1. How and when did you make your first dollar online?
I quit my job at the end of 2009 and did client work for the first couple of years, selling websites, design, and then SEO. But I consider my first dollar made online when I sold my first product.
This was on a Shopify store that sold panoramic prints of photos that people took when this new iPhone feature launched in 2012. The store was live for 3 months before I had a sale and I felt like quitting, but then I got the first sale notification on the Shopify app and it kind of changed everything. I then got the second sale within days and continued until I sold the business in 2016.
2. How long did it take between the idea and this first dollar?
A good 3 months. But I’d been in the online / website space for 2 years prior.
3. What best actionable advice would you give someone who wants to start TODAY?
Start with selling a digital product.
Build an audience on a social platform, leverage that into an email list, and then it’s just a numbers/conversion game until your first sale.
It can feel like this whole game is fake until it happens, however!
5. Who would you recommend to follow?
Running the ALTS by Flippa community– Richard