You want to build a thriving online business that ultimately allows you to quit your day job and provides the lifestyle that you want—whether that’s to spend more time with your loved ones or to travel around the world.
You’re optimistic, positive and you’re hungry to succeed and you know that it’s going to take hard work and patience to get there.
Whether you need guidance to starting or growing a business or need that little bit of inspiration to tell you to keep on going in your entrepreneurial venture, you’re in the right place.
But something is stopping you, isn’t it?
You don’t know where to begin when it comes to an online business.
You’re scared of failing and that’s stopping you from initiating your idea.
You don’t have a strategy and business model to follow.
You have a set of skills or expertise and want to learn how to turn it into a business.
You want to learn how to build an audience who not only know, like and trust you but also becomes a loyal customer of yours for many years.
I’ve been there, too.
My name is Aurelius Tjin. Since 2004, I’ve been a digital entrepreneur and founded multiple online businesses from online courses and ebooks to membership sites. I teach other online entrepreneurs like yourself the methods, principles and strategies that worked for me so you too can live life on your terms.
Backtrack to when I started…
I know what it feels like to wake up to a job that you hate and repeat the same vicious cycle each and every day. I was stuck in a laborious job working as a supermarket shelf-filler 6 days a week.
My mom would always tell me to get a real job—to study hard, work for a big company, wear a suit and go into an office every day. But I just couldn’t see myself going that path.
So what was my motive?
I wanted control over my freedom. I wanted the choice to work when, where and how I wanted—and not have restrictions that would stop me from living my life to its full potential.
And so my search began.
I literally Googled “make money online”.
From there I tried everything from affiliate marketing, creating apps to buying and selling domain names.
But just like many beginners, I fell into many traps. I bought course after course and fell for the next shiny object.
Some things did well while others flopped.
Learning from my failures and accumulating more than $100,000 in debt from chasing after “quick wins”, I began to build my online business like a real business owner and thought more long-term. I learned building a successful business is like a marathon rather than a sprint. You have to endure, be patient and know that nothing good is going to come easy.
From there, business started to grow which meant I needed to start hiring people. That’s when I hired my first staff. I continued on to build a team of 10 staff who all work remotely.
What began as a side hustle to quit my job, now turns over multi six figures per year while working just 20 hours a week.
The steps and stones that got me to where I am today
Building a successful online business didn’t happen overnight. To give you perspective insight as to where and how I got started, the following list shares key milestones in my entrepreneurial journey:
2000: First website created.
I created my first website for a gaming clan I started for the popular classic PC game called “Quake 2”. The lessons learned from building the clan’s website gave me the skills to create websites.
2002–2004: I started searching how to make money online.
I literally Googled “make money online” and that’s when I started experimenting online while I was working 6 days a week as a shelf-filler at a supermarket. I started selling unwanted goods, buying items in bulk and selling for a profit and sold eBooks on eBay.
2005: A new business, affiliate marketing and my first online video.
I started a private label ebook business called UnstoppablePLR, wholesaling online marketing and self-improvement ebooks to resellers which is still going strong today, turning over $500,000 per year.
I also started doing affiliate marketing with some success but not enough to quit my job.
I recorded my first video for my subscribers which is very cringe-worthy to watch now called “How to take action” and uploaded it to the discontinued video platform called Google Video (now YouTube).
2006: I experienced my first breakthrough.
I launched one of the biggest online giveaways called the Underground Giveaway where over 200 product owners gave away their product for free. It ranked 506 on Alexa in the first 24 hours and generated over $12,000 in backend sales and 10,000 subscribers.
2007: I entered the graphics niche.
I launched a web page graphics bundle called Copy And Paste Graphics which has sold over 3,000 copies. I couple of years later, I launched Volume 2 which did over $48,000 in sales in its first week. I went on to sell all sorts of graphics bundles until 2010.
2011: Nomadic lifestyle and world trip.
I embarked on a 6-month journey around the world with my wife to see and experience the world while still working on the business.
2013: Failures and $100,000 worth of debt.
I accumulated over $100,000 in debt from failures and bad decisions made in business. A notable failure was a website I bought that was already existing that cost me $17,000 and ended up being short-lived as it didn’t comply with Google’s terms. This was the point I learned to build a business that wasn’t based on short-term, black or grey hat tactics but instead build a business based on long-term strategies.
2014: Built a team.
Feeling burned out from working 60+ hours a week, I hired my first full-time virtual assistant to help with my private label ebook business. I also built a team of 7 other staff members who all work remotely. That’s when my business took off.
2016: I was awarded JVZoo Top Vendor.
JVZoo is a digital commerce platform and Inc. 5000 company.
2017: I officially started working part-time on my business.
I systemized my online business so much so that I only have to work 20 hours a week.
2018: My content agency was born.
Intuitively, as I had built a team of writers for my ebook business, I started a content writing agency called Convey Agency which specializes in blog content, social media content, email marketing content, and eBooks and whitepapers. We serve personal brands, entrepreneurs, and small to medium-sized businesses who have an existing content marketing strategy and require high-quality content that builds authority and educates their leads and clients of their products and services.
I live by a few core beliefs:
I believe you can create a successful online business that supports the lifestyle that you want and do what you love.
I believe for you to be successful, it starts with having a positive mental attitude. That means, knowing that there's no quick fix or solution, being persistent, and being a constant learner of this business.
I believe you have a deeper meaning to why you want to start your entrepreneurial pursuit and go against the norm. You want to spend more time with your kids, buy that dream home, travel around the world or make an impact to the world with your message.
The “reason why” I chose this path
Although quitting my job to pursue freedom and to make more money was a goal of mine, the ultimate dream and "reason why" I did it all was to eventually do the things I love.
My wife and I have been able to travel twice around the world for four months straight, traveling in all parts of Europe and Asia, while still maintaining the business.
What’s more, it allows me to spend more time with my daughter and watch every milestone of hers.
Now I'm here to share the lessons, strategies and ways that I have used in my business to make six-figures a year, working just 20 hours a week.
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