SPI 152: How a Guest Post Became a Product and The Story of Cole’s Classroom

When I met this week’s guest, Cole Humphus, two things stood out: the amazing story behind his online business and his generosity. Cole is the owner of Cole’s Classroom, an online resource for photographers. Cole had been offering his photography tips and videos for free when he stumbled upon a brilliant way to monetize his products. Just last week he left his day job to focus full time on his online photography business and the passive income lifestyle, all thanks to a passion project that turned into an incredibly successful online business. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session152

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SPI 151: How to Put on a Successful (and Profitable) Virtual Conference with Lain Ehmann

This week’s guest comes up a lot on this podcast, and rightly so—she’s got one amazing success story. Remember Lain Ehmann, who turned her scrapbooking hobby into a six-figure online business? She’s back with another crucial lesson for all you online entrepreneurs: the power of the virtual conference. A big part of Lain’s success has come from her virtual conferences, where hundreds of scrapbookers gather online to connect, trade ideas, and learn from invited instructors. Lain’s here to share what goes into creating a virtual conference, as well as the victories and challenges she’s faced along the way. Podcast show…

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SPI 150: A Day in the Life of Pat—My (New) Routine, Schedule, and Habits Shared

A few months ago, I added something new to my life: a morning routine. The results have been so dramatic that I had to share them with you all. That’s what this week’s episode is all about. I put together this routine after interviewing Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning in SPI Podcast Session #140, and after continually hearing other successful people rave about the power of their morning routine. They talked about how many aspects of their lives it transformed, from their productivity and focus to their health and personal life. I figured I had to give it…

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SPI 149: Dane Maxwell Interviews Pat Flynn

We’re doing something different today on the Smart Passive Income Podcast. Dane Maxwell is back on the show for his third time, but he’s not the guest—I am! As many of you know, I recently started something new in my approach to passive income: software. It’s been an exciting process, and I wanted to share with you why I decided to create a software business, how I did it, and what my results have been so far. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session149

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SPI 148: (By Popular Demand) The Story Behind The Success of Food Blog Pinch of Yum with Lindsay and Bjork

My two guests today are here by popular demand. That’s right—so many of you told me to get these two on the show, and here they are! I’ve got Lindsay and Bjork here to talk about their hugely successful food blog, Pinch of Yum. In this episode, Lindsay breaks down exactly when and how she quit her job as an elementary school teacher—a job she loved—to pursue her passion for cooking and sharing recipes. Bjork shares how he jumped on to the project, maintaining and monetizing the site. You’ll hear specific numbers on traffic, monthly income, and how long it…

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SPI 147: Behind the Scenes of a Thriving and Active Membership Site with Corbett, Chase, and Barrett from Fizzle.co

Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves, and Barrett Brooks are the masterminds behind one of most well-run, engaged, and high-quality membership sites out there. You might remember Corbett from our interview back in 2012, where he talked about his project ThinkTraffic.net. Since then, he’s joined forces with Chase and Barrett to create Fizzle.co, a membership site that provides a huge library of resources to aspiring business owners. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session147

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SPI 146: Product Validation and Pre-Selling—A Real Life Example with Jarrod Robinson

I’m so stoked for you to meet my guest this week. He’s Jarrod Robinson of ThePEGeek.com, and he’s had amazing success with his digital products thanks to pre-selling. Jarrod’s here to walk you through just how he’s able to guarantee a profit before the product is out the door. Jarrod has built over 60 iOS apps, but he’s not a software developer—he’s a PE teacher. Jarrod has a passion for integrating technology into physical education in meaningful ways, and he builds his products for other educators like himself. Talk about a niche within a niche within a niche! But as…

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SPI 158: How to Productize Your Service-Based Business

This episode is all about productizing your service-based business. With me this week is productization all-star Brian Casel, founder of Casjam.com. If you’re curious how to go about productizing your service, what service you should choose, or what’s worked for others, Brian has answers for you. He’s drawing on his own experience as a web developer to bring you advice for delegating, streamlining, and standardizing your service. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session158

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SPI 157: The Art of Rejection with Jia Jiang

I first saw today’s guest on a TED Talk. His name is Jia Jiang, and his talk was titled, “Surprising Lessons from 100 Days of Rejection.” It’s one of those TED Talks you start watching and find you can’t stop—it’s that good. I bet a lot of us can relate to Jia’s struggle with rejection. It’s the kind of fear that keeps us from taking risks and seeking out life-changing opportunities, because we’re so afraid of hearing the word “no.” That’s why I had to bring him on to share his story with you. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session157

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SPI 156: The Story Behind Abel James and the Success of Fat Burning Man

This week’s guest comes to us from the fitness world. He’s Abel James, who I got to know last year when he won an award for his incredible podcast, Fat Burning Man. Abel didn’t just stop at podcasting—his Fat Burning Man brand also includes a wildly successful book and mobile app. He’s built a multimedia franchise in an extremely saturated field, and he’s done it all without any of the sleaze that plagues so much of the fitness industry. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session156

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