The True Currency of Life is Time...

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My Story

Tom Qiao in Chiang Mai

Hey, I'm Tom Qiao - the founder of Flexibility Is Freedom - pleased to meet 'cha! 😀

I used to work 9-5 (okay, more like 9-9) as an investment analyst for a major pension plan. As an undergraduate business student, it was literally a dream come true!

So why did I quit my career and become a passive income entrepreneur? 🤔

Well, I had many reasons (5, to be precise) but it boiled down to this: I realized that while my bank account was going up, my "time" account was slowly ticking away. 🕒

It dawned upon me the irony of trading the best years of my life for money, only to end up (attempting) to trade that money back for a taste of youth again (the "midlife" crisis).

That's why I became a passive income entrepreneur - to build brandable businesses and acquire long-term assets that generate passive to semi-passive income. 📈

My Mission

My current mission is to build $5-10K of income from a portfolio of content websites by age 30 (around 2023). This will cover my living expenses while providing excess cash flow for personal savings and investment into new business ventures.

Since 2018, I've been building my first series of content websites - monetized primarily with affiliate marketing and to a lesser extent, display ads.

My main website is TheDermDetective.com, a science-based skincare brand that was inspired by my personal experience with skin problems while growing up.

Since inception, TheDermDetective.com has received 250K+ pageviews across 180K+ users and has appeared 2.4M+ times in Google and 1.4M+ times in Google Images.

Since 2021, I've started working on additional content websites as well.

For more information, check out my Income Reports where I provide "behind-the-scenes" access to my business, including my strategies for SEO, content writing, and more!

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Latest Income Reports

November 2021

Welcome back to Flexibility Is Freedom! We are close to the end of another year and (can you believe it?) the second year of a COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, I think 2021 was a much better year than 2020, as we received vaccines around the world and learned to live with in this "new normal". November […]

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October 2021

Welcome back to Flexibility Is Freedom! Hope you all had a fantastic (and surprisingly normal) Halloween 👻. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tom Qiao (@tommmy.q) This month was phenomenal: I felt like I was busy everyday, but in a really productive way. I started a new job at a digital agency […]

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September 2021

Welcome back to Flexibility Is Freedom! This year, it feels like winter is coming so much faster than before. I'm already wearing layers of clothing and bundling up the blankets at night. #ImissThailand 😥 September 2021 was another excellent month for both my business and personal goals. Revenue and traffic for TheDermDetective.com remained stable compared […]

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August 2021

August was a massive month for TheDermDetective.com - revenue increased to over $1,500 for the first time ever! This month's result comes on the heels of July 2021's traffic and revenue recovery, largely due to Google's July 2021 Core Update. While I'm definitely excited (and relieved), I know there's still more work to do, both […]

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July 2021

July 2021, the first month of my 4th year, was an excellent one on all fronts - my website recovered the traffic it lost from the December 2020 Core Update, my productivity reached an all-time high, and I made significant strides in my personal life as well.

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June 2021

Believe it or not, but it's been 3 years since I began building passive income! Honestly, it feels more like 5 years (or forever), especially with the last 1.5 years of COVID-19, but we don't get to choose the time we live in, only how we live with the time we're given.

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May 2021

Welcome back to Flexibility Is Freedom! Here in Canada, it looks like we're returning to normal, whatever normal means now. This month's income report will be short & sweet again. There's not much to update as I've been busy executing my content strategy.

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April 2021

Welcome back to Flexibility Is Freedom!
This month's income report will be short & sweet. In April 2021, I launched one of my new websites, completed the branding & design, and published one target article along with a few supporting articles.

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March 2021

Welcome back to Flexibility Is Freedom! This month, I completed my niche research and selected my next two websites. 😎 As a result, this month's income report is a massive one - covering everything from niche research to keyword research to content planning.

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