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How I Built a Successful Dropshipping Business at 17 Years Old | STEP BY STEP with $0 | MY STORY

Published on: December 4 2022 by Baddie In Business

How I Built a Successful Dropshipping Business at 17 Years Old | STEP BY STEP with $0 | MY STORY

How I Built a Successful Dropshipping Business at 17 Years Old | STEP BY STEP with $0 | MY STORY

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00:00:00 00:00:03 hey everybody and business family my
00:00:01 00:00:06 name is Isabella I am the owner of two
00:00:03 00:00:08 six figure earning online businesses and
00:00:06 00:00:10 today I'm gonna be telling you my story
00:00:08 00:00:13 of how I built a successful dropshipping
00:00:10 00:00:15 business at the age of 17 years old the
00:00:13 00:00:17 point of this video is to share with you
00:00:15 00:00:20 that there's so many creative ways you
00:00:17 00:00:22 can make money online no matter what
00:00:20 00:00:24 situation you are in and that is why
00:00:22 00:00:27 I've dedicated myself to creating free
00:00:24 00:00:29 content in order to help you guys find
00:00:27 00:00:31 different Alternatives that nobody else
00:00:29 00:00:33 is toking about online I literally
00:00:31 00:00:34 didn't have anything to do except sit in
00:00:33 00:00:36 my room all day I was going through many
00:00:34 00:00:39 struggles in my life and I wound up
00:00:36 00:00:41 cutting off all of the friends that I
00:00:39 00:00:42 had so while a lot of people were going
00:00:41 00:00:44 out and hanging out with their friends
00:00:42 00:00:46 and enjoying their teen years I was
00:00:44 00:00:49 struggling with depression social
00:00:46 00:00:50 anxiety and so many other things at the
00:00:49 00:00:52 time
00:00:50 00:00:55 but instead of sitting in my room and
00:00:52 00:00:57 victimizing myself I knew that I had the
00:00:55 00:00:59 power to change my life long term even
00:00:57 00:01:02 if it didn't see it right at that moment
00:00:59 00:01:05 I did not want to be a victim to my own
00:01:02 00:01:06 life at the time and because of hearing
00:01:05 00:01:08 the financial stress in my household
00:01:06 00:01:10 often because my parents did work
00:01:08 00:01:13 paycheck to paycheck almost the majority
00:01:10 00:01:16 of their lives I knew that money at the
00:01:13 00:01:18 time was a way for me to change my life
00:01:16 00:01:20 and if you would have asked me back then
00:01:18 00:01:23 where I had found this kind of guidance
00:01:20 00:01:25 and motivation to try to just go online
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00:01:25 00:01:28 question that at the time I could not
00:01:27 00:01:30 answer and because of all the social
00:01:28 00:01:33 struggles that I had outside of the
00:01:30 00:01:35 house going on my mom had even taken
00:01:33 00:01:38 away my cell phone at the time all I had
00:01:35 00:01:40 was an old Windows laptop a Wii that I
00:01:38 00:01:42 could surf the Internet with and video
00:01:40 00:01:45 games so instead of sitting there and
00:01:42 00:01:47 playing video games I decided to use my
00:01:45 00:01:49 laptop to try to change my life in some
00:01:47 00:01:51 way at this same time I didn't even have
00:01:49 00:01:53 a Facebook page all I I had was a
00:01:51 00:01:55 Twitter account so when I was 16 years
00:01:53 00:01:57 old I started a Twitter account because
00:01:55 00:01:59 I love to go on Twitter and like read
00:01:57 00:02:01 the quotes that people were retweeting
00:01:59 00:02:03 and really just getting inspired by
00:02:01 00:02:06 other people it really uplifted me at
00:02:03 00:02:08 that time in my life so I decided to try
00:02:06 00:02:10 to do the same thing I created a Twitter
00:02:08 00:02:12 and I started just posting a bunch of
00:02:10 00:02:14 different tweets I followed a lot of
00:02:12 00:02:16 people they followed me back I had
00:02:14 00:02:18 tactiks through social media that helped
00:02:16 00:02:20 me gain a following and remember
00:02:18 00:02:22 Instagram wasn't even a thing back then
00:02:20 00:02:24 so really it was just Facebook and
00:02:22 00:02:27 Twitter and Tumblr is all that people
00:02:24 00:02:29 used back then so As I Grew my Twitter I
00:02:27 00:02:31 started meeting different people on the
00:02:29 00:02:32 Twitter platform so I would just be
00:02:31 00:02:35 toking to different people every day
00:02:32 00:02:37 and someone mentioned this group and it
00:02:35 00:02:40 was a telegram group that helped people
00:02:37 00:02:42 to grow their Twitter accounts so of
00:02:40 00:02:43 course I joined it because at the time I
00:02:42 00:02:46 knew I could make money from Twitter
00:02:43 00:02:48 somehow so I joined this group and what
00:02:46 00:02:50 this group was doing was it helped
00:02:48 00:02:52 others to grow by retweeting each other
00:02:50 00:02:53 there's tweets and if you're unfamiliar
00:02:52 00:02:55 with how Twitter is it's basically like
00:02:53 00:02:58 you're re-sharing other people's tweets
00:02:55 00:03:00 so we were doing that back and forth to
00:02:58 00:03:01 gain a following so at that time I
00:03:00 00:03:03 started to see how powerful Twitter
00:03:01 00:03:05 really was I could reach whole new
00:03:03 00:03:07 groups of people by trading off tweets
00:03:05 00:03:09 with other people back when I was 17
00:03:07 00:03:12 years old Drop Shipping really wasn't a
00:03:09 00:03:14 thing like it is today so I started to
00:03:12 00:03:16 see people Marketing Online stores
00:03:14 00:03:19 through these tweet for tweets
00:03:16 00:03:21 and I started to wonder if they're doing
00:03:19 00:03:23 it why can't I and at the time Drop
00:03:21 00:03:24 Shipping was something that was so
00:03:23 00:03:26 unheard of no one was selling courses on
00:03:24 00:03:28 Drop Shipping nobody had these big
00:03:26 00:03:30 YouTube channels capitalizing on Drop
00:03:28 00:03:33 Shipping there was none of that at this
00:03:30 00:03:34 time so I just reached out to some of
00:03:33 00:03:36 the other people that I had in my groups
00:03:34 00:03:37 that I was retweeting back and forth
00:03:36 00:03:40 with and they wound up telling me what
00:03:37 00:03:42 they were doing so being broke and 17
00:03:40 00:03:44 years old with just some money that I
00:03:42 00:03:45 had saved up didn't want to just dump
00:03:44 00:03:47 the little a bit of money that I had in
00:03:45 00:03:49 order to start a business that I really
00:03:47 00:03:51 didn't even know would go anywhere so I
00:03:49 00:03:53 found that platform that was zero
00:03:51 00:03:55 dollars monthly and completely free for
00:03:53 00:03:57 me to use these are the same tikniques
00:03:55 00:03:58 that I tok about in my Drop Shipping
00:03:57 00:04:01 free course video so if you haven't
00:03:58 00:04:02 already watched that free course video I
00:04:01 00:04:03 highly recommend you checking that out
00:04:02 00:04:06 if you're interested in starting to drop
00:04:03 00:04:07 so what I did to find products was
00:04:06 00:04:09 I went through AliExpress at the time
00:04:07 00:04:11 and tried to find crop tops between one
00:04:09 00:04:14 to two dollars obviously I picked ones
00:04:11 00:04:16 that I thought were cute and they did
00:04:14 00:04:18 have a lot of trending crop tops at the
00:04:16 00:04:21 time I also did the same exact thing
00:04:18 00:04:24 with phone cases back when I was 17
00:04:21 00:04:26 there was not as many clothing online
00:04:24 00:04:28 stores as there is today Sheen was not a
00:04:26 00:04:30 thing back then none of these stores
00:04:28 00:04:32 were popular to where you could find
00:04:30 00:04:34 affordable fashion like you had to go to
00:04:32 00:04:37 the mall for that and not a lot of
00:04:34 00:04:39 people knew about AliExpress either
00:04:37 00:04:40 so I picked a really random shop name
00:04:39 00:04:42 and I added a bunch of different
00:04:40 00:04:43 products to this shop I had five at the
00:04:42 00:04:46 time because that was what ink was
00:04:43 00:04:48 included and the free plan then I made
00:04:46 00:04:50 some tweets and I just used the pictures
00:04:48 00:04:52 that were on the AliExpress website from
00:04:50 00:04:54 the supplier then I created a different
00:04:52 00:04:56 Twitter account different than my
00:04:54 00:04:58 personal account to Showcase these
00:04:56 00:05:00 products on and for that Twitter account
00:04:58 00:05:02 to be like my store's Twitter account to
00:05:00 00:05:05 appeal to other people so they see that
00:05:02 00:05:07 I'm a legitimate business here is an
00:05:05 00:05:08 example of one of my posts that I did on
00:05:07 00:05:10 Twitter you guys can see this had tons
00:05:08 00:05:13 of retweets which means so many people
00:05:10 00:05:15 reposted it and it had so many likes so
00:05:13 00:05:17 I gained a lot of customers just from
00:05:15 00:05:19 these tweets especially because the link
00:05:17 00:05:21 was directly included in the tweets it
00:05:19 00:05:24 made it so much easier for the customers
00:05:21 00:05:25 to buy so kind of like how I teach on my
00:05:24 00:05:27 YouTube channel how to use organic tik
00:05:25 00:05:30 tok marketing I was doing the exact
00:05:27 00:05:32 same thing except it was Twitter free
00:05:30 00:05:35 marketing back then and although I don't
00:05:32 00:05:37 use Twitter anymore people still do make
00:05:35 00:05:39 money promoting their businesses on
00:05:37 00:05:40 Twitter then I had to work up the
00:05:39 00:05:42 courage to ask my mom to make me a
00:05:40 00:05:45 PayPal account I was almost 18 at the
00:05:42 00:05:46 time so she just helped me set it up and
00:05:45 00:05:49 then when I was 18 I switched it over to
00:05:46 00:05:51 it being my own account but I will never
00:05:49 00:05:53 forget my mom literally thought I was
00:05:51 00:05:55 doing something illegal she thought I
00:05:53 00:05:57 was gonna be arrested I'm like Mom I'm
00:05:55 00:05:59 not doing anything illegal like she did
00:05:57 00:06:01 not even believe that I could even make
00:05:59 00:06:03 money from Twitter or from doing
00:06:01 00:06:07 anything on Twitter at this same exact
00:06:03 00:06:08 time I was working two jobs and I was
00:06:07 00:06:11 also making money by promoting other
00:06:08 00:06:13 people smaller accounts on Twitter
00:06:11 00:06:14 and I just did that by messaging
00:06:13 00:06:16 different brands and asking them if they
00:06:14 00:06:19 wanted promotion this was usually other
00:06:16 00:06:22 smaller businesses so I set up my shop
00:06:19 00:06:23 and I added my products I did this for
00:06:22 00:06:25 at least five months and I'll never
00:06:23 00:06:27 forget we went to Ohio just to see some
00:06:25 00:06:29 family I never did any traveling when I
00:06:27 00:06:31 was younger just because it was
00:06:29 00:06:33 something that was known to be expensive
00:06:31 00:06:35 the only kind of trips we took were road
00:06:33 00:06:37 trips so we went to Georgia a couple
00:06:35 00:06:39 times in Ohio so at this time we were in
00:06:37 00:06:41 Ohio seeing our family and I'll never
00:06:39 00:06:43 forget I had a viral tweet and this
00:06:41 00:06:45 single tweet made me over a thousand
00:06:43 00:06:48 dollars in one week so I was completely
00:06:45 00:06:50 shook by that after telling my mom she
00:06:48 00:06:52 still didn't approve of what I was doing
00:06:50 00:06:53 and both of my parents always just told
00:06:52 00:06:55 me you know make sure that you're just
00:06:53 00:06:56 doing what you need to do stay in school
00:06:55 00:06:58 because at this time I was paying for
00:06:56 00:07:00 Dental Assisting School which Drop
00:06:58 00:07:01 Shipping helped to pay for at this time
00:07:00 00:07:04 in my life I had reactivated my Facebook
00:07:01 00:07:06 as well and I started promoting products
00:07:04 00:07:08 that I was selling locally too once I
00:07:06 00:07:10 started making money from the initial
00:07:08 00:07:11 Drop Shipping site then I took that
00:07:10 00:07:14 money to buy inventory to to actually
00:07:11 00:07:16 ship my own inventory I wanted to learn
00:07:14 00:07:18 how to ship my own inventory because I
00:07:16 00:07:20 had a feeling that that was another way
00:07:18 00:07:22 that I could make money from because I
00:07:20 00:07:25 saw that a lot of those suppliers had
00:07:22 00:07:27 very slow shipment times so even though
00:07:25 00:07:29 I did order some inventory a lot of my
00:07:27 00:07:31 suppliers had slow shipment times
00:07:29 00:07:34 because I didn't have the skills to find
00:07:31 00:07:36 U.S suppliers like I do now I also had
00:07:34 00:07:38 to deal with a lot of customer emails
00:07:36 00:07:41 that literally stressed me out so much
00:07:38 00:07:43 because I did not have control over my
00:07:41 00:07:45 own product since I was Drop Shipping
00:07:43 00:07:48 here's some emails of how I dealt with
00:07:45 00:07:49 these issues if you are Drop Shipping or
00:07:48 00:07:51 planning on Drop Shipping these are
00:07:49 00:07:54 emails that you will receive from
00:07:51 00:07:55 customers especially with shipping
00:07:54 00:07:57 updates and things like that so here's
00:07:55 00:08:00 how I dealt with it and this is
00:07:57 00:08:01 specifically what I said back to these
00:08:00 00:08:04 customers
00:08:01 00:08:06 also some of the clothing that I was
00:08:04 00:08:08 Drop Shipping also was not the best
00:08:06 00:08:10 material and I was getting a lot of
00:08:08 00:08:13 complaints about the material and me
00:08:10 00:08:15 back then not knowing how to deal with
00:08:13 00:08:18 customer service
00:08:15 00:08:19 I got so stressed out and I and with my
00:08:18 00:08:21 parents saying that I can't do it long
00:08:19 00:08:23 term and me listening to everybody else
00:08:21 00:08:24 in my life and me just thinking okay
00:08:23 00:08:25 well I'm a dental assistant now I can
00:08:24 00:08:29 just do what I'm doing as a dental
00:08:25 00:08:31 assistant I shut my store down and at
00:08:29 00:08:34 the same exact time my Twitter accounts
00:08:31 00:08:35 had gotten banned and the reason why
00:08:34 00:08:38 they were banned was because they were
00:08:35 00:08:40 using this retweeting program people
00:08:38 00:08:42 were unfortunately using that kind of
00:08:40 00:08:44 program obviously not my group but other
00:08:42 00:08:47 people on Twitter were using that kind
00:08:44 00:08:50 of style of retweeting for politikal
00:08:47 00:08:51 reasons and you guys know that you know
00:08:50 00:08:54 that's definitely getting shut off if
00:08:51 00:08:56 anybody's doing that for politikal gain
00:08:54 00:08:59 so unfortunately they banned all of
00:08:56 00:09:02 those accounts that were involved in any
00:08:59 00:09:04 sort of retweet for a retweet service so
00:09:02 00:09:06 at this time I was super disappointed
00:09:04 00:09:08 and instead of believing in myself and
00:09:06 00:09:10 pushing forward and just trying
00:09:08 00:09:12 something different I was then looking
00:09:10 00:09:14 into going into dental hygiene school
00:09:12 00:09:16 which is a very strict program in
00:09:14 00:09:17 college I started to look towards other
00:09:16 00:09:20 ways of
00:09:17 00:09:22 how my life was going to be routed at
00:09:20 00:09:24 the end of the day I still made great
00:09:22 00:09:25 money from that Drop Shipping Store and
00:09:24 00:09:28 it funded me going to Dental Assisting
00:09:25 00:09:29 School I became a dental assistant and
00:09:28 00:09:31 then from there it helped me pay for my
00:09:29 00:09:34 car at the time so me developing this
00:09:31 00:09:36 Drop Shipping Store not only gave me so
00:09:34 00:09:38 much experience at the time but it also
00:09:36 00:09:42 gave me a good side hustle that was able
00:09:38 00:09:44 to then further my life in some way
00:09:42 00:09:47 so I gave up on my e-commerce Journey
00:09:44 00:09:50 until 2020. once I discovered tiktok
00:09:47 00:09:52 I saw tiktok as a way in and if you
00:09:50 00:09:54 guys are familiar with my story how I
00:09:52 00:09:56 turned 100 into four hundred thousand
00:09:54 00:09:58 dollars you would know then where my
00:09:56 00:10:00 life picked up from there thank you so
00:09:58 00:10:02 much for being here for supporting my
00:10:00 00:10:04 own channel and I'm so happy to have
00:10:02 00:10:06 each and every one of you here if you
00:10:04 00:10:07 haven't already you already know hit
00:10:06 00:10:09 that subscribe button and like this
00:10:07 00:10:11 video for the YouTube algorithm so my
00:10:09 00:10:13 story has the ability to reach others
00:10:11 00:10:15 across YouTube and to inspire others as
00:10:13 00:10:18 well of course if you have any questions
00:10:15 00:10:19 about my own life or if you have
00:10:18 00:10:21 questions about your own leave a comment
00:10:19 00:10:24 down below and I try to respond to all
00:10:21 00:10:25 of my YouTube comments thank you guys so
00:10:24 00:10:29 much for watching and I will see you
00:10:25 00:10:29 guys in my next video bye everyone