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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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520 Ratings
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484
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I’ve gotten soo much value from this podcast that it’s unbelievable! I highly recommend listening!

Love the podcast

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I learn something from every episode!
Cover image of AskPat 2.0: A Weekly Coaching Call on Online Business, Blogging, Marketing, and Lifestyle Design

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

Updated about 9 hours ago

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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 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
28 mins
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Rank #2: AP 1010: How Do I Grow and Scale a Super Niche Site?

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Today’s coaching session is with Ethan Clarke, who has a niche website called TheMarriageProposal.com. Ethan’s website teaches men how to plan an awesome marriage proposal, all written from a guy’s perspective. The website mainly generates revenue from ads and affiliate links. Ethan wants to branch out into ebooks eventually, but right now he’s focusing on his client/vendor relationships. He currently has relationships with photographers for proposals, engagements, weddings, etc, who then guest post on his website. How can he monetize his client/vendor relationships, create new ones, and scale his niche site?


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


I am loving this new format and really enjoying myself. It’s definitely taking a lot more brainpower, and it’s definitely a different beast. I would be so grateful to have your encouragement, so please leave a review for the show on iTunes! Thank you all for your feedback—it means so much, especially after this conversion to AskPat 2.0.


And hey, if you haven’t yet started your email list—I recommend ConvertKit. I used lots of different providers before ConvertKit and I like it best out of all of them. Actually, ConvertKit is one of my favorite tools out of any tool I use with my business. I’ve grown with the company as an advisor since 2015, and I have a special deal for you that you can’t get anywhere else. If you go to SmartPassiveIncome.com/convertkit45 you’ll get a 45-day free trial! Again, check that out at SmartPassiveIncome.com/convertkit45. [Full Disclosure: I'm a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.]


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.

Apr 05 2018
37 mins
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Rank #3: AP 1081: Where Do I Start to Build an Audience and Community Online?

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Mio is starting to build an audience within her mental health and wellness niche. We talk about Mio's superpowers, and how she can use those superpowers for good to build a community online for her business. Mio has an amazing offline business, but how can she take it online to grow her audience there? You can learn more about Mio at SolidWellness.org.

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 15 2019
31 mins
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Rank #4: AP 0919: What Are Your Thoughts on Creating a Minimum Viable Product?

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Today, Will has a question: What are my thoughts on creating a minimum viable product? Will’s site is http://willyoulaugh.com.

Do you have a question about ? 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.
Jul 28 2017
8 mins
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Rank #5: AP 0910: What Are Your Top Confidence Tips?

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Today, Bree has a question about confidence. What are three tips for having the confidence to do the things you are afraid of? Bree’s website is http://breearmstrong.com/.

My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches today! Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a 2-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September.

Do you have a question about personal growth? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
Jul 17 2017
9 mins
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Rank #6: 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
9 mins
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Rank #7: AP 1026: How Can I Monetize My Hobby Website? Can It Make Money?

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Emory is my guest on the show today. He has a hobby website called ByLand.co. He's a backpacker who once hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, and so his website is in the backpacking niche. He also runs a podcast called The By Land Podcast. I'm going to coach Emory so he can monetize that site, go full-time with his business, and help more people backpack better. Stick around!


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


In this episode I mention how effective resource pages can be, and a fantastic example is my buddy Thomas's resource page at CollegeInfoGeek.com/resources. Check it out!


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!


A lot of people have been asking me if I have any special deals for ConvertKit. As a matter of fact, I do! You can actually get a 45-day free trial if you go to SmartPassiveIncome.com/convertkit45—you can only get that through me.


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.


Tune in next week, where I go deep with someone who's reached their client limit. They can only handle so many and they want to go agency but they don't know how. You can hear that coaching call next week on AskPat. See you then!

Jul 26 2018
29 mins
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Rank #8: 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
8 mins
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Rank #9: AP 1017: How Do I Make an Extra $200-$400 Per Week?

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Today's guest is Darlene Smith, a hairstylist who's great at selling but doesn't know what to sell. She recently got involved in the promotions field and loves it. But she's been working seventy-hour weeks for a while now, and wants to find ways to create passive revenue streams. Her initial goal is small: Make an extra $200-$400 per week. How can she get there? Today I'm going to coach her to a major breakthrough, so stick around.


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


In this episode I mention Teachable, an amazing platform for creating an online course. [Full Disclosure: I'm a compensated advisor and an affiliate for Teachable.]


If you're looking to start an online business it's critical to build a solid email list, and to do that I highly recommend using ConvertKit. If you want to get a forty-five day free trial (can't get that anywhere else!) check out SmartPassiveIncome.com/convertkit45. [Full Disclosure: I'm a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.]


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.

May 24 2018
25 mins
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Rank #10: AP 1013: How Do I Grow My Membership Site Faster?

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Today I’m talking to Steve, a statistcs teacher and basketball coach who’s building an online membership site for his website: TeachHoops.com. This isn’t Steve’s first time on the show; he was actually featured in Episode 964. His membership site is growing steadily, but he wants that growth to accelerate. How can he grow his business faster?

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

I am loving this new format, and it would be so grateful to have your encouragement. If you haven’t already, please leave a review for the show on iTunes.

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.

Apr 26 2018
31 mins
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Rank #11: AP 1060: How Do I Grow My Small Social Media Following and Build My Brand?

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Cody is a new entrepreneur in the cannabis space, but he's having difficulty building a brand and monetizing the work he does online. Should he try affiliate marketing? Consulting calls? We're going to dive into a bunch of strategies for Cody today. If you want to learn more about Cody's business, you can find him on Instagram and YouTube.

And hey, if you're looking to build an email list of your own, there's no one I recommend more highly than ConvertKit, a company I've worked with for the last four plus years. They truly care about your success and they have a ton of advanced features without advanced feature pricing. If you want a free trial, just head on over to AskPat.com/convertkit. [Full Disclosure: I'm a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.]

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.

Mar 21 2019
28 mins
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Rank #12: 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
7 mins
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Rank #13: AP 1033: My Profits Are Being Eaten! How Do I Scale but Stay Profitable?

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This week I'm coaching Luis Diaz, who has a podcast agency in the fitness entrepreneurship space. You can find Luis on his Instagram. Like with any new business, Luis's agency is having some growing pains. As he's gained clients, it's become harder and harder to scale his revenue without scaling the cost of providing the service. He's feeling stuck. How can he scale, both in terms of growth and revenue? And as he scales, how can he better manage his team and systems so he can focus where he needs to?


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


In this episode I mention Brian Casel from ProductizeandScale.com, a great site that helps solopreneurs and freelancers scale their business and services.


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.

Sep 13 2018
29 mins
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Rank #14: AP 0821: How Do I Start Making Money Online as a New Entrepreneur?

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Today’s question comes from Josh, who has a question about how entrepreneurs start making money online when they’re first starting out. What should he do first to start making money online? Where should he start when he doesn’t yet have an audience? How does he find and focus on his unique value proposition?

In this episode, I mention my book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. I also mention my new online course, Smart From Scratch. Sign up for the next public launch in June at http://smartfromscratch.com. Go to http://www.100emails.com to learn how to start an email list.

Do you have a question about making money online when you first start out? Record it at http://askpat.com.

The sponsor for this episode is Vistaprint, an excellent resource for your business marketing needs. As a special to AskPat listeners, get 500 custom business cards for just $9.99 (50 percent savings!). Be sure to enter “Pat” at checkout. Learn more at http://vistaprint.com.
Mar 14 2017
7 mins
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Rank #15: AP 1034: How Do I Create an Offer That Serves a Majority of My Audience?

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You're about to hear a coaching call with Melody from MelodyWilding.com. You can also visit MelodyWilding.com/mediasecrets for free training on how to get mainstream publicity. Melody's a coach and she wants to serve more of her audience by creating a wider-reaching offer. She's not quite sure how to do that, so we walk through the process and uncover exactly what she wants to do next. Let's get started!


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


I've got a big announcement for you this week: I'm hosting my first live event in San Diego in July of next year (2019)! It's going to be very different, very special. It'll have speakers, but they won't be revealed until the event. One stage, one giant audience—something that you'll walk away from feeling inspired with your business. More information coming soon!


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.

Sep 20 2018
27 mins
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Rank #16: AP 0785: How Do I Set Up an Online Store for Selling Physical Products?

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Today's question comes from Jason, who has some questions about setting up a shopping cart for his website. Which is the best one for his needs, with include considerations for shipping physical goods?

I recommend checking out ShipStation (http://www.shipstation.com/). A good website platform to check out is Shopify, which is an alternative to WordPress that is designed specifically for online stores (https://www.shopify.com/). If you want to stick with WordPress, WooCommerce is a good platform (https://woocommerce.com/). Another good shopping cart option is Samcart, for which I am an advisor (https://askpat.com/samcart).

Do you have a question about selling products?

Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

If you are interested in starting a business, sign up for the Smart From Scratch waiting list at http://smartfromscratch.com/. Smart From Scratch will help you choose and validate your business idea so that you start your business off on the right foot.
Jan 23 2017
5 mins
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Rank #17: AP 0760: How Do I Get Exposure for My New Website?

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Today's question comes from Brandi, who is feeling overwhelmed by the existing competition in her market. Is it even worth getting started? How can she get access to big name media properties for exposure? Also, how does she add the ability to ask audio questions, like I have for the AskPat Podcast?

The tool that records questions is called Speakpipe, which allows you to embed an audio recorder on your webpage (http://askpat.com/speakpipe). Listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast Session #145 to learn how to get coverage from large media outlets (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session145). Another great tool is Help A Reporter Out (HARO), which will connect you with reporters who need sources for their stories (https://www.helpareporter.com/).

Do you have a question about gaining exposure for your website? 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.
Dec 19 2016
10 mins
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Rank #18: AP 1071: Does It Make Sense for Me to Start a Podcast?

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Dr. Kathleen Perry isn't quite sure if she should start a podcast. Kathleen's business helps women over 50 reclaim their vitality and live life to the fullest. But how can she translate that into a podcast? And does a podcast make sense for her? We explore that, why she's stuck on getting a podcast started, and how a podcast can help her business in the end. Dr. Perry can be found at DrKathleenPerry.com.

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.

Jun 06 2019
27 mins
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Rank #19: AP 0893: How Can I Find an Audience for My Niche?

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Today, Andy has a question about building his audience. He’s starting a website about retirement, targeted at millennials. How can he find groups of people who are interested in his niche?

Do you have a question about building an audience? 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 22 2017
6 mins
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Rank #20: AP 0843: What Is The One Thing You’ve Done Well to Make SPI Successful?

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Today's question comes from Adam, who has a question about the one thing I’ve done well in my business. Since I talk a lot about my failures in business, he’s curious about the one thing I’ve done well. What is that one thing? How can Adam take this one thing and apply it to his own business success? What can Adam learn about failure in business?

If you’d like to comment on this episode, share the one thing you’ve done really well in your business. Share that on Twitter with the hashtag #AskPat843. And don’t forget to tag me on Twitter @PatFlynn.

Do you have a question about what it takes to make your business a success? 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.
Apr 13 2017
6 mins
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