This is the last blog post this year as I’m taking a short two-week break to enjoy Christmas time with my family. I will be back in the office on the 6th of January when the drill starts all over again for another year.
This all feels like déjà vu to me because I have been blogging now for twelve years and doing eCommerce for fifteen years (who counts really?).
Looking back at all I have done and achieved in that time makes it feel like I’ve been in the business for a very long time. And yet here we go again. Another new year with new opportunities lies ahead—and I’m still just as excited by it all!
I know that for many people, Christmas and the new year can be quite a depressing or exhausting time. That has never really been true for me. I have always felt energised and excited. I LOVE this feeling of a fresh start and the unlimited opportunities we all have! It’s crazy how much you can achieve in a year if you really put your goals ahead of everything and focus completely on what matters most.
It’s time to announce the winners of my yearly blog readers contest! Many thanks to all of you who took part in the contest. In total, I received 19 entries and dozens of suggestions for what I should write about to help you with your business in 2020. I have already organised all of these in my notes, so I’m ready to get going on these topics in the new year.
I really appreciate the time and effort each one of you spent on this, so thank you very much! Your suggestions really help me out, as I want to provide you with the most relevant and valuable content to help you with your business. Often, the most difficult part is coming up with the types of questions and topics you would get the most value from, so your suggestions really help me out.
It’s that time of the year when everyone is busy shopping for Christmas presents, and Amazon sales are great proof of that! Over the last few weeks, I have witnessed phenomenal results in my own Amazon FBA business. In fact, I have consistently been making 400+ sales a day!
That just shows how real the Q4 effect is for Amazon FBA businesses. And if you sell an item that can be given as a gift, I’m sure your business is hitting new records, too!
But this post is not really about me—it’s about you! That’s right. It’s time for my yearly blog reader’s contest. The time of the year when I say Thank You to my loyal blog readers with gifts! In total, I’m giving away £250 worth of Amazon gift cards to readers who take part in my contest. And the rules are dead simple.
I have been very lazy with blog posts for the last three months, but there has been a good reason for that! In August, September, October and November, I invested hundreds of hours into updating my Amazon Sharks video course for 2020! And I’m happy to announce that I have finally finished work on the course update!
This means just two things:
Amazon Sharks now is fully updated for 2020 to include the latest changes and rules on Amazon selling, advertising, sourcing, etc.
I will have more time to put out content on this blog.
The Amazon Sharks course was created early in 2018, and it’s not that the content has become outdated, but recently there have been a few major changes on the platform that have required me to update dozens of videos in the course, such as:
It’s December 20th so you’re most likely fully into Christmas mode already and won’t even read this post! Oh, well! I hope that those of you who took part in this year’s contest ARE reading this and are ready to claim your prizes! Without further ado, let’s get to the results.
More than 50 (!!!) readers submitted their suggestions for what I should cover in my blog in 2019, and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you! I can’t give a gift card to everyone, but, just so you know, I truly appreciate the effort you have made to help me out with your suggestions. So, a big thanks again!
To select the 10 lucky winners who will receive a £25 Amazon gift card, I gathered all the names and put them into the List Randomized tool on the random.org website, which I have been using every year for this contest.
When I click on the Randomize button, the software changes the order of names in a genuinely random manner. The first 10 in the list are the winners and will receive a £25 Amazon gift card. Here’s a video of what the process looks like:
It has been almost 4 months now since my last blog post but it feels like YEARS! What started as a quick summer break slowly extended into a more complex transition time for me, my businesses and this blog. Especially the blog as you can see – we now have a brand new look & layout for it! I know that it’s hard to accept something new but I really hope you like how it all turned out and will get used to the new design very soon.
I’ve actually started to receive emails from long time blog readers asking whether everything is okay with me! Luckily I’m all good and actually in better shape than ever before! But I will leave that story to January, when it’ll be one year since my “Get Fit” start date.
Anyway, back to the question at hand – what have I been up to for all this time?
To start with, in the beginning of the summer, I went on a long awaited holiday to Croatia with my family – it was in the beginning of June, when the season over there technically hasn’t even started yet but for us it was perfect! 10 days with no rain, 30 degrees, a swimming pool and lots of relaxation.
At that time I didn’t even know that a major change for me and my business was just around the corner.
You have probably already noticed that something is different about the blog now?
That you see Amazon on every corner, and not eBay anymore?
Long story short, I quit eBay in August this year. Yes, after 10+ years of selling on eBay I stopped trading there completely and I have no plans to go back anytime soon (probably ever).
Why? Basically what happened is that the two Amazon businesses I started in 2015 and 2016 improved so much in sales over the summer that I asked myself – why the heck do I need eBay anymore as I get such a better ROI on Amazon? And not only a better ROI money wise, but time wise too – as on Amazon I’m fully relying on FBA for order fulfilment so my businesses basically run on their own, 24/7!
So I decided to leave eBay behind and fully concentrate on Amazon. (more…)
This week I have prepared something very special for you – let’s put aside eBay, wholesale and eCommerce for awhile and take a look at one specific way of making money online I have been practising with great success for the last few months. Yes, I’ll share with you exact strategy that generated me £1349 in ONE MONTH alone, and yes – I worked on this just 4 hours in total (1 hour every week)!
Question: How to get extremely wealthy? As wealthy as Warren Buffett for example?
Answer: by using Money to Make More Money!
In some way it relates to eCommerce World as well – we buy stock for wholesale prices and sell for retail prices to make a profit. But Warren Buffett didn’t open a B&M shop or a fast food restaurant chain, no – he used money to invest in financial instruments, such as stocks and shares. I have always been interested in such financial markers, stock trading and generally, in “using money to make more money” concept. Years ago I was heavily involved in Betfair trading, which is actually quite similar to stock market day trading. But already back then I realized that day trading is not for me:
It was a very boring way of spending your day, glued to PC;
It was very stressful;
Potential earnings were some way limited, at least for my trading techniques.
But still to this day, from time to time, I was looking for opportunities to invest money to make more money. With increased profits from my info products business and eCommerce stuff, I wanted to find a way I could invest my profits into some sort of financial instruments to let my money make more money, hands free way!
Problem is that with most traditional financial investment instruments, such as stocks, mutual funds, savings accounts etc. your potential ROI is very small. Risks vary from one instrument to other but in general, in my opinion, reward for taking those risks is way too small! Invest in dividend paying stocks for 5% yearly ROI? 5% per year? I would better use that money to buy a pallet of un-branded Tablets, made in China and sell off in 3 months time for 20-30% ROI on eBay. Yes, selling physical products involve way more work than financial investments but again, 5%-10% yearly returns doesn’t sound appealing to me either!
And then it happened – six months ago or so, when I was searching for some creative ways to invest money, I found a concept that totally blew my mind away! Same concept that few months later made me £1349 net profit in one month alone!!! And today, I’ll share with you exactly how I did it… (more…)
For a very long time my blog readers and customers have asked for a down-sized version of my popular 60 Day Blueprint program as not everyone can afford the £1997 price tag and not everyone actually needs a full 10 week coaching program.
Sometimes you just need expert advice for an hour or two – on specific topics and questions that you’re struggling with. This is exactly where my brand new ChatWithAndrew.com business consulting services come into play!
Now you can “hire me” for just one or two hours and gain the huge benefits that come from my 10+ years of online selling and consulting experience.
Why waste days, weeks and even months on things you can solve within 1-2 hours? Why make the same mistakes everyone else is making when I can easily help you avoid them? There’s no point!
I have always placed a lot of value on expert’s opinions on things I’m personally not good at and I myself have taken many classes/coaching sessions over the years, spending thousands of pounds in the process! And while I don’t know absolutely everything, I truly believe that I can help you solve many problems and avoid many pitfalls by offering these services.
And to make this new service even more valuable, I have created 4 different “packages”, basically mini coaching programs, covering:
Market Research – this is a 2 hour chat session where I will help you do proper market research – to find and verify profitable products to sell on eBay, Amazon, an online shop or even a market stall. I will make sure that the products we brainstorm are suitable for your buying power, have good Terapeak numbers and in general – have good potential of being profitable products that actually make you money! (more…)
I know, I know – going back to work after all these holidays is hard. When you’re in the routine of work and taking care of everyday tasks, you just go and do what needs to be done but after two weeks of celebration, over-eating, over-drinking and joy, going back to work really sucks! I bet this week will see some significant productivity loss across all industries!
But life goes on and in a few weeks’ time, things will go back to usual. I will be honest, I’m not a huge fan of this dark winter time, with long and dark evenings and so little sun (if any at all) but thinking positively, winter is the perfect time to get important things done as you’re not tempted to just go outside and have a BBQ party on a Tuesday afternoon.
As usual, during the last week of December I did my own planning task for the year 2017 and wrote down all the important things I need to accomplish this year, scheduling specific goals to specific months, so I have a rough guideline of how this year will look from a business perspective as well as from a personal/family point of view.
Each year I do this and I also review the previous year’s schedule and it wasn’t a big surprise to me that while almost all of my business goals were achieved, I did screw up some of my personal goals. Last year specifically I wanted to finally get in really good shape, be more active and spend more quality time with my kids.
This is so important to me now seeing how fast children grow… Next month my little Charlotte will turn 7 and Oliver – 4. It seems just recently they were only babies but now Charlotte is asking for me to create a YouTube channel for her and uses FaceTime better than me!
Time really does fly by and now, more than ever, I realise that I need to connect more with my kids and spend more quality time with them as in a few short years, they will be teenagers (we all know how well that usually goes, lol). (more…)