Lukas Tsimopoulos is 20 and Sees His First $1M as Just the Beginning of His Career
When Lukas Tsimopoulos started working on his reselling model via eBay, he was still in school, aged 14, but full of dreams and motivation, ready to conquer the world. Six years later, and he is making almost $1 million annually through drop-shipping, which is pretty much how products manufactured by established factories find their customers directly without other complicated steps in the supply chain. Optimizing such logistics, he manages to make more money out of a smaller volume of orders, in a quest for efficiency within a global market.
After a lot of pondering, he is now convinced to share valuable knowledge and information with his 80,000 Instagram followers through direct messaging and a special type of mentorship offered to the most driven of them. He is now only 20 years old, but people trust him in what he does, and this is evident in the great relationship he maintains with both clients and colleagues. His team of experts are aligned with him in goals and approaches, as well as in business acumen and determination to take risks and overcome burdens.
Thankfully, his whole journey is well-documented and shared on social media as an online guide for those aspiring to nail a location-neutral income by applying his techniques. Lukas was never a nine-to-five work person or one who could settle for his already established family business. While he started in Australia, he believes that a global career is more suitable for him.
Formal studies don’t always facilitate specialization, so a way to do so is searching through the Internet and focusing on data that is closer to one’s expertise. Lukas thinks long-term; planning for a bright future full of traveling and freedom to experience the world. He did a lot of testing before narrowing down to the beauty and health e-commerce niche, which is now in high demand due to COVID-19.
People are buying such products to improve their daily lives and give some cheer to their families while they have to protect themselves by staying home. He does his best in meeting their needs and responding to all requests through very effective customer service. In his view, this is the most important department in each similar company.
His current achievements allow him to dream big and make plans. He is patient and aims high. Stellar success takes time, but he has all the confidence and willingness in the world, being ready to work hard and knowing that nothing will be offered to him for free. Identifying opportunities and staying consistent in his strategy, he is gradually pulling ahead of any competition.
Comparing himself to others who made it big before in a similar sector, and looking into failures and mistakes as parts of a learning curve, he manages to refine his model. Lukas is enjoying what he is doing; it doesn’t feel like a job to him. During the pandemic, he is helping others realize how technology can bring people together, coping with unprecedented challenges and finding solutions. Nothing ever comes as an overnight success, but it is quite fulfilling to see that, through him and a new generation of entrepreneurs, a significant number of people benefit.
SamBoat Makes Waves in the US
The sharing economy’s massive popularity has led to the creation of blockbuster companies like Airbnb, VRBO, eBay, Uber, and Lyft, to name just a few. According to a report by Proficient Market Insights, the size of the sharing economy was $113 billion in 2021 and is predicted to reach $600 billion by 2027.
One of the newest companies to enter this space, SamBoat, now enables the owners of sailboats and motorboats to offer their vessels for rent. Because yachts are expensive to buyand maintain — in many cases, more expensive than purchasing and maintaining a home — yacht owners can offset some of their costs by listing their craft on the platform.
Those who may not be able to afford their own boat can still experience life on the water, however. No knowledge of boating is required, as many charters include the possibility of hiring a skipper.
When young French entrepreneurs Laurent Calando and Nicolas Cargou met, a friendship, as well as a new venture, was born. Cargou was an avid Airbnb user, and Calando had grown up sailing with his family. Throughout the course of their conversation, they realized that the sharing economy covered a lot of bases, but it didn’t include boating, which they were both passionate about.
The pair sensed an opportunity, which quickly led to action. In April 2014, they officially launched SamBoat in the Bordeaux region of France.
“SamBoat’s marketplace exploded in Europe over the next few years,” explains Robert Harrington, SamBoat’s US Country Manager. The company offers yachts throughout the Mediterranean, Aegean, and other popular travel destinations.
As evidence of the popularity of the boat-sharing model, SamBoat grew by over 70 percent in 2022. Since its founding, the company has enabled more than a million people to take to the seas. Now, the platform is rapidly expanding its listings throughout the US.
Where SamBoat operates in the US
SamBoat has already — albeit indirectly — served its American customers for quite some time, as American vacationers have often rented boats in Greece, France, Italy, or Spain through its platform. But now, the company is beginning to serve Americans on the other side of the Atlantic, right here at home.
SamBoat rentals are currently available in many American ports. The marketplace currently offers hundreds of boats just in the state of Florida, where the fleet extends up the Keys to West Palm Beach, and throughout the west coast, including Tampa, Clearwater, Naples, and Ft. Myers. SamBoat also has many boats in Chicago and Seattle, as well as throughout New England.
In the near future, the company will expand its offerings in San Diego and Los Angeles. SamBoat also plans to open in Lake Tahoe, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Havasu, and Lake Champlain by mid-summer 2023. It also aims to have fleets available in Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket by the same time.
“Our goal is to offer thousands of boats to rent throughout the United States by the end of the year,” Harrington says.
SamBoat operates anywhere boat owners choose to list their craft for rent. “Just because the marketplace might not already have a whole regatta in a given port doesn’t mean it can’t or doesn’t operate there,” Harrington says. “Listings grow organically, cropping up wherever opportunity calls boat owners to take advantage of existing demand.”
For instance, while SamBoat only officially launched in the United States this past year, the platform was open to US-based boat owners and renters last year. From January 2022 compared to January 2023, the platform experienced a 500% increase in US-based business.
This means that, if you own a boat, you can bring SamBoat to your home port. All you have to do is go to SamBoat’s website, follow a few simple steps, upload photos of your boat along with its relevant details, and respond to rental inquiries.
“Now is the right time for boat owners to get in early and beat the rush,” Harrington says.
The secret to SamBoat’s success
American consumers have responded enthusiastically to SamBoat’s arrival for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the platform offers the very same boats as other companies, yet their prices are on average 10 percent cheaper.
The reason for this is simple: unlike most other yacht and boat rental services, SamBoat doesn’t charge its customers inflated “junk” fees.
In addition, SamBoat makes renting a yacht simple and easy. Generally speaking, other boat-sharing websites outsource customer service to the owners of the listed yachts. They will only answer the phone or attend to you if you are booking something of a high dollar amount, while the average boat rental costs under $1,000. This can lead to a very frustrating process for someone who has questions but can’t seem to get a response from a boat’s owner.
At SamBoat, however, a real human being answers every inquiry. “Sometimes, that person is me,” Harrington says. This makes it much easier for people to rent the perfect boat that will meet their individual needs.
SamBoat fulfills a long-awaited need for sailing and boating enthusiasts worldwide. With the arrival of SamBoat in the US, it’s an even more exciting time for Americans to participate in the sharing economy.
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