Most of them heard the tale before. A young Belarusian boy immigrates to America and enjoys entrepreneurial success in the online business world. Just over 40 years ago, Gary Vaynerchuk immigrated with his family from Belarus to America. At the age of 14, he entered the family business, selling wine.
After graduating from college, Gary took over as CEO and turned it into an e-commerce empire. Soon after, Gary Vee launched Wine Library TV, a YouTube webcast, and the rest is history.
Quick forward to May 2019, and Biaheza, another Belarusian-born American, reached his first six-figure month to take advantage of his e-commerce business. And that Biaheza had never graduated from college. In reality, he was only just 18 years old in his freshman year.
As of late, the internet has been full of drop-shipping murmurings. ‘Is it a scam? ‘Is that fake? ‘Is it sustainable? ‘Dropshipping is too saturated.’ ‘Dropshipping is dead.’
Ok, Dropshipping isn’t dead for 18-year-old Biaheza.
In reality, he went from opening his e-commerce store in September 2018 to hitting $324,476.75 in sales in May 2019, just 9 months later, marking his first six-figure month in sales.
But his story doesn’t start right there. At a young age, Biaheza credits his popularity to his work ethic. While most 14-year-olds played Call of Duty or Rocket League after practice, he focused on his side hustles.
Throughout middle school, Biaheza flipped Craigslist’s bikes and purchased and sold kendama toys (most likely they don’t know the brand, but they’ve played with one before). He also started to do graphic design on Fiverr.
He also remembers checking out YouTube videos and Instagram on his 4th generation iPod Touch when he was 11 years old. Biaheza reflects, “I didn’t realize Instagram was a social media platform at that point. I don’t even think I even knew what social media was.”
A few years later, he started to create Instagram theme pages that would showcase various photographers’ work, and he started to obtain a follow-up. He realized that there weren’t many legitimate “businesses” out there at the age of 14, so he decided that he would develop these Instagram accounts in the meantime.
At the age of 16, he decided it was time to find a “real job” to work as a clerk at a department store in his local mall to make more money. But he’s still running his Instagram accounts. As he had around 13,000 followers on one of his sites, he made his first $10 advertisement by selling a “shout out” to a company.
More companies wanted to reach out to him, and he continued to make some money from his websites. Biaheza said, “I quickly realized that most of the shout out requests I was getting were from people selling Aliexpress products for a higher price on their own website, which is a business called dropshipping.”
One year later, at 17, he decided to try e-commerce on his own with his own drop-shipping company. This time, he’d be the one who’s buying screams from theme sites like his own. It didn’t work too well for him after he started. By the time he measured his product prices, the Store Fees, and the promotional costs by crying out, he was losing revenue.
“So I just went back to growing theme pages. However, this time my goal was to build up some big theme pages and use them to advertise my own dropshipping store so I don’t have to pay other people’s pages.”
Biaheza found that by saving on advertisement costs by leveraging its own Instagram audiences, it could make a profit on a new e-commerce product.
As a college student, Biaheza thought that an e-commerce shop might help him pay for college. He wasn’t piggybacking like his parents. He didn’t have a trust fund for education. And he didn’t get a full-time scholarship. He applied for financial assistance and put it in context. In addition to the two jobs he employed at the time, he also wanted to make more money.
But he worked non-stop for the next three months setting up his Instagram accounts before they started making $500-$2000 a month in advertisement revenue from shouting outs. At this point, he thought he’d be able to open another dropshipping shop.
“I really didn’t even have high expectations. I was expecting to make like $1,000 profit tops the first month.”
In September 2018, Biaheza launched its second drop-in e-commerce store, this time with a wider Instagram audience and more e-commerce experience. In the first day, his drop-in shop made $531.48 in revenue from a single theme website to yell out a commercial.
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He recalls, “I took that same advertisement and threw it on other pages and it went viral. I eventually even started paying other pages since the ad kept going viral.”
That first month, Biaheza made a sales of $33,488.90. He anticipated a profit of $1,000 and came away with over $25,000 in profit (the high profit margins were largely the product of hm ads on his own pages).
“It was absolutely just a huge shock for me. I’ve never seen these kinds of numbers. I figured, $25,000 was a huge blessing but there’s no way that this e-commerce thing can be sustainable. But when October came around, I did another $25,572.85 in revenue.”
Then things really got off when Biaheza heard about Facebook advertising. “As I began using Facebook ads. I kind of got the hang of it and was doing pretty well with them to the point where I actually wasn’t even using Instagram theme pages anymore.”
“I kept on endlessly working on this business , creating new advertisements, filming new content, perfecting my Facebook ads strategy and eventually everything came together.”
In April 2019, Biaheza ‘s income was $136,208.94, in one month. More than 4 times the amount he made when he first began in September 2018.
Just one month later, Biaheza actually reached his first six-figure month.
In May 2019, he brought $115,000 in benefit on $324,476.75 in revenue … all while being a full-time college freshmen.
Biaheza attributes a great deal of his popularity to seeing YouTube videos of online company owners when he was younger.
“Growing up I always loved watching these types of videos where people started their own businesses , especially when it was young people. That was very motivational for me”
Quick forward to 2020, and now Biaheza is taking a break from college to teach others how to create their own prosperous drop-ship shop through its YouTube channel, which has more than 246 K subscribers.
“If I wouldn’t have stumbled onto those videos when I was younger, I wouldn’t have realized that this type of thing was possible and I don’t think I’d even be in this position today.”
Biaheza also offers a paid e-commerce course called “Biaheza ‘s Full Dropshipping Course” which takes its students through a quick, over-the-counter method to start a successful drop-shipping business from scratch.
In the context of this, Biaheza is opening a brand new drop-shipping shop. This transparent approach helps students to understand what they’re doing every step of the way, including the same social media marketing tactics that launched them into their e-commerce empire in 2019.
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