Why You Should Start An Online Business (Amazon FBA)


[music] What is going on everyone? Welcome back to my channel today. As you can see, in this video, I am going
to be talking to you guys about why you must start an online business in 2019. I am in Punta Cana right now. This is actually my dream resort. It’s called the Chic Resort in Punta Cana. I remember 5 years ago, I checked out this
resort online and I really wanted to go. However, I was working a 9 to 5 job for the
last 10 years of my life. If you guys who have been following me, know
that I got laid off of my 9 to 5 job in 2017, started Amazon FBA and online business, YouTube,
met all you lovely people, and I never looked back. And I am so glad I did that. That’s why I wanted to do this video for you
guys today, to talk about why you should start your online business. Just to kind of motivate you guys, to get
you into the mood. It’s really sunny here right now so excuse
the shades. I actually got a little sunburnt. But check this out. It’s funny because I am finally getting to
use my new camera right here and people are looking at me funny. I think people in other countries, they haven’t
seen, I guess, well, people recording themselves, walking, talking. But anyway, back on topic. So, I remember trying to come to this resort
5 years ago. And I saw it online and I really wanted to
come but I couldn’t get the time off work, okay? Every time, I remember asking my boss to go
somewhere, take time off work, even to go see the doctor or go to a dentist appointment,
whatever it is, I was always scared to ask for approval, right? Because you know when you work a 9 to 5 job,
you work for someone else. You always have to ask for time off, whether
it’s a doctor appointment or just whatever it is. Even if it’s a medical condition, you have
to ask for time off. And I never got the time to ever travel or
see the world or do whatever I want. However, starting my own online business in
2017, I just knew that I had to make it work. There was absolutely no excuse. I told myself it’s either I make this work
or I am going back to 9 to 5. And I remember trying to hand in my form to
request time off from my 9 to 5 job and they always said no. They said “Tamara, we’re really busy this
season. We’re really busy right now and you can’t
have time off. I am sorry.” And I felt like I was trapped for the last
10 years. So, I remember starting Shopify before I found
Amazon FBA. I lost a lot of money. If you guys watched my recently YouTube video,
I talked about how I actually lost $15,000 before I even started making money. And I know a lot of people, when they’re just
starting their own online business, they’re scared of losing money. But the thing is, you guys, if you don’t take
that chance or opportunity to even get started, you’re never going to get what you want in
life. So, for me, it was freedom, right? It’s not even, I mean yes, making a lot of
money is nice because you get a lot of choices, right? Instead of going to McDonald’s, I can go somewhere
else. But it’s not even about that for me. It’s nice to treat myself. However, for me, it was just getting the time
to do what I want, work on my own schedule without having to hand in a form to ask my
boss, “hey, can I get time off?” Because it really frustrates me that I never
had that time in my 20’s. And now I finally do have the time and I want
to share this experience with you guys. There’s a lot happening right now and I hope
you guys don’t get too distracted by the back. So, online business has changed my life. It has absolutely changed my life for the
better and now I can work from anywhere around the world. I don’t need to ask for any time off. I literally pick up my bags, book a flight,
get the hell out of there. And this is actually my first real time off
that I had since I started my online business in 2017. For myself, I just knew that I had to work
really, really hard before I felt even comfortable booking a flight to go somewhere else. I had to make sure that people that I am mentoring
are getting what they need from me, that I am active every single day. And you know, to be honest, even though…
if I wasn’t so sunburnt, I’ll join those guys. Okay, you know, even though I now have the
opportunity to do what I want on my own terms, work for myself and I’ve reached this point
where I feel I’ve gotten a lot of success online, I still think it’s important for me
to work hard, right? And I know a lot of people, when they see
other YouTubers talk about how glamorous it is to do what you want, travel the world,
and just basically working on your own terms, you still have a lot of responsibilities. I want to be honest with that. For myself, even though I am having my time
off, I am actually celebrating my birthday here. I still feel that I am responsible to get
work done so I am doing this video for you guys, right? I am still talking to my students. I am still mentoring and answering questions,
and being involved with all my members inside my FBA Winners Facebook group. And the truth is, when you own a business,
even though you can make unlimited amounts of money, you see money in a different way. And what I mean by that is when I worked 9
to 5, I didn’t care about what I spent my money on. I made just around $50,000 a year and I would
blow my money on all sorts of useless sh*t. I just didn’t care. I didn’t really value the money. So now when I work for myself, and I pay myself
through my corporation, I value money so much more. So a lot of people look at me and they’re
like, “well it seems like you’re making all this money now online, why don’t you buy this? Why don’t you do this with your money or do
this and that and buy all these things?” The truth is, you start seeing money in a
different way. So, for myself, I like to spend my money on
adventures. And just having the freedom to choose what
I want to do because when I was working 9 to 5, I was penny pinching a lot of things,
I couldn’t afford a lot of things and now, with online business, with Amazon FBA has
really taken off for me, I am able to do whatever I want. And a lot of people make it seem easy, right? So a lot of people online say, “hey, you know
what, Amazon FBA is super easy.” And I am here to tell you, it’s not. It’s really not and I think I worked super
hard to get to where I am now. And I always encourage people to work super
hard. Nothing is ever easy. If anyone ever tells you that any business,
any online business is easy, it’s not. However, things do get more simple as time
goes by. So for myself, it’s not like I went to school
to do this. I didn’t have to go to school. I barely, I think I just graduated high school. I didn’t go to college. I think I went to college for a few months
and I didn’t know what to do with my life; therefore, I was stuck at a 9 to 5 cubicle
desk job for 10 years until I found Amazon FBA and YouTube, and affiliate marketing and
everything else. But, I feel now that I am more responsible. Yes, I do work 7 days a week. So even when I am out here, I still work 7
days a week. That doesn’t mean I am in front of a computer,
trapped in a cubicle for 9 hours a day, it just means that, “hey, if someone is messaging
me, I am going to respond. If one of my students needs help, I am still
going to help them.” If I want to do a YouTube video, which I should
because I miss talking to you guys, I have to do it. That’s just part of my online business. But it gives me the freedom to do whatever
the heck I want, right? If I want to have lunch for 2 hours, I can. If I want to have a few drinks at 2 in the
afternoon, which I did yesterday by the way, I can. And to me, that just makes me feel so fulfilled
and so happy. So this is why you should start an online
business, you absolutely get to do whatever the heck you want, on your own terms and you
can make unlimited amounts of money. If you guys enjoy making money, I know I do,
right? Because money buys freedom. Money buys freedom. Then you should start an online business. How I started was through Amazon FBA. For you guys who have been following me, I
started selling physical products on Amazon since 2017 and it hasn’t been… in the beginning,
it was really hard because I didn’t know what I was doing. If you guys watch a few of my previous YouTube
videos, I talk a lot about my experience. And in the beginning, with any business, it’s
hard. And with any business, it costs a lot of money
to start up, depending on what your definition of a lot of money is. But, with online business, I feel that it’s
actually a lot cheaper to start than to start a physical store selling clothing or having
a coffee shop or a restaurant, whatever it is that you want to start. It’s 20,000 times more expensive to open up
a physical location to start your own business. With online business, Amazon FBA, they hold
all your inventory, you don’t touch your inventory. You just have to find out which of your suppliers
are and how to source products in order to make income, right? In order to make money, in order to make sales
online. You actually don’t touch inventory. You absolutely don’t have to do a lot of the
legwork but you do have to keep an eye out on your products and everything else that
goes behind closed doors. I talk a lot about that on my channel as well
for you guys who are new who are watching me. But to start an online business changed my
life for the better and for anyone who tells you that you need to go to school and get
a degree, graduate, spend $20,000, $30,000, 5 figure in order to get a degree, go to school
and get a good job, they’re lying. And I think that’s a scam. I am actually so glad that I never had to
do that. I never went to university. I barely went to college. And I am so glad that I didn’t. Before, I used to think, wow, maybe there’s
something wrong with me, right? Maybe I am just meant to live this miserable
life at my cubicle desk job and get slaved around for the rest of my life. But when I found Amazon and when I found YouTube
and I met all you lovely people, I noticed that I would rather do this for the rest of
my life. So another thing I wanted to bring up was,
I get a lot of comments from people and they say, “Tamara, I am just comfortable at my
9 to 5 job. I am comfortable because I get a steady pay
check every 2 weeks. But with an online business, you never know
how much money you bring home every 2 weeks.” That is true. However, when you reach a certain point, so
for myself, when I started replacing my biweekly pay check through my online business, through
Amazon FBA, I already felt that was a huge accomplishment, right? Because I was doing everything on my own terms,
doing everything that I love and I was getting paid steadily every 2 weeks. Ever since that happened, I started my own
YouTube channel teaching people how to do the same. However, people are under the impression that
if I work for someone else 9 to 5, I get a steady pay check. But if you really think about it, is your
job really stable? I mean for me, I got fired 5 times in the
last 10 years from my 9 to 5 job. And that wasn’t stable, they literally just
cut me off. They cut me off every 1 or 2 years. They cut me off and said, “Tamara, this position
isn’t right for you or you can find a different job.” Whatever it was, throughout the 10 years,
I thought that there was something wrong with me, right? But, there was nothing wrong with me. I think the world was just telling me that
I was meant to do something else because I was very depressed. And I remember the times when I start at my
cubicle desk, I couldn’t eat, they wouldn’t let me eat. I had to wear a silly uniform and I was told
what to do, all the time. I had to run silly errands, grab coffee for
people, clean meeting rooms. It was just garbage, complete garbage. And where was the stability in that, right? There was absolutely no stability. For people who tell you that if you stick
working 9 to 5, you get stability, no that’s not true. Your employer can let you go at any given
time and you won’t even know. I actually have a friend who actually just
got laid off from his job and he’s in his 40’s. And he’s telling me, “Tamara, I think there’s
something wrong with me.” I said, “no, there’s absolutely nothing wrong
with you. It just took you a while to realize that that
job wasn’t for you. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with you.” If you guys want to stay working at your 9
to 5 job that you absolutely hate, you can but you have to think, there’s a much greater,
bigger life out there that you can enjoy. And online business is the best thing that
has ever happened to me. I keep saying that. I am getting a little distracted by everyone. It’s really hot out here. So bottom line you guys, if you guys want
to live the life that you deserve, you want to live your dream life, if you want your
dream car, your dream mansion, maybe it’s not even that, maybe you just want to spend
more time with your family, your kids, your dogs, your pet monkey, whatever it is, only
you can do that. Only you can hold yourself accountable because
no one else can. No one else can do that for you. When you have your own business, the only
one that can make it profitable and make it work and become successful is yourself, right? There’s absolutely nobody that can help you
get what you want unless you work for it. So I am very blessed and grateful and thankful
for being alive today. I wanted to do this YouTube video for you
guys to give you kind of like an update of where I am and where my head is and how I
am feeling about everything in the last 2 years. Next month, we are going to San Francisco. I am actually doing a meetup with Feedbackwhiz. I am going to be a guest speaker there. So I am super excited about visiting San Francisco. And in June, we’re going to Maui in Hawaii. Never gone to Maui before but I heard it was
amazing and great and everything. So I thought, “why not? Let’s go.” And I’ll be doing some photos and videos for
you guys there as well. But, if you guys are still scared about starting
Amazon FBA, online business, whatever it is, YouTube, whatever it is that you want to start
online, just get started. Find someone who has started, who has the
success and teach you, to get there yourself so you can do what you want in your life. Buy the things that you want. Go to the places that you want. No longer have to work for your boss. It’s all possible and for me, this took about,
I think after a year, I started seeing a lot of stability with the money being made and
coming in and sales going up on Amazon. It was really great. So for me, I think it took at least, I think
it was at least 6 months to a year. But it’s crazy how much changed the last year
and a half. Because it wasn’t until, it was exactly a
year and 4 months ago where I started doing Amazon FBA full time, I am so glad that I
did. But it’s crazy how much can change in such
a short amount of time. Anyways you guys, if you guys enjoyed this
video, please give it a thumbs up. Subscribe to my channel, if you haven’t. And if you have any questions for me about
starting an online business or if you’re still scared or you want to talk to someone about
starting your own whatever it is, leave me a comment below. I respond to everybody. I hope you guys enjoyed this resort. I absolutely just adore this resort. Let me know if you guys want to see more videos
like this. This is just something different for a change. Alright guys, I’ll catch you guys in the next
video.

30 Replies to “Why You Should Start An Online Business (Amazon FBA)

  1. Thanks for the video Tam, I just love how everyone is looking at you when you are recording. Silly people.

  2. The time to start is right now!! Your story is so inspiring, I started last year and it's been such an eye opener!! Thanks for sharing this

  3. Very inspirational video! Love the content. Looks like a really great resort to stay at. The vlog set up is great too!

  4. Tamara you are beaming! Nice tan, but don't burn yourself too much 🙂 I can only say you diserve this! I have very similar experience from last 10 years of my "job" life. I have decided to start FBA for now as a side business, but I want to be free from work for someone else till the end of this year 2019. 🤔💪🏖️ congrats and CU soon on YT.

  5. Around how much did you have saved up when you were living off EI if you don't mind me asking? Thinking of possibly doing the same. I know it depends on the person and how much they live off per month but just wondering. Thanks

  6. Hey Tamara,
    amazing clip truly appreciate your honesty, and in telling us how your start up was, the things you learned and the way you progressed and evolved from there. I think a lot of people feel lost, so your story is a true testament that you can do it if you work hard, and believe in your cause and why you do it. You are a very authentic person, and you inspire others to do the same, and this is truly amazing. Just wanted to thank you for that, and looking forward to give my amazon journey that already started a boost with your course and mentorship. Looking forward to it… and when I made it I’m gonna send you a clip we gonna post here how we did it to inspire others…. 🍀😉

  7. Nice! The good thing is that i have a nice boss, so i can take time off whenever i want. Bad thing is that i still have to have a boss😢

  8. Love this and you!!! I aspire to be in your situation very, very soon. Itching at quitting my 9-5. I'm going to Hawaii in June also! Happy birthday to you, and all the blessings to come!

  9. I didn't know that you're on holiday when I messaged you, sorry about that. Yes you guys, it's true! when she said when her student needs help she will help and will always response.

  10. Tamara, with your purchased course, how often with you be providing private coaching? I am such a slow learner and will probably need a lot of guidance. I just want know if your course will fit my needs as well as yours. Thank you.

  11. Hi Tamara I had a question about getting barcodes vs. GTIN exemption?
    Should I get UPC codes if I intend to sell on other platforms later on, such as my own website and eBay? Or is GTIN exemption ok?
    Thank you so much in advance

  12. Hi Tamara, do you need a EIN number to open a BMO Harris business account? I've heard people say you don't need a EIN to sell on. Com. Is that true?

  13. You Go Girl!! Live your best life 🙂 You worked hard for it, you deserve it. Congratulations! Such an inspiring video… love it 🙂 Thank you, T.♥♥♥♥

  14. Hi Tamara! I found this video just in time. I relocated to Canada about a year ago and I'm ready to give Amazon FBA a shot but still a bit confused and have some questions. I'll appreciate your help. 🙏

  15. very nice. been there a few times, not the same resort 🙂  Belated happy bday and much more success for you to come!

  16. Walking and talking is harder than it looks, especially when you have to do it in front of a camera… too many things happening but you did an amazing job with the entire video. Thanks!

  17. Hi Tamara. I have an e-commerce question. Once Amazon sales have grown to the point where it wouldn’t hurt to create a website for additional sales: Do you prefer Shopify or WooCommerce?

  18. As an expat working in Dubai, I'm grateful having my 9-5 job. But I started to pursue online business because I wanted to get out of debt, have another source of income and can afford to quit the corporate job someday then move to Japan. 😊

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