I would sell my textbooks (and my friends') at the end of each semester.
One semester I took a $700 loan from my dad and bought all the textbooks I could from other students.
That was my first experience selling on Amazon.
After graduating college, I decided to take a gap year rather than go straight to graduate school for my physical therapy degree.
During that gap year I started a landscaping business.
While it was profitable, I couldn’t believe how much money I was making selling books on the side in comparison.
I remember cutting a yard with my buddy and making $40 total.
After the cost of gas and splitting the profit I was left with $17.50.
That’s not bad for an hour of work, I thought, but then I pulled out my phone, checked my Amazon sales, and found out I sold a textbook for $80...
...The profit was about $60.
I made 3x as much money selling a book online than working my butt off in the hot summer sun.
That’s when I realized selling books on Amazon had potential.
But I still decided to follow my “passion”.
I coached wrestling that winter...
...I loved coaching, however, I got paid a little over $1000 for what felt like 1000 hours of work.
I was making more flipping books on the side (I didn’t even know what I was doing back then) than a skill that I spent 10+ years fine-tuning.
What was I going to do to actually make money in the world?
I had my bachelor's degree and was planning on going to graduate school to become a physical therapist...
... but was $60,000 in debt worth making $60,000 a year?
Still living with my parents and on the verge of a quarter-life crisis, I decided to travel America living in my 2005 Toyota Corolla.
For money, I would sell books that I found at libraries and thrift stores on Amazon. I always wanted to travel the world, so why not start with America?
It took me about a month to get to California, and I was only sending in about 100 books per week to Amazon FBA.
I did not know the more advanced techniques I know now to acquire books, otherwise I would have sourced 5 times as much (I go over this in Module #3 - Sourcing Books for Huge Profits).
When I was in California, I saw a post on Facebook promoting a book sellers conference.
I met my mentor Caleb Roth there.
I could tell this guy was making a lot of money selling used books because he quit his job in the medical field to flip books full time.
When someone leaves a job that pays over six figures to flip books, you pay attention.
For the next year I traveled America visiting other Amazon sellers who made a full time income from selling books.
The Book Business Blueprint is a package of all the knowledge I absorbed over the last few years.
I have successfully built a book business that sells $40,000+ in used books each month.