Self Made Minds (the return) - Take 3

Well it’s been a while since I posted here (2 years, oops). Recently I’ve found myself posting more and more in forums and various Facebook groups and I quite enjoy it. My wife told me I need a hobby (as did my therapist) so I think the time is right to start posting here again. Not going to promise weekly updates but it will be more frequent than before. Any feedback will always be appreciated and will motivate to write more.

As before I’ll be posting about different business bits (and self made mind stuff) I’ve done or am doing, both successes and failures (boo). I will go into the nitty gritty at times.

I’m currently still selling on Amazon (after a few suspensions), mainly outsourced or automated and I’m very close to a 7 digit milestone, so there’s a bunch of stuff I can write about there. Starting a print on demand, new brand case study so that could be a fun one (maybe profitable, maybe not). I’ve been working on my own SaaS (Software as a Service) product for ages but that is getting really close to release. Still have various sites, and since my last post some have been and gone. I do have my fingers in quite a few different pies at the moment. I’m beginning to import from China and if that doesn’t generate some cool posts I’ll be amazed. Oh and I’m moving to the good old USA next year.

I will be doing interviews with various entrepreneurs that I know, so if you fancy a chat feel free to ping me. When we first launched Self Made Minds back in 2007 (ouch), I did a series called the HISTORY OF A $100K SITE. Over the years the site made me a few million but not everything lasts forever so I’m thinking of doing a followup series, The decline of a 7 digit site - you can learn just as much from mistakes as successes (even better when it’s somebody else mistake).

Currently sat on a train on my way to London to watch the mighty Iron Maiden on the last gig of the current tour (should be a classic), also meeting a couple of business partners to talk shop and stuff (that’s the primary purpose of this trip Mr Taxman).

About Al Carlton

Al quit the 9 to 5 rat race in January of 2007, before then he was a software engineer and systems architect of financial system. Nowadays Al spends the days running his various businesses and experimenting with different ideas and opportunities.
Al can be found on twitter at AlCarlton.


  1. Good to hear from you Al.

    I used to do a lot of affiliate marketing stuff like you many years ago but moved onto building and optimising e-commerce web sites for clients as the money was more predictable! I haven’t dabbled with Amazon selling despite nearly everyone moving into it but looking forward to reading more about your experiences with that and your other projects.

    I’ve also recently started blogging about my true interests which are all around travelling & helping others to be happier and more fulfilled (see my signature).

  2. Good to see you back Al. You were an inspiration back then, can’t wait to read about your Amazon exploits. As always, thanks for sharing the knowledge

  3. Mark Northing says:

    Nice arrival Al. Looking forward to more.

  4. Steven Smith says:

    Looking forward to hearing more Al 😉

  5. Still here and looking forward to your future posts. Prefer successes over failures 😉


  6. Looking forward to this.

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