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

February 2020

In February, the coronavirus (named COVID-19 by WHO) continued to spread around the world, resulting in more deaths and infections, and caused a global stock market meltdown (the worst week for US stock indices since the financial crisis in 2008). Looking back, I'm glad that I cancelled my travel plans in Southeast Asia as this […]

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January 2020

*Pictured above: Spectacular views from my trip to the central city of Chongqing, China! I don't know about you, but it seems like 2020 will be a year for the history books. Already, we've started off with a flurry of global events: Iran shoots down a passenger plane due to "human error", killing 176 people […]

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December 2019

*Note: I apologize for the late post this month as I was in Chongqing and Chengdu in Sichuan, China during the first week of 2020 (currently recovering from all the spicy food!!! 🌶️🌶️🌶️)* Dear Valued Reader, Happy New Year and Happy New Decade! 🎉🎉🎉 I sincerely hope that you had a great holiday, however you […]

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November 2019

Welcome to Flexibility Is Freedom! Every month on this blog, I discuss my experiences in affiliate marketing and SEO. I'll show you what's working, what isn't, and share my plans for world domination. This month, I had a blast at the Chiang Mai SEO Conference 2019 and met a ton of people, including fellow SEOs, […]

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October 2019

Welcome to Flexibility Is Freedom! Every month on this blog, I discuss my experiences in affiliate marketing and SEO. I'll show you what's working, what isn't, and share my plans for world domination. This month, I'm in Chiang Mai ahead of the Chiang Mai SEO Conference next week. I hope to meet other digital entrepreneurs […]

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September 2019

Welcome to Flexibility Is Freedom! Every month on this blog, I discuss my experiences in affiliate marketing and SEO. I'll show you what's working, what isn't, and share my plans for world domination. Without further ado, let's dig into the results for September 2019! P.S. I've completely redesigned FlexibilityIsFreedom.com this month - I personally love […]

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August 2019

August was an eventful month. I was on the road with my family for two weeks visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee / North Carolina. It was a peaceful place that I'd describe as Niagara Falls meets Yellowstone (minus the geysers). Now, let's jump right to the results for August. In This […]

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July 2019

July was a nice "reset" month for me. I took some time away from my business to "stop and smell the roses". I enjoyed the lovely weather in Toronto, caught up with old friends, tried new things like ultimate frisbee and sailing, and went to my first music concert! I also spent a long time […]

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June 2019

Whooooooo - summer is now here! 🙂 June was an incredible and memorable month. The Toronto Raptors took home the NBA Championship for the first time ever!! It's also been 1 year since I began my journey into passive income entrepreneurship. Stay tuned as I'm planning to release a 1-year reflection post soon (with video!). […]

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