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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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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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So much great info here. Highly recommend.

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I’ve gotten soo much value from this podcast that it’s unbelievable! I highly recommend listening!

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553 Ratings
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Highly recommend

By Jenny Lisk - Dec 02 2019
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So much great info here. Highly recommend.

Outstanding!!

By Rell707 - Aug 26 2019
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I’ve gotten soo much value from this podcast that it’s unbelievable! I highly recommend listening!
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AskPat 2.0: A Weekly Coaching Call on Online Business, Blogging, Marketing, and Lifestyle Design

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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

Rank #1: AP 0788: What Is the Best Method for a New Blogger to Build Traffic?

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Today's question comes from Sean, who asks about building traffic to his blog. Which method is best for a new blog: SEO or content marketing? Sean’s site is http://flighttrainingpro.com.

I recommend using Yoast SEO WordPress plugin to help you include the correct SEO fields (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/); All in One SEO Pack is also a good alternative plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/). This is the FoodTruckr article I mentioned (http://foodtruckr.com/2013/10/what-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-food-truck/). The giveaway plugin I recommend is KingSumo (http://kingsumo.com/).

Do you have a question about traffic growth? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

Jan 26 2017

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Rank #2: AP 0964: How Do I Grow My Business Faster?

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Today’s question comes from Steve. He has a website for basketball coaches, but so far it has grown in steps. How can he establish a curve of growth for his business? Steve’s website is http://www.teachhoops.com.

Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

Sep 29 2017

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Rank #3: AP 0792: Which Video Host Is Best for Online Courses?

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Today's question comes from Marie, who is building an online course for kids. What is the best tool to use for delivering video and keeping them protected?

In this episode, I discuss how I use video on my free podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com) versus a paid course like Smart From Scratch. Teachable is a good option if you're looking for a full course platform (http://askpat.com/teachable). If you're using your own hosting system (like WordPress with a membership plugin), Wistia is an excellent video platform (https://wistia.com/), as is Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/).

Do you have a question about hosting a paid course? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

My new course, Smart From Scratch, launches this month to help you choose and validate a business idea. If you're ready to get your business started, check it out at http://smartfromscratch.com.

Feb 01 2017

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Rank #4: AP 0806: I Want to Develop a Routine Around Online Business Metrics. Where Should I Start and What Should I Focus On?

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Today's question comes from Matthew, who has a question about developing routines around online business metrics. Which metrics do I find the most important? Which are my favorite tools for monitoring performance? Do I have any daily, weekly, and monthly routines for analytics? Do I delegate analytics to your team?

In this episode, I mention Google Webmaster Tools. Learn more at https://www.google.com/webmasters/. I also mention my new course, Smart From Scratch, which opens next week! Learn more and enroll at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/.

Do you have a question about online business metrics? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

Feb 21 2017

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Rank #5: AP 1028: As a Side-Wantrepreneur, Where and How Should I Start?

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Today's guest is Jake Nelson. He works a full-time job as a project manager, but he wants to start something new. He has a lot of passions, he just doesn't know where to start or what to do. This is an awesome episode, especially if you're just starting out in online business. Through the call, we identify key strategies for validating your business ideas and creating blueprints for getting them off the ground.
If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show, and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Aug 09 2018

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Rank #6: AP 0973: How Do I Generate Leads in a Saturated Market?

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Today’s question comes from Amir. How can he create leads in a market where there is a lot of competition and lots of free content?

Do you have a question about online content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

Oct 12 2017

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Rank #7: AP 0849: How Should I Organize and Categorize My Blog Post Tags?

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Today's question comes from Brad, who has a question about blog categories and blog post tagging. Should he re-categorize his blog posts? What should he do about blog post tags? How should he organize the tags on his blog? what’s the benefit of blog post reorganizing and blog post tag categorization? Brad’s website is at http://BradHobbs.com.

In this episode, I mention http://TopRankBlog.com, a great SEO website you can check out. I also mention Todd Tresidder, who talks to me about content auditing on Smart Passive Income Podcast Session #200. You can listen to that at http://SmartPassiveIncome.com/session200.

Do you have a question about blog post tagging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

Apr 21 2017

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Rank #8: AP 0909: How Do I Find An Audience for My Niche?

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Today, Michelle has a question about niche websites. Her niche is very specific. Where does she find out where her target audience is hanging out? Where does she look in addition to Facebook? Michelle’s website is https://collegeswimmingguide.com/.

Michelle talks about my lessons on http://NicheSiteDuel.com, and you can also find them in my book Will It Fly? My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches on Monday, July 17. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist.

Do you have a question about niche websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Jul 14 2017

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Rank #9: AP 0781: How Do I Get Health Insurance and Other Benefits When I Become Self-Employed?

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Today's question comes from James, who is building his business on the side while he continues to work his day job. How does he prepare himself to become a full-time entrepreneur, looking specifically at day-job benefits like health insurance?

I talk about COBRA, which is a method for continuing health insurance from a previous employer. Check out https://www.healthcare.gov/ to find out how to get individual health insurance in your state.

Do you have a question about becoming self-employed? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

Jan 17 2017

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Rank #10: AP 0769: How Can I Set My Blog Content Up for Success?

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Today's question comes from Jeremy, who wants to set himself up for success. What are the steps he can take now to structure his blog properly and to make sure the content he creates is worth keeping in the future?

Jeremy references Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 200 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session200). Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

My new course for choosing your business idea opens up next year. To get on the waitlist, go to http://smartfromscratch.com.

Dec 30 2016

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Rank #11: AP 0857: How Can I Become More Comfortable in Public Speaking or in Front of a Camera?

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Today's question comes from Brandon, who has a question about being comfortable and natural on camera. What are some public speaking tips? How can he become more comfortable in front of a camera? Brandon is the owner of Vegetable, a farm-to-food truck business.

Do you have a question about public speaking or speaking in front of a camera? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

May 03 2017

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Rank #12: AP 1049: My Target Audience Didn't Respond—What Do I Do?

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! Today I'm chatting with Pam Farley, a blogger and author whose niche is in all-natural products, healthy eating, and gardening. You can find her at BrownThumbMama.com. Pam recently created new content for a specific audience that she had surveyed, even though that audience wasn't her typical avatar. Things didn't take off, so today I'm going to help her debrief and better organize her approach going forward. Let's dive in!

If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Jan 03 2019

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Rank #13: AP 0749: What Would You Do to Make Money Fast?

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Today's question comes from Joshua, who has a small budget. What can he do with $100 to start seeing some immediate returns? Joshua's site is http://creatingcomfortable.com/.

Check out Ramit Sethi's course Earn $1K (http://askpat.com/earn1k). Do you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

Dec 02 2016

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Rank #14: AP 0885: How Do I Stay Motivated Outside of My Day Job?

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Today’s question comes from Jeremy. He has a day job and wants to know how he can keep himself motivated to create a successful business during his time off?

Do you have a question about work-life balance? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

Jun 12 2017

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Rank #15: AP 0889: How Hard Was It to Learn Internet Marketing on Your Own?

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Today, Tina asks: How difficult was it to learn internet marketing on your own? What advice would you give to a college grad interested in generating passive income online?

In today’s episode I mention my new course, Power-Up Podcasting. Sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com

Do you have a question about entrepreneurship? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

Jun 16 2017

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Rank #16: AP 1037: So Many Ideas! How Do I Know If I'm Going in the Right Direction?

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This week's coaching call is with Michelle, who owns a counseling practice (online and offline). She has a lot of ideas, and she's not sure if she's heading in the right direction. I coach her to some amazing breakthroughs and a game plan for the future. You can find out more about Michelle at StrideWellness.org.


If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.


In this episode I mention my book, Will It Fly? It's full of great thought experiments and tactics for validating your business. Find out more by clicking the link! I also mention a great book by my friend Chris Ducker called Virtual Freedom. It's a book that focuses on working with virtual staff to find more time yourself, but it also includes great exercises for understanding what what aspects of your business you should focus on.


If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!


Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Oct 11 2018

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Rank #17: AP 0869: How Do You Find the Right Work-Life Balance if You Work at Home?

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Today's question comes from Chris, who has a question about separating family and work when you work from home. How do you find the time for your work and the time for your family? What are some tips to make sure the two are separate? How do you find the right balance, your work-life balance, between family and work?

Do you have a question about balancing work and life? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting http://www.designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

May 19 2017

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Rank #18: AP 0879: How Do I Market My Podcast to Listeners Who Don’t Know What a Podcast Is?

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On today’s episode, Liz asks: How do I market my podcast to listeners who don’t know what a podcast is?

In this episode I mention https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/screenflow, or https://www.Camtasia.com if you're on a PC, tools for recording your computer screen for walkthroughs or tutorials.

Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

Next week is open enrollment for Pat's course, Smart From Scratch. Visit http://www.smartfromscratch.com to enroll, or join the waitlist ahead of time.

Jun 02 2017

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Rank #19: AP 1001: How Do I Streamline My Business so I'm Not Overwhelmed?

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Welcome to the first episode of AskPat 2.0! To recap, in case you missed Episode 1000, going forward the episodes of AskPat will be much more than a single answer to a single question. Instead they’ll be a live, one on one coaching session! Through this process, you’re going to learn so much more in terms of how to discover the problems in your own business so you can tackle them head on.

If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.

Today’s coaching call is with Gianna of Family Fun Twin Cities. She has a very direct question for me today: How can she streamline her business so she's not overwhelmed? Sit back and enjoy this coaching call with Gianna!

I’m excited to say that today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who have agreed to sponsor the new format. They’re really excited too! FreshBooks makes the best financial management software out there. Go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

Feb 01 2018

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Rank #20: AP 1055: How Can I Grow My Business When I Also Have to Run It?

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Today I'm chatting with Lea Pica from LeaPica.com—she's a data storytelling expert who turns numbers and data into inspirational, applicable material for businesses and presentations. She wants to take her business to the next level, and today I'm going to give her—and you by proxy—a quick resource that can seriously change the entire course of your business. Let's get started! You can hear more from Lea on her podcast—The Present Beyond Measure Show—and you can find her on Twitter and other platforms @LeaPica.

In this episode I recommend Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters—it's an awesome book that will help you on the way to growing your business to the next level. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.]

If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Feb 14 2019

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AP 1130: How Do I Share My Story and Get More People to Find My Message?

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My guests on today's coaching call are a couple who have done something incredible. Their son, Tim, was diagnosed with autism at age two, and with severe speech and language and communication disorder at four. But his mom, Sally Wagter, never gave up on her child. Tim just turned 18, and he's amazing. And Sally and Erik Wagter, experienced entrepreneurs, have just launched a website called Releasing My Child's Potential and published a book titled Miracle in Slow Motion to support families with autistic children. But how do they get their message out to the people who need to hear it? We talk about opportunities for PR, and ways to get attention for a book that's already available for sale.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

My team uses Gusto. It has made life so much easier. They make payroll, taxes, and HR actually easy for small businesses. And honestly, I couldn't live without it—truly. Fast, simple payroll processing, benefits, simple management tools, all in one place. They automatically pay and file your federal, state, and local taxes, so you don't have to worry about it. Plus, they make it easy—once you start adding employees or even just for yourself—to add on health benefits and even 401(k)s for your team. Get three months of Gusto free when you run your first payroll. Check it out: gusto.com/askpat.

Buy my new book, Superfans!

Aug 06 2020

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AP 1129: My Target Audience Are Not My Buyers. What Do I Do?

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The entrepreneur on today's coaching call, Tola Ogunlewe, is a a sports performance coach and lawyer who helps young athletes break through their mental and physical limitations and navigate their career growth with his business, Athlete Maestro. His issue centers around how to talk to his buyers—these young athletes' parents. If I were a 16-year-old athlete, I'd definitely need to go to my parents and convince them Tola's services were something worth paying for. What can you do if your target audience is not your buyers?

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

My team uses Gusto. It has made life so much easier. They make payroll, taxes, and HR actually easy for small businesses. And honestly, I couldn't live without it—truly. Fast, simple payroll processing, benefits, simple management tools, all in one place. They automatically pay and file your federal, state, and local taxes, so you don't have to worry about it. Plus, they make it easy—once you start adding employees or even just for yourself—to add on health benefits and even 401(k)s for your team. Get three months of Gusto free when you run your first payroll. Check it out: gusto.com/askpat.

Buy my new book, Superfans!

Jul 30 2020

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AP 1128: How Can I Promote Without Being Tone Deaf During Turbulent Times?

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Dr. Joi Lewis is the founder of Joi Unlimited Coaching and Consulting. She's a facilitator of liberation through social justice, healing justice, and radical self care. She also can be found at HealingJusticeFoundation.org. I'm so thankful to bring her on the show to amplify her voice and what she's doing. But secondly, I want to help her out because there's some messaging that we need to pay attention to. How do we promote our stuff when there are so many other important things to talk about—stuff that's probably more important than the thing we're selling?

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

My team uses Gusto. It has made life so much easier. They make payroll, taxes, and HR actually easy for small businesses. And honestly, I couldn't live without it—truly. Fast, simple payroll processing, benefits, simple management tools, all in one place. They automatically pay and file your federal, state, and local taxes, so you don't have to worry about it. Plus, they make it easy—once you start adding employees or even just for yourself—to add on health benefits and even 401(k)s for your team. Get three months of Gusto free when you run your first payroll. Check it out: gusto.com/askpat.

Buy my new book, Superfans!

Jul 23 2020

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AP 1127: How Do I Use My Podcast to Sell More of My Products?

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In this AskPat 2.0 coaching call, I talk to Amanda from Amanda Write Now, a business that helps teachers. She's been doing okay, but she needs to bring in some more income, especially in light of the downturn. She has a great podcast called The Workshop Teacher Podcast, which she wants to leverage to sell more of her products. If you want to understand how to use your assets to better help people, and especially if you have a podcast, how to use your podcast to actually sell more of your stuff—without being sleazy—this is the episode for you.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

If you have a business, or you know someone who does, you probably know that small business owners wear a lot of hats—we definitely do. Some of those hats are awesome, but some—like filing for taxes and running payroll, for example—aren't as great. That's where Gusto comes in. They make payroll, taxes, and HR easy for small businesses. My team uses it, and we can't live without it. You can get three months free when you run your first payroll. See for yourself at gusto.com/askpat.

Buy my new book, Superfans!

Jul 16 2020

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AP 1126: My Business Topic is Not Normal. How Do I Grow and Become the Authority?

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One day a few years back, tennis player Sandy Farquharson was tapped on the shoulder to step in for a padel player who had dropped out of a tournament. Sandy had never played padel, and like the vast majority of people in the English-speaking world, didn't even know the sport existed. Turns out, he was kind of a natural. So now he runs the only English coaching program for padel. He's got a website. He's on YouTube. He also has courses, a podcast, an Instagram page, and a bunch of questions about the best way to grow. We chat about coaching, Teachable, lessons from Will it Fly?, and Betsy McNally, from AP 1117. Learn something new every day.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

If you have a business, or you know someone who does, you probably know that small business owners wear a lot of hats—we definitely do. Some of those hats are awesome, but some—like filing for taxes and running payroll, for example—aren't as great. That's where Gusto comes in. They make payroll, taxes, and HR easy for small businesses. My team uses it, and we can't live without it. You can get three months free when you run your first payroll. See for yourself at gusto.com/askpat.

Buy my new book, Superfans!

Jul 09 2020

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AP 1125: I Feel Like I Have to Start Over. What Do I Do?

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Chapin Kreuter seems really cool. But what happened to him was not cool at all. 

He’s a traveler, a surfer, and an expat, and he’s got a podcast called Misfits and Rejects for people who hate their nine-to-five, and dream of living far away. He comes into this coaching call, as he says, to “throw [him]self at the mercy of the podcasting court and say, ’Help me please, help me be a better podcaster.’” And it really comes to whether we're going to let a setback mean we start again from scratch or, rather, use it as a pivot point. Hopefully what happened to Chapin doesn't happen to you, but if it does, you'll be better equipped because of listening to this show.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

If you have a business, or you know someone who does, you probably know that small business owners wear a lot of hats—we definitely do. Some of those hats are awesome, but some—like filing for taxes and running payroll, for example—aren't as great. That's where Gusto comes in. They make payroll, taxes, and HR easy for small businesses. My team uses it, and we can't live without it. You can get three months free when you run your first payroll. See for yourself at gusto.com/askpat.

Buy my new book, Superfans!

Jul 02 2020

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AP 1124: How Do I Monetize My Brand Now That I Have a Bit of a Following?

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I'm all about Disney. My family and I love it, including the food at Disney parks, so I'm especially excited to share today's AskPat coaching call with Kristi Rada, talks about and connects people to the amazing food and the different dining options at all the Disney parks with her podcast, Happiest Plate on Earth. (Here's her website, Instagram, and Facebook). We don't just talk Disney food. We talk about how to take this amazing brand of hers and begin to monetize it, but do it in a graceful way that offers value and creates a win on both sides.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

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Jun 25 2020

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AP 1123: How Do I Get More Clients and Stand Out In The Crowded Niche I'm In?

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Kelyn Block has built a part-time basketball coaching business through word of mouth, and he wants to parlay it into a full-time gig. He's got a clear shot at the basket and just has to start dribbling down the court. I help him navigate and discover where he can go with his special skill—because obviously, he's not the only one to teach basketball. This is a very tactical conversation in which I try to get Kelyn comfortable talking a little bit more about himself. He does a great job answering the questions, and we get to some really exciting conclusions. By the end, you'll be on the sidelines cheering Kelyn down the court. Swish!

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

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Jun 18 2020

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AP 1122: So Many Options, So Little Time. What Do I Focus On?

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In this AskPat coaching call, I help Natasha Watley, a two-time softball Olympian who who just can't do anything halfway. Natasha is an expert in something called slap hitting and coaches girls how to do this via her online course. But she also does so much more. Her passion is creating opportunities for girls and inspiring them, and she also loves speaking to a wider audience. How can she do both things 100 percent of the time and still have time for herself? With so many options, so little time, and so much drive to do it all really well, how can we choose what to focus on?

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

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Jun 11 2020

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AP 1121: I Started a New Brand, and Now I'm Overwhelmed. What Do I Do?

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On today's coaching call, I'm talking with Jill Gilbert, an entrepreneur who has been producing a big event around digital and medical tech and recently launched a brand of her own focused on women's health called WickedAwesomeYou.com. She's got an ebook called Wicked Wellness, and she wants to do everything: videos, podcast, blog, a community site . . . This is all new territory for her, so she's looking to just talk it out—does she do this or this? How does she make sure her audience is getting what they need? We talk about finding the best way to create the transformation her audience wants to see.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

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May 28 2020

22mins

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AP 1120: How Do I Grow and Sell More Product Without Overwhelming Myself (and Compromising Quality)?

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In this episode of AskPat 2.0, I talk to Sarah Murphy of Alchemilla, who's trying to grow a business and sell more product without overwhelming herself. She's come up with some amazing recipes that help people get out of pain, and she's been getting traction with one of her products, sausage tree cream. (It's a real thing!) She also accepted an invitation to do a speaking engagement, and then—bam!— her one-woman production making cream in her kitchen was suddenly overwhelmed. More time in front of her computer. Less time foraging in nature. She wants to help as many people as possible, but what kind of growth fits with Sarah's vision?

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

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May 21 2020

26mins

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AP 1119: My Sales Are Slow. How Can I Ramp Them Up?

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In this episode of AskPat 2.0, I help Megan, a percussionist/professor/brand strategy coach for musicians, come up with ways to generate more income and help more people. She's got an e-book, she's got courses, and she's got coaching, but her email list isn't doing anything to drum up business. (See what I did there?) I give her ideas on using discovery calls and her podcast to drive growth, as well as how to use pricing and combining to grow her sales.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen, too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

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May 14 2020

26mins

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AP 1118: What's My Target Audience, and How Can I Break Into That Industry?

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In this episode of AskPat 2.0, I talk with Dani from commonsenseanalytics.net. She has a specialty—a superpower, if you will—related to analytics: how to read them and use them to grow your business. She initially wanted to target small mom-and-pop shops because they obviously need some help, but it's made more sense to target larger companies with more money to spend. I help her figure out how she can break into this segment.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly visual and super-intuitive. You can get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “AskPat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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May 07 2020

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AP 1117: I'm Worried About the Longevity of My Brand. What Should I Do?

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In this episode of AskPat 2.0, I talk with Betsy McNally Laouar, of betsymcnally.com. She's worried about what's going to happen to her brand when/if she can't be there in the future. Can she still control the brand and the quality of the content and continue serving her audience?

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “AskPat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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Apr 30 2020

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AP 1116: How Do I Increase Engagement Through Email Marketing?

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In this episode of AskPat 2.0, I speak with Jake Lang, a serial entrepreneur who had a very similar start to mine: helping people pass some exams. He's building his brand over at theentrepreneurridealong.com and is here to talk about email marketing and making more personal connections with the people in his audience.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “AskPat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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Apr 23 2020

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AM 0003: How Are Information Product Sales Affected During an Economic Downturn, and What Adjustments Should I Make?

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In this episode, I once again turn over the show to my business partner, Matt Gartland, who answers a question from Jay, who is in the health and fitness industry. Jay wants to know how the COVID-19 quarantine is going to affect his sales. How is this crisis going to affect consumers' incentive to buy, and how are consumer habits changing? Matt discusses how the health and fitness industry may be in a unique position to offer online services for people who are looking for new ways to exercise and eat nutritious meals while they are quarantined at home, and how Jay may be able to lean into that opportunity.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Apr 20 2020

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AM 0002: Which Business Finance Stats Are the Most Fundamental to Track During Times of Uncertainty?

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In this episode, I once again turn over the show to my business partner, friend, and CFO/COO of SPI Media to Matt Gartland. He answers a question from Brent, who has his own counseling business, what financial stats he should be monitoring during this time of the COVID-19 crisis. He's getting tons of business right now because so many people are seeking out counseling. And he wants to know how to manage his cash flow. Like many counselors, he doesn't have an accounting or finance background. Matt gives his thoughts about cashflow balances, burn rate, and interest rates. Listen in and learn more!

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Apr 17 2020

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AM 0001: How Do I Support Local Businesses as an Online Entrepreneur During This Crisis?

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In this very special episode, we're temporarily changing the name to AskMatt! I'm turning over the episode to Matt Gartland, who is my business partner, friend, and CFO/COO of SPI Media. Matt is hosting the show today, and for the next few episodes, to answer questions about what steps online business owners should take during this COVID-19 crisis. Today he answers a question from Tristan, who asks "How can online entrepreneurs better support local businesses during this crisis?" In addition, Matt also talks about how businesses can better manage their cash in order to prepare for future economic uncertainty.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Apr 15 2020

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AP 1115: I Want To Take My Business to the Next Level. Should I Write a Book?

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In this episode of AskPat 2.0, I speak with Ramzi Marjaba from wethesalesengineers.com. We talk about monetizing the brand in a graceful way that serves the audience he's built. He's started writing a book, but maybe that's not the best way to go. Just what opportunities are in front of us? How do we decide whether to write a book or create some courses?

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “AskPat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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Apr 09 2020

31mins

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AP 1114: My Podcast is Exploding. How Do I Get Podcast Sponsors?

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In this episode of AskPat 2.0, we're speaking with Krista Karpowich who, thanks to one of our courses, Power-Up Podcasting, started a podcast. It's taking off right now, so fast, in fact, that she quit her full time job. We discuss monetization opportunities. She asks: "How do I get podcast sponsors?" We get into some of the nitty-gritty for sure.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on Apple Podcasts (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Buy my new book Superfans!

Apr 02 2020

27mins

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By Jenny Lisk - Dec 02 2019
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So much great info here. Highly recommend.

Outstanding!!

By Rell707 - Aug 26 2019
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I’ve gotten soo much value from this podcast that it’s unbelievable! I highly recommend listening!