January + February 2017 Brags

This is another installment of my monthly (or bi-monthly) brag posts, where I post about wins from the prior month.

I’m in a bit of a stressed out mood as I write this, and I know it’s going to be really nice to write this out and reflect on some good things. These are also awesome to look back on later on.

Here are the wins I can remember from January and February, in no particular order:

1. I’ve been helping my nephew learn the importance of a) saving up for what you want versus going for short-term pleasures and b) creating value to make money.

He really wants this truck so I’ve been “hiring” him to help me around the house. The picture here is from when he helped me clean my bathtub.

He’s young, but he took to it very well! He told me he was proud of himself and called himself the “Dirt Monster”.

Later on he went to my mom’s and said (completely unprompted) said, “Grandma, your house is dirty. You should let me clean it.” (Aka, “hire me!”)

I’m being careful to not go too extreme with it because I don’t want him to think money is everything. I show him other things too, like how to give back, and the importance of being a good person. Aaand, since schools don’t teach money management, I want him to have those skills. I also want him to learn how to be a contributing member of society.

Don't get sucked into bad news book2. My new book has finally been published! I’ve been working on and off of this since 2016 and kept letting life get in the way. I’m glad it’s finally out.

3. I just got a renter on my 2nd investment house and put in an offer for a third home. My realtor has been finding some slam dunk wins and it’s cool to be able to invest in a new passive stream.

4. We had some great meetings in the warehouse and finally implemented weekly meetings which I think are going to prove to be very helpful.

5. I’d been putting up with a situation for years that really wasn’t my responsibility or something I should have been allowing myself to get dragged down from. This year is my year of  “Boundaries”, so I left the situation and am proud of myself for that.

6. I wrapped up another Holiday Jumpstart and think it went very well. I’ve been loving those.

7. We shipped out 20,000+ items at my warehouse in one day or less, on average, during this time period.

8. There were many great LHS results like these:

low hanging system results

9. I’m doing well on my goal to retire at 40. I put another chunk of money into WealthFront, where I’m averaging pretty great returns for something passive – 38.99% money-weighted and 33.31% time-weighted for the moment.

I think that’s everything for now. Please feel free to “brag” as well!

November and December 2017 Brags

In October I mentioned I wanted to re-start my monthly brag posts, where I’d post about my wins from the previous month.

I love having these to look through at the end of the year and it’s a nice way to stop and smell the roses.

Although my intention was to post a new one every month, my warehouse got very busy in December. I didn’t have time to eat or sleep, much less blog.

I’m going to combine November and December in this post so that the momentum keeps rolling.

Here are all the big wins I can remember:

1. Although not perfect, Christmas at the warehouse this year was WAY better than last year. We learned a lot from the year prior and orders were a bit more seamless. We still had some issues, but 98%-99% of orders went out on time.

2. My warehouse printed, made, and shipped out well over 150,000 unique items in just under a 6 week period.

3. For our first Christmas in December 2015, we went from 0 to 10 employees. In December 2016, we went from 7 to 22 employees. This year we went from 15 employees to 70+ at one point. Pretty cool.

4. I went on Santa’s Little Helpers on Reddit and helped out a few families with getting gifts for their children.

People would post their children’s Amazon wishlists and I went and cleared a few out. It was a ton of fun and based on the responses, helped a bit.

By the way, if you ever feel like randomly helping, these are my favorite spots on Reddit.

5. Before living at the warehouse for the Christmas rush, I got to spend tons of time with my nephew.

The picture to the left is a picture of him putting a toy in the donation box a Toys ‘R’ Us. I love showing him that it’s important to give back to others.

6. We spent Thanksgiving with my family and went to Wichita for Christmas. That was really fun. I love Don’s friends and family.

Here’s a picture from Thanksgiving with my mom, nephew, and I:

7. I purchased a second investment home in December. My first one has proven to be a great investment, so I thought I’d try another.

I’ve actually never been to either of my investment homes. I have a realtor I trust to vet the houses, a property manager, and a great contractor. It’s all pretty hands-off.

I was so busy with the warehouse that I didn’t even make the closing on the second house. I gave my sister power of attorney to purchase on my behalf. Ha.

8. A pure-content webinar I ran as a bonus for Low Hanging System made it to the top 100 GoToWebinar webinars in 2017.

A Low Hanging System webinar hit the top 100 before that.

9. Tons of results rolled in for LHS students during the Christmas season.

We had everything from “my first 5 sales!” to $59k in 30 days and a ton in between.

10. My ecom sales did pretty well this year.

There are a bunch of selling channels I use, but some of the top ones:

Amazon$516,594.21 in 2017. Of that, $205,317 was from November 1 to December 25.which was 39.74% of total sales.

Etsy store #1 – $8,677.68 for the year, $4,484.31 from November 1 to December 25.

Etsy store #2 – $8,955.20 for the year, $6635.40 from November 1 to December 25. (This store opened in May 2017.)

Etsy store #3 – $1,823.70 for the year, $1,292.70 from November 1 to December 25. (This store opened in May 2017.)

Etsy store #4 – $10,287.97 for the year, $8,558.80 from November 1 to December 25. (This store opened in May 2017.)

Etsy store #5 – $9,354.25 for the year, $7,885 from November 1 to December 25. (This store opened in May 2017.)

That’s a total of $39,098.7 for the year and $28,856.21 for November 1 to December 25.

The stats aren’t entirely scientific since many stores opened later and products were added in over time, but the pure numbers say that 73.8% of sales were from November 1 to December 25.

eBay – There are people in LHS doing far better than me on eBay, but my numbers were $6007.47 for the year (1266.48, 827.97, 632.26 3,280.75) $2915.85 was from November 1 to December 25. That’s 48.54% of sales during November 1 to December 25.

11. I still have to run the numbers for my other businesses, but it looks like all my businesses combined did between $5m-$6m this year.

12. I have a couple crypto investments that I did very well on.

A few alt-coins got over a 1000% return, I invested money for my mom and got her a 465% return, and my sister has gotten a 177% return so far.

Of course crypto is very volatile and we’re in a bubble and all that, but if you pull money out responsibly and invest the rest, it’s pretty cool.

13. These are in no particular order, ha, but we also had some AWESOME results from Holiday Jumpstart.

One woman told me she was able to pay off a $6630 debt that had been causing her a bit of anxiety. Other people sold out of their FBA boxes. Others told me of all the sales they made, the majority were from the designs we made them.

That was spectacular to see.

I feel like I’m missing a couple, but I’ll update this if I think of more. For now – here’s to an awesome 2018! And please feel free to share your wins. :)

October 2017 Brags

I used to publish monthly brag posts, where I’d look through the previous month and post about all the wins that happened.

It was a fun way to savor all the great things that happened. It’s very easy to jump into the next big thing, so I liked celebrating recent achievements and then having them to refer to at the end of each year.

I stopped posting in October 2015, which was right around the time I started a new fulfillment company. Life got very very hectic around then and I wasn’t online much.

In the last 2 years there have been some pretty big wins. I purchased a school with Pencils of Promise, have been running two 7-figure companies and one high-six figure, visited Indonesia, Thailand, and I can’t remember where else…. spoke on stage to thousands of people in London, lost 20 lbs, bought an investment house…. and…. see!? I forget!

So now, 2 years later, I’m resuming these posts.

Here are the big wins I can remember from last month:

1. On a plane ride to Boston, I put together an offer for a program I called Holiday Jumpstart. It was a higher end offer than I normally make ($2k) and a little outside of my comfort zone, but I felt confident in the value. Over 100 people signed up and I feel very excited about all the people we can help with this.

2. I went to Boston for an event with my mentor, Randy. It was fantastic and I learned a lot.

One big takeaway I got was that I needed to stop wasting time day trading, lol. I’d been having fun day trading on stocks and cryptocurrencies but it ended up becoming way too emotionally exhausting. I was talking to another attendee who had “been there done that” and as he put it – when you’re winning, you’re a genius and on top of the world. When you’re losing, you’re the biggest idiot on the planet.

Before I “retired”, I helped my mom invest in some stocks and cryptocurrency. As of this moment she’s +42% on stocks and +100% on cryptocurrency. I’m a bit more cautious with hers than mine. ;)

3. Don’s birthday was on the 11th and I did a good job making sure he had a great time. He’d treated me to an incredible birthday week over my birthday on Sept 25th and I had big shoes to fill. We did all kinds of things for his birthday (great dinners, massages, presents, etc) and I canceled a trip to New Orleans to spend more time with him before his big Asia trip which he was really happy about.

4. I finished up a little freebie course that I’ll be using as a lead-gen for LHS. I’m waiting for the sales letter to come back now.

5. Speaking of lead-gen for LHS, a webinar I ran for it sometime in 2017 was a “Top 100 marketing webinar of 2017” on GoToWebinar. Pretty cool!

Go To Webinar - Top 100 For Low Hanging System

6. On the warehouse business, we’ve had some big wins.

We have a potential $2.6m deal in the works, took on a pick-and-pack fulfillment client who was so happy that he sent our team a huge gift basket, and another client we’ve been making print-on-demand coasters for who sent this testimonial in:

To whom it may concern,

In July of this year, we found ourselves in a difficult production position when our sublimation facility had mechanical issues. We reached out to Sawgrass Inks who recommended Sean Comeaux of Custom Happy with accolades.

Over the last 3 months, we’ve found Custom Happy to be a joy to work with.  Their attention to detail and commitment to quality are unmatched in the production world.  Every PO has shipped on time or early and they’ve made communication a breeze.  Not only did they help us out of a difficult situation, Sean and the team have continued to provide excellent customer service, a commitment to quality, fair pricing and quick turnaround time.  Though they are a young company, we only foresee growth in their future and consider ourselves lucky to have them as production partners now.

Warm Regards,
Erika F.

VP Purchasing & Production

7. 133 more people purchased LHS in October.

8. This is mostly all passive income that was earned via Amazon last month:

Amazon business - $20k

9.  I used to post about my social media followers on my brag posts. I am not sure if I’ll continue doing that too much as it’s not something I focus on anymore and it’s probably more of an ego metric, but I noticed that in October 2015 I had 89,000 followers across TwitterPinterestInstagramYouTube and Facebook.  I have 119,599 now.

Gabe and Rach - pumpkin patch10. This is clearly not in order of importance, because another big win is I flew back to PA and have been spending lots of time with my nephew! He’s one of my biggest sources of happiness in the world and I’ve been thrilled to spend time with him.

The picture here is from when we were on a hay ride visiting a pumpkin patch. We were going to get pumpkins to paint but he couldn’t find any small ones and definitely did NOT want a big one since that could “break the truck”. Cute boy. ;)

11. We posted a blog post on holiday trends that we’ve gotten some great feedback on.

I’ve gotten seen posts about it on Facebook, gotten text messages, and seen many emails over it.

So, that’s it for me I think – how about you? What were your October wins? :)