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Starting something new: what are you giving up?

    A lot of people that I meet think it’s amazing that I have 5 books up on Amazon (see them all here) which I wrote all within the last 1.5 years. Then, many of them will say something like: “I want to write a book too!” “I have this idea for a website.” “I want to start a business when I go home.” “I want to build some passive income streams too.” My…

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How to thrive in South Korea- The Empire Grows

It’s all Coming Together! Another book is up on Amazon, bringing the total to 4. One more is in the editing stages and I have lots of ideas, but this summer is going to be all about getting my websites up to speed and focusing on promoting the content that I already have, instead of creating more stuff. The empire is building, not so slowly at this point and I kind of feel like everything…

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Bad into Good- A Story from Work

Turning Bad into Good-Work Style What Happened I’ve been working at South Korean universities for the past decade or so and during that time, I’ve always taught extra classes for more money. My contract currently is only for 9 teaching hours/week, so I’ve usually added on another 10-15 to substantially raise my pay. However, this past semester all the extra work seemed to dry up and I was left with almost nothing in terms of…

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The Canadian Financial Industry

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Last week, I met a guy who had been working for quite a few years in the Canadian financial industry, but had had enough of it. He quit, gave up a lucrative job and moved to Korea to teach English. Give me the Information! I naturally pumped him for all the information I could get, since it’s one of the options I’m considering for my move back to Canada (although by far the strongest possibility…

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Why Do We Have to Work?

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An interesting article I ran across over at Life Advancer- Humans Why Do We Have to Work? Basically, we’re brainwashed by the media into thinking the current system we have of work, work, work–consume, consume, consume is the only choice. It’s not. Living in Korea, working a kind of part-time job for the past 10 years or so has been ideal. Now, I’m ready to take it a step further when I go to Canada…

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3 Key Things to Know about Ebook Marketing

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I’ve been listening to lots of self-publishing podcasts lately including Self Publishing Questions, Self Publishing Answers and the Self Publishing Round table. I’ve been particularly focusing on marketing, after getting some advice from Pat Flynn on the Ask Pat Podcast where he answered my question about staying in the small niche I’m in or going bigger. His advice was to hit the marketing hard, since my concept is already proved with the 1 or 2…

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Ask Pat Podcast: I’m on it!

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I’m Really Into Pat Flynn So, I’m just going to nerd out for a quick minute here and I hope you don’t mind. I’m really into Pat Flynn over at Smart Passive Income and that’s probably kind of an understatement. I think he’s a genius in the Internet marketing world and also just an all-around nice guy who really wants to help people. I’m on Ask Pat! He started up this new podcast called Ask…

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Writing an Ebook, #3!

Amazon Affiliate One way that I make passive income is through the Amazon affiliate program, where I link to products that I think my readers might like and if they buy something after clicking that link, I get a commission of around 5-8%. It’s a pretty simple thing to do and I earn $10-30/month on this for essentially very little work. Speaking Activities that Don’t Suck The one single product that I sell the most…

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Too late to Start Saving for Retirement?

It’s never too late to start planning for retirement You might be reading this post when you are in your late forties, fifties or even sixties and thinking that your financial landscape is pretty bleak. You are perhaps thinking about if it is too late to start saving for retirement. Perhaps you have lots of debt, including credit cards, no emergency fund and nothing in the way of retirement savings or other assets such as…

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Top 5 Tips for Writing an Ebook

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I talked extensively about the process I went through when writing my first Ebook, How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams; check out all those posts here if you’re interested: How to Write an Ebook. Even though my second book is almost finished editing and should be up on Amazon within a few days, I haven’t talked that much about it here. The reason is that…

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Do it Now! Update Your Public Profiles

I Was Shocked to Discover…Outdated Public Profiles! In my recent effort to focus more on quality over quantity in my Internet ventures, one of the things I did was to spend a few hours and update all my public profiles to have some sort of cohesive message. In some cases, like on Blogger and HubPages, I had stuff from years ago that didn’t really make sense anymore. Even more disturbing was the fact that both…

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Website Development with WordPress

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On the encouragement of a friend of mine, I’ve just bought my own name (www.jackiebolen.com) and plan to develop this website, with the goal to make it my “mother-site” that connects all my other Internet ventures in a coherent kind of way (Hubpages, Ebooks, teaching blog, and Hubpages. I’ve gone with the GoDaddy for the hosting and domain name and then WordPress.org for the platform, basically forcing myself out of the drag and drop platforms,…

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December 2014 Passive Income Report

This month’s passive income totaled $725.01, most of which was dividends. December is traditionally the best month of the year for dividend payouts. I also earned a decent amount for my Ebook How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams ($25); I’d be pretty happy if I kept earning this amount each month. For a detailed look at my passive income report, check out this link. Compared…

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Writing an Ebook: it’s a big project

I’ve started writing my new book about personal finance for English teachers abroad, which I hope will have a broader appeal than my first book, How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams and have now realized just how serious of an undertaking this actually is. There are so many rabbit holes one could get lost in and never escape out of. Thankfully, I have plenty of…

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Another Ebook: Financial Freedom for English Teachers

I’ve been encouraged by the sales of my first book, How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams which was an experiment of sorts and am feeling inspired to write another one during my winter vacation. Although I’ll be traveling to Canada and Vietnam, I’m not actually doing any teaching and I will have significant chunks of time to devote to it. The first book was a…

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Ebook Marketing: Guest Posts on other sites

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Sales of my new Ebook, How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams are maintaining steady at about 1/day since the initial rush in the first couple days, which I’m pretty happy about. My marketing strategy thus far has consisted of the following things: 1. Using my Amazon Associates account to promote the book on my existing blog, My Life! Teaching in a Korean University, both on…

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Ebook into Physical Book: easier than you might think

I originally had the idea to make exclusively an Ebook(How to Get a University Job in South Korea), but that was before I realized how easy it is on Amazon to make your Ebook into a physical book. It takes a couple hours, at most to get everything set up and the price I will earn on commission is about the same as the Ebook, so it seemed like there was really nothing to lose.…

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Ebook Marketing

Marketing for my recent publication, How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams is now mostly complete and I’ve focused on three things: 1. My existing Facebook networks, focusing mostly on groups where people who are looking for university jobs in Korea frequent. 2. My Hubpages that are related to Teaching English and/or South Korea. I added an Amazon module to each of these pages (about 40…

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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 Write an Ebook: editing

These past couple weeks, I’ve been working furiously on my first Ebook and I hope to get it out within the next week or two. Yesterday, I posted about how to choose an Ebook topic and today it’ll be talking about the editing process. As someone who has taught academic writing at the university level, I can’t really emphasize enough how important editing is, both self-editing and enlisting the help of another person. Even though…

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How to Write an Ebook: choosing a topic

This past week, I haven’t had classes at my day-job due to midterm exams, so I’ve been busy working on my first Ebook. I’ve wanted to write one for a while because I think diversity is the key in trying to live off passive income. I really have no idea whether affiliate marketing on Amazon or Iherb will be successful in the future, whether Hubpages will shut down, or whether there will a huge crash…

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Writing Kindle Books…a thought

While I was out hiking today, I was listening to the Smart Passive Income Podcast by Pat Flynn, episode #124, where he interviews Steve Scott, who is making a lot of money by writing Ebooks. It kind of inspired me and got me thinking about what is a topic that people want to know a lot about, but that there just isn’t much information, but which I’m an expert. I have an idea that I…

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