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Who Is Nick Pratt?

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The content of this post is based 100% on my own personal experience with Nick Pratt.

So… This morning I was awoken by my 3-year-old as usual and got started with the usual morning routine.

kettle on and juice poured for the little man.

As the kettle was boiling I sat on the kitchen bench to check my emails and have a little scroll through Facebook.

To my surprise, I came across a suggested video for me, from Mr Nick Pratt. (not sure if that’s his real name, to be honest), so, who is Nick Pratt?

Let me take you back to 2016, at which time I was starting off in an MLM business and was chomping at the bit to get started and build my own “work from home business” (my journey has taken a different path of late, more on that later)

So back in 2016, I can remember, following a google search, I came across Nick Pratt and watched his video’s which were based around generating leads for my business.

It all looked great and I can remember thinking – this may be worth pursuing so I dug a little deeper.

Now, it was 2 years ago so I may be a little thin on detail here, however, what I can remember is being lead to a sales pitch, promoting some form of lead generation software which was promising a multi-step system to generate targeted leads for my business, with a call to action of connecting with “nick” on facebook.

Soon after adding nick as a friend I received a private message and the sales patter continued.

Alarm Bells Started To Ring.

The red flags and alarm bells started to ring when I started to get recorded voice messages through facebook from nick, and the voice matched the annoying guy, who appeared in the videos.

Back in 2016, I was fresh out of working nearly 20 years as an employee and working from home was new and exciting, but also a little daunting.

I was taking my own risks now and being cautious, I continued to check this guy out.

Soon into my research of Mr Pratt I stumbled across a thread on a forum in which a guy had expressed his distress at being scammed after swallowing what this guy had sold him.

As I’ve said it was a while ago but I remember the post wasn’t of a man who was angry or bitter, but more embarrassed and devastated he had been ripped off.

The scam was basically a multi-step system which offered you an incredible amount of targeted leads (I believe it was sold as a 20 step system)

After around the 6th step, everything stopped and the chap in question was left completely in the dark and out of pocket.

Following this discovery, I went back to my chat and questioned Nick about these claims, what happened next was a real eye-opener.

Almost instantly nick disappeared from my facebook and blocked me without any further conversation. 

Although I had not lost any money I was left angered that a simple search on google to help me start my business in the early days had resulted in coming close to a potential scammer, however, looking back now it served as a valuable lesson to keep my eyes open and not to be fooled again when researching online.

In truth, at the time I didn’t let the experience affect me and moved on with my journey but on seeing this guy pop up in my news feed this morning I felt obliged to write about the experience I had 2 years ago, as I really hate to see good people fall victim to those who are happy to take advantage of a persons desire to achieve and live the life they want.

Since coming across Nick back in 2016 I haven’t seen or heard of him since, maybe he is legit now and providing some value, personally in my opinion, after my experience, I wouldn’t trust this guy as far as I could throw him and I was genuinely surprised to see him pop up in my timeline 2 years on.

Feel free to do your research and I would love to hear of any experiences, good or bad, you may have had with this character.

Changing direction with my journey.

As mentioned earlier, I started off working from home as a network marketing distributor for the utility warehouse.

In truth, I actually had 2 separate attempts with this business and unfortunately, it just hasn’t been right for me.

If you are not familiar with UW they simply offer home utilities as part of a discount club and you have the opportunity to make money from;

  • gathering customers
  • signing up partners (more distributors)
  • residual income (based on customer spend and products they have)
  • earn small increments from your team signups

Although I have made money from this opportunity I felt that the business model just wasn’t suited to me.

I started to have doubts about the business on the first day of my qualifier training which in truth I found very cheesy and filled with exceptional success stories you could see only a small % of individuals would get close too.

It is fact that people have turned this into a full-time business but for me, being somewhat introverted, I found it hard to keep up with the constant badgering of friends, family, guys at the pub, work colleagues etc.

The way in which you are guided to recruit for the business, coupled with my “geekiness” for the online world and introduction to online marketing, soon seen me down tools with network marketing and continue on this very different path.

This Doesn’t Mean The Opportunity won’t Be Suited To You

As mentioned there are many partners in this business who have gone on to massive success and now make a lot of money on a residual basis as a result, so, How will you know if it’s for you?

As I have said I consider myself to be somewhat of an introverted character and although I’ve spent most of my working life in the sales and customer service game I have never felt comfortable making myself the centre of attention.

If reading this you consider yourself to be the opposite and of a more extroverted persona, then you could really fly with this sort of opportunity and quickly gain some serious momentum.

As a customer of the utility warehouse I can’t fault their  services and have no problem in promoting their products as something which will benefit you, its just simply a personal preference as to why I focus my time on the online world as I get a lot from it and continue to learn on a daily basis.

Do Your Homework

Before I wrap this up I want to close by emphasising the importance of doing your homework when choosing a business opportunity to run with.

We do live in an era full of opportunity to allow you to follow your chosen path, however, in my experience, the online world can be very murky to navigate and if you’re not careful you could end up wasting a lot of your valuable time and in worst cases your money.

That being said don’t be put off in your quest for success as a little common sense and homework is all you need to beat the scammers and fakers which you may well come across online.

Please feel free to drop into my profile at; wealthy affiliate for a chat and a tour of a great learning community, however, don’t waste your time if you are looking for a get rich quick scheme and have no intention of learning how to build an actual business which is safe and sustainable.

3 months ago I had never published a blog and the thought of being able to build my own website whilst learning some valuable skills was nothing more than a thought.

Following a little homework and a desire to help people and potentially make a living online, I find myself on an exciting road and although I have no illusions that success takes time and effort, I believe I will get where I want to be.

People Who Accomplished Things Late In Life

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Chances are if you are reading this you are seeking some motivation to keep moving forward with your own personal journey, and you are only human if you have pondered the question – “Have I Left it too late to turn my dream into a reality”?

Whether you are looking to start a bricks and mortar business or your own website the questioning around your intentions is no different and although a lot of us try to remain positive, don’t beat yourself up when you have days where a little negativity creeps in, its how you handle that negativity which matters the most.

For me personally, as a man approaching his 40s, I really enjoy reading about people who accomplished things late in life and have been surprised by some examples of success in the later adult years.

Personally, these days I take a lot of positivity from the online world.

Sure, when talking about the likes of Instagram it’s hard to avoid the – cliche, maybe even “cheesy”, motivational posts which hit your timeline every hour but surely this is a better way to start your day than reading through the abundance of fake news and false insights to the lives some people are leading on facebook.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not meaning to bad mouth facebook as I use it and enjoy it, however, I can see why the use of social media to some people can impact on mental health, especially if you are prone to comparing your life to others – PLEASE DONT DO THIS.

I will admit that this is something I needed to address in my own life in my early adult years.

“why should he have the new car?”

“how lucky are they being able to go on that amazing holiday?”

I soon learnt that this sort of mindset would get me nowhere in life and it became clear that comparing my life to others was just pointless and a waste of energy.


Something I do find inspiring and interesting is reading the success stories of others, especially those stories where an individual has struggled for a big chunk of his/her adult life and have found success well into their adult years.

As my decision to pursue a life working for myself came well into my 30s I take comfort in the fact it’s never too late to have a crack at something you have always wanted to achieve

So… here are my favourite examples of people who have accomplished things late in life.

Ricky Gervais (Writer, Comedian, Actor)

I am a huge fan of this man.

Since his early days on UK t.v bringing us the office, I have followed his TV career from the start and to this day find him a comedy genius.

When I was first introduced to the office I can remember thinking it was a load of rubbish and if memory serves, I didn’t make it to the end of the 1st episode, however, it didn’t take long to become hooked with the quirky, awkward, unique hit series and to this day it remains one of my most streamed Netflix shows. .

In his mid-30s Ricky was unheard of and working for a radio station – Xfm.

after working in the office environment for many years he wrote was to become a total “monster” in the UK comedy world and went on to produce the American version of the hit show.

Just recently, Netflix allegedly paid him around $40,000,000 to stream his new (hilarious), standup show – Humanity.

The big bucks didn’t hit Ricky’s bank account until he hit 40 and serves as a lesson to all that its never too late to pursue your dream.

J.K Rowling (Author)

Even those who have never read the book or seen the harry potter movies will very probably know the name, J.K. Rowling. (I admit I’m one of those people. Not my thing.)

At the age of 30, she had completed her manuscript of harry potter and the finished book was presented to 12 publishers, all of which rejected the opportunity to move forward with it.

Around 1 year later there was a little glimmer of light as one London based publisher decided to take on the writer, along with the advice to get a normal job as her chances of making money as a writer were seen to be slim.

J.K Rowling went on to become the worlds 1st billionaire author and only lost her billionaire status due to giving so much of her wealth away to charities.

After an early adult life receiving state benefits and battling depression, JK Rowling is a true modern-day inspiration and I find it fascinating how nothing more than her imagination and passion has propelled her to the heights she is now at.

Stan Lee (Mr Marvel)

Stan Lee was 38 years old when he released his first comic book “The Fantastic 4” he then went on to create the Marvel universe in which characters including Spider-man and iron man went on to become worldwide cult icons.

Stans early career included time spent in the US army, however, his creativity and passion for writing seen him go on to greatness and as I write this, at the ripe age of 95 has just had a very brief cameo in Deadpool 2.

Samual L Jackson (Actor, Producer)

This particular story of success at a late age probably surprised me the most as it feels like this powerhouse of movie world has been around forever.

It wasn’t until his part as Jules in the brilliant pulp fiction, that he was catapulted to star status at age 46.

Before playing the part of Bible preaching, gangster Jules, a character which was written specifically for him to play by Quentin Tarantino, he had featured in 29 movies.

His love and obvious talent for acting have made him a household name and his movies have grossed billions.

Massive respect to Sam. L. Jackson. If the rumours are true which state you have a clause in your movie contracts to allow you access to a golf course during filming then you have definitely won in life. (I will not mention snakes on a plane)………….. oops.

Inspired, But Where To Start?

Obviously, the examples of success above reflect big-time success and I’m not suggesting here that you go quit your job and start your acting career, however, if you do find yourself stuck in a rut with a burning desire to create something or go after a particular dream then whats stopping you?

Sure we all live busy lives and it’s easy to say “I haven’t got the time” but at the end of the day it all comes down to how much you want it.

For as long as I can remember its been my dream to make my own money, but what exactly does that mean?

For me, I really struggled to accept the amount of my time I had to dedicate to a job in order to receive a monthly salary,

I couldn’t shake the feeling of being trapped in a daily cycle where I knew the only way for me to progress and climb the “corporate ladder” was to work more hours and take on more responsibility.

I could see others working hard and achieving promotions but I could also see the strain many friends and colleagues were under and the extra money some were being paid for their time and effort didn’t seem to make much difference to them, as at the end of the day they simply cut their cloth to fit, meaning, their car payments were higher and mortgages were bigger etc.

Now, I’m under no illusion here that we all need to work to live. That’s just life, but In 2018 I really do believe that the opportunities we have are more exciting than ever – if you choose to embrace it.

Take this blog for example. what you are reading now could potentially make me some money and if you have a computer or laptop and access to the internet, you could also make money from writing about your passion, hobby or current business.

Now, to be completely transparent, you are not reading the blog of a successful, wealthy entrepreneur.

I am still very much at the beginning of my journey and still work in a part-time job, however, the path I am taking is giving me a lot of confidence and although I have bad days like everybody, I don’t dwell on them anymore and just keep moving forward doing the best I can and learning every day.

A Move In The Right Direction

In just over 3 months I have learnt so much about the online marketing world and I owe 100% of it to just ONE website/community.

from starting off as a complete newbie in the “online money making world” I have gained a decent knowledge and understanding of the following.

    • Search engine optimization – (how to get your content noticed on search engines such as Google and Bing.)


    • Website building from scratch – (setting up your own website and maintaining it is surprisingly straightforward and for me has been very enjoyable.)


    • Keyword Research – (understanding how to use keywords in your website posts which will enable you to be seen on search engines)


The list could go on as there are many little things I have picked up along the way which has helped my confidence grow in many different areas.

The website/community I refer to has over 1 million active members all on the same sort of journey, as well as an abundance of training modules to sink your teeth into with step by step video tutorials which are beginner friendly.

Stay Away From The Noise

Something I can’t stand as someone who is quite new to this world is the number of dodgy programs and outright scams you are faced with when looking to make money online.

You may have seen the posts on social media and the web, such as;

“new Breakthrough report shows you how to make $5000 a day with zero effort”


“Follow my guide and make your first 100k online”

Although there is some decent education you can gain from some products out there to help you make money online, so much of it is nothing more than over exaggerated sales rubbish.

If you are serious about making money online you need to educate yourself properly and embrace the journey as it doesn’t happen overnight and takes time.

If you would like to see for yourself the reasoning behind my enthusiasm for wealthy affiliate please take advantage of the FREE OFFER I can give you today.



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Can You Make Money Online Gambling?

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Think its fair to say that a lot of us enjoy the occasional flutter now and again.

From the footy to the horses, gambling can be a lot of fun and it’s no surprise that as a nation we have become caught up in the betting world and the question………

Can you make money online gambling? is something I’m sure many of you have pondered.

Most of the people I personally know who enjoy a flutter, do so in a responsible way and I have never personally seen gambling cause anyone any problems, however, in reality, we all know that gambling can get the better of some people and cause some big problems.

In this blog, I’m not wanting to focus on the dark side of gambling as I believe that is a separate topic to address.

Instead, I want to address those people who enjoy a bet on a weekly basis and remain in control only gambling what they can afford to lose.

That being said, if you stumbled across this blog and can honestly hold your hands up to the fact gambling has caused you some pain in the past, then I hope you learnt from your mistakes.

A story from my Dads past, which I will share with you has always stuck in my mind.

Years before I was born my dad planned a fortnights holiday with his pals to a popular UK seaside destination.

He had saved up for months so he could have a blast with his mates and first on the agenda for the 2 weeks of partying was a short bus trip to the nearest racecourse.

Now, before I go any further I will state that in all the years I have known my dad he has been a very responsible man.

He ran a successful business for more than 10 years and has always been sensible with money, never once getting into any debt.

Anyway, back to the jolly boys outing…

Loaded with money and good spirit my dad and mates hit the racecourse to start their 2-week break in style and within a few hours, he had all but ruined it.

Loss after Loss after Loss!!!

Down to his last £5 (this was the 70s so in today’s money that equates to roughly £80) he was angry and devastated and planning how to get home as he had lost most of his spending money for his 2-week knees up.

Sat with his head in his hands, one of his mates chirped up with the idea of staking his last £5 on an outsider and hope for the best.

feeling already beaten he threw caution to the wind and staked the lot on a long shot………


With the holiday saved and actually leaving the racecourse with a small profit from the day, that experience stuck with him and to this day he only gambles what he can afford to lose and has never put himself in a sticky situation like that since.



Headless Betting.

In 2018 its easier than ever to gamble.

most of us have a smartphone glued to our hand for hours every day, and whilst lying on the couch watching your chosen sport you have the power to transfer thousands of pounds from your bank to an online bookie and gamble it all – in one go if you wish.

Just last month I was watching a match and during the adverts was presented with some in play odds on the next goal scorer. “ill have a bit of that” and within 90 seconds I had staked £5 on the offer.

The player in question was substituted within 10 minutes of the 2nd half kick off……… Downer.

So… What is meant by “headless betting?”

Have you ever bet on a horse because its name was loosely linked to a family member or a specific event in your life?

This is headless betting.

Have you ever backed your favourite team to win a match, even though the odds are heavily stacked against them? (As a Sunderland fan this is something I can sadly relate to)

Again….. Headless betting.

Have you ever took the advice of drunk Dennis down the pub whose brothers, nephews wife is the trainer of a sure-fire winner in the 3:30 at Kempton?

This maybe isn’t as headless as the other examples, but it’s not far off in my opinion.

Now, I’m not saying that headless betting is the devil’s work and should never be entertained.

I have had the occasional long shot come in and its good feeling to win a decent sum of money from a very small stake, however, if you consistently bet by closing your eyes and “sticking a pin in it”, realistically you are likely to lose money over time.

Betting With Your Head

In my opinion the phrase, “betting with your head” should be taken with caution as to me it suggests there is a way to guarantee success with gambling. There really isn’t.

By definition, if you gamble on anything there is always a possibility of losing your hard-earned cash, however, there are a couple of ways you can take actions to maximise your profits and in one particular process guarantee profits using online bookmakers

Matched Betting

Matched betting is a process in which you exploit the free offers bookmakers offer you to set up an account with them.

By following the process of matched betting you can guarantee a profit before the event you have bet on has even started.

I have written 2 separate blogs on matched betting which you can check out here

At first, the process may seem quite tricky to start with but the software available to help you profit from matched betting is very useful and with a little learning and focus you really can guarantee profits in this way.

Professional Tipsters

There are many individuals who make a full time living from gambling.

From the horses to online poker there are people who become professional in this game through their dedication and studying of form and methods.

Another experience taken from my dad was from another trip to the racecourse where he got talking to a man who had just lost £2000 on one bet.

“that must sting a bit,” said my dad to the smartly dressed man.

“no, I am still over 5 grand up for the week,” he said.

Professional gamblers will no doubt suffer defeat from time to time, but the ones who make a living from it are able to stay ahead of the game and remain in profit on a consistent basis.

In all honesty, I don’t personally know the secrets of a pro gambler and for me it’s not something I would choose to get into as it seems to be a bit of a minefield, however, I am happy to take a punt on tips from the “so-called” pros as surely this option is better than sheer headless betting where you are literally handing over your cash and hoping for the best.

Can You Tap Into The Professional Bettors World?

Recently I stumbled across the BettingGods website which essentially gives you access to the pro gamblers world.

Being the sceptic I always have been with the online world I exercised some due diligence and checked it out by tracking some of the tips.

Guess what………..

Some won and some lost.

I wasn’t expecting to see win after win here, after all, I haven’t spent a penny for the tips I’ve been emailed and nothing of any value in this world comes for free right?

This being said I am continuing to track and have a flutter (on a few), as I’m currently £14 in profit after approx 8 separate bets.

I know what you’re probably thinking – why bother for £14?

Curiosity has me keen to see the long-term results from following the FREE tips I’m getting from this site as nothing suggests to me I shouldn’t.

It’s in the tipster’s best interests to provide decent free tips due to the fact, you are a potential, additional stream of income to the tipster, as you can also opt to pay for his full tipping service if you gain success from his/hers freebies.

I’m Not Spending A Penny…….. (For Now)

Sure, I’ve been tempted to hand over a few quid to gain access to the paid offers this site has hit me with, but not yet.

My intention is to give it another month of tracking the free tips sent and see how things develop over time.

the way I look at it, I enjoy a flutter anyway, always sticking to my limits and keeping it fun, so I may as well follow some advice from people who do it for a living as its still fun either way.

The tipster paid offers I’ve been sent have ranged from £20 per month to £110 per month.

At first glance, all offers have seemed steep, however, if it all depends on the quality of the tips you take a punt on.

There are numerous tipsters on this site and they all appear to be having good and bad days, so it’s worth keeping a log and seeing who is best to help you maximise your bets.

Final Word

It’s so important that I make this clear.

If you are reading this post as someone who has never gambled then I am not suggesting you go out and build a career in professional gambling.

It’s my belief that most pro gamblers have never set out to make their living this way and instead, have found themselves becoming somewhat obsessed with the betting game that it just ended up suiting them enough to continue and make a living from it.

gambling can get out of control and some people are just simply not suited to it.

my intention with this post was to reach out to those of you who currently bet but do it blindly and just hope for the best.

Surely following some decent advice cant hurt and who knows, your cheeky £5 weekly flutter could get you some tasty returns for a change.

Good luck bettors and remember………… KEEP IT FUN.














Is Matched Betting Safe?

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If you have come to this post and are yet to read up on what match betting actually is, I suggest you check out this post first.

There are a few things I want to get straight when it comes to matched betting, as the last thing I want to do is put anyone in a sticky situation.

Hopefully I can provide enough information to answer the question, is matched betting safe?

The main points and potential stumbling blocks with this genuine money maker are:

  • Temptation
  • Liability
  • Human Error
  • Internet Problems
  • bookmaker terms and conditions.
  • Organisation

My intention here is to simply give you some further advice on my own personal experience matched betting.

Bare in mind that before I had even heard of matched betting, my knowledge of betting/gambling was simply:

  1.  capable of registering for a bookmaker account online
  2. Understanding of odds. (e.g. you place a £10 bet on England to win the world cup at odds of 12/1.  You would win £ 120 + your stake, so £130 return.)
  3. I was aware that most bookmakers offered you a free bet or matched deposit amount when registering. (I had already signed up for some of these. Won nothing…….. Downer.)

That was pretty much it.

although the process of matched betting is risk-free there are points to be acknowledged that can throw you off course quickly with this money-maker.

so, on that note. Let’s crack on.

  • Temptation

With matched betting, you will be safely depositing money from your bank account to a bookmaker or exchange account to be used for placing bets.

If your intention is to follow the process of matched betting and make a profit then the only direction your profit will go is up.

However, if you get tempted to GAMBLE and try to earn bigger bucks then, in my opinion, you are walking on thin ice as you are no longer matched betting.

The temptation will be lingering now and again for you to have a flutter, I do, however, I keep my punts (gambles) separate from my matched betting and limit myself to a small amount per week to have a bet with.

I feel it would be wise to offer advice to anybody who has had a gambling problem in the past……..

Maybe best to stay clear of this opportunity.

I mean no prejudice by saying that, however, I have witnessed people lose everything through gambling. People who were intelligent and successful were sucked into a gambling lifestyle and it got the better of them.

Please know your limits and stay in control of your money. more info on this can be found here


  • Liability

I strongly advise that you get comfortable with the laying of bets and liability. Please take a look at this video tutorial on this as it can be a little tricky to get your head around at first.

  • Human Error

In any move, you make whilst matched betting there is always a chance you can make a mistake resulting in you messing up your chance of profit.

In my opinion, it’s very hard to actually make a mistake when using the OddsMonkey software.

A recent update to the software now includes integration of some exchange sites and direct links to the betting sites, which even automatically fills in your betting slip, all with one click from the Oddsmonkey software……. NICE.



  • Internet And Computer Problems

We have probably all become victim to a crashed p.c or dodgy internet connection.

Usually, this isn’t a big problem if you are just watching Netflix or checking what Jimmy down the street is having for his tea on facebook.

However, problems such as these could potentially cause you a headache when completing a matched betting transaction.

As your confidence grows with the process of matched betting you may be looking to choose betting events where the betting markets can fluctuate quickly.

Horse racing would be a key example, especially the closer you get to the race.

With matched betting involving 2 separate transactions with different websites, you can appreciate there is a time factor involved.

Personally, problems with my internet/laptop, as well as the human error factor, have never been a problem for me and I can say with confidence, if you are confident to navigate the internet and have email, the process of matched betting can be followed with relative ease.

  • Bookmaker Terms And Conditions

You will no doubt notice that when you sign up with an online betting company there will be a lot of terms and conditions attached to signing up, especially when you will be benefiting from a sign-up offer such as a free bet or matched deposit amount.

Again, personally, I have never had any major issues with the accounts I have opened, (trust me, there’s a lot) however there are a couple of things to give you a heads up on when it comes to the t&c’s

Account verification

recently I set up an account and placed my qualifying bet and lay to release my free (profit-making ) bet.  Usually, your free bet will be credited as per the t&c’s stated upon sign up.

On this particular occasion, I received an email asking me to send in proof of I.D. (picture of passport and a utility bill)

This wasn’t a problem for me as I had the requested documents saved on my computer, so I simply emailed them across to the support address and within an hour my free bet was in the account.

The reason I wanted to mention this was to add some further reassurance that this can happen and it’s really nothing to worry about.

Sure it can be a little bit of a hassle so it’s worth considering saving some verification documents on your computer so you are ready to comply with a request to verify your account.



Please be careful with this one…

Some bookmakers are fine for you and your partner to have a betting account each, with both accounts receiving the free offers, however,

some are NOT.

some bookies will only allow one sign up offer per I.P address, (per home) so it’s worth scanning the t&c’s or even speaking to an agent on live chat to make sure you are not wasting your time and breaking their rules. (no need to tell them you intend to do matched betting – more on that later)

Intentionally setting up multi accounts to maximise your profits with matched betting is a big NO NO with betting companies and if they suspect you are doing this they have the power to close your accounts and hold on to any profits made from multi-accounting.




I consider organisation fundamental to the success of matched betting.

Remember, you will be depositing funds from your bank to many different online betting accounts and betting exchanges so it’s easy to lose track where you are with your different transactions and profits.

Be aware that when you are transferring funds from bookmaker accounts to your bank this process can sometimes take a couple of days to reach your bank, that’s why it’s important to keep track of your transactions so you don’t confuse yourself which may put you off matched betting.

The OddsMonkey platform offers an integrated profit tracker and other spreadsheets for you to keep track on your account information and betting history.


Although these added tools are great I created my own simple spreadsheet which factors in my bank account and betting accounts so I can keep track of where all my money is and can watch the profit growth in real time.

If you would like me to send you this simple spreadsheet to use and modify if you wish, please sign up to my freebies list and I will happily send it to you.

What Do Bookies Think About Matched Betting?

There is so much conflicting reports online regarding how the bookies view the process of matched betting so I still find this a very difficult question to answer……

From the research, I have carried out here’s how I see it.

Matched betting does not remove the chance of bookies making money from you.

My last 3 matched betting transactions all lost with the bookie and won with the exchange, therefore on each occasion the bookmakers I used to profit ended up profiting from me and my profit came from the exchange.

Remember the exchange is where bettors exchange bets among themselves.

This is why exchanges charge a commission on the transactions you make as this is how they make their money and offer the betting exchange service to the public.

In short, I don’t believe bookies will be overjoyed matched betting exists but I don’t personally see it as a big problem for them either.

My verdict – Fill your boots.
















How To Stop Wasting Time Online

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Hi all. Hope everyone is well.

So the question is.. do you occasionally find yourself online and wonder – what am I actually getting out of this?

Are you – like many, jumping around social media sites trying to find the next hilarious video you can share with friends or posting pictures of last nights takeaway pizza?

When I first started in the self-employed world one of the first things I looked at was making my own website.

At the time I had seen advertisements for web building websites but I still thought it would be a tricky and time-consuming process.

What I soon learnt was that these days the whole process from start to finish is surprisingly straightforward and for me, I found it quite addictive and enjoyable working on my site.

Breaking Down The Jargon

As my motivation is to help people at the very early stages of their “working from home” journey I will attempt to cover a few areas that might help you to understand the process of building your own online business.

What Is Hosting?

Hosting is simply where your website will live. there are many hosting sites that offer you their space to store your website ready for the online world to benefit from.

What Is A Domain?

A domain is your brand, your business, your ideas and work. My current domain is, however, I intend to have many more over time when I continue to build my online businesses.

When you eventually get to the part of your journey in choosing your domain there are many great sites which will sell you a full domain (website address), which are surprisingly affordable, straightforward to purchase, and use.


A blog or blogging is simply a journal of your own content. it quite literally can be about anything you want and is a fundamental part of a good website. Engaging your customer (like I’m trying to do now) and creating content around your brand is key to growing your brand and online business.

Have you also come across the term vlogging? this is essentially blogging but on video. If you haven’t already, check out my 1st ever vlog on my home page and this will give you an idea of what goes down in the vlogging world.

Let’s Just Stop There.

Even after writing those few paragraphs I can see straight away how off-putting starting a website, or any online venture can be to a person who has just learnt to use their Facebook account and set up an email address.

Now I would like you to imagine an online community (website)  which has everything you need to get started on building your website with unlimited support and some pretty impressive tools.

I will address the elephant in the room, “YES” I am selling something to you. Isn’t that why we are all on this journey? to make money in the online world. May as well be honest.

I have scoured the internet for years looking for that perfect money making opportunity. In the early days, it was looking for a get rich quick scheme which didn’t exist and once I soon realised that, my mind was opened to the realistic options the online world has to offer.

As I’ve said before and will be sure to say again. becoming successful takes work and perseverance, however, that doesn’t mean there isn’t shortcuts and ways to accelerate your success.

Can you imagine being a member of a community which offers the following all in one place?

  • Website Hosting (A safe home for your website and blogs)
  • Website builder (all the tools you need to create your website from scratch)
  • A community full of people on the same online journey (less drama than Facebook and all the support needed for success)
  • More than 10 online courses educating you on how to make money online.
  • Video tutorials
  • Webinars (live online training events)
  • Live chat (need some motivation or get stuck? drop in for a chat with members of the community)

Please check out this review on a community with a BIG difference.

keep it, positive people.

hope we can talk soon.








Is Matched Betting Risky?

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First things first….. matched betting is NOT GAMBLING!

When I was first introduced to this opportunity my first thought was – “sounds risky.”

This lead to a few hours doing my research and in this simple introduction to matched betting, I will attempt to address all of your doubts and concerns.

What Is Matched Betting?

Matched betting is a process in which you guarantee a profit by exploiting the free bets online bookmakers offer new and existing customers.

As you may be well aware gambling in the UK is big business and its hard to avoid the number of advertisements banded around social media platforms this day and age.

Matched betting is a simple process to follow, however, you need to be committed to following the process and staying focused to achieve good profits.

Two Sides To The Matched Betting Process

In the image to the right, you can see the 2 sides to betting.

The way in which you guarantee a profit with this system is by essentially involving yourself with both sides of the betting game.

So… if you bet on Manchester United to win a game of football, you would cover this bet by also betting on them NOT to win. This essentially is the fundamental basics of matched betting.

Is Matched Betting Legal?

YES! Matched betting is 100% legal. Don’t feel I need to say more than that, to be honest.

Is There Realy No Risk Of Losing Money?

As this money making opportunity involves placing and laying bets you will need a float to start.


 The minimum recommended float is £50, however, if you have more funds available to use you can hit bigger profits faster.

As you are covering your bet by laying it off with an exchange and providing you follow instruction it is not possible to lose a penny with this process, however, if you choose to have a few pints or glasses of wine and don’t check your odds match or bet on the wrong game, horse, tennis match, whatever, YES you could lose a few £££.

In a nutshell, the process of matched betting is risk-free, not concentrating on what you are doing with each bet you place and lay could end up with a loss, so be careful and you cant lose.

Where To Start

The process of matched betting would be very time consuming and complex if it were not for websites which provide you with everything you need to make tasty profits.

In my honest opinion using a match betting tool such as Oddsmonkey, the process of matched betting is quite fun and very rewarding. Oddsmonkey provides training, video tutorials, profit trackers, an online community packed with others making money in this game.

Everything you need to maximize this opportunity is available on this platform and you can set up an account for FREE.

Overview And Site Ratings

  • Website URL:
  • Training: 9.8 out of 10
  • Support: 9 out of 10
  • Tools: 9.5 out of 10
  • Price: Starter Member (free) Premium member (£17.99 Per month or £150 Per year)
  • Motivated-parent rating: 9.5 out of 10


My Final Word

Matched betting certainly won’t be for everyone.

If you consider yourself to be patient and know your way around your internet browser (google chrome, explorer, firefox etc) you may really enjoy this opportunity.

People have made thousands in profit using this process and still to do to date, and remember, it’s all tax-free.

Like all money making opportunities available in the online world, there are certain things I would personally like to make you aware of with this opportunity and will be uploading a video and additional blog on areas which will help you understand and maximise on your profit and overall matched betting experience.

Personally, for me, I don’t see matched betting as an actual business opportunity.

In the start for me matched betting was something to give me some extra disposable income, however, I did go on to make some sizable profits and today  matched betting covers other online business costs that I have, such as paying for the building and hosting of the website you are on right now, (More on that here) and some extra pocket money.


Matched betting is certainly worth a try and you can sign up for free with OddsMonkey here and complete the training and the first two profit-making guides at your own pace.

The premium option with OddsMonkey (£17.99 per month) is simply added value and cuts out all of the hassle and complexities of the world of matched betting.

The premium option will open the door to every other free bet offer across the online betting world as well as access to the OddsMonkey community where you can talk to OddsMonkey staff and other members about anything matched betting…….. (or the weather if you fancy)

The video tutorials within OddsMonkey literally walk you through the process of each transaction resulting in only one thing……..



Please check out my additional blog on this money making offer here  and remember……


So please ask away….

Happy profit hunting people

much love










Mixing Work And Pleasure

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Not exactly the ultimate home office setup, however, I love this space.

Evening all hope things are good.

this is what I love about my current lifestyle choices. IT DOSNT FEEL LIKE WORK.

The main reasoning for my current life choices is simple………… FREEDOM

Now, what is my perception of the word FREEDOM?

I don’t see freedom as not having to work. I truly believe that if I won the lotto (say 3 mill +) it would mess me up. sure I would have some amazing experiences and live a dream for 6 months – but then what?

In truth, I never believed it would be possible to make a living at home on my laptop. As I’ve mentioned I am nowhere near where I want to be but I do believe I will get there. The only person to blame if I don’t is me.

The abundance of support and guidance online is amazing, and if you are prepared to embrace it and continue to learn (at your own pace) you will get somewhere.

In my early days of trying to create my own online business, I also dabbled in takeaway deliveries, (bet you weren’t expecting to read that)

although I was working for someone I viewed it different to previous work I had done. It was perfect to run alongside my current work building my own business and this alone gave me a sense of freedom.

Being able to work and enjoy music, stand-up comedy, the footy, is magic for me and its why I strive to make a living this way

Anyway, enough from me tonight.

more to come

keep on truckin




What Is An Entrepeneur?

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To be honest I have never liked the word entrepreneur. In my early adult years, my perception of an entrepreneur was of someone who was already rich and could afford to take risks in their working life. I don’t think that now.

Hey everyone and welcome to my 1st ever Blog.

So a very brief breakdown of where my life is at the moment :

  • Late 30s, married, 2 boys.
  • On the overweight side of life. (working on it)
  • Finances starting to get into shape after a few years of struggle
  • worked in awful jobs with no real desire to progress

I recently watched a video on YouTube of a very well-known successful entrepreneur talking about how lucky this generation is in regard to the opportunities we have. Something struck a chord with me there and the more I thought about this the more sense it made.

Getting back to “what is an entrepreneur?” I now see this word in a very different light to how I did in my early adult years. Anyone in this day and age can become an entrepreneur. whether you manage a busy window cleaning service or a monster business employing 1000s of people, the entrepreneur label fits.

Most entrepreneurs that I am familiar with have started off with little to no real capital. Speaking from my own personal experience I can honestly say I risked my marriage with the decision I made years ago to go solo and make my own money. As I have said the last few years have been challenging, however, even though I am nowhere near my own personal goals I certainly have no regrets whatsoever.

My main goal with this site is to make a real difference to one person’s life. If I can get 1 email off one person, whether it is 3 months or 3 years from now stating how this site has pushed them in the direction of a happier successful life then, for me, I have achieved something special.

If you have read this far on my blog then thanks for staying with me so far, I am signing off but not before I ask the following question.

Do any of the following ring true to you???

  • spend a lot of time on your phone
  • mainly social media sites
  • do you think your interaction with others online helps you
  • are you sceptical that its possible to make money online

Please check out my review of an online community which will really make you think.

Take it easy people of the world.

Hope you will be back.