Earning Passive Income The Smart Way With Pat Flynn (Ep. 7)

Pat FlynnI have a really good friend who always says, “You can trade hours for dollars, or you can trade ideas for millions.”

While he certainly chose the latter option, it seems that most people choose the former. But I’d like to propose a third option:

You can build systems to make money without trading hours. In other words, you can build passive income sources.

The idea behind passive income is pretty simple. You build a system that requires no work from you after you set it up. That system allows you to make money – even when you’re not actively working on it.

With a passive income system, you can make money while you’re sleeping, while you’re driving, and while you’re playing I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!!1

If you’ve read Tim Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Workweek, then you should be somewhat familiar with this concept. However, Tim’s book makes it sound a lot easier than it is. While building passive income sources is definitely possible, it’s usually not possible to truly only work four hours a week. Getting these sources to be successful – and keeping them that way – requires dedication, time, and care.

Today’s guest on the College Info Geek podcast – Pat Flynn – embodies those three qualities.

Pat makes over $40,000 a month through several passive income sources he’s build up over the past few years. He also helps others do the same with his amazing blog, Smart Passive Income (which also includes a fantastic podcast).

Not only does Pat reveal all his secrets and operates on a completely transparent basis, but he also publishes a monthly report that details exactly how much money he makes, and where it all comes from.

Back when I was learning about online business, I stumbled upon Smart Passive Income and several other blogs. Pat’s blog became my instant favorite because he’s so transparent and honest.

In fact, it was because of the things I learned from Pat that I was able to pay off almost $15,000 of student debt before even graduating.

In this episode of the podcast, Pat talks about how he landed a great architecture job right out of college. He tells the story of how he was able to move up in the company faster than anyone else – and then how he was laid off when the housing market crashed.

Finally, he goes into how this event set him on the course that eventually led to his success in building passive income sources.

If you’re at all interested in the concept of earning income passively – whether it be on the side, in addition to a regular job, or as a possible business idea – this is an episode you won’t want to miss.

Items mentioned in this episode:

Things you should do right after listening:

  • Start a blog. Even if you don’t make money from it, there are tons of other benefits (as you’ll find out in the podcast)


P.S. – If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review in iTunes! Thanks :)

Thomas Frank is the geek behind College Info Geek. After paying off $14K in student loans before graduating, landing jobs and internships, starting a successful business, and travelling the globe, he's now on a mission to help you build a remarkable college experience as well. Get the Newsletter | Twitter | Instagram

Hey there! Please note that some links in the article may be referral links, meaning that if you buy something through them, I'll earn a commission (at no extra cost to you). This helps to support CIG, but please don't buy anything unless you truly believe it'll benefit you! You can learn more here. Thank you :)

Want to Earn Better Grades?

Did you find this article useful?

Over 150,000 awesome students are learning how to dominate their classes, get more done, and land the jobs they want - and you should too.

Join in, and I'll also send you a free copy of my book on earning better grades!

Leave a Reply

7 Comments on "Earning Passive Income The Smart Way With Pat Flynn (Ep. 7)"

Notify of
Sort by:   newest | oldest

I can’t download. the page in simplecast said not found.

Alicia T.Glenn

I really love this post! I’m actually subscribed to Pat’s smart passive income blog as well (btw congrats Pat on the release of your new book and being an amazon best seller!).

Passive income is what I’m working towards now, because the 4 hour workweek is actually one of my favorite books and I’m currently working towards achieving the “lifestyle design” concept discussed in the book Lol.

Btw congrats on Graduation, I’m graduating in May also! Shoutout to the class of 2013! 🙂

Keep up the great content Thomas!

Trevor W

Another solid episode. I thought I had heard Pat’s past enough times, but I wasn’t expecting the info about his time as an architect. There’s some good info in here for sure!


Tom! Thank you so much again for having me on your show, I truly appreciate it! I hope your audience finds value in our conversation together, and if there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know! Thanks, and all the best!

// Read This Next

How To Level Up Your Life With Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness (Ep. 14)

Want more? Join over 150,000 students and grab my free book on earning better grades  →