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How 19-Year-Old Cameron Conrad Is Disrupting Online Dropshipping Education

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Cameron Conrad, from Orange County, California recently turned 19. In the last 3 years, Cameron has launched, scaled, automated, and sold multiple eCommerce dropshipping businesses with revenues as high as $22,000 in a day ($77,000 that week). He use to work as a busboy and food runner at a restaurant. Then he quit that job after he made $300 from his  dropshipping store during one of his shifts. $300 is what he made during a whole week there. That’s when he knew it was the right time to quit and go full force into ecommerce.

The two main projects that he is working on now include:

  1. www.konmobile.co It’s a consumer electronics US-based store with traffic driven from Influencer, Instagram, and Facebook marketing
  2. www.dropship.co An online platform built to educate, offer a support system, & connect entrepreneurs to his network of US-based dropshipping suppliers.

Cameron grew up playing competitive soccer his entire life. However, he also had an early itch for entrepreneurship! The very first product he ever sold was duct tape wallets in 5th grade. Once he reached middle school he began selling candy. Then, in early high school he sold ocean photography canvases which you can still see on www.cameroncphoto.com Late in his junior year of highschool Cameron stumbled upon Shopify. That’s when he decided to do an independent study in order to focus on eCommerce and dropshipping during his senior year. By this time, Cameron had already done 6-figures still in highschool.

For everyone who thinks they need to leave, IT’S POSSIBLE to do it while in school and with social responsibilities. – Cameron 

After Graduation

Cameron moved out a week after graduating and built the DOTCOM brand on Instagram with an audience based around eCommerce and making money online. In 2016, he was just 16 launching his first dropshipping store selling niche iPhone cases and accessories. The first month sold $2.5k and quickly scaled to a $8k month and then peaked around $15k a month mid 2017. Cameron was able to sell that store to a larger ecommerce conglomerate mid 2017. By that time the DOTCOM team had ventured into other niches online such as women’s fashion, men’s jewelry, with each producing 6-figures in revenues. Relationships have been a big part of Cameron’s success. He recently had the opportunity to fly to China and meet with one of his long time suppliers who he originally started with. This supplier has shipped 4,000+ orders for him.

It must have feel amazing to release dropshipco, congratulations! So, why did you start this and what’s your ultimate vision for it?

Cameron: We founded www.dropship.co to provide an all-in-one platform for aspiring & professional dropshippers to learn, interact, & tap into our network of US dropshipping suppliers. With an eLearning area, eCommerce forums, articles by industry veterans, an expert help center, & of course.. Our US supplier network who provide expedited shipping & private-label capabilities. We’re currently developing & plan to add additional features post-launch (April 8th, 2019 is official launch) such as a rewards program, user-generated content, & payment processing solutions.

Why do you think dropshipping is so powerful?

Cameron: Of course, the initial thought that comes in my head when this question is asked is the location & time freedom aspect of the business. In dropshipping, you act as a bridge between consumer & supplier. To do that, pretty much all you need is a few bucks for hosting, the right knowledge, and wifi. Therefore, you can complete your work online (location freedom) and choose when to work at your discretion (time freedom).

But honestly, it’s deeper than that.

I believe the true power of dropshipping resides in the ‘ownership & control’ aspect as well as the scale ability of the business model. With dropshipping, everyday people are given the power to become owners and build/control true, real-life assets (the actual dropshipping business).

For most, the idea of being an owner and having control in a business is as much as a shy dream. Dropshipping gives people that opportunity and lets them claim their own piece of the multi-trillion dollar eCommerce market pie.

Moving onto the scale ability aspect, this type of business is not like a lemonade stand or retail store. There is no limit to how many feet per day could step into your storefront. When dropshippers figure out how to take advantage of huge advertising platforms like Facebook or Snapchat, they’re able to drive mass traffic to their online store in the hundreds of thousands (in single days).

Although aggressive scaling is challenging to sustain and comes with it’s own set of tribulations (like everything does), I have yet to discover a business model other than dropshipping that would allow a kid to put up 5-figure days online without ever technically having to leave their bedroom.

I appreciate you for sharing your amazing story and thank you again for your time. Do you have any last words of advice for the readers at home?

Cameron: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and  neither was any successful dropshipping business.

Thanks for the interview! What’s the best way for our readers to find you online?

@dotcomcam on Instagram

 

Jourdain graduated from Colby-Sawyer College, where he studied Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, Jourdain joined one of the most active Venture Capital Firms in the world, Alumni Venture Group. Before joining AVG, Jourdain Co-founded Beast Media Agency, a digital marketing, and PR company focused on helping founders get their stories featured in online publications. During his sophomore year of college, Jourdain worked for iComeUp Marketing, a start-up based out of Miami, Florida. Within 8 months he helped grow the business revenue from $20,000.00 a month to $130,000.00. In his free time, Jourdain covers success stories of founders and companies who are making an impact on the world for publications like The Hustlers Digest, Kivo Daily, Future Sharks, Thrive Global and Disrupt.

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Meet Andrew Ragusa: The Real Estate Investor Who Wants To Give Back To People Around Him

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For many people, college is not the way to find financial freedom. Though we are pressured from a young age to attend college and get a good education to help get a better job in life, for some it is not the only pathway to success. This is what Andrew Ragusa discovered, perhaps a bit too late, when beginning his business career.
“I went to college because my parents and everyone else told me that was the right thing to do, and $60k in debt later as well as a bunch of promises by the college recruiter that they will help me get a job, I was a secretary in a physician’s office with a Master Degree in Health Care Administration making about 30k annually and was passed up on every job transfer I applied for.” Andrew recounts.
Soon after this, Andrew realized that his path had led him to a career he was not interested in, with few opportunities to increase his lot in life and use his degree to its fullest potential. He wanted to try and do something new so he decided to try real estate. He did not think that it would become much more than a side gig, but he soon realized that he could really make a living off of doing it.
“Once I got started in real estate and saw the potential; I never looked back. Throughout the growing pains of starting a business I had people supporting me and pushing me while I tried to find my place in the world.” Andrew explains.
Since beginning his career in real estate, Andrew has taken off. He now owns a real estate brokerage and a large fund that invests in real estate flips. He has been recognized in numerous ways for his success in the real estate industry.
“When I was working as a Realtor, I was having great success from my ability to sell property higher than most agents for sellers who hired me. On the buyer side, I was being so aggressive with the listing agent that my buyer clients were first in line all the time and were getting the homes they loved. At one point, my past clients and many of the doctors I used to work with started to reach out to me asking for me to find them investment properties. One day I woke up earlier than usual and I was laying in bed while an idea was forming, I realised instead of trying to find investments for everyone, I should just create a great investment!” Andrew states.
And create a great investment he did. Andrew’s fund has secured returns for his investors on an average of 20%, surpassing most other passive income investments. Because Andrew has achieved such massive success and recognition for his work, he plans on giving it back to others to help them achieve their own success.
“The fund has had an incredible unintended result for the people involved, not only was the investor benefiting remarkably but the contractors involved in the property renovations grew their businesses by a lot. My partner and I ended up employing over 25 families to get the work done to these houses.”
What inspired him to help people was his own success, but he also wanted to pay forward the kind of mentality and financial support that was provided to him when he wanted to begin his career.
“My goal is to provide over 1000 families with work and opportunity by 2025 after seeing the impact we had on the lives of these workers. I want to share the love that was given to me by so many loving people and create an abundant life for my circle and all those who become a part of this growing movement!” Andrew exclaims.
For his next project, Andrew hopes to grow both his real estate brokerage and the investment fund. The more properties he is able to acquire, the more work he can provide for people and share the wealth that he creates with everyone involved. His goal is to flip more than 25 houses a year, using the assets given to him to create more opportunities for both the people working on the homes and the families that trust him to grow their investments.
“The next big thing I am working on right now is the investment fund and growing the brokerage. The fund took some time to get started because what I am doing is pretty unique and hasn’t been done before as far as I know but we are ready to start. Normally when people invest in a RE fund they would receive monthly dividends from rent collections and a lump sum when the building is sold down the road. My fund is going to buy properties and renovate them to be resold on the market at a higher value and I want to pay the investors lump sums everytime a property sells. My goal is for the fund to be flipping so many houses that I am able to pay investors on a quarterly basis, all while providing work for more families with my businesses and all the other businesses we collaborate with.” Andrew says.
If you would like to learn more about Andrew’s goal to help 1000 families and his real estate businesses, you can check out his Instagram page here. Andrew was recently featured on Yahoo! Finance Top Entrepreneurs to Follow During COVID-19.
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Why Travis Guterman Is Set to Be The Go To Manager For Entertainers and YouTubers

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Travis Guterman has always found immense satisfaction and gratification in helping his clients reach their financial goals. He is in the business management business, and acts essentially as a personal CFO for YouTubers, pro athletes, and entertainers. It truly is a dream scenario for Guterman, as his passions growing up were in both business and entertainment. In fact, he basically plays the real life role of the financial advisor for the character Vince in one of his favorite shows, Entourage. 

Growing up in Los Angeles, it did not come as a surprise to Guterman that he found his calling in the entertainment industry. He grew up in a Jewish household that placed importance on integrity, giving, and education. With such a positive upbringing, his work ethic and desire to be successful was strong from a young age. In high school, he spent his summers interning with Merrill Lynch and taking business classes at a local community college. 

His work ethic and passion for business carried over to his life after graduating from college, as he would work in finance and business for a major, well established firm and for a startup. The skills he learned at these two distinctly different ventures would help him immensely in his career, and his transition into working for celebrities was quick. In a very competitive industry, he was able to build a stable client list before the age of 30 whereas most of his competition was well into their 50s.

With all of the success he has had thus far, Guterman still values failure. He understands that setbacks are a part of life, and he believes that almost no one can say that they have had careers that have ended up exactly how they would have expected at the exact time they thought they would. With so much uncertainty in life, Guterman has always sought to improve himself and be better than he was the day before in order to be ready for anything life throws at him. He is adamant about sharing his successes, as he is always looking to inspire others and finds it important to let them know that failure is just as prevalent and important as success in life. 

Guterman has put his tremendous ability and work ethic to work, and coupled it with an ability to see an emerging digital market for what it truly is. While many others in his industry shy away from the digital industry and social media, he gravitates towards this demographic of clients and enjoys working with them, knowing that social media and YouTube are only just getting their start. He has always been able to capitalize on what life has thrown at him, and he has no signs of slowing down as he strives for greatness each and every day. 

 

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Why Graham Byers Has Been Unemployable Since High School

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For Graham Byers, the idea was pretty simple. While money may not buy happiness, being broke doesn’t either. The only difference is that achieving financial freedom is far less stressful, so he set his mind to growing a business to the point where he could be free. Even at a young age, he knew he was never meant to have a normal desk job, or even a normal life for that matter.

As a kid, Byers would flip things on eBay and Craigslist to make money for himself on the side, opting to hustle on his own rather than spend time at a part time, minimum wage job. From that point on, his mind was set on finding a way to make a living out of working for himself. Once he saw how his family struggled with the 2008 recession, he knew it was time to take action.

During his time in college, he and his business partner would constantly scheme up ways to make money online, but did not gain any traction with anything. Once he graduated, however, things began to change. He found a breakthrough with an e-commerce business, and was able to scale it rather quickly to the point where he was able to exit the business after only a year of starting it. 

Having already sold his first company just a short time after graduating college, Byers quickly found himself with more freedom than he ever imagined. His instinct to work towards building a business for himself paid off big time, and he was quick to take advantage of his newfound freedom. He relocated to Puerto Rico with his business partner, where he still works on his two other businesses in real estate and e-commerce. 

While Byers is grateful for the dream life he is able to live today, it has certainly not come without sacrifices and mental toughness. In times when his business was not growing, he only worked harder. When it was not certain whether his venture would be a success or complete flop, he kept grinding. From the outside, his journey from college graduate to successful business owner seems pretty straightforward. But, it certainly did not come without his fair share of setbacks and bumps in the road. What kept him going was his constant desire to be free and live the life he wanted to live, and he has been able to see it come to fruition as a result. It may be easy to see his life and become envious, but understand one thing: Work as hard as Graham Byers did, and you can live your dream life too. 

 

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