Are you just getting started with your online business, building a brand and launching your website? We know how hard it is to find a great business idea and launch it while confronting the doubts and hurdles that face new entrepreneurs. Ever since the world started opening up again this spring, we’ve been hearing from a ton of folks who are excited—and nervous—to start building a business now that they’re seeing light on the horizon.
In fact, Pat’s told us that his inbox has been flooded recently with emails that go something like this:
“Pat, I want to finally get going on my idea and get a website up online, but I have no idea where to start. Can you help?”
I've had a HUGE influx of beginner entrepreneurs reach to me for help over the last month in particular. This is really exciting – I think a lot of people are going to use this summer to build something really special for the first time…— Pat Flynn (@PatFlynn) July 1, 2021
We can definitely help.
In fact, we’ve had an amazing resource just for this purpose for a while—we just haven’t been promoting it as much as we could.
We wanted to fix that—which is why this week is Beginner’s Week here at SPI! And the centerpiece of Beginner’s Week is (you may have already guessed) our Build Your Own Brand (BYOB) course.
BYOB has always been 100% free, but this week we’re adding even more value if you sign up by providing an opportunity to join a free masterclass hosted by Pat next Monday, July 26. In the masterclass, BYOB students can ask questions and learn how to get their website found and start building an audience.
In the rest of this post, I wanted to share a few resources from the SPI archives to help you get started branding and building your new online business. Check them out, then sign up for BYOB. You’ll see a link for the July 26 masterclass posted inside one of the early lessons. You’ll also get encouraging emails from Pat for the rest of this week as you’re making your way through the course!
More Resources for Getting Started Building Your Brand and Website
If you're a beginner, getting a handle on your branding and positioning can seem daunting. Thankfully, this stuff is our bread and butter. Here are a few goodies from the archives of the SPI blog and AskPat and SPI podcasts that'll help you get started branding and building an amazing business.
In this episode of the SPI Podcast, Pat goes over how to start building a brand from the ground up, how to understand your audience better so that you can better serve them, and some ways that you can follow through and build a great community.
It should come as no surprise that here at SPI we’re biiiig fans of niching down. But we get that the idea of picking a smaller audience can seem scary and counterintuitive. Pat goes over the rationale for targeting a more focused market.
Patrick Hanlon’s Primal Branding is an exploration of why some brands work and thrive, while others don’t. Hanlon delves into human nature to describe why brands outperform others, including our need to belong to something, our love for creation stories, and our fascination with memorable icons like logos and jingles, and the importance of having a creed.
In this episode of AskPat 2.0, Jay wonders how he can best describe and position his business and work to others. How do you fine-tune your messaging? How do you know when you've nailed it? Pat and Jay cover this in their coaching call.
For many (most?) brands today, a website is a crucial piece of how you present yourself to and interact with your audience and customers. Our ultimate guide walks you through each step in launching your brand new website with a bang, from creating your viral content to creating launch-day buzz.
Pretty much all of us have experienced fear of missing out (FOMO) in some form or another—and it happens when it comes to starting a business, too! Anand has had an amazing weight transformation in his life—losing 125 pounds and maintaining his weight loss over six years—and wants to share it with the world, but his FOMO is distracting him. He needs a little help finding focus and direction and monetizing his business.
To create a personal brand or not? This question can stop some solopreneurs in their tracks when they’re just starting out. Is it disingenuous to create an impersonal brand if you’re the only person in your business? Or are you actually doing yourself a disservice by thinking that way? Pat shares some guidance with Bill, who’s trying to reboot a brand that used to include employees but now is a solo project.
Branding… marketing… they’re pretty much the same thing, right? Not so fast. Before you start your own online business, you need to understand how branding and marketing differ, and how they work together. Here’s our primer.
That should do it for now! There’s tons more resources for getting started in the content archives on smartpassiveincome.com, including our Beginner’s Guide to Branding. And don’t forget to sign up below for BYOB and get access to next week’s masterclass with Pat. Happy Beginner’s Week!