A former Primark employee has revealed how he left his job at the fast fashion retailer to set up his own business, and he’s now turning over more than £2million a year.
Mohammed Kamil Sattar, 21, from Telford, Shropshire, spent eight months working for Primark after dropping out of school.
But he hated his job at the shop and was often told by bosses he ‘wasn’t cut out to work’ and eventually left and decided to start a dropshipping company where he makes a profit of £30,000 a month.
Dropshipping is when a company sells products without ever keeping them in stock.
When an order is placed, the company buys the product from a manufacturer at wholesale price and has it shipped directly to the customer.
This means the dropshipping company makes a profit on the sale without ever touching the product.
Mohammed Kamil Sattar, 21, from Telford, Shropshire, spent eight months working for Primark after dropping out of school, he now runs his own dropshipping company
‘My favourite memory of Primark was the time I deliberately got stuck in an elevator so I didn’t have to work,’ he said.
‘I basically quit after eight months due to lack of motivation – that, and my bosses constantly telling me I’m not built for having a job.
‘I guess something about the work didn’t agree with me and I soon found out for myself that I’m actually built for making my own destiny.
‘Nowadays I sell products online using the dropshipping business model.
Mohammed now runs a dropshipping company. Dropshipping is when a company sells products without ever keeping them in stock
As the middle man in the selling process, Mohammed’s main role is finding the right product and marketing it
Can anyone do it? The pros and cons of droppshipping
Very little capital required to start – unlike conventional retailers, dropshippers only buy stock as and when they need it
No need for your own website – you can use Amazon or eBay
No need to manage, stock and organise inventories
Small margins – because it is so easy to start up, dropshipping is very competitive. This means you have to sell your products cheaply
Admin nightmare – you are dealing with customers and several different suppliers at once
No quality control – you get the blame if the manufacturer messes up
‘My suppliers hold all the inventory and when I get a sale on my website the supplier ships directly to the customer,’ Mohammed explained.
As the middle man in the selling process, Mohammed’s main role is finding the right product and marketing it.
He said: ‘I have sold high-fashion items, beauty products, gadgets, pet products, baby products, outdoor products, etc – there’s simply too many to name here, but that’s the beauty of dropshipping.
Mohammed has sold high-fashion items, beauty products, gadgets, pet products, baby products, outdoor products
‘The opportunities are endless.
‘I concern myself primarily with the website layout, and the backend – the automations that process the sale.
‘Their marketing is trash and that’s usually because they don’t understand Facebook advertising.
‘Right now, per month in revenue, I pull in around £186,205.
Mohammed is also happy to share the wealth by teaching online courses on his business model
Mohammed’s main job is running the website layout, and the backend, all processes that help the automations that process the sale
‘In profit, we’re looking at around £28,100-£28,900 and my income has increased by 30-45 per cent over the last three years.’
The best thing is that the work is more or less entirely Covid-19 proof.
He said: ‘Covid-19 has helped my business grow.
‘Due to the demand of business going online and people looking for ways to make money online, people are buying more than ever online.
Mohammed has taught 150 people himself, while his company combined has taught 459 people
The entrepreneur is 100 per cent self-taught and learned his skill using online mentors, courses, books, seminars
‘Making this level of money now means I can treat my partner to nice things that I wasn’t able to give her when I was broke, like holidays, meals, presents.’
Mohammed is also happy to share the wealth by teaching online courses on his business model.
He said: ‘I have personally taught 150 people, the company combined has taught 459 people.
Mohammed says he can now treat his partner to nice things that he wasn’t able to give her when he was broke, like holidays, meals, presents
‘We only teach three to 10 in a group at any one time.’
And if you show promise on the course, he’ll even give you a job.
Mohammed said: ‘To be able to work for me and the mentoring company you must have been a student of mine in the past achieving £76,000 in revenue with a 20 per cent profit margin, also having people skills and teaching skills.
To be able to work for Mohammed and the mentoring company you must have been a student of mine in the past achieving £76,000 in revenue with a 20 per cent profit margin, also having people skills and teaching skills
Mohammed insist that dropshipping isn’t some get rich quick scheme, and that its a three-year game plan
‘Anyone can be successful at dropshipping but unfortunately only 5 per cent of people actually make it due to their work ethic, mindset, skills.
‘Dropshipping isn’t some get rich quick scheme – its a three-year game plan.
‘Competition is good for innovation and grounding.
Mohammed says his legacy is important and he wants to kill the ‘mad notion that you can learn everything you need from some sort of guru’
‘There will always be someone better than you in life.
‘What’s important to me is building my legacy and killing this mad notion that you can learn everything you need from some sort of guru.
‘I completely failed school and college, I’m 100 per cent self-taught using online mentors, courses, books, seminars.
‘Just think of me as the Robin Hood of eCommerce.’