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Q&A Selling Online Podcast
Quin started Q&A Selling Online Podcast in 2017. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Q&A Selling Online Podcast?
I started selling online in 1997, way before it was cool to sell online.
Not because I wanted to start an online business, but out of necessity, in order to have money to party with my friends.
I was living in Portugal, a small country in Europe with perfect weather, beautiful beaches and the 4th most peaceful country on earth!
Even though I had a decent 9-5 job, I still struggled to stretch my salary until the end of the month, so I always kept my eyes open to new opportunities.
One day I saw some wooden statues for sale on a window display of a store, they were hand carved statues of people and animals. I wanted to buy every single one for myself, but the reality is that I couldn't afford a single one.
Because the storefront was very hidden, I started to imagine how many other people with money would have bought all those statues if they only knew they existed.
On the drive home I started to think about that “New American website that has auctions”, and maybe I could sell them there… That new website was eBay, and that day I opened an account (that I still have 21 years later) and I found out that, I could sell things on eBay.com, since there was no eBay in Portugal.
The next day, I took my camera to work (No smartphone yet) took pictures of all the statues in the store, when home and uploaded them all to eBay with a 100% markup, and my plan was to sell the item on my picture, collect the money, then go back to the store buy it, and ship to the customer in the USA.
What I did back in 1997, today would be called a weird form of Dropshipping, but I didn’t know the term, so I called it “Selling the Picture” because the picture was the only thing I owned at the time.
With time, I realized that selling unique, handmade products wasn’t scalable, because there was only one of each, and if someone bought the item from the store before I got there, I had to refund the purchases and risk getting bad feedback.
Discovering podcasts and new media
Fast forward to 2016, I discovered podcasts and audiobooks.
My mind was blown, with the amount of free information out there and I got a huge feeling of loss for not know about podcast all those years!
So, I started binge listening to podcasts for several hours every day. While driving, while working, in bed, and I even set up waterproof speakers inside the shower.
My mindset finally changed to be more “GIVE” instead of “GIVE ME” and I fell in love with the idea of helping others.
With over 20 years of experience, I didn’t need to feel impostor syndrome, and I decided to start my own podcast, and remove the things I didn't like from all the podcasts I was listening too: ** advertising!**
Until then, I was always a very private person online, because I saw social media as a gossip tool, and a way for competitors to take my ideas.
When I started my podcast, I still had my Facebook account private, my Instagram Private, had never used my Twitter account and my Linkedin didnt even have a Picture!
But after a life changing event that forced me and my family out of my home for 45 days, I developed a huge passion for helping others as they helped me, and it was such an amazing feeling.
As per that life changing event, it was just like something out of a “end of the world” movie… I was involved in the most expensive catastrophe in Canadian history!
A fire that destroyed 3200 buildings worth $3.6 Billion and burned 1.5 Million acres in the oil city of Fort McMurray.
When things got out of control, the government executed a mandatory city evacuation, and 90K people had to squeeze out of town through a single one lane highway , to the nearest city 500km away!
The mandatory evacuation lasted 45 days, and only after that was the population allowed back to see what was left.
During those 45 days, thousands of people all over the world shared their support with the habitants of Fort McMurray, and the feeling was overwhelming.
Since the only thing I had was one SUV packed with clothes, wife, kids the cat and nothing else, I had lots and lots of time to think about stuff I had never thought about. Like, the meaning of life, law of attraction, being pretty much homeless and having the best time of my life traveling the country for 45 days.
Now I love social media as a tool to spread knowledge and information that can change people’s lives just like it changed mine. And I do so by sharing both my podcasts, growing my social media followers and engaging with every single one of them, personally to answer their questions,
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater