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Bump. Anyone had a first sale of a new product or service recently?
 

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What’s the story of your first sale?
  • How did you feel in that moment? Finally!!!
  • What changed from that moment onwards? I realized business is about making other peoples lives easier, so even if it doesn't lead to a direct payment, whenever I come across something that can help those on my clientele list (or those I hope to add to the list) I share without expectations.
  • What has it lead to? The confidence knowing I can play this game called entrepreneurship.

In hindsight:
  • What would you have done LESS of? Trying to appease people who don't reciprocate
  • What would you have done MORE of? Focusing on people who were responsive to my offers and services
  • What one piece of advice would you give someone about making that first sale? Don't be afraid to ask for money. Either they say no (or "disappear) and you'll receive "closure", or they'll say yes and you get paid.
 

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I love reading stories of how people got started, especially the turning point where people make their first sale and get hooked.

Let’s see if we can inspire other forum members to make their first sale.


What’s the story of your first sale?
  • How did you feel in that moment?
  • What changed from that moment onwards?
  • What has it lead to?

In hindsight:
  • What would you have done LESS of?
  • What would you have done MORE of?
  • What one piece of advice would you give someone about making that first sale?
Got laid off. Was depressed as can be. Left home with just a suitcase. Got on a bus and I didn't know where I would end up! Called former customer than called former supplier. Put a deal together. Hurray! I moved into a place in an incredibly beautiful location right by the ocean. I was ecstatic!

Went home to family that Christmas with presents galore. Within a time a did some deals with a billionaire. Still doing deals but I'm looking for something else than selling business to business services and goods. I want to do something good for society like - getting the culture to stop drinking alcohol. Helping people in underdeveloped countries "get in the game". Stopping the mindset of hate and violence. Making people aware of the ways to keep trim and fit. And earning a profit doing it!

I would have done less of wasting time on small deals. I would have done more, a lot more, on large deals.

My advice on the first sale (and every one after)? Look at value. Give the best value you can. Only then can you can earn big profits.
 

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Funny I remember them both...

For web dev: A limo company in NY... I redeveloped their website and it gave me one month of rent! They liked our service online and wanted us to do theirs. The sale came via phone.

For my web service: A limo company in FL, even remember her name, Julie. (I think this is mentioned in TGRRE ). The sale came via my website.
 

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When I let make a bike gasket for my son’s bike, I gave 2 gaskets in order.
I made a photo with our project s logo in the background.
1 year later someone saw that picture anywhere in the internet. With the logo, he found my hp and asked me for a gasket. he got the second one.
Meanwhile I have sold some more gaskets. I gave a new order for them.

A fine feeling, though there’s no future due to the lack of need.
 

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My first sale as a entrepreneur is kinda funny tbh. I started off at 16 and decided to open up a drop shipping store and sold dog products like custom harness, leashes and all that. My first ever sale made online was when I finished working out I went up stairs and I went to the bathroom and as I was in I made $60 in literally less then 30 seconds, at my first job it took me almost 8 hours to make $60 so looking back now even though the store didn't work. I now realize the power of being an entrepreneur and its a memory I will remember and be able to look back at and laugh when I become successful
 
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3rd grade. I read a book on how to fold stunt airplanes. I made one in class, the girl who sat next to me wanted me to make one for her. I asked her what's in it for me? She asked me what I want? I said a nickel. The next day she brought in a nickel and I made her one.

Then everybody wanted one. By the time I sold my fourth one I raised my prices to a quarter.

I tried raising my prices to 50 cents, but nobody wanted to pay that so 3 hours later I lowered it back down to a quarter.

After a few days, or maybe a week, people started asking for refunds. I told them it's not my problem that it's a paper airplane and they stepped on it. Stunt planes are supposed to crash into things.

After 2 weeks I got tired of the hassle. Plus teachers didn't like the planes being left all over the classrooms. But I made something like 20 bucks.
 

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I love reading stories of how people got started, especially the turning point where people make their first sale and get hooked.

Let’s see if we can inspire other forum members to make their first sale.


What’s the story of your first sale?
  • How did you feel in that moment?
  • What changed from that moment onwards?
  • What has it lead to?

In hindsight:
  • What would you have done LESS of?
  • What would you have done MORE of?
  • What one piece of advice would you give someone about making that first sale?
I only made 1 sale with my game business(and it wasn't even a sale from a stranger, I just asked another game developer on discord with whom I met weeks earlier to check out my game), but that 1 sale felt amazing. It wasnt so much the money that made me happy(dontget me wrong, the money was amazing) but it was more of the sense that I'm on my way to earn freedom.

My first ever business(I guess you can call it that): I was still in school, and my father ought me a bag of skittles and a bunch of kitkats(yes, I did sell candy that my dad bought me and gave him no profits, not my proudest moment) and I just sold some kitkats to a teacher and the bag of skittles to a kid in my anatomy and physiology class. All in all, I think I made 2$ profit with the skittles and 15 cent profit on each kitkat

Key take away: Join discord servers with skills that you specialize in and just connect with people.....Oh, you meant my 10-grade candy business? Dont sell things youre parents buy for you and end up not giving them anything
 
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I only made 1 sale with my game business(and it wasn't even a sale from a stranger, I just asked another game developer on discord with whom I met weeks earlier to check out my game), but that 1 sale felt amazing. It wasnt so much the money that made me happy(dontget me wrong, the money was amazing) but it was more of the sense that I'm on my way to earn freedom.

My first ever business(I guess you can call it that): I was still in school, and my father ought me a bag of skittles and a bunch of kitkats(yes, I did sell candy that my dad bought me and gave him no profits, not my proudest moment) and I just sold some kitkats to a teacher and the bag of skittles to a kid in my anatomy and physiology class. All in all, I think I made 2$ profit with the skittles and 15 cent profit on each kitkat

Key take away: Join discord servers with skills that you specialize in and just connect with people.....Oh, you meant my 10-grade candy business? Dont sell things youre parents buy for you and end up not giving them anything
Lol. Yeah, be nice to supportive parents.

Like your avatar btw! Makes me want to go back to my one where I pulled a funny face. Clients loved that one actually.
 

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