A lot of us dream of traveling, right? We’d love to see the world… if we had enough cash in the bank and enough vacation time saved.
Until then, we have to make do with postcards and YouTube videos of the places we want to visit.
That’s what Johnny Ward thought, too. Then he started a company that gave him the freedom to travel around the world while earning money — and that company has now brought in more than $1 million.
How to Make Money Blogging
As Business Insider reports, Ward, who is from Northern Ireland, was working a high-paying sales job in Australia but wanted to take time off to see the FIFA World Cup. So he made a plan: He would start a blog, quit his job and buy a one-way ticket to Zimbabwe.
Ward used the money he had saved from his sales job to fund his travel, and blogged about his experiences at OneStep4Ward. Then, he realized that his blog was not only a way to write about his travel experiences — it was also a money-making tool.
“I remember the first bucks I ever made,” Ward told Business Insider. “It was like $80. The first guy ever to pay me for an advertisement on my site changed my mindset entirely, and I thought, ‘This might work!'” He’d figured out how to make money blogging.
On his blog, Ward describes what happened next: “Within six months I was making $500 a month, another three or four months, it was $1,000.”
He decided to see if he could earn more money by creating more blogs. Within a few years, he built the digital media company Step4Ward Media, where he makes money by posting articles to his 100+ blogs to boost client SEO rankings, and by helping clients start blogs of their own.
Ward was now an entrepreneur, with a virtual four-person staff and the ability to work anywhere in the world.
Blog Your Way to Success
Want to launch your own remote company and run your business while traveling the world? Ward’s media company has earned over a million dollars, but he advises would-be entrepreneurs to start small.
As he said in Business Insider: “I tell people you don’t need to make $1 million. Initially you can make $1 or $10 or $50, and have that money in your Paypal and then be like, ‘Wow, this is actually possible.'”
Ward also advises new entrepreneurs to start a blog, both as a potential monetization tool and as a way to develop a voice of authority. No matter what type of remote company you plan to build, having a blog helps bring people to you and establishes you as a leader in your industry.
Then, it’s a matter of having a good idea, hiring the right people and figuring out where you want to travel next!
Want to know more about how Ward manages to travel the world while running his company? Read the full story at Business Insider.
Your Turn: Would you like to create a business you could run from anywhere in the world?
Nicole Dieker is a freelance writer focusing on personal finance and personal stories. Her work has appeared in The Billfold, The Toast, Yearbook Office, The Write Life and Boing Boing.