I bring my laptop with me in most of my trips. Although it consumes a lot of space in my backpack, I have online obligations that I need to fulfill in order to help fund my travels. I can’t really work on my rest days at home as most of my days off are also spent on the road. That’s why in order to maximize my time, I go online to work on freelance tasks. I know I talked about how to save money for your trips and extreme saving tips and one of the tips was to earn extra income by pursuing your passion. Blogging has paved way to other opportunities for me to do so.
Here are some areas where you can earn income online while you’re on the road.
If you have a site that has a lot of traffic and has established a bit of authority online, companies will contact you to review their products and all you have to do is share your thoughts. Once you write a blog entry about it, you’ll be compensated depending on your online presence as well as your agreement between the advertiser.
You can also get invited to events and company marketing promotions. I was luckily chosen for a Cebu to Hong Kong flight courtesy of Airphil Express and all I was tasked to do was blog about my experience there. So these sponsored posts don’t have to come in the form of cash.
Still the same concept with traffic, you can place an ‘Advertise’ space in your site to attract companies to place banner ads on your page at an agreed fee. You may also opt to place Google Adsense instead, wherein you’ll be able to earn if somebody clicks on those Ads. Adsense is another whole topic to discuss though as they say this is the most effective and high revenue-generating source for publishers/website owners.
This can be done either online through different job marketplaces like ODesk.com, OnlineJobs.ph, Elance.com, etc. or by being a Virtual Assistant. Actually there are a lot of opportunities online once you understand the skills that you acquire through blogging. That’s why I advise people to sign up for a blog if they want to learn more about making money on the net.
Aside from online jobs, you can also use your skills and get hired to cover events as a photographer, or work as a part-time teacher in another country. Bank on the skills you’re good at and use them to your advantage.
Building quality sites that attract traffic to a certain market. The tip is to find a topic that’s specific and build on that. Just make sure that you do proper research that and make sure it’s a niche that’s worth building a site on. SEO plays a big part here.
I’m not a fan of online games as it consumes a lot of time. But my brother has earned a few thousand pesos by developing online characters to a certain level, and sells them to prospect buyers. I know of a former colleague who quit his job in order to play partypoker (seriously!) and earn a living from it. I’d like to get in touch with him to learn the basics. I also met a foreign backpacker in Sagada who also earns from the same vice. So games not only serve as a past time, they can also shoulder some costs in the process.
There are a lot more options for you to earn. Some of the things I’d like to educate myself on would be Affiliate Marketing, CPA Leads, Stocks, Mutual Funds, Online Selling, Flipping Websites, and etc. You can be anywhere in the world too, while doing these things. Ultimately, I wouldn’t have known about these had I not started blogging that’s why I’m very thankful for being curious 8 years ago and started my own page on the web.
Things are shaping up and I’m glad to have settled some bills in order to get rid of compounding interests and finally put my feet back on the map. I’m planning to be location-independent but I don’t want to speak too soon. Earning income online while on the road is a bonus as blogging is already one of my passions. When you love what you’re doing, you don’t feel that it’s work at all.
Do you have other online business opportunities that worked for you?
Check out my other Money & Travel Tips articles here:
- How to Travel to Four Countries Within Four Months (Part One) – and still maintain your full-time job.
- How to Travel to 4 Countries and 8 Local Destinations within 8 Months (Part Two) – and still keep your full-time job
- How To Save Money for Your Trips and Extreme Saving Tips – My extreme money saving tips before I travel.
- How to Earn Online While Travelling – online income opportunities.
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