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There are so many travel and lifestyle influencers on Instagram, so let’s be honest: haven’t you scrolled through their feed and felt a pang of envy?
If you’re like me, you have.
And if you check out enough feeds, you’ll stumble upon Mike Vestil.
A man in his 20s, who quit his full-time job, saved enough money and went on the craziest and memorable adventures of his life.
What sets him apart from others?
It turns out, we’re going to find out. He’s now sharing his knowledge through his YouTube channel, blog, and courses.
Today, I’m going to review Mike Vestil; who is he, and how can his programs help you?
It’s time to find out!
Before Mike became a YouTube sensation with more than 200,000 subscribers and a side hustle helping people build an online brand, he was working as a dental assistant for 8-12 hours a day.
One day, it hit him: what’s the point of making all this money if he doesn’t have enough time to spend it?
Fortunately, he met a mentor who showed him how to create a side hustle with a blog.
His success wasn’t an overnight thing.
He put money, effort and a lot of time into building a business that will sustain him even in crises like the one we’re currently going through.
The rest is, as they say, history.
Once he had enough money, he picked up his ukulele and embarked on a journey to explore the world.
After 25+ countries and crazy adventures (swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines and chilling with monkeys in Thailand)
He is back with a huge amount of content, online courses, and other materials that will help other people who want to break free.
Now, the biggest question on your mind is probably: how did Mike Vestil go from having very little money, to making $1.5 million per month?
Mike is not only a YouTuber. He’s an entrepreneur, investor and a digital nomad.
He has also turned to inspirational videos and conferences to reach out to people who want to make more money.
Vestil started with his side hustle way back in 2015.
His first method was dropshipping on Shopify.
Back then, dropshipping was still revolutionary.
All you had to do was set up shop online, and connect with retailers who had huge stocks and problems finding buyers.
He became the person that connected the retailers with huge inventory with the customers who would use these products.
Additionally, dropshipping is great because you don’t have to store your products, or pay for them before you’ve sold them.
You’re just processing transactions, marketing the products, and taking your cut.
Next up on his journey to six figures was a foray in the world of travel blogging.
In 2016, the internet was not yet flooded with a horde of travel influencers.
He cashed in the novelty of the entire scene, and started documenting his travelogues on Youtube and his blog.
People found his content and his traffic grew.
Also, his Youtube subscribers went from 0 to 50,000 in a couple of months, giving him the audience he needed to start offering advice for making money online.
At that point, Vestil already knew plenty about the industry.
He was smart enough to monetize all his traffic with affiliate marketing and sales funnels, ultimately creating his personal brand.
Finally, he put a chunk of his money in Bitcoin.
You can guess how that went - Bitcoin exploded in value, and Vestil was able to cash in before all of these value fluctuations we’re seeing now.
After all this, now he is creating, documenting and helping others learn the trade secrets of starting an online business, becoming an influencer, or simply creating any kind of online business.
The cover of the book "The Lazy Man’s Guide to Living The Good Life"
Published in 2017, Mike Vestil’s book The Lazy Man’s Guide to Living The Good Life can be a good starting point if you’re interested in what he has to say.
Available at $14.95, the book is chock-full of advice for people who still need to come into their entrepreneurial mindset.
Fortunately, it’s not as preachy as other books in the niche.
Just like his blog, Mike’s book talks about creating a good life that’s a balance of four things:
In his book, Vestil talks about the ways in which you can create a healthy lifestyle with the body you want, the income you want, and the kind of positive relationships you should be fostering to move ahead in life.
It should be read like a story and an adventure, but there’s plenty of good ideas for everyone who feels like they’ve been down on their luck recently.
The number one rule to becoming a millionaire or even creating an investment plan that helps you achieve the biggest milestones of your life is having passive or at least multiple sources of income.
This won’t just help you get money right away, but it’ll make sure you’re protected in case of a job loss or a market downturn.
And when you enroll in the course for creating passive income and kick-starting your side hustle at the Internet Lifestyle Academy, you will learn all about it.
Internet Lifestyle Academy consists of three courses - 2 business cash flow courses, and 1 passive income course.
The entire curriculum covers multiple topics that are necessary to create strong foundations for passive income, your own brand, or even an online business that will sustain you for life.
You’ll come across topics such as:
Of course, there is always the fine print attached with such courses.
The results you’ll get ultimately depend on you.
Right now, the course is not open for enrollment.
However, Internet Lifestyle Academy is usually $497, which is not all that much (seriously, I’ve seen courses that cost a lot more, and if you’ve been reading my reviews, you have too), but I feel like Vestil dips his fingers in too many pies.
He ultimately scratches the surface of popular online money-making methods like dropshipping and affiliate marketing, without getting into the real thick of it.
I’m gonna go with no.
I have nothing against Mike, he certainly built a life he likes for himself.
But like I said, his courses barely scratch the surface. And for $497, you’d expect a lot more.
His courses are crash courses. If you’ve never heard of dropshipping or influencer marketing, then Internet Lifestyle Academy explains the basics.
However, you won’t get plenty of real advice from the field.
At both places, he shares not only his travel photos, videos and stories, but also full-length videos that are meant to inspire you.
If you’re wondering what to expect from the course, the videos are a good indicator. If you don’t like his videos, skip the courses. If you do, consider them.
Apart from YouTube and Instagram, Vestil also has a blog where he shares his insights in marketing, affiliate marketing, and other methods that have helped him reach his destination.
Being a fan of everything related to marketing, Mike is also aware of the importance of building a strong network.
Regardless of whether you want seed-money for your future startup or you just want to move up in the career ladder, who you know is what you’ll get.
In his various interviews and other YouTube videos, Vestil has talked about creating a strong network of like-minded professionals and positive people.
Choose your friends wisely, but the people in your network with utmost caution.
Now, my main problem with Mike’s approach is that he, again, emphasizes that all you need to build a successful business is grit, determination, and perseverance.
This is a nice thing to say because yes, as an entrepreneur you have to be resistant, but you also need skills.
Unfortunately, Vestil can’t help you improve them a lot.
So check out his YouTube and his blog, but look for in-depth courses elsewhere.
This is a... surprisingly common question.
No wonder; there are so many self-proclaimed ‘gurus’ advertising this entire notion of making money fast out there.
However, Mike’s methods and timeline are genuine.
He joined a network marketing company during college, and given the fact that he had a thirst for this kind of thing, he gave his best shot and emerged at the top.
He kept working on his ideas and this concept of creating multiple streams of incomes via online channels.
This led to him creating his YouTube channel where he documents everything he has learned so far in life.
And with his dropshipping business, his success isn’t anything out of the blue.
And while he isn’t a scam, you might be wondering if his teachings are questionable.
There are two ways to look at it, but it all boils down to three things:
Like I said, I don’t think he covers specific niches deeply enough to give you all you need to start a business.
However, his courses are great for complete beginners who are still getting acquainted with the idea of online business and passive income.
Obligatory Lambo pic that does its part in fueling the rumors
You may find him obnoxiously loud in his videos, a lot of people do.
Mike functions on this idea that we have finite time on Earth.
And when you go through his blog, YouTube channel and other sources, you can see proof of it.
Coming to the question of him being a scam, a lot of people have asked: “Alright, so where are all the products you’ve dropshipped?”
To combat that, he has uploaded a couple of videos explaining his growth through dropshipping.
So no, the man is not a scam.
Is his content valuable? It depends on what you’re looking for.
I definitely think there are better coaches for dropshipping and passive income.
Convinced about the idea of side hustles, but want to do it on your own terms?
I respect that!
Here’s how to do it without Vestil’s courses:
First of all, identify what it is you are good at apart from your day job.
Alternatively, your side hustle could be an extension of the work you are already doing.
It all comes down to you.
Secondly, conduct in-depth research and identify all the ways you can earn money.
People all over the world are freelancing, blogging, selling home-made products or simply conducting workshops if they have a significant following.
I’ve talked about so many entrepreneurs with different business models here, and there’s all kinds of kinds.
You’ll definitely find something that suits your skills.
Obviously, Mike exploded in popularity because of the viral effect.
He simply got started early enough, back when every kid on your street wasn’t a travel influencer.
So while you can’t replicate his exact formula, you can create your own by looking at how he generates traffic today.
He’s using sales funnels.
To be precise, he’s using ClickFunnels, a tool that helps you run your entire marketing from one platform, and make sure you cover every base your potential customers touch.
Sales funnels follow your customers’ entire journeys; from first finding your website, to becoming loyal customers.
In fact, they actively encourage your visitors to turn into leads, and leads into customers.
How does it work?
Really, sales funnels are the best way to understand what your customers need, and how you can motivate them to buy your products every step of the way.
If that sounds like you need to know a lot of tech tricks, let me stop you right there.
You can literally run a profitable business without writing a single line of code.
The trick is in using the right platform: systeme.io.