Sabina Built an Ecommerce Web Agency
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Hi, my name is Sabina and I’m running a web agency focusing on e-commerce businesses, so we build websites for Shopify and WooCommerce media. And I joined BMI back in August 2018, so more than a year ago. And before joining BMI I was basically working full time as a project manager in different agencies. I was really fed up with the whole thing. You know working for other people and feeling like I was getting under paid and just under a lot of stress.
So, what I really wanted to do was just travel, I just wanted the freedom to go and travel and be totally location independent. My goal was to just become a freelancer and just travel around. I met someone that was in BMI already, and they told me about it and this guy was traveling in between Asia and Europe, and I thought, wow, that’s what I really want to do.
When I joined BMI, that was my goal, was basically, I remember telling him that I was happy to make $2,000 a month. This was gonna give me enough money to basically live in these cheaper countries, which is where I was wanting to go, like to these exotic places. What I started doing right away was, I got the tips and the tools I needed to start making money online and most importantly start finding clients online because I had tried a few times on Upwork and on different platforms to find my own clients and I just didn’t get any.
I was really amazed by how quickly things started picking up. And my goal last year was to quit my job by October, or to leave Germany by October because the winter was coming and I really hate the cold weather. So, I was able to do that, and then I started traveling pretty much one year ago, I’ve been moving around from different country to country. And at first I was really enjoying it because of this freedom. Then earlier this year I started to get really motivated by other people in the group that were posting their success stories and I started thinking what am I really doing, I really want to do something with my life and build a career, but I really don’t want to go back to having a full time job.
I started getting really motivated to really grow the business and that’s when I started to connect with other members a lot. So in the coaching calls as well as in the community, just seeing like, really paying attention to what other people were doing, what are they doing that is making them successful, talking to them, asking for tips,and that’s been really amazing. Besides everything I learned in the coaching calls, I also get a lot of value out of talking to people in the community, so even if they’re not making tons of money, maybe they’re at the same level as me, it’s always really helpful to be able to exchange ideas and to see how someone that’s even doing the same business as you, how they’re doing things slightly different and how we can learn from one another.
Before joining BMI, my doubts were that, like I was really scared to quit my job and I always had that in the back of my head that what if I need to go back to getting a full time job. And the more that I’m doing this, and the longer that I’ve been doing this, the more unrealistic that’s becoming. So for a while there it was a fear, like okay, if this doesn’t work out I have to go back to a full time job.
But right now I’m enjoying this so much. And running my own business that I can’t even imagine ever going back to working for another person, like that’s just crazy. I guess my doubts before joining were more like if this was really something that I could do. I used to think that running a business is not for everyone, you know it is a lot of hard work, it’s not like it’s an easy magical solution, but having support of the group has really helped me.
Like if I wouldn’t have been in BMI, I would have quit a long time ago. Because I’ve been through periods of stress and through breakdowns and I think without the support of the group I would have definitely quit a long time ago or just gone broke.
The most valuable thing that I’ve learned in BMI is that first of all, I can be good at sales, because I always used to think that I suck at sales. I had an internship after finishing college, that was like door to door sales, and I was pretty bad at it, so I guess overall my mindset has changed the most with this group, and this whole mentality of thinking positively and it’s like a mixture of being given kind of the way to get there so getting help in this journey, mixed with getting support from the group, and having this kind of push that can set you into a positive way. And that made me realize that I can be good at sales and I can really grow the business.
So, this past month I’ve doubled more than anything that I’ve ever made any of these past months, and that I’ve learned basically how to position myself as an agency, how to hire more people, so I now have a full team of designer, developers, project manager, and like I can’t believe that.
So, I can’t believe that one year ago today, I was happy just, I would have been happy just earning $2,000 and just traveling around. And now I’m earning way more than I ever would have thought. And like actually managing a team, which is crazy. Now I’m just looking to double this even more, and how to grow the business and set in processes, so there’s still a lot of learning ahead, but I’m really excited to see how my agency’s gonna grow within the next six months.
Since joining BMI my life has changed completely, like 100%, so I can’t believe that one year ago today, I was still working for an agency and just being an employee and a project manager, and today I’m running an agency the same size as that business that I was working for, so I couldn’t even have dreamed of this.
Apart from that I have time to do things that I really enjoy, like I’ve started doing new hobbies, like kickboxing, which is also something that I do to get outside of my comfort zone physically, which is something that you really have to get used to in business. Yeah, just being like really fit overall, being around other motivated people, reading more, learning new things from other entrepreneurs and overall just making friends in the community. I think I’m one of the most social people there,
Whenever I’m in a city that some other member’s there I always try to meet them. I’ve really built strong friendships with a lot of them. And I hope to meet everyone in the group someday.