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There’s a moment in each of our lives that defines who we really are as entrepreneurs. I had a defining moment in my entrepreneurial journey, and so will you. It’s these transformative, life-altering, amazing moments I want to talk about in this post. Ready for it? Let’s do it. Anyone who’s starting something new, like your own business, becoming your own boss, or venturing ...
For the first five years after starting my online business, I did about 99 percent of the work on my own. There were a few one-off projects here and there that I had help with, such as getting voiceover work done for my study guide at GreenExamAcademy.com (which I actually did try to do on my own at first), but beyond that, it was all me. I set up my own websites. I customized the themes.
Latest Goings-On in September “Do you remember the twenty-first night of September?” Bonus points for anyone who knows that reference September was a great month, which started with a family trip to Disneyland. Yes, we visit Disneyland a lot, but not always to just walk around the park. Sometimes we run! This time, my wife was signed up to run the Disneyland Half Marathon.
For bloggers, nothing's more terrifying than that blinking cursor at the top of a blank page. That's why I've gathered ten tips for getting past that blank page anxiety and writing the perfect blog post. Running a blog for the past eight years has taught me what works, what doesn't, and the kinds of things readers crave from your writing.
I used to think that, as an entrepreneur, being your own boss and being the CEO of your own company were the same thing. I was wrong. By definition, the CEO, or Chief Executive Officer, is someone who is the most senior corporate officer in charge of managing an organization. Depending on the legal structure of the company, the CEO also reports to the board of directors and ...
This was a post I wrote over two years ago, but I think it’s important to highlight again because it asks a question all of us entrepreneurs should be asking often: “How will you know when you’ve reached financial success?” My answer two years ago was different than my answer today, as it should be. My goals have changed over time.
Look underneath the surface of any good business, and you’ll typically find finances that are well-managed and in order. This is why I wanted to invite my personal CPA, Dave Heistein from ProfitwiseAccounting.com, to write a guest post to talk about what we as entrepreneurs can do to best manage the finances of our business.
One of my podcast listeners asked me, "Now that your first self-published, print book has been out in the world for six months, how is it doing? What did you learn from the process of creating Will It Fly?" I thought I'd answer that question in this special episode of SPI TV and offer you guys my honest thoughts about what I learned from Will It Fly?. Will It Fly? surprised me.
Latest Goings-On in August The biggest announcement in August was the brand new SPI Pro Theme, which became available for WordPress users worldwide this month. Through a partnership with the team over at StudioPress, we were able to re-engineer the SPI theme that was used on this site between 2013 and early 2016 to one that could be distributed as a downloadable WordPress theme.
Today I want to talk about how much money it takes to start an online business. This is a very common question that I’m asked, and it was definitely a question I had when I first started. There’s a common misconception about what it really costs to get started. Most people, including me at one point, think that it requires loads of money. I understand how that can be discouraging.
The SPI Pro Theme is here! Smart Passive Income and StudioPress have partnered to create this beautiful, new theme based on the one I used on SmartPassiveIncome.com from 2013 to 2016. Today, I'm walking you through just how easy it is to use. So many people ask me, "What's the best WordPress theme for my website?" This is it, folks: the theme I recommend you use for your online ...
There’s a lot of noise out there, but luckily for us, there’s a lot of data as well to help us all cut through that noise and get noticed. Today’s guest post is an amazing one from Sarah Peterson, head of content marketing over at SumoMe.com, where she helps bloggers and online entrepreneurs collect more emails and get more traffic.
As I get older and I see myself changing, it makes me think hard about what’s coming next in my life. I have lots of goals related to my business, and I have family-related goals too, but beyond that there are certain things that I personally wish to accomplish by the time I’m forty, which is the next big age milestone of my life. I wanted to share those things with you today.
So many of you have asked me, "Pat, what's on your bookshelf? What books should I be reading right now?" In today's episode, I'm sharing my summer reading list: five books I'm reading (or can't wait to start reading) that cover everything from entrepreneurship and work/life balance to psychology and mental hacks.
For years, people have asked me to create a WordPress theme that is easy to use, effective, and looks great. In fact, between December 2013 and April 2016, I had hundreds of requests for the exact theme I was using before I radically upgraded SPI earlier this year. I even found a few websites who ripped off the design of my previous theme, which was flattering, but also kind ...
Why? Well, of course, people like to check out how much money has been made, and we’ve come a long way since posting only numbers from GreenExamAcademy.com. Several other businesses, niche sites, and even income generated from this blog now account for my total income generated, as you can see in the income breakdown below. However, these posts are much more than just about the numbers.
Meditation has transformed my life. It's improved my focus and well-being, and it's altered my productivity during my workday in a radical way. Today, I want to share how I made it a part of my daily routine and the tools that helped me do it. I used to be skeptical of meditation. I couldn't wrap my head around the value of sitting still for so long, thinking about nothing.
No matter what you do—whether you’re an online entrepreneur, author, anything, or anyone—fame and fortune, or just the possibility of fame and fortune, can be a dangerous part of your journey. If we want to be acting with honesty and integrity, this is definitely something we need to be mindful of.
I received a great voicemail question for AskPat that I decided to answer in this blog post instead of on the podcast. Pat, I’m starting a podcast soon and I want to know what you think the most important metrics are related to podcasting that I should worry about. What should I be paying close attention to understand if this is working or not? Since coming back from Podcas ...
What I'm sharing with you today is a little embarrassing. I'm revisiting one of my very first attempts at podcasting from back in 2008, as well as all the mistakes—and there are plenty!—I made as a brand-new podcaster. When you're just starting out as a podcaster, there are a daunting number of unknowns: Am I any good at this? Will anyone listen? Will I be able to fill enough e ...