Life in Canada, 4 Months On

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Full-Time Online Stuff = Hard I’m going to get real in this post and talk about what it’s actually like doing the online thing full-time and why I don’t think it’s for me. Let me go a bit back in the past and explain how this whole thing came to be. I lived in South Korea for 10 years, teaching English at two different universities. For the last year or so, I wasn’t really happy…

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Amazon Affiliate Website: I Have Two More

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Self-Publishing: No More! Recently I’ve started to move away from self-publishing on Amazon. I wrote books exclusively for ESL teachers abroad (see my author page on Amazon), and now that I’m not doing that as a job, it doesn’t hold much interest for me. These days, I’m far more interested in Amazon affiliate websites. Amazon Affiliate Website #1…I Learned a Lot! A year or so ago, I bought a domain and developed my first Amazon…

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Buying a Website: It’s Done!

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Buying a Website: I (Finally) did it! If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you will know this. But for those who haven’t and are just finding their way here now, I’ll give you the brief update. I taught English in South Korean universities for 10 years. A couple of months ago, I returned to Canada. I wavered back and forth about what to do upon my return, but eventually decided to go…

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Moving to Canada, An Update

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Moving to Canada: I’m Now in Vancouver, the Farm was a Bust! I’ve talked for a whole lot of months about moving to Canada, after teaching English in South Korea for 1o years. A few of the things previously mentioned include: What to Do With My Pool of Money I’m Going to Become a Farmer (Keep reading for how that was a bust) The Plan to Never Get a Full-Time Job Ever Again Anyway, a…

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Why I Love Online Business

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Online Business: I Love It! If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably already open to the idea of starting an online business and perhaps even have a few projects on the go so you don’t need a lot of convincing. However, maybe you’re not that person and are reading Freedom Through Passive Income trying to decide if this online business thing is really worth the time and effort to get into it. I’m not going…

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Top 10 Passive Income Ideas

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Which Passive Income Ideas are for You? Money Rolling In? Making money online sounds pretty awesome, right? You do a little work up-front and then just watch the money roll in month after month and year after year. Passive income awesome! Getting money for no work! Love it! Wait! It’s not so Easy These Days Let me disabuse you of that notion right now: making money online is not so easy and you actually have…

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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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What Would you Do With $80,000, Updated!

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An Update on What to Do With My Pool of Money A couple months ago, I talked about a few different options for what I was going to do with the pool of money I’d accumulated from teaching English abroad in South Korea (for all the details about teaching in Korea, see my other blog: My Life! Teaching in a Korean University). For the original post, see: What Would you Do With $80,000? In the blog…

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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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Online Business Goals for 2016

Online Business Goals for 2016

2015: In the Books 2015 is in the books and it’s time to turn my thoughts towards 2016. This will be a particularly interesting year for me because after living in Korea for a decade, I’ll be moving to Canada. The plan is to kick the online business into full-time mode (See: All-In on the Digital Entrepreneur) from what I can currently squeeze in when I’m not busy at my day-job teaching in a university.…

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What would you do with $80,000?

What would you do with $80,000?

What Would you do With $80,000? I talked recently about how I have quite a large amount of money coming my way soon as I’m finishing up my time teaching abroad in Korea. Pension payouts, housing deposit, etc, combined with the best exchange rate for Korean Won—>Canadian Dollars in a decade means that I’ll have roughly $90,000 come March 2016. Since I’m ridiculously frugal, and am living for free on a farm when I move…

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The Perfect Blog Post

The Win-Win-Win Cycle of Awesome I’ve become a little bit obsessed lately with content marketing. It’s kind of a win-win-win cycle of awesome for everybody. People search for something, they find your site and get the answer they’re looking for, Google send more traffic your way, you give people more useful information and so it continues. Long Tail Keywords: The New Plan I’ve gotten deep into the world of using keyword research tools and then…

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How to Start an Online Business: A Beginner’s Guide

Ready to Start an Online Business? Maybe you’ve been reading this blog for a while, feel inspired and think that you want to begin building some passive income streams by starting an online business. If I were with you in person, I’d most certainly give you a high-five and be super-excited about the big step you’re going to be taking towards securing your financial future. In reality, the biggest hurdle to overcome is just getting…

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Facebook = Fickle, New Plan = Longtail Keywords

Internet Marketing: A Vision! The other day, I had a vision of sorts. I was out on a bike ride, contemplating my Internet empire and trying to figure out what the pest plan for me is in these next few months before I return to Canada and go all-in on the digital entrepreneur. And it hit me. Facebook = Fickle. SEO focused on longtail keywords = Here for the long-term. Traffic from Facebook I get…

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Building Passive Income Streams = Financial Freedom

Financial Freedom = Choices Financial freedom sounds pretty good, right? To me, financial freedom doesn’t equal luxury but it means a whole lot more life choices than you’d have without money in the bank. For example, with a decent money-pool, you could: 1. Quit your job without a new one lined up. 2. Travel for a few months. 3. Be generous and donate money to charity or help out a friend or family member who…

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What is Passive Income?

An Overview: What is Passive Income? Passive income is earnings received on a consistent basis without investing effort for each and every dollar earned. Most people think that passive income is ‘easy money’ but this isn’t really the case. In reality, it demands a lot of hard work. Things in life don’t happen magically overnight and passive income is not an exception to this. Once you understand the fundamentals of generating passive income, you can be on track…

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Unsolicited Advice and Why I Don’t Give a S*&# About It

Thanks, I Guess? Being out in the world of the Internet leaves you open and available for unsolicited advice of all kinds. I get an email or a message at least a couple times a week from people, both friends and random Internet netizens offering me advice that I didn’t ask for, on a whole range of topics. Now, I’m not hating on these people because at some level, they really do just want to…

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Dealing with Negative Criticism from the Netizens

  A Controversial Blog Post A few days ago, I wrote a blog entry over on My Life! Teaching in a Korean University called, Korean University Jobs: The Golden Handcuffs. Basically, I said that while university jobs in Korea are quite lucrative, they’re also not a great long-term choice for quite a few reasons. I posted the blog to a few of the English teacher in Korea Facebook groups and the reaction was strong to say…

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Building an Online Empire: The Pieces are Falling into Place

Building an Online Empire: Everything Going Right Lately it seems that everything has been going my way as I continue with the building of an online/self-publishing empire in preparation for my return to Canada in 8 months where I hope to make a living doing that full-time. I finished work a couple weeks ago and have been spending a few hours in the office each day, building websites, writing books, doing self-promotion and other stuff…

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My Ideal Retirement Plan at 65

A Reader Question: Ideal Retirement Plan at 65 A reader  asked me what my ideal retirement plan at 65 would be. Let me start off by saying that my thinking is perhaps a little different than the normal person. I in no way envision myself working a 9-5 job for the next 30 years and then “retiring.” An Alternative Plan Instead, I hope to live a life that is characterized by non-traditional work opportunities. Perhaps…

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Marketing Strategies—>Expanding Empire

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Thanks for the Advice Pat Flynn Pat Flynn over at Smart Passive Income answered my question on his podcast, Ask Pat episode #324 about whether or not I should change niches since the one I’m in is so small with regards to my ebook about getting a university job in South Korea. However, on the plus side, there isn’t much competition so that’s a huge bonus. He was positive on the fact that I had…

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Drinking Less- Building My Empire More

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Disturbing Happenings in My Life Money Diet March opened up my eyes to just how much money I spend on drinking and eating out. It was kind of staggering, and drinking and hanging out in expat bars a lot is really not how I want to live my life. Sure, it’s fun to see all your friends and talk and get loud and happy, but waking up the next morning with a hangover, $50 lighter…

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Know What you Don’t Know

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Last night, I had one of my coworkers ask me about pension plans in Korea because I think she assumed I would know since I wrote a book about finance for ESL teachers: The Wealthy English Teacher: Teach, Travel, and Secure Your Financial Future. There of course is a wealth of misinformation floating around on Facebook and other online forums, as well as expat bars. This is compounded by the fact that the official information…

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