We’ve all been there — standing at attention while our boss is frantically yelling at us for whatever reason. And instead of being afraid, or at least feeling remorse… We’ve pictured ourselves at an exotic beach, cold drink in hand. Now, what if I told you there are online business models that could make your screaming boss disappear forever?
Now that I have your attention…
The idea of quitting your job probably sounds appealing to you — otherwise, you wouldn’t have clicked on this article. Now, wanting to break free from the suffocating white-collar life is perfectly justifiable, but you need a plan. As I already mentioned, there are several online business models that would give you the luxury of managing your own business hours.
But what should you do?
Let’s go back to that fantasy of yours — being at an exotic beach. Why not make that a reality? Quit your job, pack your bags, and get a one-way ticket to wherever! And when you’re there, take tons of pictures. Why? Because that’s how you’ll be earning your living from now on.
Start a travel blog
Have you noticed an increase in the number of world travelers sharing their experiences on social media? So have I. The reason for it is rather simple — travel blogging is one of the most lucrative online business models out there. If you’re good at it, you’ll literally be paid to travel the world! Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?
Well, it could be a reality for you. People are making serious money from exploring the world, so why wouldn’t you? But before you actually make money, you have to set everything up.
Here’s what you need to do.
Figure out a catchy domain
Obviously, the name of your blog will be the first thing the readers see. So you better make it good. Now, I can’t give you an exact formula, but my research shows that a perfect blog name has the following characteristics:
- It’s short and easy to remember
- It doesn’t contain any numbers, hyphens, or odd symbols
- It’s unique and can stand the test of time
Though it may seem impossible at first, trust me — there are some incredibly witty examples out there.
Rent “office space” — online
In the world of online business models, the cliche location, location, location easily translates into hosting, hosting, hosting. After all, your location is, well, everywhere! Seeing that you’re just starting out, you’ll need hosting to be cheap at first. Do a thorough research of hosting companies before making up your mind.
WordPress — a step toward a serious travel blog
I assume you already read other articles on this topic. Some of those mentioned platforms like Blogspot or Blogger, right? Well, let’s get one thing straight — no.
The only option that you should be considering if you want a travel blog that will bring you money is getting a self-hosted account with WordPress. If you do that, you’ll have a reliable company server hosting your blog. At the same time, you’ll have full control and ownership of your data.
And don’t let WordPress intimidate you. Tutorials and lessons on how to use it are just a few clicks away.
Fine! You’re all set. Now what?
Now comes the fun part — you get to pick the location. My advice? Avoid the old dart on the map strategy. Instead, keep your eyes and ears open for the current trends.
If you paid any attention to your Instagram feed recently, you probably noticed one country popping up quite often — Thailand. It seems that it has become the ultimate bucket list destination. Why?
Because it has that special something. The nature is inviting, and the people are warm and welcoming. The food is exquisite, and the parties are wild. But, most importantly, every corner of this fabulous country has amazing photo material written all over it. There’s just no way you’ll leave Thailand without a great story and a ton of pictures for your blog.
Everyone is doing it? Who cares!
Travel blogging is the one online business model where you should not be afraid to follow the trend. So what if tens of bloggers have already written about getting by in Thailand?
You can offer a fresh perspective on the country. Remember, you’re doing this because you want it. So explore every inch of remote temples, hop from one island to the next, and share everything you deem important. True adventure seekers will appreciate everything you have to say.
Before we say goodbye…
Obviously, Thailand doesn’t have to be the first place you’ll write about in your travel blog. It might as well be any random village in your country. But… Try to keep your fantasy in mind. Remember? You want to quit your job and go somewhere exotic.
Wherever your blogging road takes you, make sure to always have your camera ready!