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Your Portable Empire: How to Make Money Anywhere While Doing What You Love Hardcover – August 31, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470135077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470135075
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the book he [the author] explains how...the reader can duplicate his success." (Gulf Business, February 2008)

From the Inside Flap

Imagine a system that allowed you to make money almost effortlessly, so that you could spend your time with friends and family, follow your dreams, or pursue other goals without worrying about where your next paycheck is coming from. Now imagine if all you needed to make that happen were a computer and an Internet connection. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it—with Your Portable Empire.

Your Portable Empire is a system for creating an online business you can run from anywhere—at home, at a beachside resort on the other side of the world, or anywhere else for that matter. It requires little day-to-day effort, and once it's up and running, your portable empire will create passive income for years to come.

Author Pat O'Bryan has created a number of cash-generating businesses that he can run from a laptop anywhere in the world. In Your Portable Empire, he describes exactly how he created his businesses and how you can duplicate his success. He shows you how it's done using real-world examples from his own experience, and personal stories and instruction from online gurus like Joe Vitale, Mark Joyner, Bill Hibbler, Craig Perrine, and Cindy Cashman.

Every single day, people spend money buying the information they need online. All you have to do is discover what information they'll pay for and then sell it to them. You'll learn to develop valuable informational products, build a list of prospects that drives customers to your site, and write effective marketing and selling copy that lets you communicate with prospects. Best of all, you don't have to be tech-savvy at all! If you can hunt and peck on a keyboard, you can build a business.

With the secrets you'll find inside, you won't have to work nine-to-five to get by. With Your Portable Empire, you can build a business that brings in consistent cash with almost no effort. Why spend your life in an office when you can live your dreams with your very own portable empire?


More About the Author

Pat O'Bryan is a best-selling author, public speaker, consultant and Internet Marketing coach. A former (broke) blues guitarist who discovered Internet Marketing in 2004, he has become one of the leading authorities on home based online businesses. Through his coaching program, UnSeminars, books, audios and DVDs has helped thousands learn how to build their own online businesses that they can run from anywhere. Pat's irreverent style and outside the box (what box?) thinking make his books easy, effective and fun to read.

Customer Reviews

It's also a genuinely fun read - a quality that is lacking in many "how-to" business books.
Paul Duffau
If you're looking to cut through the hype and information overload and just find a system that works, then this book can help you.
K. Fowler
Pat O'Bryan's book, Your Portable Empire explores making a living offering information products and the like through the internet.
William Wittmann, M.Ed. LMP

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

113 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Stacy E. Burrell on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Luckily I was able to skim through this at the bookstore as the title caught my eye. My first thought in reading the cover and inside flap was that this was a "4-Hour Work Week" type of book with more emphasis on e-Commerce. After skimming through the chapters, there was very little information of value, new or otherwise.

As stated by other reviewers, there is a lot of promotion of the author's services, as well as cross- promotion of contributors. Sadly, it's gotten to the point that when I see the names of the people who endorse and/or contributed to this book, it immediately raises a red flag. Especially, since some have written good, informative books in the past.

Overall, I would not recommend this book.
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153 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Antigone Walsh VINE VOICE on September 28, 2007
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I was very disappointed in this book. Touted as a guide for those interested in developing internet businesses,it veers from shameless self-promotion to superficial snippets taken from every popular spiritual and psychological movement. The information provided is quite basic and easily ascertainable for free from other sources on the internet and elsewhere. There are chapters containing interviews with other entrepreneurs which serve as promotion and cross promotion. While the author and his pals are enjoying luxurious lifestyles "baiting" suckers like me, I regret to inform them that there is a learning curve. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

It has become vogue on Amazon for the author's friends, millionaire mind group members, associates and affiliates to provide inflated ratings of books. This practice is deceptive and genuinely aggravating to those of us who rely on fellow readers' honest assessments. While surely some are sincere representations uncolored by association or gain, many are not.

This is not a terrible book. Written in a conversational, Joe Vitaleesque tone, it does provide a starting point for the uninitiated. It is not the reference I had hoped it would be.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Rubino VINE VOICE on April 4, 2008
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Overall it is pretty good. My main complaint is the bombardment of look alike products with different names. This is another book for creating an information product business-selling how-to-sell information products and how to get started in internet marketing.

There is a number of well networked individuals selling the same kind of dream-specifically creating passive income streams mostly through automated internet e-books and information products that can be downloaded instantly and the proceeds deposited into a bank account. This group has smartly cross-promoted each others work including good reviews and glowing testimonials.(actually a smart strategy; unfortunately most savvy amazon customers discount these reviews)

So if you can create an appealing set of products to promote ongoing to a database of potential customers over and over you can create your own "Portable Empire" as Mr O'Bryan has. The overall premise and approach might work in the real world but it is not as simple as he makes it out to be. Building a list from scratch and offering a new or niche product are challenging to say the least.

Also, a couple of examples didn't hold up for me; for example he says to take a hobby or area of interest and build a group of products around it. One example he uses is golf- I had a hard time imagining a set of information products with golf as the main theme being a regenerative information product stream-not enough to build the income stream to have the lifestyle that he espouses. Felt a bit forced for me but there are some people for whom this book will provide enough of a blueprint to actually create something of value.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By jeja on November 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately I agree with reviewer Antigone Walsh. It may be worth skimming through at the library, but it's definitely not the reference book I was hoping for either. There is too much promotion and the useful information could probably be condensed into one chapter.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Truex VINE VOICE on October 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I work at home on the Internet so I'm always interested in books about internet businesses hoping I'll learn some great new tidbit. I didn't get this book, mostly in that it seemed poorly organized. I like things to go in order, step-by-step. But this book didn't really do that. The second chapter is on the "List" which indeed is important, but it seems to me you need a topic, website, and/or product from which to start building the list. If you want to make money online, you might be better off reading Rosalind Gardner's resources, or other books on Internet marketing specifically.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cheri A. Lee on March 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We purchased this book, Your Portable Empire, in August of 2008. We were searching Amazon for books about operating an Internet business that can be run/operated from anywhere.

Why? Because we are living full-time on a sailboat. We need to generate an income from a business that runs on autopilot and can be operated from anywhere. We are operating a profitable portable online business from our sailboat. I have authored articles on this subject published in national magazines.

Pat's book is excellent! This is a must have for people starting their online business. He starts at the beginning and holds your hand as he explains the steps. You can not fail if you follow his system.

Another great aspect of this book and Pat's system, is you can start for little money and expand as your empire grows. You do not get overwhelmed with a bunch of monthly bills before you are making money.

This book covers the nuts and bolts, the mindset, and so much more. Without this book I know we would be stumbling along. I keep it handy and refer to it frequently.

If you are truly interested in starting and operating an online business this is a must have book. A no-brainer in my opinion.

Rob & Cheri Lee
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