How a Beautiful Mess Became a Beautifully Diverse Business Empire – with Emma and Trey

Emma Chapman: You should tell him. We just hit a milestone early today. Trey George: Oh yeah. Literally. Pat Flynn: What’s the milestone? Trey: We just hit 10 million installs on A Color Story. Pat: Are you serious, 10 million? Trey: Yeah, today. Pat: 10 million installs. Emma: Today. So we’re going to go get lunch after this. Pat: Oh my gosh, congratulations. I have so many questions about this. Trey: Thank you very much. Pat: First of all, that’s wonderful . . . This is part of a conversation that I just had with Emma and Trey, a wife and husband team who had built an app that is one of their many, many, many different things that they have in their portfolio of income streams in their business. This app in particular is called A Color Story, just hit 10 million installs. As you can tell, I’m a […]

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How to Build a Software Company—the Story of JungleScout with Greg Mercer

Pat Flynn: Some of the most interesting stories here on The Smart Passive Income Podcast are stories behind how certain software companies have come to be. We’ve had Clay Collins, who was introduced in Episode 78. We’ve had Nathan Berry on the show to talk about how he bootstrapped ConvertKit. And now today we have an amazing story behind JungleScout—that is a analytical tool . . . an analytical tool—that’s kind of hard to say—for people who are doing business on Amazon. It helps you do keyword research and understand competition and potential sales, numbers for various product that are on there. And if you’re doing any sort of business on Amazon, you probably want to know about it if you don’t know already. And today I’m going to be interviewing and getting the origin story of this piece of software that has grown so big, and I just love […]

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My Top 10 Favorite Apps on My Phone (And Why I Love ’em So Much)

Mobile apps can make a world of difference in your personal and business life. Here are my top 10 favorite mobile apps on my phone right now. Start downloading! Pat Flynn September 24, 2018 In June 2014, I shared my top ten favorite apps on my phone. But, since it’s now 2018, I thought it would be fun to share an update on what apps I am using and loving today—from productivity apps to writing apps and more. All of these mobile apps make my personal life and business life better, so open up your app store because you’re going to want to start downloading! Here’s a list of my top ten favorite applications on my iPhone right now, and why I love them so much: 10. Slack Since building a small team to help me with my projects, I’ve learned the importance of organized communication—convenient and sorted conversations between team members with […]

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SPI 314: From Clients to Passive Income—Productize Your Business with Brian Casel

Today we have a return appearance from an amazing past guest—Brian Casel. I’ve had a lot of people asking me to bring him back to talk about how to take your service-based business and turn that business into a product, or into something that can be scaled and automated. We’ll cover all of that, plus how to hire for and manage your productized business, why Brian is delving into the software field, and more! We really get deep in the weeds in this conversation. For example, we’ll be talking about how to get over the fear of hiring or being a manager for the first time, so that you’re not the one doing all the work anymore. The goal is to have people or software or other tools that can do it for you so that you can get a little bit of time back, work on the bigger decisions […]

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Launch Your Product with Crowdfunding | The $1 Million LEGO Wall

Whenever I travel anywhere, I bring my laptop, and on my laptop there’s a laptop cover that everyone seems to ask about. It comes from Brik Book, and it’s a LEGO-compatible cover. It’s awesome. I interviewed the founder of Brik Book, Brett Miller, way back on Smart Passive Income Podcast Session #217, and since then he’s been doing even more to grow the company, including a new product that was recently released called Brik Tile. Using the same launch model, he utilized Kickstarter, and crushed it. I wanted to bring Brett back on the blog today to write a guest post related to his crowdfunding journey, and how we might be able to follow his lead. He’s got an amazing and incredibly detailed overview of the entire process for you below, so if you’re looking to launch your new product soon, pay attention. Here’s Brett Miller, founder of Brik, with […]

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Physical Product Experiment [PPE #2] – Validation and Feedback

Welcome to the second edition of the Physical Product Experiment! In this series, I will be exploring and experimenting my way through a brand new realm for me: a physical product. In case you missed the first Physical Product Experiment [PPE #1] post, you can check that out here. To help ease you into this second post, I want to share a quick recap on what it is I am experimenting with, why I am doing it, and what it means for you! But before I do that, I want to thank those who’ve already signed up to be a part of the initial feedback group for this physical product. You will, with the help of the productivity calendar, be writing the first draft of a book in ninety days. That’s awesome, and I’m so excited to see what you’ll write. Remember this: You are the glue that holds this […]

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SPI 244: Bootstrapping a Startup with Nathan Barry from ConvertKit

Nathan Barry is back, and in this episode, he’s giving you a look under the hood at his own email marketing company, ConvertKit. If you’ve ever wondered how to bootstrap a business, this is the episode for you. Nathan has built and grown ConvertKit using customer funding and money from his own pocket—and that’s all. He’s here today to reveal how he did it, and what you should expect when bootstrapping a business of your own. You’ll learn how he structures his business, how it’s grown, where it’s headed, who gets paid when, and lots, lots more. As an advisor and current customer of ConvertKit, I’ve watched Nathan accomplish amazing things with his business. Don’t miss this story—you just might hear a few things that’ll inspire your own business growth, too! 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 […]

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Validating a Product and the Story of SumoJerky with Noah Kagan – SPI TV, Ep. 38

This week on SPI TV, I’ve got the amazing Noah Kagan with me for a very special live appearance. Noah is the founder of AppSumo, and he’s here to share his incredibly valuable experience with vetting and testing business ideas. With the release of Will It Fly? is just around the corner, I knew it was time to dig into this idea of product validation with you guys. As Noah says, it’s so easy to become trapped in a state of “playing business”—spinning your wheels and avoiding risks rather than doing business. Noah relates his advice for getting out of those ruts and taking meaningful action on your business ideas. He also shares the great story behind one of his latest businesses, SumoJerky, and what that experience taught him—even as a seasoned entrepreneur. Take a look! And here’s my podcast interview with Noah on SPI 071. Thanks so much for watching SPI TV, and be sure to subscribe (via YouTube or iTunes) to get new […]

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(Updated Recording) Types of Passive Income Generated Online and What to Expect From Each – Part 3

Today’s episode is the final chapter in my revamped, three-part series on getting started with your own passive income business. Part one brought you the basics, exploring what to put in place before creating your business. Part two walked you through building an audience once you’ve laid your foundation and a few different models for generating passive income. In part three, I’ll explore even more passive income business models that will help you break free from trading your time for money. I’ll explore how to get started with membership sites, software, and productizing other freelance services. Each of these passive income models allows you to put in time up front, reap long-term profit, and experience the flexibility and freedom that makes the passive income lifestyle so incredible. No matter what approach you choose for your online business, I hope this series inspires you to take the plunge! Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. […]

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Solving a Problem by Building It Yourself – ConvertKit with Nathan Barry

You might remember today’s guest from Episode 75, where he revealed how he built a six-figure business selling e-books. Nathan Barry is back again today, but not to talk about e-books—he has embarked on a totally new adventure. Nathan is the mind behind ConvertKit, a brand-new email software product that I now use every day. With his e-book business enjoying major success (revenue has doubled since his last episode!), Nathan decided to get back to his roots: software development. Nathan was frustrated. None of the big-name email software out there seemed to be built for him as a blogger. So he built the software he wanted to use, consulting with fellow online business owners along the way. He navigated the highly competitive market of email software and focused on creating a product for one, specific audience—and it worked. Today, Nathan is going to share how he surveyed prospective customers and built trust in […]

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