Journey to Financial Freedom With An Online Business

Journey to Financial Freedom With An Online Business

Hey there,

My name is Tomaz Mencinger, and although this blog is about becoming financially free, my main profession is teaching tennis.

Becoming financially free

I’ve been a tennis coach for 15 years and my main focus is the mental side of the game.

I’ve also been quite friendly with computers all my life. My first computer was a ZX81. 😉

And, yes, I played games on a Spectrum, a Commodore 64, an Amiga and more, which I later employed for other personal pursuits.

I have a degree in Electrical Engineering, played semi-professional volleyball for 16 years, and yet both of these exist in my life now only as memories.

I started my first website in 2005, but had no idea how exactly I was going to attract visitors to it.

I wasted about $700 on design and hosting before I realized that I needed some guidance on this topic.

Maybe I was lucky, or maybe it was a matter of my persistent looking for solutions that I found Sitesell.com.

And the day I paid $299 for my first website, http://www.tennismindgame.com, was the day my life changed.

I learned what it takes to build a successful website and share my knowledge with thousands of tennis fans all over the world.

I also learned how to earn money online.

Fast forward two years and my monthly income from online business in July 2007 is $7,580 of which 98% comes from only 2 SBI sites.

My goal is to become financially and personally free; my contract with the Tennis Academy of Asia, where I work right now, ends on the 31st of December 2007.

That’s the last day of my life when I will work for someone else.

You can join me on this journey to financial freedom by subscribing to my feed and sharing your views by commenting on the freedomideas.com blog.

If you wish to contact me, email me at tomaz (at) freedomideas.com. I also have a profile here at Google Plus: +Tomaz Mencinger.

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How And What To Outsource

Posted by on 12:28 pm in Blogging advice | 8 comments

You may be looking to outsource some of the work related to your online business once it expands. I strongly recommend that if you’re just starting out, do everything yourself. Write articles and share your passion and knowledge with other people, build links yourself by submitting articles, looking for link exchanges and using other link building strategies, and do all the other work related to your site, like setting up a newsletter, setting up an RSS feed and so on. If you follow this process for a year or so, you’ll most...

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Worried About the Competition Online?

Posted by on 2:16 am in Blogging advice | 12 comments

I recently chatted with a friend through Gmail, and she was slightly worried. She was building a site in a certain niche and found out that other people were building their sites on the same concept. She used SBI and actually found a couple of SBI-ers building their site in the exact same niche. Should I continue? Do I stand a chance now that even someone using an SBI system is going for this niche? Here’s my answer: When I bought Andy Williams’ niche blueprint on vacuums, there were eventually 100 sold. Where are they? Where are...

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A Must Read For Every Blogger

Posted by on 9:32 pm in Blogging advice | 13 comments

A Must Read For Every Blogger

If you have a blog and your goal is to make money with it, then read on… Ken Evoy, the CEO of Sitesell.com has recently posted a new page which explains, in detail, why blogging is not the best way to build a successful online business. I suggest that you head over to the Blog or Build page, prepare yourself a drink and read the full page. It’s long page so take your time… (And if you are using WordPress as your blogging platform, don’t skip the »Nitty Gritty WordPress vs. SBI! Comparison«!) Back already? 😉 Let me share my...

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The Longest Useful Comment I Ever Got

Posted by on 11:08 pm in Blogging advice | 0 comments

Today I received the longest unique, useful comment ever on my tennis blog. Scroll down on this page: Pete Sampras Vs Roger Federer – Who Wins? And you’ll find a comment from Jeffrey which is 1494 words long! That’s not a comment, those are 2 or even 3 articles! 😉 And Jeffrey’s English is excellent too. There are a couple of long comments on this blog too and I want to thank all those that contribute! So what was the longest comment you got on one of your blogs? (Feel free to post a link to your post with the longest...

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Where I Find Ideas For Niche Websites

Posted by on 5:05 am in Blogging advice | 6 comments

Where I Find Ideas For Niche Websites

If you’re having trouble finding a profitable niche with not too much competition, then you’re about to find out where to get tons of ideas. The Easy Way The easy way is to subscribe to 2 lists where you really won’t be spammed with tons of promotional emails. 1. Nicheaday.com NicheaDay.com is a project from Scott Standke and it does exactly what it says: you’ll get an email every day with a niche idea, high PPC bid price from Overture and up to 1000 keywords already attached to the email. These are sent from...

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My Definition Of Success

Posted by on 1:38 pm in Blogging advice | 4 comments

I am writing this post on my Caribbean cruise on Freedom Of The Seas ship. Today I met many SBI-ers and Ken Evoy was the first to give an opening speech. One thing that he asked everyone to do is to define success. So here’s my version: You are successful when you have reached the limit of your potential. This is of course totally independent of everyone else. And the most important thing to keep in mind is that we are all limited. We are limited in our IQ, in our communication skills, in our ability to decide, in our ability to stay...

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Bloggers Head To Head

Posted by on 12:54 pm in Blogging advice | 1 comment

I just learned of an fun contest between Tyler Cruz and Gyutae Park who are going head to head on who is the better blogger. Actually the contest is about getting more RSS subscribers, more traffic and so on. So it’s up to us to vote for one of them. Well, I vote for Gyutae Park for two reasons: 1. The posts on WinningTheWeb are more useful to my interests. And I also liked the cutely disguised Adsense ad in the header. You guys are so creative when it comes to making money with Adsense, I give you that. 😉 2. Gyutae Park actually...

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And The Winners Are…

Posted by on 4:25 am in Blogging advice | 7 comments

Thanks everyone for commenting and helping this blog grow in quality content and interesting discussions. In case you don’t remember, I promised a few prizes for the best commenters in December. Choosing the prizes was a hard decision but eventually I had to make it. 😉 So let’s get straight to the point… The winners for the most valuable comments on this financial freedom blog are: 1. DR receives the first prize – an SBI site with one year free subscription. DR has been one of the most valuable commenters on this blog from the day...

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Why I Don’t Follow

Posted by on 3:47 pm in Blogging advice | 19 comments

Well, I never followed “the herd,” but this is not really about following other people – it’s about the “do-follow” movement that’s becoming quite popular. I recently came across some posts and groups discussing the pros and cons of having a do-follow plug-in installed on a WordPress blog that passes the pagerank to the commenter’s blog. Here’s Sarah’s take on “no-follow, do-follow” and here’s what Deron Sizemore posted about his thoughts on the do-follow links. You may...

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Christmas Links To 12 Blogs

Posted by on 1:24 pm in Blogging advice | 1 comment

I received a Christmas link today and would like to share 12 more links to other websites. Here’s how the game goes: 1. Each day until Christmas link to 12 blogs. (different ones each day) 2. Hopefully the spirit of Christmas will create many helpful links from blogger to blogger. 3. Pay it forward if you receive a link from someone sharing the 12 links of Christmas. Here’s my list of 12 blogs and happy holidays to all of you! Internet Profit Planing Jottings From Jersey WM Toolbox Newest On The Net Dot Sauce Spark Internet...

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