Living in a new part of the world – its really common to want to build a website to document your experiences and life. I’m an experienced expat and it can be far easier to work through me than try to deal with online companies with terrible customer service. While initial costs are higher because of my expertise, longer term expect a trouble free service with very fast turnaround on support requests.
Great Ideas can be wasted on Social media
Making connections with people is what blogging can be about, reaching out with your ideas and experiences. Where-ever you go – social media, forums, chats – meeting people in actual real life and giving them your details. Easy – yeah, sure? A website can be far safer to share than a Facebook friendship of someone you don’t really know. Blogs on Facebook are often not very persistent, they fade away and don’t get categorized. If you are willing to learn something like WordPress blogging can become as easy for you as it is for millions of users. I’d like to support you through that learning curve – it can be steep climb until the logic of the site is explained.
Then there is that section that is always nagging when you sign up – “your website?” – yeah – i have to get one of those one day. You don’t have one? Maybe you can get one for free, almost instantly. There are many ways to do this but in the end people end up re-doing it later to get more flexibility.
Contact me and I’ll help you get great ideas to where-ever you want them to reach. That doesn’t mean I’ll pitch you the same old product ideas – I’ll listen and then if I don’t have the advice ready I’ll research and come back to you. On the other hand there are tried and tested things you can do and I’m more interested in making new friends with similar ideas than just finding paying customers. I have a long history of getting people started just to see where it takes them.
For example … here are some ideas for shopping because, well I’m often shopping to find things I need to do my work. So its just another thing to share, customers and clients ask for recommends constantly.
Here’s a great idea for expats: An Amazon alternative. AliExpress
Amazon doesn’t deliver cheaply to some parts of the world – particularly South East Asia where a lot of people travel for extended trips working. Then they need a few little things – well you may have heard of Alibaba – but for small consumer orders I recommend AliExpress – they really guarantee their deliveries and I’ve been refunded when there was any issue. Much better than Ebay too.
AliExpress have NEW USER SPECIALS too where you get big discounts just for trying first time. So honestly, if you are banging your head trying to find or order something from this is your alternative. I’ve ordered tons of parts and built things from Ebay, Amazon and I would say AliExpress is the best experience so far. The site works well in English too. When in Thailand most of the websites were too hard for me to navigate to order things but many orders from AliExpress arrived quite fast and carved through customs. The prices are amazing much of the time.
With Aliexpress for example I was able to get something I couldn’t find elsewhere. CR2 batteries are hard enough to find – for old cameras – like film cameras. I bought CR2 batteries and a charger and it actually runs my Nikon F75 and F65 really well. The product is even shipping from USA in some cases because its so popular that it’s been warehoused there.
AliExpress can be faster than local orders
I bought a Raspberry Pi – a super tiny computer on AliExpress that I can throw in my backpack or use for projects that need a controller. There are companies selling on AliExpress that have extremely cost effective and configurable computers that seem solid enough to be mailed to you – like this. Obviously you take a risk but then again you have a guarantee and the reputation of the seller matters. If they have many good reviews you can be quite sure its going to work or they will refund.
I find it an education in purchasing just to see what even exists on AliExpress and the fact is that mostly your products are coming from these suppliers anyway – its greener than paying for it to be sold and shipped to Amazon and then shipped to you. Amazon turns out to be the middle man – and isn’t that sad.
Its easier than walking malls looking for a rare part
I can search and find something like this cover for my Xiaomi Mi Max 3 phone. I bought the phone and had it shipped to Australia – it is a fraction of the price of an iphone and build quality is very high. Looking for a cover for the phone is very hard though in retail stores because its a very large sized phone so – unusual even when the phones themselves are quite popular.