What is Freedom to You? WA is Helping Me Achieve Mine!

Last Update: August 05, 2019

The image above shows my "office" for a few weeks - it is on an island in Thailand:-)

When I first started looking into making money online, it was to be able to create a good income on my own terms where I could work where I wanted to.

I honestly was not sure if that would ever be possible when I first joined WA (Wealthy Affiliate), but now 2.5 years later, I am making a full-time income online and I have been for a while.

For me freedom is not about getting the biggest cars and beatiful villas - it is fine if that comes but freedom is more than that.

That is why my wife and I now are in Thailand studying yoga for 5 weeks which we have in general studied a lot - while I do this, I can still have a full-time income from my laptop and the "office" you can see above.

It is not a big fancy villa so it is a bit unsual compared to what you usually see when people promote income opportunities online - but freedom is so much more than big villas and cars.

We live at a yoga school so the hut is very humble but being able to do this while having an income is amazing to me.

Earlier this year we went 1 month to India and from there I could also run my business - there are people that make way more than me online but this kind of freedom is priceless to me and the business keeps growing and I can see how much potential the online world and WA have.

So I just wanted to share this with you so you can see what is possible if you join WA and do the work it takes.

Getting the freedom you are looking for no matter what it is, is definitely possible!

How did I achieve a full-time income?

When you see success stories here on WA, you will mostly see the same answers to how to achieve success.

My story is no different - WA has some really great resources and amazing step-by-step training.

For beginners, this gives you the best possible foundation for online success out of all the online training platforms I have seen.

In addition to this, it gives the absolute best value for money - I have not seen anywhere else where you can get all these tools, training, support, etc. for the low price of $0.98 per day if you go yearly - this is extremely good value for money.

Even with the monthly membership of $49, if you prefer paying monthly instead of yearly, it is a ridiculous cheap price compared to what else you can find out there.

So if you are serious about wanting to make money online, I can only encourage you to upgarde to premium asap.

However, just upgrading will not make you successful - you have to be willing to put in the time to learn and take action.

It is not get-rich-quick scheme, but it does work if you put in the effort.

A final advice!

When you first start, choosing your niche is very important.

I want to make it clear that I have been able to create a full-time income from a niche that has nothing to do with promoting WA.

I did this before I started to promote WA.

Promoting WA and going into the MMO (Make Money Online) niche can be great but if you are just starting out, I would advice you NOT to do this.

It is extremely competitive and the effort you have to put in is extreme in comparison to so many other niches - so if you want to see faster results, do not go into the MMO niche.

There are thousands of other great niches that can all bring you a full-time income a lot faster and with less effort.

Anyway, WA does work and I am very happy I decided to join around 2.5 years ago and are now able to work where and when I want to.

I just want to make it clear that most of the time I do, however, not travel but sit in our apartment in Europe working hard - this is necessary but then it is also possible to have a continuous income even when you take breaks or you can take your work with you.

I can only encourage you to go premium if you are not already and then put in the work it takes - then the results will come.

Cheers,
Mikael


PS: If I do not reply right away if you leave a comment, it is becasue I am not so much online at the moment here in Thailand, but I will get back to you asap.

Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
EdwinBernard Premium
Mikael,

Your journey to achieving time freedom is inspiring. It was encouraging as well as discouraging.

As part of the OEC training I created a niche that didn't promote WA. When I was offered to be part of the Super Affiliate training by Kyle, I jumped at it. My second website is all about helping people to create online businesses by getting trained right. Meaning, promoting WA at the end.

Your advice is making me question my decision. However, since I am well into this niche, I am not going to stop, But I will also give more attention to my original niche. It means I will have to work extra hard, but that's OK.

In the meantime I wish you continued success and hope to emulate you in forging time freedom through WA.

Cheers.

Edwin
Reply
MikaelM Premium
It definitely is possible to succeed in the MMO niche Edwin - but I know that when most people start, they do not have the patience and time needed to succeed in that niche and that is why I mentioned it.

It can be very lucrative but so can many other niches and I think too many people think MMO is the only good niche without also being realistic about what it actually takes. And then they will give up in many cases when they could actually have succeeded with less effort in another niche.
Reply
EdwinBernard Premium
Good point. I do have patience. Which means I can go after easier niches later. The experience of the SAC will help me do a better job in those areas.

Thanks for your advice and getting back to me so soon.

Cheers.

Edwin
Reply
MikaelM Premium
You experience with SAC will definitely take you far no matter what
Reply
klchang Premium
Awwww...it is a dream for me, Mikael.
This is what most of us joining WA want...not necessary for a lot of money...of course, no one would mind having more...but for freedom and financial independence.
Thanks for your encouragement, advice, and tips too, Mikael.
All the best to you and wife and enjoy.
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Thanks Chang
Reply
FKelso Premium
Very encouraging information. I have two websites, one promoting WA and one a niche website. The latter has 130 posts, so it is growing, but I am not making much money yet. My niche is a really popular one, so there is lots of competition. That is part of the problem. I'll get there -- I keep learning and trying new things.
Reply
MikaelM Premium
If you just keep learning and keep taking action, you will definitely get there Fran.
Reply
PeakLiving Premium
I appreciate your honesty. I was very tempted to go into the MMO but I opted for something I am passionate about which is Health and Wellness. Probably just as competitive but I plan to carve out my little area of expertise and make it work for me.

Your post is inspiring and lets us all know we can succeed.
Reply
MikaelM Premium
If you go for a more specific area you are passionate about you will have great chances Nate.

MMO can be very tempting but I have also just come to realize that most beginners will not be able to put in the work it takes to succeed in it. Plus it is difficult to share honestly in the MMO niche for people that have not yet made money online themselves - that is why I waited with the MMO niche until I actually had made money online.
Reply
TheAdvisor Premium
What's up Mikael- this is definitely an inspiring post!

I have realized that Indeed there are better niches to be in- and I'm looking forward to going to Thailand one day soon!

These are the kinds of posts I like to see, some members know how to drop gems for content that give Wealthy Affiliate the good reputation that it has!

Thanks for sharing your real story Mikael, beautiful photo by the way!

Blessings for you and your wife!
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Thank you very much Jose. I can definitely recommend Thailand:-)
Reply
Shipwright Premium
Great post Mikael, and you have hit the nail right on the head in regards to persuing your own niche rather then promoting WA in the first instance - this is the mistake I made and although I wrote a 4000 word plus new WA Review earlier in the year, it's not yet ranking, which as you said is probably due to the high competition in the MMO niche.

I have my new niche now and I know what I have to do, its a newish website with two posts and I am already ranking in Google / Bing / Yahoo for these posts.

Great inspirational post, the most important thing we can get out of this business is time & freedom, time with family etc, something that working a 9to5 we will never get, and to get this freedom eventually would make me feel like a millionaire :)

Tim
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Thanks for sharing this Tim. Great to hear about your progress with your new site
Reply
midhunvm Premium
Hi Mikael, your story is really inspiring.

Blog posts like this are needed to push
the beginners forward in their journey
to freedom through blogging.

That said, WA OEC course always looks
basic compared to other courses in the
market.

Other courses in the industry have made
updated related to "EAT", while WA does not.

Also, other courses teach "relevant"
backlink building, WA does not.

Publishing content consistently and getting
natural backlinks may work in low-competition
niches but does it still work with high-competition
niches without building backlinks?

Do you think that WA is still good enough
to build a full-time online business?
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Hi Midhun,

Yes, I definitely think WA is good enough to build an online business - I have done it myself.

But it is, of course, important to keep learning from differnt sources as well.

But what WA teaches that many others do not is to build a really solid foundation where you do not get distracted by shiny objects but focus on quality and on helping people.

This is what a long-term business is all about. And in addition to this, WA is focusing on improving itself and constantly giving us more for the same price.

Most other platforms give you some training but you then have to spend a lot extra on tools through their affiliate links. And they do not so much focus on improving for the current members but on developing new products they can then sell - WA is all about making the same platform better for the same price. This is something I have not seen anywhere else.

So yes, I definitely think WA is still the best option out there for beginners and can help build the best possible foundation for online success. And it gives the absolute best value for money I have seen in the industry.

But that does not mean we should not also keep learning from other sources but focusing on the core principles WA teaches has saved me a lot of time and money.
Reply
midhunvm Premium
Thank you so much, Mikael for your
very helpful and detailed reply :)
Reply
MikaelM Premium
you are welcome Midhun
Reply
SondraM Premium
Thanks for giving us some insight into your "story." I think I like the quiet, peaceful look of your temporary office better than pictures of people working in some crowded place with lots of people.

I hope that you and your wife enjoy the learning journeys that you have been participating in.
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Thank you very much Sondra.
Reply
Susana4 Premium
Thank you for awesome advice,

Cheers
Susana
Reply
MikaelM Premium
You are welcome Susana
Reply
Asesterheim Premium
Hello Mikael
thank you so much for sharing your story - this is so encouraging and I hope that after 2 years I will be in the same position!
Good luck and thanks again
Angelika
Reply
MikaelM Premium
With hard work, I am sure you will be Angelika.
Reply
clcb29 Premium
Thank you for sharing your success story.
I have joined premium straight away and I am in my second month of training. It is inspiring and encouraging to keep going.
The beginning is always the hardest but reading stories like yours reminds me why I am doing this.
Keep it up and much more success.
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Yes, the beginning is the hardest and I also postest this story as other stories have inspired me to keep going when it was tough. Glad to hear it inspired you.
Reply
bigrog44 Premium
Thanksfor sharing, Mikael.
Reply
MikaelM Premium
You are welcome Roger
Reply
MichalB Premium
Great Post Mikael :)

And what you just described is exactly the kind of life I want to experience.

The freedom to travel and work from wherever I want is priceless to me as well.

Although I must admit, when I go to a new place I can't concentrate on work. I am excited about new place so I need to explore it and maybe week later I might be able to calm down and work.

So the goal is to be able to spend in certain location 3-5 weeks.
If I want to do it 3 or 4 times a year - no 9-5 job allows me this kind of life.

Happy to found WA as well.

Have a great time in Thailand :)
Cheers, Mike
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Thanks Mike.

And yes, it can be a challenge to get the work done while traveling:-) I definitely do not have so much time to work right now as I usually have but that is also fine once in a while. I still keep everything going and will then work more when I come back home.
Reply
Joes946 Premium
A beautiful post Mikael. Your office looks very similar to mine, only my porch is located in GA, USA
You are spot on with your advice.
Thanks
Joe
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Thanks Joe. Sounds like you have a great office:-)
Reply
Joes946 Premium
😉
Reply
JTwohig Premium
Really inspiring post Mikael, I've been on WA a year now and only now starting to see benefits of all the hard work I have put to build my online business.

Did it take you 2.5 years to get the freedom you have now?

Thanks
Jamie
Reply
MikaelM Premium
No, it took me about 2 years before I was making a full-time income just on my sites. But the first year I did not work that much on my site.

But before those two years, I used the skills learned here to get some really great paid freelance jobs with online marketing so the skills I have learned here have made me a full-time income from about after 8 months after starting. And I still also use the skills to do freelance work once in a while.
Reply
JTwohig Premium
That's great to know Mikael and thanks for sharing this info. I just wanted to get gauge on how long it actually takes. Inspiring to hear you did it in such a short period of time. I better get to work now! Thanks
Reply
SaraPoyner Premium
Wonderful post which shows just what can be achieved! I look forward to having an ‘office’ just like yours in two years time 👍🏻😁 Have a wonderful break
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Thanks Sara. Looking forward to reading about your new office when you get it:-)
Reply
Atta83gurl Premium
Thank you for this inspiration. When I think about promoting WA, I also have to ask if I want to include that promotion in one of my other websites I'm building or if I want to start a MMO niche site. I'm still not sure, but you helped me realize there is a lot of competition in the MMO niche. Congrats on making WA work for you!
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Glad to hear my article helped you.
Reply
Cinderella4 Premium
Hello Mikael,
Thanks for this post. I am inspired to go on and push forward despite the struggles I'm going through being a beginner here in WA.

Cinderella
Reply
MikaelM Premium
Great to hear my post inspired you Cinderella. We all have struggles with our online business at times - but if you push through it you will see results.

And you have everything here at WA you need to build the best possible foundation.
Reply
Cinderella4 Premium
Yes, that's what I like about WA. It has the best platform and I don't feel alone in this journey...the amazing community is always ready to help.😊
Reply
Top