling techniques, endless discussions about the serial comma and finer points of usage. Elements like copywriting and conversion strategy? That tends to start to divide people up. Some writers want to pick up those killer skills, and some aren’t as comfortable with them. But then there’s a topic that makes a lot of talented creative professionals throw up in their mouths a little. I bet you know the one I mean. It’s the fine art of writing content that can be found more easily on search engines — SEO copywriting. First, it’s kind of technical — and “word people” sometimes (mistakenly) think that they’re not cut out to understand a bit of code. Second, it’s had a checkered past. (Hey, who hasn’t.) There have always been cool, […]

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A Typical Day (and the Productivity Tools I Use)

Over the years I’ve talked a lot about productivity and routines (here, here, and here for just a few), both in posts and on my two podcasts. If you’ve been reading for a long time, you’ll know that I used to be a night owl, staying up late into the night to write posts for the blog. And then I read Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning (affiliate link – I make a commission if you purchase), and I changed up my routine entirely. I’m a huge fan of Hal’s, and am still following the Miracle Morning routine. The topic of productivity and routines is really important to me for one big reason: my family. My wife and my kids are my top priority—I want to be able to spend as much time as possible with them. I love that I get to take Keoni to school every day and that I […]

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California Studies Viability of a Public Bank for Marijuana Businesses

Exclusion from federally regulated banks is a big problem for the cannabis industry that California is considering how to solve. February 27, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The idea of circumventing federal law and creating a state-held bank in California to serve the marijuana industry moved from words into action this month, but whether it’s viable remains to be seen. That’s the purpose of a new feasibility study launched by state Treasurer John Chiang and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Chiang’s department will focus on the financial and operational issues, Becerra’s on the legal. Both have their potential roadblocks. Even Chiang voiced caution about the idea in remarks made at a recent news conference, evoking, of all things, the potato chip: “Today we are taking the next steps in determining the practical considerations that could lead to the creation of a public bank. […]

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A Human Project with Wesley Chapman – SPI TV, Ep. 44

In this very special episode of SPI TV, Wesley Chapman is here to share the moving story of his life as an entrepreneur and the personal journey that led him to create A Human Project. A Human Project began after Wesley’s visit to a troubled school as a motivational speaker and the life-changing experience he had with the students he met there. Wesley had been a lifelong entrepreneur and experienced overwhelming success at a very young age, but this powerful encounter opened a new door—one that offered an even more fulfilling path, supporting and empowering youth. In our conversation, Wesley explores how we get enticed by status symbols, how we can revisit what truly matters, and how we can get involved with projects enacting meaningful change. I hope you’ll find it as inspiring as I did. Thanks so much for watching SPI TV, and be sure to subscribe (via YouTube or iTunes) to get new episodes of SPI TV delivered to you […]

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Why Authenticity Is a Key Ingredient to Entrepreneurial Success, and How to Make Sure You Have It

Follow these six tips to ensure you’re keeping it real as an authentic entrepreneur. February 27, 2018 5 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become.” — Oprah Winfrey Early in her career, Oprah Winfrey was an evening news reporter at Baltimore network, WJZ-TV. But, she found it hard to emotionally detach herself from the subjects of her stories and was soon fired from the news beat. Related: 10 Qualities of Authentic People Rather than pay out the remainder of her contract, the network moved her to daytime TV. The rest is history. As a talk show host, Oprah’s authenticity became an asset and the key to unlocking […]

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SPI 209: The Power of Community—How Noah Bradley Made Art Camp

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Noah Bradley IV. Not only is Noah an incredible visual artist (Magic: The Gathering, anyone?), but he’s also the founder of an incredible community and online school called Art Camp. Before founding Art Camp, Noah was frustrated by the options available to fellow artists who wanted a quality education. Art school isn’t cheap, and many artists take on enormous debt in order to get the training they need. Noah saw a way to help: he’d offer up his years of professional experience in an online course, using a series of videos to teach key skills to fellow artists. Today, Art Camp isn’t just a profitable passive income stream for Noah—it’s a thriving community of artists who support and learn from each other online. Noah’s here with me to share how that community grew, plus the tools he uses to produce and maintain his course material. He’ll also open […]

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The 150 Fastest-Growing Franchises

Meet the companies that are leveraging their ability to scale fast — and take their franchisees along with them. February 27, 2018 2 min read This story appears in the March 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Meet the companies that are leveraging their ability to scale fast — and take their franchisees along with them — in Entrepreneur’s annual fastest-growing-franchises ranking. The 150 companies on this list opened a net total of 10,356 franchise units in North America between July 2016 and July 2017. An impressive 375 of those units belonged to Dunkin’ Donuts, which tops our list for the second year in a row as it continues to spread its reach beyond its Northeast stronghold and into more Western states. Related: 2018 Top Franchises from Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List Beyond ranking individual companies that have mastered the growth game, this ranking helps highlight overall trends. Two of the most well-established categories, quick-service restaurants […]

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My March 2016 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to another monthly income report here on Smart Passive Income! I’ve been publishing these reports since I started monetizing websites back in 2008, but I’m happy to say that this report in particular is very special. Why? One, it’s the first report published on the newly redesigned SPI blog that went live last week. Two, we’re changing up the design of the report specifically, with a new look and a few exciting features. Previously, my Monthly Income Reports included lessons learned and a list of my income sources. But now you’ll see a completely new look that features a spreadsheet style layout of the income, along with the percentage difference from the previous month and totals for various types of income sources. I hope you like the new look and feel! As always, I will continue to include the knowledge and lessons I’ve picked up over the past month. […]

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How Do You Find Your First Customers?

The chairman of DocuSign explains how to turn a company’s first customers into valuable ambassadors. February 27, 2018 2 min read Introducing our new podcast, Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer, which features business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side happy, wealthy, and growing. Feifer, Entrepreneur’s editor in chief, spotlights these stories so other business can avoid the same hardships. Listen below or click here to read more shownotes. How do you find your first customers? It’s a question first-time founders are often flummoxed by. But Keith Krach has developed a tried-and-true strategy — starting during his days at Ariba (which sold for billions), and extending into his current time as chairman of DocuSign. Related: The Danger of Profitability: It Masks Deeper Problems In this special live edition of Problem Solvers, taped live at Entrepreneur Live in Los Angeles, Krach explains how to turn a company’s first customers […]

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SPI 208: Smart Passive Income Gets a Makeover! Why I Redesigned a Website That Wasn’t Broken

Last summer, I asked you guys how I was doing. I took that feedback to heart, and I conducted my own research on what was and wasn’t working about SmartPassiveIncome.com. Now, finally, I get to share some of the very exciting results of that work with you. SmartPassiveIncome.com has gone through some major facelifts in the past. Just check out this one from 2008, or this one from 2009, or this update from 2011, where I introduced the all-important “Getting Started” page. Today, I’m so excited to unveil one of SPI’s most dramatic makeovers yet—all thanks to a few powerful tools, the awesome team at RocketCode.io, and your feedback. In this episode, I’m not only going to walk you through what is different about the brand-new site, but also why it’s different. I’ll cover the tools I used to learn what features needed improvement, my major goals for the new site, and how it’s all going to […]

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Buying Vs. Leasing – How To Get a $270K Aston Martin DB11 for FREE!

Yesterday, I did a vlog on whether I should get a another car. In today’s video, I discuss whether you should buy a new car or lease a new car. I also show you to get a brand new $270K Aston Martin DB11 for free. No, it’s not with MOBE Motors. Watch the video to see how it’s done. How To Live The Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle I have many internet products and services that makes me money while I’m sleeping. Continuity affiliate programs like Aweber, LeadPages, ClickFunnel, MOBE, and others ensure a steady flow of income no matter what I’m doing or where I am in the world. Of all the programs, MOBE has consistently been one of the highest earners. It’s the program I recommend for new and experienced Internet marketers. The best way to start is by applying for the 21 Step System. This is a step […]

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