European VAT Laws and ClickBank

The new European Union VAT regulations, which come into
effect on January 1st, are a big worry for all online

Yes, even those who are not from within the EU!

I’m no accountant and find the new laws very confusing, but
the best summary of the situation that I’ve found is here:
EU VAT Changes Explained

Please read it if you sell anything digitally – even as an
affiliate. And please also point your accountant at the
article and ask them for their advice.

Briefly, as I understand it, the new law changes the
collection of VAT (what we in Europe call sales tax) from
the location of the seller to the location of the buyer.

That sounds simple enough, but the problem is that the new
legislation is littered with inconsistencies and

I won’t go into them here – read the excellent article.
Suffice it to say that most of us will be breaking the law
come January 1st – no matter what we do!

Currently, the only sales platform that I know about that
will comply with the new EU rules, and remove the need for
us to worry about VAT completely is ClickBank. When you sell
a product through them they become, in effect, the product
owner and take responsibility for the collection and payment
of the VAT.… Read the rest

A horrible week…

Since getting home from our vacation a couple of weeks ago
my panic attacks have been getting worse. At first they were
a couple a day, which was difficult but manageable, but last
week they really accelerated to 20 or more each day. The
panic attacks are bad enough – they are rather like an
epileptic fit in that I can do nothing but hyperventilate
and shake uncontrollably for about a minute – but the bigger
issue is that they leave me totally drained of energy.

That’s why there hasn’t been a Kickstart for a week or so –
I just haven’t been able to concentrate.

Panic attacks are extremely common and affect different
people in different ways. They occur because adrenaline is
suddenly dumped into your system. This adrenaline surge is a
perfectly normal thing that has evolved to give us extra
energy to fight marauding wild animals or to run away from
danger. We each of us have a list of ‘danger signals’ in
our subconscious that trigger this surge of adrenaline
automatically, but hopefully, most of us rarely have to
experience it.

Sometimes though, something happens that writes an extra
line or two of code to the list of things that the
subconscious sees as threats.… Read the rest

Kickstart Newsletter – Jeff Walker’s Launch Formula for Free!

Kickstart – June 12th, 2014
Published by Martin Avis for Opted-in Subscribers


I’m sure there can’t be many Internet marketers who haven’t
heard of Jeff Walker’s Launch Formula. It has been around
for years and is one of those things that everyone has a
view on, even though, at $2000 most of us haven’t bought or
seen it!

Those that have invested the big bucks certainly rave about

So when I read in Paul Myers excellent TalkBiz News –
subscribe here: TalkBiz News – recently about
how to get it for free, I jumped at the chance.

The deal is simple. Jeff has written a book, called ‘Launch’
in which he details his formula. It will be sold on Amazon,
but during the prelaunch period he will send you a free copy
for just the cost of the post and packaging. For me in the
UK that was $9.95. It is a great deal and one I highly
recommend you grab with both hands.

I don’t make a cent out of recommending this, by the way.
The link to Jeff’s page is not an affiliate link:

It is just a great opportunity and one I’d hate for you to
miss.… Read the rest

Kickstart #1306: Seasonal Madness

This is rather a long Kickstart, but once I started I found
I had quite a few things to say!

I hope you’ll read it all, but there is something very
special right at the end, so make sure to get to it!


After spending nearly three weeks in hospital – and writing
a bunch of ‘Hospital Letter’ Kickstarts while I was there
– coming home caused a crash in my energy levels.

I wrote from the mall recently, but right after that I
realized that pushing myself to get out and about so soon
after coming home had been a big mistake. I was exhausted
and felt awful for the rest of the day and the next.

Lesson learned: Muster all the patience I can manage and
take things slowly. I can feel that I am improving, but
obviously pushing myself too hard is counterproductive.

The same goes for sitting at my desk to write, unfortunately.

I find that I can manage an hour or so at a time, but any
longer and I start to feel very dizzy – not a nice feeling
at all! Then I need a break of several hours before starting

So I am trying to use my limited time as productively as I
can – which means no wasted time browsing the forums (unless
I’ve scheduled it) and no idle surfing favorite websites.… Read the rest

Kickstart: The Hospital Letters #6

This is the last ‘Hospital Letters’ Kickstart because on
Monday they let me come home. The doctors, nurses, speech
therapists, nutritionists, diabetic consultants – and for
all I know the cleaners and dinner ladies all got together
for a case conference early on Monday morning and decided
that I had been enough of a nuisance and that the time had
come to be shot of me.

The deciding factor was that I can now swallow well enough
to avoid drowning in my own mashed potato when left to my
own devices. That’s a major step forward, I can tell you!
Although I still need a lot of my food to be pureed, there
are some things – like well cooked vegetables and soft fish
– that I can break up with a fork. The secret seems to be
that I need a lot of sauce or gravy with everything I eat.
Dry food is still almost impossible for me to get down
without choking.

But when I think that barely ten days ago I was still being
fed by a tube down my nose and couldn’t swallow at all, the
improvement is massive. I know I can’t expect to get back
100% of what I was before instantly, but I’m an impatient
soul.… Read the rest