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Your Portable Empire

How to Make Money Anywhere While Doing What You Love
Written by: Pat O'Bryan
Narrated by: Pat O'Bryan
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers

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Publisher's Summary

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 was 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 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.

©2007 Pat O'Bryan (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp

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  • Mark Brandon
  • 18-03-08

Terrible: Poorly disguised promotional fare

Usually, Audible's recommendations for me are spot on. Because I have purchased "Four Hour Work Week", which was a decent enough book, this book was recommended. This was a mistake. Since I only listen to audiobooks while doing something else, I am glad 7 hours of my life weren't wasted. Otherwise, I'd be very angry.

To borrow another reviewer's idea that it's for beginners, is understated. It's actually for suckers, the kind of people who fall for the one-page get-rich-quick websites promising internet riches with no effort. I avoid those like the plague. This audiobook is just the audio equivalent of those sites.

To O'Bryan's credit, he is able to spin a good yarn, and it was enough to make me think that something useful was coming up to the final minute. It never came. Here is the summary:

"Platitude Platitude Platitude. Poorly disguised promo for Joe Vitale. Blather, blather, blather. More Joe Vitale promos."

Clearly, Joe Vitale is behind this audiobook, because the author clearly has some kind of obsession. There is nothing original, and the advice proffered may have worked for some many years ago. Today, there has been such an explosion in e-books and newsletters that all but the most clueless are immune. They are the same people who fall for the late-night infomercial on real estate riches, weight loss, and other pie-in-the-sky promises.

The one bit of advice I would take from the author is to check and see if ANYBODY -- and I mean ANYBODY -- actually makes money from his advice anymore. Insist on proof because I don't think it exists.

I have found authors such as Seth Godin and Tim Ferriss to be much more insightful.

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  • Marius
  • 23-04-08


I was very disappointed with this book. As another reviewer said. It is a Joe V. promo and Pat clearly likes Joe pretty much.

I do however admit that i did listen to the end and didn't stop halfway which i suppose shows there is something there even if it was just my hope for something.

This audiobook is basically part of the whole get rich quick scheme as proposed in the book itself.

If you are brand new to internet schemes, and that is what you want to do with your life, you will definitely be able to learn something from this book

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  • Groundglass
  • 09-10-08

Don't waste your credit or money

As others have said before, this is a poorly disguised promo for Joe Vitale and his gang. I think the people who would make any money from the program in this audio book are the ones who are mentioned too prominently and too many times.

I was very disappointed in Audible's recommendation. Truly a product which would be better left off the audible inventory.

A thinly disguised "advertisement", one would be better off with Tim Ferris's "Four Hour Work Week" which provides a more unbiased overview of the potential of internet marketing.

Two thumbs down on this one!

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  • Robert O'Neill
  • 16-03-08

Well Done - For Beginners Though

The Audio book is very well made as it combines several real interviews directly into the program. Pat is also a very good speaker and covers a lot of ground.

The book though is for the very beginner who is just looking for some initial way to break into an internet based business, and Pat's solution for this person is ebook sales. It covers a lot of getting started ideas and reinforces motivational needs. Joe Vitale offers a few very good concrete ideas on writing which a beginner has not heard but anyone doing any internet marketing has definately heard.

If you are just thinking of an internet business this is a good introduction and motivational beginning. If you are experienced, there will only be a few nuggets in here to take away.

I myself was of mixed emotions as whenever I can get a few new ideas from a book I consider it a win for me, but there was a lot of fluff and very basic information. Pat is positioning himself as the newbie trainer for newbies.

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  • Erwin
  • 07-09-16

Waist of time

Don't listen to this book. It is a waist of time. Better pick anorher title on this subject.
Outdated, obvious & boring!

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  • Trisha Dupper
  • 11-07-09

i loved the ebook

I am looking to start. This book offered advise for the person like me that knows nothing. I appreciated the fact that it was for the beginner.

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  • morton
  • 16-05-08

For anyone who wants a successful online business!

A fun way to make money!
What could be better than a guide to making money doing what you love and doing it from anywhere!
With so many of us wanting to start home based Internet businesses, this audio book teaches the way to get started, and even better,how to be successful. I found it most useful and am enjoying my new enterprise, which I can run off my laptop from anywhere I happen to be!

1 person found this helpful