My Q1 2015 Recap

I couldn't believe that the first 3 months of 2015 have almost passed already!

As I haven't been active on the blog lately, I think it's good to write this quick recap to let you guys know what I've been doing to make 2015 my best year ever.


Putting My Fitness First

I've always been good at maintaining my health and fitness level over the years but my goals were so much more.

Really, I wanted to have a 6-pack and be able to perform incredible calisthenics movements like these.

So during the past 3 months, fitness has been my 1st priority. Which meant:

  1. I rarely missed my workouts. I did yoga in the morning and strength training/zumba dance in the afternoon.
  2. I followed my healthy eating plan closely.
  3. I didn't work for long hours and made sure I got enough sleep.

The results?

Well, it's still too early to achieve the goals but I definitely saw good results following the plan.

I dropped a few pounds of fat and added 6-8 reps to my pull-ups and pushups.

Oh, did I tell you that I could hold the headstand for over 30 seconds without the wall now?

Building a Great Team on Odesk

One of my goals for this year is to scale my t-shirt business to six figures in profit and I wouldn't achieve that without a strong system powered by a skilled team.

As a solopreneur, I could only go so far.

After reading The E-myth and Work The System, I now understood that it was the only way to build a sustainable business.

My first key hire was a project manager (PM) thanks for the suggestion of Jon Haver from

And that was probably the best decision I've ever made for my business.

When I'm good at marketing and selling the products, I've never been an organized person.

The PM has been of great help to break down the business into smaller well-documented processes that other team members can execute on.

The team grew quickly and we settled at 5 for now with me, 1 project manager, 1 advertising manager, 1 graphic designer and 1 general virtual assistant.

I'm really excited about my new team and will write more about how we work together in future posts.

Launching My Amazon Affiliate Theme

Due to popular demand, I launched my Authority Azon product last month which was a WordPress theme to help build high-converting amazon affiliate websites quickly in just a few steps.

I got 50+ sales since launching and the customers seemed to love it so far.

Me and my developer are still working on more improvements to make this the best WordPress theme for amazon affiliates.

You can take a look at the theme here >>>

Helping My Girlfriend with Her Local E-commerce Store

We started this project nearly 8 months ago and I personally invested about $500 in the business.

My girl friend worked really hard for it and her effort definitely paid off. We're currently doing about $1k a month in profit and have just hired the first customer support person.

One of the lesson I learned from this side project was that local SEO was still really easy. The site grew very quickly to over 90,000 visitors a month with only 25 high quality articles and 2 backlinks.

I definitely need to spend more effort on optimizing the site so that we can turn even more visitors into customers.

My Goals and Plans For The Next Quarter

Stick to My Fitness-First Plan

I'm gonna do some traveling on Q2 so definitely need to put more effort on sticking to the plan. Fortunately calisthenics allows me to work out anywhere as my body is the only equipment needed.

Get to 5-figure Profit a Month Selling T-shirts

With the new team and system, I'm confident that we can hit some big numbers in the next 1-2 months. Currently we're profitable but not at the level I want yet.

Visit Bali for a Month and Scuba Dive

I haven't dived again since getting certified in Koh Tao on October last year.

Bali has some of the best dive sites in the world and I'm pumped to visit the islands in May. Some of my DC friends are already there so I'm really looking forward to the trip.

What About You?

How did you do in the first 3 months of 2015? I'm glad to hear about your updates in the comment section.

Leave a comment below.

Tung Tran

Tung Tran is the founder of
  • wkhojoseph says:

    Congrats on your 90k visitors per month using only 25 articles and 2 backlinks. How many percent of the traffic come from search?

  • Sudarshan Sampath says:

    @tung_tran:disqus Congrats ๐Ÿ™‚ Could you share some tips for local seo… Ps – You could have shared a picture of you before and after 3 months ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Tung Tran says:

      Haha yeah definitely!

  • Ariel Rule says:

    Congrats on a great year so far :-). How did you go about building your team?

  • mitcoivanov says:

    Aswesome achievements, Tung!

    Thanks for “Work the System”. Let’s say now I earn $XXXX from my daily job. What would be your opinion – would it be wise to spend half of my salary for paying an employee write and promote the content for my side project?

    • Tung Tran says:

      Is the side project profitable? If not, don’t do that.

      • mitcoivanov says:

        It will be profitable, I did my homework. It’s just in an early stage development and still not earning anything.

  • What I love about this summary is that you not only made progress, you made progress that will be SCALABLE. This puts you so far ahead of the game!!!

    Right now, I’m slowly bringing on new team members. And it’s taking us awhile to figure out how all the parts should go together.

    It sounds like Q2 is gonna be killer.

    • Tung Tran says:

      Thanks Quinton! Glad to have you here ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Hey, long time no see on this blog! That’s a good move man! I do have first full-time VA and writer too. He’s helped ma a lot in updating the website and writing the contents I want. There is still long way to go from here. Well, I’ll review your theme and let you know how it goes in my next project. Since I’m launching new eBook now. Talk soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nudrat Siddiqui says:

      Raweewan, I can also help you in some ways if you want so. I have been working as a freelance article and content writer. Recently I had worked on an International book’s proofreading project. The book is now available at Amazon titled “Risk and Exposures it IT and Software Projects”. I would really be honored if you let me know how I can help you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Congratulations on your progress Tung! I hope I could also emulate your passion for healthy living soon ๐Ÿ˜€

  • That’s great progress Tung! If you can scale up the local ecommerce store effectively, it will be a great long term business. Good luck for that!

  • Hi Tung.

    I’ve been following your blog for a few days and read a large majority of the comments and topics.

    Thanks for being insightful and making all this information available to guys like me who are confused about the abundance of information available online, but are willing to learn.

    In the 1st quarter of this year I have started reading a lot of self development material , probably read about 8 books in the first 3 months of 2015. That has brought a lot of changes in my life . I am sure you know what I’m talking about as you read “How to win friends and influence people” as well and probably had the same mental excitement as I did.

    I am currently putting a lot of interest in developing a few online businesses , investing a lot of time trying to learn as much as I can about the industry. My short term objective is to start a niche affiliate website.

    I am not asking for anything , all I wanted was to say Thank You and good luck. May I learn a lot from you and succeed in doing something good for the world around us.


  • Thanks for โ€œWork the Systemโ€. Letโ€™s say now I earn $XXXX from my daily job. What would be your opinion โ€“ would it be wise to spend half of my salary for paying an employee write and promote the content for my side project?

    • NO!!! Don’t do that. Start small. It’s good that you’re willing to invest. I’d say invest 1-2 hours a day to learn and $300 a month to try to build a site.

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