Escape Overseas with a Blogging Career

I’m a full-time blogger and I am stupidly happy when I get to say that! It’s been one heck of a journey to get here.

In February 2010 I decided to start my own personal finance blog—Budgeting in the Fun Stuff— and I never had a hobby that I enjoyed so much! It was awesome to find a whole community of people that liked talking about budgeting and finances as much as me. It became a true addiction and I funneled in every spare minute that I could.

By the end of April 2010, I received the first ad deal for my blog. After that, ad deals started coming in once a month or more. I ended up making about $5,000 by the end of 2010. I never thought of blogging full-time, but I could feel something changing.

I only made about $34,500 before taxes from my day job, so I made the executive decision to go all in. I decided that I would be self-employed within the next year or else…

The huge benefit of self-employment is the flexibility. In the past three years, I’ve travelled to Mexico…Jamaica…Grand Cayman…and continued to work a few hours a day on the blog.

It is an amazing feeling to be able to go on excursions during the day, and write about it that night. For example, swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman was one of the coolest experiences of my life. It was just exciting to have them surround you and suck fish out of your hand…and blogging about it was almost as much fun!

We’ve also floated down natural lazy rivers in Mexico that went through caverns and through gullies. It was just awesome. My husband and I agree that the pure peacefulness of floating paired with the nature that completely surrounded us ended up making for the best vacation experiences of our lives.

In fact, we will be returning to both spots next year since we are suffering from withdrawal.

Yes, I need to log in every day, but all I need is a laptop and an Internet connection.

That sort of flexibility is absolutely priceless to me. It also means that if we ever move overseas permanently, I don’t have to give up my job. For a planner like me, that sort of stability keeps me sane.

These days I make up to $3,000 a month from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff and another $1,000-$2,000 from other blogs.

In the end, even though self-employment was unexpected, it works well for me. I may have to work every day, but at least I can do that work from anywhere.

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