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

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Rank #117 in Management & Marketing category

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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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I learn something from every episode!

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Learn so much every time. Great way to pass the time on the subway.

iTunes Ratings

507 Ratings
Average Ratings
472
23
10
0
2

Love the podcast

By LoriPyne - Mar 29 2019
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I learn something from every episode!

GREAT SHOW

By Hphluis104 - Oct 31 2018
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Learn so much every time. Great way to pass the time on the subway.
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 1 month ago

Rank #117 in Management & Marketing category

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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 0790: Why Do You Put Your Name and Date on Blog Images?

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Today's question comes from Andre, who asks about my blog images on the SPI blog. Why do I put both my name and my date on them? Andre's website is http://www.asmallinvestment.com/.

Andre is referencing the images you see at the Smart Passive Income blog (http://smartpassiveincome.com/blog). I also discuss how Gary Vaynerchuk manages images (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/).

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

Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.
Jan 30 2017
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Rank #2: 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 #3: AP 0787: If I Have Multiple Businesses, Do They Need Separate LLCs?

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Today's question comes from Jacob, who asks about business structure. Should multiple businesses operate under the same LLC, or should each business have a separate legal entity?

The first business I started is Green Exam Academy (formerly called In the LEED; http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). My original LLC is Flynndustries LLC. The other LLC I discuss in depth is related to the Smart Podcast Player (http://smartpodcastplayer.com). My account is Dave from Profitwise Accounting (http://www.profitwiseaccounting.com).

Do you have a question about your business structure? 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 25 2017
11 mins
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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: AP 0779: Is It Better to Niche Down or Target a Broader Market?

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Today's question comes from Brian, who has a question about niching down. How does he niche down his website and his course? Should he target a specific niche, or a broader market? How specific should his target market be? Brian's website is at http://www.saasjunkie.com/.

In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Smart From Scratch. If you're just starting out in business (or it hasn't gone the way you want), Smart From Scratch will help you validate your business idea and get your first customers. Open enrollment starts next month! You can learn more and sign up for the waitlist at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/.

I also mention Internet Business Mastery, a resource that was key for me early on in my business journey. Learn more at http://www.internetbusinessmastery.com/. And, lastly, I mention SPI Podcast #46 at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session46/ with Dane Maxwell, where he discusses building a lucrative business with no ideas.

Do you have a question about niching down? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
Jan 13 2017
8 mins
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Rank #9: AP 0975: What's Your Advice to Someone Building Their First Website?

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Today’s question comes from Ali. She’s building her first website and needs some advice. How long does it take to get a website up and running? How should she pace herself? Ali’s site (still in the works!) is TeacherTransition.com.

In this episode I mention my new, free five-day challenge and course: Build Your Own Brand. In this course I walk you through the process of creating a foundational website. It opens today, and if you enter in the next week you can win a MacBook Pro, and you’ll be entered into a webinar about launching your brand. Check it out today at SmartPassiveIncome.com/byob.

Do you have a question about website design? Record it at AskPat.com.

Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to ZipRecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.
Oct 16 2017
7 mins
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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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
6 mins
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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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
27 mins
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Rank #14: AP 0793: How Do I Build My Website's Business Directory?

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Today's question comes from Simone, who asks about building a business directory on her website. How can she encourage new businesses to sign up?

I've used business directories on my niche site Security Guard Training HQ (http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/) and share my best advice for getting businesses to sign up.

Do you have a question about adding special features to 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.
Feb 02 2017
6 mins
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Rank #15: AP 0797: How Can I Improve How I Sound on a Microphone?

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Today's question comes from Andres, who is looking for some advice on improving his skills in front of the microphone. I share my advice for leveling up your microphone skills.

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

Thanks to our sponsor today, BambooHR. This online management software will help you manage the human resources tasks for your small business. Go to http://bamboohr.com. Click the microphone in the upper-right and enter "PAT" for your free trial.
Feb 08 2017
8 mins
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Rank #16: 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 #17: AP 0966: How Do I Start Online Courses or a Coaching Business?

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Today’s question comes from JT. He owns a handyman business in Colorado and is looking for guidance as far as doing coaching and/or creating an online course. What advice can I give him?

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

In this episode I mention my book, Will It Fly? In it, you'll learn how to test your business ideas so that you don't waste your time and money. Check it out at http://smartpassiveincome.com/will-it-fly/

My course, Smart From Scratch, is relaunching soon. It’s a lot like my book, Will It Fly?, except you get more detailed information about you and your specific idea, and access to a community and me as well. Check out http://smartfromscrach.com to sign up for the waitlist; you’ll hear about it next time enrollment opens.
Oct 03 2017
9 mins
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Rank #18: AP 0819: What Blog Post Types Should I Launch My New Blog With?

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Today's question comes from Jeff, who has a question about creating one large blog post to launch his new blog. Should he create one epic blog post to launch his new blog? What other content should he create to launch his blog? As his blog grows, how does he balance the larger blog posts and the smaller posts? Jeff’s website is at NewMiddleClassDad.com.

In this episode, we mention my interview with Neil Patel about content marketing for your blog. Listen to that episode at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session214. You can find the FoodTruckr.com article here: http://foodtruckr.com/2013/10/what-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-food-truck/.

Do you have a question about launching your new blog? 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.
Mar 10 2017
5 mins
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Rank #19: AP 0924: Should I Monetize My Blog or Keep It a Hobby?

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Jeanette has had a music blog for a number of years. Should she keep trying to monetize it or keep it as a side hobby? Jeanette’s music blog is http://eatsleepbreathemusic.com/.

Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
Aug 04 2017
5 mins
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Rank #20: AP 0842: I Haven’t Been Able to Grow My Business. What Am I Missing?

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Today's question comes from Glenn, who has a question about growing his business. He’s doing the right things in his business and has followed my advice. What is he missing? What opportunities are there for Glenn to take advantage of for his business? Is he connecting with the right people? Glenn’s website is at http://LiveFitLean.com.

Do you have a question about growing your business? 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 12 2017
9 mins
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