AskPat 2.0: A Weekly Coaching Call on Online Business, Blogging, Marketing, and Lifestyle Design

Pat Flynn

I’m Pat Flynn, a regular guy who happens to be a successful online entrepreneur. You may know me from my other podcast, Smart Passive Income, which is consistently ranked as a #1 business podcast. I love hearing from my fans, and the opportunity to answer their questions was why I started the original AskPat podcast. After 1,000 very successful episodes, I’m making AskPat even better! AskPat 2.0 takes the AskPat template and goes deeper with a weekly coaching call between me and an entrepreneur just like you! I won't be able to coach everyone, but I'll do my best to feature entrepreneurs with questions other online business owners can relate to and learn from. If you’re stuck with your online business, just ask pat! Now, plug in those headphones because it’s time to learn together about online business, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, audience building, passive income, blogging, list building, virtual assistants, startups, search engine optimization, email marketing, and so much more. #askpat

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#1197 This month we've been bringing back people who've been coached on the show before to see how things are going. And today we're reconnecting with Jake Gosselin of Churchfront, which helps ministries lead gospel-centered, tech-savvy worship. To this point, Jake's business has centered around a membership program and online course. He also has a popular YouTube channel under the same name. The last time he was on the show we discussed how he could potentially offer another, high-ticket item on top of the membership and course. Today we'll hear how everything's been going since then, as well as a new project Jake's got up his sleeve. Jake references my Pokémon channel, and we use that as a springboard to some crucial topics: how to focus on the things that matter, allocating time appropriately, so we can be there for our businesses and our families. There's lot of great stuff in this episode, and I can't thank Jake enough for coming back to give us an update because, wow, what an update it is. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1197.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Nov 25

28 min 46 sec

#1196 Today we're talking with Mark Savant, who I interviewed back on episode 1165. Flash forward to today, and Mark is doing such an amazing job. In fact, as Mark tells me, he's made more money in the past three months than he did the past three years! But like many entrepreneurs whose business starts taking off, he's encountered a new set of problems and decision points. The main thing Mark is trying to figure out is how to organize and position his many services: what's the best way to present them so his audience will pick up what he's putting down? Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1196See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Nov 18

28 min 29 sec

#1195 All this month, November 2021, we're doing “Where are they now?” episodes. These are my favorite episodes to do, because we bring back people who have been coached on the show before, and learn what they did, what they didn't do, what has happened since. Today we're talking with Rose Griffin, who has a business over at ABA Speech. She is a speech language pathologist who helps so many people, not just through her website at ABASpeech.org, but also through her podcast, Autism Outreach. And a lot of stuff has happened for Rose since the last time she was on the show. She's been making amazing strides in just the two months since we last talked to her. She's overcome the mental block around pricing that was keeping her from upgrading the cost of her evergreen course from $99 to $297. She's been getting into the physical product space. And she has an exciting opportunity related to her podcast that's starting to bear fruit. Oh, and she's even got a little thing going on TikTok. As you'll hear in this episode, Rose isn't just an action taker. She's a planner. She's thinking about the future. And most of all, she's here to serve her community and her audience. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1195.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Nov 11

21 min 40 sec

#1194 Today we're welcoming back Joaquin Elizondo of HollywoodEditingMentor.com. Joaquin helps people break into Hollywood as an editor. There's a lot of people online who teach editing, but Joaquin teaches the business of it and how to actually break into this industry, how to network and develop relationships. Joaquin's doing some amazing things, and he's a mentor to so many people. But he's gotten to a point where he needs some help figuring out his next move. We talk about what's happened for him since he was first on the show, and the struggle he's facing now. Because invariably when you make big decisions and start to grow your business, new problems crop up. And yes, what got you here won't get you there. That's the situation Joaquin is in, and it's what I help him figure out today. Joaquin is an amazing person who's truly in it to help people. We talk about everything from coaching to pricing, to his course, and scaling, and maybe most importantly, doing the work you love. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1194.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Nov 4

23 min 48 sec

#1193 We have another special "Where are they now?" episode today. Our guest was actually one of the very first AskPat 2.0 guests: Cathy Mazak of CathyMazak.com. Cathy is a tenured professor who has a business helping academic womxn find time to write so they can make an impact in their academic field and have a balanced, fulfilled life. (It's spelled that way because, as Cathy says on her website, the business is geared toward helping women as well as non-men and nonbinary folks "change the culture of academia from the inside out.") In just the second episode of the new AskPat 2.0 format, Cathy was in her first year of business. She had a lot of decisions to make, especially around how much money she should be reinvesting in the business. We talk about what Cathy was dealing with back then, and the completely brand new set of problems she's facing. That's what happens when you take action and find success: the problems don't go away. They just change. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1193.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Oct 28

25 min 21 sec

#1192 Today we've got a great conversation with Mike Lander from Piscari. Mike helps sales and account teams learn how to negotiate through his online courses and consultations. He's been productizing some of his services and started to diversify, but he needs help generating more income from his courses. We discuss not just how to diversify smartly, but how Mike can lean into some of his superpowers and position his digital course to generate more sales. Mike is in the B2B space, which is a little bit different from many businesses that work directly with consumers, but the strategies and principles we talk about can apply to lots of businesses. So if this Mike's situation sounds like yours, I think you're going to find some amazing information in this episode. In fact, at the very end, Mike says, "Wow, Pat, I have five or six takeaways I can implement right away." So I hope you stick around and listen to this episode, because this is one about superpowers. It's about diversification, productizing, and leaning into the things that make you you. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1192.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Oct 21

29 min 58 sec

#1191 Today we're speaking with Tracy Diane Jones, a geologist, author, and owner of the website Mini Me Geology. Not only does her business name have a nice ring to it, but Mini Me Geology is also a great resource for kids, teachers, and parents, to learn more about rocks. And Tracy does literally rock! She helps kids develop a love for geology through the kits, books, and activities available on her website. With the rise in interest in STEM education, Tracy's business was doing pretty well, but then some stuff happened in her personal life. She's been trying to get back on track, but she's finding that the old strategies for growing Mini Me Geology haven't been working so well lately. By the end of our conversation, you'll hear that Tracy pretty much knew what she had to do, but was a little scared or reluctant to embrace and take these necessary steps. So what are those steps? Make sure you listen all the way through to find out! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1191.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Oct 14

25 min 14 sec

#1190 Today we're talking with Gillian Tietz from Sober Powered. Gillian is an amazing person who's helping loads of people get sober with the help of her scientific background, through her podcast, website, Facebook group, and Instagram. I'm so proud of what Jillian is doing with her podcast and her platform, stepping up, being vulnerable and sharing her own story to help others. It's an amazing example of somebody who has gone through some stuff, who has found a solution, and is learning as much as they can and now wants to pass it forward. However, she's having a little bit of trouble connecting all of the pieces. Namely, her large following on Instagram and Facebook doesn't know her podcast exists or are not convinced enough to click play yet. That's what we're going to talk about today: how do we reduce the friction keeping people from getting from social media to our podcast? Because Gillian knows that when people listen to her show, it's changing lives. You'll hear a lot of good ideas today for drawing people in your community to your podcast, which you can hopefully implement if you have a podcast of your own! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1190.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Oct 7

26 min 31 sec

#1189 Time travel is one of my favorite things, and I love to incorporate it into AskPat by bringing people back to see how things have been going. Jackie Bolen of ESLSpeaking.org has actually been a guest on AskPat a couple of times before, in episodes 1003 and 1046. And she's been on an incredible journey. As you'll learn if you listen to her two previous episodes, she started out doing niche websites and helping people with ESL, and then doing some Amazon-focused stuff. She was going to partner with some people who were supposed to take a bunch of work off of her plate, but it didn't quite work out. Today we're going to dive a little bit deeper into what happened there and where things are now, and you're going to see this very nice story arc that Jackie has followed recently. Jackie is doing pretty well now, but she had to go through some messy stuff in the middle to find her way there. As her story shows, sometimes you don't realize how much you miss something or how good you had it until you don't have it anymore. Jackie's experience also shows the benefit of sticking with one niche and going deep, so you can build relationships and develop a much greater lifetime value (LTV) of each customer. Her story can be a great lesson for all of us, so check it out.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Sep 30

25 min 25 sec

#1188 Today we're talking with Stephanie Taylor from the UK. She and her sister have a business together at Rent2RentSuccess.com. That's essentially a way to rent a property from a landlord, then rent it out again. She and her sister teach others how to do this through their course and membership program. Things are starting to take off, but Stephanie is wondering: Now that we're here, how do we get to the next level? When you find a little success online, you might find yourself facing an even bigger challenge than the one that it took for you to get started. Now that you're making money, how do you make sure you don't lose it? How do you grow and scale the business? You have more options now, but you're faced with a fork in the road. How do you make the right decisions and avoid burnout or regret? How do you overcome the fear of success and growth because you're not mentally ready or don't know what to expect? All great questions we're going to tackle today! We uncover a lot of great things here, including how to get past some of the tricky psychology around making money, and we find some strategies to help Stephanie—and perhaps you—move forward. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1188.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Sep 23

37 min 34 sec

#1187 Today on the show we're talking with Rose Griffin from ABASpeech.org. Rose is a seasoned speech therapist who's helped many people. Her specialty these days is helping professionals who work with people with complex speech disorders or autism. She's doing great work, and she's already got a course and a podcast out in the world. So what's she struggling with? Well, she wants to know whether to make her course evergreen, or only make it available at certain times of the year. Should she create some FOMO for her target audience by opening and closing the course at regular intervals? Or is that going to be too much work? We also get into a discussion about pricing. When you get to the moment Rose announces the price of her course, you might already know what I'm going to tell her. But stick around to find out. We really dig into the ins and outs of course launch strategy, as well as the mysteries of pricing (because seriously, pricing is weird). This is a great episode if you've got a course that's doing well and you want to make the most of it, so give it a listen. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1187.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Sep 16

31 min 21 sec

#1186 Today I have the pleasure of talking with Daz Cater over in the UK. Daz manages two different blogs, plus he has a full-time job in construction along with being a husband and dad of two kids, and he's wondering whether or not he can balance it all. This is a really fun conversation, especially because of Daz's main interest and the focus of one of his blogs at retrogamerdaz.com: retro toys and collectibles. (I'll just say that his video background is one of the coolest ones I've seen in all my years of interviewing people.) His other website, nextstopwdw.com, is a Disney travel blog where he offers tips and documents his family's journeys through Disney properties. He's built up a decent following on both sites, but he's feeling stuck. Can he manage both, or should he focus on just one of them? That's exactly what we chat about today. I think you'll get a kick out of this one, especially if you love collectibles, Disney, or both! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1186.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Sep 9

28 min 40 sec

#1185 Today we're talking with Shira Kates from Snapdragon Strategy. Shira has a lot of experience in the corporate world and Silicon Valley. She's done a lot of really cool things, but she's ready for her next phase and wants to try something else. Is it coaching? Is it something else? She's got a few opportunities lined up, but she needs help focusing. She also wants to know how she can move in the direction of creating passive income, to give herself some time back and create balance in her life. Along those lines, Shira wants to know: is passive income even real today? Is it possible to easily create a passive income-driven business anymore? That's a really cool discussion we have, too. We also explore the importance of networking and keeping relationships alive throughout your journey. And on top of that, which is maybe the most important part of my conversation with Shira is, how do you leave a legacy, to your family and others? Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1185.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Sep 2

29 min 54 sec

#1184 Today we're talking with Kathy Walker, who was previously on the show in late 2019. She had won an award—the 2019 North Carolina assistant principal of the year award, and wanted to know she might use this award to get more assistant principals to find her show and build her audience. As you might recall, a lot has happened between late 2019 and now, particularly the COVID pandemic. As an assistant principal, obviously Kathy's line of work was dramatically affected, with the shift to virtual learning and supporting teachers and students through all the changes and challenges. Cool fact: Kathy was one of the regulars on the Income Stream, a 365-day straight live stream I did on YouTube. Kathy came in almost every day and was a big part of the community that built up around the show, and I got to know her and work really well. Today, we'll get a little insight on what life was like as an educator during COVID. And we'll also find out what happened to Kathy's brand and her podcast. I'm excited for you to hear this "Where are they now?" conversation. Let's dive into what's happening for Kathy! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1184.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Aug 26

30 min 29 sec

#1183 Today's guest, Kimberly Reynolds, aka Dr. Kimmy of Productive on Purpose, is at a crossroads. She's created a thriving community built around helping women with productivity and overcoming procrastination. At the same time, she's been niching down and coaching women on building businesses and walking in their purpose. The coaching is taking off—to the tune of $50,000 in revenue in just two months. But she's feeling torn in two directions, and knows she can't commit to both focuses. What should she do? Can she find a way to serve both of her audiences? Can she transition away from managing her community without leaving people hanging? She's going to have to start making some pro-level, CEO, executive-type decisions in her business, and Pat is here to help guide her. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1183.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Aug 19

31 min 18 sec

#1182 William Barton from BootSpy.com has a really interesting question today. It's one you might have wrestled with in your own business: How do I launch something when I don't have a list or anybody out there who knows that I exist yet? How do I validate this thing? How do I ensure that it's going to work before I put all this time and effort into it? You may be familiar with a little book I wrote called Will It Fly?, which is all about how to test your next business idea so you don’t waste your time and money. We're going to discuss a lot of the principles, strategies, and techniques that I share in that book with William today. If you’re launching something, you want to build that audience and validate your idea first, so let's get into it. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1182.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Aug 12

25 min 38 sec

#1181 Wendy Lewis used to work as a writer at a marketing and ad agency. And she's still a writer, but she also has a new passion: reflexology, working with athletes and helping people regain function. She's excited to create her first online reflexology course, but she's feeling stuck. The whole thing seems a little overwhelming to her. I want you to pay attention to how Wendy describes an online course before we start talking about the solutions to making the online course creation process easier for her. Because as you'll find out, things are often a lot easier than we think they should be. And there's a lot of things that I've learned over the years that I pass on to Wendy in this conversation, that I would love to pass on to you as well. So whether it's an online course or something else that you want to create, let's get through it, and let's get through it together. Show notes and more at smartpassiveincome.com/ap1181.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Aug 5

27 min 36 sec

#1180 In this special "Where are they now?" edition of AskPat, we're bringing back Julienne DesJardins from JulienneDesJardins.com (originally on AP 1027). She supports business owners through virtual assistant services, email service providers, Squarespace, and social media management. She was first on the show back in 2018, when she was having trouble because she'd met her client limit. She was looking at building out her team and creating an agency, and wanted to know where to take things. We talk about the advice I gave her, how she's taken that advice, and where her business has gone since then. There's a lot of great stuff in here, from nerding out on project management to how Julienne steered her business through the early days of the COVID pandemic. You'll hear all about the great stuff she's done and implemented in the past couple years, so you can hopefully learn how to do something similar in your own business! Show notes and more at smartpassiveincome.com/ap1180.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jul 29

26 min 25 sec

#1179 When you discover the niche you should be focusing on, it's like the clouds part—everything becomes clearer. But once you've chosen a niche, how do you communicate the change to your audience without alienating them? Today we're talking with Erica James from Erica James Travel, as well as the Erica James Travel Show Podcast. Erica is a travel agent who's having some issues with niching down. She knows what she's good at and the kinds of services she wants to provide for her travel agency clients, but she's afraid of going about things the wrong way. But thankfully, we go deep and find some possibilities to help Erica make this transition in a way that feels good to her and her customers. There's a moment in this episode where you'll hear things click for Erica, and boom, things are ready to take off. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1179.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jul 22

24 min 44 sec

#1178 Today, we're talking with Heba from Mommy's Happy Hour. Through her book and podcast, she helps women balance a career with raising a family. She's a voice for mommies out there—and she wants to be more of a voice. She wants to lead this community even more. But she's struggling with something that many of us struggle with: how to brand and position herself. How should Heba put herself out there? We discuss some ideas to help her build her reach and presence, including podcast guesting and taking full advantage of the book she's written about the first year of motherhood. We also talk about the importance of macro patience combined with micro hustle. What's that mean? Listen to find out!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jul 15

19 min 20 sec

#1177 If you're a creative person of some kind, you know what it's like to be in a flow state, so focused on the thing you're working on. That's how you create great art, right? Well, if you treat your business ideas in the same way, you can create something great there, too. Today I'm talking to Chris Fleck, a person of many talents: art, comedy, video production, and more. There's so much he loves to do, and is really good at, but he's a little bit stuck. He has too many business ideas. He's being pulled in multiple directions, and as a result he feels like he's going nowhere. You might be able to relate to Chris, faced with multiple options and not sure which one to pick. You might worry about what'll happen if you choose one path and leave the others behind. How do you make the right choice? That's what we're talking about today. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1177.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jul 8

23 min 34 sec

#1176 Today's guest has a popular website that helps people learn written Chinese, at WrittenChinese.com. She also has a big email list. But despite these resources, she's struggling to put it all together and make best use of what's she's got. She feels like she's "in a life raft in the middle of the ocean with a bag of gold bullion, but there's no land in sight." I help her hone her unique selling proposition, figure out how she can take advantage of ads, and dig into how she might use affiliate partnerships in a smart way. Nora's dilemma doesn't have obvious answers, but there's nothing wrong with a challenge! Together we find some starting points to experiment and see what resonates with her audience so she can effectively monetize her existing website. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1176.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jul 1

32 min 45 sec

#1175 I rarely hear from an entrepreneur who has been through so much but is still smiling at the other end of things. Sarah Murphy, a medical herbalist, is one of those entrepreneurs! Like so many of us during the pandemic, Sarah has had to make a series of pivots with her business. Since she was last on the show in episode 1120, she's dealt with the ripple effect of the pandemic, decreased traffic on her website, Brexit (she's in the UK) . . . even a fire in her manufacturer's warehouse. Yes, really! But Sarah has come out on the other side with flying colors — she even made the decision to launch an online course in the midst of things. Today we're gonna sit down with Sarah and hear all about it. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1175See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 24

22 min 12 sec

#1174 Hel Reynolds lives in Wales, where she runs a business called Comms Creatives that trains corporate communication professionals to use social media. She's experienced a lot of success already but she's a bit confused as to what to prioritize as she grows her business. This has been a challenge for me personally as a number three on the Enneagram test, so this advice definitely comes from experience. I take Hel through my tips and strategies for prioritizing while still getting to play, particularly my 80/20 rule, avoiding content bloat, and focusing on learning.If you're looking to gain a little more clarity and focus in your business, this is the one for you. I can't wait to follow up with Hel down the road and see where she's at! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1174See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 17

26 min 57 sec

#1173 Chris Roy runs an amazing company called Doobert.com. Doobert is a technological solution that connects rescue organizations with transportation for rescued animals, foster homes, and more. The only issue is that Doobert needs to bring in more funds to keep running effectively and grow. Chris has tried Google ads and selling physical products, but they haven't quite panned out. How can he increase Doobert's income? We brainstorm a few methods for pulling in some much-needed cash — partnership opportunities, sponsorship opportunities, donation appeals, and more strategies. I can't wait to see how Chris incorporates these ideas! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1173See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 10

23 min 31 sec

#1172 This coaching session digs down to one of the core questions of entrepreneurship: How do we combine our passion with monetization . . . and keep it authentic? Jason Lazarus is about to go all-in with his new podcast, The British Blacktrepreneur. He has ten episodes in the cue with a long-term goal of monetizing the show and earning six figures through his business. Where does he start? If you're looking to monetize your podcast, this is the one for you. We go over several ways Jason can use his podcast to earn income, some mindsets and strategies around the process, and how the podcast can help complement other areas of his business. Let's get started. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1172See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jun 3

25 min 17 sec

#1171 Pam Farley has come a long way since she was featured back in episode 1049 (in 2019!). Back then she found that her new content offering wasn't aligned well with what her audience truly wanted. Well, since then she's used email funnels and an experiment with three lead magnets to figure out what her audience really wants—she was surprised by the results! Now, she has some projects in the works around ebooks, courses . . . in fact, she had her best year ever in Q2! Today we dive into some ideas around product deals, where Pam is heading next, her content calendar and publishing cadence, how Covid affected her business, and more. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1171See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

May 27

23 min 59 sec

#1170 Neil Benson runs a business called Customery: he's on a mission to help people learn the Scrum methodology of project management. He has a podcast and regular course sales, but the numbers have been about the same for the last 12 months. In short, the business has stalled a bit. Today I'm going to coach Neil through all things optimization. We'll talk through strategies for using his podcast to hint at the value his course can offer, creating bonus offers, and injecting scarcity to increase students and revenue. By the end of the show, you'll learn a ton about optimizing sales conversion points. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1170See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

May 20

29 min 3 sec

#1169 Joey Chang is a beatboxer, looper, cellist, songwriter, singer, and performer. He's here with a critical question: what's the difference between himself and musicians who are making a ton of money online? How can he better monetize his online music business? We're going to dig in to identify Joey's niche and how to leverage it. I give him advice for taking advantage of current events and trends through "news-jacking" and using YouTube algorithms to bring his music front and center. We also get into courses a bit and I give him some tactical advice for working with a cohort of students to road-test his course. Whether you're a musician or not, there's a ton of great advice in here for anyone who wants to create engaging content or make money teaching their skills online. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1169See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

May 13

29 min 51 sec

#1168 Martin's podcast is now making up 50 percent of his take-home money — the other 50 percent comes from his work as a paramedic. How can Martin take that next leap of faith towards going full-time with his business and podcast, Calming Anxiety? How can he further his brand, and should that include putting his name in the actual podcast name? I challenge Martin to find out what's holding him back and what his plan would be in a few different scenarios, plus offer him some tips for extending his show's reach through YouTube. Martin says he's got a few exciting things in the pipeline, including a brand-new app, so I can't wait to follow up with him again in the future! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1168See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

May 6

30 min 12 sec

#1167 Today's guest is Kara Gott Warner — she was last on in episode 1087 where she had some questions about getting more engagement for her website and her podcast.Well, a lot has happened in Kara's business since then: a life coaching certification, rebranding her podcast, making a shift in her coaching program and business offerings — she's here today to tell us all about it. We also talk about those new offerings and a lot related to mindset as well. This is a great catch-up with Kara so stick around! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1167See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Apr 29

25 min 33 sec

#1166 This is a one-of-a-kind episode of AskPat 2.0. For one thing, I'm interviewing a professional chocolate-maker. Yes really — her name is Arcelia Gallardo and she has a chocolate factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Not only does Arcelia have a unique business, but she also has a unique problem: how does she decide what content is written in English, Portuguese, or another language? Her customers are all over the world, so how can she make the ordering process seamless, no matter where someone's ordering from? Arcelia and I are going to brainstorm some solutions, so make sure you stick around. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1166See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Apr 22

24 min 16 sec

#1165 Today I'm thrilled to welcome Mark Savant to the show. Mark helps businesses and entrepreneurs create and repurpose digital content and grow their online presence. He wants to grow his revenue streams and convert all the DMs he's getting into agency-style clients, but he feels his messaging might be off.To help Mark out, we're going to unpack his current messaging so we can nail it going forward. We also talk about reconfiguring his offerings to be able to serve customers at different price points and through different mediums (like an online course). Through this conversation, you'll learn a ton about messaging that you can apply back to your own journey. Let's do this thing! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1165See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Apr 15

30 min 53 sec

#1164 Peter's business is in the Australian healthcare tech niche — he's got a membership community and a podcast that publishes four times weekly. He also recently decided to go full-time with the venture . . . he's working so many hours and he's starting to burn out a little bit. Let's see if we can help him get closer to equilibrium.Using my own experience and strategies with time management, I encourage Peter to create more discipline in his time blocking so that gaps in working time aren't always immediately filled with more working projects. We talk through a few mindset shifts I had to go through myself so that Peter can hopefully start approaching his work and life more holistically. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1164See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Apr 8

30 min 35 sec

#1163 Derek James has a unique business that helps business owners win government contracts, which can be a huge win if done correctly. He has created a ton of resources on this topic, but cashflow isn't quite where he wants it to be. Now he's working hard on his flagship course and he wants it to be a big hit. How can he tip the odds in his favor? Don't miss this one, because you'll hear me coach Derek through strategies for his course launch, from marketing and messaging to price points and more. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1163See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Apr 1

40 min 32 sec

#1162 Today we have Lesya Holzapfel from EatBeFitExplore.com — she was last on in episode 1088. In this episode you'll hear about Lesya's hybrid membership/course model, what's working for her, her foray into podcasting, where she's going next, and what advice she'd give herself, looking back at where she was in episode 1088. This is a super-inspiring episode with a fantastic mic drop moment from Lesya at the end. Don't miss it! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1162See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Mar 25

24 min 4 sec

#1161 Taking the "big leap" and deciding to go all-in with your business or side hustle can be nerve-wracking. When's the right time to jump? How can you be sure you're set up for success, especially if, like today's guest, you have a little one on the way? Well, that's exactly what Matthew Gawronski, a music teacher from Long Island, New York, is asking today. Although we don't land on a definitive gameplan, there's a ton of food for thought in this one, both for Matt and anyone at a similar crossroads. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1161See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Mar 18

31 min 37 sec

#1160 Today's guest is Colm McCarthy, calling in all the way from Limerick, Ireland! Colm is in a unique position as the owner of the golf course management business he once worked for, as well as his landscaping company. He wants to take both to the next level and also develop an online business and a college specific to greenkeepers. How can he manage his time and team and also take his offline business online? Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1160See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Mar 11

38 min 50 sec

#1159 Today we have physical therapist Aaron LeBauer on the show with a couple of critical questions. For one, how can he get more time back by delegating or reevaluating some of his revenue-generating responsibilities? How can he further monetize his brand? And what about virtual events — how can he make sure his are a success? There's a lot to talk about today with some hard-hitting takeaways, so let's dig in! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1159See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Mar 4

31 min 7 sec

#1158 We last chatted with Leila in Episode 1069, where I coached her on scaling up and expanding her business, Supakit, which creates cat harnesses and collars. She's back today to recap her big takeaways, tell us how it went, and detail what she's learned about building relationships online and staying authentic as a niche brand. There's a lot to learn from today, so let's get going! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1158See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 25

26 min

#1157 We have Genevieve Leavold on the show today; she's an abstract artist from the UK and Serbia. She's trying to balance creative time and promotional marketing time. How can she paint and create good content without sacrificing the quality of either? We run through a few ideas based on what I know other artists are doing online, strategize about ways Genevieve can convert one piece of artistic work into a whole week's worth of content, and chat about how she can use platforms like Instagram and Youtube to engage more with her audience. Whether you're a visual artist yourself or not, there are lots of solid takeaways here for everyone. Let's do it! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1157See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 18

26 min 24 sec

#1156 Marjie Kemper is a mixed media artist with an excellent question about podcasting: how do you successfully co-host with someone who has different products and offerings? There's a lot to think about. Who owns the email list? How do you share expenses? How should they approach call to actions within each episode, and how do they set expectations up front? Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1156See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 11

28 min 1 sec

#1155 Shannon Kennedy runs a site called Eurolinguiste.com, a business she's managed for about eight years that helps people learn new languages. Now that some of her partners are moving on, how can she replace some of that top-earning content, create successful launches, and diversify her income streams? Shannon has three great ideas, so we spend the first part of the call laying out her "order of operations," so to speak. What's her first step? Next, we dive into some tactics around launch strategies, which Shannon describes as her biggest struggle. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1155See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 4

28 min 52 sec

AskPat 2.0 is a weekly coaching call where I go deep with an entrepreneur on a one-on-one coaching call. You’re literally a fly on a wall and you get to soak up as much of the strategies, the tactics, the mindsets, and the how-tos as they do. So whether you’re new to online business or just dipping a toe in the water, every episode of AskPat has some amazing takeaways that you can apply directly to your life and business. And if you want to apply to get coached on AskPat 2.0, all you have to do is visit AskPat.com. Join me, Pat Flynn, every Thursday. Hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss a beat!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Feb 2

2 min 44 sec

#1154 Today we're bringing Luis Ryan Diaz back on the show — he was last on episode 1033: "My Profits Are Being Eaten! How Do I Scale but Stay Profitable?" That was in 2018 and a lot has changed with his podcast agency since then. How has our last coaching session paid off? There's a lot to take away from this quick update, so let's get going! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1154See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jan 28

20 min 17 sec

#1153 Jay is at a critical point in his career — he just got laid off in May due to COVID and he's going all-in with his online business. But now that Jay's out of the W2 workforce, he's having trouble finding his lane with his messaging. Getting this aspect of your online business right is absolutely critical, so today I'm going to coach Jay through finding his groove, including examples of how I think about positioning and branding in my own business. Jay asks: How do you fine-tune your messaging? How do you know when you've nailed it? We're going to dig into all of that and more on today's coaching call, so let's get going! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1153See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jan 21

25 min 33 sec

#1152 Kathy Robinson used to work in risk management; now she's helping mid-life women stay well through the company she founded, Athena Wellness. Things are going well for Kathy but despite all her efforts things just aren't clicking in terms of email list subscribers. How can she grow her email list? And — when she launches her podcast in January 2021, how can she drive listeners to her email list? Whether you're new to online business or not, email lists are a key ingredient, so listen up! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1152See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jan 14

25 min 48 sec

#1151 Jim and his wife Mai teach others Spanish. =This year — 2020 — was supposed to be a six-figure year . . . but Jim and Mai haven't come even close (for obvious reasons). So how can they increase the reach of their online offerings, namely their membership site? And how do they stay consistent with YouTube and content production? How do they pivot after 2020? After our chat, I'm sure that Jim is going to be set up for success and ready to crush it in 2021! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1151See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Jan 7

30 min 47 sec

#1150 Last time Stacy Brookman was with us — back in episode 1006 — she was trying to figure out what to do next: public speaking or book-writing?Well, it turns out Stacy took my advice and started speaking . . . and she got a book deal with a hybrid publisher! How did she make it all happen?In this episode, you'll learn how Stacy landed her first gigs, grew her email list, launched her first online speaking summit, and signed a hybrid book publishing deal. This is one of the most fun Where Are They Now?s I've done. Let's get started! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1050See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Dec 2020

22 min 42 sec

Michelle Onyango was last on the show in episode 1037. It's funny, because the biggest takeaway for Michelle wasn't actually the big "aha" she had from that chat at all. It's always interesting to see what happens after an important coaching call. Michelle sat down and did some brainstorming, and that simple exercise gave her some amazing clarity on what her next step should be. And it turns out that step positioned her perfectly in her space once COVID hit. Michelle takes us through it all and dives into her next-step strategies. We go over her business offerings, whether she should make a price increase, and the struggles her business is having due to COVID, and Michelle gives her advice for entrepreneurs who find themselves at a similar crossroads. Click play and let's catch up with Michelle! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/ap1149See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Dec 2020

20 min 38 sec