The Future of Import Export Investing

Import ExportI’ve been an investor in a number of very simple import, export style businesses over the past 15-20 years. Some of which have failed, but the majority of which have actually been very profitable for both myself and the business owners. The business models for this type of business is very simple, you simply source a product, white label this product, market it to your area (whether this be national, local or even global) and then make money from the increased sales price. Very simple business model, but also very profitable when done correctly.

Today I wanted to do a post about the future of these business models and the way I see this going in the next 10-15 years. This was brought to my attention by a friend of mine named Tom Buckland, he’s a digital marketer based in the UK who has a number of side businesses which are all essentially import/export businesses. He spoke to me about where the future of this is heading and I had to agree and add my points. So below is where I personally think this is going in the next decade, I hope you enjoy.

Micro-Channels

Micro channels are the way people are finding different things nowadays. When it was the 80/90s you had to know someone who knew someone else to get a specific item. And if you wanted that in bulk and at wholesale then you would have to have a huge warehouse to put it in and a member of staff to take care of it all.

logoNowadays the barrier to entry has been removed. People are starting businesses with a few hundred bucks and building them into huge businesses that earn 6/7/8 figures a year, most of which is semi-passive. These micro channels are things like Amazon, Youtube, Google, Facebook & Ebay. They might not seem like solely shopping networks (except maybe Amazon/Ebay) but all of them are. Think about the last time you saw someone who you liked promote something on Youtube or Facebook, did you think of that product more highly than previously? Of course, because the trust is already there.

This is called influencer marketing, which brings me onto my next point.

Advertising is changing, FAST

cropped-Money.jpgPreviously in the last 50 years if you wanted to advertise something you needed to have a lot of money and/or time and promote it in newspapers, Magazines or on TV. Nowadays if you have a website and a few social accounts you can use smart content marketing and a small budget for Google adwords, Facebook ads or even just pay someone to help rank your website in Google (SEO.) This has drastically reduced the cost of advertising and hence has made it easier for people to make their first million!

There are more millionaires in the world today than ever before and the reason is due to the ease of access of a.) Products – Which can be sourced from China in 30 days, and which can b.) be stored in a warehouse that you don’t own (aka Amazon FBA programme) and c.) Making it easier and giving you more money to utilise in new, smart, high return on investment advertising channels.

That’s all.

The 3 Primary Types of Investing

“Investing” itself is not just stocks and shares. It’s also not just forex and its also not just investing in small businesses. There are 100s of types of investing you can use to create a positive ROI for yourself or your business. Take property for example, these are types of investments. Renting them out or doing them up and then selling straight away is a way to generate a positive ROI for your investment. But today we will be talking about the 3 primary types of investing when it comes to research, data driven, market investing strategies. These are 3 strategies and types I use on a daily basis to make the majority of my income I hope you enjoy the article and if you did remember to share and subscribe!

stocks-and-sharesType 1 – Stocks & Shares

Generally the most commonly known “type” of trading. Most people think of wall street, high buildings, shady characters like the wolf of wall street or Gordon Gekko when they think of stocks and shares. And although that could be the case, its very different nowadays. Some of the most successful traders I’ve ever meet are very shy, polite and more importantly patience individuals. It’s strange as you don’t assume stock traders with these characteristics but I think its essential nowadays. Remember you can trade stocks with $100 and an internet connection.

This is the type of trading I would recommend to anyone looking to get started in the broad field of finance and investing. It is very easy to understand and there is more good information online than the below 2 elements, which generally have miscommunication about how easy it is to make “all of the monies!” So if you are brand new, get started on shares and you can come back to the below 2 options when you have the time and capital.

forex-trading-imageType 2 – Forex Trading (Current / Foreign Exchange)

Generally seen as the type of trading that you need a heck of a lot of capital to ever get into. The currency markets are amongst the most volatile in the world, with 5 trillion dollars traded on these markets every day. Yes that’s Trillion! With a T!

But the old misconceptions about currency trading should be forgotten. Now similar to stocks you can trade currencies if you have an internet connection and a few bucks to your name. Although saying this I would in fact recommend waiting until you have a few grand to invest as the margins are a lot slimmer and generally it is considered more difficult than share trading.

venture-capitalist-2Type 3 – Investing in Businesses Directly | Venture Capitalist

Finally we come to the venture capitalist option. This is generally later in your investment journey and when you are looking for the longer term 7/8 figure payday. For example the early investors in companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Uber, Airbnb etc have all received great ROI, even though they have technically not “cashed out” yet. When these companies do get sold off they will receive shares greater than $10,000,000 in most cases, all from a very low initial investment. These are the types of companies you are looking for, but at the end of the day you may also invest in a smaller tech firm that doesn’t go on to become the next Uber or Airbnb. These are the decisions that you have to make.

Being a VC is also generally seen as less time consuming but more time-taking. For example you might only review 3 businesses that you want to invest in and select 1 for a $200,000 investment. Once this is complete you have to essentially sit-back until the company grows and eventually floats on the markets or sells to someone else. It’s a longer process than making a forex trade or investing in the stock market. But the rewards are larger if you get your investment correct!

Hope that made some sense to newbie investors, below is a very good video, I personally really liked when I got started in trading and I hope you will like it too. That’s going to be all from me, thanks for reading and as always remember to subscribe in the sidebar if you haven’t already and share this post to help us attract new visitors and readers! Thanks, Hezbo.

About Hezbo Liberal

aboutHezbo Liberal is a website that tells you how to make money through investing. Straight up no BS! That’s what we do.

My name is Henrik Bollard but everyone just calls me Hezbo so that’s going to be my author name for this site. And if you have any questions contact me.

What to expect

Over the next 6 months I will be outlining the exact strategies I use to trade both currencies (foreign exchange) and stocks and shares to make a good about profit. But more importantly it allows me to have the time to do things I actually enjoy doing. For example I don’t have to spend 5 days in-front of the computer every time I want to make a trade, I can simply set-up notifications to my email and will then make the trade.

This is more important than making millions a year, as if you don’t enjoy what you are doing, is it really worth doing? The answer of course is hell no!

Stay tuned for the next post, it should be in the next few hours!