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! πŸ˜€

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? πŸ€”

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. πŸ•’

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. πŸ“ˆ

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 2018

Welcome to another monthly review at Flexibility is Freedom! I've decided to break this post into two sections: Part 1 is a collection of my thoughts on affiliate marketing Part 2 is a major update on my business venture UPDATE: Part 1 is now a separate blog post. Part 2: Business Update This month, I […]

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October 2018

Welcome back to another monthly review at Flexibility is Freedom! October was a very productive month and I have lots of updates to share with you. But first, I want to go back in time a little... (don't we all sometimes?) In This Article1 A Flash from the Past2 October 2018 Highlights3 Content Creation Process4 […]

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September 2018

September was an exciting month for my business. In this post, I'll share an update on my activities and what's next for this venture. Read on! In This Article1 Update on Business Strategy2 AuthorityHacker3 The Authority Site System (TASS 1.0)4 Tools of the Trade5 What's Next? Update on Business Strategy Last month, I published a […]

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August 2018

β€œThere are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein Thanks for joining me on my journey into passive income entrepreneurship! It's month two, which quite frankly, went by like a blur. I spent the first half […]

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July 2018

Thanks for joining me on my journey into passive income entrepreneurship! I've decided to write monthly (rather than weekly) reviews going forward. In these reviews, I'll provide an update on my business, evaluate my progress, and make plans for the future. But first, I want to express my sadness regarding the recent shootings in Toronto […]

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Week 2

What I did this week I published: My 1 Year Plan to Build a Passive Income Business I wrote my eBook outline: I began the research process: I visited a local library to read dermatology textbooks I completed week 6 of Athlean-X: I started this back in Sept 2016... no excuses now! I started drinking […]

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Week 1

In This Article1 What is this post?2 What I did last week3 What I need to learn ASAP4 Plans, plans, and plans! What is this post? This is a weekly review that I will publish at the end of every week. I'll include notes on my progress, new ideas swimming in my head, and plans […]

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Blog Launch!

Hello World! This is my first post on Flexibility is Freedom. Here I share my experience building passive income businesses and designing my dream lifestyle. This blog serves two purposes: It provides readers a detailed case study of how to build a passive income business It helps me reflect on my goals and progress along […]

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