How to pay for your travels with Freelance Writing

How to Pay for All Your Overseas Adventures with Freelance Writing

This is a guest post from Kevin Casey, The Jet-setting Copywriter from Australia. He explains to us how he travels all over the globe – and pays for it all with his writing business. Know more about him in his guest blogger profile at the end of this post. Thanks by the way Kevin, for sharing your inspiring story with us.

I just had my most lucrative year ever as a freelance writer, which was awesome – and I only had to work two-thirds of the year to do it. I spent the rest of the year travelling.

I played digital nomad in South America for 5 weeks, snorkelled with mantas on the Great Barrier Reef, rented a penthouse apartment in Milan for a while and enjoyed summer weather in Portugal and Spain. I also explored Tasmania and spent a month in the Bolivian jungle tracking and photographing wildlife with an indigenous guide.

The profits from my freelance writing business pay for three distinct types of trips – part-time digital nomad adventures in interesting foreign cities (when I write a lot), normal holidays (when I write very little) and serious wilderness explorations (when I leave the laptop at home). I enjoy a truly location-dependent lifestyle – I can work from my home in Australia or travel for as long as I like whenever I feel the urge. Continue reading


Event Wrap-up: COL’s Investing Summit Advocates Financial Literacy Among Filipinos

Well, that was fast! Three weeks ago I announced in a blog post about COL’s Smart Investing Summit to help spread the word to fellow Filipinos, and now here I am writing about the exciting and educationally fulfilling event after a press release by its organizers.

COL Financial (which is currently the Philippines’ largest online stock broker), in partnership with SM Investment Corporation, has just successfully concluded their nationwide financial literacy summit called SMart Investing – COL’s 2016 Wealth Building Summit for the Filipino Investor. The summit aimed to educate Filipinos so they can better understand how investing and the stock market works. Continue reading

Is it worth the rent at weekend markets-Inspiring merchants share their stories

Is it Worth Renting at Weekend Markets? Inspiring Merchants Share Their Stories

Although it’s not only exclusive to budding businesses, weekend markets make for a great venue to take your entrepreneurial skills out for a test drive.

Why not? I mean, weekend markets are great places to showcase your products in a trendy consumer-centric setting, allowing you to directly get feedback from customers and gain exposure for your brand, and at the same time find out how your products fare against other businesses in the venue.

And since weekend markets are mostly done during weekends (of course), it gives flexibility to business owners who don’t have the financial resources to rent out a place for longer periods and subsequently having to build a physical store, instead allowing them to pay for rent only during weekends when consumers are out and about. Continue reading

COL SMart Investing Summit 2016

COL’s SMart Investing Summit: the Free Event in Manila is Here!

Everyone’s invited!

Organized by one of the Philippines’ most trusted names in stock broking, COL Financial, together with its partners SM Investments Corporation, ATRAM, BPI Investment Management Inc, First Metro Asset Management, Philam Asset Management, PhilEquity, and Sun Life Asset Management, is holding COL’s 2016 Wealth Building Summit for the Filipino Investor at the SMX Convention Center in Taguig this September.

COL’s investor education roadshow will gather stock market and investment experts to discuss successful wealth building for both new and experienced investors.

This is a free event that aims to enlighten interested Filipinos on what to expect when they invest, what the process is, and also to help them realize that investing is not only for the rich and privileged. Continue reading

The 5 Effective Ways to Make Money From Your Blog (Plus Valuable Tips)

5 Effective Ways to Make Money From Your Blog (Plus Valuable Tips)

Whether you’re blogging just for fun or you’re doing it seriously as a personal “business”, there’s no doubt that it’s most exciting when earnings start flowing in.

It is a milestone. And it defines that you’re somehow already “made” as a blogger.

For new bloggers and for those who are just thinking of trying out blogging as a means to earn a living, the question is, “How exactly do I earn from my blog?”

There are many ways to make money from your blog, and there are also tons of options (e.g. different advertising companies) to do so.

This often makes it harder for a blogger who’s thinking of monetizing his/her blog to pick and establish a set of money making strategy that’s well suited to his/her blog.

Let me present to you the many ways you can earn a stream of income from your blog based on what I’ve learned from trying to do so. Continue reading

5 SignsYou’re Not Doing Well Financially

5 Signs You’re Not Doing Well Financially

Let’s welcome guest blogger Kyle Kam’s contribution below – see his author profile at the end of this article.

The day-to-day management of your finances is a challenge all on its own. You can never predict when something might happen to negatively impact your finances, especially when you don’t have savings or when your emergency fund won’t be enough to cover everything.

This could be one of the many signs that you aren’t doing well financially. While you could argue that you’re pretty much set in your ways when it comes to the way you handle your money, it’s something that you can change, and is worth changing.

Here are some of the signs you need to look out for. Continue reading


How to Pick a Profitable Niche & Make a Living Out of Blogging

As per Google search, a ‘niche’ is a specialized but profitable corner of the market. In the world of blogging, it means that your writing has to focus on something that incrementally makes you an expert on that topic and makes you the go to blog for such topic. It doesn’t end there – your blog’s focus must also be profitable.

It only makes sense.

I mean, who would want to write on such topic that generates zero return? Unless you’re writing solely for passion and personal (non-profit) reasons, choosing a particular niche before starting helps you plan out on what you should write about and how you would eventually earn from it, giving you a sense of direction for your blog, among many other things.

Starting your own blog from zero experience can be an intimidating and tricky task, especially if you do not know what to write about in the first place. Continue reading

So you want to be a blogger? Is blogging for me?

So You Want to Start a Blog & Make Money from It? First Find Out if It’s for You

I can still clearly remember that day in early 2012 when I decided to start my own blog. To be honest, I started this blog because I wanted to turn it into a business. When I say “turn it into a business”, I meant I wanted to start my own blog and earn from it. On that day back in 2012, I read a few articles about creating a blog, thought of a topic that I am comfortable writing about, chose a blog name, and started my own blog on a free site called I chose to start blogging on a free website since I didn’t want to invest that early in blogging. Also, I wanted to try first if blogging could be right for me. It was back then.

Reading through accounts of successful bloggers who took the leap into the unknown and turned their passion into something that actually gives off a remarkable financial benefit really inspired me a lot. Why not? With all the benefits of blogging as a lucrative career, it could actually make sense that I check and see if I could make it in the blogging world. Continue reading

How to survive New York City without breaking the bank

How to Survive New York City without Breaking the Bank

We all know the Big Apple has been consistently ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world. Why not? Because as I’ve written before, it is an inspiring city to be in. It’s only a valid fact since more than 8 million people call it home, with even more outsiders wanting a piece of New York City life and reach for their dreams in this city of possibilities. Not to mention the 50 million annual tourists scouring for accommodation and touristy deals and ready to spend, it only safe to assume that visiting this city ain’t cheap. Continue reading

NYC Why so Inspiring

The 15 Ways New York City will Inspire You Real Bad

I know it’s cliché but I’ll say it for the nth time. New York City is amazingly inspiring that there’s a popular song written about it. “New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do… Now you’re in New York, these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you” sings Alicia Keys in a hit song literally called “New York”. Even Jay-Z did a Minnelli and Sinatra, re-affirming this by adding, “And since I made it here, I can make it anywhere”.

This song was set to re-play all over again in my playlist when I visited New York City by my own some months ago. I recommend that you try at least once to wear your headset and play this song while walking down the city streets or while on a subway. Why? Because the thumping of the bass, the relatable lyrics referring to the scenery just right in front of you, and the vibe and energy of its music just makes you want to feel New York City more, scream while standing at the center of Times Square where no one actually cares, and be inspired by the city that never sleeps and all the hustle and bustle all around you.  Why is New York City all that inspiring, anyway? Now I know some locals would argue, but the experience was totally different from a traveler’s point of view. Continue reading