Where other blogs claim they can teach you skills and promise you’ll make money online to live on your own terms, we’re the rule, not the exception. Living proof we cracked the code to location independence and we help others do the same.
Hobo with a Laptop is a place to explore our personal interests —our own side hustle, built on the foundation of careers in internet marketing we’d cultivated before nomad life.
We take our time carefully explaining in detail the hidden complexities of topics we explore and we update our posts on a somewhat regular basis, so check back often.
We Are Mike & Oshin
Mike’s a semi-retired Canadian expat off his leash, and Oshin is a force of nature that wouldn’t settle for a third-world pay grade. We met after working together virtually for a few years, eloped in the Philippines, and have been perfecting the art of living, ever since.
This digital nomad blog is a travel diary about where we go, what we do, what inspires us, how we stay healthy, and includes a stack of tips and advice about how we generate the funds required to afford it.
Here we dish out a wide range of proven methods that have helped us make money online to realistically sustain our long-term travel –while exploring curiosities like tiny houses or off-grid survival on the side. Our goal is to have something for everyone.
Oshin worked from the Philippines as a content manager for a UK search optimization company, and at the time Mike was freelancing under her to finance his travels.
After working together for just over a year, Mike decided it was time to launch another business but he couldn’t do it without her help –together they started an internet marketing agency called Copyrise.
When Mike and Oshin finally met in the Philippines, everything was natural. It felt like coming home after a long absence, not meeting for the first time. Inseparable, everything clicked. And one year later they got married.
Combining their efforts on Hobo with a Laptop was the next logical step in their passion for travel and blogging.
He wrapped up his Toronto-based career as an enterprise-level ecommerce expert that worked with major brands you know and love (or hate) and a team of 20+ skilled developers.
In his early twenties he was art director for the Burlington Jazz & Blues Festival, a freelance web designer, SEO consultant, and trained sales professionals in the tech industry.
Since he went ‘full nomad’ in 2013, he’s moonlighted as a film extra, become a best-selling author, professional copywriter, and an internet marketing specialist.
After acquiring a bachelor’s degree in English, Oshin took the corporate life out for a spin for several years before figuring out there was more to life than a buck fifty per hour and zero job security in the Philippines.
She decided she’d had enough and went solo; working as a freelance copywriter, ebook publisher, search engine optimization specialist, and virtual assistant.
She hasn’t looked back since.
When she isn’t working on social media design projects or planning our next trip, she spends the majority of her time in a bikini plugging away at our affiliate marketing websites.
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