Tuesday, 31 August 2010

All Ads on Gumtree

Here is a list of all the ads I have on Gumtree at the moment:

Advert Log

Scotland/ England Courier Service

Weekly Saturday/ Sunday Scotland/ England courier service.

Very cheap prices.

Anything considered.

Email for more information.

Need a Friend?

If you need any of these services then please get in touch:

Introduce you to people, Dinner, Workout Partner, Sporting Events, Outdoors, Wingman/Wingwoman, Picnics, Wine Tasting, Going To Park, Museums, Friends With Disabled, Going to Bar, Hot Air Balloon, Shopping, Poetry/Art/Drawing, Travel, Photography, Tutoring, Teaching Manners, Beach, Meet Friends, Playing Sports, Arcades, Friends with Seniors, Hiking, Hanging Out, Phone Friend, Bowling, Amusement Parks, Skiing, Martial Arts, Comedy Club, Psychic, Family Functions, Music, Site Seeing, Coffee House, Casino, Personal Advice, Yoga, Swimming, Games, Movies, Baking/Cooking, Religious, Giving Tours, Parties, Business Events, Zoo Clubbing, Prom Dates.

I will do anything - Just ask.

I’m available for Medical Trials

Drop me a line if you need me.

6ft 90kg 31yr old male

Mortgages, Money and Magic

Discover what 99% of homeowners don't know that could save you a fortune.

There is a simple plan that anyone can follow which can lead to Financial Freedom through property ownership - whatever you may read in the papers.

Here are some of the vital things this book will show you:

• Why house prices are going to go up in the next 5 years.

• The 4 things you need to get a mortgage (Credit Crunch proof).

• The 4 ways of buying a property without putting down a deposit.

• The simple ratio you can use to ensure your mortgage is finished at age 46 at the latest.

• How to drive a BMW and still be Financially Free.

• The exact destination you must choose for your holidays over the next decade.

• Plus much more.

Delivered by Email within 24 hours.

Reply via this ad to order. Payment by Paypal.

Do you need an Opposition report completed?

Do you need information on an opponent business?

I am an experienced Businessman, Auditor and Mystery Shopper. Just let me know what you want and I'll get it done cheaply, swiftly and accurately.

Northampton Lifestyle Management Services


• Dog walking

• Prescription / pension collection

• Shopping

• Pet sitting

• Waiting in for deliveries or tradesmen

• Returning library books

• Taking items to charity shops / recycling areas

• Checking on elderly / infirm relatives while family are in work, even keeping them company and reading to them

• Cleaning and tidying headstone of loved ones

• Collecting dry cleaning

• New house / End of tenancy cleaning

• Providing cover in a shop / business

• All household cleaning, both one-off and regular weekly appointments

+ Much, much more. Anything consider – Just Ask!

£10 an hour flat rate – payable in advance.

Need Debt Help?

Debt problems? Our debt management plan helps 1000s of people get out of debt.

Email now with your Name, Address and Phone number and one of our advisors will be in touch ASAP.

Scottish Gold Buyers – We Beat Any Quote!

Send us your Gold along with a written quote from any of these firms:

UK Cash 4 Gold.com

Postal Gold for cash

Cash My Gold

Postal Gold

Any other national firm.

We promise to beat their quote by at least 5%.

Payment made instantly by Bank Transfer, Paypal or Cheque.

Make Money On Amazon – No Effort!

Have you got lots of books you'd like to sell on Amazon - but just can't be bothered with the rigmaroll?

Let me sell them for you! I'll do all the legwork and split the profits with you 50/50.

Drop me a line, I'll pick the books up and send you a monthly account breakdown and any payments by cheque.


Toaster Bag Buy One Get One Free + FREE Delivery!

Brand new!

Toaster Pockets/Bag

Suitable for toasties, breads, toasted sandwiches, samosas, turnovers, almost anything solid that would fit in a toaster!


Re-usable... simply wash in warm soapy water

Reply to this ad to order. Pay by Paypal or Cheque.

Buy one Get One Free – Free Delivery!

I can help you get on top of your finances!

Every Family gets stuck in a rut now and again - it's natural.

I can help you get on top of your bills and stay on top through sensible investments. My methods are simple but they work.

Give me an email and I'll see what I can do.

I only charge you a percentage of the money I save you.

Squatter Alert!

As an experienced Landlord, Enforcement Officer and Debt Collector I know just how absolutely annoying it can be to have Squatters in one of your properties.

I want to help you make sure this never happens.

With my squatter alert service I can provide you with:

* A daily visit to your property, with emailed photograph as proof.

* Confrontation of squatters if found and relevant parties informed if necessary.

* Removal of visible signs of property being empty e.g. yellow pages on doorstep etc.

This is a very cheap service at only £1 per visit + petrol money. I keep the price down as I do this as much for duty, and community spirit as for profit.

Email me to make contact. Any location in Northamptonshire considered.

Thousands and Thousands of Books for Sale – FREE Delivery!

£2 Per Book

Free Delivery

All offers considered from single titles to the lot!

Email me for a list

Your Big Fat Scottish BFF!

What is Your Big Fat Scottish BFF?

Your Big Fat Scottish BFF is a company that allows you to rent a Scottish friend anywhere in the UK. You can rent a local Friend to hang out with, go to a movie or restaurant with, someone to go with you to a party or event, someone to teach you a new skill or hobby, or someone to go to the Footie with.

Guaranteed Scottishness!

Your Big Fat Scottish BFF is strictly a platonic Friendship company. Your Big Fat Scottish BFF is NOT a dating website, and NOT an Escort agency. Services on Your Big Fat Scottish BFF are strictly for FRIENDSHIP purposes only.

Let Me Handle Your Sensitive Personal and Business Matters

We all encounter sensitive situations such as family problems, social issues, work and financial difficulties that do not warrant involvement of our close friends and relatives. While most of us cope successfully with the demands of our lives, some, for one reason or the other, require involvement of the third party to resolve their situation. We offer the service with an ability to handle effectively any circumstances that would pose a serious threat to a client's overall well being. We express interest and concern in helping you re-establish the emotional equilibrium necessary for success in your life.

Email to contact

Seasonal Stock Purchase

I am interested in buying any genuine seasonal clearance stock



Back to School

New Year, New You


Bonfire Night

Summer Holidays

Please contact me with any deals

Dogs in Hats!


I am currently compiling a book of pictures of dogs in various fancy dress. If you have any pictures of your pooch in a fancy bonnet or other such like then please send them through along with your details and I'll ensure you get a mention.



Free Advice and Counselling!

I offer Free Advice and Counselling to try and help you out.

Just Ask!!

Free Service – Let Me Help You!

Is something troubling you? Getting you down? A problem shared is a problem halved.

Here's your chance to get your worries off your chest. If you're having difficulties with relationships, family, work or any other aspect of your life, help is at hand.

Legal Smart Drugs

* incredibly stimulating effects.

* can improve your memory.

* increase your focus.

* great for those last minute cramming sessions before exams.

* prevent you falling asleep.

* completely legal

Pay via Cheque or Paypal.

Dispatched within 24hr

Get 5% Cashback on All Your Purchases!

Earn 5% Cashback every time you shop at a wide variety of leading retailers!


Spend: £500 per month at Sainsbury's on food and fuel

Cashback: £25

Plus: Nectar points on top!

Your cashback card works just like a "Pay as You Go" mobile you top it up with money, then go shopping! It's not a Credit Card, so there is no interest and you can't get into any debt.

Go to: www.utilitywarehouse.co.uk/elevenquidpcm and click "Cashback Card"

Legal Cocaine!

Legal Cocaine which is taking the London Club Scene by Storm





Free P&P!

£12.50 per gram.

Shipped within 24 hours!

Reply to this ad to order. Pay by Paypal or Cheque.

Modafinil – AS SEEN ON TV!

Modafinil is indicated for the symptomatic relief of excessive sleepiness associated with:


Obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS)

Moderate to severe chronic shift work sleep disorder (SWSD).

Excessive sleepiness is defined as difficulty maintaining wakefulness and an increased likelihood of falling asleep in inappropriate situations.

Diagnosis of SWSD should be made according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD) guideline. The moderate to severe subgroup of patients with SWSD for whom Provigil is indicated is defined by the inclusion criteria in the pivotal clinical trials.

Additional information for the safe use of this product

Treatment should be initiated by or under the supervision of a physician with appropriate knowledge of relevant sleep disorders.

PROVIGIL treats the symptom of excessive sleepiness associated with the above conditions. Where appropriate, every effort should be made to treat the underlying condition prior to initiating treatment with PROVIGIL.

In patients with excessive sleepiness due to moderate to severe chronic SWSD, appropriate steps to ensure adequate sleep should be taken prior to determining the requirement for PROVIGIL.

Individual Pills available for £3 each. Shipped within 24h.

Guaranteed Mobile Phone Contracts!

Do you have a poor credit history & yet still need a

mobile phone contract? Look no further.

There is a wonderful Public Limited Company called the

'Utility Warehouse' who offer a deal that could solve all your problems.

I can almost guarantee that you won't already have heard of

them simply because they don't advertise. Instead, they let their unique deal speak for itself and so

word of mouth gets around from happy, satisfied customers. (Plus what they save

on advertising they can afford to pass onto you; the customer, as special offers etc)

So why is their deal for people with poor credit so good?

Because there are no credit checks. None at all.

In order to take advantage of what they are offering and to ultimately get that contract mobile that you're after, you just have to meet the following criteria:

• Be a UK resident

• Have a bank account

• If you order over the web, they will need you to supply

proof of your address.

If you can say yes to those three criteria, then the next

step couldn't be easier!

Thankfully; at long last, poor credit doesn't have to be a huge

problem when it comes to getting a contract mobile phone.

Go to www.telecomplus.org.uk/elevenquidpcm and click


A Friend in Need?

Are you looking for a friend to help, chat to or advise or just to talk

New in town, student, immigrant or local resident, married, single with any issues.

I want to help you out. Please get in touch.

Ask Ross

Is something troubling you? Getting you down? A problem shared is a problem halved.

Here's your chance to get your worries off your chest. If you're having difficulties with relationships, family, work or any other aspect of your life, help is at hand.

For over twenty years I’ve been guiding people towards finding solutions. Drop me a line.

Northampton Dump Runs

Drop me a line if you need anything taken to the tip.

Dump, dump, dumping, cleanout, cleanouts, clean, clear, clean out's. clean outs, rubbis, removal, trash, toss, depot, dumping ground, garbage lot, junk pile, refuse heap, rubbish pile, junk, throw out, unload, unpack, haul, hauler, garage cleaning, garage, basement, attic, attics, outside, backyard, brush, tree, trees, log, logs, spring, spring cleaning, clean, clean-up, clean up, clean up's, mattress, couch, chairs, wood, glass, metal, spring cleaning, spring, sprung

Betfair – Let’s Make Lots of Money

I've turned £10 into £3000+ every year for the last 5 years on Betfair.

£25 to see my results so far this year.

Subscriptions available if you like what you see.


Fancy taking non-risk profits from the Bookies every day by taking advantage of some easily accessible loopholes?

If yes, email 49balls@googlemail.com as I have just the job for you!

No Spam – No Scam – Earn from Day 1

Willing to help a female get pregnant

Hi. I’m a 31yr old male, 6ft, 90kg, willing to help a female have a baby for whatever reason please email and we can discuss.

I have done this before so can talk you through the process if you are nervous.

Need Help Conceiving?

The law does not apply to a 'private' arrangement involving 'fresh' sperm rather than frozen.

Drop me a line.

1000 Ways to Make Cash – Try some today


This blog is dripping with money making schemes - join the ride.

Rent a Friend – NN/ MK


Do you have an evening that you need a friend to go with or just need a night out for a meal or cinema or just a DVD night or even a chat over a coffee?

I am a friendly 31yr old male who can help you out.

We charge £15 per hour and a minimum of two hours have to be paid for in advance.

Blog Signature

Ross Taylor

Author of:

1000 Rock Hard General Knowledge Questions

The Rock Hard Scottish Quiz Book

The Rock Hard Unofficial Celebrity Quiz Book

The No Nonsense Guide to Making Sure Your Child Gets a "A" at Key Stage 2 Maths

Proprietor of:



Experienced Money Manager Can Help You Out of Debt

Hi, my name is Ross Taylor. In 2008 I was the Highest Grossing Mortgage Adviser in the UK. I’ve since went on to become a Director of a Fast Track 100 company.

I am offering a service which may be able to help you get out a financial rut. Are you working but find that your money is always running out before the end of the month?

By using a system of minimisation and budgeting, I can stop this from happening. Please drop me a line and I’ll give you an idea of what I can do for you.

If I can’t save you any money, I won’t charge. This is a simple, no-lose offer.

Genuine Scottish Food and Drink - Irn Bru, Haggis, the lot!


Think you know about Scotland?

Prove it - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Hard-Scottish-Quiz-Book/dp/1445791609/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283168901&sr=8-1

Help your kids get the best start at School


Great Christmas gift for Quiz Lovers – 1000 Rock Hard Questions


Think you know a lot about Celebrities??

Test your knowledge - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Hard-Unofficial-Celebrity-Quiz/dp/1446144410/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283169281&sr=1-1

Fresh Idea - Book Stalls

   This could be a no-brainer.

1. There are thousands of books sitting in store cupboards at my work.
2. There are fetes up and down the country where chavs love to spend their TV tokens (£1 coins)

Hey presto - I sign out books on a Friday afternoon, go to a fete on Saturday and Sunday. Sign remaining stock back in on a Monday, and pay for what I've sold.

Everyone's a winner!

Monday, 30 August 2010

Tesco - Mega Desperado Idea

   If you were getting really desperate, you could collect all the receipts up the people leave in the bins near the tills at Tesco. Sift out all the ones where people haven't used their clubcard and then take those ones to the Customer Services. Tell them that you forgot your card on the day of purchase but that you'd like to claim your clubcard points now. Do this a few times and you'll have enough points to get a half decent shop.

   A bit desperate but when needs must!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Friday Afternoon Comping
























Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Pirate Bay Profits

   Have went through Pirate Bay and downloaded all the ebooks which I reckon could potentially sell - weight loss, poker, gambling etc.

   Will get them onto Ebay when I'm allowed back on.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Fresh Idea - Extra Income Stream for Landlords?

  Why don't the Landlord Association get themselves organised and start helping Landlords put Solar Panels on their estates?

   I have 6 propertires. 1 is a flat but the other 5 are houses. I'm sure if I put 5 set of solar panels up then they'd be enough profit from the feed-in tariff to ensure both myself and the Landlord Association made a tidy profit.

   Taking this further, why don't councils look into doing this with their local council properties? Why don't breweries do it with their pub estates?

   If the government were truly serious about dealing with our Carbon footprint then they could come in to subsidise the schemes. In one foul swoop they'd make more difference than 100 years worth of Boris' bikes.

What a nice guy I am - Altruistic offer of help to Wigtown Book Town Traders

Dear Sir,

My name is Ross Taylor and I am the Commercial Manager of a Publishing company called Igloo Book, Northamptonshire. My real passion is second hand books. I often buy jobs lots from Ebay and sell them individually on Amazon.

I am not trying to sell anything; rather I am looking to see if I could do you any favours? I have a Vauxhall Astra Van which could be used for carrying consignments from England to Wigtown or vice versa. I would only charge cost price for this as I am very keen to get more involved in the second hand book trade.

If you have any ideas on how I could possibly help your venture then please let me know. I am open to all ideas.

Kind regards,

Ross Taylor.

In the Sun, In the Sun

   I'm getting one of my letters published in The Sun - I might be get the £10 best letter prize. Stay tuned.

Monster Comping! 17.8.10

I downloaded Roboform today - it is excellent. It really speeds up the comping!









































































Monday, 16 August 2010

Bright Ideas

* Make and sell compost
* Sports arbitrage - you could make a bomb on this if you had a big enough pot to start with.
* Win on quiz machines - a couple of Oxford Uni graduates travel the country doing this.
* Literary Agent
* Grow and sell organic veg
* Stoozing
* Chaperone
* Parcel acceptance
* B&B
* Kit washing
* Pallets
* Security patrol
* Pressed thistles
* Deliver catalogue items
* Freerolls
* Prize crosswords

I'm in the hat for a new BBC quiz show pilot

Here is my application:

I love quiz shows and have been trying to get on one for over a year. I won't stop trying until I've won a cash prize!

Slow Amazon Success

The sales of "The No-Nonsense Guide to making sure your Child gets an A at Key Stage 2 Maths", are starting to slowly build. I've had 3 sales in the last week alone.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Bits and Bobs

* Disabled Taxi

* Daily Tipster

* Literary Agent

* Stand in a queue for people

* Local classified/ Ebay arbitrage - ie. List stuff from the classifieds on Ebay. If someone on Ebay buys it, then you buy it from the classified.

* Grave care services

* Deal poker games for clubs

* Firewood supply

* Start a B&B

* Make and sell pet food.

* Nappy rental

Fresh Idea - Easy Jobs

When you become unemployed your furst instinct is to get back into work straight away, even if it isn't exactly your dream job. In the UK we have plenty of companies out there who are hiring 365 days a year - if a half decent CV lands on the desk they'll interview. An example of a company like this would be Tesco.

I think a good idea would be to compile a list of companies who work along these lines. Then if you were ever to find yourself in the unfortunate situation of eing laid off, all you'd have to do is run your finger down the list until you found a constantly-hiring company within a reasonable distance of your house.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

On hold until I get to Scotland -

* After Party Cleanup

* Taxi

* Help out with local Darts League

* Leaflet delivery

* Parcel work

* Ochil Hills Mountain Rescue

* Luggage Transfer Service

* Scottish Mentoring Network

* Samaritans

* Ebay Agent

More Bits and Bobs and Bright Ideas

* Guided tours of Scotland - I know Scotland like the back of my hand. I'd love to offer a bespoke tour to American families, totally tailored to their needs. Perhaps a guided tour of the most haunted places in Scotland, or a specific Battlefield tour for Historians.

* Leading hill walk expeditions - as above really

* Bookshop - as per previous posts. Buy job lots of books from Ebay (max price of 5p per book) and then sell individually on Amazon. Once I had 10,000 books in stock I'd consider opening a small high street concern.

* Motorbike recovery - do you need any special equipment, other than a van, to offer a motorbike recovery service?

* Before I was chucked off Ebay I found a profitable little system. Buy items from Poundland which are small enough to fit in a normal envelope (examples - toaster bags, kids stickers) and sell these at £2.50 Free Postage on Ebay. Some folks snapped this up. Every deal made about a pound after fees.

* Achievement newsletter - take an area, get mums and grans to send you details of when their kiddies get their latest scout badge, print it up and deliver it. Raise cash through selling adverts. Bit of a take on the little trade directories which have went through the roof in the last 5 years.

Vendr sites have new addresses!



Go there now and spend lots of money!

Some comping.....


Bet365 Success - £1080

Some Matched Betting Success! I paid £200 into Bet365 generating a £200 free bet. I put the whole £400 on Gothenburg in the UEFA cup. I laid it off to an extent by taking a liability of £573 at Betfair. Gothenburg won leaving me with £1200 in the bank at Bet365. Over the last week I've grown this up to £1853 which can be withdrawn in full when I want.

Total net profit of £1853 - £573 - £200 initial stake = £1080.

Nice day at the office!

Cheapo Hotels

I've mentioned cut-price hotels on this blog a few times so I thought I would quote the article that recently appeared in the Daily Mail:

Malaysian hotel chain Tune Hotels hopes to take on the bloated room rates in London and do for the hotel market what budget airline Ryanair has done for aviation - by charging users extra for every possible thing they can.

The rooms will cost £35 a night for a standard and that gives you a comfy bed power shower and central London location.

But throw in luggage storage and you instantly add £2 getting your room cleaned will add £7.50 and using the hair dryer costs an additional £2 with each towel costing £1.

Brilliant idea - I wish them every success.

Online Businesses

I downloaded a book called 101 businesses you can start from home off Piratebay a few weeks back. Here are the ones I fancied:

* Bookstore
* Business plan writing service
* Coupon site
* E-books
* Online coach
* Web radio

Friday, 13 August 2010

Bits and Bobs

From 400 Latest & Greatest Small Business Ideas:

* Toy rental for kids. Millions of toys are thrown away in the UK each year. Why not collect them up, clean them and rent them back out. Give a proportion of toys to hospitals etc to give the biz a USP.

* Ultra cheap hotels. Someone has just started doing this. It's the sort of thing I'd go for. Say I was going to London for a night out, all I'm bothered about is a bed for the night. I'm not going to watch the TV or use the kettle. I'm not bothered about sharing a toilet.

* Kitchen composters

* Elastic Bookshelves

* Mobile paper shredding.

* After hours beauty salon.

* Sustainable products store

* Inflatable amusements

* Solar Powered vending machines.

* Self storage management

* Specialist B&B's

* Wind turbines for homes - there has been a recent splurge of people putting up solar panels. Mini wind turbins will be next.

* Naturist venue operator.

* Meat Pie Shops

* Band rehearsal space

* Cheap haircuts

* Niche caterer

* Green courier - I'd like to have been doing this already but I've not got any takers so far!

* Errands for pensioners

* Haunted tours

* Small business mentor

* Weight loss buddy

* Mobile tanning salon.

* Mattress disposal and recycling

* Amazon Coach

* Letterbox supervision

* Debt counsellor

* Junk removal

National Lottery In it to win it

I'm in the hat for Dale Winton's Lottery show.

The Chase and Pointless

I'm in the hat for "The Chase" and "Pointless"

A few flying comps


Monday, 9 August 2010

My Three Stage Plan

I have a 3-stage plan that I try to keep two. The three stage's represent sets of business' that I want to use to make me cash. Stage one is either streams which are already on the go, or don't cost anything to set up. Stage 2 is streams which I may wish to leave for a little while into the future, or may cost a little more to set up. Stage 3 is the last section, and usually require some capital.

Stage 1

Property rent - ongoing and residual.
Second Hand Books
Utility Warehouse

Stage 2

Debt Collecting
Mystery Shopping
Leaflet Delivery
Letting Agent

Stage 3

Used Cars
Hotpoint Willie

From reading my posts, you'll know that I've got a lot of these on the go at the moment. I'm starting to think that I should perhaps start putting any of the profits from these endeavours into a separate bank account so that I can see the value of whayt I am doing and create a motivator out of this.

I reckon I've got everything on the go from this list that I could possibly have at this point (other than leaflets which I want to leave at the moment).

Runningball is a no-go

Dear Ross Taylor,

Thank you again for applying for working as a Scout for Soccer and for doing the Entrance Exams at our website.

You had the following results at the exams:

Soccer/Football Exam
Soccer/Football - Knowledge -> 23 point(s) out of 25
Soccer/Football - Terms -> 5 point(s) out of 6
English Exam
Reading Soccer/Football -> 4 point(s) out of 6
Letter Of Motivation -> 1 point(s) out of 1 (Evaluation good)

These results and our low need for Soccer Scouts in your area have brought us to the decision not to employ you as a Scout now.

However, we do hope that we can contact you if the state of affairs has altered.

All the best for your future!

Amazonian Ladies - £53.58 in the bank

Dear ross.taylor1@tesco.net, We initiated a transfer to your checking account (last three digits 130) of £53.58 on 09/08/2010. Funds usually arrive within 6 to 10 working days, but times vary by bank.

Friday, 6 August 2010

What have I started - what Bright Ideas are still to get kicked off?

1. Boot Camp - my idea is to do a business boot camp. Small teams. PC each. Cheap entry but I get a share of future earnings.I show the kids how to reduce household bills and invest it into cashflow positive instruments. Basic Kiyosaki stuff.

2. Seasonal store - my idea is to buy bankrupt/ dirt cheap seasonal stock from suppliers and then move from town to town selling it. For example, I could get a store in the summer at a holiday resort to sell summer lines.

3. Swag Man - as above.

4. House-sitting - reckon this would need more time available than what I can give at the moment. I'd be good at this though. Would treat any clients place like a palace.

5. Letting Agent - If I could build my stock up to 20 or so in Clackmannanshire I'd start a website and look for other landlords that I could manage for. I'd get a store front to put a display in their window so that I had some sort of online presence. My hidden agenda would be to make all tenants sign a UW contract. Not a lot of cash to set up, but could provide a nice monthly income.

6. UW guaranteed contracts - I've had ads for these running for ages but no takers as of yet.

7. Storage - two pronged attack. One option would be to get old storage containers and use a portion of my farm (which I don't own yet!). The other option would be to actually use one of my rental properties. This may sound crazy, but as the cost of storage rises, there may come a time when I'd make more money using a property as a storage unit than as a home.

8. Betfair Mutual (own profit) - The Betfair bank is currently somewhere around £700 after peaking near £1100, and starting from £10 on the 27th March. The football season is just about to start back up again, and I'm sure I'll be able to build to a tidy sum once again.

9. Selling tips - I've tentatively placed an ad regarding selling tips, but I'm kinda glad no-one has responded. My betting style is almost solely in-play. Someone would have to be watching in order to get a bet on. The only other way would be for me to reveal my systems.

10. Betfair Mutual (management fees) - I need to get the bank to a more aspirational level before having any hope of people investing in me.

More to come.

http://atasteofscotland.vendr.com has gone transatlantic

I've now got an ad for http://atasteofscotland.vendr.com on Craigslist New York.

Yet another leaflet delivery call!

Yesterday I had a voicemail asking me to get in touch regarding the delivery of 20,000 leaflets!

Let me remind you it has now been 9months since I last advertised.

The girl with the big bum obliged with an extra pic

If you don't ask you don't get.

I'm on the verge of a good thing

My last attempt at Matched betting wasn't a great success, however things seem to have worked out better this time.

I put £200 in Bet365 generating a £200 free bet. I put the whole £400 on Gothenberg to bt AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Cup at 2/1. I laid my £200 stake at Betfair.

Gothernberg won giving me a £1200 balance at Bet365 and a £537 loss at Betfair. At the moment I am £463 up on the deal - but unfortunately you have to keep betting at Bet365 in order to get your cash out.

I've built the £1200 up to £1260 through low odds on bets, but I'm unsure of what to do now. If I withdraw the £600 that Betfair will allow me to, I'll only be £63 up on the deal.

If there are any Maths wizards out there, please give me a hand!


I originally posted this almost 2 years ago - but it's still true today:

Surveys - The Truth
I am offended by the amount of junk email, pop ups, and safelist adverts I get telling me that Surveys are a valid "Work at Home" plan. There is just no way on Earth that anyone is making a living by doing online surveys, and I be pushed to believe that anyone is making any significant second income this way at all. Here is how I got on from an Evening of survey taking:

Opinion World - 15 mins; entry into a prize draw.
Ciao - 11mins; should have been credited £1 but it's never appeared.
Ciao - 2mins; survey has reached maximum participants.
Ciao - 2mins; survey has reached maximum participants.
New Vista - 2mins; enough people with my profile already.
Opinion World - 2mins; survey now closed.
Pinecone - 20mins; £3! Hooray!
Global Test Market - 2mins; Survey closed.
Global Test Market - 2mins; knocked out because of my occupation.
Ciao - 2mins; survey now closed.
Opinion World - 2mins; knocked out because I didn't want to take out a secured loan in the next 6 months.
Ciao - 2mins; kicked out because I am not a company decision maker.
Toluna - 2mins; survey closed.
Toluna - 2mins; kicked off because I don't rent my property.
Ipsos - 10mins; unclear on whether I have won anything or not!
Toluna - 2mins; survey closed.
Global Test Market - 2mins; kicked off because I haven't taken a flight in the last year.
Toluna - 2mins; not part of target group required.
Opinion World - 2mins; survey now closed

Overall then, I spent one and a half hours to earn £3 in Tesco Vouchers. I've not cherrypicked the above surveys. This is genuine! In over 1 year of doing Ciao surveys I've amassed an amazing £2.79!

I firmly believe that most of the online survey sites are actually just fronts to try and sell you stuff. Never, under any circumstances pay to join them!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

A treat for you.......

Just to keep up with this blog's very random mixture of money making and soft porn, here are some pics for you. Taken from Gumtree of all places.

Trying to win an Ipod - with a hidden agenda

I've entered 25 competitions in order to try and win Vicki an Ipod. If we can win an Ipod then I can sell the stereo we have, and hopefully also the ridiculously huge sideboard that Vicki bought from Ikea when we moved in.


200 Ways to Save Cash

The often forgotten way of making money is by saving it in the first place. I came across an interesting article the other day related to this:

- install a programmable thermostat.
- insulate your attic.
- turn off the lights in rooms you are no longer using.
- dont turn on the heat/ac until you just can’t take it anymore.
- don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth or washing dishes.
- take quick showers.
- install low-flow toilets.
- use white curtains/blinds to reflect heat away from your home in the summer.
- use a de-humidifier to reduce moisture in the home and make it feel cooler.
- install an energy-efficent dishwasher.
- clean out the lint trap in your dryer.
- install an energy-efficent washer and dryer.
- install CFL lightbulbs.
- use ceiling fans, floor fans and space heaters.
- turn the oven off during the last few minutes of cooking – there’s still enough heat in there to keep stuff cooking.
- cook in batches – only use the oven once per day, or less.
- use your dishwasher/washing machine/dryer at non-peak hours.
- use cold water when you run the washing machine.
- use a toaster oven for baking small meals.
- install a low-flow showerhead.
- line-dry your clothing.
- use a crockpot.
- unplug appliances that are not in use.
- insulate hot water heater/pipes.
- during the winter months, leave your oven door open when you are done using it to help heat your house. don’t do this if you have small children around!
- fill empty spots in fridge/freezer with jugs of water. this saves on operating costs when they are full.
- clean refridgerator coils a few times per year.
- use power strips.
- caulk around doors, windows and baseboards.
- install weather stripping.
- install storm windows and doors.
- only run full loads (laundry machine, dishwasher).
- close the vents in rooms you are not using.
- open your windows for fresh air.
- air dry dishes.
- if you must use sprinklers for your lawn, use timers.
- wear clothing twice before washing, unless they are very dirty.
- wash hoodies/sweatshirts that just get thrown on over top of something only a few times per month, unless they are very dirty.

- use coupons!
- make your own cleaning products.
- shop once a week and with a list.
- stock up when things go on sale.
- save your receipts – watch the sales the week or two after you shop. say you buy a bag of potatoes for 2.97 and the next week they go on sale for 1.97 – you can go to customer service and get a price adjustment and get that $1 back that you paid the week before!
- carry a small calculator in your bag.
- if you purchase a product that is defective in some way, contact the manufacturer. they will likely send coupons, sometimes for a FREE product. please don’t abuse this!
- send away for Mail In Rebates.
- use cloth napkins.
- cut dryer sheets in half.
- make your own jam.
- use conditioner as shaving cream.
- add water to your handsoap, shampoo, conditioner, dish soap.
- clean windows with newspaper instead of paper towels.
- make double of a few of your favorite meals, then freeze half for the night you don’t have the energy to cook or your sick.
- cut dish detergent tabs in half.
- understand price matching and scanning code of practice
- quit using fabric softener all together, you don’t need it.
- use plastic containers instead of plastic bags for storing leftovers.
- while shopping, look at the top and bottom shelves. this is usually where clearance items end up.
- you can also find clearance items on the very ends of aisles, farthest away from the flow of traffic.
- when it comes to buying dairy, meat and produce – try picking the items at the back. older stuff is usually moved to the front, and the items in back are often fresher.
- ask for a raincheck if a store is out of an advertised special.
- chop, slice and shred stuff yourself. produce, cheese – all of that good stuff.
- bring your lunch to work.
- eat at home, instead of restaraunts.
- make your own pizza.
- don’t buy bottled water (use a filter).
- stop wasting fruit! when your fruit is ripe, if you know you probably wont be able to eat it all before it goes bad, pop it in the freezer and use them later in fruit drinks and smoothies!
- use powdered milk for cooking.
- use a dishtowel instead of paper towels.
- use half of the recommended laundry detergent.
- bring your own reuseable bags to the grocery store to avoid paying for plastic ones.
- buy produce in season.
- make your own bread.
- cook from scratch.
- make your own coffee.
- shop at local farmers markets.
- buy store brands.
- plan meals according to what is on sale.
- eat less meat.
- make your own baby food.
- grow your own produce/herbs.
- make your own chicken broth.

- carpool!
- walk whenever possible.
- use public transportation.
- get your oil changed every 4 months instead of 3.
- combine errands.
- wash your own car.
- fill your vehicles’ tires with air.
- pay a higher deductible.
- remove anything unnecessary from the trunk. the more weight that’s in your trunk, the more fuel you are using.
- buy a fuel efficient car.
- keep up with routine car maintenance.
- use your A/C on the highway and roll down the windows on the main roads.
- use cruise control.
- replace dirty air filters in your vehicles.
- don’t warm up your car by letting it idle.
- park in the shade.
- do not accelerate or drive fast.
- buy a used vehicle instead of new.
- pay for gas at the pump, to avoid temptations in the store.

- borrow books/movies/cds from the library.
- read your favourite magazines online instead of buying the actual copy.
- use a service like zip.ca to rent movies.
- eat out less.
- go to restaraunts that offer a free meal on your birthday (up to 1 week).
- play board games.
- use an entertainment book.
- go out for lunch instead of dinner.
- go out for dessert instead of dinner.
- bring home leftovers to have for lunch the next day.
- watch movies at home instead of the theatre.
- eat out at KIDS EAT FREE places.
- have a few drinks at home before clubbing!
- go to a bar/club that doesn’t have a cover charge.
- when you have people over for dinner or lumch, make it a potluck.

- instead of shopping for maternity clothing, consider buying regular clothing in a size or two larger than you usually do.
- shop the thrift store.
- don’t put bras/underwear in the dryer, the heat breaks down the elastic and wears them out that much faster.
- avoid ‘dry clean only’ clothing.
- stay away from trends. their life is usually very short. stick to basic lines that will look good forever.
- remove stains as quickly as possible.
- shop out of season for the best deals.
- check the clearance racks.
- never pay full price for clothing, there are ALWAYS sales.

- cut pantiliners in half to serve as breast pads. they are just as absorbent, but cost much less
- don’t buy breast milk storage bags. just pour breast milk into ice cube trays. once frozen, pop them out and store them in freezer bags.
- dont use lanolin creams for cracked/dry nipples. just rub some breast milk on the nipple and let it air dry for about 10 minutes.
- using formula? join formula manufacturers’ mailing lists to receive coupons and free samples.
- purchase store brand formula instead of name brand.
- don’t buy burp pads. just use a dishtowel or small swaddling blanket.
- wash and reuse swim diapers for small children (unless they have been peed or pooped in!). just don’t put them in the dryer – air dry only.
- instead of using teething rings for baby, use a wet washcloth. the cool wet water feels good on their gums
- if you plan on having more children, buy highchairs, strollers, carseats, etc. in neutral colours. same goes for certain types of clothing such as shoes and jackets.
- diaper bags are expensive. use a backpack or a large tote bag.
- instead of buying a traditional high chair, consider buying a booster seat that straps to a dining room chair.
- instead of purchasing a changing table, consider using a dresser with a thick, portable change pad on top.
- don’t use character backpacks/lunchboxes that you will just have to replace when the next new character fave comes along. buy solid colours/simple designs.
- take advantage of all the wonderful clubs, teams, and activities that are offered through your public schools.
- use cloth diapers.
- breastfeed.
- diaper genies are a waste of money! use a garbage can.

- reuse the rubber bands and plastic bags that newspapers/flyers are delivered in.
- re-use tissue paper and wrapping paper.
- re-use scrap paper for lists and little notes.
- use rechargable batteries.
- reuse baby wipe containers and facial tissue boxes for storing plastic bags.
- use plastic grocery bags for garbage, soiled diapers, cat litter.
- make curtains out of bedsheets.
- make a rain barrel to collect water for your garden.

- learn how to sew.
- visit scratch & dent wearhouses for appliances.
- send invitations to events via email to save on postage.
- buy holiday items the day after the holiday – stock up for the next year.
- buy store brand/generic medications, they are just as effective.
- save your receipts! if an item falls apart or is in rough shape when you open the packaging, you can return it to the stores alot easier if you have a receipt.
- negotiate all large purchases.
- sign up for rewards programs.
- shop around (car insurance, cable companies, etc.).
- switch to a no-fee bank.
- pay your bills on time to avoid late fees.
- borrow from friends/family.
- shop at the dollar store.
- have a monthly budget.
- cut your own/families hair.
- don’t own a gym membership.
- shop for holiday and birthday gifts year-round.
- sell stuff on ebay, craigslist or kijiji.
- have a yard sale.
- quit smoking.
- use up flexible spending account (fsa) money.
- pass on extended warranties.
- check over all bills for mistakes.
- pay yourself first. start saving!
- get & stay out of debt.
- use swagbucks.
- learn how to negotiate.
- use freecycle.
- stop buying cookbooks. there are many recipe sites online.
- don’t use ATMs that are not part of your banks system.
- shop factory outlet stores.
- give the give of time. car washing, baby sitting, cut the grass.
- keep a cooler with snacks & drinks in the car if you will be out for awhile.
- instead of hiring a company to clean your carpets, rent a machine and do it yourself.
- sign up for freebies.
- look for free stuff at the side of the road!
- save all of your change.
- pay bills online, save on stamps.
- use a digital camera instead of film and only print the really good photos.
- when you stay at hotels, take home the little toiletries.
- call credit card company and ask them to lower your interest rate.
- learn to say no.
- maintain minimum balance in bank account to waive monthly fees.
- stop gambling! casinos, scratch tickets, lottery tickets are a waste of moolah.

- don’t own a pet.
- bathe your own pets.
- buy flea protection online instead of from the vet.
- instead of expensive pet toothpaste, try mixing together baking sode with a little bit of water.

- refinance your mortgage.
- get rid of your house phone if you have a cellphone.
- cut out the cable, or just get basic cable.
- buy/rent a smaller home.
- cut unnecessary services like caller ID and call waiting.
- get a roomate.
- call cable/phone/internet company twice a year to see if there are any special promotions.
- bundle cable/phone/internet, if possible.
- buy home and auto insurance from the same company.

Book Promotion 5.8.10

I've just been doing a bit more book promotion -

Listmania lists, with my new Maths book at the top of all the lists.

Sending link to potentially interested parties on Facebook. On this occasion I've been sending the link for the Scottish quiz book to people who comment on Scottish scenery pics on FB. The very annoying thing is that FB tend to freeze my email account as soon as I have sent about 5 links.

It seems dedication will be the key.

Rebate - CSA

The CSA have sent me a cheque for £46.01. A bit different from the £2000 I calculated they owed me, but a step in the right direction nonetheless.

Some Quick Comping


Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Bits and Bobs - Unclassified Ideas

When I see something I am interested in doing, but just don't have the time at the moment, I file it as an "Unclassified Idea". Here are some of the items which are in that file at the moment:

* Cyber Cyrano - writing people dating site pages.
* Betfair Bots.
* Collecting scrap wood.
* Personal Trainer.
* Collecting old clothes.
* Stock Control Consultant
* Mailbox rental
* Waiting in for delivery
* Chess tuition
* Virtual dating assistant
* Area check for families moving to a new town
* Reading books to people (is that kinky)
* Pooper Scooper
* Used female underwear
* Sending shit through the post
* Parking control agent
* Mattress recycling
* Single day car insurance
* Selling my own bottled water
* Providing Alibis
* Scottish clans top trumps game
* Hill walkers luggage transfer service
* Fake urine
* Organising a co-operative of all the hotels along a walking route
* Co-Op art gallery
* Weekend Personal Assistant
* Bodyguard

Fresh Idea - Marketing Tactic for Life Insurance

Stick head above parapet and offer guaranteed cheapest life
insurance quote.

Get £100,000 life cover for £4 a month or some other such

Subsidise the premiums BUT tie the person into the contract
with large an enforceable penalties if they pull out.

Fresh Idea - Creating a Maths Workbook to sell specifically to Chinese/ Indian Parents

This is how I’d do it:

Knock together 10 maths workbooks

Rather than do them by age group as the normal ones are, I’d
do them by sum types ie. Trigonometry, Percentages, quadratic equations,

Very, very low tech. Just hundreds and hundreds of sums after

Sell via Ebay etc. Just send electronic copies so costs are next
to nothing. Sell at £1 a pop – proper Letts books are c£3.99 in John

Aim at Indians, Chinese etc. (list book on American, Australian,
Irish Ebay as well as UK).

Very low cost business model. I’d only do it via my own
website if I could get one for £50 or less.

Sample Small Ad:

Do you want your child to be a genius? Follow the methods used
by the top Indian kids in the UK. We have formulated an easy to follow system
which will help your special child reach the top of the class. Buy 1000
Trigonometry Tests for only £1 today

If you were savvy you could advertise your tutoring service via
these books. Also mention in your local tutoring ads that you have sold 1000
Maths Books or some other such nonsense. Let the local press know that you’ve
sold 1000 of these so you become the goto person for an educational quote etc.
Bob’s your uncle your now a Maths education expert.

Fresh Idea - Second Hand Book Added Value

It could be a nice quirk for a second hand bookstore to add value to every purchase.

* Look for promotions on websites such as voucher codes.

* Match these up to businesses in the locality.

* Ask business if they want to do a mini-JV.

* Add this mini-JV to each book sale. For example, sales of a book on "Newfoundland Dogs" could come with free tickets to the next Newfoundland open day event.

Monday, 2 August 2010

WIWDI - Bank Accounts

If I got my act together I would set up 5 or 6 bank accounts and have my wages fly through them all on the first day my salary comes in. This would then make all the Banks think I am using them to deposit my wages in and then allow me to qualify for interest free overdrafts etc.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Betfair Mutual

Just a little one to myself - remember to back winners on Betfair. Phil Taylor, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer NOT Adrian Lewis, Lee Westwood and Andy Murray.

Some people have that Tony McCoy-edge which means that they are never out until they are out.