Another huge success story from one of our users, today I want you meet Gabriel St-Germain, with the help of Ecomhunt winning products he was able to generate $825,276.85 in under 4 months!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Gabriel St-Germain, I’m 20 years old, and I live in Canada. I own multiple e-commerce brands and help others start their online business with my YouTube channel.
How did I get started with dropshipping?
I’ve been interested in making money online since I was 16 years old. I first started by learning affiliate marketing, but struggled to actually make any consistent income with it.
Fast forward two years, I was studying engineering full-time but was consistently seeking new opportunities. Early 2017, I was consistently seeing ads for “Free Watches” and I started picking up on this “Free Just Pay Shipping” model that was working well for a lot of people.
So, I decided to set up a dropshipping store and try selling this trending charcoal powder for free + shipping. Things took off quickly and I started learning as much as I could to scale this store. To this date, that first store (Beauty Charcoal) has done close to $1MM in sales and is still running today.
What did you do before dropshipping?
When I started my first store back in 2017, I was still in school studying software engineering. I always knew that I wanted to run an online business and have the freedom that comes with it, so I was consistently looking for new opportunities which lead me to dropshipping.
After my first store started taking off, I was very stressed out and had little to no free time because I had to split my time between my schooling and my business. I managed to get through it and still get honors from my university, but I eventually made the decision to quit school for the time being and focus 100% on my businesses.
My parents were not very happy with my decision but I don’t regret it one bit. I’m finally able to focus entirely on my business while still having free time to do the things I love.
First Sale where did it come from? what was your experience with FB ads?
My first sale came from Instagram Influencers. I remember buying a post on a meme page – a simple before & after picture – and watched as dozens of sales came in the first hour. Not as many people were doing Instagram Influencer posts back then and it was a lot easier to get sales, even with a bad ad.
The next day, I spent all the money I made on buying more posts from different influencers. I ended up selling $5K that day. That’s when I remember thinking “Wow – this is actually real.” My mind was blown.
It’s an amazing feeling when you get your first sale because it serves as a proof of concept for your store, and validates that what you’re doing is actually possible.
How did you learn, what keeps your motivated?
I learnt mainly by testing things out for myself. I didn’t buy any course or follow any specific blueprint – I just tested as much as possible and did more of what was already working well.
I think one of the best ways to keep learning and stay motivated is joining a lot of FB groups. There are dozens of super active FB groups for dropshipping with great advice & motivating posts daily.
Why did I want to succeed so bad?
I want to succeed so I don’t ever have to work 9-5 and so I can enjoy the freedom of owning an online business. One of my favorite quotes is “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”
The dropshipping/e-commerce space is extremely competitive so without setting goals and working towards them consistently, it’s easy to fall behind competitors.
What is your sales record?
My current sales record is $825,276.85 in under 4 months with one of my current dropshipping stores. My daily record was $17K in a single day with that same store.
I actually found the main product for this store using Ecomhunt! Some people say that products posted on Ecomhunt will become saturated… While it may be true that a lot of people will notice products from Ecomhunt, very few people actually go and make original video content for that product and try to build a brand for it.
I always tell people to not worry too much about saturation and instead focus on doing BETTER than your competitors. The way I see it, saturation is an indicator that a product has a tremendous amount of demand.
Start again what would you do different?
I would make original video content sooner. When I was starting out, I wanted to keep as much of my profits as possible instead of re-investing it into the business.
I would say that my biggest breakthrough in this business came when I started making original video content for my ads. It makes a huge difference!
5 tips to someone who is just getting started?
#1 – Focus on building a brand for one product rather than building a general store
#2 – Make original video content!
#3 – Split test more. I recommend split testing the first 3-seconds of your video ad first, then split testing thumbnails
#4 – Don’t worry too much about saturation, focus on doing BETTER than your competitors
#5 – Sell products that solve a problem. It is a lot easier to sell a product to a cold audience if it solves a problem
Lastly, keep learning and testing new things! Dropshipping is NOT a get rich quick scheme and requires a LOT of work. Make sure you go into it with the right expectations!
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Mordechai Arba is running multiple successful online stores, and is now the Founder & CEO of Ecomhunt. Ecomhunt was founded to help store owners easily find winning products, and build stable online store businesses.