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Quitting Corporate To Fulfill Your Entrepreneurial Dreams With Andrew Erickson

Andrew Erickson

Andrew Erickson is the Founder and CEO of Andrew Knows Amazon. His company designs household products, mass produces them overseas, imports them, and sells them online. He sells in over 20 countries and makes seven figures in sales each year.

Andrew is the host of the popular and successful Zon Con Podcast: An Amazon Conversations Podcast for FBA sellers. He chats with guests about tips and tricks for becoming a world-class Amazon millionaire. They discuss the process of finding products, building the entrepreneurial mindset, and how to source, launch, and grow a successful brand on and off of Amazon.

Andrew Erickson went to school for engineering and previously held a comfortable job at a Fortune 100 company. While he enjoyed the nice salary and the 401(k), the entrepreneurial bug bit him, and he left to work on a few independent projects before settling into the Amazon private label model.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [2:31] Andrew Erickson talks about why he jumped into the entrepreneurial world
  • [5:35] Andrew describes his first attempts at selling on Amazon and the first products he created
  • [7:11] How Andrew and his wife traveled the world for a year tax-free while building the business
  • [15:53] The difference between the corporate and the entrepreneurial worlds
  • [22:23] Andrew talks about why he started his podcast and the most interesting guests he’s had on the show
  • [26:14] Andrew discuss the benefits of selling on Etsy and what products sell well on its site
  • [34:12] What mistakes do sellers make when bringing their brand onto Amazon?
  • [36:15] How to use Helium 10 to research keywords for your product

In this episode…

Some people love the safety net of a predictable but boring corporate job. Others crave the rollercoaster of the entrepreneurial journey — the highs, the lows, and everything in between. That’s how Andrew Erickson felt. While he had a comfortable job as an engineer, he wanted to be more than a tiny cog in a big machine. Andrew decided to move into the Amazon selling space and hasn’t looked back. Even though he couldn’t pay himself the first three years, he was eventually able to take a year to travel the world with his wife and now generates a seven-figure revenue.

On this episode of the eCommerce Profits Podcast, Joshua Chin joins Amazon seller Andrew Erickson to discuss how he became an Amazon millionaire — and how you can do it too. Andrew talks about the mistakes sellers make when bringing their brand onto Amazon, how to use programs like Helium 10 and Betsy to promote your product, and why Etsy is also an excellent option for sellers.

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Episode Transcript

Intro 0:04

Welcome to the eCommerce Profits Podcast where we feature top founders and experts in the eCommerce industry and take an in depth look at the struggles and successes in growing eCommerce brands profitably.

Joshua Chin 0:21

Josh Chin here I’m the host of the eCommerce Profits Podcast where we feature top experts, entrepreneurs and shakers in the eCommerce industry. And we go behind the scenes of struggles and successes in growing a brand. Now this episode is brought to you by Chronos agency if you run a direct to consumer ecommerce brand that is ready to scale and double your customer lifetime value through lifecycle marketing. Chronos is your company. We’ve helped hundreds of brands scale profits with email, SMS, and mobile push marketing while getting an average of 30 500% ROI from our efforts, we’ve worked with brands like truly beauty, the UI, Elias skin, and many more. Now the next step is to email us at sales at Chronos dot agency. Or you can go to Chronos dot agency to learn more. And before introducing today’s guests, I want to give a big thank you to Kian Golzari good friend. Go check out their website at Sourcing With Kian do com that’s Sourcing With Kian dot com. Kian has an amazing YouTube channel as well go check that out. big thank you to Kian for making this conversation happen with Andrew. Andrew Erickson is a veteran Amazon seller who has generated multiple seven figures in revenue. He’s also the host of the very popular very successful zon con podcast, Amazon conversations podcast for FBA sellers, where he and his guests talk about the tips and tricks to becoming a world class Amazon millionaire, building a brand on Amazon finding products, how to source launch and grow a successful brand on and off of Amazon. They also talk about building the lifestyle and the entrepreneur mindset. In fact, I’ve been a guest on the show. It’s been an incredible experience. Andrew, thank you so much for being on the show. Thanks, Josh. Thanks for having me. I’m very excited to be here. And let’s dive into it. So before let’s talk about your background. You were a software engineer for a long time.

Andrew Erickson 2:31

Yep, yep, yep, yep, I went to school for engineering and I got a big boy job at a at a fortune 100. company. And it was it was nice salary and nice, you know, the 401k. And that, which is the American pension plan, stuff like that. And, but it was pretty boring, like sitting in a cubicle all day and not feel like a small part of you know, small, tiny cog in that giant machine. And I’ve always wanted something entrepreneurial. And so that’s worked on a few things, but finally found something that kind of rang true with it, the Amazon private label model.

Joshua Chin 3:06

And you started a number of side businesses, while having a full time job and juggling a lot of different things. How do you first found success in on Amazon?

Andrew Erickson 3:21

I tried a bunch of different things. I mean, I kind of thought I would do something more engineering. So I like I I tried actually tried building a self driving go kart at one point, Quinn, which maybe I can’t look back on maybe that would have been even more fruitful path. Because like, it was really hot 10 years ago, and still hot now. But like that was kind of like the very beginning of it. But yeah, it’s really hard. It’s really hard to build what the self driving something rather. So like that didn’t really turn into anything. And then I built a couple of apps that were just kind of for fun to learn, but also monetize them. And they were like, I got, I don’t know, 100 100 200,000 downloads on them, but they’re free app. So there’s not like a lot of revenue there that you can quit your day job on. And then finally I kind of just stumbled into listen to some podcasts and podcasts like this one right and just heard about the Amazon private label opportunity and jumped into an end up working out really well for me.

Joshua Chin 4:20

And I know you’re you’re a big proponent of having a lifestyle that serves you and having cash flow business that serves your lifestyle. So tell us a little bit about your 12 month adventure of traveling and building your business concurrently.

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