Journey to Starting an Online Business
Wow. I can’t believe it! After 3 months of procrastinating I’m finally sitting down to write my first blog post.
Since this is the first post, I think it is best to talk about what I hope to achieve from starting a blog and where I hope it will take me in the future.
You may already know a little bit about me if you have read the ‘about‘ section of this website, but I will give a quick overview for those of you who don’t know me.
My name is Lewi Blake from Melbourne, Australia. I was lucky enough to spend 4 years studying french as well as a Business degree in France after finishing high school which allowed me to have some of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. Being able to speak to different cultures in their native language is one of the most rewarding parts of travel that most people don’t even think about.
This time away gave me the chance to travel to various different locations across Europe from the beaches of southern Spain, to the Swiss alps, to the Grand Prix in Monaco and many more wonderful destinations.
I guess what I’m trying to say is I had an absolutely amazing time, and I don’t want it to end. I want to continue my travel adventures and live abroad in many locations across the world.
That’s where this blog comes in!
I want to not only be able to share some of the adventures and stories that I’ve had, but also make it easier for others to have the same sort of adventures by sharing some of the lessons that I’ve learned over the years. The more I talk about traveling the more motivated I am to organize my next trip.
The way I like to travel is to move abroad, for example Europe, South America etc. to a certain country and use it as a base location to explore areas around that region. This way i have a home base to which i can return. I like doing this because you are living and amercing yourself in a new culture while being able to travel to different locations whenever you want. This is definitely something that most Australians have trouble with because it is so far away from everywhere, it takes a lot of time, money and energy to go on a small trip almost anywhere.
So there lies the problem. How does one live abroad in a country where at first they don’t speak the language and have enough money to live, and keep traveling. Well you could do what I did in France and get part time jobs in pubs, bars and restaurants. The majority of countries have at least a few English style bars where you could get a job without speaking the language at first. In fact, this is recommended because it will help you talk to customers in their native language and will excel your learning of the language rapidly.
But it does take time to find a hospitality job and you often have to work nights and weekends, which is normally when you want to be traveling and experiencing different things in the city your living in.
So I thought to myself, how can I live abroad, without having to get a job, but still have enough money to live and travel as I please. After much research, I found that many people are making money online on their computers. Perfect! I can take my computer anywhere in the world and work from that whenever I want, making money from a business that I have created. You Beauty!
Unfortunately, its not as easy as that. Creating an online business requires you to possess certain knowledge and skills that can’t simply be learned in a day. It is a process that one must take and begin before they move abroad, especially if they are relying on that income to fund their adventures.
Which leads me to the objective of this blog. I will be documenting the process from the very beginning of how, with no skill, I am able to create a sustaining income through starting an online business.
The process that I need to take in order to start making money online will be along the lines of:
- Blogging: I believe this is a key part to the process because it will help me learn how to become a better writer, practice social media marketing, SEO, building an audience and creating business relationships.
- SEO article writing: This is one of the easiest ways to make money online, with almost no skill you can start making money within a few days.
- Blog writing: The next step from SEO writing, this involves more engaging, high quality writing that makes more money.
- Copywriting: Again this is one step higher than Blog writing, which involves learning how to become a more persuasive writer.
By this stage I will hopefully have learnt the skills on how to be an engaging writer, how to set up a website, how to use social media to attract readers, SEO, and be making a solid income online.
From here is where it gets interesting. With these skills the possibilities are plentiful:
- Writing Ebooks
- Start a Niche Website making money through affiliate products
- Start an online course
- Build a brand
- Start selling my own products
I think by now you probably get the picture of where I am trying to take this blog and where I want to be in the next few years.
My plan is to move to South America at the end of 2016 and be able to earn enough money online to sustain a comfortable standard of living. A great advantage of moving to a region that is comparatively quite cheap compared to Australia is that I will still be earning Australian Dollars from the online work that I do, which means that the money I earn will go a lot further than it would in Melbourne.
Anyway, I have to admit that I am extremely excited about where this blog is going to take me and hopefully those of you reading as well.
I am definitely open to any advice or feedback you may have for me as I start this journey, so please leave your comments below and I look forward to connecting with you in the future.