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Hi Everyone,

I have been lurking around these forums for quite a while, in the background - taking in all the great information being posted up here.

I was trying to figure out my next career move. "Start a business, start a business, start a business" was all I could think about constantly. I would throw ideas around, brainstorm them, research them and then convince myself that it would not get off the ground and end up being a failure. This process was basically a rinse and repeat, then I realised exactly what I was doing. I was looking for the easy option, making excuses and removing any ideas that required too much effort. I sort to change this mindset.

Now, coming up with a viable business doesn't always happen straight away. I decided NOT to focus so heavily on finding an idea, but enjoy casually looking for a solution to a problem by being open minded.

Then one day, I decided to go down to the garage and actually make some progress on my project car that I bought the year my daughter was born - she is now 7. As I tinkered on the car, I started to write a shopping list of what I will need to fix it up. With this at hand, I went to the net and started trying to find the parts.

Searching and searching, I found a very small handful of parts available in our country with majority of people buying their parts from overseas. As I looking further and talked to more enthusiasts, I found there was quite a market here for these parts. The brand and series of car I was looking to repair had quite a large following here.

That was it - I set out to find a suitable supplier with the aim of one day, producing my own parts.

I had spent quite a few months getting everything up and running - not to mention the difficulty with COVID-19 and having things posted on time but we ended up launching mid January and I made my first sale only a couple of days later - wow! First sale. Never knew selling something could feel so great! Over the last month I have really made it my effort to 'help' individuals rather then just focus on selling and the response has been fantastic.

We have a LONG way to go but I am feeling really positive about it all right now. I think the only issue I have had is trying to manage the business while working 10 hour days, then spend time with the my family. It's been late nights and very early mornings but it's worth it. Especially when a customer posts on social media about the fantastic experience his had.

This month, we have made $3,500 in sales totaling 34 orders.

Bring on 2021!
 

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I had spent quite a few months getting everything up and running - not to mention the difficulty with COVID-19 and having things posted on time but we ended up launching mid January and I made my first sale only a couple of days later - wow! First sale.

Wow, how exciting !!!!

Congrats my friend, thanks for sharing, hope to see more updates!
 

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Thanks!

Moving forward I am trying to develop our stock to cater for more models that suffer the same issues trying to get parts.

Our Facebook page has hit 200 likes, minor feat. Trying to get more likes isn't easy though, need to develop a clear marketing campaign I think.
 

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This is fantastic, @Roughneck

2021 will be a great year for you!!

Keep us posted on your progress

Thanks Zahida!

Since my initial post, we are now at 40 orders. Ok, nothing amazing but it's progress! I am also moving towards making another order from our supplier to supply a greater range of products.

Another problem I found was the exorbitant cost of some of the replacement parts for these cars - one of this was particular seals. No one locally seemed to be able to supply them, or were willing to work with me to get some sets going. I took my search abroad and after searching through hours and hours of websites using google translation - I finally found what I was after.

Funny thing was, when I made contact - they wrote back in almost perfect English, made the rest of the process easy! I have since placed an initial order and so far have had 15 people show their interest - this is off a single Facebook post for expressions of interest. Cost comparison. Original - $1100. Ours - $470.

I have priced it to make my 35% cut and also take into consideration it's not an exact replica of the original (missing some material pieces) but majority of people seem to not be worried by this.
 

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@Roughneck this is fantastic off of 1 FB Post

How about doing FB AD to reach a bigger audience?

Great work!!
I will definitely be doing this once I confirm that the product is 100% up to my quality standard. Once I can be confident in the product, I'll get it out there.

Another good outcome is multiple people coming to me with suggestions other seals that replacements are hard to get and usually expensive.
 

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Can't go wrong with car parts, especially FORD or BMW! :hilarious: Good job, scale bigger and bigger!
 

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$3k AND positive feedback?! Sounds like you’re to kin it. Keep it up!
 

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... multiple people coming to me with suggestions other seals that replacements are hard to get and usually expensive.
Yes, once you are happy with quality - test FB Ads

As well, check YouTube 2 see if anyone is searching 4 your product and try YT Instream Ads

That's fantastic that you're getting great feedback/suggestions from your market

Go forth and conquer!!
 

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Can't go wrong with car parts, especially FORD or BMW! :hilarious: Good job, scale bigger and bigger!

Thanks! It's been a learning curve so far but enjoying the challenge!

$3k AND positive feedback?! Sounds like you’re to kin it. Keep it up!

I've checked what my total sales is now, sitting at $5,100! My conversion rate is only 0.97% which is on the low side. Looking to improve this!

Yes, once you are happy with quality - test FB Ads

As well, check YouTube 2 see if anyone is searching 4 your product and try YT Instream Ads

That's fantastic that you're getting great feedback/suggestions from your market

Go forth and conquer!!

Good idea. Haven't even thought about Youtube Ads.

I have been developing an idea for a video that will draw attention to my website. I have talked to a few people who think the concept is great - I've just got to put it into action.
 

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Thanks! It's been a learning curve so far but enjoying the challenge!



I've checked what my total sales is now, sitting at $5,100! My conversion rate is only 0.97% which is on the low side. Looking to improve this!



Good idea. Haven't even thought about Youtube Ads.

I have been developing an idea for a video that will draw attention to my website. I have talked to a few people who think the concept is great - I've just got to put it into action.

CONGRATULATIONS ON HITTING > $5.1k in sales

When did you say you are putting your new concept into action??

Today?

You realize tomorrow doesn't come!!

If you need someone outside your circle 2 give you feedback on your video idea, let me know

Video Tip: You need to HOOK your viewer within 5 sec - welcome 2 the ATTENTION ECONOMY!

Will gladly help you out on your biz journey

Cheers my friend
 

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CONGRATULATIONS ON HITTING > $5.1k in sales

When did you say you are putting your new concept into action??

Today?

You realize tomorrow doesn't come!!

If you need someone outside your circle 2 give you feedback on your video idea, let me know

Video Tip: You need to HOOK your viewer within 5 sec - welcome 2 the ATTENTION ECONOMY!

Will gladly help you out on your biz journey

Cheers my friend
Thank you Zahilda!

I'll send you a message at some point with the concept of my idea!
 

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This last week has been interesting. We have had less sales, but higher sale amounts.

We are still having good interest in the website and our viewing numbers are up, time spent on website is higher also. I truly believe that the main reason people aren't buying is the product support isn't wide enough yet.

Hoping next order to be made this week!
 

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Great to read of your success!
 

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