Ben Gulliver claims to have earned £12,000 a day selling teeth cleaning kits from his bedroom (Picture: SWNS)
A furloughed hair transplant consultant appears to have found a lucrative new calling after claiming to earn up to £12,000 a day selling teeth cleaning kits from his bedroom.
Ben Gulliver, 20, decided to pursue his dream of starting his own business after the pandemic forced his salon in Romford, East London to close.
He started selling teeth cleaning devices from China online when dentists were closed during the first lockdown in April, before selling the business to an American investor for a five-figure sum.
He is now on course to become a millionaire in less than a year after turning over more than $1million (£730,000) worth of sales.
The self-taught businessman has managed to turn over huge profits in 10 months with just a laptop, phone and the internet at his disposal.
Ben, who set up his firm last April, said: ‘I wasn’t really enjoying my job selling hair transplants to people and when we were furloughed I thought “I’ve got to go for this”.
‘I knew there might not be another chance to set up my own company and it was something I have always wanted to do.
Ben is on course to become a millionaire less than a year after getting furloughed in April (Picture: Ben Gulliver / SWNS)
‘I started thinking [about] what people will need during lockdown and my first idea was buying and selling a teeth plaque cleaning device as all the dentists were closed.
‘On my best days I was making £12,000 a day with that product.’
Ben has been storing his stock at his parents’ garage in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, but has now opened an office in nearby Bewdley.
He has also employed a friend to help as his business expands.
‘I’ve made over $1 million so far, that’s revenue rather than profit but I’m amazed how it has taken off,’ he said.
Ben, 20, always dreamed of setting up his own business (Picture: Ben Gulliver / SWNS)
‘It has been a real adventure so far. It shows how much can change in a year.’
Ben showed an entrepreneurial flair from a young age, selling 15p lollipops for £1 as a schoolboy. By 14, he was making £1,000 a month trading clothes online.
Ben, who left school at 16, admits he was not ‘academically gifted’ and shunned university for a work placement with Neil Westwood, owner of company Magic Whiteboard – which won investment on BBC’s Dragons Den.
He added: ‘I don’t really believe in university for business – you just have to get out there and do it.
‘I always knew I wanted to work for myself from a young age.’
Ben now hopes to help others start their own business (Picture: Ben Gulliver / SWNS)
Now Ben has dreams of assembling a property portfolio and hopes to help others set up their own business.
‘All they need is that push to get started,’ he said.
‘As long as you have a laptop or a phone and the internet, you can create a business – I managed to do it from my bedroom at my parent’s home.
‘My advice to those wanting to follow their dreams is never give up on something you’re passionate about.
‘If you make mistakes, learn from them, don’t give up.
‘It can just happen overnight and pretty much change your life.’
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