Many entrepreneurs have always gone on about the glories of multiple streams of income. If you lose your income from one of your sources then you'll still have the other one (or two or three) to take care of you.
I heard one guy talk once about an accident at his home that caused an explosion and put him in a hospital burns ward for several months. He never had any financial worry because he already had several passive streams of income that he didn't need to manage.
I never thought I would have the same type of experience, but I did. I was officially diagnosed with prostate cancer back in May. I can't even begin to tell you how nervous I was when I had to report the situation to my employer but I was really grateful that SINE (the company I work for) were totally cool with it. They supported me all the way.
We decided it was best to not work through my treatment and I was glad that we made that decision because, WOW, that was a rough time.
Working online really saved my ass because of the flexibility of my schedule. If I didn't have any classes scheduled at night, I would close off my availability and rest. Going through cancer treatment is something I would not wish on anyone because it can be emasculating and damaging to your spirit too.
I'm very fortunate to be able to borrow money from my parents to pay for the treatment, but I'm even luckier that my online job helped me pay for my rent and for food. That would have really sucked to have had to borrow money from my parents for that too.
Have I made my point yet?
Working online as a tutor is a great way to make extra cash here in Thailand. If you're making the usual $1000/month, you're breaking even. If you make $500, $800, or even an extra $1000, that is life-changing my friends. It's as hard as hell or even impossible to save that much money per month from a basic salary.
If, God forbid, you have a medical emergency that's as screwed up as mine, on-line teaching can help keep you afloat until the ordeal is over.
I'm back on my feet figuratively and literally, and true to their word, SINE has some work for me to cover for schools missing a teacher. I'm hoping for semester two that if there is a school close by that needs someone, I can go back in a school as a full-time teacher again instead of being a substitute, which is what I am currently doing.
If you ever apply to work with them, SINE will have your back like they had mine. That makes them more honorable than most companies and schools that I've worked for back in America.
If you're interested in hearing my story of going through treatment for stage four prostate cancer, you can go to my website and see future updates of everyday life and even sign up for the new online school that I am working for. It'll be an extra $100 in my pocket to go toward paying back my debt.
Just as an FYI, on the video where I tell me story, I do go over-the-top with jokes, but this was more for friends and family that I talk about at the beginning of the video.
Also hopefully if someone my age (42... damn) is going through the same treatment as me, then hopefully I can give them a laugh and peace of mind to show that if I'm doing okay, they can do okay too.
Thank for reading guys, especially if you made it this far. If I've made an impact on even one person, it was worth sharing my story. I hope this makes a difference in many people's lives.