New London — It was throughout quarantine, when faculties had been shut down because of the pandemic, and Sean Raymond was watching a video on YouTube, what he calls his favourite place on the Web — “You possibly can study something on YouTube,” Raymond stated.
The title of the video was “Do all millionaires suppose the identical?”
Three of the millionaires they interviewed had been below 25 years outdated, all concerned in e-commerce. Raymond, then 16 years outdated, now an 18-year-old senior at New London Excessive College, started looking for solutions.
“I am like what’s e-commerce? I am below 25 and I need to be a millionaire. I Googled it and I began my very own shops and I simply continued progressing ahead since then,” Raymond stated. “Once I’m considering one thing, I am very targeted on doing it. I will put my head down and I will study the whole lot there’s to learn about it.
“When that video got here up, that is form of the way it began. I knew I needed to do one thing with myself, I assumed, ‘You recognize what? I would as effectively strart now. I’ve time to do stuff. I am nonetheless residing at dwelling. I am in highschool.’ So I figured it is a good alternative for me to start out younger and get into it.”
Raymond now lives considerably of a double life.
By day, he’s a senior in highschool. He was a 6-foot-3 ahead for the New London boys’ basketball staff, which received the Jap Connecticut Convention Division I regular-season championship this winter.
On Tuesday, Raymond pitched four-plus innings for the Whalers’ baseball staff in a 15-5 victory over Plainfield that was shortened to 6 innings because of the mercy rule. He went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI and displayed a sweeping curveball on the mound, limiting Plainfield to 5 hits, putting out six, strolling one and hitting two batters. He’s New London’s CIAC Scholar-Athlete.
“He is a college-level pitcher,” New London coach Matt Greene stated. “He is received good offspeed, he locates effectively and he is projectable, too. He is tall, he throws decently exhausting, he tasks to a school pitcher.”
However then all of it comes again to the video.
Raymond is the founding father of his personal enterprise, Goodlife Company. He helps e-commerce companies, or these which conduct their companies solely over the Web, by serving to them with advertising and promoting. To date, based on Raymond’s LinkedIn biography, he has created greater than $400,000 value of digital promoting campaigns for e-commerce manufacturers.
He additionally has a couple of of his personal on-line shops, promoting inspirational canvases and skin-care merchandise.
Raymond’s enterprise has been featured in articles in Yahoo Finance, Influencive, Disrupt Journal and LA Weekly.
His first consumer was a clothes line from Miami. He labored free of charge to get the expertise.
“I nonetheless work with the man to at the present time, one or two years now,” Raymond stated. “I used to be on a Fb group and stated, ‘Hey, does anybody want any assist with advertising; I will work free of charge.’ He stated, ‘Let’s do it,’ so we made it occur.'”
Raymond nonetheless works from his bed room, the place he has a desk and one of many canvases from his enterprise which bears a non-public airplane and the phrases “make it rely.” As a second-semester senior with a substantial amount of his credit already within the books, Raymond will get out of college by 12:30 p.m. most days and will get proper to work.
As a substitute of faculty? Raymond will head to California after his highschool commencement, the place he’ll work for about 9 months, he stated, for an acquisitions firm. He’ll do a number of the firm’s advertising and obtain a efficiency payment from them whereas capable of develop his personal firm, as effectively.
“Clearly he is a really clever younger man,” New London athletic director Phil Orbe stated Tuesday. “When COVID first hit, clearly I had simply gotten to New London however he was one of many first children that I truly met as a result of he was going to do pitching classes with (Orbe’s Mystic Schooners’ colleague) Dennis Lengthy.
“He is only a actually down-to-earth good child after which he began speaking about this enterprise he had and I did not fairly perceive the parameters of it or what it entailed however then as he began to clarify it slightly bit and the way profitable he was going to be, it was fairly superb.”
Raymond stated he has the help of his mother and father, who by no means informed him “no,” even when they did not fairly perceive the parameters of his enterprise both.
He isn’t afraid of what the longer term holds, regardless of making ready to modify coasts.
“‘Trigger I’ve carried out the work,” Raymond stated. “I’ve put the work in. I do know what I am doing. I’ve had the outcomes. It is from the outcomes. I imagine that confidence comes from the outcomes that you simply get.
“It is bizarre. I form of do like a double life the place I am like an enormous grownup exterior after which I get to be like a child. (Sports activities are) a lot enjoyable. My coach stated, ‘We all know you do not want this however we’re glad you are right here.’ I am glad I am right here, too. I am nonetheless in highschool. I’ve the remainder of my life to work and earn money. You are solely in highschool as soon as.”