Looking for James Yanyuk?
You can probably find him driving Aventadors through the streets of Paris.
And if he’s not there.
Chances are, he’s busy shipping products all over the world.
James’ seven figure business, Berkshire Trade, has been behind the scenes of getting you some of your favorite Amazon items for years now.
Working with manufacturers and online retail giants takes a lot of work. And even more logistical planning.
So James developed his own software to help manage the process. (Which he plans to release to the public shortly.)
Keep up the awesome work James. Hopefully we can learn a thing or two from your lessons below.
How would you describe what you do in 1-2 sentences?
I run a business where my team and I work with manufacturers to bring their product lines onto online retail giants, inluding Amazon, Walmart, and Jet. We handle everything from warehousing and distribution to marketing and customer support.
What are you really excited about right now?
As we continue to scale, we’ve built out software tools we use internally to handle inventory management and forecasting, supplier management, and more. Through some testing, we’ve found there to be a lot of demand for our tool suite.
I’ve begun productizing our tools to release them as a B2B Software-as-a-Service solution by year’s end, catered specifically towards Amazon sellers.
What’s your current biggest challenge?
Time management. As we grow, more and more moving parts come into play. Meaning optimization becoming even more important. My goal for this coming year will be to delegate more and more. Finding and hiring the right staff will play a critical role.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten?
Take risks. Successful entrepreneurship involves taking risks, although one must make sure they’re calculated. As said by Zuckerburg, “In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
If you could go back in time and tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to say no. At a young age, I had a fear of missing out on any potential opportunity. But that only led to disappointment and over-exertion. Your time is valuable — saying no won’t hurt you, and will improve your well-being.
If you had unlimited money, but only one day left on Earth, what would you do?
I’d make sure I placed a considerable amount into an investment vehicle to be passed down to my family, along with my wishes for what I wanted a portion of the funds to go towards. After that, I’d spend the rest of my day with family and loved ones.
What’s one lifehack you use that most people don’t know about?
Before bed, I’ll schedule every item for my next day as a calendar event. This helps me manage my time well, and prioritize tasks for the next day.
If you could meet anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?
It would be Elon Musk. His resistance to seeing failure as an option is inspiring. There’s an article out there where he goes over AQ, or the Adversity Quotient (measuring the “inability to consider failure”), and how that is the key metric for success.
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