Crisis of Meaning
Article by Mohit Tater
It was on my 35th birthday that a question struck my mind which initiated a radical change in my life. The question was “Are you going to live the same life you have been living for the past 35 years”?
I have always wanted to travel the world without making any compromise with my career. Craving for a respectful and highly-paid job has landed me at big techies like Microsoft and Sony in the past. But that completely crushed my passion for travelling to other countries. Two weeks of vacation every year could not fulfil my thirst for experience anymore. I wanted to sink into different cultures, meet new people, try appetizing delicacies and enjoy the beach all year round.
With a full-time job, it felt nothing more than a dream. But this time, I was pretty sure that I would travel extensively even if I had to quit my hefty paying secure job. I quit my job on May 30, 2012.
I quit my hefty paying secure job.
I have always been crazy about the beaches so I booked a one-way ticket to Indonesia. I was overwhelmed with the idea of full-time traveling. After exploring the beaches, mountains, restaurants, nightclubs and historical places of Bali, Indonesia, I wanted to share it all with my friends and acquaintances.
So, I Started a Blog
My intent was to share all my crazy experiences along with the beautiful pictures and videos with the people I care about. Gradually my audience grew and my blog started making money. I was surprised that something I started out of sheer interest was making me money. I realized a great income opportunity with the blog.
I started out of sheer interest was making me money.
While hiking a mountain one day, I met Carl. Carl is an adventurer and a digital marketing expert. He told me how I can increase my audience at a fast pace organically. Carl taught about Keyword Research, SEO, Social Media Marketing and Blogging. I then read books and surfed articles over the web to get the in-depth knowledge on how to start a blog and how to make money through blogging.
Luxury Travel While Unemployed
I love to travel luxuriously. My savings were being spent at a fast pace. In the first 3 months of my travelling, I had almost spent 70% of my savings. I did not want to go back to those monotonous 9-5 jobs to sustain. I put enormous effort in growing and finishing my blog. From SEO to marketing on the social media platforms, I handled everything by myself. From software crashes to bad internet to WordPress issues, I faced many problems in the process.
I faced many problems in the process.
But my dedication towards living my dream life kept me motivated in overcoming the obstacles. Steadily my blog grew and I started making thousands of dollars every month by doing something I was passionate about.
I started making thousands of dollars every month by doing something I was passionate about.
How to Make Money Online
I was making money online while traveling around South-East Asia. Now I was well acquainted with the process of starting a blog, growing it and making thousands of dollars every month through it. My food, accommodation, traveling and partying combined in Bali or Thailand was less than just my monthly rent in San Francisco. Now I was earning 1/3rd of my last corporate salary but still saving more than ever before because of the economical lifestyle in these mesmerizing countries.
I was spellbound by the life I was actually living. Traveling and making money at the same time, it was a dream come true.
I had many other interests like technological gadgets, entrepreneurship, football and comedy. I converted all my passionate interests into blogs and started generating money from all of them. But as the blogs increased, management got increasingly difficult. Some time back I had heard of a website known as Upwork through which you can hire freelancers to work on your projects. I didn’t take another minute before creating an account and started hiring freelancers to manage my blogs.
Freelancers I hired –
- Blog Writers
- Graphic Designer
- Web Developer
- SEO and SMO specialists
I worked with numerous freelancers. Some were excellent, many were average and few were simply disastrous. Eventually, I chose the good and excellent ones to become a part of my team. It took some time but all the freelancers I hired got into the skin of their individual roles related to the blogs.
My main focus was to develop blogging websites with top quality original content to develop a dedicated user-base.
NEVER COMPROMISE WITH THE QUALITY OF THE CONTENT OF YOUR WEBSITE.
Within a span of 3 years, I was handling 80+ blogging websites generating $1 million dollars combined. And I was doing all this while exploring the most heavenly places on Earth. In this entrepreneurial journey, I have met many people who are traveling full-time and earning money one cannot even imagine.
Work like –
- Video Creation
- Blog Management
- Social Media Specialization
- Content Writing
- Website Development
There are many other digital marketing jobs that can be done remotely.
Open-mindedness, willingness to change and hard work helped me set up a million dollar business in a short span of time.
The term given to people who travel and work remotely is “digital nomads”. I faced numerous problems during the entire process of setting up this online business. But, patience and consistent hard work helped me stay focused and not fall back into the 9-5 routine. Realizing the potential of the internet and the money one can earn through online businesses is increasing the number of digital nomads every day.
It is important to gain extensive knowledge about the different digital marketing platforms to set up a business online. I was well versed in the traditional marketing techniques because of the nature of my work in my previous companies. I amalgamated my marketing knowledge with the online marketing techniques to establish a million dollar business.
It’s hard but worth all the effort.
Currently, I am in beautiful Spain and investing in different online businesses as well, like Ecommerce Portals, Networking Platforms and Website Investing. It feels amazing to be on an entrepreneurial journey while being on the road. It is hard but it is worth all the effort. I get to spend the most amazing time of my life at enchanting places with my beautiful wife. It was my love for travel and thirst for being a digital entrepreneur that have blessed me with the lifestyle I currently lead.
9-5 will just pay your bills
A regular 9-5 job will just help you in paying the bills and living a comfortable life. Entrepreneurship and digital nomadism is adventurous. It can be unpredictable and even scary, like a roller coaster. But with consistent effort and updated knowledge, you can achieve what your 9-5 monotonous job would never be able to deliver. Your efficiency increases multiple times when you are doing interesting and innovative work instead of a boring job. Your mind opens like a parachute helping you feel excited about the journey.
Now I scuba dive and navigate schools of fish instead of wasting time stuck in 9-5 work traffic. Hiking the mountain has replaced hours of monotonous work. Preparing presentations and attending unproductive meetings has been overtaken by learning different languages. My life has completely changed in the past few years. Now, I wake up every day with enthusiasm in my heart and money in my account.
I chose –
- Traveling over settling down
- Entrepreneurship over 9-5 job
- Excitement over boredom
- 20-hour workweeks over 70-hour workweeks
- Hard work over procrastination
- Calculated Risk over security
If you are just getting started on your travel entrepreneurial journey, it can be immensely hard. You would have to learn different things you never expected you would. You will have to leave your comfortable 9-5 job to enjoy the adventure of life. But, with dedication and desire to become a successful digital nomad, you will sail through the tough times and as you proceed, things will definitely stabilize.
Who would not want to travel the world spending 5-10 thousand dollars per month while earning 10 times that amount? The one who does not believe he can.
By Chris Willis of www.ThisThatAndTheMBA.com