My wife and I have visited a lot of countries…England, France, Guatemala. Next year we are planning a trip to Italy. I’d like to go for several months, and then do the same thing the following year in a different country.
My ideal lifestyle is to live a couple of months each year in a different place. After Italy, I’d like to visit South America, Asia, and more of Europe. In addition, we have plans to visit all of the major national parks here in the United States.
Since I started writing on the Internet, this is the type of flexible lifestyle that’s become available to me.
The great thing about blogging as a business is that you can work anywhere. So long as you have an Internet connection, you can take care of your business. That allows us tremendous freedom to live and vacation anywhere we want to.
When I started doing this in 2007, I didn’t have a business in mind. It was more of a hobby. I practiced law during the day, and I was a bored with it. I wanted to do something different. I have an interest in personal finance and investing, so I started a personal finance blog, The Dough Roller.
I had never built a blog before, but it turned out to be pretty simple. I just started writing articles each day and publishing them. (An important step for new bloggers, I also became part of a pretty strong group of personal finance bloggers.)
I started monetizing the blog right from the beginning with things like AdSense and links to Amazon books that I might write about. For about the first year, however, the blog generated very little income.
Working two to three hours a day, I would say the first six months, total, I made about $100. Part of that was because I was learning and part of it was because the blog was new, so it wasn’t getting a lot of traffic. But then it quickly escalated. I made about $30,000 in 2008 and then it went from there into what I would consider a full-time income from 2009.
Developing the blog is opening new possibilities for my future. I think at this point, the biggest difference is just the options that I have. I don’t have to keep working.
I’m still in the process of deciding whether I’m going to retire now. I’m only 46. I can do this from anywhere, so we’re no longer tied to any one location.
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