From Prison to Y Combinator Graduate to Megamillion-Dollar Business

Andrew Medal chats with Frederick Hutson, the co-founder and CEO of Pigeonly. Hutson created a multimillion-dollar business after going to prison for five years. May 18, 2018 1 min read Frederick is the CEO and founder of Pigeonly, a low-cost communication and financial services platform that makes it easy for people to support an incarcerated loved one. He came up with the idea after serving time in the federal penitentiary for distributing 3,000 kilograms of weed. Hutson leads a growing team of over 20 people from Pigeonly’s Las Vegas headquarters and has raised over $5 million in funding from investors including Erik Moore (Base VC) and Mitch Kapor (Lotus). Related: This Entrepreneur Was Down to His Last Cent When He Got an Order for His First Product. Now, His Company Is Worth More Than $28 Million. Read_more Related posts: SPI 263: Laddering Up: How to Build a 7-Figure Business by Building […]

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You’re Thinking About the Career Ladder All Wrong

My experiences breaking through the glass ceiling showed me there is no one ladder to success. May 18, 2018 6 min read The questions aspiring CEOs ask about how to get to the corner office are all wrong — especially for women. Newly minted professional women ask for tips on breaking the glass ceiling, finding a work-life balance and plotting out every rung on the ladders they hope to climb. Alas, no ladder looks the same. If you want to move up, you have to find one foothold after another, pushing forward from the places where you happen to find yourself. Related: This Tech Founder Was Often the Only Woman in the Room When She Started Her Company. Here’s Her Advice for Young Entrepreneurs. This is how I did it. It’s not conventional. Along the way, the unlikeliest places and moments pushed me forward. It’s been a process of constant learning, but […]

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SPI 318: Modern Mindfulness with Melissa Monte—An SPI Student and Her Successful Start

I’ve had a lot of requests for episodes like this, so we’re doing something a little different today. We’re talking to Melissa Monte, a student of my Power-Up Podcasting Fast Track Workshop. Her podcast, Mind Love, launched soon after, and she’s here to share how she created her vibrant and successful podcast from scratch. I wanted to bring Melissa on today to talk about what she’s learned, what she has planned for the future, and how she’s progressing. It gets pretty personal too. Melissa talks about some of the darker years of her life, and how she was able to overcome them and create a whole new perspective. We go into why she decided to launch a podcast, and why podcasting specifically is helping her fulfill her life’s mission. Now that Melissa has a growing audience, I also offer some help and advice for next steps so that she can […]

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This Entrepreneur Was Down to His Last Cent When He Got an Order for His First Product. Now, His Company Is Worth More Than $28 Million.

Andrew Medal chats with Aubrey Marcus about the inception of lifestyle brand Onnit, where he derives his creativity and building a multimillion-dollar business. May 11, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. Since its founding, Onnit has become an industry leader with over 250 products ranging from peak performance supplements to foods, fitness equipment and apparel. Inspired by his lifelong experience as a multisport athlete — as well as his background in ancient philosophy — Marcus’s goal was to create a company that empowered customers to achieve their fullest human potential. With the launch of the firm’s flagship supplement Alpha BRAIN in 2011, Onnit was born. Marcus currently hosts The Aubrey Marcus Podcast, a destination for conversations with the brightest minds in athletics, […]

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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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After Close to 20 Years as an Entrepreneur, This Founder Still Learns From His Team

Eric Sui sits down with the CEO of Conversion Logic to talk about the beginnings of his company. May 3, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Eric Siu sits down with entrepreneur Brian Baumgart to talk about his rise from a young college grad to accomplished businessman. Baumgart is CEO of Conversion Logic, which focuses on data and analytics.  Baumgart talks about his experience starting a company with his college pals in California to eventually moving through many different other ventures. He cites the importance of bringing on great people that fit into your company’s culture and values. Click play to hear more from Baumgart and Siu’s conversation.  Related: 7 Business Growth Secrets From Successful Entrepreneurs Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively […]

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle Reveals the Art of Being a Self-Made Millionaire

Andrew Medal sits down with rapper Nipsey Hussle to discuss how gang life catapulted his success, his latest album ‘Victory Lap’ and his various businesses, including a blockchain-specific startup. April 20, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Nipsey Hussle is arguably hip-hop’s hottest star right now, with his much-anticipated album release of Victory Lap. Hussle has been making his name from a steady stream of mixtapes including 2013’s Crenshaw, which he sold at $100 a pop, netting $100,000 in the process. He’s collaborated with artists like YG, Diddy and Jeezy. His record label All In Records recently partnered with Atlantic Records to increase his distribution, and he’s turning the industry on its head by owning the rights to his music. He’s an entrepreneur in every sense with multiple businesses including his record label and his clothing brand The Marathon Company, and he’s even an […]

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How to Win — and Why You Fail

April 8, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes It’s been a while since I’ve recorded a solo round for the podcast, but I had something to say that got me fired up. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between surviving versus thriving — in business and life. It makes a massive difference in how you experience each day, as well as each year, but it really doesn’t take too much adjustment to flip from one to the other. This one shift in my life has made a huge difference, so I wanted to record an episode where I break down how to do this. Most of the powerful advice I’ve been given in my life has been really simple. And this is no different. But it makes the biggest difference day in and day out in my results. I’m giving you my very […]

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SPI 311: How to Build an Audience with Your Hobby

Have you ever considered starting a podcast? Do you wonder what it’s like to get going? Are you thinking of trying to build an audience out of your hobby? Today’s guest—Phil Lichtenberger of Scanner School—can give you some insight into that experience. You might also be scratching your heads as to what the scanner radio hobby is, and Phil will explain all of that in today’s episode. He’s just started building his business, and while it’s not super-successful yet, he’s well on his way. Scanner radio is certainly a niche hobby, but Phil’s managing to build a growing audience out of it. He’s been consistent every week with his podcast, and he’s up to Episode 10 already (at the time of this recording). He’s having a lot of fun, but he has a lot of questions to ask too. To put it bluntly: Phil’s in the thick of it. I […]

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Is SPI Better Than Business School? 9 Lessons One Reader Used to Grow His Business

Better than business school? Read about how Salo Mizrachi grew his family business to six-figures and doubled it using 9 lessons he learned from Smart Passive Income. Pat Flynn March 5, 2018 Welcome to our first of (hopefully) many SPI community member features! On our SPI Facebook Group, we have over 30,000 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 Salo Mizrachi and his business, EzPacking. 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! In 2015, Salo Mizrachi took over his family business, grew it to six-figures in 2016, and doubled that […]

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SPI 303: How a Loan Signing Agent Built a $30K per Month Business

As outlined in my book, Will It Fly?, validation is key, and with me today are two guests who have used that strategy to build an incredible business: Mark Wills and Roman Rosario of Loan Signing System. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] What started as a simple idea turned into a robust online business that’s changed the lives of tons of people, earning Mark and Roman over $30K per month as a result. This episode is a lot of fun, loaded with tips and strategies for online courses, validation, and building an online business organically. How Mark and I connected is kind of a funny story—Mark was actually the agent who oversaw me signing documents for our first rental property. Through that meeting we discovered that we have a love of building online courses. I have both Mark and his business […]

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SPI 299: The Humble Beginnings of Hmong Baby

The road to beginning a successful online business is full of hard lessons. I’m kicking off the new year with a story about learning, making mistakes, and succeeding anyway. I’m sitting down with the founders of Hmong Baby, a couple who, after experimentation and validation, were able to have enormous success with their products. Welcome to 2018! Hmong Baby is a brand that helps bring the Hmong culture together, spreading and preserving that culture by teaching kids about it. They started out with flashcards, and they recently launched their first board book. Awesome! I’m super stoked to introduce Mykou and Touger to you. They’re going to talk about how they got started with this business, why, after a number of failures, they landed on this idea, and what inspired them. They’re sharing the ideas behind some of their recent launches and campaigns, what apps they used to boost their success, […]

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SPI 288: Interview with Bec and Joe from The 4 Blades

This is a fun one! I’m sitting down with Bec and Joe Winston, the brains behind The 4 Blades, a brand in a niche that I never knew existed. What is that niche? It’s a kitchen appliance called the Thermomix. You’ve probably never heard of Thermomixes, but Bec and Joe have built a vibrant digital publication, podcast, and community around them. Bec and Joe’s brand is an incredible success story, and it just goes to show what you can accomplish when you focus on what you’re passionate about. They have a successful brand because of their amazing personalities and perseverance—all in a realm I never even knew about. They are truly living the lifestyle they want, and it’s all because of the action they’ve taken and the value they provide. Hopefully you’ll all be motivated and inspired after hearing this episode. Enjoy! And don’t forget to check out my new […]

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My August 2017 Monthly Income Report

The post My August 2017 Monthly Income Report from The Smart Passive Income Blog. Read_more Related posts: My June 2017 Monthly Income Report My November 2017 Monthly Income Report My August 2015 Monthly Income Report My August 2016 Monthly Income Report My February 2017 Monthly Income Report My September 2017 Monthly Income Report My May 2017 Monthly Income Report My July 2017 Monthly Income Report

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SPI 265: Shane and Jocelyn Sams and Their Awesome Advertising Strategy

Smart Passive Income Podcast superstars Shane and Jocelyn Sams have returned! It’s been almost three years since they joined me for Episode 122, and today, the Sams duo is back with an update on their online business journey and advertising strategy that I know you’re going to love. Shane and Jocelyn were both teachers before diving into online business. They took their education expertise, including their insider knowledge of what teachers need, and used it to build a wildly successful line of digital products. Their business has since grown to include Flipped Lifestyle, a hub for aspiring online entrepreneurs chasing the passive income lifestyle. They continue to grow their business thanks in part to their clever advertising strategy, and that’s what they’re here to talk about today. Creating lucrative, relevant ads is a great way to draw more eyes and ears to your business while generating passive income. Through smart testing and a […]

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SPI 257: The Incredible Story Behind Kelsey Baldwin’s Business, Paper and Oats

Sometimes, when life throws us a curveball, taking a risk on a brand new entrepreneurial journey is the last thing on our minds. That wasn’t the case for Kelsey Baldwin of Paper & Oats, who rebounded from a major setback by selling digital products and courses online. Kelsey made the leap into entrepreneurship after learning she was going to be a single mom. It was a shocking turn of events for Kelsey, but thanks to some expert planning, drive, and skill as a graphic designer, she transitioned from her nine-to-five job at a design agency to freelancing and selling her designs online. Today, she continues to run a thriving business educating fellow designers through her online courses and selling digital products through Etsy and PaperandOats.com. Kelsey’s resourcefulness and resilience is so inspirational to online entrepreneurs like me. Listen in to hear her advice for recovering from life’s setbacks, and how she’s built a thriving online empire one piece […]

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SPI 250: Stories of Failure that Turned Into Something Great

I love sharing success stories here on the Smart Passive Income Podcast. But how often do you get to hear entrepreneurs open up about their failures? That’s what I’m exploring in today’s episode, thanks to ten brave folks who submitted stories about their darkest moments. Today’s guests have survived some extreme low points—everything from divorce and getting laid off to getting robbed and living out of a car. Every single one of them, however, made it through to better times. You’ll hear how they outmaneuvered business setbacks, pivoted into new careers, rediscovered their joy, and so much more. If you’re going through a stressful time right now, I hope these stories (including a few of my own) remind you that great things can come out of tough situations. Hang in there, and I’ll catch you in 2017! Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to […]

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SPI 238: How Marco Schwartz Built a Business Based on the Internet of Things

I love sharing success stories from Smart Passive Income Podcast listeners. I’m constantly amazed at the creativity and drive of this community, and this week’s guest is no exception. Here today is Open Home Automation‘s Marco Schwartz, an online entrepreneur who teaches others how to program their own home automation systems using simple tutorials and tools. Before he started his business, Marco loved using his programming expertise to connect different home automation systems for even greater ease of use—building an “Internet of Things,” as it’s often called. He began building tutorials for his favorite projects and posting them online for other passionate programmers to learn. Within a year, OpenHomeAutomation.net went from 20 visitors a day to 2,000. Marco found success by consistently providing value to his audience, optimizing his website and business processes, and carving out space in a niche he loved. His story is the perfect lesson for online entrepreneurs everywhere—just listen in! Thanks […]

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SPI 237: An Online Business Success Story. . .in Knitting, with Lauren from Girly Knits

Online business owners often say that you can build a successful business in any niche—even “in knitting,” as the cliché goes. Well, today’s guest proves it can be done: She’s built a booming online business creating totally awesome knitting patterns, and she’s here to tell us how it’s done. Lauren creates custom knitting patterns and earns a passive income selling them through her website, Girly Knits. Thanks to smart strategy, some clever branding, and one very successful owl hat, Lauren has carved out a unique place in her niche and turned a profit doing what she loves most. (She even scored a spot on a reality TV show for knitting all-stars—and won!) Lauren’s story is proof that with the right strategy, any passion can become a profitable online business. Tune in to hear her straightforward approach to branding her business, building her audience across multiple social channels, and navigating the challenges of working from home. Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me […]

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SPI 234: Teens Can Be Entrepreneurs Too, with Eva Baker

Eva Baker is one special entrepreneur. She runs a successful blog. She started her own conference. She does consulting. And did I mention she started it all while still a teenager? Eva is the brain behind The Teenpreneur Conference and the money management blog, TeensGotCents.com. Since catching the entrepreneurial bug at age fifteen, Eva’s been paving her own way in the business world, learning how to grow her business, and defying the notion that teenagers can’t be successful entrepreneurs. Eva joins me today to share her entrepreneurial origin story, words of wisdom for her fellow teenpreneurs (and their parents), and a few of the important business lessons she’s learned from her journey so far. As someone who didn’t discover entrepreneurship until my twenties, I’m blown away by Eva’s focus and commitment to pursuing her dream. Whether you started your business career at fourteen or forty, you’ll want to hear Eva’s story! Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. […]

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