Getting into the deep water.

Today is the first day without any steady income. Yesterday was my last day as employed. My hopes are that it will stay that way.

I still can’t make a living upon incomes from an online business but it is still my goal. I am still struggling to get my Amazon accounts, there are two of them now, approved. It has proved to be a real torment to get them approved. I really need them to get approved ASAP now, as I need to get started with my Import/export business to get the money to work for me.

My next step will be to sell off one of our cars, as we can’t afford to have two cars at the moment. But as the money starts to roll in, maybe I will get me another one. It is a good thing to not get too attached to physical things. I will put the money I get from selling the car into use in my business instead. There they will be of much more use multiplying themself instead of decreasing as the value of the car is decreasing.

Two steps forward, one step back. But all in all forward, always forward!

Many irons to forge.

Free ads.

I do many different things right now to build my dream life.

I post ads on free ads pages that contain affiliate links to other already successful online entrepreneurs ads. The idea behind doing so is to make affiliate income on already working ads. Ads that are proven to work. I use Clickbank to find good affiliate opportunities where the data tells me that they are converting. I chose those who have good stats and get my own affiliate link which I shorten via a free url shortener to a more handy link. Then I take this link and paste it into an ad that I create on one of the countless free-ads webpages that are out there. This way I have created the possibility for me to gain affiliate commission all for free. It hasn’t cost me a single dollar.

The best thing is.

I am actually doing the author of the original ad a good favor as I help spread this person’s ad all over the internet.

Import/export.

As I mentioned before I am also preparing myself for business on Amazon. I struggle a bit here as it is a bit tricky to activate an account on Amazon Seller Central US. It is really easy to set up an account and start paying them monthly fees to Amazon. It’s a whole other matter to get the account activated for the sales business.

I say this as a person not resident in the US. I believe it’s much easier for US residentials.

Youtube.

I also publish some videos on YouTube. I have started to republish some creative common videos. These are videos free to use for everyone. I am thinking that this might be a way for me to get a little bit more traffic to my channel. I am fully aware that I’m not very organized in my YouTube-channel right now. But I will get there as soon as I got a bit more grip on things.

I reckon I will need to categorize my videos better and that I also will need to keep recreating videos in certain genres. But hey, I will improve as I learn.

This is actually also a totally free way of creating possibilities for income. When I pass 1000 subscribers and 4000 view hours my account gets approved for monetization. This means that YouTube will start showing ads in connection with my videos.

Vlogging.

On top of that, I am also filming myself every other day. It’s hard to film yourself and watch it afterward, haha. The tricky thing is to not be too hard on yourself. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like watching myself on video. This is a tough thing to learn and it needs a lot of practice.

Hopefully, you will be seeing me vlogging here on my site in the near future. I’ve got some sanding and polishing onto my performance in front of the camera prior to my premiere vlog-posting. But eventually, it will be done.

If you are still here by then, please don’t chop my head off, haha.

Learning to create ad-pictures and video sequences.

To get as much attention as possible to your ads and make nice and beautiful commercial advertising videos. There is imperative to know how to manipulate pictures and make use of transitions and intros in videos. Right now I am in the process of learning that as well. Mastering this will allow me to make a bit of money helping other businesses with their advertisings. I need to have the knowledge for my own business so I see this as a bonus.

Sharing of my tools.

In the near future, I will be sharing what tools I use. I will also give you a review of them with the pros and con’s from my perspective. Most likely I will share affiliate links to them under my “Tools” tab for your possibility to get them easily if you should want to.

Wrap this up.

Well, it’s time for me to wrap this up and close the shop for the day. I’ve had a productive day today and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

Wish you the best, and I hope to see you again soon.

Time for an update!

So now I feel that I can give you some update on my progress to become an FBA seller on Amazon.com which is in the US market.

A thing to be aware of.

I am participating in the education program and so far all is good in that part. On the other hand, I am experiencing some quite frustrating issues with activating my Seller Central Account at Amazon. As I am not a US resident there are some obstacles that have to be crossed. For instance the verification of my living address. As I don’t have a gas bill or internet bill and don’t have an electric bill in English to verify my living address. I am therefore experiencing some quite severe difficulties to provide Amazon with a document that verifies my address.

Trying to solve the issue.

I contacted the Swedish Tax Agency and requested an extract of the people registry and they provided me with a signed extraction as requested. I then sent it to Amazon. The thing is, I don’t get any response from Amazon. And without my account activated I can’t pursue my work with planning manufacturing, packaging, and shipping of my product.

What I actually have managed to do.

I have found the product I want to sell by using Jungle Scout. I used the software to find a competitive product with high demand and low competition. I was also fortunate to find a version of the product that’s not already for sale on Amazon. This might be a very good advantage for me as I want to be able to get as many sales as possible, of course, immediately upon my launch.

Find your strength in the community.

I am really thankful for having my community supporting me in this troublesome time as it is really hitting me hard mentally with all these unnecessary obstacles. The pep-talks, good advice, and cheerings are helping a lot and are keeping my spirit up. Without the SFM, and in particular the Import Experts community, the experience would have been unbearable.

Last attempt.

I am now just waiting for a response on another newly created case in the same issue at Amazon, where I am demanding a response from them telling me IF they are going to help me with the matter or if I should just terminate my account and start over with a new account. I might also consider starting an account in another country to deal with the US part of Amazon in the future. We’ll see if I get any response at all within the next two upcoming weekdays. If not I will terminate my account and take another path.

So that is my status in this matter right now.

Keep moving!

Whatever you do, don’t get stuck for too long on an obstacle. Evaluate the situation and if needed, change the course. But keep moving, and keep moving forward as a whole. All in all, it is fun doing all this work as I know it is work done for me and my own gains.

Until next time I wish you the best of luck and progress in your own strive for independence from 9 – 5 work.