Hi, I am Martin!
I am an online entrepreneur and a blogger from the Czech Republic with my head perpetually in the clouds.
Hi, my name is Matin.
The purpose of this blog is to help you build an online business that gives you the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere in the world.
If you are reading this, you may be here because of one of these reasons:
- You cannot sit in an office all year round, year after year.
- You are tired of the daily routine of waking up at the same time and commuting to work, which you hate.
- You want to work for yourself, be your own boss.
- You want to be able to travel anywhere and whenever you feel like it.
These are the reasons I had when I have decided to make the change.
Working a Job You Hate
I am a regular guy who finished university, landed a job, and started living a boring, monotonous working life.
I knew it was not the life I wanted; I felt trapped.
I had just spent five years studying law and it was expected of me to pursue a law career.
I cannot say that I felt any pressure from my closest family members. My parents have always wanted the best for me and have always been very understanding, but I still knew that they would be disappointed if I decided to turn my back on law so quickly after getting my degree. Not just them, but everyone in my family.
So, I kept working at a law firm, telling myself it will get better, that the beginnings are always hard and that things will improve over time.
But it didn´t, it only got worse.
I felt stressed, I didn’t enjoy going to work. Not to mention that I kind of sucked at the job.
Senior lawyers often found mistakes in the contracts I had written and not being able to deliver work on time was quite a regular occurrence for me.
Even though people around me were telling me that it is normal to make mistakes at the beginning, I didn’t feel the motivation to improve.
I didn’t enjoy the work I was doing and I could not see myself doing it for a long period, so my motivation to learn and improve at my job was next to nothing.
Not even money was a motivation as my salary was ridiculously low (around $800). Many people think that when you have a law degree you land a high-paying position immediately after finishing university, but that is not the case. At least, not in my country.
If you want to be an attorney, you have to be a paralegal for three years and then pass a bar exam. So, for three years, you do a very hard job for very little money and then if you pass the bar, things start improving money-wise.
For someone who wants to build a career around law, it is a short sacrifice but that was not what I wanted. So I felt trapped. I was doing something I didn’t like for very little money. I knew I didn’t want to stay at the law firm, but I didn't see a way out.
Time For a Change
A couple of months passed, and I was sitting at a café with one of my friends after work. We were talking about old times when we were volunteering in Indonesia during the summer holiday at university. How amazing it was, all the experiences we had and places we saw, and how sad it was that now we could no longer have such experiences. We could not just pack our backpacks and go somewhere for months as before.
After meeting with my friend, I kept thinking about what my friend said: “It cannot be like it was before.” I knew he was right. I could no longer travel somewhere for months doing the job I was doing, it was just not possible.
The only thing to look forward to was a short 1-2 weeks holiday.
At that moment, I knew that I had to do something with my life. Quit my job and find something more flexible, more enjoyable, and less stressful.
Easier said than done. A few months passed again and I did nothing. I didn’t know what I could do and I kept thinking about what my parents and friends would think.
Unfortunately, at that time, I was caring too much about what other people thought about me.
Then all of the sudden, the problem got solved itself. I got fired.
The boss told me that I was not improving as quickly as I should and that it was time for me to go.
It was funny, as I was so happy when he said it but, of course, I pretended to be shocked and sad.
I was happy but also scared. I knew that I did not want to start applying for jobs and land another law office position that I would not enjoy.
I wanted to work on my terms and be my own boss. Be able to work remotely from anywhere in the world and travel again.
Two things came to my mind: freelancing and trying to make money online.
Making money online and having passive incomes is something that has fascinated me since I was 18 after reading a book called The Millionaire Fastlane by M. J. DeMarco.
After reading the book, I got hooked on the idea of working smart and not trading time for money. I was learning about various ways of how to make money online and build passive incomes.
However, for some time, I was just learning about it but not taking any action.
Fortunately, that changed in 2016 when I launched a website app project together with my brother.
We were both studying at university at that time and working part-time jobs, so we were working on our website project during our free time in the evenings.
Our dream was to make some passive income but we knew it would take time for our website to grow and gain a decent user base (it was sort of a niche dating website).
We could not afford to run ads, so we were focusing on learning about SEO and optimizing our website as much as possible.
A little down the road, our efforts paid off and we started making money online for the first time. We were earning between $1200-2000 a month which was not bad but minus taxes and costs it was not that much. We decided to just reinvest all the money into further development and focus on growing the business.
Unfortunately, despite all our efforts, by the time we finished university, we managed to increase our profit only by a small amount.
We kept working on the website but less and less. Partially because of having less time with full-time jobs and partially because we felt discouraged that we had invested so much effort into the project and it did not turn out to be the great success we had imagined.
After being fired from my job, my passion for making money online was reignited. I knew I had some experience that I could use for creating another online project and that’s what I decided to do.
Before I did that, I spent some time learning about building WordPress websites (the website I have with my brother is more complex and was not built by us), affiliate marketing, and blogging in general.
Then I built a WordPress blog and started publishing the first articles and building backlinks.
It was going well, and I had a good feeling about my new blog. A lot of the articles started ranking high on Google and I was receiving decent traffic already in the first few months.
Even though things were going in the right direction, I was not making any money from the blog and I knew it could still take some time.
At the time, I was 26 and moving away from my parents (I know, quite late). I started having bigger expenses which made me realize that I needed to start making some money now and not put all my hopes into my blog that could but also might not make enough money to pay all the bills.
Start of Freelancing
I knew I did not want to go back to law or get any other office job, so I decided to try freelancing.
I created an account on Fiverr and was browsing all their categories thinking about what I could do and that I could charge more than just a couple of bucks.
I found a WordPress development category with sellers charging decent amounts. I enjoyed learning about WordPress and creating my blog, so decided to give it a try.
I researched how to optimize gigs for keywords on Fiverr and other things that are important for being successful on the platform and launched my first gig.
A week passed, and I hadn’t gotten a single order, so I decided to create accounts on other freelancing platforms and increase my chances.
Another week passed and still nothing. It was just two weeks, but I was already getting nervous and contemplating my next steps.
The idea of getting back to working in an office was terrifying, but I was slowly starting to mentally prepare myself for the worst-case scenario.
But then the third week passed and I received my very first order! I over-delivered and the client left me an amazing review.
It was just one order but a huge motivational boost for me. I knew that if I could get one, I could get more.
And I did. In the same week, I received another one and many followed afterward.
In just one month, I was earning a little over $1.000, which was more than what I was earning at the law firm.
I was not just earning more money but was without any stress and working from the comfort of my home. I loved it!
A few months later, I was earning $2.000 a month steadily and on good months as much as $3.000.
I felt so happy and was enjoying the benefits freelancing has like working from anywhere in the world.
In the winter, I flew to sunny Colombia and spent a couple of months working from there. A bit later, I flew to the Dominican Republic. Learning how to surf in the morning and working in the afternoon, life felt great.
Not that long ago, I was sitting at a desk doing work I hated and now I was traveling the world and living the life I always wanted.
From Freelancing to Blogging
All was going well but I realized that I had sort of given up on building an online business again.
When I was earning $5.000 a month steadily, I stopped writing any new articles and stopped working on the blog altogether.
I was more than happy with the amount of money I was making but most importantly, I did not have time for the blog anymore.
I was receiving a lot of orders and to continue freelancing, I had to do it full-time.
I found myself in this situation when I felt very grateful and lucky for what I managed to accomplish freelancing but at the same time, I felt overworked.
I would normally work 12 hours a day, including weekends. At some point, I had to limit traveling as it was just too hard.
Wherever I went, I always had to be online and reply to my clients on time to receive good reviews, to close new clients, and of course, to do the work itself.
I tried to increase the price to limit the number of orders I was getting but surprisingly, it resulted in me getting even more orders. People must have perceived my gig as one of very high quality as I was a lot more expensive than others.
I didn’t want to lose the good ranking of my account and go offline. I just wanted less work so that I would have more time. I felt trapped. Grateful but trapped.
After some point, it started interfering with my personal life and I realized that it was time for a change. I understood that the change might not be immediate but that I had to start.
I decided to get back to blogging and try to generate passive income once again.
Even if I could devote just 30 minutes to it each day, I had to try.
I opened Google Analytics for my blog after a very long time to check the performance.
I was amazed.
Despite not posting a single post in almost two years, the blog was getting more traffic than before.
This sparked my motivation to find time for my blog even more.
The blog started to grow as I started publishing new articles again but most importantly, I finally managed to monetize it.
I immediately felt less dependent on freelancing and it was a great feeling.
After some time, I could stop freelancing all together and focus on just my blog.
All of a sudden, I had so much free time that I could even start new blogs and new projects.
Of course, I still would have to maintain all my businesses which takes time but the huge difference is that I would be able to do it on my time.
I no longer needed to be online at all times. I could switch off all my devices, go on a holiday and fully enjoy it.
When I returned, my businesses would still be there making money.
My Travel Map
Thank you For Reading my Story
I appreciate the time you took to read my story.
I believe anyone can succeed in blogging and building an online business.
There will always be obstacles in the way. Some will have more and bigger obstacles than others, but anyone can eventually succeed.
I think it all comes down to how much you want it. If you really want to succeed, you will not get discouraged by failure, work hard, and eventually reach your goals.
That is, of course, easier said than done. As you can see it in my story. I quit a few times myself.
I know it is not easy, but believe me, it is worth it.
I hope to create a community of new bloggers here, a place where new bloggers can collaborate and encourage each other.
Blogging is about working hard but also about working smart.
You can succeed much faster if you learn from others. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
If you would like to ask me anything, don’t hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading and hope you all accomplish your online business goals.