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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 Bell is an entrepreneur, writer and Co-founder of Beast Media Agency where he focuses on helping Influencers and Entrepreneurs get their message out through Personal Branding and PR. He also works for one of the most active Venture Capital Firms in the world, Alumni Venture Group. Jourdain sleeps, eats, and breathes entrepreneurship. He started selling Candy and electronics in high school, then joined a start-up in college that he helped grow from $20k to $130k a month in just 8 months. Now he shares both his and others expertise about business and entrepreneurship on sites such as Influencive, Future Sharks, Kivo Daily, Disrupt and more!

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Jordin Roussell – Scaling a 7 Figure Real Estate Company

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down for an interview with Jordin Roussell. Jordin has scaled his Real Estate Company, Gulf South Home Buyers, to 7 Figures very quickly. I asked him how he got started, and for tactical advice for anyone looking to get into Real Estate Investing.

  • Hey Jordin, what do you do?

 


Jordin Roussell: I’m a real estate entrepreneur, I am the Founder of Gulf South Home Buyers. 

 

 

  • What made you become an entrepreneur?

 

 

Jordin Roussell: My first journey with entrepreneurship was actually network marketing. I was sold on the idea of having freedom, creating impacting, and getting to travel the world. The venture came to an end rather quickly, but those desires for freedom, impact, and travel never left me. After I dropped out of college, it took me a little time to pick myself up after some personal things took place in my life, but I knew with what I wanted out of life my options for obtaining the three things I desired were very limited which led me back into entrepreneurship. 

 

 

  • How did you get started investing in real estate?

 

 

Ravi Abuvala: It’s a funny story! I was 19, scrolling through Instagram and this guy I was following had just posted a video about this 18 year old kid, one of his students, making $25k with none of his own money and no credit. I was stunned, I did some more research and for the next 2 years consumed everything real estate I could. Just after my 21st birthday I was fed up with working a 9-5 and took the plunge, quit my job, and made the decision to go all in on real estate. 

 

 

  • How have you scaled your company?

 

 

Jordin Roussell: Other than the traditional ways of increasing marketing. I became genuinely obsessed with helping people out of their distressed situations and because I stopped focusing less on money and more on the people I could help. This quickly established me as a leading authority in real estate in my city.   

 

 

  • What advice would you give to someone looking to get started in Real Estate?

 

 

Jordin Roussell: There’s several ways to get started in real estate and make money, but the most important thing when getting started is to find one strategy. Whether it’s wholesaling, fix and flips, purchasing rentals, bond for deeds, or anything else, just go all in on the strategy until you can do it in your sleep, then transition into another strategy. Focusing on too many strategies at once is similar to shiny object syndrome in my opinion.  

 

 

  • How do you find deals?

 

 

  • Ringless Voicemail
  • Direct Mail
  • Google Adwords
  • Referrals 

 

 

  • How do you find investors?

 

 

  • Direct Mail
  • Meetups
  • One of the best ways to get investors and cash buyers is to obtain a list of properties that have been purchased for cash in your city. Filter the ones that have bought 2 or more because the chances of them being investors increases, and send them a post card explaining what you do with your contact info on it. 

 

 

  • Where do you see your company in the next 5 years?

 

 

Jordin Roussell: Operating in multiple states within multiple markets. Helping 1000’s of families per year close a chapter and start a new one. 

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What Gets Measured Gets Managed With Stephen Campolo

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What’s your backstory?

 

I am a former fat kid turned fat loss and muscle building expert. I struggled with my weight for most of my childhood and early adult life. It wasn’t until high school that I got tired of feeling sick and tired with how I looked. So I decided to do something about it. Taking the first step of action towards bettering my health and image would start a sequence of events over the next few years that would ultimately change the direction of my life.

 

I became obsessed with seeing my body change week over week and I wanted to learn everything I could about the human anatomy and nutrition and weight training. My first job was working at Gold’s Gym where I was the cleaning boy, wiping down machines and cleaning bathrooms…but I didn’t care because I loved being in that atmosphere and talking to all of the personal trainers and bodybuilders, trying to soak up as much information as I could.

 

After graduating from college and getting my Bachelors degree I went to work in the corporate world. It was a typical 9-5 sitting in a cubicle. I did it for 2 years and was miserable every day. I knew that life wasn’t for me, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. During this time my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer so I knew I didn’t want to be away from her all day. My good friend was the head personal trainer at a prominent country club where I lived and asked me to come work with him. The hours were good and the pay wasn’t bad so I did it. During this time I was training some of the most powerful CEO’s in the country and some celebrities.

 

About a year after being diagnosed I watched my mom take her last breath. This was a turning point in my life. She was only 52 years old. I realized how fragile life was. And I knew I didn’t want to spend my life training people. I felt like I had a lot of knowledge to share about fat loss and fitness so I started sharing my thoughts and beliefs on social media. Little by little I started gaining traction and started to build a following. At first I just wanted to do it for fun because I truly loved helping people, but I started getting tons of messages asking if I had a program to buy or if I did any coaching. This led me to create my first fat loss program.

 

Momentum grew and shortly after launching my program I was able to leave my personal training job and do my online fitness business full time. In a very short amount of time I have helped thousands of people all of the world reach their fitness goals and my client transformations are some of the most impressive around.

 

Currently I am getting ready to do something no other fitness influencer has done before. I am doing a 12-week transformation challenge in which the winner will win a brand new car. I know the hardest part about getting started is lack of motivation so if people know they can possibly win a car, then that motivation will get them to the finish line.

 

What made you decide to choose this career path?

 

Having taken control of my health and life I knew I could share my own knowledge and beliefs with others that would greatly impact their life. For me it isn’t a career, it’s a calling.

 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

 

Looking back over the past few years I laugh because I truly had no idea what I was doing. I had no structured plan or idea. It was just simply me being me and sharing knowledge that I though could help others get healthier and fitter. I think sometimes being naïve and isolated can be beneficial in a sense because you are almost too dumb to believe you can’t do something, I just simply believed I was meant to help others and no one could tell me different. When you are firm in your beliefs, nothing and no one can get you off your path.

 

What do you think makes your company/personal brand stand out?

 

My story. I am not a genetically gifted fitness model who was born with abs and big muscles. I’ve had to work hard and overcome my own flaws and setbacks to get where I am. Sharing my personal story and vulnerabilities with my audience has allowed me to connect on a very deep and intimate level with people. People appreciate that, especially in a world full of fakes and pretenders.

 

What’s a quote that you live by?

 

What gets measured gets managed.”  This goes for your nutrition, workouts, business, relationships, spirituality. You have to know where you are in order to make adjustments to better improve things in your life.

Stephen Campolo 

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How Serial Entrepreneur Ryan Gilpin is Helping Thousands of People Transform Their Lives

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Ryan Gilpin is a young serial entrepreneur who has found success in Forex Trading. For four years, he has been dedicating his time and energy into foreign exchange trade and has cultivated a skill that has made him a force to be reckoned with and a powerhouse player in the Forex Trading industry. He isn’t interested in making a quick buck, he’s more concerned with changing thousands of lives by helping others create financial wealth that lasts them a lifetime. During his interview, he gave valuable insight on what it means to make your money work for you. He also explains how his background and life experience makes him a valuable asset to the Forex community.

From a College Dropout to a Major 6-Figure Earner

Gilpin attributes his early life struggles to his current success. His resilience, strength, and passion can be seen throughout his online brand. As a college dropout, he knew that life could be hard for him, but he also realized that it was up to him to make a better life for himself and his family, so he began investing his time, energy, and money into powerful wealth-producing engines that could help him sustain his livelihood and live a rewarding life. This engine gave him the power to leave his 9 to 5 job where he was making a meager $9,000 a year, to pursuing a career where he could make thousands of dollars a month! “When I was able to walk away from my job making $9,000 a year, I knew that entrepreneurship was right for me.

I realized after three months of training that I wanted to pursue [this opportunity]. I was able to open my second Forex trading company called Technical Prosperity where I can help others succeed in the Forex trading marketplace.” He also mentioned how his self-taught trial-and-error approach has gained him an edge in the industry. He says, “I’m self-taught as a trader, I didn’t have a mentor for guidance. I learned through trial and error.” He believes that his approach offers a valuable prospective to anyone who’s interested in Forex trading, and he claims that his strategies has helped newcomers “touch the charts” and become successful in currency trading.

Since 2014, Gilpin has been committed to climbing the charts in his chosen industry and he believes that his decision to drop out of college hasn’t hindered him from creating a rewarding life, in fact, his decision to drop out of college is what pushed him to seek financial independence, entrepreneurship, and wealth. “As a college dropout, entrepreneurship caught my attention as a way to make more income.”

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The Proof Is in the Results

His track record speaks for itself. When it comes to proving his credibility in the foreign exchange industry, he says that he would rather show it, not tell it. For anyone who is interested in learning the secrets of success in the Forex trading market, he invites them to check out his testimonies and results. “I’m able to show people how to be successful not just tell them. My track record and results speak for themselves. I’ve created tons of 5-figure, 6-figure, and even 7-figure earners and they’ve quit their jobs and been able to take care of their families.”

When asked about his future goals for his online brand, he said that he planned to take his business to another level. He wants to reach millions of untapped potential by hosting seminars and building a strong international audience. His advice to other young entrepreneurs who are looking for success in the world of Forex trading: “Everything comes down to skill and you must be coachable.  You want to put in money that you can afford to lose. To be able to do what I do, you need to build the skill and it will take time. “

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