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This is a fun one! I’m sitting down with Bec and Joe Winston, the brains behind The 4 Blades, a brand in a niche that I never knew existed. What is that niche? It’s a kitchen appliance called the Thermomix. You’ve probably never heard of Thermomixes, but Bec and Joe have built a vibrant digital publication, podcast, and community around them.
Today, I’m excited to announce that my new online course, Build Your Own Brand (BYOB), is now permanently open for enrollment. I created the course to help people who have no online branding develop a website and online brand that they can be proud of—all within five days. And the best part: it’s 100 percent free to join! Click here now to begin the 5-Day BYOB Challenge! I’v ...
Welcome to week two of Branding Month here on SPI! This week we’re talking about personal branding. One of the most common questions I get asked is, “Should I create a personal brand?” Today we’ll be exploring the pros and cons in depth. What is a personal brand? Should you have one? In a sense, I think that everyone should have a personal brand.
Today, I’m excited to announce the biggest challenge ever presented to the readers of SmartPassiveIncome.com. Drum roll, please. Now introducing a challenge for the ages: The 5-Day Build Your Own Brand (BYOB) Challenge! Before I get into the details of the Build Your Own Brand Challenge, first, a little history.
Welcome to October, and welcome to Branding Month here on SPI! This month is all about building your brand, establishing your stake in the ground, and most importantly, building something that lasts. Today, I’m talking about the best actions you can take toward building a brand that stands out from the crowd.
This month here on Smart Passive Income, we’re going to talk all about branding. I have some great blog posts and podcast episodes lined up that are going to help you no matter what stage you’re at with your business—but for today, we’re going to start with the basics. If you already have a brand up and running, this may be a great refresher for you.
This month is crowdfunding month on SPI.com. I’m exploring all aspects of the process, from validating, to building your campaign, fulfillment after the fact, and everything in between. Today I’m talking to someone who’s been on the front lines of Kickstarter campaigns, Ugmonk.com founder Jeff Sheldon. In May, Jeff launched a Kickstarter campaign for Gather, a minimal, modular desktop organizer.
I just got back from my first ever trip to Europe, where I spoke at an event called DNX Global, which brings nomads and other online entrepreneurs who don’t have a home base together to celebrate, get inspired, motivate each other, and learn. I was very thankful and honored that I got to present the opening keynote address.
This month I’m exploring all things crowdfunding. How do you validate and fine-tune your project? What’s the best way to go big with a Kickstarter campaign, not only to earn income, but for exposure as well? What mistakes do failed campaigns make and how can you avoid them? Here to answer those questions and more is crowdfunding expert Clay Hebert.
Welcome to my August 2017 Monthly Income Report! I’m excited to keep you up to date on the inner workings of SPI and all that happens here in the business, from the wins, the losses, and even the income and where it all comes from. If this is your first time here, make sure to check out the income report page where you can see the history of income reports on the blog dating b ...
I want you all to meet Cassidy Tuttle. She’s the founder of Succulents and Sunshine, a thriving online business that has earned her six figures and grown to include a popular blog, a book, online courses, and more. She’s done it all while operating in a relatively obscure niche—teaching others to raise succulent plants—and she’s here today to share her story.
John Lee Dumas. You’ve probably heard the name since he has one of the most popular business podcasts in the world, Entrepreneurs on Fire. But did you know he has also led the sixth most funded publishing campaign and the second most funded journal on Kickstarter ever with his launch of The Freedom Journal? Amazing.
This week we’re continuing crowdfunding month with an incredible story about two women, an iPhone, and a vision. Though they had so little, they set out on their Kickstarter journey with their goal set about as high as it could go: To create the most-funded book campaign ever. Today I’m interviewing one of the creators of that campaign, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls co-auth ...
If you’re following along, this is the fifth installment of my Physical Product Experiment, a step-by-step blog post series where I share a behind-the-scenes look at each stage in the process of building my first physical product: a productivity calendar and workbook. It’s been an exhilarating ride and a really amazing learning process.
Before Tiffany Lee Bymaster got into online business, her friends called her the “walking Yelp.” In addition to being a professional makeup artist, she had a reputation as a trusted, go-to resource for recommendations on just about everything. When Tiffany dove into coaching and affiliate marketing, that reputation came with her, and the “Coach Glitter” empire has thrived ever since.
Noah Kagan has returned to the Smart Passive Income Podcast! In today’s conversation, we cover it all: rebounding from rejection, asking for what you want, plotting your next move, and so much more. Noah’s learned a thing or two about validating and scaling new business ideas from his experiences building Sumo.com, AppSumo, and Sumo Jerky, just to name a few of his many projects.
As someone who’s been in online business for almost a decade now, I’m grateful to have met and built friendships with many amazing people, such as Amanda Bond and Greg Hickman, who’ve been successfully selling products online for years. I’ve learned so much from these people over the years, and have been truly inspired by all of them.
Today’s guest is an expert at finding more hours in the day. No, she hasn’t invented time travel—not yet, anyway. Jessica Turner has mastered the art of maximizing “fringe hours” and making time in our days to do the things we love. In today’s episode, she’s spilling her secrets. In addition to being an online business owner and bestselling author, Jessica works a full-time jo ...
Welcome to my July 2017 Monthly Income Report. Thanks for checking it out! Each month, I write a detailed report about my online businesses, including what I’ve been up to, the lessons I’ve learned, and, of course, the money I’ve earned online. I’ve been publishing these reports since October 2008, so make sure you check out the income reports page if you’d like to go back in ...
It’s the fourth installment of the Physical Product Experiment! In case you missed the previous installments, make sure to check those out before you read on. You can find those posts here: In Physical Product Experiment [PPE #1], I introduce what the experiment is all about, and why I chose to explore physical products.