From Reffing Soccer Games to being Self Employed with Ninos Shamo

    What’s your backstory?

    I grew up in a middle class family. We weren’t poor but we weren’t rich either. Ever
    since a kid, I always wanted to make money. When I saw people on the street driving
    lamborghinis and ferraris, I would always say to my parents, “That is going to be me one

    I started my first business at the end of my first year of highschool. It was following the
    basic dropshipping model. It was a huge fail. I was trying to sell bikinis because it was
    summer time, but it failed miserably.

    Now you’re probably wondering, how did I even get started? Well, one day I was on
    YouTube and an Alex Becker ad popped up. He was talking about a way to make
    money online with very low upfront cost and no inventory. So I clicked on the “FREE live
    webinar.” I watched the entire thing just so that at the end I can be pitched a $2000
    course. At the time I was 15 and didn’t have that kind of money ready to spend. Instead,
    I started doing my research on YouTube and ebooks. It worked pretty well.

    I started to see success on the day of my birthday. It was September 18, 2018 when I
    made my first $500 day. Ever since then I have just been scaling.

    I continue to invest into my self education by purchasing programs, books, courses, and
    mentors. I have invested over $15,000 to this day for my self education because formal
    education will make you a living, but self education will make you a fortune !

    Now I am hitting 5-10k per day at the age of 16 and it is only going to be going up from

    Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?

    So the way how I got to be able to fund my business was by reffing soccer games. I got
    my certificate when I was 14, worked for a few months, made about $1000 and invested

    with that. A few of the challenges and setbacks I faced was getting holds from payment
    providers. Since dropshipping is a high risk business because your selling products you
    don’t have any inventory of, payment providers will sometimes put a hold on your
    money or a reserve. They will eventually give it to you, they just want to make sure that
    you are legit. Another obstacle I faced was getting scammed a few times.

    A lot of entrepreneurs get scammed in their journey because there is a lot of cold hearted
    people out there that will take your money and not provide the service you thought you
    would receive. Just be careful. When I got scammed it was for $1000 and that was all I
    had at the time. This was before I succeeded with dropshipping. You just have to push
    through and not give up no matter what obstacles come your way.

    A few of my major responsibilities is making sure that my team and my employees are
    staying on task. If you have a team that is dysfunctional, it will be really hard for you to
    become successful. One of the main reasons I am so successful at the age of 16 is
    because I have outsourced a lot of the work that takes up my time and doesn’t make

    Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?

    I almost gave up when paypal put a hold to my money because it was $8000 and I
    needed that money in order to pay for my order fulfillment team and the facebook ads I
    had been running. This was at the beginning of my journey so it was pretty tough going
    through it. But, once again you have to push through and keep moving forward!
    Instead of giving up, I used one of my parents credit cards and made back the money I
    owed them in less than 3 days. Just remember that for every problem, there is a
    solution. Stay focused and keep grinding.

    Ninos Shamo 


    • Tony "Disrupt" Delgado

      CEO of Disrupt Magazine

      Tony Delgado ( @disruptceo ) is a Puerto Rican-American software developer, businessman, activist, philanthropist, tech entrepreneur, and founder of Disrupt Magazine.

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