In 1997, at the age of 9, a young child would see a computer for the first time. He was blown away when he entered the cyber cafe with his uncle and saw all these alienating machines. Even more blown away when his uncle explained to him, “I’m sending people from Canada, Japan, France, Egypt…”
The little child knew something magical was happening in the world! He learned at an early age that the Internet was the future. And it could be a way out for his family. This is the success story of one child from Africa, who was born in a small poor neighborhood to an unemployed mother, and a broke military father.
Who is the child, SimoLife?
Mohamed Baabit, known as SimoLife, is a Moroccan, African and Arab entrepreneur. He is an expert digital marketer and e-commerce consultant, and the CMO of YouCan and COD network, two services that aim to make e-commerce simpler and easier for everyone. Especially for third world young entrepreneurs in Africa.
SimoLife was born in 1988. 18 years later, towards the end of 2006, he obtained his Baccalaureate diploma. He majored in electronics, but wasn’t that fond of the field. The specter of the Internet and computing power never left his mind.
Still, he would join the university as a challenge to keep growing. But he also spent the rest of his day hanging out with foreigners in Marrakesh to improve his English and earn finals. At night he drowns in his cheap desk which, SimoLife often assures, takes ten minutes to turn on.
He would spend the time reading and learning about digital marketing, and try a thing or two to make an income.
The first dollar from the Internet!
In 2008, Mohamed decided to learn affiliate marketing. However, he was not so serious about it. He would then spend 2009 and 2010 doing one thing: mastering affiliate marketing.
Finally, in 2009 he would make his first sale ever! He kept grinding every day. He read success stories of American marketers and Entrepreneurs and said: “They did it, so did I, so must I!”
In 2010 he made 3 sales! He increasingly relied on actual labor and parents to survive and lead a fairly humble lifestyle.
The journey is changing!
In 2011, Simo’s efforts were well compensated! He has made $100,000+ profit from affiliate marketing!
It was probably more than his father made in the last 15 years in the army! It was a rise for the little boy who is now at the age of 23. The following year, he made a net profit of $300,000 as an affiliate marketer with a major billion-dollar American company.
He was then invited to be honored by that same company in the US, and he would leave Morocco for the first time and network with millionaires!
He will love it. And he would learn the world is bigger than his neighborhood Douar Iziki; even bigger than Marrakesh!
E-commerce and Bangkok!
Simo is now becoming a household name in Morocco. At least in the entrepreneurial community. However, he would pack his bags and go live in Bangkok, Thailand. He and his friend would earn their first Million Dollars there, a lifestyle they never thought they were capable of.
It was fun and fulfilling. Especially when you know SimoLife will spend all his free time inspiring other Moroccans to do the same. To risk it all, and pursue them business ideas and bring them to life!
He got ten, hundred thousand followers on Instagram. He has become a rock star in the Moroccan social media arena. Every kid and aspiring entrepreneur would take him and his lifestyle as a model (well, not literally everyone…, he had his own haters too!).
But with all that had happened, with all the million dollars he had accumulated over the years, he still felt like he wasn’t doing enough! He still felt that he should help other fellow Moroccan, African and Arab aspiring entrepreneurs!
YouCan & COD Network!
SimoLife decided to return to Morocco and co-founded YouCan, a CMS and website builder for e-commerce stores. The idea of YouCan was revolutionary. It was the first e-commerce platform where you don’t have to pay unless you earn! You pay as little as 0.5% of your income!
Besides being cheap, YouCan was very easy to use, offered advanced marketing tricks, and was generally responsive and almost perfect!
YouCan now has the largest active stores in Egypt. Although the numbers are a little less clear, SimoLife has assured that they have users almost all over the world, with +100,000 users in Morocco, of which +30,000 are active and making sales every day!
Enough? Nope! SimoLife would co-found COD-Network (Cash-on-Delivery Network). The company manages everything for sellers in the Middle East, with a plan to cover the whole world!
Anyone, anywhere can now buy their delivery product in China! Then the COD team would have them QC’ed, shipped to the target country and stored there.
When the seller makes a sale, he is one click away from the COD team sending it to the buyer and returning the profit to the marketer’s account.
SimoLife has the vision to build an army of 100,000 Moroccan marketers to reach a million dollars, and at least millions around the world! In the past few years, the progress he and his team, and the entire board, have managed to increase the company’s net worth to 20 Million dollars!
Now he lives with his wife and parents on a farm he bought for them and manages everything from his home workspace, or often in their startup center in the capital of Morocco, Rabat. He makes his dream come true: to own a large flock of sheep and take care of them for the rest of his life!
Author and bio:
Hamid Nouasria is a content writer and SEO specialist who has written and published dozens of articles, ebooks and blogs on Entrepreneurship, Business and digital marketing. He is considered one of the top 1% skills on Upwork with a Top Rated Plus badge on the platform.