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The Art of Passive Income Podcast

Mark Podolsky (AKA The Land Geek) and Scott Todd from scotttodd.net are successful land investors, land investing coaches and committed to helping you break out of solo-economic dependency. Discover why Land Investing is The Best Passive Income Model (no physical inventory, a one-time sale, recurring revenue, a built-in incentive for the buyer to continue paying, and low competition). Learn about strategies, skills and helpful tips that will help you grow your Passive Income through Land Investing and other passive models.
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Jul 25, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Scott Todd continues to fill in for Mark while he is away for the entire month of July.

Joining Scott are: 

  • Mike (Zen master) Zaino
  • Tate (New DAD on the block!) Litchfield
  • Nian (#TeamMark) Wang
  • David (shhhh) Banales 

Today's Discussion:  

Have you ever had to answer to THE POLICE? —As in the law enforcers, not the popular band.  

Tate shares a recent incident that involves the police, threats of a law suit, squatters, the press AND the President! But don't worry, Mike has a team of bounty hunters ready for hire! You don't want to miss this!  

Plus, we go over what to do if you are suddenly without a VA. Are you prepared if your VA just up and quits on you? The guys go over their backup plans

Finally, we delve into scarcity mentality. We will show you why you need to change your mindset from scarcity to superabundance mentality!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Scott: Try the Hazel App for MAC to set-up rules.

Mike: Even a fly can travel 1000 miles if he grabs onto the horse's tail. We have an established system that works and you can make it happen by following the proven system! 

Nian: WiseStamp.com for email signature templates and dynamic elements.

Tate: Boomerang for Gmailtake control of when you send and receive email messages.

David: SpeedTest internet speed tester. Also, tip 2, use Gmail filters to help organize your inbox. Tip three, hire a VA! 

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

Jul 20, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott are joined by Peter Shankman—Shankman.com

Peter is best known for founding Help A Reporter Out, (HARO) which became the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline, offering them more than 200,000 sources around the world looking to be quoted in the media.  

The New York Times has called him a public relations all-star who knows everything about new media and then some

His Faster Than Normal Podcast embraces the concept that having ADD or ADHD as a gift and not a curse. 

Peter is also the author of five books. His latest, Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans, he wrote while on a plane to Hong Kong and back again with only a 2 hour layover in between. His only agenda for traveling to Hong Kong was to write the book! 

It's about knowing the way you work and being able to master that in such a way that you do it well.   

He talks to us about the premise behind Zombie Loyalists—someone who is so in love with a brand or a product, they want to share that with the world. And how to create Zombie Loyalists in your own business.  

A few factors are: 

  • Going above and beyond.
  • Being accessible
  • And making sure that everyone in your audience is benefiting by the information you're giving. 

Peter also shares how you can find the right audience for YOU!  

Plus, in what area does Peter see companies ruining their marketing plan? 

Listen in to find out now...

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Peter by going to his website at Shankman.com.

Scott: Check out the new and updated Process.st. They have new tools, platforms, etc. 

Peter: Go and check out Reddit.com. It's a website that allows you to learn anything you possibly want. There are topics on every conceivable thing known to man. 

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

Jul 18, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Scott is taking the helm while Mark is away. He is joined by:  

  • Erik Peterson
  • David Banales
  • Sean Rickman
  • Nian Wang 

Today's Topics: 

Strange Requests from Buyers—Erik shares a recent request for an allodial title. What is an allodial title and what other strange requests have our panel encountered? 

Paying for a Survey or Improvements—Is it worth the extra cost?  

Can your business sustain itself if you were to step away or run it from another country?

We delve into PRESSURE TESTING your business to uncover any hidden holes. There was one common hole that both Sean and Erik uncovered, listen in now to find out what it was! 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Scott: Read the book Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat by Michael Masterson.

Sean: Read the book The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms by Vishen Lakhiani.

Nian: Check out Workflow.is—an iOS app that allows you to connect different actions together and access them from your phone from the lock screen.

Erik: Check out Bond.co—an automated handwriting machine that you can use to write thank you cards for your clients right from your phone.

David: Check out the iPhone app myTracks—a GPS logger that you can use for your photographer whenever he goes to take pictures of your property.

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

Jul 13, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Mattan Griffel: entrepreneur, educator, CEO and co-founder of One Month—an education course that teaches code in one month.

Mattan is also a professor at Columbia Business School and was featured in Forbes 30 under 30 in education.

Today he shares with us everything you need to know about modern coding.  

  • How coding has changed in the past 10-15 years
  • Who coding is for
  • Where to get started  
  • Managing a developer 

The biggest mistake he sees people make in the beginning when hiring a developer, or any type of outsourcing, is they don't set time limits with ambiguous tasks. Why is that important?

Listen in now as he elaborates and delves deep into code.

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn how to code by going to Mattan's website at OneMonth.com.

Scott: Check out Chimpget.com. It's a widget that you can download from the mac app store. It will give you a constant check of your MailChimp account and allows you to see your list as it grows

Mattan: Check out Import.io. It's a web scraper that allows you to go through a site and extract web data into an excel sheet 

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

Jul 6, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Jon Ferrera, a technology entrepreneur who pioneered the first CRM software back when computers were a commodity that weren’t in every household. 

Tired of using day planners and forecasting on spreadsheets, he quit his job at age 29 and started GoldMine Software. He was able to sell that company and retire at age 40 to stay home and raise 3 kids. 

Being home gave him the chance to see how social media was going to change the marketing world, so in the early 2000s he saw an opportunity to recreate what he started with GoldMine and take it to the next level, the cloud, and he created Nimble.

Jon delves into his journey from GoldMine to Nimble, and how he was able to sell CRM software to other’s that didn’t know they even needed it. He did so by going after the influencers. He was able to build GoldMine to a 70 million dollar a year company without ever taking a dime of capital or venture and no bank loans!  

Plus: 

  • How to manage relationships at scale with the tools you have today.
  • How to earn intimacy and trust with contacts.
  • And what are the 5 "E"s, 3 "P"s, and 5 "F"s?  

There is so much value in this podcast, so grab a notebook and pen and listen in now!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about how you can take your relationships to the next level and scale them at Nimble.

Scott: Check out the SmartDesk2. It's a standing desk that has an option to add an AI Box that acts as your AI Personal Assistant.

Jon: Sitting is the new smoking, we need to move to be healthy. Start doing walk and talks with your team members, with people you are meeting for business purposes, on the phone, or just by yourself. If you walk for an hour every day, eat half of the food you have in front of you at every meal, and give the other half to somebody less fortunate than you, then you will be a happier human being. 

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

Jul 4, 2017

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

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

Today’s Topics: 

  • The Dip—Getting over those pain points that make or break us, like the list.  
  • Negotiating with a trust—Scott shares a couple situations where he negotiated with a trust and everyone weighs in with their own experiences and thoughts about the moral standpoint.

We also delve into the benefits of getting properly educated.

As the first flight school class comes to an end and all the investor-lings have left the nest, Scott reflects back on the students learning experience along with his own.

Also, Erik, who started as a DYI'er, signed up for one-on-one coaching which ultimately helped take his business to the next level—Making more money in a quarter than he had in an entire year! He shares whether it was the accountability of having a coach or the tools that helped him the most.

Plus, what advice would Mike Zaino would give to his newbie self?

Listen in for details!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Check out the app The Five Minute Journal.

Tate: Check out the app EasyGPS

Erik: Check out the Best Self Journal at BestSelf.co.

Mike: "He is able who thinks he is able."

David: Read the book Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide for Starting Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, E-Mail, and Cold Calling by Jeb Blount.

Scott: Check out the app ScanPost.io. It lets you scan, print, and mail documents worldwide - all from your iPhone.

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

Jun 29, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Noah St. John—NoahStJohn.com. Noah is a keynote speaker and bestselling author who is famous for inventing AFFORMATIONS®, a positive self-talk tool that helps people remove mental barriers and build confidence to make more money.  

As a leading authority on how to eliminate limiting beliefs, Noah delivers live programs and online courses that his coaching clients call mandatory for anyone who wants to succeed in life and business. He is the author of 10 books that have been translated into over a dozen languages. Noah is one of the world’s most sought after experts on personal growth and professional development.  

Today, Noah talks to us about his trademarked term, AFFORMATIONS®—what it means and how it will help you reach your goals!  

The default human belief is, I can’t. So how can we get rid of those limiting beliefs?  

Noah delves into his DBAR Cycle. 

  • Desire
  • Belief
  • Action
  • Results 

His method will change your belief from I can’t to I CAN!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Noah by going to his website at NoahStJohn.com.

Scott: Check out the app HeyFocus.com. It's a Mac app that blocks distracting websites like Facebook and Reddit.

Noah: Get my new book, Get Rid of Your Head Trash, at NoahStJohn.com. It will help you walk through the 3 big money mistakes that even smart people make. 

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

Jun 27, 2017

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

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

Today's Topics: 

  • How we unwind in the land business—Can we totally disconnect and relax or is the pull force of email just too strong?
  • How do you sell a property in 3 weeks? —The guys address this question that was posted in The Official Land Geek Motivation & Wealth Creation Group.
  • Sharing versus holding back for strategic advantage—How much information should you share? Are there some secrets you should keep? 

 

We also talk about getting properly educated and what stops people from making a commitment to a new program — Is it fear of the unknown or money that holds them back? How do you get around each to start moving the needle in your life?

 

Plus, what's coming next for the community? Scott gives us a teaser!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark:  Read the book The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman and follow his technique, the 5 Fold Why to get the root cause of what you actually want. PersonalMBA.com/five-fold-why/

Erik: TallyAn iPhone app for goal tracking. 

Mike: "Too hot, too cold, too late"— A reminder to stop making excuses!

David: Momentum—A Chrome extension to help keep you on task!

Scott: StickerMule.com for custom stickers that kick ass!

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

Jun 22, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Ray Higdon—RayHigdon.com. Ray is a two-time best selling author and he and his wife travel the world teaching people how to get more leads, recruit more reps, and become top earners in their network marketing company. Their company is  being recognized this year on the Inc 5000 as one of Americas fastest growing companies. 

But it wasn't always that way... 

After leaving the corporate world in 2005 to pursue real estate, he did very well until the market crashed in 2008 leaving his own home in foreclosure and ultimately a million dollars in debt.  

How did he rise from the ashes? Perseverance! 

With nothing else to lose, he decided to go back to network marketing, which he had sworn off after leaving Corporate America because of some bad company experiences.  

Ray found success by not giving up and... 

  • He kept his feet moving
  • He did not treat it as a hobby 

Ray also delves into outsourcing and why it's fundamental to scale your business. 

Listen in now to hear more! 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Ray by going to his website at RayHigdon.com.

Scott: Read the book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss. 

Ray: Determine what it is that you want to become an authority of, what category of business, or what niche. Then decide—what is the type of person interested in that thing, who do you want to attract, what are their problems, what are their desires, how can you serve them, and how can you add value? And then, start creating free content. 

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

Jun 20, 2017

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

  • Erik Peterson
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Nat Bruno
  • Scott Todd 

Today we tackle...

Creating Systems 

  • Setting up a system for the first time
  • Automate, Delegate, Eliminate
  • Using Zapier, Lob, LGPass
  • Finding time to create a system
  • Criteria for deciding when a VA is not working out 

Plus, we discuss Shiny object syndrome—staying focused and avoiding it!  

Why fix it if it's not broken—land is good, the market is strong and the phone is ringing -Tate

Staying motivated during the dog days of summer.

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark:  Cyclops.io—One click video conferencing and it's FREE!

Erik: Read the book Your One Word: The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter by Evan Carmichael.

Tate: Mindly App —Free app for creating processes.

Nat: PhraseExpress.com—Auto text expander for every platform.

Scott: Read the book Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt.

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

Jun 15, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk with Doug Sandler—DougSandler.com. Doug is a nationally recognized speaker and writer with extensive business experience as an entrepreneur and leader. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller.   

As a podcaster, Doug has interviewed guests like, Gary Vaynerchuk, Arianna Huffington, and even White House Chief of Staff, Ron Klain. He specializes in teaching others the "how-tos" of building relationships and strengthening connections. 

Today, Doug talks with us about what it takes to build good strong relationships, on both sides of business. Whether you're the customer or customer relations representative, the key is to be human! And by doing so you can: 

  • Put down the script and talk to them as a human being.
  • Be encouraging, not critical.
  • Be more mindful of your activities.  

We also talk about the power of podcasts and how effective they are in reaching out to others and the impact they have on our lives.

Listen in now to see how you can improve your relationships today!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Check out the app Cloze. It looks at your contacts and reminds you to touch base with someone if you haven't talked to that person in 30 days. Also, Learn more about Doug by going to his website at DougSandler.com.

Scott: Check out Median.tech. It's a data analysis tool where you can link in web services like Google Analytics, MixPanel, App Stores, and others, and it allows you to bring in metrics of your data very quickly and easily.

Doug: For the next 30 days, do the following things: 

1. Return all your phone calls. 

2. Return all your emails. 

3. Be on time every time. 

4. Stop overpromising and underdelivering. Exceed expectations. 

5. Reach out twice a day to people you haven't communicated with in the last 30 days. 

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

Jun 13, 2017

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

  • Erik Peterson
  • Mike Zaino
  • Tate Litchfield
  • David (shhh) Banales
  • Scott Todd 

Today’s Topics: 

The big changes going on at LandModo.com. As one company is monopolizing the land listing market and driving up prices, Scott opens his website up to other investors so they can list their properties and leverage his buyers and traffic. Erik Peterson, who has already made a sale on Scott’s website shares his experience. Scott also delves into all the features and benefits. And find out what advantage he has over the other land websites.

We also discuss:  

The power of consistency and how to form daily habits to get your deal flow flowing!  

-If you're consistently doing everything, you're going to consistently make money. 

And finally, we delve deep into the world of VAs:

  • The most challenging parts
  • Creating communication feedback
  • Finding time and discipline to train
  • The challenges in hiring 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark:  Check out Wyzerr.com.

Erik: Check out Process.st. It's a great tool for working with VAs in building processes, list of tasks, creating instructional videos, etc.

Mike: Apply this quote to your business: What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create. Visualize your business as a play and put all the characters and systems in place.

Tate: Check out the iPhone app called Hedwig for automatic response to people.

David: Read the book The Wizard of Ads: Turning Words into Magic and Dreamers into Millionaires by Roy H. Williams.

Scott: Check out the chrome plugin WhatFont. You hover your mouse over a text and it tells you what font it is.

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

Jun 8, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark & Scott talk to Rory Vaden, author of Procrastinate On Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time and Take The Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success

Rory talks to us about the 3 types procrastination: classic, creative avoidance, and priority dilution—what they mean and how to solve them.

One way to solve procrastination is to identify the significant priorities—the things that will multiply your time or multiply your results. By using his Focus Funnel System, a process that Scott also executes, it will help you to identify those significant priorities. Rory breaks down the 5 levels of the funnel which include: 

  • Eliminate
  • Automate
  • Delegate
  • Concentrate
  • Procrastinate 

Listen in as Rory delves deep into the things your SHOULD procrastinate on and identifying those you shouldn't!

You don't want to miss this podcast, it WILL move the needle in your life! 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Rory by going to his website at RoryVaden.com.

Scott: Read Rory's book, Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.

Rory: Read the book, The Go-Giver. A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann 

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

Jun 6, 2017

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

  • Erik Peterson
  • Mike Zaino
  • Tate Litchfield 

Today's Topics: 

  • Sellers who go dark (cue the crickets)—You get an accepted offer and try to reach back out to the seller, and nothing! What can you do to close the deal?
  • Buying options—Seller wants to close fast but you don't have the cash.
  • Other competition—Seller tells you they have received other offers and yours is the lowest. Is this a negotiating strategy or other competitors, and how should you handle it?
  • Building a rapport—when no one wants to talk on the phone.

Plus, the group shares their favorite selling platforms. What is this LandModo.com you speak of, Tate? (Shameless plug for Scott Todd’s new addition on his website — Search other investors’ properties for sale, or list your own!)

Listen in now!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark:  Check out the iPhone app called Clyp. It allows you to record your voice and email it off. Also, give your buyers a Giving a Little Unexpected Extra (GLUE) gift at YourOwnMaps.com.

Erik: Check out the iPhone app If This Then That—IFTTT.

Mike: Read the book The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work by Michael Gerber. Also, read the book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari and do his online course.

Tate: Read the book All Marketers are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works--and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All by Seth Godin.

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

Jun 1, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark talks with teenage entrepreneur, Marc Guberti—MarcGuberti.com.  

Marc has a long list of attributes, including: digital marketer, social media expert with over 275k followers, author of a long list of books—His goal is to write a book a month! PLUS, he's the host of the Breakthrough Success Podcast... and that is just to name a few of his business endeavors. 

Where does he find the time to do all of this and balance school, homework, track meets, and socializing with his friends!?  

  • He starts by writing down everything he needs to do the following day, the night before. By knowing exactly what he has to do, he stays focused.
  • He also outsources the stuff that he doesn't enjoy doing or the stuff that doesn't get massive results. 

There is a lot to be learned from this teenage entrepreneur!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Marc Guberti by going to his website at MarcGuberti.com.

Marc: Check out Hootsuite. It's a great social media dashboard that allows you to manage and schedule social media posts from multiple networks and profiles.

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

May 30, 2017

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

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

Today's Topics: 

  • Leading with the wrong price—A common newbie mistake. The guys go over their ad pricing strategies. 

The reason you put the cash price out there is to tease the difference between terms and cash.

  • Flight School processes—Scott gets into all the magical details. 
  • VA delegation—What is the first thing you want to delegate? The one task that makes you so crazy that if you have to do it ONE MORE TIME, you're quitting! (Don't ask Scott to copy and paste!) 
  • The mental struggle of being PERFECT—The struggle is real! How much detail should you really put in ads and mailings?  

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark:  Check out PhoenixDigitalMailbox.com to manage your mail from anywhere.

Scott: Check out LogoPony.comprofessionally designed logos.

Tate: Check out Wistia.comto upload and record videos.

Erik: Check out the iPhone app JotNot Proa scanning app for your phone.

Mike: Don't get crazy over great deals and don't get too depressed over bad deals. Continue forward with the mailing and marketing.

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

May 25, 2017

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.  

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

TIPS OF THE WEEK

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?

May 23, 2017

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. 

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

TIPS OF THE WEEK

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?

May 18, 2017

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! 

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

TIPS OF THE WEEK

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?

May 16, 2017

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. 

TIPS 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?

May 11, 2017

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!

TIPS 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?

May 9, 2017

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.

When offering a price, mindset plays such an important role in both buying and selling. It's an inefficient market, you have a buyer and a seller and it's what they agree to. —Mark Podolsky

TIPS 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?

May 4, 2017

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.  

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!

TIPS 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?

May 2, 2017

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 are: 

  • 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 give too many finance options, it gets too confusing for the buyer. Keep your pricing simple and you will increase your sales." —Mark Podolsky

Listen in now for all the details!

TIPS 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. 

Mike: WorkFlowy.com for VA management.

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

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

Apr 27, 2017

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. 

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

TIPS 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?

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