A couple of weeks ago we published the post "How Can I Afford to Travel?", in which we revealed how we, and 18 other top travel bloggers, can afford to travel.
Our answer was basically threefold:
- Reduce accommodation costs: get completely free accommodation through House Sitting, opt for long-term AirBnB stays for a discount, work with hotels and provide them a valuable service in return for a few night's complimentary stay.
- Reduce transportation costs: Book as far in advance as possible, not be fussy when it comes to taking super long bus/coach/train journeys.
- Have multiple sources of income from different online projects
That latter part is something we are asked about quite a lot -
Just like our answer to how we can afford to travel, our answer to where we make money online is threefold:
On average it takes about a year for a travel blog to make money, and about 2 for it to be making 'decent' money. Needless to say, a lot give up/can't wait 2 years. It's advisable to have a 'safety net' in those first 2 years - have savings, have another source of income and/or house sit so you don't need a 'decent' amount of money to survive.
Sponsored Posts/Promotional Guest Posts
Sponsored Posts are where we are paid to write about a product we like and publish it on travellingweasels.com
Promotional Guest Posts are similar, but they write the content themselves.
We say no to most of our sponsored post and promotional guest post offers, because it has to be something we truly believe in.
It's pretty fair really, if we've said something that's convinced you to sign up or given you some kind of useful information, it's polite to reward us for it :) Affiliate Window is where we find our affiliate links, they are trustworthy and pay you once you reach the $20 threshold.
My ebook has two uses: to help people find their first House Sits and to guide them with House Sitting in Australia. There were so so many things we wished we'd known before started House Sitting/ flying to Australia and they can be found there.
Writing an ebook is great - if you enjoy what you write about it doesn't really matter if you never sell, because you enjoyed the process.
Incidentally, if you are interested in Auswandern Nach England, check it out: here!
3. By Utilizing Fiverr!
- Teaching English
- Helping with maths homework
- Reviewing music
- Proof reading
- Reviewing products
I taught English for about a year online. I am actually still pretty surprised by how well this one worked out (considering I have no English qualifications other than GCSE English lit and lang and the fact that I am English).
I advertised (on Fiverr) that a native English speaker was willing to have one-on-one conversations with people wanting to learn English. So many people were interested!
I enjoyed it at first, it was certainly good for my wanderlust as I had students from Brazil, Spain, Poland, Malaysia, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, China...
However, after a while, it lost its appeal. Although it's mainly chatting about travel, it's still hard work and there's a horrible pressure that comes with it - why aren't they fluent already? I've never wanted to be a teacher, so what's the point of being one?
In the end I decided it was best to focus on my real passion (travellingweasels.com) and use Translating (see below) as my 'back up income':
So English teaching supported us for a bit, German translation supports us now, but what other projects did we try out on Fiverr?
I actually did a mathematics degree, which often seems crazy now. I do really enjoy maths but helping people with it is not as fun as I thought it would be.
By that I mean that I am fiercely loyal to maths, and I want everyone to work really hard at maths and be good at it - not pay someone to do that for them.. It was fine when they really wanted to learn and just needed a bit of extra help, but mainly I just had idiots who hadn't done their homework and needed someone to do it quickly and efficiently. No. Go home and love maths.
The trouble with this is that we don't always have a permanent address - actually we almost never do!
I'm going to end on a funny note because I actually think that this is hilarious! If you are in a beautiful location (like Australia) and you have a pair of giant sunglasses you can do this too!
Most people wanted me to write things on paper like 'Happy birthday Sam' or whatever and then hold it up. One person actually wanted me to pretend that I had got my 'super bod' (lol) from their diet program.
Ultimately though this was the easiest job I've done on fiverr, but also the weirdest, and the least 'like me'. If nothing else, fiverr is a superb way to find out if you really would actually enjoy doing something as a job (before you waste time and money on a TEFL/degree/modelling shots).
So there you have it! Our secret is revealed and can be nicely summed up in one sentence:
Firstly, most of the different jobs we do are quite volatile - some weeks we get more orders than we can handle and other weeks we have almost nothing!
Secondly, it's much more fun to do be doing lots of different things :)
All in all, we have been shocked by a) how many ways there are to make money online and b) how successful you can be doing some of these.
It does need to be said though that we don't make the same as a 9-5 graduate. But because of house sitting and our minimalistic ways, we don't need to make as much as a 9-5 graduate either...
We're just so happy that we can afford to be with each other 24/7 in new gorgeous places (and most importantly of all we can wear pyjamas all day).
We're Laura and Tanbay, a British/German couple who have successfully weaselled our way out of the rat-race and want you to do the same! We also want to make it clear that we sometimes use “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.