I never would’ve thought posting pictures on Instagram would turn into a 6-figure business for me...
In fact, it’s turned out to be much bigger than I ever expected. Especially when Entrepreneur.com, TechCrunch.com, EliteDaily.com, AchieveIconic.com, TheNextWeb.com, NewsFactor.com reached out to ask how.
I’m just a regular guy that has figured out how to be financially free thanks to Instagram. By following my passions and growing my followers to 15+ million, I have been able to make six figures for more than a year... All by posting photos of the things I love on Instagram. Now everyday feels like a weekend for me.
But first, let me rewind for a minute...
Life hasn’t always been this awesome for me. Losing my amazing father at 19 was crushing. He was only 46 years old and gone too soon. I then left my mom, brother, and hometown to put myself through University. Almost failing, I came out the other end of a 5-year systems engineering degree with more than $50k of school debt, no mentor, and no direction or guidance. Little did I know this was only the beginning.
The last 3 years have been extremely tough including losing my job and going into $150k debt, again with no direction, no mentors, and no help. Working 18-20 hour days, 7 days a week, I was looking for the right opportunity to capitalize on. I gained weight, I stopped working out, I went days without talking to friends & family or even leaving my computer.
Since being featured in Elite Daily, Tech Crunch, Achieve Iconic, The Next Web & News Factor, I’ve been getting a tone of emails. The most common question I get is, “Anthony how have you done it in such a short period of time and is it duplicable?”
So I’ve decided to share something here that I have never done before. I want to share with you how I went from $150k in debt and jobless, to being a successful entrepreneur today. I am not talking about some pie in the sky stuff. I want to share some very real actions that you can implement and apply today.
Before I get to the advice, I just want to share a quick story with you, which has had a massive impact on getting me to where I am today.
I was always a good employee. I don’t have a sob story of how I was making peanuts in Corporate America. To be honest, I made great money and I would go on vacations during my weeks off. Even though I guess I was living ‘the dream’ I always had little side projects that I hoped would set me free.
Each year at my job I would lose a piece of my soul. But it was never enough to walk away from that secure paycheck coming in each week.
Here’s one moment that stands out more than anything. I had been working at a job for 8 years and had done everything right. I exceeded all expectations and the numbers I was meant to hit. So one day I requested a raise from my boss.
In the nicest way possible, he told me to shove it where the sun don’t shine.
I almost told him the same... But yes, the weekly paycheck kept me quiet. The way he would talk to me sometimes would boil my blood in ways that I could not describe, not to mention all the empty promises of promotions and raises for my continued hard work.
Then one day that security all came to an end. I lost my job. My employer straight up told me they didn’t need my services anymore.
It didn’t sink in at first. I always thought about doing my own thing full time but that paycheck was always too addictive, feeding the lifestyle I had been accustomed too.
At that time, I was building a site called MadWhips.com and I was making decent money on the Internet with digital marketing.
That still didn’t stop me from applying for 150+ new jobs... But nothing was clicking. I felt the universe was trying to tell me something. When I was working, I hated that I was never in control. I knew I was capable of so much more.
Looking back, getting fired was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I had to take a deep look at my life and understand what was really important. My father died at 46 and at this time I was 37 years old. Now was as good of a time as ever to take a chance on myself. I didn’t have this kind of freedom while I was working.
It was time to take my hobby and passion of cars and photography and turn it into a career.
No matter what business you are looking to build, I want to give you some advice...
I see a lot people selling some pie in the sky dreams so I’ll lay it out like it really is:
1. First off, there is no substitute for hard work. All of my entrepreneurial friends who are successful (and stay successful), work their butts off. All of this ‘laptop lifestyle’ talk with only working a couple of hours a week is unsustainable. If you were to sit and watch the successful ones for a month, you would see the reality of things. When you are starting out you have to bust your butt. Your business is a unique living, breathing monster. There is no one model that it’s growth or needs will adhere to. It needs to be constantly fed to thrive. When it needs to eat, then it needs to eat regardless of your personal schedule. Keep this reality in check and you have half the battle won.
2. You need to understand timing. I see some foolish people telling others to leave their jobs prematurely. Most adults have responsibilities; a mortgage, and credit cards etc. Starting a new business takes some funds, patience and lots of time. If you don’t have money coming in or a good amount of savings to keep you afloat, it’s going to get very difficult for you. You usually don’t have the ability to predict how long of a drive your startup will have before it starts to generate income!
3. Having a mentor will help you succeed like never before. This applies to whatever you’re looking to accomplish. Having the guidance of someone who really knows their stuff is the best thing you can do for yourself. If you want to get in shape, a personal trainer will help you reach your goals faster than you ever will if you were to go at it alone with no direction.
The thing is, it’s not just me who’s seen success from Instagram. I’ve had famous clients like Timothy Sykes, Neil Patel and Sara Underwood crush it on Instagram as a result of what I have taught them.
Everyday people with no prior experience or education aged 13 to 40 years old continue to crush it on Instagram following their passions, postings photos of things they love and making money from doing so!
People happily pay personal trainers top dollar for their specialized knowledge and guidance. The same principle should apply for your business.
If you want to start a real company, my best advice is to follow someone successful who has done it before.
I helped Tim Sykes build his Instagram account, which has helped him generate over $500,000 in additional income. He even went out and purchased a Ferrari 458 spider with the money I helped him make on Instagram. He has been using FB, Twitter, and YouTube and nothing had got him results like this. This is a guy who has been on Larry King, Steve Harvey, CNBC, Fox, CNN, Forbes, the list goes on and on.
He pays me handsomely (and recently flew me to Turks And Caicos on his private jet for a weekend in the sun) for my advice and mentorship because he knew how valuable Instagram was going to become even before seeing the results.
He asked if I was teaching this kind of thing to other people. Being more of a ‘doer’ and a ‘behind the scenes’ kind of guy, I wasn’t teaching it.
Tim said to me, “Anthony, you are doing people a disservice by not teaching what you know. Your results are documented, while fake dudes are out there teaching people based on theories and selling fake followers. You could help thousands of people achieve their dreams by following their passions, but you are being selfish.”
In that moment I realized he was right. It was bigger than me. If I could teach a penny stock trader to grow his Instagram account and make money from it, I could teach anyone how to use Instagram and turn their passion into a business. It doesn’t matter if you’re into fitness, dogs, cars, fashion, music, sports, computers, stocks, sunglasses, toys, video games etc. You name it - my methods are applicable to any niche, and will work for anyone around the world in any language.
After 38 years of living I finally had the chance to truly experience financial freedom. I want to give other people that opportunity.
If you are serious about starting an Internet business, I can show you everything I know, step by step.
I have a detailed course on how I have found success with Instagram and also offer a FREE 20 page Instagram guide to share with you if you are interested in learning immediately!
I know it can help you out as it has already helped out thousands of people around the world who’ve followed my free strategies and seen immediate results!