It’s Crunch Time: No More Day-Job

After an entire year and a half of back and forth and then back again, I finally made a decision about what I’d do when I moved to Canada. Despite being a little bit crazy, perhaps, I decided to go all-in on the digital entrepreneur and make my living off of Amazon Affiliate niche sites and self-publishing books. I got my last paycheque from my university in South Korea about a week ago and now…

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On Being a Writer, a Few Thoughts

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A Few Thoughts on Being a Writer For a lot of people, it seems like their identities are wrapped up in their jobs. When you meet someone for the first time, one of the first questions that gets asked is, “What do you do?” Or, if someone asks you what you’re all about, your answer will often be related to what do you for a living. In 2 Days, I’m a “Teacher” No More In…

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September 2015: Killing it on the Passive Income

Jackie’s Big Life Question, Answered If you follow this blog, you’ll know that I’m moving to Canada in a few months (Feb. 2016) and the big, big question was what I was going to do for work. I wavered, here and there and there and back again but eventually I decided to just go all-in on the digital entrepreneur and write more books and get a whole lot more content out there into the world…

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How to Self Publish a Book on Amazon

So you think you want to write a book and self publish it. I have some good news for you: it’s easier than ever to self-publish with Amazon’s self-publishing platforms, KDP and CreateSpace. I have some bad news for you too: although I’m not inside your head, I have a feeling that in order to actually make any money off of it will be far harder than you actually think it is. It’s not impossible,…

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February 2015 Passive Income Report

February 2015 came in with a total passive income of $471.03. Check out the February 2015 Passive Income Report for all the details. Everything was pretty much normal except for a $150 sponsored blog post that I did over on my other site, My Life! Teaching in a Korean University for a car insurance company offering English service to foreigners. Sales of my eBooks which came in at an impressive $85.38. February is a slow…

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January 2015 Passive Income Report

Better late than never! I was traveling around Vietnam for the past few weeks and wanted to take a technology break, which is why this report is only happening in the middle of February. I earned a total of $272.92 this month-for all the details you can check out: January 2015 Passive Income Report. While not a huge number, I’m pretty optimistic about it for the following reasons: 1. Ebook sales of How to Get…

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November 2014 Passive Income Report

November 2014 Passive Income came in at $288.14. For the breakdown and comparison to the previous few months, check out: Passive Income Report The bulk of my income came from dividend paying stocks and Hubpages (formerly Squidoo), as usual but a nice addition was $42.68 in sales from my my new Ebook, How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams. Compared to previous years: Nov. 2013: 268.98…

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Passive Income Report October 2014

October 2014 wasn’t a great month for me in terms of passive income with a total of $253.44. Check out my October 2014 passive income report. Iherb and Amazon were pretty disappointing partly due to Iherb not offering any free shipping to South Korea and traditionally dividends are not plentiful in November. Compared to previous Years: 2013: $268 2012: $296 2011: $352 2010: $28 Onwards and upwards! My Ebook should be coming out in the…

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How to Convert on Amazon

Something I’ve having a hard time with is converting clicks to sales on Amazon. For example, in the first 11 days of this month, I’ve had 156 clicks, but no sales so far. I don’t include Squidoo Amazon sales in this, just my personal blogs (this one, My Life: Teaching in a Korean University, and Home Cooking in Korea). Readers: any tips?  I’m feeling frustrated!  I think I have enough of a following and enough…

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Amazon Affiliate: what to sell

Amazon pays around a 4-6% commission on the products that you sell, which is quite low compared to other programs out there. Although I sell lots of ESL textbooks and ESL teacher training type books through my blog: My Life: Teaching in a Korean University, it doesn’t really add up to any substantial amount at the end of the month because all those sales are $15-40 or so. The things that can really make you…

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My Current Passive Income Streams (and my day-job)

I’ve been on this journey towards financial freedom through passive income for a few years now and have developed a few different passive income revenue streams.  While I’d like to get a few more up and running in the next few years (diversification in this area is golden!), the ones I’m currently doing are plugging along and expanding, without a significant amount of effort on my part.  I’ll outline them here and in the coming…

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My story….the short-version

I’m a 34 year old Canadian, living the expat life in South Korea for the past 10 years working as a lecturer at Korean Universities.  During that time, I’ve been steadily building my passive income streams and learning more and more about things like social media, dividend stock investing, website design and marketing and a whole host of other things.  I currently average around $500/month in passive income and I’m hoping to eventually make a…

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