The World Is My Office


One of the nicest thing about making a living by blogging is that you can do it from anywhere in the world. The freedom this gives you is simply amazing – the world really is your office. Right now, I am typing this post from the Aberdeen Centre mall, but I could just as well be in Shanghai, China. As long as where I am have Internet access, I can log online and make money.

Aberdeen is a nice place to blog from because the food court has free wireless Internet. However, I found out that you are not allowed to plug your laptop into any of the wall outlets. Security came by and unplugged me. WTF? Like does the mall think I’m going take all their power or something? Good thing this Macbook Pro has a five hour battery life.

Ed Lau came down to join us for lunch and brought his notebook along as well. However, upon arriving, he discovered that his notebook battery was dead. He is now online with his iPhone. Rule to remember when being an mobile Internet mogul – always have a backup plan to get online! 😈

73 thoughts on “The World Is My Office”

  1. Money Blog says:

    I agree, it’s our office and we’re proud to serve the world. Nice mac-pro… I’ll try to buy one also when that series arrive here in Phils.

    1. yeah, bloggers dont need an office because their office are everywhere as long as the internet connection available.. 😀

      1. ViralKing says:

        I bought a MacBook yesterday! 😛 Finally moved away from windows for a while 🙂

        1. Welcome to the Mac crew! 😎

        2. Hell yeah, welcome. How do you like it?

    2. DeboHobo says:

      I love blogging places other than home or work…sports bars are a great place to blog and yes definitely need to have a strong battery.

      Glad to see you smiled for this photo 😛

      1. Yes, it is nice to get out and enjoy the world. I like to sit out in a park or somewhere under a tree during the summer.

    3. Will says:

      What’s with people and macs? : /

  2. Terry Tay says:

    Exactly! It’s great when you have the freedom to post from anywhere in the world. You just need your laptop and an internet connection and you’re good to go. And of course, have a backup power supply just in case 😉

  3. Shawn Knight says:

    Lame that they offer free wireless, yet, you can’t use their power!

    1. Terry Tay says:

      I guess they can’t afford the couple pennies of power.

      It’s hillarious that the security came by to make them unplug. Too funny!

      I wonder if the security guy went home and said he had an amazing day, He explains… “I had a Code 43 – Illegal use of power in a public place. I approached the suspect and demand he remove the electrical plug from the power source or I will have to use force. The suspect obeyed my order.”


  4. hay I thight you didn’t like mac’s but any way Hay I just check top 100 list and you lost you 3rd spot by dosh dosh. I couldn’t believe it dosh dosh better then johnchow I don’t now but check it out

    1. Gary Lee says:

      dosh is pretty legit though . . . the amount of time and research he puts into each post is amazing . . . no disrespect to john, but Dosh is no slacker

  5. Pete says:

    Somehow that smile seem eerie to me ^^;;;

  6. Paolo Gaspar says:

    I never knew Aberdeen had free wireless. Sounds like a good place to pass the time! I’ve always wanted to blog outside of the house, but I work fulltime and I share my macbook pro with my brother, and since he’s in school full time, he gets first dibs on it

  7. Joseph says:

    That’s the best thing about making money online, you can do it from anywhere.

  8. I have a friend who is starting up Now that is a great place to blog from! I wonder if he is going to install a drop down terminal? Seat up, terminal up, seat down, terminal drops in front! Now there is a great invention!

  9. I see you still using the Mac. Bravo.

  10. Simon Lau says:

    I’m not surprised you got unplugged, it’s happened to me too at school. Pretty annoying, but like you said, good thing the batteries on these new notebooks last for a couple of hours. I get a little over 3 on my m1210 which is plenty for me.
    Hard to tell from the screenshot, but are you using Leopord?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, that is the latest Mac OS X. You think I would be using out of date software????? 😯

    2. Speaking of notebooks…did the Ruff PC people just flake out on you and never deliver?

      1. John Chow says:

        I’m still waiting. I think they flaked out.

  11. Tom Ross says:

    Haha I’m loving the smile on your face! You two are both fans of apple I see 🙂

    1. Yeah, John’s smile is definitely hilarious. MAC’s are definitely good to be a fan of 😉

  12. Ed Lau says:

    Can’t believe my damn laptop battery was dead…

  13. Greg C. says:

    I don’t make a living from blogging ( though I do blog a little), but I do make a living from “the internet.” Doing it from anywhere is definitely a plus. I don’t take advantage of travel as much as I just take advantage to spend time with my family and set my own hours.

    Plus I also live in an area where the cost of living is pretty low. Understandably this means the “job” market isn’t that great. People with college degrees working menial jobs is pretty common. However my job is not dependent or restricted to my local economy. I can live wherever. Most people’s incomes are dependent on the local market. For example a certain job title may pay $50,000 where houses are $200,000 but $100,000 where the same house is 500,000. I can make $100,000 and live in a place where houses aren’t much over 100k ( but still safe in a nice neighborhood and close to activities). Then I can also spend time in vacation spots and other areas as I choose.

    It’s easy to take advantage of economic and other flexibility when you have a “virtual” career.

    My notebook has about an 8 Hour battery, but it’s just a cheap Dell. I gave my 5 year old son my old notebook and he gets upset that his battery only lasts about 3 hours.

  14. Manly King says:

    This is definitely one of the reasons why I want to get into blogging and the entire eCommerce living. The freedom to work and make money anywhere you can get a reliable internet connection does have its lures.

    Right now I’m in a situation whereby I might need to move (due to personal life changes) that is a low population area, and job opportunities in that area are not so great. I mean, I can find a job, but from what I’ve seen so far at about half of what I make now. 😥

  15. vutha says:

    Bloggers are available everywhere in the world by posting articles, in case there are internet connection.

  16. Easy on the smile there buddy! Look like a snake oil salesman.

  17. Joy says:

    Couldn’t agree more! 🙂
    I didn’t know the Aberdeen Centre has free internet! Better hit that up next time I’m in Richmond.

  18. Crystal says:

    I usually go to RC instead, too many canto ladies talking at the top of their lung in Aberdeen XD

  19. Pyjammez says:

    lol sweet. can’t wait to start my website

  20. WTF John, my 17″ macbook pro only gets 3 hours max! What’s worse is after one or two lectures, I barely have any juice left to blog.

    Reducing brightness is key /
    for increasing longevity of life or battery…

    Richie Champagne 😎

  21. Yes.. it really does last 5 hours. It’s amazing.

  22. starboykb says:

    LOL just hope you dont mixed with the newspaper with your ‘Air’. All else they might throw like a paper into air. 😀

  23. Right on, John! This is one of the biggest reasons why I started blogging. I really enjoy doing my work no matter where I am on this planet. I hate sitting in offices. I rather go writing in coffee shops, malls, hotels, etc. I live in Finland, but I can write articles and promote my blogs while drinking coffee in Bratislava, in my hotel room in Rome, in my flat in Verbier after a good day of powder skiing in the backcountries, etc. Yeah, blogging rocks!

  24. Since I make my living online I decided to move around as many times as possible.

    I moved from Berlin to the outskirts of Ireland (with a sweet broadband connection) and from there I moved 20 days ago to Valencia. … not sure what will be next.

  25. Hey, expand that webpage window, let it gobble up the whole 15.4 inches, and then just use F9 to easily switch between your windows! I like that system much better than a small browser window – for the Mac, of course.

    1. John Chow says:

      I blind the F9 to my mouse wheel click. Just push down the mouse wheel and boom! :mrgreen:

  26. Mike Huang says:

    That sucks that you got unplugged 🙁 5 Hours on the MacBook wouldn’t last pretty long if you keep draining it…

    It starts turning into 4, then 3, and lastly 2 hours..


  27. Azrael says:

    This is what I love about blogging, you can do it anywhere you have an internet access. The world is our office.
    😛 😆

  28. Hannah says:

    I definitely agree there. I do my posting from work, from home and from university. It’s just so efficient to be able to listen to a professor go on about marketing, be able to take it in and at the same time write a blog post.

    Now I just need to get a laptop that doesn’t weigh 10 pounds and I’ll be set.

  29. How to Blog says:

    I think the whole online things has taken off, I don’t even carry a USB pen with me now as I keep all my files on the net so I can access them from anywhere.

  30. My favorite thing about this post is the photo. That is definitely the smile of a rich guy. In fact I think Chappelle used to have a line that would go perfectly, something along the lines of “I’m rich b…”

    And very good point Grec C. about how the internet allows you to be in lower cost-of-living places while making bucks. I’m currently doing the same thing with Real Estate (Chicago now vs. my last, super pricey LA place). Plus my “side job” of having a blog with adsene, tla, ttz, kontera would be like a foreign language to the people right next door to me now that I’m back in the ghetto where I grew up.

  31. Joy Smith says:

    I used to love being able to have the freedom to take my laptop anywhere with me. Unfortunately, my laptop is a piece of crap. The battery won’t charge and the plug in has to be rigged in order to keep the laptop even running. It’s an older Averatec laptop and I obviously do not recommend them! 😡

    One of these days I am buying a new laptop. Preferably a Sony! :mrgreen:

  32. ukion says:

    Hi John,
    This is certainly a top website. Some of the details and information found here are without doubt rare. You, as producer of this site really does know you work and anyone would do well to really get immersed here. A real favorite..


  33. No need to have the office might be one of the biggest advantages for bloggers 🙂

  34. That’s bizarre, they’re more worried about their wall sockets than they are their wireless network.

    1. maybe an insurance liability issue..

  35. Robert says:

    The wall socket thing just doesn’t make sense. I’ve never had a problem plugging in my laptop into a wall socket at an airport, for example. And what if you were to charge your cell phone. Irrational people, I tell ya.

  36. 3magin8 says:

    kinda unorthodox to have free wireless but be unable to use wall outlets.

  37. Robert says:

    That just goes to show you how far behind the rest of the world and the masses are with the Internet.

  38. Mayank Rocks says:

    Absolutely agreed. Same goes for the forums.

  39. It’s pretty remarkable. I love it.

  40. Girls says:

    Man, my battery stinks. I’m lucky if I get an hour. I need a Mac!!!!

  41. ForexTrader says:

    You’ve got to love the freedom that working on the internet gives! I can now be with my friends and family from overseas each year if I want and travel the world as well. Although I do still need to work once in a while :mrgreen:

  42. Chip says:

    Hehe, nice one. I don’t have a Mac, I have a Windows-powered notebook, however, here in Romania, we are allowed to plug our notebooks in, but you’ll have to buy something, like chips or soda, or anything.

    I blog from home, from work, from my new phone with Windows Mobile 5 :wink:, and that’s all.

  43. TC says:

    yes,that is so nice can work at everywhere and anytime….this is most of the people wanted but most of them failed to did it….

  44. countyinfo says:

    I have translated this post into Chese.

  45. Jcyreus says:

    What are your thoughts on the idea of [free] WiFi eventually being deemed obsolete by cellular broadband? Personally, I appreciate having the ability to go to certain places and know that I can post a new article to Jcyreus dot Com or get a little work done if I have a little extra time (shopping with my wife presents lots of opportunities for this). I even make certain decisions as to which places I patronize based on whether or not they offer free WiFi.

  46. Fred Carver says:

    Hello John,

    This is my first visit to your Blog. I agree blogging is the best way to do business online, I’m a Realtor and I’m seeing great results marketing my real estate listings online with blogging stories and information about them in a Blog post. Google picks up the story fast and gives me great positions with my long tail key words, bring Now Buyers to me.

    Tell me (us) more about how to effectley and successfully make money online blogging,
    Thanks, have a great day!

  47. Gary Lee says:

    who would have thought last year that you vancouver guys would be in a picture with only apple products . . . . . 👿

  48. zaki blogjer says:

    I never found place like this which disallowe plugging a notebooks. It’s not internet friendly

  49. Will says:

    This is one of the main reasons why I’m pursing making money off the web.

    1. Definitely Will. I completely agree. When you make money online, you can work from virtually anywhere which is definitely cool 😉

  50. Unplugged by the “rent a cop” that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time! The next time you go to the mall you should bring in a huge mega-amp 12 volt industrial battery with a converter and let all your friends plug into a community power strip. Maybe they’ll get the picture then!

  51. 💡 It’s always a good idea to have a backup battery…maybe some company will develop one of those quick charge -if it’s not already available- devices for laptops like there is for regular batteries. This gives me another idea: the first solar-powered laptop…what do you guys think?

  52. Yeah, that’s the great thing of todays Hi Tech and Internet! Though surfing the web using my cell is still disappointing for me and I will only do it as an emergency. A keyboard just types faster then a mobile key path I guess…

  53. John says:

    Like you can’t afford to pay for access to WiFi-zones. :mrgreen:

  54. noneother says:

    I can see how the cables extending from the wall socket can pose a legal liability in case a patron trips over it or something.

  55. David Chew says:

    Try to get free wi-fi.

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