It’s about time that I finished this series off since I finished the back yard fire pit several weeks ago.
If you look online there’s tons of information on how to run a successful blog and earn an income online. It doesn’t take much insight to realize that nearly all of the information on blogging comes from people trying to sell you their course or some other product, which raises logical questions as to whether the “success stories” they post are exceptions or norms.
I’m going to write about my experiences in trying to get this site off the ground and my attempts at monetizing. I have no previous blogging experience, and no background/education in professional writing. The hope is that this experience will capture a picture of what it’s like when the total average Joe tries blogging as a way to supplement income.
In this post I’ll get into what the actual work is like with Cambly, including some suggestions for getting good ratings and for keeping the conversation going with learners.
So far I’ve spent about 3 weeks teaching for the online English tutoring company “Cambly”. The next few posts will be a more in-depth review of my experience with this company and what it’s like to teach English online. They are going to focus on answering the common questions I get from people that are considering living abroad.
It seems like one of the common concerns when someone is thinking about moving abroad is “How do I earn an income?”.
Fair question. Here’s what’s worked for us:
Figuring out how to extract ourselves from Canada was actually one of the most stressful parts of the move for me.
I finally figured out where to buy everything. And now that I’ve figured it out I realize what I was doing wrong this whole time. Again highlighting how the stupidest things can become obstacles when you’re a total foreigner.
Once we decided on Ecuador we had what I saw as an incredibly large task of figuring out how exactly we move to another country as an entire family.
When I moved to Guyana about 10 years ago, it was considerably more simple. I still lived with my parents, so when I was ready I bought a plane ticket and moved. I took what I could carry, the rest I figured out. Immigration wasn’t a big deal there, just say you were a missionary and you could stay as long as you wanted (at the time).
It’s much less straightforward with a family of 4, 2 vehicles, a home that we own, a full-time job, and all the other things typical of North-American life.
So not a lot to report as far as progress goes on our back yard campfire area, but I thought that giving an update would convey a realistic picture of what life is like when you first move to another country, especially when you don’t speak the language yet.
So what made us choose Ecuador?
Lots of discussion. There were a few close runner-ups but Ecuador was a solid leader from the get-go. Here’s our take on our options: