Pura Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Bratan, Bali, Indonesia
Is it possible to move to Bali and make money online starting from scratch?
In 2011 I was fed up of life in the UK. I decided to make a change and set about more consciously designing the life I wanted to live and after speaking to a good friend who had already done the same I moved to Australia. I had two 2 primary goals I wanted to accomplish with this lifestyle redesign.
The first was to secure a job in online marketing because I had been teaching myself how to build websites and make money from them and I wanted to work with other people who had and were doing the same thing. The second was to make sure I lived as close to the beach as possible so I would be able to surf everyday.
Once I had my mind made up I spent my next paycheck on a one way flight and working holiday visa. I worked hard to pay off my credit card bills and scraped together about $2000 to get me set up. Little did I know how quickly that would that go but luckily I have some amazing friends that were able to help me out by putting me up for the first month while I found a job.
I succeeded in my goal of landing a job in online marketing by working as a Google Adwords professional at Ikon communications and later Switched on Media, two really great and highly respected marketing agencies in Australia. After this I set my sights on sponsorship and a pay rise and after a long wait achieved both of those too. Neither was easy and it took lots of late nights and hard work to gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in my roles.
So after putting in all that time and effort to get sponsored why now have I now decided to give it all up?
This is a great question and one that has made the decision for me to do this all the more difficult but the truth is I felt that I was stagnating again. I had the job and a bit of security but I had stopped pushing myself and was settling into a new comfort zone one where I was saying to myself “You have a good job, you live by the beach, just be satisfied with that.”
While I am extremely grateful for that and for all that I have, I am not satisfied. What I mean is that there are things in life that I want to do and things in life that I want to achieve that I am not prepared to give up on.
The Cost of Travel and Adventure
Like most of us I have a desire to travel, to see the world and go on exciting adventures. At the same time I want to have success financially. This leads to an internal conflict between the backpacker bum of my personality and the side of me that is the wolf of wall street and desires financial success. While I want that financial and business success I know that money isn’t everything, money is just a tool to do the things you want to do and really it’s just a made up idea that doesn’t actually exist so I am conscious of exchanging the only life I have for it to one day be an old man and regret not doing the things I wanted to do.
The problem is that we often see that travelling and careers or business success on diverging roads that can not co exist and are forced to choose one or the other. After or before University it is acceptable to take a gap year but after that its time to don the suit, the tie and the sensible shoes and settle into the 9-5 routine.
In 2013, with the technology that we have available I really believe that does not have to be the case and in fact I know this because moving to Australia accelerated my professional and personal development that anything else ever in my life.
So as I move to Bali it’s not just about being the backpacking bum, it’s about exploring new opportunities, exploring future trends in business, gaining a greater understanding of the global economy that effects us all and leveraging all of that and the technology available to live an exciting and unconventional life.
The plan is essentially to test drive this idea of working remotely and building a business from Bali, my exact plans for generating income I will share in a future post but for now just know that others have done it and it’s well within the realms of possibility. For at least the first two months I will be based in Bali and Indonesia where I have organised to meet up with some entrepreneurs already running very successful online businesses from Bali. At the same time I want to improve my surfing, study yoga and learn meditation. After that I may stay another month or move elsewhere in south east Asia before returning home to Ireland in July for my sisters wedding during which I will review the success of the journey and decide on the best next steps.
If I can make it work then the possibility of indefinite world travel opens up to me and if not then I can always try again.
I want to share this adventure through my blog because I know there are many people that would like to do the same who are keen to know if this stuff really works. I believe anyone interested in online marketing, outsourcing and future trends will benefit from the insights that I gain on the journey.
But what if…
“But what if it doesn’t work? What if you don’t make any money, what if you don’t like it there?” There could be a hundred reasons I could create or allow people to tell me not to do it but in the end, if nothing else, I will have a great adventure, meet some really interesting people, see some amazing sites and grow through all of the challenges travel brings so stay tuned for future posts as I share the story of the Indonesian experiment and future blog posts such as:
- What Inspired me to move to Bali
- My plans to generate income in Bali
- The potential cost 0f living in Bali vs Australia
- Things I want to learn in Bali
- My Bali bucket list and much more
Share your thoughts!
Iwould love to get your feedback and hear your thoughts and opinion. I answer reply personally to all comments so please let me know if…
- You have ever thought of working remotely or even working abroad?
- Do you suffer from the the internal conflict of wander lust or is it just me!?