I’m Turning 30 today!
May 16, 2014 by Andrew Minalto - 14 Comments
Yep, today I turn 30… and I’m starting to feel old.
When you’re 20, you think that 30 will never come. But as we all know, time really flies by and you reach 30 sooner than you ever expected. But now I think – 30 is not that bad, when I’m 40 – then, yes, I really will be old, lol. I’m sure this will happen every 10 years until I’m really old (I mean 80+) and still feel too young for my age!
Do I feel 30 today? Yes actually, I do. As I don’t do things an 18 year old does anymore. I don’t go to clubs, do binge drinking or stay awake late at night just to watch a movie. When you have a family – a wife, 2 kids, a dog, and a house to watch, clubs somehow don’t seem that appealing anymore.
And that’s fine, I like 30. It’s nothing like 40, right?
I like to look back each December – to see what happened in the previous year, what goals I’ve achieved, what new experiences I have added to my lifelong portfolio but when I look back at the last 10 years of my life – there are so many things that has happened that I would need to write a book about it!
Don’t worry; I’ll leave the book part for now though. I don’t think a biography written by a 30 year old could be considered a real biography. There’s still time for that.
10 years ago I was an order picker in a Primark warehouse, renting a single room in a shared house.
But I had that one big dream – to create my own business and become wealthy. Maybe not a millionaire but to make enough money to be happy and to support my desired lifestyle. Read More…
My BRAND NEW, All in One Support Central
February 14, 2014 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments
Just a quick message to announce my brand new customer support portal!
Finally there’s one place where all your messages and communication with me are kept, making it even easier for you to get advice from me. I have made it super simple for you to contact me:
- Clean, simple to use interface (Thanks to Kayako!);
- No need for manual registration (it happens automatically);
- You can reply to tickets DIRECTLY from your inbox (no need to login into support centre to reply to tickets);
And of course, this will ease up my day to day work load as now I’ll have all your requests in one place!
If you spot any bugs or have suggestions on how to improve my new support system, let me know your thoughts via the comments box below this post.
Enjoy your weekend!
Readers’ Contest Winners Announced!
February 3, 2014 by Andrew Minalto - 6 Comments
Following up on last week’s readers’ contest, today the lucky winners are announced!
Thanks for all the entries and suggestions of topics you want me to cover on this blog. Your insights have really helped me and I have already scheduled many of your ideas to be covered in detailed how-to guides in the upcoming weeks.
Here are some of the best topics I picked out:
- Compare between hktdc.com ,alibaba , globalsources.com
- Talk About quality inspection in china and what is the cheap and good company for that
- Write everything about liquidations, which kind of products are good to buy, legit websites, etc
- Outsourcing to the Philippines
- Traffic generation in 2014
- Article about credit card fraud for eCommerce shops
- What replaces Google Keyword Tool
- eCommerce website ‘terms & conditions’ section Read More…
Readers’ Contest – Win £60 in Gift Cards!
January 27, 2014 by Andrew Minalto - 31 Comments
Today we’re going to have some fun with this year’s first contest for my blog readers – and your chance to win an Amazon gift card, worth £20. In total I’m giving away 3 such cards for a total value of £60.
What do you have to do to enter this contest?
Suggest a question/topic that you want me to cover on my blog this year. As simple as that! Just leave your suggestion as a comment below this post and you’ll be automatically entered in the draw to win a gift card from Amazon.
Here are a few examples to get you going:
- How can I embed a YouTube video in my eBay listings;
- How to move my website to a new hosting company;
- How to print shipping labels directly from eBay;
- Selling high risk items on eBay;
- Facebook advertising – is it worth the hassle?
- And so on!
So what I’m after here is a list of questions you would like me to cover in detailed blog posts, how-to guides and videos. Read More…
My Monthly Round-Up: October 2013
October 31, 2013 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments
October – what a month it’s been! Super busy on all fronts and I’m very happy that I have achieved my targets for this month 100%.
Business has been going great, as expected really with the Christmas shopping madness approaching and people in general spending more time online after the slow summer months.
I also attended two trade shows (in Berlin and Warsaw) earlier this month + saw a UFO! But more on that later!
As for my blog – it was a very productive month over here too and I really hope the newly published 5 part Product Photography Guide will help many eBay/eCommerce shop owners create better product pictures.
In total, there were 10 posts published this month:
1) Product Photography – Part 1: Cameras
I started with a post on which cameras are best for product photography. There are many options available these days but for product pictures, there’s still nothing that beats a DSLR! The good news is that nowadays you can pick up a decent DSLR camera for as little as 300 pounds and if you’re serious about your business, this one investment will definitely pay you back tenfold over time.
2) How to compete with Chinese sellers on eBay?
I received an email from Roshan asking how to do business on eBay when there are so many Chinese sellers under-cutting everyone else. Well, the answer may surprise you – don’t compete with them as you don’t have to! In this post I have covered several strategies you can use to completely separate your business from Chinese competitors on eBay.
3) Info Products – A GOLDMINE for eCommerce Shop Owners!
Many people think that info products can only be sold on a content-only website or on specific publishing platforms, such as Amazon’s Kindle marketplace – but that’s far from true! In fact, almost any eCommerce or eBay shop owner can use info products to increase their conversion rates or even directly sell such products to their customers. Read More…
My Monthly Round-Up: September 2013
September 30, 2013 by Andrew Minalto - 0 Comments
It’s September 30th and time for another monthly round-up post!
I do these summary posts mainly to keep myself openly accountable on how productive I’ve been with this blog, as I won’t lie to you – sometimes with all my other business activities it can be really hard to find the time to write enough content.
So here’s a quick summary of the posts published this month:
1) Why do so many people FAIL online?
This was a motivational type of post in which I cover the biggest mistake people make when starting an online business. You can get everything wrong, learn from your mistakes and still do well as long as you follow this one, simple rule.
2) How to integrate MailChimp with eBay?
If you’re not already collecting your eBay buyers’ emails using an auto responder service, you’re simply leaving tonnes of money on the table. With the technology available today, you can “connect” your PayPal account with such a service in just a few minutes time and start building a customer email list which you can then use to mail out promotions and newsletters 24/7, on total auto pilot!
3) Andrew, are you a millionaire?
In this post I go back in time and give you an overview on how I started making money with eBay and eCommerce in general. Also, I reveal more about my financial principles, investment strategies and the overall lifestyle decisions I’ve made during the last 10 years of my online career.
4) Which shopping cart is the BEST?
There isn’t one! There really is not any one single best shopping cart out there, but in this review style post I analyse all the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular shopping cart solutions and pick a winner. If you’re just starting out and plan to build an eCommerce Shop, this post will be hugely important to you and you’ll find tonnes of tips on how to choose your cart wisely and avoid the most common shopping cart pitfalls. Read More…
The Countdown Begins Now!
July 15, 2013 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments
I’m done with this, seriously!
June 13, 2013 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments
That was exactly what I was thinking a few weeks ago, in the middle of working on one of the many videos I’ve created so far for the upcoming eCommerce Magnates video course. Yes, this is unfortunately some bad news to all of you who are eagerly waiting for the course to go on sale in June but I’m afraid it won’t happen, which I truly am very sorry for.
But I just don’t want to release an unfinished product and I definitely. don’t want to release a product that isn’t up to my highest standards. So I hope you can all be a little patient and wait while I finish it.
The biggest problem and the main reason why the launch day came too fast is the fact that the course has turned out to be much bigger than I initially anticipated. Looking at the current content plan/layout, the videos alone will run into 6-7, maybe even more, hours. And there’s obviously not much I can do about this as I really want to comprehensively cover everything in detail to make sure eCommerce Magnates contains everything you need to create a successful online shop!
To give you some idea of what to expect with the course, here’s a snap-shot of the member’s area:
My Monthly Round-Up: February 2013
February 28, 2013 by Andrew Minalto - 4 Comments
Welcome to the first ever AndrewMinalto.com Monthly Round-Up Post covering February 2013!
February was my first month actively producing and publishing content for this blog. As I previously announced, this year I’ll be focussing my efforts on the blog to make it the ultimate one-stop resource for eBay and eCommerce sellers!
It was a spectacular month in my personal life, too. My son, Oliver, was born on February 13th making me a happy daddy for the second time! Also, my daughter Charlotte celebrated her 3rd birthday on February 19th, so this has been a very productive month for me by any standard!
And the Winner is…
September 4, 2012 by Andrew Minalto - 0 Comments
Just following up on my previous post on how to build a profitable eBay business selling replacement parts. As promised, the most interesting comment author will receive a special gift from me. That gift will be a book called “The Millionaire Fastlane” – an excellent read for any online entrepreneur. In a nutshell, it’s about building an online business FAST, then selling it off to live from passive income streams. Unlike many other business books, this one is full of real life examples and inspirational stories:
I’m giving away only one book but Many Thanks for all your comments!
The winner is Jim Bannerman wit his hilarious version:
I think this one is pretty obvious.
Whilst training for the Olympics, Andrew was attempting his famous back-somersault-double-twist-with-pike routine. Whilst in mid-flow and upsidedown, the pike slipped out of his hands, fell onto the trampoline with Andrew trailing slightly after. His slim but muscular body then landed on top of the pike, which being a fish was somewhat slippery. Andrew skidded on the pike and there was no going back. All hell broke loose with Andrew and the pike fighting for stability on the trampoline jump mat. The pikes dorsal fin is a sharp, razor like weapon and as the fish was bouncing around on the mat, its fin was doing its job with the resultant damage.
However, being the sort of person to never give up, Andrew practiced on a neighbours trampoline and ultimately won a medal at the Olympics for this very same jump. He decided to flog his medal on ebay for £30 and used this to purchase a new replacement trampoline mat.
Congrats Jim! Please contact me here so we can arrange how you’ll receive your gift (physical book/Kindle version available).
Just to clear the air here’s what actually happened to my trampoline mat:
Yep, it’s an old outdoor fire place which accidentally was built too close to my trampoline, lol. As I’m doing some heavy house renovation projects at the moment, at first it seemed like a good idea to get rid of some old floors, materials etc. using this antique Fireplace…but it turned out in a total disaster! Well, luckily no one was hurt and damage was relatively small. Lesson learned! 🙂
Thanks again for all your comments!