Buy low, sell high. It’s a simple idea that a bored accountant used to create a multi-million dollar business, and one that he says you can replicate as a side-hustle. Ryan Grant graduated from college, pursed a career in accounting and quickly found himself wanting more in life. It started while in college, Ryan started shopping for sales in popular retail stores and buy items in bulk. But instead of purchasing what he liked, Ryan came armed with a secret weapon…an Amazon seller’s account and his phone.
Ryan would find sale items in Walmart, Target and Toys R Us, then used the Amazon seller app to compare them to online prices.
Eventually In 2013 Ryan quit his full-time job paying over $50K per year to pursue making a full time income selling online. His business now does over 7-figures in sales per year and he sits down with the Marketplace to discuss just how he did it.
Scoutify—App used for aiding online arbitrage.
Keepa—Amazon price tracker
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Oaxray—Scouting reports for Online Arbitrage
Tactical Arbitrage—Scouting reports for Online Arbitrage
Coinbase a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency
I had the pleasure of sitting down with current CEO and Co-founder of Super Heroic, Jason Mayden. Jason and I met briefly while he was in Raleigh, NC to speak at the city’s Small Business Week Kick-Off where I brought my sons to hear his inspiring message of entrepreneurship, design, fatherhood and play. In his previous role at Nike, Jason Mayden oversaw the design and execution of all conceptual products, data driven
innovations and inline lifestyle and performance product for Jordan Brand, as the Senior Global Design
During his 13+ year career at Nike, Mayden led and contributed to the creation of innovative sport performances products for athletes and cultural icons such as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan.
Super Heroic Inc. a business focused on creating quality play performance product, technology and services for elementary school aged children and families.
Jason and I discuss;
MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell had a dream about the perfect pillow. Now he’s a millionaire.
Mike started his own business in his garage, working hard and not sleeping well, so he set out to design a pillow that would help him sleep. After two years he finally came up with the patented fill, ensuring MyPillow® that would be breathable and washer and dryer safe. Mike heard a lot of “no’s” in those early years, but never gave up on his passion to share his pillow with the world and to this day Mike has more than 1200 employees, and his company is estimated at taking in $100 million a year.mike
Tune in to hear his story and find out some of the growing pains Mike experienced along the way. In this interview Mike will share his personal story with cocaine addiction and recovery and also offer some advice to other entrepreneurs who are just starting their own company or going through struggles today.
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Mike’s Story and Business Journey – Timeline
The Preposterous Success Story of America’s Pillow King – Bloomberg Story
After serving a total of four prison sentences for crimes ranging from burglary to armed robbery to drug dealing. Dave Dahl turned his life around during his last stint and rejoined the family bakery shortly after his release. He went on to co-create Dave’s Killer Bread.
Dave had to accept that—at least for Dave Dahl—there’s no “happily ever after”. But he finds great satisfaction in “fighting the good fight”, one day at a time. He believes that forgiveness of self and others is one of the keys to inner peace and personal growth. But it’s only one of many lessons he’s come away with through all of his struggles—and triumphs.
Dave’s Killer Bread, a family endeavor, was sold to Flowers Foods in 2015, leaving Dave with a void to fill. He spent the next 2-plus years building what is perhaps the largest collection of African tribal art in the world. During this time he lived a semi-hermetic lifestyle. Now, with a healed heart and mind, he steps back out on a mission to help inspire others to find their own brand of success.
“‘Good Seed’ is much more than a killer bread recipe. Having been a ‘bad seed’ and destroying everything in my path as a troubled young man, I finally found the path of humility and teachability. It gives me the courage to fall down 7 times, and get up 8.”
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