A young entrepreneur who started his online business from scratch to covering 5 figures and gaining hundred of clients in just 6 months.
Born in Leeds, Aqeeb Farooq is a teenage Dropshipping mentor and founder of an online course business called Brickwood Mentoring providing a service to hundreds of clients worldwide.
He entered in this field with the passion and motivation to do something through social media. So, he started and dedicated his all struggle in Ebay dropshipping with his steady progress towards setting up his own course business.
He runs an online mentoring service that provides weekly product analysis, updated helpsheets, videos and support to his dropshipping clients. There is also a service where he manages accounts for clients to make sales.
Thanks for taking the time to share your best advice. First things first, I’m sure readers would love to learn more about you. How did you get here?
Aqeeb: Of course. Thanks for taking the time to interview me. I’m an 18-year-old entrepreneur from Leeds. I’m the Founder/CEO of Brickwood Mentoring (a dropshipping mentoring service). I was born to a middle-class family in Leeds. Growing up, life wasn’t hard. I guess I started my entrepreneurial journey in the search for Freedom, but also the freedom to create and build based on my ideas and decisions and not being told what to do. I started dropshipping towards the end of 2019 and have worked hard to progress where I am today with setting an online course.
What are your three best tips when it comes to Dropshipping?
Aqeeb: There are many tips I could give, but for me the 3 main ones are make sure you have a plan, as without having this you won’t know what your doing. Especially for me when creating the course I had to plan what content I was creating on each day to make sure I hit deadlines. Second tip I would give is don’t give up easily, you won’t hit hundreds of pounds in profit when your start, it’s about building up gradually to achieve the best you possibly can. The last tip I would give is, once you have hit your targets, make sure you expand out with different products so that you have the potential to earn more and achieve more progress.
Did you have any difficulty with promoting the course?
Aqeeb: hmmm, honestly speaking when I released the course I did struggle to find people who wanted to join this was probably because I didn’t have any actual results from “clients” so nobody would believe what I was saying. I had started off with giving out free places for the course so I could get feedback and get some kind of results. I worked on the feedback and then made any changes that needed to be made, posted the first few client results on my social media and from then many people were interested and it has grown since. For me I worked gradually with getting new clients, so started off with a goal of 5 clients and then to 10 clients etc. One thing that had helped, was how my existing clients would share their results with friends and get them motivated to join the course.
On a scale of 1-10, how important is social media to succeeding in growth for a business?
Aqeeb: For me it is a 10 because without social media I wouldn’t have the clients or the growth for my course. Generally social media is a powerful tool to reach out to new people, share information about what you and most importantly gain the new clients/customers. The platform I used for my business was instagram, it has 1 billion + active users each month so it was the perfect platform to expand out. It’s 2020 and everyone is moving online so you got to keep up with the trends to make sure your making sufficient progress and growth for your business by using social media.
What are you proudest of? Walk through how you made it happen and its significance.
Aqeeb: I’ve focused on building a company that’s dedicated to help people online, I didn’t get any support or guidance when starting up which makes it even better to where I have come to. Stepping back and seeing how my company has progressed with clients is unlike anything else. I could not be more proud of the what I’ve achieved.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start an online business?
Aqeeb: One piece of advice is, set up an online business and don’t doubt yourself because that’s the worst mistake you can do. Make sure your having fun because you don’t wanna bore yourself as that’s when you don’t put the effort in and then it will slowly start to collapse. Educate yourself, work hard and you’ll start to see the results.
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