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Meet Vahram Tovmasyan of Got Briefcases

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vahram Tovmasyan.

Tovmasyan, owner of Got Briefcases ― an upscale supplier of briefcases, luggage, backpacks, and other fine carrying cases and accessories.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There were many challenges. When I left the wood flooring business, I had only been in the U.S. for two years and wasn’t proficient in English. There was also the fact that I didn’t have a formal background in business. I had to trust people to help me get started, some of whom were either incompetent or wanted to sell me services I didn’t need.

In the end, these undesirables ended up being some of my greatest teachers. I learned that, in order to develop any relationship in business, one has to have a tough skin and the nerve to take chances. The challenges I experienced ended up being learning opportunities for me.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I own Got Briefcases, which is a drop-shipping business. This means we’re a licensed retailer that keeps little to no stock in a direct warehouse. We specialize in selling luggage, business bags for men and women, laptop cases, wallets, and related accessories. We import Italian leather accessories from Italy, including business bags, duffel bags, handbags for women, and more.

There are a few things. We have highly competitive prices on top brands, same day shipping on most orders, free returns, and we provide top-notch customer-service by delivering immediate feedback to customers. Combined with our fashionable, high-quality products, these things make us tough to beat.

It all started in 2008, when my wife accidentally threw away our photo camera charger. At the time, I had just injured my hand in a work-related hardwood flooring accident, and the financial future looked challenging. When it rained, it poured!

To save money on a new charger, I learned how to open an eBay account, so I could order a charger from China. The charger arrived, and a week later, we received a second charger from the same seller. The seller didn’t want to take it back because of the high shipping cost, so I put it back on eBay and sold it for double the price.

I started importing more chargers from China and selling them on my eBay store. After I learned more about e-commerce and explored other business opportunities, I transitioned from selling camera accessories to selling fine carrying cases for men and women.

Now that you have a thriving business, what are your plans for the future?
I plan on expanding my professional growth through learning opportunities in the field and educational opportunities. I also plan to network through conventions, workshops, and social media. I’ll also be looking to hire talented, tech-savvy youth for my business. Last but not least, I plan to live in a place I love. For me, that means buying a home in Malibu!

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