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#311 – Real People Who Are Crushing It Online – Part 1

Today, we will hear four inspiring stories of sellers from all walks of life. Perhaps, someone, you can relate to on how they are crushing it on Amazon

In this special episode, Bradley shares some clips of his interviews that were in one of the recent webinars that Helium 10 had. Real people with real profits, that he calls the “Average Joe’s and Sally’s.” However, these people are not average, they are actually crushing it in their own ways but they’re like your next-door neighbor, a relative, or they could be you! Ordinary people that you can relate to at any stage of your Amazon journey.

In episode 311 of the Serious Sellers Podcast, Bradley interviews Paul, Salman, Schrone, and Shan Shan to discuss:

  • 03:30 – A Special Episode To Inspire You
  • 04:15 – Age Is Just A Number!
  • 05:45 – Paul Miller’s Story Before E-commerce
  • 08:30 – Salman Started On Amazon At Fifteen Years Old
  • 11:15 – Paul Started His Amazon Business At His Fifty’s
  • 17:30 – Paul Message For People Over 50 Who Want To Get Started
  • 19:00 – There Is No Age Barrier. It’s All About The Mindset
  • 21:30 – Schrone’s Story And How Did He Got Started On Amazon
  • 23:00 – Shan Shan’s Shares Her Story 
  • 24:00 – Starting A Business In The Pandemic
  • 26:00 – The Rewards Of A Successful E-commerce Business
  • 30:00 – Encouraging People To Take The Same Path 

Transcript

Bradley Sutton:

Today, we’re gonna hear four inspiring stories of people from all walks of life. Perhaps, somebody, you can relate to on how they are crushing it on Amazon. How cool is that? Pretty cool I think.

Bradley Sutton:

Hello everybody, and welcome to another episode of the Serious Sellers Podcast by Helium 10. I am your host Bradley Sutton, and this is the show that’s a completely BS-free unscripted, and unrehearsed organic conversation about serious strategies for serious sellers of any level in the Amazon or Walmart world. And what we have today is a special episode because I’m gonna give you some clips of some interviews that were in one of our recent webinars that they called Real People, Real Profits. I like to call these kinds of interviews though, from average Joes and average Sallys why do I say that these people who we are interviewing, they’re not average by any stretch of the imagination. They’re crushing it in their own ways, but the reason why I like calling them average Joes and average Sallys is because they’re kind of like the person next door, you’re next door neighbor.

Bradley Sutton:

They could be you, you know, they could be a relative. You have, they could have been you a couple of years ago. These people come from all different walks of life and they did not have you know, special knowledge. These people are not like huge influencers. They’re not trying to sell you a course, you know, by being on the show they don’t run multimillion dollar agencies. You know, we do love having those kinds of people on the show, you know, like Kevin King and Tim Jordan and Brandon Young and people who can be considered like influencers, right. We absolutely love having them on the show to get their strategy. But in my experience, what I find is I learn from them. Like I learn from those strategies they’re using, but I don’t necessarily place myself in like maybe Brandon Young’s shoes.

Bradley Sutton:

Because I’m like, man, you know, Brandon Young is doing like eight, nine figures. You know, he, he’s got like a team of like 35 people. That’s just not me. Like, I just wanna learn what he’s doing. Right. But these people that I interviewed, these are people that I hope you can relate to. You know today we’re gonna talk to somebody who got started on Amazon in his fifties. All right we’re gonna have somebody who got started on Amazon in his teens. We’re gonna have a military veteran. We’re gonna have somebody who came from a six figure sales job and left it all behind for Amazon. So these are people from all different walks of life. And then the main goal with these interviews is to get you inspired. Like maybe you’re on the fence. You’re like, I’m not sure if I should sell on Amazon or not, because I don’t think I’m qualified.

Bradley Sutton:

Well, hopefully when you see the success of these individuals who came from maybe a similar place that you’re in, it might change your mind. If you guys have been listening to the podcast for a long time, all four of these next interviewees have been on the podcast at one time or there. So make sure to go check out their full episodes, if something, some part of their story inspires you. So let me go ahead and give you guys this first couple of interviews and these first couple ones are with Paul and Salman. Here we go.

Bradley Sutton:

One of the big excuses I hear out there sometimes is, is the age thing, right? You know, it goes both ways as well. You know, there’s people in their forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, they think, you know, I’m too old now to get started on Amazon. I can’t do this. I can’t learn a, can’t teach an old dog new tricks on the flip side. There’s young people like, “Hey, I need to graduate college before I can think about e-commerce.” I need to graduate high school before I can get e-commerce.” So what I’ve done is I’ve brought a couple of individuals that we’ve had on the podcast before. They’re not average, but I call them average Joes because their origin stories are definitely average as far as I’m sure a lot of you out there might be in a similar situation. Now they’re at the opposite end of the age spectrum, their opposite ends of the world. Their connection to Amazon is completely different. The culture is different. However, they kind of are in the same situation now as they’re well embedded into the e-commerce world. So our first guess here is probably maybe one of the more familiar faces that we’re gonna have onto days video, because Paul has been on the podcast a couple of times I’ve known him for a number of years now, Paul, it’s great to have you back.

Paul:

Hey, Bradley. Great to be with you again.

Bradley Sutton:

All right. Now, Paul, you know, you’re known for a number of different things, especially your prowess in licensing and bringing your cozy phone brand to Nickelodeon and things like that. But I want to go back in time. All right. Before you even got into the Amazon world I want to get into your backstory a little bit. If I’m not mistaken, you’re in the military for a number of years, and then you got into the restaurant franchise business. Can you talk about that journey before you got into e-commerce your origin story?

Paul:

Sure, Bradley well, I now know that I’m going to definitely date myself, but that’s kind of the purpose of the show today. And to be honest, I’m not sure whether I should be insulted or grateful to be in the old guy category.

Bradley Sutton:

Now, hold on, Paul, don’t be putting words in my mouth here. I did not say you are an old guy.

Paul:

I know that I’m the old of the spectrum. Okay. So I’m gonna tell you, Bradley. I was probably start out my career graduating high school maybe before you were born in 81.

Bradley Sutton:

Oh yeah. I was already around in 81. Just maybe a little bit out of diapers.

Paul:

So you’re around. So I went straight outta high school into the Marine Corps where I spent 11 years in Marine Corps. And honestly, you know, I had this entrepreneurial drive the whole time I was in, I was always reading books on real estate and other business opportunities. The whole time I was in, I couldn’t wait to get out and, you know, start chomping at the bit to become an entrepreneur. When I first got out, I started working for a small entrepreneurial firm for a while. And then eventually opened my own video production company where we were doing like military training videos and things like that. Eventually, I sold that company and I decided that I want to try my hand in franchising instead of trying to build it from scratch. So I got into a pizza franchise called Cicis pizza. Ran that for about 12 years. I had three stores in three different states that I operated and around 2015, that business was struggling for a variety of factors. And I was looking for a new opportunity. And that’s when I discovered Amazon.

Bradley Sutton:

That’s a pretty long journey before you even got to Amazon. What about you guys out there? You know, did you go from one thing to the other, you know, over a span of 20 to 30 years like Paul did? That might have got you thinking, “Hey, I don’t think I can get into e-commerce. I’ve been doing something for a long time.” Anyways, Paul, we’re gonna get back to you in a little bit. We’re gonna go up to the other end of the spectrum right now. As far as the age factor goes and the other side of the world in Pakistan, and we’re gonna invite our next guest Salman up. He’s so young. I’m not even sure his parents were alive in 1981 when Paul graduated high school Salman how old are you now?

Salman:

I’m 17 now.

Bradley Sutton:

Okay. So 17 years old. Now, what about when you got into e-commerce? How old were you then?

Salman:

I was 15 years old.

Bradley Sutton:

All right. Now, at the time you got started, I’m pretty sure that, you know, like, even if you wanted to, you couldn’t sell on Amazon USA registering from Pakistan, it wasn’t on the approved country list. It actually is now, plus it, you know, takes a lot of money to get started. So what was the path that you took?

Salman:

So the route I took was I became a service provider. I became an Amazon VA before I could invest my own money and risk it without-, because being in Pakistan, we have to invest a lot of money into VA because Amazon is not in our state. We have to do FBA at all costs. So it was really very expensive, ordering a huge amount of units for in China and the shipping rates, the product rates, they were really, really high. So we needed an investment of around $20,000 to $25,000, which I did not have at that time. So I became a VA instead. And I still am a VA and I have my own kind, not just on Amazon as well. No better is still.

Bradley Sutton:

So, you know, here in the United States, like 15, 16 years old if you’re working, you are maybe working at McDonald’s or fast food or mowing lawns or things like that. Probably making it minimum wage, but in Pakistan, if you’re 15, 16 years old and you’re working, what’s the typical job that you might be doing?

Salman:

Someone my age does not work in Pakistan because the mindset over here is nowhere close to what it is in the USA. People over here think that our kids do not need to work until they’re 25 or 20 or 28 or something because over here there’s only one provider for the family and that is their fathers. Only they provide for their families even if they have 10 kids, they have 5 kids. They are the only one who provide families. That is the mindset over here. And it is still the mindset over of people that they do not need to work until they’re 25 or here not 30.

Bradley Sutton:

Wow. Okay. So not only did you have an age barrier, but you also had a cultural barrier since I didn’t realize that in your country usually, the teenagers don’t work in the family. It’s actually the father, the husband is the principle breadwinner. Now we’re gonna get back to you in a little bit. Let’s go back to Paul now for a couple seconds here now, now Paul, without completely aging yourself. Were you in your, what forties or fifties when you made that switch from tha retaurant world to Amazon?

Paul:

So it was 2015 is when I started selling my first products on Amazon. And I would’ve been 54 at that time.

Bradley Sutton:

All right. Now, how did it feel, Paul, you know, so long in the military, getting used to that, and then so long in the restaurant business, you know, over a decade you know, going from managing Cicis pizza to completely flipping the switch and going into e-commerce? I imagine that was kind of a scary transition.

Paul:

Yeah, well, you know, I had in the Cicis pizza era which was about 11 years, I had a total of 70 employees and 10 different managers, and it was a wonderful time while it lasted, but the concept kind of suffered over time. And looking at Amazon was really a plan B for me, Hey, what am I gonna do if this doesn’t work out. And so it was really exciting. I’m a geek at heart. You know, I was building my own computers in the mid-’80s and, you know, watched the birth of the internet. And so man putting together ways to make money and the internet together was fascinating for me.

Bradley Sutton:

I love it. Absolutely love it. All right. Let’s go ahead and switch back to Salman for a little bit. Now, Salman, I remember your story about how you got started in e-commerce. Now you were going through a tough time in your life. You’re depressed, and your dad was getting upset that you were only watching Netflix right in your room and staying in your room all day. He told you to do something different. So you found a certain YouTube video, right?

Salman:

So I found this YouTube channel where its title was how I make money, how I make 100K online. So I watched that video. It was about content writing. So it really motivated me. I thought that might it is good. I can write essays or articles or stories or books. So I entered into e-commerce via content writing. I wrote enormous articles. I wrote tons of articles for the international forum. Its name was the Sun Magazine. So I wrote around 2000 articles for them in two months. And they did not accept a single one of them until they accepted one article and the first payment of my entire life when I was 16 years old was 1,600 US dollars. So that was the point where I got even more motivated and before entering into e-com, I was making around $500 to $600 every month. And then I came into e-commerce via Enablers, their vehicles and the Amazon journey started from February 2020. I was learning Amazon by myself. Then I started the course in June 2020, and I got my first client in July 2020, even before my course ended.

Bradley Sutton:

All right. So for your agency, you know, that you went ahead and started. What are some of the services that you guys offer?

Salman:

You’re offering 20 services like PL, wholesale, Kindle, Etsy, Walmart, eBay and US Company Formations, LTD Formations and website development, software development, financial consultations, et cetera. So now my team is I have 22 employees and working under me and our revenue is about to cross 1.2 million within one financial year.

Bradley Sutton:

Wow. That’s a lot of employees now that 1 million that that’s Pakistani Rupe about, how much is that? Per month in US dollars

Salman:

That is around $6,900.

Bradley Sutton:

All right. So now you said, you know, people, your age don’t usually work. So what about a typical worker at all? Like an adult, like in maybe a lower end office job? Like how much would they be making per month in Pakistan?

Salman:

If you talk about beginner level jobs, they are like even lesser than $250. And even if you talk about high level jobs, like a manager or someone, or a general manager, he is making around $500 to $600 or you could say $1,000 if he is in a very big international firm.

Bradley Sutton:

Wow. So that’s like five, 10 times as much your agency is generating in revenue, then the typical adult office worker in your country. That is impressive. So speaking of revenue, let’s go ahead and switch back to Paul. So, you know, fast forward, all of what you had been talking about now, you started selling on Amazon, you know, middle of, or around 2015, or so. What are you up to in what you’ve grossed, as far as revenue goes, you know, are we talking seven figures? Are we talking eight figures? Roughly how much?

Paul:

I think we’re getting close to 20 million on Amazon now, since I first started in 2015.

Bradley Sutton:

Wow. 20 million. So think it’s maybe safe to say that you do not regret making that decision to switch to e-commerce from the restaurant business. Huh?

Paul:

It was phenomenal, man. And you know, I remember going to SellerCon I think you and I spent some time in SellerCon in Orlando. And after my talk down there, I had several old guys come up to me and say, “Paul, we really appreciate your perspective on this”, cuz they were in my same shoes and it’s pretty scary to think about starting a whole new thing or starting over at 50 years old. And they were inspired and I was happy to inspire them.

Bradley Sutton:

All right. I love it. I love it. Now, you know, like you said, you’ve talked to other people who are in your shoes, you know, they’re at SellerCon now, now what about somebody who might be watching this right now? Who might have been in your shoes? Maybe they’re in their forties, maybe they’re in their fifties, maybe they’re in their sixties. They’ve been doing something else for a while. What would you tell them if maybe they’re feeling a little bit hesitant to like think because of my age, I don’t know if I could do e-commerce. What would be your message to them?

Paul:

You know what Bradley the other day, not the other day, but a couple weeks ago I was at AMZ Innovate in New York and I was inspired by the couple sitting in front of me, looked like they were in their seventies. I thought, wow, when did these guys get started? So, you know, you set your own limitations, right. And it’s a matter of what you can learn really. It’s all about learning and you know, and not to, you know, inhibit yourself by saying, well I’ve, oh, I’ve got these habits or those habits, you know, you can learn if you can learn, you can earn.

Bradley Sutton:

All right, Paul thank you so much again for your words of wisdom here, you know, you’re always a very inspiring story, you know, about your journey to e-commerce and, you know, you show that really anything’s possible regardless of your age. So we’re definitely gonna be following you as you continue on your journey. And thanks for coming on here.

Paul:

Thank you, Bradley. Appreciate the opportunity.

Bradley Sutton:

All right. So let’s switch back to Salman now on you know, I’m gonna ask you the same question I ask Paul, you know, so maybe there’s families out there who, who have teenage kids or young adults and, you know, they’re kind of hesitant to get started selling on Amazon or they think that maybe they’re too young to get started in e-commerce what would be your message to those young people out there? Who might have been in your situation that you were a couple years ago?

Salman:

Basically, what I think is there is no age barrier that you can do whatever you want, even if you are very young. If you’re very old, I’ve seen success stories of 60 years old, 65 years old, even the guy you met before a little time ago, he was publishing books Kindle. He was seven years old. So I don’t think there is a age bad way at all. It’s all about the mindset. We need to change the mindset, our parents need to change their mindset because what their mindset is, our kids do not need to work at all because we are the providers for our family which I discussed before. So before changing the mindsets of the youngsters or the teenagers, we need to change the mindset of their parents.

Bradley Sutton:

Interesting, interesting. So you’re not just talking to the young people out there, but also any parents who have teenagers or maybe early kids in their early twenties you know, maybe, maybe think about what you’re encouraging your kids to do or not do as the case may be well Salman. I would like to thank you too again for coming on here. Very inspiring to see how much you’ve accomplished at such a young age. And we’re definitely gonna be watching your journey as well. So what did you guys find inspiring about Paul or Salman? They both overcame obstacles that maybe other people don’t overcome, you know, Salman had cultural issues. You know, where people don’t normally do what he did in country. Paul, you know, could have easily looked and said, you know what? I’ve been doing this restaurant thing for a while you know, I’m in my fifties now, there’s no way I’m gonna learn e-commerce. I bet a lot of people in their fifties might have reason that way, but he didn’t. Right. So if you guys are in similar situations to them, you know, what can you learn from their examples?

Bradley Sutton:

Now, these next two, couple favorites from our old podcast episodes that we’ve done, one is a former veteran who, who thought he had to do this crazy menial to his job when he got out of the military and the other one is from the opposite, you know she came from, you know, university degree and six figure sales salary. And why did she go to Amazon? So let’s hear their story now. I didn’t plan it, but both of their names starts with S as a matter of fact Shan Shan has two names to start with S. I really wanted to make S the theme here, but first up we’ve got Schrone. Now, Schrone tell us just your one minute backstory, like what you thought you’d be when you grew up, what you ended up doing for 20 years, what you thought you were gonna have to do when you stopped that, and then how you got into e-commerce.

Schrone:

Okay. So 18 years and five days old, I joined the United States Navy, did that for 22 years. If you can imagine 22 years of having a stable check every first and 15th is something you get used to. I did not take advantage of college while I was in there. I was too busy protecting the nation. So when I got out, I thought to become a GameStop manager or a Walmart greeter to supplement the potential pension that I would get from the military found a guy who put me onto Amazon. And I’ve been doing Amazon for about four years now. Well, next maybe four years since then, I’ve grossed over a million dollars and doing well.

Bradley Sutton:

Awesome. Awesome. So you are a couple years of selling Amazon million so far. So like, what would you say, like average, like you know, four to $500,000 gross revenue per year?

Schrone:

Yeah, the first, you know, 18 months is all about building. So last year  I hit $440,000 this year, I’m gonna hit $430,000. So I think I’m starting to plateau with this one product that I have, and I think that’s all I need.

Bradley Sutton:

Okay. Awesome. Awesome. I mean, and that’s your full time gig right now? That’s your main income, right? Excellent. All right. Now Shan Shan, what about you, what’s your one minute story, like what do you think you were gonna be when you graduated college if you went to college and what was like, your first job and how did you make that transition to e-commerce

Shan Shan:

Sure. Yeah. So after I graduated college, I went into sales, tech sales, and, and I rode that wave at different companies until I from Vancouver Canada to USA. And I was doing that, but I was obsessed with the idea of passive income. And I knew for a year that I wanted to do e-commerce and I watched YouTube videos, hundreds of YouTube videos about it before I finally decided on April 4th when the surgeon general said everybody should wear a face mask, that’s when I was like, my first product is gonna be face masks. And right there-

Bradley Sutton:

So you started right at the beginning of the pandemic then?

Shan Shan:

Yes. On April 4th. Thank you, surgeon general.

Bradley Sutton:

Wow. Okay. So that’s you know, we have one person here who went from being in the military for years and years transitioning to e-commerce and you went from the sales, you know, market for tech and going to–, now, didn’t you start, did you start on Amazon or did you start on another platform?

Shan Shan:

I actually started on Etsy.

Bradley Sutton:

Etsy. Okay. So Etsy. So, but either way still e-commerce, you know, still online marketplace, but you could see they have ended up kind of, almost in the same boat here, as far as, you know, what they’re doing now, coming from completely different educational backgrounds, you know, as Schrone said, he didn’t even attend a university or college Shan Shan did and, you know, completely different and ending up in the same space. Now we just mentioned Etsy with Shan Shan here. Schrone, have you tried out any other marketplaces yourself?

Schrone:

Yeah, this year I actually branched out started to diversify around May. I started out with Shopify and just in September, I opened up on Walmart. So I’m on my own website and I’m in Walmart right now.

Bradley Sutton:

Okay. And Shan Shan, what about you Etsy, Amazon, any other marketplaces for you?

Shan Shan:

I also have Poshmark, Shopify, and increasing rapidly is Walmart. They just accepted me into their Walmart fulfillment program, which like Amazon FBA. And after joining that program, my sales immediately doubled. So Schrone definitely joined their program.

Bradley Sutton:

All right. All right. We’re gonna have to check that out now. You know, both of you I believe, you know, this is like your main income now. And you know, it’s pretty, you don’t have to be a eight figure seller to be able to have e-commerce as your main income, but Schrone for you, you know, you, this is probably a big change from being a Walmart greeter, as you thought you were gonna have to be. When, when you, when you got outta the military, what are some things that you’ve been able to do over the last year or two financially that you probably would not have been able to do? Had you gone on your original, what you thought was gonna be your career path?

Schrone:

That’s a good question. Of course, having a wife and kids telling, you know, your family, that you’re gonna start a business is a big jump and that you need, you know, $15,000 to start it, you know, from the $30,000 that I had save for a house is a shock to the plan. And my wife finally agreed, you know, over, a week or two of agreeing to let me go this way. She finally let me do it. So at the beginning of year, three is when I first started to notice that I can comfortably take out a set amount of salary for myself and my first year’s salary, I went out and I just bought her a brand new car cash as a thank you gift, you know, a 21 Toyota Camry. That’s what she wanted. Thank God. It went something bigger than that.

Bradley Sutton:

Very nice.

Schrone:

And I’ve never been able, I’ve never heard of anybody in my family being able to pay out right in full a brand new car. And I think that was a good, thank you gift to her is to, you know, thank you for letting me go through my passion, to provide for this family.

Bradley Sutton:

I love it. Now, Shan Shan, a lot of your products are you know, you do face masks. I know you do like socks and different things like that. If you were to estimate how many units you sold, not, not dollar, you know but how many units you have sold? Like how many face masks, total? How many pairs of socks? What are we talking about? Like, you know, 10,000 more, what less a hundred thousand?

Shan Shan:

My guess would probably be 20,000.

Bradley Sutton:

About 20,000. Okay. Tell me, how does it feel to know that there are tens of thousands of people walking around, out there using a product that you yourself imagine and created?

Shan Shan:

It feels amazing, especially since it’s face mask and I joke, and this is completely a joke, high respect to the first responders, but my boyfriend’s a doctor and I joke that maybe I have also saved lives. Cause if I put 10,000 masks on people, I could have saved their life.

Bradley Sutton:

There you go. There you go. And it’s amazing. I don’t, I dunno if Schrone, I know what Schrone product is. I don’t think it’s something that you would actually see walking down the street, but I dunno if this has happened to huge Haen, but one of my, it wasn’t my product. I was just working for a company. This was like six, seven years ago. And it was a cell phone case. And these guys were doing ridiculous numbers. I mean, they were selling like every day, like a thousand cell phone cases a day, more than a thousand cell phone cases a day. And so let me tell you the first time I’ll never forget I was in a post office and I was just looking at, you know, how people are in lines and post office, they’re looking on their phones, right.

Bradley Sutton:

I’m like, oh my goodness, that’s our phone case. Like, like, and me personally, I was the logistics guy at the time. Like, in those days, I didn’t know anything about Amazon except how to send stuff FBA and put stickers on it. But I was like, I guaranteed that my hands were on that case because I either package it to go to FBA or I package it as a fulfilled by merchant order. And there’s a person who went out and bought that product and they’re using it. Like I even went out to him. I was like, Hey, where’d you get that product? Like, Amazon’s like, yep. I knew that. But, guys you know, like, can you imagine if that ever happened? Like if you see someone with your socks, just walking down the street or your mask like how that would make you feel?

Shan Shan:

I would feel exactly like you because I have also touched all of them. Like, I think I’ve packed, you know, 20,000 products myself with my bare hands. So yeah, it’s really cool. And, you know, I hope to grow it more and get it into the hands of more people.

Bradley Sutton:

Now back to Schrone, you know, there are many who might have been in your military boots, you know, as you were like three years ago, who’s like, you know, man, I don’t, you know, maybe they didn’t think they were gonna be a GameStop manager or Walmart, but, but they might be unsure. They might not even have a plan of what they’re gonna do when they get out. So it’s not to say that, I’m sure you’re not gonna say, oh, every single veteran out there needs to consider selling on Amazon. But what would you tell other veterans out there or people who are about to get out of the military, what would you tell them to encourage ’em to maybe give selling on e-commerce a try? Like, why would you suggest doing that?

Schrone:

Oh, okay. Well for starters, it is very easy to start up a e-commerce business when you have a job. When you have a job that’s paying for all your bills and you don’t have to worry about the risk you take with ads or the risk you take with this one product, as much as somebody who doesn’t have a job. So I always encourage my fellow chiefs, veterans that your last year or two, before you get out, you’re already developing a plan to succeed after the military. Why not consider passive income while you’re considering your path and passive income, as Shan Shan said, it’s great, man. It is really great. And while you have a job, you can devote some of your time. It’s not time consuming as much, right? It’s not as much time consuming as a 10 hour, 12 hour day at a job, right? Devote four or five hours. Like when you get home from the military, build your business. And by the time you get out, this is something that you want to create as your primary source of income. Go for it. You know, the risks are minuet when you have a stable job so give it a try.

Bradley Sutton:

Okay. And then you Shan Shan you actually come from what some people would consider or not. Some people, most people would consider like, Hey, this is a pretty stable job. I think you had like a six figure income back in the day in the sales industry. But you know, why would you encourage people then to still like, you know, “Hey, if you’re under or under, what circumstances would you consider somebody”, “Hey, you might wanna, you know, check out selling online”, even though you “made it” the corporate world what kind of people would you suggest to, to consider selling online?

Shan Shan:

So, one of my favorite quotes is from Warren Buffet. He said, try to find your form of play career. And I love that because I think Schrone right. Don’t quit your job but one of the things side hussles that you can do after work is e-commerce. It’s perfect for that. And once it grows big enough you can wake up every day and be excited. There were times in the past when I felt like I lived for the weekend like I just worked Monday to Friday and then finally weekend was here and I was so happy, but now every day feels like a weekend. So you know, if you can work after work and start your e-commerce business, you can get to that lifestyle.

Bradley Sutton:

I love it. I love it. All right, guys. So here we have enough other, two individuals, completely different educational and life and work backgrounds. Again, ending up in the same similar place selling hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on different marketplaces online. Anybody can do this guys and it doesn’t have to be, oh I need to like quit my day job and just go all in. Oh, I need to like, you know, just get outta the military and just go into Amazon. I mean, people from all walks of life can achieve whatever level of success they’re looking to get on Amazon. So here, we’ve got two examples that are crushing it, and it’s gonna be exciting to see what you guys are gonna be doing next year. So thank you again, Schrone and Shan Shan, and we’ll reach out to you next year and see where you guys are at.

Schrone:

Thank you. Have a great one.

Shan Shan:

Thanks, guys.

Bradley Sutton:

All right. I hope you guys enjoyed these four interviews. You know, like I said, I call them average Joes average Sallys because really they could be any one of us. Right. And I could, could they have been you are any of you out there perhaps in a similar situation as them hope this inspired you to take action if you haven’t taken action yet. So if you like these, you’re gonna like our next one, so in the very next episode, we’re gonna have a four, I’m gonna say four and a half more interviews that half you guys are gonna understand, but that’s about when you listen to it. So in the next episode, we’re gonna have four more interviews from people with a complete different set of backgrounds than these ones that you saw on this one. So if these didn’t inspire you, hopefully, the next episode will.


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