January 3, 2017 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments

Happy New Year Everyone! My Personal Challenge STARTS NOW!

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…)

December 19, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 0 Comments

2016 Readers’ Contest Winners Announcement!

A big thanks to everyone who entered this year’s readers’ contest and posted their suggestions for blog posts ideas for the upcoming year!

Although there were a lot less entries than last year (I guess that special £50 gift card really did entice a lot of you!) – it was a case of quality over quantity as the suggestions were excellent!

Truthfully, basically every suggestion was something I would like to cover on this blog next year, so thank you again to all of those who took part!

And now for what you’ve been waiting for… let’s find our 5 lucky winners!

To make the selection process 100% fair and objective, I made a list of all the people who entered, and then simply entered their names to random.org’s number generator:

I then clicked random list generator function to randomise the list and find our 5 lucky winners (i.e. the 5 names at the top of the list). (more…)

December 16, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 56 Comments

Readers Contest – £100 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won!

Today is December 16th, which means we’re only nine short days away from Christmas!

And what does that mean? Well yes, presents and eating (lots of eating!) but I’m talking more about this blog…

Our annual blog readers contest, where you have the chance to win a £20 Amazon gift card!

Just like the previous few years, I’ll be giving away an Amazon gift card to 5 lucky winners, worth £100 in total.

How do you enter the contest?

Well it couldn’t be easier – all you need to do is leave a comment below this post with a suggestion/idea for a future blog post (*important – please make sure you put the correct email address and name when you leave your comment, as that’s what I’ll use to send your Amazon gift card).

Yep, it’s as easy as that! And there are no rules or requirements for your suggestion – it can be something very specific, it can be something very broad, you can ask me to review a product (business related of course), or to review a service or piece of software.

Anything and everything that you’d like to see me cover on this blog in 2017 – post about it below in the comments section!

Here are a few examples, just to help get you going:

  • How to verify suppliers who are NOT on Alibaba?
  • Which is the best eCommerce shopping cart?
  • How can I convert my eBay and Amazon customers to eCommerce customers?
  • How to find suppliers from countries other than China?
  • What’s the best camera for product photography?
  • How to get reviews for your new Amazon listings?
  • Etc. etc.!

And as I said, if you can’t come up with a specific question, then just general topic ideas are fine as well, such as: (more…)