Right guys, for those of you have followed me back since the broke traveling days a few years ago you’ll know both my travels, and my online endeavours, have gone from strength to strength. I love sharing my trips with you both here and on my facebook fan page but I want my escapades to act as inspiration to you guys, not as a way for me to brag.

Making real money online, being free and traveling the world is something I always dreamed about, so much so that I just had to make it happen.

john ward blogger digital nomad

More and more people nowadays are telling me how lucky I am, how they wish they could do what I’m doing. Well, at the risk of sounding harsh – luck has nothing to do with it. I created the situation that allows me to do what I do, luckily for anyone else who’s dreaming of the same thing, you can too. But you gotta go out and get it.

With that in mind, I wanted to lay out 5 simple ways for you guys to get started making money online, and hopefully before we know it, we’ll be sharing beers on Copacabana beach!

5 ways to get started making money online


1)   Start a blog

Starting onestep4ward.com changed my life forever. So seriously guys, start a blog, and do it right now.  And not one of these ‘whatever.blogspot.com’ or ‘imanamateur.wordpress.com’ things, spend $15 and buy the bloody domain. Order one less Dominos pizza and actually own your brand. Take it seriously and get blogging. Think about your niche – lifestyle design, travel, beauty, finance, lifestyle, fashion whatever, but get moving.

If you don’t know how to do the tech stuff, don’t let that hold you back. Obstacles are there to overcome, don’t be a loser. You can get a website knocked up for a few hundred bucks, this is step one to your new life, I think it’s more important than the new iPhone model, don’t you?

NOTE: If you really are stuck, my guys at step4wardmedia.com can do it for you, let me know


How to Make money online
How to Make money online

2)   Quit your job, move to a digital hub and teach English

This is a bold one but along with starting my blog, this was the other one big catalyst for changing my life for the better. There are a few digital hubs in the world attracting young, upcoming, ambitious online peeps. Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Cebu, Manila, Bali, Medellin, Buenos Aries, Budapest, Prague. If you wanna make money online, real money, then move to one of these places and network. Make these guys your friends.

You have no money right? I didn’t either, teach English. Be broke, be excited, be adventurous. Earn $900 per month, live like the locals, learn a new language it’s f*cking awesome. And it’ll give you an opportunity to open doors for your next step.

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English camp in South Korea

3)   Mentor

Find someone who is doing exactly what you wanna be doing, but be real. Is it being recognised from your blog what you truly want or would you prefer to make $100k online each month. I know which my choice is. So go after the person who is doing what you truly want. Then beg, borrow and steal for them to mentor you. If they can find time to email and skype with you, point you in the right direction etc, it’s worth more than any degree you have.


4)   Intern

Are you into affiliate marketing, SEO, drop shipping, ebooks, info courses? Whatever way you wanna make the big bucks, offer your services for free to someone who is doing it. They almostly certainly won’t say no. That doesn’t mean a 2 second email, write a proposition stating what you can do for them. Keep your eyes on the prize.

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Digital Nomads….

5)   Freelance

While your being mentored, teaching languages, networking, blogging and living in a new country try to make some extra cash online freelancing on elance or odesk. The best way to do this is copy writing, generic 500 word articles for roughly $10 a pop, it won’t make you rich but you’ll hone your blogging skills and more importantly you’ll have made your first $$ online. A huge part of this is the belief system, and this is a great first step. It’ll also help improve your quality of life, a few hundred extra dollars per month in a cheaper country to supplement a teaching income will be beautiful.


So yeah, you’re gonna be busy. But this is how I see it. Most corporate peeps dedicate decades to reach directorship levels, and the hope of $250k per year. Decades! All you have to do is dedicate 3 or 4 years and you can be at their level and beyond. Having money is always cool, but having it when you’re young – now that’s truly something special. Good luck peeps, and hopefully see you on the road.

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Also, if you want to start a blog...I CAN HELP YOU!

Also, if you want to start a blog, and start to change your life, I'd love to help you! Email me on johnny@onestep4ward.com. In the meantime, check out my super easy blog post on how to start a travel blog in under 30 minutes, here! And if you just want to get cracking, use BlueHost at a discount, through me.

Also, (if you're like me, and awful with tech-stuff) email me and my team can get a blog up and running for you, designed and everything, for $699 - email johnny@onestep4ward.com to get started.

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I use SafetyWing for my digital nomad insurance. It covers me while I live overseas. It's just $10 a week, and it's amazing! No upfront fees, you just pay week by week, and you can sign up just for a week if you want, then switch it off and on whenever. You can read my review here, and you can sign-up here!


So if you’re ready to…..

1) Change your life
2) Travel the world
3) Get paid to travel
4) Create a positive influence on others
5) Be free of offices and ‘real world’ rubbish

Then Sign Up Below and Let’s Get Started!


Got a question? Wanna comment? I'd love to hear from you

42 thoughts on “MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY: 5 Ways to Get Started Making Money Online  

  1. You bit about get practice blogging my doing copywriting… how do I do that? I’d like to hone my skills further.

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  3. Johnny,
    I just read about you this morning on yahoo and googled your page. Thank you for the info and motivation. I am an eye doctor in Louisiana. I have a wife and a 13 y/o son. We are a very simple, fun-loving, down-to-earth family. We are always looking for new ways to generate income, passive income! You inspire me! Any ideas for a blog for me? Any way I can help you and learn the craft at the same time?

  4. Hi Johnny,
    Absolutely love what you have achieved so fat. Totally out of the box. Well, I have the blog and will be leaving for Chiang Mai in two weeks for an internship program via UniTEFL. I am super excited. Will definitely use your tips to make extra cash but more importantly make those millions 🙂
    Please check out my blog…I don’t have many followers as yet…

  5. I saw the article about your adventures and life path on Yahoo. Fantastic and inspiring. I was one that followed the normal path as most kids from the US born in the 70’s did. High School, College and into the corporate workforce. Through my work I’ve lived in Singapore and Cote d’Ivoire and have visited multiple places in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Needles to say, now, with a wife and child I am perhaps past the point of leaving it all behind to teach English or work at a digital hub. That said the article did spur my interest in blogging and how I might turn that into supplemental income that can be done in the spare time as a family project. It may start as one thing and morph into another. Looking at this blog I am uncertain as to how you produce an income from it as I see no advertisements. Can you provide some guidance on that aspect?

    Btw, very funny article on what you hate about riding on a bus. I’v been on the buses in the Philippines. That is a scary ride. Especially going up to Baguio City. talk about being on the edge.

  6. Yes, yes, and yes! Being an English teacher has allowed me to travel the world and live in incredible places while working with/for incredible people. Teaching is a skill I’m so happy to have. 🙂 Cheers to teachers (and the adventurous spirit of the ESL teacher!). 🙂

  7. What kind of tasks did you do on Freelance and other websites like that one? I checked but they were mainly looking for people with qualified skills such as Photoshop or Code with Java, html..
    Thanks again for taking time to answer to each question!


  8. Hey Johnny.
    I’m from Chittagong Bangladesh,…i have very good interpretation skills in English(thanks to the english medium education and USA 1 year exchange program). Could u suggest ways i could use/polish my skills to make money?

    Thank You.
    Salutes to you.

  9. Hey Johnny,
    Quit Ireland for good 7 months ago, moved to the Philippines with no money, and no job… 1st day got passport and cards, the lot stolen… but a meeting in a bar that night helped to secure me my dream job consulting for the UN on indigenous peoples rights. Contracts now finished and am living it up in Australia until I get another sonewhere else in the world! Planned for a long time to set up a blog but that post just gave me the kick up the a I needed to take thus next step. Thanks

  10. Hey Johnny, I have a blog but I think think the only person who reads it is my mum! I am trying to learn about SEO but there is so much conflicting info out there, I don’t really know where to start. Can you give me any advice on this and other way to promote the blog? After 2 years in Thailand I am broke, so its a matter of learning to do it myself rather than paying someone to do it for me 🙂

  11. Another way is to get a remote contract and be part of a distributed team/startup. You will still have to be more or less stabile in one place for 2-3 months to get things done but hey – you can do it from anywhere you find a proper Wi-Fi connection!

  12. it is great thought about travel and online jobs. i am a
    traveler and want to see all world and also want to earn money online. You give
    very beneficial information and steps about it. Now i am traveling and going
    with chinese tour
    to see china’s great wall. i will follow your instructions and
    start business under your guidance.

  13. hey buddy, cool story! where in Brazil do you run your hostel? and was ur book well received? Caipirinhas sound good 😛

  14. Nice article…. inspiring and got my blood pumping to get my online business set up. I am moving to Medellin for a couple of months have you got any info on any digital hubs there or where I can network? thanks

    1. join the expat facebook groups buddy, couchsurfing meet ups etc you’ll be set in no time 🙂

  15. you’re saying to go to a country and start teaching english but..here is my question, and although i might risk sound stupid i will ask it : for example i am from greece and i know how to speak and write in english quite well but not excellent but that is not the nly problem… if you go to a country to teach english to a person who doesn’t speak english yet..and you don’t know their language then how will you teach them? in which language? how are you going to communicate?

    1. Hey Felicia, it’s possible but tough to find work teaching English as a non-native speaker, I should have said that in the post – sorry. To answer your question though, the best way to learn a language is to be fully immersed in it – when I studied Thai, no English was spoken in the class room from Day 1, Level 1 – only Thai 🙂

  16. All Sound good. But how to do it exactly? Why don’t you give us the whole picture, buddy? Like where to go freelancing and networking. Yeah, I agree with the above comment. What is a digital hub? And what are guys there doing exactly? Do they have basic education in web designer like that? And about mentoring… so you can be a mentor too for us who interested, right? I mean for free like you said. And about cheap country? Is that why you stay and ‘love’ Thailand? and so many other travelers too that flocks in Thailand in Bali?

    1. i ‘love’ (why the inverted commas?) Thailand for a hundred and one reasons, the fact that i can afford a great lifestyle is certainly one of them. “To do what exactly”? Are you serious mate? I love helping ppl, and am open to helping anyone but do you want me to write a business plan, open a bank account and book you a ticket too? :S

  17. Great post! I’m currently crumb snatching from my blog and some ecommerce but I will look into the freelancing. You’re right, I think it’s good to get practice writing. Not sure about teaching… A classroom full of little kids sounds scary! Haha

    1. means to an end buddy, if you had no savings/help from home and teaching was the only way to sustain yourself or face going home, what would u do?

  18. Already doing the freelancing thing, broke $1,000 a month writing 5 months ago (hit my all time high $1,200 a couple of months ago, and trying to suss out plans to begin investing in my own sites to build my own business income. Thanks to getting a mentor, I eased into this over the past 18 months.

    You rock Johnny, keep it up with these Motivational Monday posts!

    1. awesome bro, great work! Now you need to diversify that income stream, and learn to scale it. That first $1k per month is the toughest, now really go for it!

    1. hey buddy, sure – there are loads of young guys working online based in Bali! I know 2 personally. Are you based there?

    2. Bali generally has really bad wifi connections, but I too can vouch that Ubud has a solid freelance community. I’ve met plenty of web designers and writers who are based there and there are so many expat events it’s easy to get connected with others. Bar Luna usually has events specifically for writers and a lot of digital expats hang at Seniman’s.

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