Not sure how far back to go with this but, what the hell, let’s go to the very start.
I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, more years ago than I care to mention.
If you insist on knowing my age the clues to the year I was born are: LBJ was inaugurated as US President for a second term, The Beatles released their ‘Help’ album, and the James Bond film ‘Thunderball’, premiered in NYC.
I had a fairly uneventful childhood growing up in a town called East Kilbride, which is 7 miles south of Glasgow.
Leaving school aged 17, I undertook a 4-year apprenticeship to become an electrician. The industry I worked in was the steel industry and sadly, as with many of the larger and traditional industries, the long term prospects were not good due to underfunding and cost-cutting, so I left and went to work as a supervisor for an electronics company.
Around this time everyone was talking about this new phenomenon called ‘The Internet’ and before long I was online and had created my first ever email address on Yahoo.
The idea of having a business online had not occurred to me at this point, although my career took me somewhat towards it when I moved into sales and retail management.
That is what I did for around 15 years, and in that time I had moved to London, got divorced, and then met and married my wonderful wife Christine.
Over those years I would say I ‘dabbled’ with the idea of running an online business without ever fully committing the time or resources needed to do so.
In 2012 I was just about to start building a blog, with a view to getting started properly on building an internet marketing business, when an online friend who was advising me, suddenly suggested we look at Amazon.
We duly followed both the ‘ASM’ course and ‘Marketplace Superheroes’, and before long we were selling our very own natural dog shampoo.
For our first product, the dog shampoo did very well, but before long we were having issues with our suppliers, and of course, the copy-cat sellers were soon on the scene.
We continued to sell, but our main revenue stream soon became the private coaching of other would-be Amazon sellers.
While the earnings were good, it often meant I was working from 9 am through to the early hours of the morning to fulfill coaching calls with clients on Pacific time.
Much as I enjoyed it, the sacrifices in my personal life were becoming too great, so I took the decision to move on.
One of my passions is to write so this is what I have been doing most recently.
Product reviews, articles, video scripts and copywriting are just some of the work I have undertaken.
As much as I humbly believe I am a good writer, the issue I have is that I am not the quickest writer.
It may be due to the fact that I am a bit of a perfectionist, which can be helpful in some scenarios, but also a real pain in others.
This means the number of hours I work versus the income is not balanced.
So, recently I decided to go back to square one, and effectively reset back to 2012 when I was about to start my blog, and use it as the foundation for my online business.
To do so, I am going to be following John Thornhill’s ‘Partnership to Success’ program so that I follow a set path, and do not deviate from it. The other appeal is seeing the large number of successful students John has taught.
If you were expecting to read an ‘About Me’ that boasted about the millions I’ve earned, or how I was going to help you open your laptop and make $10,000 in 10 minutes, then I’m sorry to disappoint you.
I’ll leave hype and nonsense for others, and instead, I will be working diligently towards my intention of having an online business that I can be proud of.
As I go on my journey I will share what I learn in my blog, and if any of it helps others, then it will be worth it.
By the way, if you are wondering why there are two dogs in the image at the top of the page, then let me introduce you to my wonderful dogs, Bella and Oscar. Bella is a German Shepherd / Mastiff cross and Oscar is a King Charles / Springer Spaniel cross. I wasn’t going to show their photo, but they insisted. 🙂