I used to sell Havaianas (Flip Flops), which I imported from Brazil. I sold them on Amazon, the place that changed my life for many years after I started selling online.
I am living in the US, Havaianas Flip Flops are really popular here. I needed the money, selling imported Flip Flops was the solution for me.
When I sold my first pair of Flip Flops I noticed that it was a really easy way to earn some money. I finally had some money to make a living. Years passed and my business grew bigger and bigger.
Selling Flip Flops became my nine-to-five job, it became a big part of my life. I had the money to buy the things I used to dream about. It’s weird, because nobody would expect that selling Flip Flops would be so successful and a really good way to earn money.
The business went so big, I couldn’t handle it myself anymore. I needed people who could help with packaging all the orders and help me with the financial part. I hired some people and my business could grow again.
I also didn’t had any place to store all those sold and unsold Flip Flops, so I rented a little place where the Flip Flops could be stored and where my employees could work. It was all just like a dream, a dream which I thought would never come true. Then there was that horrible day, a day which changed all of this, a day I will never forget.
One day I tried to get on my account on Amazon, but I couldn’t log on. I got a notification that my account got banned from Amazon. I could not believe it, it just happened out of the blue and it really shocked me. I didn’t get any warning, I could not not understand what I have done wrong. In one day all I worked on for so many years vanished into thin air.
The storage placed I was renting was still full with Flip Flops, all unsold. I had to fire the people I hired, which destroyed their life too because they didn’t have a job anymore. I started to have financial problems and all the money I saved up was gone. The dream of having a own business turned into a nightmare this day.
I am not giving up, I have to make a living again. I learned my lesson from this and I will find a way to get my business back.
If you have a business, you always need a backup plan. You never know what the future can bring, one day can change your business from something into nothing.