One of the first things that can be extremely helpful is to hire an assistant to help you with staying organized, sticking to a schedule, making appointments, fielding phone calls and emails, and more. You definitely don’t want to spend a great deal of your time managing your assistant—they should not add to your workload. Once you develop a great team of people, you can train them to help you with lead generation and sales calls.
Focus on your goals, and your long term plans for your business, and make sure that everything you do is helping you work toward meeting those goals. What do YOU need to start delegating right away in order to grow your business?  Leave me a comment below. The honest answer is that I’m not rich, no trust fund or husband, but yes I get paid to travel.
I make very little money blogging, but it is my blog that gets me other work that helps me make a living.
I get severely annoyed and turned off by people and ads that tell you how ‘easy’ it is to be 6-figure blogger – I call bullshit. Ok, now you’ve learned that I’m a bit negative when it comes to all the noise out there about how to live this life of travel and make tons of money. Since I just wrapped up my taxes for 2015, I can tell you last year is the most money I’ve ever made blogging and traveling – and it’s not over 50k. In addition, a great deal of my travel is paid for by Destinations, conferences, other projects (that also bring in revenue listed below).
If you don’t have many expenses, then you don’t really have to make a ton of money to live – and that’s how I’ve been living my life for the last 10 years. Revenue comes from different places all the time and much of it is not repeatable from year to year for me, which makes my life really exciting, or stressful depending on how you look at it. Affiliate revenue is when I talk about a product or service I love and use and then link to it in my article – like this one on the Travel Gear I use. About once a month I get contacted by complete strangers asking about my photography for sale.
You probably know that I write 2 times a week here on Ottsworld, but did you know that I also do a great deal of freelance writing too. Sometimes I get hired by destinations or travel companies who ask me to experience their ‘product’ and write about it and share it to further their marketing strategy.
In the last few years I have taken on some paid teaching gigs, as well as one-on-one consulting on travel blogging and consumer travel (helping people plan itineraries). This is the one thing that really has nothing to do with travel blogging – but I found this job via a trip I was on as a travel blogger!
As you can see, making money blogging and traveling can be a bit of a grind, and every year I add new things to my revenues and expenses. A fun article I was recently quoted in a few times and it includes great advice from other bloggers too. This post was brought to you via Fisher Investments, however all opinions expressed here are my own.
I enjoyed this post but was wondering why travel blogger all seem to encourages other people to join them?
I also started an Instagram account and noticed the people with 300,000 followers and thought “Wait, what?? In any case, I imagine it will just take a while and we’ll need to be patient and consistent.
Yes things can take a while in this field and yes there are plenty of people who are just average or bad writers getting rewarded- just like in any big corporation!
I like your enthusiasm that you show for many things and its the same for me, I love the diversity, I am addicted to it.
Thanks for this – as much as I love pretty pictures and reading about new destinations, I also love the behind the scenes, nuts and bolts posts. Sorry to barge into this conversation, but I did the Camino del Norte last year (the Camino Frances the year before that), and it was fabulous. Sherry, I’m so glad you put this up here, because while bloggers in many other verticals explicitly break down their income, it always seems to be the elephant in the room at travel blogging conferences, and in part because many people make their money, as you say, from freelance writing, social media consulting, and other services like that. You incredible insights and transparency I hope will encourage more people to take a hard look at why they are blogging, and if that is the right outlet for them, because if travel and being able to support yourself is the goal, there are a lot of other things that can be done, like the freelance writing and social media management you mentioned, that earn more quickly. As you know, schools would rather teach us about “x’s” and “y’s” than “dollars” and “cents.” In my home, we talked and learned about money. Do not pay cash for a product until you are satisfied. Do not pay up front for services until the service is complete. If you can buy the item on sale on Monday but won’t be paid until Friday, wait until Friday. If you care about credit card interest rates, you need to stop spending money you don’t have.
Lesson #2:  Cancel all credit cards you do not absolutely have to have and make sure they are off your record. Lesson #4:  Pay off your balances and never pay a dime of interest to a credit card company. Lesson #5:  Reward cards should be left to rewarding those who have proved to manage their money over time. From our very first paydays in 1984, there has never been one paycheck where we did not save a minimum of 10%. If you divide 72 by the annual interest rate, you’ll know the number of years it takes to double your money. The value of compounding interest. If all your friends want to eat at X restaurant and you can’t afford it, turn the invitation down or suggest an alternative you can afford. Shame is when you let things get out of control, you can’t pay your bills, and your marriage is on the rocks because you’re always fighting about money.
Tip #2:  Go for PPO (preferred provider organization) instead of HMO (health maintenance organization) health insurance if you have the choice. Tip #3:  Make sure your “underinsured” car insurance is as comprehensive as your “insured” coverage.
When I think of the happiest times in my life, I never think of when I was laying on a lounge chair on vacation. Downsizing early and cutting off adult children, among other things, can help you avoid running low on funds in retirement. As you've probably guessed, you don't have a lot of great options if you're in this situation.
Still, those ideas a€“ and the ones below a€“ may help remove some of the tarnish on your golden years. It makes a lot of sense to wait, assuming you're in good health and will be around a while to enjoy that regular stream of income. On the plus side, he says, it might be the perfect solution for an individual or couple who want to live in their house as long as they can and don't mind that there won't be a home to pass onto the children.
For instance, Nohavicka suggests that any retired person who has served in the armed forces contact their local Veteran's Administration office, ask to talk to a benefits specialist and see what programs are available to help stretch your dollar.
Nohavicka adds that many retired people she comes across are unaware of their retirement benefits, which may be dwindling, but some companies and unions still offer them. Several startups are hard at work right now trying to build new, truly digital banks from the ground up. They include Atom Bank, which has a banking licence, Starling Bank, and Mondo, both of which are applying for banking licences.
Mondo is currently in a testing phase and will be releasing around 500 pre-paid debit cards that can be controlled from the app in September. The dashboard also gives you a graph, pictured at the top of the screen, that lets you see what your spending is doing to your bank balance over the month. For every transaction Mondo automatically pulls data on things like location, type of shop, pictures and logos.


When you spend money the app will also notify you so you can keep track of your spending and make sure it was actually you that spent the money. The app uses all the data it collects to give you clever visualisations of what you spent where. The app also uses data to spot anomalies? — say if a bill is way higher than it should be that month. You can also compare your spending to previous weeks and months to make sure you’re not overspending. If you do overspend and run out of money for the month, Mondo will send you a message asking if you want to take out an overdraft.
There are many different tasks that you must attend to, if you want your business to thrive. Your assistant can be your filter, the person who either solves a problem or sends it on to you for handling, if necessary.
Hire slow, and fire fast.  You might be automatically drawn to someone you know, a spouse or partner, a young adult child, or a friend. Great choices can often be found at local colleges or business schools, where there are plenty of people learning great business skills but not yet ready to take on their own business. They can help you get referrals, and then you can work on closing the deal and getting the client. I haven’t been out here for 10 years in my ‘important saving years’ just throwing away money and using all of my savings.
I am invited by many destinations to visit an area (for free) with the expectation that I will be able to provide some coverage in my blog, social media channels, or freelance writing outlets.
If you click on that link and end up buying something, then I make a small percentage of that sale because I’m marketing the product for them essentially.
When a company hires me to write about them or mention them, then that’s considered sponsored content or advertising and it must be disclosed to the reader. I do it because it helps me reach a new audience, and primarily because other outlets pay you! The mentoring is something I simply charge an hourly rate for and we go through whatever questions you may have.
Matt’s been in the travel blogging business longer than me and has written a few books about travel too. He recently wrote a great article on how to make money travel blogging so you can get some insight into his strategy compared to mine. I am new to reading all these travel blogs, and I read as many as I can because I too want to quit my job and travel the world forever. How is that even possible?” Then I got pinged by some company wanting me sell me followers. I just think they seldom tell you the whole truth and I think it takes a kind of arrogance and confidence that I don’t have to promote themselves as experts. The key is that you have to really pick finishing that you like to do else you’ll be miserable and give up. You are extremely prolific, and that’s simply a must in this economy to earn a living. Travel blogging successfully is incredibly hard work composed of a long, unglamorous slog of late nights scheduling social, editing photos, and keeping up on the latest plug ins and email marketing aps long before the luxury hotels come calling. Do not pay home contractors unless you have proof they have paid their contractors or you could end up owing double. We use the miles for our race travels, family vacations, and even sending our daughter to China. Like any master, you have to have patience as money takes time to grow but when it hits a certain critical point, the growth is exponential!
Undoubtedly, there is at least one other person in the group who really can’t afford it either.
Investing can mean distance between you and your money and detours in between that are not well marked! I have known many people who play the stock market regularly yet carry huge balances on their credit cards. A living will ensures your wishes are known should you be incapable of making decisions due to accident or illness. Sometimes conflicts with siblings don’t arise until joint decisions must be made regarding a parent in need. If possible, make sure financial accounts are immediately accessible by a trusted family member (on the signature card) or set up a trust. If want to make a claim for an incident that costs less than your deductible, you shouldn’t claim it anyway. Achievement is the result after hard work has ensued. If you can make money while achieving, you have a winning combination. How much, when and what strategies to use are exhaustively dispensed by financial planners, accountants, economists and personal finance columnists. In a 2010 Allianz Life Insurance Company poll of 3,257 people ages 44 to 75, 61 percent said they fear running out of money during retirement a€“ more than they fear death. Not as far as you'd like, but if you're under age 70, and you started collecting Social Security within the last 12 months, "you can repay everything back to Social Security, and it'll be like you never claimed it," says Kenn Tacchino, a professor of financial planning at Widener University in Chester, Penn. Herea€™s why: If you claim Social Security at age 62, you'll receive 75 percent of your retirement benefits. Sure, you could try going back to work full time or get a part-time job, but what about renting out a room or sharing your place? It likely won't be a big money saver, but this is a good time to talk with adult children who are constantly draining your resources, Tayne advises.
If you have ample assets but are afraid of what's to come, Tacchino says, "I would always suggest looking for a planner.
If you're truly broke, start getting into the habit of asking for advice from every service or organization you can think of. She offers the following advice for people talking to professionals about their retirement benefits, but it could apply to anyone looking for help: "Ask questions.
It hopes to get its full banking licence at the start of next year and launch a current account shortly after. The startup wants to make the app way smarter than anything around at the moment and there’ll likely be lots of other cool features when it launches fully. But—there are many things that you can delegate to others, freeing up plenty of time for you to do the important work of developing your business, creating new ideas and strategies and taking things to the next level. So, this leaves your clerical work, your marketing tasks, any bookkeeping or accounting, client management and many other tasks that are going to take up tons of time and keep you from the important task—making money! They assume that, in order for the business to be successful, they have to do everything themselves or it won’t be done right.
If you are ready to start a blog and think you are going to have money rolling in with advertisers and affiliates, then you’ll probably be disappointed. I worked for 14 years in corporate jobs and from the age of 22 years old I have been saving and investing for retirement; something my conservative father taught me years ago.
I get equally upset by the people who tell you that it’s easy to get followers on Instagram – just put up great pictures…also bullshit. But I know people want to know how I do it – how do I make a living blogging and traveling.
Everything has trade-offs in life and my biggest trade-off is I have given up having a homebase in order to travel and not eat into my savings or retirement. This is where having a good diverse offering of coverage is important because they don’t just ask anyone to come visit.
Once again – I do these only if I’m interested in the trip and content; and I worked closely with Travel Alberta on that project to come up with an itinerary that I was super excited to write about and experience. I also do more workshops and teaching, like the upcoming Bloghouse Philadelphia, in the area of travel blogging which I’m also paid for.


For me, it’s not important that I’m the best travel blogger, or Instagrammer, or have the biggest portfolio of writing outlets. This is a great course for people who want to hit the ground running and are looking for a blogging revenue stream. However I feel when I read travel blogs that everyone of them are trying to sell me something, to get money out of me.
I’ve been doing this 10 years and still barely make a living financially but there are other awards involved that make it worth it to me. I admire your patience in this post, not to mention how rude and arrogant people can get when they realize that they don’t have any talents to make money on the road. Then she ask if I pretend to be everything when I apply for writing jobs, if I pretend to be a psychologist, engineer and banker. But I think travel, social media, and writing for pay are each such time consuming things that it can be an incredibly hard balance to spend as much time as you want (especially on the first one) and have enough time for the others, and when you have a blog of your own, the first two can be more of a priority than the third. I keep a running tally of those purchases and deduct them from our business and personal registers so there is never a surprise when the bill comes. Think of it as your own personal “asset allocation.” I wish every college student and young professional would read this, including those majoring in business. My advice is to choose something close to your heart and set a limit.  Don’t get sucked in to other causes. There are banks, financial advisors, firms that hold the money market funds to be invested, the mutual fund managers, stock brokers and the list goes on. You run the risk of future increases in your rates or cancellation–especially car insurance. There is no way I want to be at the mercy of some bureaucracy telling me where I can and can’t go for health care in the event of an emergency of someone in my family. The most obvious strategy is to sell your house, especially if the home is paid off and you'll receive substantial income from it. It wouldn't necessarily have to be with a stranger a€“ a friend or family member might know someone. Reverse mortgages allow homeowners to leverage the equity in their house to get a stream of revenue flowing back in, right now.
He is also the author of several books, including "Washed Away," about the great flood of 1913, "C.C. This is not true, if you can find the right people to whom you can delegate anything that isn’t directly related to revenue creation.
Sure, there are some people who make money blogging – pure blogging – but they are in the minority.
They neglect to tell you there is a lot more to it and many often rely on programs to help them get followers.
I started this practice years ago and didn’t really make much so I stopped, but recently I’ve started again since my search traffic has been increasing. I don’t have a specific stock photography site, but many people find me through my Global Photography Site, or I’ve worked with them before on a writing project or a press trip. You can see all of the freelance articles I’ve done here in my freelance writing portfolio.
I would never go somewhere I didn’t want to just for money as that sounds agonizing; if I were that desperate for money then I would have stayed in my corporate career as that was much more lucrative! Instead, it’s important that I am solidly represented in each of these things, that I’m the ultimate ‘utility player’ and can bring the most amount of diverse exposure to a travel client.
We always tell people this because we are afraid to tempt people into a decision that might financially destroy them. After he died, my father and grandmother needed a way to make money so my grandmother used her skills in the kitchen to run a restaurant and later own a boarding house for boys.
If you pay John who remodeled your bathroom and John didn’t pay for the plumbing fixtures, the plumbing company can come after you for the money and it’s legal. Ultimately it is supposed to be about companies making smart decisions and products that make you money.
When you don’t have a claim, the money saved is in your pocket, not the insurance company’s. For example, a lab test in a hospital setting may be coded differently than if you went to an independent lab for the same test. By having adequate “underinsured” coverage, your own insurance company will kick in once the other person’s coverage runs out. The beauty of not having to watch every dollar you spend is that you can make quick decisions and move on to the next thing you want to do. What if youa€™re sure you're going to be around for a long time to come a€“ but your money isn't? The business that is run by one person is run by a very busy and overworked person—and is not making as much money as it could. During these 10 years of travel where I’m making a small income, I’ve never had to touch my retirement savings or my investments, and the moment that I would have to touch them, I would quit this life of travel.
If I settled down and started paying rent somewhere, I would need to make much more money to sustain savings and myself. This is where years of hard work in building up that blog and social media channels come into play – it gets me invited on trips. Plus people ask me all the time about the products, companies, and gear I travel with and I love to share the items I adore and use in the hopes that they will work for other people too. The important thing here for me is networking and building relationships that may yield photography sales. However I am VERY picky about whom I advertise with and I don’t accept articles not written by me. It’s been a great learning experience for me too and I have become much more interested in wildlife photography because of it!
But with all the co-mingling of funds today and so many hands in your pot, investing can be tricky business. Shea€™s a licensed clinical social worker at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the largest nonprofit home health care agency in the U.S. If you like the idea of a reverse mortgage, however, you would be smart to consult a financial planner, which leads to the next bit of advice. People who have hundreds of thousands of followers on social media had a lucky break at some point – but they seldom tell you about that aspect of being a social media influencer. I must get 5 emails a day from companies who want to send me content to post on my website and pay me money to do so – but I don’t because to me it feels sleazy. And honestly it’s fun to have a part of my workweek be nothing about travel; diversity is important for me in everything I do! Unlike most readers out there, we know exactly how much work you have to do to achieve what you have achieved. In fact, my favorite destinations that have hosted me are often the ones that I reached out and pitched them because I had an intense interest in going there – like my Alaska trip that I’m currently writing about on my blog. And most of all, I don’t want to fill my website with crap content that has nothing to do with the way I travel or live.
People sometimes start to look down on me and ask things like “So you’ll do that for the rest of your life?
All of these people who have been travel blogging for a year or two putting out e-books on how you can have this dream life of getting paid to travel too are also just used car salesmen to me. I accept about 1 advertising post a quarter and I make sure it’s about something I want to write about.



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