Who is Pat Flynn?

So if you’ve been in the online space for any period of time, you’ve likely heard of Pat Flynn. Pat runs the super popular website Smart Passive Income.

He’s a former architect that was made redundant, turned online business superstar. He’s also married and a father of 2 young kids.

His story:

As I mentioned, he graduated university with a degree in architecture and went to work for an architectural firm in what was seemingly a dream job.

However in 2008, with the economic downturn, Pat was let go from his firm a few months before his wedding.

This could have been a terrible time for Pat, but it wasn’t thanks to a little website that Pat had built on the side to help him study for his architectural exams. He found a way to monetise this website, and that was the beginning of his online career.

Pat started the Smart Passive Income website in 2008 as a way to share the strategies that had helped him grow his online business.

As he says:

“Since that time, it has become remarkably easy to find advice on internet marketing and starting an online business—but what has gotten harder is finding ethical advice that has been properly tested.”

Why you need to know him:

Pat comes across as a super nice guy, and his podcast is fantastic. I’ve learnt so much from the guests that he’s interviewed.

He also has a great YouTube channel and is an author of 2 books.

Some of my favourite episodes:

This was really hard because there are so many to choose from, but here are a few:

SPI 282: How Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Rocked the Kickstarter Scene

SPI 257: The Incredible Story Behind Kelsey Baldwin’s Business, Paper and Oats

SPI 205: How Simple Green Smoothies Used “Challenges” to Grow from 0 to 200k Subscribers in a Year

And here are a couple of faves from his YouTube channel:

And another thing:

He’s the king of affiliate marketing, and for years he made thousands of dollars a month simply from recommending tools that he uses. He’s built up a community of raving fans who know, like and trust him, and will take his recommendations seriously.

Now he’s diversified his income between his affiliate income and his own products that he sells.

How much does he earn?

Pat is famous for his income reports. Check them out for some really useful and inspiring ways to see how Pat earns his income.