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Default 06-11-2018, 08:44 PM

I survived my disciplinary today.

HR were present and after being asked questions about how and why the incident happened etc, as well as my thoughts and feelings about it including how it affects/has affected my conduct going forward, the meeting was adjourned for 40 minutes whilst they conferred and made a decision... Which was, a final warning

So that's that. I can now put this ugly event behind me.


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Default 26-01-2019, 05:29 PM

After a crappy few months with the work related incident, then losing a cousin suddenly, and a few other set-backs, I finally built my online store and launched it as fully live this week.

Something nicely surprising, is that I've had 10 people sign up to my mailing list, both pre and post launch, and I haven't spent a dime on marketing..

By checking my google analytics, it appears I've had hits from the USA, the UK and Ireland. The Ireland and UK hits aren't surprising since I've had people I know take a look at my site to give me feedback (all love it), but the USA ones, well they do surprise me, because they've found me organically.

So now it's a matter of getting my head down and doing some effective marketing, and try to get my first sales.

Attempt number 1 - send a discount voucher to my 10 subscribers, offering 20% off their entire first purchase.


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Default 30-01-2019, 11:15 PM

Cool thing is happening.

Obviously, although my business is technically live, I'm still pretty much in the pre-trading phase, trying to figure out where best to spend my money on advertising, rather than just throwing money aimlessly at different things. However..

My mate is doing some freelance work for Invest NI - one of the local business-backing and support organisations. He sent me forms last night to fill out, and in a nutshell, he's going to get me 30 hours of fully funded, one-to-one business mentoring.

This is great timing and I'm gunna make full use of this shit.


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Default 05-02-2019, 12:49 AM

I woke up on Saturday to my first sale on my website.

It turned out to be fraudulent, so I made the decision to cancel the order.

So at least I've experienced the feeling of making a sale.

Not much is going to happen for the new few weeks as it's the Chinese new year and they all go on the piss apparently.


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Default 05-03-2019, 09:59 PM

Attended a careers fair today at The Europa Hotel Belfast. It's a gig they host every year.

As it's next door to our office I normally go in and have a zip around on my lunch hour grabbing some info here and there, but I booked today off as I wanted to have serious chats with other companies without being in a rush, and hand out my CV.

There's 2 or 3 winners, and I came home this evening to find one of the top 2 had already emailed me to ask for an electronic copy of the CV and a time to have a 20 minute phone interview.

The reason for this is I'm bored with my current job. And also, all my colleagues and friends have been and are continuing to drop like flies, so I feel the time could be right for me to jump ship too.

The jobs I'm interested in have a significant salary increase and significantly larger commission potential than I'm currently on.

One is Yell.. Another is a tech company selling digital marketing innovation products.. And another I'm mildly interested in is a specialist in building gym equipment, with the ecommerce and sales my specific area of interest.


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Default 12-03-2019, 10:25 PM

I realize I've been allowing my focus to sway. By switching jobs I'd be creating a huge obstacle in having to learn a new role and all that shit.

I need to refocus, and stick to the original plan of building a side business enough that I can resign by the end of the year.


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Default 11-04-2019, 09:27 PM

Recieved my first ever passport today.

Now I can finally start taking my ass off to places outside Ireland and the UK.


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Default 18-08-2019, 12:40 PM

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I need to refocus... ...stick to the original plan of building a side business enough that I can resign by the end of the year...
As for this. I re-evaluated almost everything about what I was originally planning on doing (selling gadgets) and adopted the new strategy of focusing on one product (in the Eco Friendly niche). The new website/store has been running live for almost 3 months now, and has had no sales.

For nearly 2 months I've been running Facebook ads, to no avail. Just been trying out different variations and pictures and video and ad copy etc. I have learned a lot along the way, so it hasn't all been a waste, but ultimately my business is probably 800 in the negative, with zero return.

Currently feeling very doubtful that drop-shipping is for me. I pretty much know and accept that it's not something I'm exactly passionate about, more that it just seemed (on the surface at least) a relatively quick way to get my ass out working for myself.

Now? I'm going through a period of reflection on what my next move is. I'm sure there's a better business that I'd be more suited at doing, rather than doing something I don't really give a fuck about.

At the forefront, I'm quite confident some sort of advice/coaching business model would be much more befitting. This isn't just based on confidence in myself though. The confidence in this context comes from feedback and reactions I get from people in and outside work. I often get called things like Mr Positive or associated variations and relative comments and compliments, due to the manner in which I handle things and quickly assist other people in defusing or overcoming problems. Commonly, I can easily and swiftly transition someone from becoming overwhelmed, to relaxed and assured on what to do next, and realising the 'problem' can be overthrown, or at the very least, not worthy of the stress and anxiety they're giving it.

Such a position would certainly excite me way more than selling cheap trash from China.


Side Note - I think I've had this trait ever since I quit using illicit drugs 9 years ago. Perhaps it began when people would DM me saying their head was minced from weed or cocaine, or whatever, and look to me for advice on what they should do, and asking how I managed to do it. I don't mean to sound narcissistic but it inspired motherfuckers, and this was told to me many times. That's one of the reasons I worked voluntarily as a Childline counsellor for 2 years. All of this, and other factors, are the reasoning behind why I think an advice or coaching business might be best suited to me.


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Default 24-08-2019, 04:29 PM

Officially closed my store/website.

So that's that. I'm considering it my first business experience, that I learned from.

I'll go again with something else soon.

I'm keeping my domain name because I think it's quite cool. It's catchy and pretty ubiquitous, meaning it can be used for numerous niches and/or types of business.


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