The Smart Passive Income Online Business and Blogging Podcast

By Pat Flynn

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Pat Flynn from The Smart Passive Income Blog reveals all of his online business and blogging strategies, income sources and killer marketing tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve with your online business or blog. Discover how you can create multiple passive income streams that work for you so that you can have the time and freedom to do what you love, whether it's traveling the world, or just living comfortably at home. Although Pat confesses he is not a millionaire, he's been supporting his family 100% with passive income generated online, easily earning a six-figure salary while working only a few hours a week. Automation, outsourcing, crowdsourcing, search engine optimization, building authority and trust, niche sites, social media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcasting, eBooks, online courses, affiliate marketing, getting things done and everything that works (and doesn't work) to help you better understand how to crush it with your online business.
June 20, 2018
If you’ve listened to the show before, you’ve probably heard me talk about affiliate marketing. But what about the other side? What if you have a product—like a course or a new book—that you own and you want other people to promote it? How do you find those people? What should their commission be? Learn the answer to these questions and more with today’s special guest Matt McWilliams. Every time I’ve done a joint affiliate promotion over the last few years, Matt’s been there. In fact, he’s been behind some of the largest collaborative affiliate promotions I’ve ever been a part of. He’s helped promote Michael Hyatt’s products and a few others too, helping them make millions of dollars in the process. He’s here today to tell you how to find people to become affiliates for your products, even if you’re just getting started. (And if you are just getting started, Matt has a special challenge for you, so make sure you listen to the end!) He’s also delving into a whole array of strategies and nitty-gritty tactics for starting your affiliate program and making the most of the affiliate relationships you create. Even if you don’t have any products to sell yet, this episode will have you primed to take advantage of that process in the future. Working with affiliates is one of the best strategies for growing your online business, and it can be as fun as it is rewarding. Let’s dive in! Check out Matt’s free report for finding affiliates for your business at MattMcWilliams.com/spi. If you haven’t subscribed yet, please do, and be sure to check out the archives for more great episodes. You can subscribe via iTunes right here. A lot of listeners have been asking me about how to start a podcast. If you’re wondering too then you’re in luck, because I have a free, three-day mini course that will get you up and running! Podcasting is an amazing way to share a message and connect with more people—it’s been life changing for me. Just go to HowtoStartaPodcast.com to get started! Today have a special announcement. If you haven’t heard, it’s been ten years since I got let go from my job, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I celebrate Let Go Day every year, and this year I’m launching something special: A Kickstarter campaign for the first ever hardcover, coffee table-style edition of Let Go. This book is all about my journey from getting let go to becoming an entrepreneur. Most importantly, it’s about letting go of who you thought you were supposed to be and moving forward. For anyone looking for a boost of energy, you can grab the hardcover edition in this campaign. You can also get a special limited edition of the book, tickets to my first ever live event next year, access to me as a coach or speaker, and more! Check that out at SmartPassiveIncome.com/tenyears. Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on AskPat.com. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or download our mobile app. Special thanks to Matt McWilliams for joining me this week. Until next time! Download the TranscriptRead through the whole episode, from start to finish.Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.You'll LearnHow Matt McWilliams went from golf instructor to affiliate marketing expert.How to start your affiliate marketing program without spending a penny.The easiest way to find affiliates for your product or service.What (beyond a link) to provide to your affiliates.What to do if there's no affiliate program automatically connected to your product.What to pay your affiliates, and why affiliates are essential for your business's growth.How to encourage your affiliates to promote heavily and effectively in a short time period.Why the lead up time to a launch is the most important for affiliate strategies.Why Matt and his team are using more direct mail leading up to launches (rather than email).The biggest mistakes you can make with your affiliates (and how to avoid them).Why you should share testimonials and results with your affiliates, and more!ResourcesMatt McWilliamswhois.domaintools.comconnect.data.comSales Navigator for Gmail (Rapportive)Matt McWilliams’s Resources for SPI ListenersiDevAffiliateInfluence by Robert CialdiniHow to Start a Podcast in Three Days
June 18, 2018
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 VIP tickets to my first-ever live event in San Diego, you can get $100 off my course, Smart From Scratch, you can get digital and audio versions of Let Go—you can even get access to me as a speaker, coach, and more! Celebrate ten years with me! Go to SmartPassiveIncome.com/10years to learn more. Thanks so much for being part of this journey with me. I hope that I can be a part of your let go journey too! Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.
June 13, 2018 · transcript
The other day I asked my Uber driver if he’d ever heard of a guy named Harry Campbell. “Isn’t that The Rideshare Guy?” he asked. And that’s exactly who we have on the podcast today! Harry is the creator of TheRidshareGuy.com and author of The Rideshare Guide and he helps people who drive for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft. He shows them how to make more money—essentially how to have a better career driving for rideshare services. I also caught up with him recently on an episode of Tactics in a Tesla on my YouTube channel—if you’ve ever been interested in driving for Lyft or Uber, that episode is a great place to start. I just had to get Harry on the podcast as well, so today we’re talking about how he did this, how he’s growing his blog, and how he’s serving over 200,000 unique visitors per month. Harry’s story is so much more than just a story about a rideshare guy—this is an inspiring journey for anyone who’s thinking about launching a business in a niche market. This is a great example of how to stand out, how to monetize, ways to think about your content strategy, and so much more. We even talk about how someone could use rideshare driving as a way to network and even sell for your business. There’s a lot to dive into today, so let’s get to it! I want to give a big shout out to my email service provider, ConvertKit, for just being on top of it. I’m sure you’ve heard about the recent GDPR stuff—well they were some of the first to come out with information about how to stay on top of that. This tool is amazing for getting your email list up and running and it’s full of fantastic automation features like tagging and segmenting. If you want to get a forty-five day free trial—you can’t get this anywhere else—check it out at SmartPassiveIncome.com/convertkit45. [Full Disclosure: I’m a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.] Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on AskPat.com. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or download our mobile app. Special thanks to Harry Campbell for joining me this week. Until next time! Download the TranscriptRead through the whole episode, from start to finish.Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.You'll LearnHow Harry transitioned from a career in aerospace engineering to the world of Lyft and Uber.How Harry validated his rideshare blog before he launched it.What strategies Harry uses to get feedback from the rideshare community.How to stand out when you're getting established in any niche.How a missed high-level media opportunity pushed Harry to quit his day job.What revenue streams Harry created for his business and how they work.How Harry's team is structured, and when and why he decided to outsource help.How Harry strategizes his rideshare content.Why Harry wrote his new book, The Rideshare Guide.How rideshare driving can open up opportunities to sell, network, validate, and more!ResourcesThe Rideshare GuyHow an Uber Driver Became The Rideshare Guy YouTube VideoThe Rideshare Guy PodcastThe Rideshare Guy on YouTubeRideshare Insurance ResourceThe Rideshare GuideConvertKit for SPI Listeners
June 6, 2018
There is one aspect of running a business that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough, and that’s public relations (PR) and mainstream media. It’s also something that I don’t teach, and that’s because, hey, I don’t know it. But I have someone on the show today who is a media and PR wizard—Christina Nicholson, from MediaMavenandMore.com, and she’s about to deliver a masterclass in business PR. I think it’s safe to say that most of us want more media exposure, we just have no idea how to go about getting it. Well, Christina’s about to give us the rundown, which is good because the media and PR world changes super fast. Christina was on the show just two years ago, and she’s already back because she has so much new information to share. Whether you’re just starting out or you have a reputable brand that you know could benefit from better exposure, you owe it to yourself to get out there and start driving traffic to your website through media and PR. As Christina says in the episode, don’t be afraid to promote yourself and put yourself out there. The worst that can happen is people say no. I’m so thrilled to have Christina back on the show today, so don’t miss out—put that phone in your pocket and let’s get started! If you want to get a taste of what Christina’s mentorship program is like, you can get exclusive access to the first couple modules at MediaMavenandMore.com/spi. Christina is a member of my Accelerator Program and a student of mine. I’m not an affiliate or an official partner of Media Maven, but I certainly encourage you to check that out—it’s awesome. Thanks so much for this special inside look, Christina! I know a lot of you are starting out in your email marketing journey, and to help you do that I highly recommend ConvertKit. They have the most amazing customer service—if you’re just starting out, or even if you’re migrating from another internet service provider, they’ll get you set up super quickly. Plus the platform itself is super intuitive: You’ll be up and running in no time. They also do a ton in terms of educating their customers with the latest trends in email marketing and more, because they want to see you do well. You can get a free, 45-day free trial by going to SmartPassiveIncome.com/convertkit45. Check it out! [Full Disclosure: I’m a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.] Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on AskPat.com. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or download our mobile app. Special thanks to Christina Nicholson for joining me this week. Until next time! Download the TranscriptRead through the whole episode, from start to finish.Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.You'll LearnHow to utilize mainstream media and PR if you're just starting out.The difference between your own, earned, and paid media, and when to use which.What you should know about journalists and reporters in terms of your PR.Strategies for finding the best media channels and reaching your ideal customers.How personal branding factors into the 2018 media/PR field.How to effectively pitch to and network with media/PR contacts.What you should do beyond simply sharing your exposure to maximize its effectiveness.How your online presence can make or break your PR reach.Strategies and tips for using HARO (Help a Reporter Out) for media and PR exposure.How to seize the opportunity and make the most of viral exposure.Why becoming a member of the media can boost your credibility, and more!ResourcesMediaMavenandMore.comHAROMedia Maven and More for SPI ListenersConvertKit for SPI Listeners
May 30, 2018 · transcript
Noah Kagan’s back today to talk about online viral contests and giveaways: a slice of the marketing pie that’s often overlooked. These are contests or giveaways in which the audience can take actions to gain more entries, which in turn spreads the word about the contest itself even more. It’s a fantastic, symbiotic strategy that I’ve used very successfully myself in growing my YouTube channel (now over 100k subscribers!). Plus, Noah’s got an amazing contest to announce today as well—enter for a chance to win all of my courses, a year of KingSumo Pro, and a year subscription to my Smart Podcast Player—a combined value over $1,500! [See below for rules and disclaimer.] Noah and his team developed a tool called KingSumo, and it’s amazing. It can help you grow your YouTube channel, podcast subscribers, and social media following simultaneously. Plus, it’s completely free, it’s web-based, and it’s super effective. I’ve used it to attract as many as 1,000 new subscribers in a single day! Marketing through contests and giveaways has been essential for Noah; it’s actually been responsible for 30 percent of revenue for AppSumo, one of his companies. Today, he’s breaking down how KingSumo can be used to create viral online contests. He’s also walking us through some of the ways that viral giveaways work so well, tips and tricks for your own giveaways, and what’s next for KingSumo. If you want to learn how to grow your online following fast, this is the episode for you! Make sure you check out Noah’s tips below for some fast-paced takeaways that you can refer back to after you listen to the episode! And if you want a free checklist, head over to KingSumo.com/spi. I want to give a quick shout out to another amazing tool I love–Teachable. From an insider perspective, Teachable has amazing tools to help course creators better serve their students. I’m so grateful for this company. They’re constantly introducing new features because we, the course creators, request them. They love helping us to help our students succeed. If you’re thinking about creating an online course and want a platform that’s super easy to use, check out Teachable.com/pat and you’ll get some freebies as well. Create Your Own Contest with KingSumo & Win BIG! One thing I love about having Noah on the show is that he always leaves us with a challenge. The first time he was on the show (Episode 71) he challenged the audience to get over the fear of asking for things by asking for a discount at Starbucks. Well, Noah’s got another challenge for us today, and this time the prize is big. If you win, you get access to all of my courses, plus a year subscription to my Smart Podcast Player, and a year subscription to KingSumo Pro. That’s right, all of my courses: 1•2•3 Affiliate Marketing, Smart From Scratch, Power-Up Podcasting, a year of my Smart Podcast Player premium podcast player, and a year of KingSumo Pro. I’ll even include my Advanced Power-Up Podcasting course, which releases later this year. This prize package is worth over $1,500! We’re running this contest for two weeks starting today, and on June 13, Noah and I will select a winner. (Don’t worry, we won’t be selecting based on the number of entries you get to your contest—that wouldn’t be fair.) All you have to do to enter is listen to this episode, create a contest with KingSumo, and link to it in the show notes. That’s it! At the very least, we hope this encourages you to take action and try running an online contest on your own. Don’t forget to check out Noah’s tips below, and his free tip sheet at KingSumo.com/spi. Disclaimer There are multiple legal considerations that you should familiarize yourself with before deciding to run a contest or giveaway online. KingSumo will provide you with some great information, however please consult with your own legal counsel and/or attorney as applies to your own situation before running an online contest or giveaway. I will not be held liable for any damages incurred as a result of using KingSumo or running your own contest or giveaway online. Noah’s Tips So, a lot of people ask themselves, “do viral giveaways really work?” Well the short answer is yes, they absolutely do. But beyond that, here are three common misconceptions about viral giveaways and/or contests, as well as some useful tips: Misconception 1: People Who Enter Giveaways are Bad Subscribers This one is the big one—a lot of people think that the people who enter giveaways are just looking for a freebie, and so they’re not “real” subscribers. However, KingSumo has found that as many as 40-50 percent of giveaway subscribers stay on board; contest subscribers have been responsible for 30 percent of AppSumo’s revenue! To make the most of your new subscribers: Use a double opt-in procedure via email. Give away a narrow product your ideal customers would be excited about but others wouldn’t—so products that are specific to your audience. Three months after your giveaway, unsubscribe anyone who hasn’t opened or clicked any emails (you can do this through most email service providers). Misconception 2: You Need a Huge Audience This is absolutely not true. If you have small audience, here’s nine things you can do for free to boost your contest or giveaway: Post on your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Post the day before your giveaway ends. Email your mailing list. Add a badge to your website (use Sumo.com). Grab your LinkedIn Contacts and email them (recommended to only do this once—don’t spam!). Text ten people on your phone. Post in Facebook groups relevant to your giveaway. Submit your contest/giveaway on a subreddit like /r/giveaways or /r/gardening. Make a YouTube video about your giveaway. Misconception 3: You Need a Huge Prize This is 100 percent not true. Noah’s proof: He got 6,411 email subscribers by giving away a Seth Godin book collection that cost him $60! How to Start a Giveaway with KingSumo Go to KingSumo.com and sign up for a free account. Start simple: Give away an hour of your consulting time, a free product, or a free book collection. Configure bonus entry options: These are things like Facebook likes, Instagram follows, YouTube subscriptions, and podcast listeners. One thing that a lot of people don’t realize is how much of your audience isn’t following you on other channels. Share your giveaway with your email list, social following, friends, etc, and keep sharing! For a free checklist of these tactics Go to KingSumo.com/spi. Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on AskPat.com. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or download our mobile app. Special thanks to Noah Kagan for joining me this week. Until next time! Download the TranscriptRead through the whole episode, from start to finish.Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.You'll LearnHow Noah discovered viral giveaways and created KingSumo.Why KingSumo is now a free app, and what's coming in its future.How to boost YouTube and social media subscribers, even if you don't have that many yet.Strategies for attracting subscribers from the start to the end of your giveaway.How long you should run your contest or giveaway for.How to convert subscribers into customers who make a real impact on your business.Why Noah is so excited about what's next for KingSumo.What Noah's working on personally, what charities he's passionate about, and more!ResourcesKing SumoApp SumoBriefcaseOKDork.comNoah Kagan PresentsNoah's YouTube ChannelSuper CoffeePower of Fully Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony SchwartzBo Bikes Bama CharityTeachable for SPI Listeners
May 23, 2018
James Schramko is as passionate about surfing as he is about working less, earning more, and helping people learn how to do exactly that. If you’ve ever wanted to design a truly fulfilling lifestyle, you’re going to want to take notes, because that’s what James is all about. James has been rocking it in online business for ten years now, and quite literally surfing the world at the same time. He’s been able to design the lifestyle he always wanted, but that didn’t happen overnight, and James strives to share what he’s learned. Whenever I hear him speak I’m at peak attention—his methods and mindsets are so powerful and inspirational. James is also the author of the new book Work Less, Make More, and that title pretty much sums up what he’s all about. James has shaped the lives of thousands of people by helping them build the lifestyles that they want to live. On today’s show, James describes how he went from being a top BMW salesman to owning his own business and redesigning his lifestyle. He lays down useful methods for reinvesting in your business, directing cash flow, and the business models he used to create a 99.9 percent recurring customer base. He also addresses the obstacles one might face when getting started and offers mindsets and tips for tackling them head-on. This episode is stuffed with so many amazing takeaways, I might even recommend listening twice. Enjoy! Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on AskPat.com. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or download our mobile app. Special thanks to James Schramko for joining me this week. Until next time! Download the TranscriptRead through the whole episode, from start to finish.Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.You'll LearnJames's story: How he reprogrammed and redesigned his life.How James built a business with 99.9 percent recurring customers.James's philosophy for reinvesting in your business and hiring a team.Which business models James uses and how he balances them.How to overcome obstacles to developing the life you truly desire.How to reevaluate your mindset about selling, and why it can be an ethical, noble thing to do.What amazing business lesson James learned from his very lazy boss.How James uses one podcast episode a week to drive his business, and more!ResourcesSuperFastBusiness.comWork Less, Make MoreSuper Fast Business PodcastGetting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got by J. AbrahamWill It Fly?ProBlogger Conference
May 16, 2018 · transcript
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 take things to the next level. I’m so thankful that my students—and all of you on Team Flynn—are action-takers. You can truly find yourself through the actions that you take, and courses can help you do that through accountability and the tools you gain as a result. Hopefully this episode inspires you to take action as well, whether you take one of my courses or not. Let’s get started! If you want to get started with a podcast of your own, check out my free, three-day training course, HowtoStartaPodcast.com. I’ll show you everything you need to know to get your podcast set up and running! I’m so glad that I finally got out of my own head and started producing online courses. In 2016, I realized that online courses could help so many people go deeper into the processes I teach, and the results have been amazing. If you’re interested in starting your own online courses, I’d highly recommend the platform I use—it’s called Teachable. It’s such an easy tool to use, and it adds so much value to the teaching process. I made over a million dollars in online course sales in 2017 alone, and Teachable has been a critical part of that. Check it out at Teachable.com/pat. [Full Disclosure: I’m a compensated advisor and an affiliate for Teachable.] Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on AskPat.com. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or download our mobile app. Special thanks to Melissa Monte for joining me this week. Until next time! Download the TranscriptRead through the whole episode, from start to finish.Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.You'll LearnHow Melissa conceptualized her podcast.What Melissa learned through my Power-Up Podcasting Fast Track course.Why Melissa landed on podcasting after several niche sites and blogs.Melissa's personal journey and how podcasting is helping her fulfill her mission in life.Melissa's advice for finding your happy zone.The challenges that Melissa has faced with her podcast and how she's overcome them.Strategies for monetizing your podcast and growing your community.How your community can influence future content and products, and more!ResourcesMind Love PodcastBonjoro for SPI ListenersHow to Start a PodcastTeachable for SPI Listeners
May 9, 2018 · transcript
Let’s go back in time to the day after I lost my architecture job. What would you say to me? That’s the thought experiment we’re running today with Roberto Blake, creative entrepreneur and founder of Awesome Creator Academy and Create Awesome Media. In my challenge to Roberto, he walks me through exactly what he’d suggest I do to get started building a personal brand (if it was the day after I got let go). He identifies the strategies, tactics, and mindset that any new entrepreneur should embrace, and highlights the shifting culture of modern business. Roberto has a reputation for building brands from the ground up and helping entrepreneurs make money with their creativity, and his game plans are spot-on. This episode is powerful listening, especially if you’re at the beginning of your journey. Even if you’re not, you’re going to gain some major insight from Roberto. Put that phone in your pocket and turn the volume up—you’re going to want to listen carefully to this one. I want to give a shout out to Nathan Barry of ConvertKit, who tweeted recently that ConvertKit has now hit $1 million in monthly recurring revenue. Huge congratulations to Nathan and the team! ConvertKit is the email service provider that I use. If you’re just building your email list and don’t have an email service provider yet, I recommend trying out ConvertKit. If you want a 45-day free trial, go to SmartPassiveIncome.com/convertkit45. You can’t get this anywhere else. They’ll give you everything you need to get your email list up and growing, so check it out! [Full Disclosure: I’m a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.] Next week we’re talking to a student of mine who’s just finding her stride. It’s going to be a great episode, so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out! Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on AskPat.com. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or download our mobile app. Special thanks to Roberto Blake for joining me this week. Until next time! Download the TranscriptRead through the whole episode, from start to finish.Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.You'll LearnWhy it's difficult for people to hold onto their creativity.Why falling in love with the process of creativity is much more critical than follower numbers.Tactics for getting started as a creative and building a personal brand.How 30 minutes is sometimes all you need to create something of worth.How the culture of business is shifting, and how to stay above the water.How to prove your expertise and value in your craft and industry.Why your body of work and reputation are your most important assets.How Roberto would coach me if we could go back in time to the day after I was let go.How Roberto plans out his content, how he balances quality and quantity, and more!ResourcesAwesome Creator AcademyCreate Awesome MediaRoberto Blake YouTubeHow to Get More YouTube Views, Subs & Money w/ Roberto Blake [Tactics in a Tesla]Master SketchUpConvertKit Trial for SPI Listeners
May 2, 2018
How do you take an idea and grow it into a six-figure business, a multiple six-figure business, and then scale it to a multiple seven-figure business? That’s what we’re talking about with today’s special guest: Nathan Chan, founder of Foundr Magazine. Foundr Magazine has turned into a powerhouse brand since I last spoke with Nathan (Episode 169). So much has happened! Today, Nathan is going to dish on all that he’s done, and all that he’s had to stop doing in order to grow. I’m basically just turning the mic over to Nathan so he can give us the scoop on what he’s learned, what he’s aiming for now, how he’s building his brand, and why his mission with Foundr has increased 100x. Stick that phone in your pocket and listen close, because this episode is stuffed with insights and powerful takeaways. That’s what Foundr is all about—helping entrepreneurs create a successful business. Nathan has a lot to share, so let’s get started! If you want to get a free, printed copy of the Richard Branson issue of Foundr, go to Foundr.com/branson (you only need to cover shipping and handling). And speaking of freebies, if you’ve ever been interested in starting a podcast, I have a free, three-day mini course for you. It’s structured to help you get your podcast up and running without getting overwhelmed. I’ll walk you through all the steps, hand-in-hand: Check it out at HowtoStartaPodcast.com. We talk a lot in this episode about scaling up and team building, and a common question I get is “how do you manage your content when you’re scaling up?” Well, I have an excellent solution for you: CoSchedule. This is the number one tool I’d recommend for content management—it’s great if you have a team or even if you’re just starting out. It helps you manage your content on WordPress, on social media, and more. There are so many useful features and automations within CoSchedule that I know will make your life easier, so check it out at SmartPassiveIncome.com/coschedule. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on AskPat.com. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or download our mobile app. Special thanks to Nathan Chan for joining me this week. Until next time! Download the TranscriptRead through the whole episode, from start to finish.Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.You'll LearnWhat Nathan's learned since we last spoke, and how he's grown Foundr so well.Why Nathan is shooting high with Foundr's mission to support new entrepreneurs.Why Foundr has branched into courses and what strategies it uses for them.Strategies and powerful mindsets for scaling your company.How Nathan built Foundr's company culture, and what he's learned in the process.Who Nathan's mentors are, and why he's a member of Entrepreneur's Organization.What strategy Nathan is using to scale his business, and what brands he's inspired by.What critical advice Nathan has for SPI listeners.How you can get a free copy of the most recent issue of Foundr, and more!ResourcesFoundrScaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't by Verne HarnishMitch HarperBigCommerceEntrepreneurs' OrganizationIntrepid TravelMasterClassSPI 169: How Nathan Chan Built a 6-Figure Digital Magazine and the Marketing Strategies We Can All UseOrder Foundr's First Printed IssueHow to Start a Podcast
April 25, 2018
Whitney Johnson is one of the Top 50 leading business thinkers in the world, according to Thinkers50. She’s an expert in disruptive innovation and personal disruption, and she’s here today to help us learn how to grow our businesses and understand the patterns we’re going through, especially when we’re starting something new. She’s also giving us a seven-point framework for working through essential disruption and creating change in our lives and businesses. Whitney’s story is filled with diverse entrepreneurial adventures. She got a degree in music, and ended up in New York City. In New York she discovered Wall Street and found her way to investment banking, became an award-winning equity research analyst, and then . . . she disrupted herself. She became an entrepreneur and co-founded an investment firm specializing in disruptive innovation. It was there that she had a huge “aha!”—the theory of disruption she was applying to products and services could also be used to manage change for individuals. Change is necessary and inevitable, especially in business. Did you know that pursuing a disruptive course increases your odds of success by six times, and your revenue potential by twenty? And actually, 70 percent of businesses end up with a strategy different than what they started with. You can begin to see why disruption is so critical. Listen closely, because Whitney is about to deliver a masterclass on disruption. Speaking of startups and bootstrapping, a huge shout out and and congratulations to Nathan Barry of ConvertKit, who tweeted recently that ConvertKit has now hit $1 million in monthly recurring revenue. Huge congratulations to Nathan and the team! ConvertKit is the email service provider that I use, and if you want a 45-day free trial, go to SmartPassiveIncome.com/convertkit45. You can’t get this anywhere else. They’ll give you everything you need to get your email list up and growing, so check it out! [Full Disclosure: I’m a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.] Next week we’re continuing this theme of growing and scaling companies, bringing someone back to the show who hasn’t been back in a while. The trajectory this guy has been on is insane—he’s grown his company to $1 million plus! Make sure you don’t miss it—subscribe and leave a review. Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on AskPat.com. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or download our mobile app. Special thanks to Whitney Johnson for joining me this week. Until next time! Download the TranscriptRead through the whole episode, from start to finish.Download the MP3 Audio FileListen to the episode however you like with the audio file.You'll LearnWhitney's journey from music major to entrepreneur, investor, and innovator.Why change is inevitable and necessary, and how to know when it's time to change.Why persisting can be just as important as disrupting ourselves.The difference between market risk and competitive risk, and which you should pursue.What the example of koalas can teach us about what our strengths are.Strategies for discovering your personal strengths.A seven-point framework for disrupting your life and creating change.How to turn your constraints to your advantage.How to battle entitlement and embrace humility in business.Why stepping back is critical for personal and business growth, and more!ResourcesWhitney JohnsonDisrupt Yourself PodcastS-Curve Locator DiagnosticThe Million Dollar Tweet VideoConvertKit Trial for SPI Listeners

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