My name is Nathan Holmquist. I'm from a small town in northern Illinois called Roscoe. Since then I've lived in Seattle, North Carolina, and now Florida.
I've been selling books on Amazon since 2006. In 2007, I switched to FBA when I had a crazy idea of taking a road trip across the county and buying and selling books along the way. The road trip didn't work about, but FBA did!
In 2009, I wrote an eBook, based on my very positive experiences with Amazon FBA. In turned into a big success after some popular eCommerce marketers promoted my eBook to their emailing list.
Also, at this time, I started a blog called, Book to the Future, based on my favorite movie…I already think you know what it is:)
Between 2011-2013, I hit a rough patch and lost direction with my business. In 2012, I was broke and depressed. I had to resort to asking my parents for money. It was humiliating.
A few months later, I was offered a full-time job as a 6th grade teacher. Due to my financial situation, I had no choice but to take the job. While it was a challenging and rewarding experience, teaching 12-year-olds was not for me. However, it did motivate me to re-invent myself. After one year of teaching, I quit. I decided that I was going to make it as an entrepreneur and never look back.
In late 2013, I decided to go to thrift store and book sales and document the financial results on my blog. I also, started listening to business podcasts like Smart Passive Income and Entrepreneur on Fire while driving to the book sales and thrift stores. These podcasts gave me some amazingly creative ideas on how to create content and monetize it.
In 2014, I followed through on an idea that I had for nearly two years. I wanted to create a bulk listing software program for books. All the FBA listing programs (at the time) were too slow for books, in my opinion. I knew there had to be a better way. The only problem was that I didn't know how to write a word of code!
So, I went on Upwork.com (an outsourcing site) and explained my idea on a job post. The first two times were a failure. None of the candidates were qualified nor understood my idea. After almost giving up, I tried one more time and Bingo! I found a programmer who understood my vision. As a result, ScanLister was born in June of 2014.
My dream of becoming an entrepreneur with multiple streams of income was becoming a reality. I was able to promote ScanLister to my audience that I had created from my blog and eBook. And sales were rolling in.
I'm currently still selling books on Amazon FBA. Although, now have a book-scouter and a book-lister that does most of the work. I spend much of my time creating content on the blog and maintaining ScanLister.
I also created a donation-based website where people donate their books to me. In return, I donate a percentage of the profits to DonorsChoose.org. This is an organization where the proceeds go directly to local K-12 classrooms.
So that’s my story. At least some of it:)