A few years ago, one of my friends called me and asked me to help him to purchase a second-hand laptop. I decided to go shopping with him.
We went to a shop which sells second-hand electronics only. What I noticed was that the prices of almost all of the electronics were extremely cheap. Finally, my friend decided to purchase a laptop. There, I even purchased a Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Core I5 laptop for me for just 110$ (400AED).
Though I already had a laptop, I was impressed by the quality and the price of that laptop.
After remaining few days, I noticed a guy who was trying to sell his car through a local Facebook group. There I noticed that he was getting a kind of positive response from the audience. After coming across through that incident, I decided to re-sell the Lenovo laptop which was purchased before few days.
But, I had no experience of selling online, but it seemed straightforward. I photographed the laptop and posted on a local Facebook group.
After remaining a few minutes, I got the very first response. On the next day, I sold the laptop with a 30$ (100+AED) profit. That was my very first successful online business.
ThinkPad story begins!
After that, I was started selling laptops on local Facebook groups. I was making good money. Then I expanded the business to other products like mobile phones, tablets, phone accessories etc. Furthermore, I started to advertise on numerous other local classified websites.
(This was my one of the Facebook ad which I posted On Facebook Group In 2015.)
However, my main targeting product was the Lenovo T420 model laptop. My supplier was making me a steady stream of stock, and I turned 110$ investment to more than 4000$ within a few months.
I would like to state that I’m blessed with this country and I realized that there are lots of opportunities to grow up. When I posted an item on Facebook Group in Dubai, I was able to get a massive response. Not only laptops but also it was going with big investments real estates, and vehicles as well. Dubai has a booming economy.
One day, my supplier stated that he is no longer able to supply the same model anymore. There, I tried out other different brands as well as models. But nothing became successful as I wished.
That was my very first online success story. though it ran into problems, it was inspirational for me.
Hey! I’m Indika. I live in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for more than 10 years with my wife and two kids, Bevan and Kohana. Though I work in the aviation sector, I’m inspired to build an online business.
Let me continue with my story…
After the local laptop business stalled, I wanted to build a business that I can take internationally. After undergoing through a lot of reading and watching various YouTube channels, I realized that dropshipping is the easiest way to enter the e-commerce world.
At that time, my understanding was, “Dropshipping is the fastest way to make some money online, and I can make a successful business in a few months, I can live full-time with this.”
But, I was wrong!
I started a Shopify store for dropshipping. My niche was travel bags.
I listed some AliExpress products there, and my domain name was holidaygears.com.
I released my first Facebook campaign as I learned from YouTube.
Actually; this was my first ever Facebook ads and its sucks! It seems like a news article. Lol!
I spent over 200$ on ads and made only one sale for just 9.99$. It was free to them after shipping the products. I became kind of frustrated and then, I realized that something was missing in my business.
Therefore, I started studying online business and various marketing strategies with the hope of building my online store and having more and more sales again.
I followed Ben Malol, Franklin Hatchette and purchased a few courses regarding e-commerce. At the same time, numerous people scammed me. I spent a lot of money on a number of scams.
One day, on Facebook Group, a guy promised me to provide his hot-selling products and took 100$ in exchange for the first batch of products. But, he never showed up.
Another guy sold me a digital tool that generates free traffic for 250$. Unfortunately; that tool did not work. If you are interested in knowing, I have faced a lot of scam stories. It was painful of getting scammed by others because I was on a tight budget.
Then; I started my second Shopify store. It was a general store. I sold every trending item there. After undergoing through all these ups and downs, it took two years to understand the business clearly.
This was my first winning product ever. I would like to mention that I shifted my thinking pattern and the feelings of online marketing.
The following product was just a nice looking leather pouch which is available on AliExpress. But, I created the following ad which goes with horse riders. There, I was able to sell more than 400 pcs from this item.
That product brought back all the money which was lost and sunk into my venture. I would like to mention that my second online store was successful as I could build a successful business around dropshipping products. There was a considerable number of products which were driven me for a 300$-500$ profit per day.
However, I sold the store because it was not the exact business model I was looking for. Dropshipping does not bring passive income as in the way they many people emphasize on YouTube. You have to spend money on advertising. If you are willing to grab good returns, of course, you have to invest considerable effort in promoting the listings yourself. I didn’t need to make that much effort.
Dropshipping was a Win-Lose Situation for me. It made huge profits, but no freedom as I wished. But, there are plenty of people who enjoy successful dropshipping venture. I wish them good luck from bottom of my heart because I know how hard is the Online Hustle is!
Your patience pays off
After selling the second store, I met up with one of my friends who is highly successful in building websites and SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
While we were having a drink, he told me how he does the business and explained how to do SEO, blogging, However, he warned me, as well.
“This model is not as fast as drop shipping. It takes time, maybe years. But, this brings complete passive income. Your patience Will pay off.”
In the beginning, I was lack of any clue how to blog and generate income from blogging. So, I returned to YouTube in order to know how to start.
I Love Traveling!
(In Bali, Indonesia)
I started my first blog site with content related to traveling. That is because my family loves traveling a lot. I could not get any traffic from Google for 4 months of duration, and I thought it was not the right method for me.
Then; I forgot about the site and moved with making some fast money from online experiments.
Next, I tried out binary options, Forex, the stock exchange, crypto-currency, CFD etc. None of those worked for me; many of these ventures put me into situations which I could not understand. At the same time; they cost me a lot of money.
Eleven months after setting up the blog, I received an email from the hosting company reminding me to renew the web hosting service. I thought to discontinue the hosting service as it costs money for the maintenance of the website.
Before asking from the hosting provider to end the hosting service for the site, I just logged in to see what is going on my site.
After I logged in to WordPress, I was shocked!
I noticed that the site was getting 40-70 visitors every day, a few comments. Other than that; a few of the keywords had been ranked highly by Google.
Then; I remembered my friend’s quote: “Your patience will pay off!‘ I renewed the hosting package and added a few affiliate links to the site.
After remaining one week, I was able to grab my very first affiliate income! It was 15$ for a hotel package without any effort on my part.
I was blown away!
After that, I made few more affiliate commissions here and there. However, it was not consistent.
Affiliate Marketing Saved Me!
(My Son Trying to save me from huge eagle attack in the 3D studio, Langkawi Island, Malaysia)
I made a decision to stick with this method, no matter how hard it is, because I noticed the early signs of an upcoming passive income. I needed to scale the business, but I couldn’t do that without knowing enough. I knew some keywords got ranked. But that was inadequate for building off of.
Again I started to surf on the internet, reading about affiliate marketing and watching YouTube videos by the pros.
I had learned enough to recognize scammers. Therefore; I did not pay for useless training packages at all.
One day, someone recommended the Affiliate Training for me. I must admit that it was the turning point in my online career success. Usually, I do not trust online training programs because of the numerous dark experiences which were come across.
So, I signed up for the free trial. That training never guaranteed success. They were clear that I had to put in the work up front, but lifetime support was available. That was attractive to me. Meanwhile; the support and the guidance were amazing.
I never regret that I have joined the training. Without it still, I might be surfing on the internet and be looking for stupid strategies.
Today I have my own passive income sources and they are growing.
Being honest, I have not made millions but I am making more than 1000$ every month. My target is just to increase my monthly affiliate income up to 5000$ per month next year. I know that it is possible and I can see green lights along my way. I even know that I have to work my ass off to reach there.
Trying To Help You How Much I Can…
You are reading this because you are looking for ways to make money online. You may have tried and failed at a variety of ventures yourself. Learn from my mistakes and go for a systematic, proven plan instead.
I still have questions, and I am still learning. I tackle problems, but my story continues because my business is still growing. My affiliate business generates more income than some individuals’ salaries. Though I can work to grow it all of this income is passive.
I still have my day job, and I love it so much. But, I hope to step out as a full-time business owner. In my journey, I have had plenty of unexpected failures.
I was taken advantage of more than once, and other projects failed to earn income. I expected that making money online to be as easy as logging in to Facebook. That’s not the reality.
I would like to emphasize you all that it takes so much time for building an online income. I mean years. Stick with one method and continue until you succeed. May Be the first few years it won’t give you a single dollar but next one year it will change your life with passive income. It’s like a Story of Chinese Bamboo tree…
With this Blog and my Quora account, I am helping thousands of people who are hustling for their dreams for making money online. On this site, I promote products and earn a commission every time they sell.
I would like to mention here is that I have personally tested everything that I recommended to the others. I never promote any scam and make money out of it.
Thank you for reading my ThinkPad story. My advice to you is as follows:
“There is no easy and quick way to reach the success point at all. But there are so many people who earns a quick buck off those are looking for getting rich schemes. Dont Be One Of them!
Go slow with a tried and a true method!
Wishing you the best of luck with your HUSTLE!
Grow Your Bamboo Tree!
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