Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Sure! I was around 15 years old when I discovered drop shipping, I saw that people were making high amounts of money from their laptops doing what they loved which was e-commerce, and they were doing it from wherever they wanted, some would call them “digital nomads”. I saw some people running their businesses from their Laptop in Bali, Thailand literally anywhere you could think of.
I knew way before 15 I was a business-minded person, I use to sell sweets in high-school around the age of 12-13, I even ran an eBay business under my parent’s name selling PS4 games at 10. I was always business-minded and loved everything about it. This is why I followed the eCommerce career path and started my first online store with Shopify at 15.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
So since starting eCommerce at 15, the most interesting thing was when I dropped out of college here in the UK in October 2019 at late 17, I noticed that I am living the life I promise myself at 15, and didn’t want to pursue the typical 9-5 life where I knew I wouldn’t be happy.
My parents weren’t too happy with me when I did so, as they wanted me to follow the same path as my sister and do something in the medical field, however, I knew it wasn’t where my happiness was and had to follow my own path. I had the mindset of disappointing them in the short term which was dropping out, but make them proud in the longterm which was being financially free before 25 and doing well for myself while being happy.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Don’t give up. I was very persistent, before dropping out and deciding this was what I wanted to pursue full time. In that two year gap (age 15-17) I ran 10+ stores that failed, they weren’t making a living wage somewhere actually losing me money, however at age 16 I changed up my strategies and noticed that marketing is the most important thing, not my products or website. For example, McDonald’s isn’t the finest dining place in the world, however, everybody knows about them and they have a lot of customers because they market it correctly. So too sum it up, be persistent stick with the business model and keep trying different products different marketing angles, try everything, because it will work in the end, you need to put 110 percent in.
Don’t expect instant gratification. Everyone sees the Lamborghini’s and the jet-set lifestyle and they try to achieve that within 2 weeks, this isn’t a get rich quick scheme. This is a put the work in for at least 1 year before you see any amazing results, I know that’s hard to accept, but that is just the truth. The Jet Set lifestyle doesn’t happen quickly, it could take many years before you truly achieve your goal. As mentioned before I failed numerous times before I had my strategy perfect and figured out what I was doing to live the life I deserve.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Of course! I always looked up to someone called Chris Waller, who unfortunately passed away not long ago. I felt like I really had a deep connection with him despite never meeting him, he always had a simple view on things and didn’t complicate the way he ran his businesses, this perspective changed my life entirely. Before I really watched his videos, I thought my marketing needs to complex, my website needs a lot going on, I need to have a super unique product. Turns out the more simple your marketing, the more simplistic your website the better your business will perform.
Chris has always been an inspiration when it comes to doing what you love regardless of your situation, he was kicked out at a young age and started his e-commerce journey with $300 and a mattress as a bed, this really shows anyone can do anything they want with the right mindset. I tried numerous avenues and went through a lot of stress to get the perfect strategy and business model.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Yes always! I donate 10 percent of my net profits of the business to charity every quarter, I even mention this on my brand’s website, I really do think if you have the power to change the world even slightly you should really do so, even if you think it won’t make an impact it really will. Even if you donate some change that you saved, this could do a lot more than you think. Most of the charities I donate too are ones that sit close to my heart, however, I try to donate to some for the greater good such as environmental causes.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Your best teacher is your last mistake. This quote will always have a place in my heart because every time something went wrong I would write it out on a note and stick it on my wall and learn from it for another future business attempt, and when that mistake wasn’t repeated I would rip the note up to show I have learned from it. Business is not a one size fits all, you can do a million different things. a million different ways, that is why I think the best way to learn and the best teacher to have is your mistakes. Something that works for somebody may not necessarily work for you.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
If you want to follow my journey, on the goal to £1,000,000 profit, please do so by following me on Instagram @_alibayatpoor, you can also check the results highlight to see my past results! Be careful of fakes pretending to be me, they will try to sell mentorships to you, the only account is @_alibayatpoor.