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Portable Income Opportunities (PIO) – Writer/Blogger/Content Creator

Writing is one of my favorite methods to make a portable income. You only need a laptop and an internet connection to submit assignments and post content online.

Please note that clicking some of the following links may result in me earning some income, however, it will not affect your costs at all.

Writing Courses

If you are confident in your writing skills, dive right in. Choose the method you would like to help you generate income and get cracking. If, however, you would like to learn some writing skills and find out information about different niches and types of freelance writing, then there are a number of online writing courses available to you.


American Writers & Artists, Inc. (AWAI). Helping people develop skills to acquire financial security, independence, and freedom – that’s been American Writers & Artists Inc.’s (AWAI) mission since we opened our doors in 1997. And since then, we’ve helped thousands of people discover how to become a highly-successful copywriter and business owner so they can live their dreams, on their terms.

I have taken a number of their courses and learned a lot of valuable skills. The instructors are very hands-on and always willing to provide guidance and assistance.


 ed2goed2go is the industry leader in affordable online learning for adults. We provide the highest-quality online continuing education courses that are easy to use through a network of over 2,100 top colleges and universities.  Improve your job prospects with a certificate that employers will recognize. When you complete your ed2go online education, you receive a certificate from one of our 2,000 educational partners.


Udemy: High-quality and affordable courses. Learn writing today. Find your writing course on Udemy and learn techniques to be more productive and get the most out of your writing education. They have  190 courses – paid and free – for beginners through expert writers.



CourseraCoursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online. Build in-demand skills and earn valuable credentials. Each course is like an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes, and projects.




Starting a blog about a topic where you have experience and great interest sounds like an intriguing method of obtaining the portable income you’ve always coveted. You will need a laptop, an internet connection to upload your posts, a domain name, and an internet host provider. There are a lot of internet host providers. I recommend SiteGround. It’s what I now use and I have found their customer service to be very customer-focused and efficient. I am an affiliate, but I switched to SiteGround from another provider and am much happier now.


After settling on your domain name and internet hosting provider, you need to determine which blog platform you would like to use. I use for three of my sites and find it very user-friendly. There are loads themes and plugins to customize your website, including monetization, e-commerce, and forum options. There are also free blogging sites available, and

Blogging is a misunderstood writing niche. People start their blogs with plans to monetize them and lead a relaxing life. This may work for some people, but not for most. While starting a blog and writing about topics that interest you is not very technically difficult, ensuring that you drive traffic to your site and build your list are two facets of blogging that can be difficult. Even with a healthy list, it is often not easy to generate income.

Now, you could struggle and try strategies that a cousin’s friend used, or you could get some training, tips, and well-proven advice on how to develop, launch, and monetize your blog. Following are some courses in which you can enroll to start you on the road to financial freedom.


 Blog Life & Blog Life Pro: Blog Life will help you to learn to develop a strong brand identity with personality and vision, to create a content plan that keeps you inspired every single day, to connect with your readers, to overcome periods of burnout, and to efficiently manage an editorial schedule. You’ll learn about networking and self-promotion, and honest, organic ways to increase your blog traffic. You’ll learn how to create content that has viral potential. You’ll also learn the basics of online advertising and how to assess your blog’s value. You’ll learn the basics of how to price, scale, and build an ad program including pitching your first campaign.


 Copyblogger: At the heart of great content is powerful writing. If you don’t consider yourself a writer or you’re just starting out, we’ve got you covered. The free information on our Copyblogger blog will help you get started mastering content marketing so you can use it in your own business, or for a client.


 Elite Blog Academy: Eliminate the overwhelm. At Elite Blog Academy®, we believe that blogging doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve worked hard to figure out what works-and what doesn’t-and to put together a plan that gives you everything you need for massive success (and nothing you don’t). Because let’s face it, the problem with creating a successful, profitable blog isn’t that there’s not enough information out there, it’s that there is way too much! But that’s exactly what makes EBA® so effective. From figuring out what to say to getting people to notice and earning an income from your efforts, we’ve pared it down to only the most important and game-changing details.


 List Building Academy: Learn how to create a list of raving fans and clients to end the cycle of feast or famine in your business. Learn the what & why of list building, how to design and create a Lead Magnet that your audience wants, what systems you need, how to create your own Lead Magnet Strategy, to set up a sales & marketing funnel for your business, how to promote your Lead Magnet, and proven strategies to get noticed.


 ProBloggerProBlogger is all about inspiring, teaching and supporting bloggers from around the world to create blogs that not only serve their readers and make the world a better place – but which build income streams for the bloggers behind them. The course is organized into 8 portals: Start a Blog, Create Content, Find Readers, Build Community, Make Money, Be Productive, Understand Technology, and Get Work.


 Billionaire Blog ClubBillionaire Blog Club is a community of bloggers that understand it takes work to make money with a blog. This is not a get rich quick community but a community of bloggers that support each other in their quest to build a better lifestyle. It includes courses, books, challenges, forums, and lots of other stuff that benefits bloggers and their journey.



Web content job sites:

There are A LOT of job sites that want to match you up with businesses seeking writers. The pay scale varies by project and by site, but working for one of these sites is a great way to build your portfolio and practice your writing skills. I worked with one for about a year and obtained some great experience and exposure to different writing requirements and styles. Sign up for a few – you’re not obligated to take any job and this can help determine what writing niche suits you best.


 Media Shower: Media Shower focuses on the financial technology and cryptocurrency industries. They can help you make money, build your reputation, get better, and build your career. They look for financial and technology enthusiasts and great writers who are rock solid reliable and flexible.


Upwork: Upwork is a great place to find more clients, and to run and grow your own freelance business. On Upwork, you run your own business and choose your own clients and projects. There is a wide variety of jobs and high pay. The greater the success you have on projects, the more likely you are to get hired by clients that use Upwork.


Writer Access: Grow your freelance income with 25,000+ agencies and businesses that pay fair rates to freelancers for high-quality work. They have a pool of freelancers to deliver on the full spectrum of content marketing solutions required for success. Freelancers get paid more than fair rates either by the word or by the project depending on their expertise, experience, and performance.


Constant ContentConstant Content is trusted by thousands of businesses including Uber, Zulily, The Home Depot, Walgreens, Hayneedle, CVS, eBay and others, and is one of the largest and most established platforms for facilitating connections between big brands and you — the best freelance writers online. You can create your profile, apply for projects, connect with brands, and advance your career.


Copypress: CopyPress lives to help clients tell amazing stories, and to help creatives get paid to do what they love. Creating things is our passion at CopyPress. Since 2009, we’ve fed that passion by building software, products, and services that help creatives and advertisers do the same. We built a Community where writers, designers, and developers can create their own micro-businesses centered around their passion. Then we designed ways for these creatives to connect with advertisers in order to create campaigns centered on beautiful, compelling content.


 Jobbatical: Work where you’re happy. Use Jobbatical to find a tech, business or creative job anywhere in the world. Because your skills matter more than your passport. Jobbatical thinks beyond borders to help the world work together. We connect globally minded companies with a community of ready-to-relocate tech, business, and creative talent.


FlexJobs: The best remote and flexible jobs, and a better way to find them. With FlexJobs, you can access hand-screened remote, part-time, freelance, and flexible jobs – quickly and easily. And there’s much more. We want to help you find your better. But what does better mean for you? It’s different for each of us, but also often similar. Maybe it’s about work-life fit or having more time for our families, paying our bills with less stress or being able to find a good job without having to move, getting rid of a long commute or having more freedom in where and when you work.



Portable Income Opportunities (PIO) – Author

Everyone has at least one book inside of them. Most people, however, will never take the time to write the book. It is a time commitment. I wrote and self-published a book a few years ago and it took 4 years from when I first sat down with a basic concept until I was ready to start promoting and selling the book online. I have a few additional books in the initial planning stages, but have mainly been concentrating on writing for the web. I’ll get to them though…

A lot of people, with varying degrees of success, are able to write and publish their books. According to the latest Bowker Report (September 7, 2016), more than 700,000 books were self-published in the U.S. in 2015, which is an incredible increase of 375% since 2010. That’s a lot of competition.

Fortunately, it has never been easier to self-publish your book. Following are methods you can use to start selling your book today!

Your own website: Purchasing a domain and signing up for web-hosting is easy – the hardest part is figuring out what your domain name is going to be. Do you want to use the title of your book or your name or a cute company name? It’s your choice! You are in control! I recommend you use WordPress as it is very user-friendly and there are literally millions of plugins to make your website functional and attractive.

Step 1: Write your book.

Step 2: Save it as a pdf.

Step 3: Upload your book to your website.

Step 4: Start promoting your book!

If you don’t want to set up an entire e-commerce store, use a plugin such as Easy Digital Downloads which is, as the name implies, easy to set-up and easy to use.

Amazon – Kindle Direct Publishing (Aff): Self-publish eBooks and paperbacks for free with Kindle Direct Publishing, and reach millions of readers on Amazon. Get to market fast. Publishing takes less than 5 minutes and your book appears on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours. Make more money. Keep control of your rights and set your own list prices. Make changes to your books at any time. Publish in digital and print. Publish Kindle eBooks and paperbacks for free on KDP.


Barnes & Noble – Nook: A free, fast, and easy-to-use self-publishing service that enables you to publish and sell directly to millions of readers. All the great aspects of NOOK Press and one unified experience to make publishing your print or eBook as seamless as possible. Whether you’re a seasoned or first-time author, or you simply want to print a beautiful book for personal use, Barnes & Noble Press helps you create your book, your way. We’re here to help independent authors and content creators succeed by using the expertise and resources of Barnes & Noble.

Apple – iBooks Author: Create and publish amazing books for iPad, iPhone, and Mac. Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an amazing app that allows anyone to create beautiful textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for iPad, iPhone, and Mac. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could.

Portable Income Opportunities (PIO) – Dropshipping

What is dropshipping?

Shopify defines dropshipping as a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn’t keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party and has it shipped directly to the customer. As a result, the merchant never sees or handles the product.

Shopify also says that the biggest difference between dropshipping and the standard retail model is that the selling merchant doesn’t stock or own inventory. Instead, the merchant purchases inventory as needed from a third party – usually a wholesaler or manufacturer – to fulfill orders.

Why use the dropshipping method?

Dropshipping is an effective solution for running an online store if you are a digital nomad. There is no need to maintain inventory or ship your goods. Your store is run from your laptop and inventory is managed and shipped by your suppliers. That is slightly over-simplified, but dropshipping also helps ensure that you do not end up with a load of unsellable merchandise stacked in your garage.

Can I set up dropshipping with my existing online store?

Yes! When you run a digital store, you choose your suppliers and the merchandise you want to sell. You can choose to buy or import your goods and maintain an inventory of the products you are offering for sale, or you can choose suppliers who offer dropshipping.

How can I learn about dropshipping?

You can certainly try to figure out how to choose suppliers and set up your dropshipping business on your own. There are, however, a number of online courses and guides that make it easier to set up your dropshipping business, start selling your products and improve your profitability.

Full disclosure: I may earn an affiliate income – at no cost to you – if you click on some of the links below.

Alidropship*: We take education seriously. Alidropship 7-day dropshipping course offers free access, convenient form, experience-based approach, consistency, and practical focus.



Udemy: Learn on demand. Study any topic anytime. Explore thousands of courses starting at just $10.99. There are 190 results for dropshipping courses on Udemy



 eCom Elites: A step-by-step online entrepreneurial masterclass that covers topics such as sourcing products, creating your store, Facebook traffic, Advanced Facebook traffic, Instagram traffic, organic Google traffic, Email marketing, and Business 101.


The Product Winner Blueprint:  A Proven Blueprint To Find Winning Products and a step-by-step system to SCALE them using Facebook Ads.


 Dropship Lifestyle : The step-by-step guide to creating a highly-profitable, semi-automated drop ship store. You will learn how to choose a profitable niche, how to do market research, how to create your website, how to get approved with suppliers, how to optimize for conversions, how to get traffic, and how to automate your new online business.


Portable Income Opportunities (PIO) – E-Commerce

Online shopping…Almost everyone is shopping online now in some form or another. Maybe you even know someone who talks about their online store and always has extra income to take vacations, splurge on spa treatments, or pay off their mortgage earlier than planned. Perhaps they have even quit their full-time job to focus solely on their online business.

You might think that it is too difficult to set up your own store. Too time-consuming. Too expensive. You couldn’t be further from the truth – even if you are not a tech guru!

What is an E-Commerce Store?

E-Commerce stands for electronic commerce and refers to the buying and selling of goods and services over an electronic network, usually the internet. E-Commerce transactions can be business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-business, or consumer-to-consumer.

All that really means is that instead of having a physical store that people walk into, they browse through your product offerings (goods or services) online. Oftentimes, you can be ready to sell your products on the same day you set up the store. It’s that easy!

There are basically 2 methods to establish your online store:

  1. Build your own website. You need to purchase a domain name and hosting package, design your website, Post products and set up a shopping cart system. It is not technically difficult, but it is more time-consuming than option 2.
  2. Go to one of the sites below and sign up to be a seller. From there, you can choose a template, name your store, choose the products you want to sell, and start selling that day.

Popular sites that will host and help you run your E-Commerce Store are listed below.

Full disclosure: I may earn an affiliate income – at no cost to you – if you click on some of the links below.

Shopify– Your brand, your way. No design skills needed. Establish your brand online with a custom domain name and online store. With instant access to hundreds of the best-looking themes and complete control over the look and feel, you finally have a gorgeous store of your own that reflects the personality of your business.


eBay – If you have a business, or just want to run your eBay life like one, we’ve got powerful tools to help you manage your inventory and orders, track your sales and build your brand.



  Amazon* – Start selling now and reach hundreds of millions of Amazon customers. Sell products in the US, Canada, or both. Control what you sell and where, and manage your business from a single Amazon seller account.



 Etsy – Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell handmade and vintage goods. Etsy offers a meaningful and personal shopping experience to consumers and gives independent, creative businesses around the world the tools to be successful. Our mission is to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.



 BigCommerce*- Build your online store with BigCommerce. Customize your site, manage shipping and payments, and list your products on Amazon, eBay, and Facebook with the #1 e-commerce platform.



 Volusion – Volusion’s all-in-one platform makes it easy to get your store set up in minutes — and selling for years to come. Our sleek dashboard makes it easy to run your store, whether it’s accepting credit card payments, stocking items or updating your site design.




 Wix * – Create your own beautiful website. Your stunning website is just a few clicks away. It’s easy and free with Wix. Choose from a huge selection of designer-made templates. Change, customize or add anything to your site. Create a professional online presence with your own domain.





Weebly*– Provide shoppers with the convenience of a fully integrated shopping cart and a secure checkout experience directly from your eCommerce website. Weebly’s shopping cart software is set-up automatically when you create your online store so you can start selling online immediately, no technical skills needed.



 Woo Commerce*- Built for WordPress. WooCommerce integrates seamlessly with WordPress, making it the obvious eCommerce choice for existing WordPress users. With hundreds of free and paid WooCommerce extensions, spanning all your logistical & technical requirements, you can rest assured there’s an extension for your specific needs.




Yahoo Small Business – Merchant Solutions is the most customizable and flexible ecommerce platform in the market. Try one of our plans and see how we can make your store the best it can be. Every plan includes online store design, product/inventory management, shopping cart and checkout, payment processing, order management, and merchandising and promotions.



3dCart* – Build your online store with 3dcart, the best eCommerce software for SEO. Try it 100% free, with our 15-day, no-risk trial, and start selling online today. Access over 200 built-in features. Choose from 50 free themes. Get an SEO-ready online store. Choose from 100+ supported payments.


* Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Portable Income Opportunities (PIO) – Introduction

Are you fed up with your 9 – 5 (or longer!) job?

Are you looking for a new opportunity where you will be your own boss?

Are you confused by all the income-from-home opportunities/scams?

Are you looking to finally move overseas and earn income or supplement your retirement funds?

Before you jump into the digital nomad marketplace, your first task is to determine your skills and abilities and find the position that is the best fit for you. You need to determine the minimum necessary income for your lifestyle and ensure that your new, independent work environment will provide you with the income necessary to enjoy the lifestyle you desire. Even if you are not looking to move overseas, these income opportunities can be used to establish financial independence, set your own schedule, and say good-bye to overbearing bosses and underpaid jobs.


Have you been intrigued by friends or acquaintances who have taken their destinies into their own hands to become successful digital nomads, mobile creatives, and location independent professionals? Discover which Portable Income Opportunity (PIO best suits your needs and lifestyle and embrace freedom today! Over the next few weeks, Expat Writer will present job sites, training courses, and PIO you may never have considered before. To ensure accuracy, much of the information has been reproduced from the actual sites.

Come back and learn how you can easily become a digital nomad and shed the oppression of an office or static workplace.

All the PIO information is also available as a pdf ebook in the eBookstore.

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