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What You Need To Know To Turn Your Passion Into A Successful Business
May 25

What You Need To Know To Turn Your Passion Into A Successful Business

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Charles Max Wood, founder of DevChat.tv. Charles is a developer who has turned his skill-set and his passion for helping people into a full-time successful business.

A couple of key aspects that helped him become successful:

  • Having a dream that could support him.
  • Figuring out what he was offering is worth.

Knowing that his dream could support him and thinking it would be cool to talk code to others every week, he decided to take the risk and follow his heart. He now hosts several, sponsor-backed, podcasts.

When people tell me that something I did made a difference for them personally, that's a win! Click To Tweet

Listen in now as we take this podcast to the geekiest level it has ever been!

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Mark: Learn more about Charles Wood by going to his website at Devchat.tv. Also check out ClearBit.com. It’s a free gmail extension that gives you the background information of the person you might be emailing.

Scott: Check out StatusBrew.com. It’s an app that will recycle your posts and keep them going at an affordable rates.

Charles: Read the book Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time by Rory Vaden. It talks about the different steps you should go through in order to get stuff off your plate. Start automating and start doing the more important stuff yourself.

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Newbie Mistakes—Leading With The Wrong Price
May 23

Biggest Pet Peeves—How We Deal With Them

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:

  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd
  • Erik Peterson

It’s time to get the violins out as we discuss the negative aspects of this business.

  • Pet Peeves—What annoys us most about this business? Everybody has their pet peeves, how do you deal with them?
  • Failure Points—Why some people fail and what you can learn from it.
When you put the focus on results instead of efforts, it’s a recipe for disaster! Click To Tweet

Plus, how do you keep yourself motivated? The group goes over what works for them.

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Mark: Check out LandingLion.com. It helps you create landing pages for your business. Also check out VAs.TheLandGeek.com if you want trained virtual assistants at your disposal.

Scott: Check out Airtable.com. (Oh no he didn’t!) It’s an all-in-one collaboration platform; a database and spreadsheet combined. Also check out LandModo.com/TheLandGeek. We are now allowing outside people to list their property on my site and enjoy my resources.

Tate: Check out ClickMeter.com. It allows you to monitor, compare, and optimize all your marketing links in one place to increase the conversion rate.

Erik: Check out TypeForm.com. It’s a new way to look at online forms.

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Writing E-Books—What You Need To Know To Create A Lifetime Of Passive Income
May 18

Writing E-Books—What You Need To Know To Create A Lifetime Of Passive Income

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Scott is wearing his shiny object syndrome hat as he and Mark talk to Tom Corson-Knowles from TCKPublishing.com. Tom’s mission is to help others earn a full-time commission from e-book sale royalties and he shares some of his secrets with us!

Tom delves deep into:

  • The key thing to make books more successful
  • What makes a book valuable
  • How to create a good title
  • PLUS, the passive element side to it all

It’s a one time build, with recurring royalties that can pay out over generations!

The market is so big and growing so fast, there's a massive amount of opportunity! Click To Tweet

Listen in now to learn more about building this truly passive income!

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Mark: Learn more about Tom by going to his website at TCKPublishing.com. 

Scott: Check out the Mac app Floradora. You can send emails to yourself easier without having to open the email client. Everything is just on the top of your menu bar. 

Tom: Study everything about Michael A. Singer. He’s got a great video on mindfulness training: Mindfulness as a Way of Life, and he’s got a book called, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. It’s all about being present in the moment or being aware of your emotions, being aware of what’s inside your head. You can’t take massive action if you get stuck in your mind or in your emotions. These resources will help you get unstuck. 

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Newbie Mistakes—Leading With The Wrong Price
May 16

Wholesale Ethics—Keep It Clean And Be Upfront!

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:

  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd
  • Erik Peterson
  • Sean Rickman

Today’s Topics:

  • Wholesaling ethics—The appropriate protocol when it comes to wholesaling. Is inserting yourself in the equation without the sellers knowledge OK? We delve deep into this topic! 
  • Shiny object syndrome—Who on the panel has it and have they ever chased that shiny object?
  • Managing your land business while traveling, or living outside of the US—What are the challenges and processes. 

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Check out Airtable.com for a spreadsheet and database combined.

Scott: Check out  IMindQ.com for online mind maps.

Tate: Read the book The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin. Also, Check out ScottsCheapFlights.com to find cheap international flights.

Erik: Check out an app called GV Connect to manage Google voice numbers to ring in your phone.

Sean: Check out SkyScanner.com for cheap flights. 

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Key Factors You Need To Know To Boost Your Email Marketing
May 11

Key Factors You Need To Know To Boost Your Email Marketing

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Joshua Earl from JoshuaEarl.com. Joshua is a copywriter, email marketer, and programmer. He shares 2 challenges with us that he sees people having with copywriting and how to overcome them.

Plus, we delve deep into email marketing. Some key takeaways:

  • You CAN’T email too much! Show up at least once a week, if not more.
  • Give something in value.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a sell, have a call to action!
  • Tell a story.

Joshua tells us what makes a good story, plus he gives us a lot more valuable advice on building up your lists and adding content to keep the subscribers wanting more!

It doesn't matter until the market speaks. Click To Tweet

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Joshua Earl by going to his website at JoshuaEarl.com.

Scott: Check out the iPhone app called Elevate—Celebrate the Small Wins. It is a beautifully simple way to keep track of the small happy moments in life.

Joshua: Check out ThriveThemes.com. If you have a website and you need to grow your email list or sell anything, Thrive Themes helps you build from the ground up to make your entire website convert more of your visitors into subscribers, customers & clients.

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Newbie Mistakes—Leading With The Wrong Price
May 09

Is Selling VIA Text The New Preferred Method?

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:

  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd
  • Erik Peterson
  • Mike Zaino

Today’s Topics:

  • Selling via text—Is it the new preferred method?
  • The legal aspects of blasting out the deal of the week through text.
  • Buying land that you don’t want—mindset and strategy when offering a low price.
  • How to create scarcity on property.
Begin with the end in mind. Always have an exit strategy. Click To Tweet

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Read the book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari.

Scott: Check out the Annotable app. It’s the most full-featured all-in-one image annotation tool.

Tate: Make your photos on your ads better and unique using Adobe Lightroom. 

Erik: Check out Ritetag.com. It’s a web app for looking at potential hashtags.

Mike: Read the book, Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg.

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Want To Boost Profits? Learn How To Create An Optimistic Climate
May 04

Want To Boost Profits? Learn How To Create An Optimistic Climate

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Shawn Murphy from SwitchAndShift.com and author of The Optimistic Workplace: Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone.

It’s Shawn’s business to help companies change their climate—what it feels like to work somewhere—so the focus is on the leader of that company, to create a positive experience by creating an optimistic workplace.

You need to be a good leader to help people be successful personally as well as professionally. Click To Tweet

2 of the key steps in creating an optimistic workplace are:

  • Having regular one-on-ones. Make sure everyone is clear on where you are going, your goals and priorities.
  • Help individuals be better in life as well as work.

Can you apply these same principles to virtual assistants?

Listen in as Shawn answers that question and delves deep into creating an optimistic workplace!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Shawn by going to his website at SwitchAndShift.com. Also, subscribe to his Work That Matters Podcast.

Scott: Check out IfNoReply.com. It’s a simple email automation that works from your Gmail. You can use it to predetermine next steps in an email conversation if someone doesn’t reply. 

Shawn: Check out GoTrackMeet.com. If you meet with a team virtually and you use Gmail as your email system, TrackMeet allows you to schedule meetings and send agendas to everybody who is invited to that meeting.

Also check out Jell.com if you like daily check ins with your team. It allows you to know what everybody is working on and track your goals.

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Newbie Mistakes—Leading With The Wrong Price
May 02

How can you make your land irresistible? Keep your pricing simple!

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:

  • Scott Todd
  • Tate Litchfield
  • David Banales
  • Mike Zaino
  • Erik Peterson

Today’s topics:

  • Pricing Mistakes—What finance terms you should be putting in your ad to make it more irresistible to buyers and what you shouldn’t.
  • Septic Tanks—Do they increase the value of the property? David shares an issue that he is going through now and the panel weighs in.
  • Defaults—What percentage of term sales go into default and what course of action should you take?
If you can buy land for the same price you pay for coffee every month, how is that not irresistible? Click To Tweet

Listen in now for all the details!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: VAs.TheLandGeek.com for all your VA needs!

Scott: ConvertKit.com allows you to re-mail unopened emails in your list.

Tate: The Cash App. Great resource for sending cash.

Erik: AlfredApp.com—Adds custom hotkeys to your Mac. 

David: ListGoal.com—An extension to grow your email list.

Mike: WorkFlowy.com for VA management.

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

How To Take Your Sales To The Next Level
Apr 27

How To Take Your Sales To The Next Level

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to The Sales Whisperer—Wes Shaeffer. Wes is a sales trainer, marketing consultant, keynote speaker, copywriter, Infusion Soft expert and podcast host.

Today he talks to us about the biggest challenge a salesperson faces and that is what their #1 job SHOULD be. Plus he gives great insight on:

  • How to handle inbound calls to gain control.
  • How to structure a call to eliminate objections.
  • How he equates sales to dating and how all the little steps of “dating” leading up to marriage are small sales leading to the final outcome.
It's the tire kickers that are tomorrow's customers if you foster those relationships correctly. Click To Tweet

He offers up great advice, with a great sense of humor. You don’t want to miss out on this VALUABLE, fun episode!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Supercharge your sales and learn more about Wes Schaeffer by going to his website at TheSalesWhisperer.com.

Scott: Check out Skore.io. Skore gives you a flexible level of collaboration and control to make sure you deliver the right information to the right people in your organization at the right time.

Wes: Understand that everybody is in sales. You’re either working your own plan or you’re being worked by someone else’s plan. You don’t have to be hyper and you don’t have to be happy. Knowing and liking is way overrated. People have to TRUST you no matter what though. Even if they don’t like you or barely know you, they’ll give you their money if they trust you. So focus on building trust in your customers.

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Newbie Mistakes—Leading With The Wrong Price
Apr 25

New Ninja Geeky Tactics To Build And Grow Your Buyers List

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:

  • Erik PetersonI’m always surprised by where technology takes us.
  • Rachael MuellerPeople want communication then and now. If they’re asking a question, they’re interested then. So the sooner you get back to them, the better the results.
  • Tate LitchfieldThe most important thing with your buyers list is top of the mind awareness. It’s important to keep your name fresh in their memory.  

What I love about Bootcamp is that everybody leaves on Sunday crystal clear. They’re motivated, they know exactly what they need to do. All of the land investing clouds have dissipated, their questions are all answered and everything becomes clear. Plus, everything becomes more real to them because they meet the actual people behind the names. It’s phenomenal!Mark Podolsky

Today’s topic is Building a Buyers List. We talk about:

  • New ninja geeky tactics to build and grow your list.
  • How often do you mail out?
  • The technical side: What you use to execute when creating a squeeze page to collect email and to create an autoresponder series.
  • What is the future of email engagement?
The most important thing with your buyers list is Top of the Mind Awareness. Click To Tweet

Today’s podcast is packed full of information for building and growing your buyers list, so listen in now!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Check out the site BeLive.tv for your Facebook live broadcasts. Also check out Ecamm Live.

Tate: Check out the app Any.do. It’s a to-do list, calendar, and assistant that helps you get life under control and get things done.

Erik: Read the book, The Conversion Code: Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales by Chris Smith.

Rachael: Check out the chrome plugin EyeCare. It reminds you when to look away from your computer to prevent eyestrain, backpain, and other health issues.

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

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