In 2012, John Azzi reached out to his old college roommate with an offer. His roommate, Eliot Arntz, was miserable working as an accountant in New York City, so Azzi offered him a small sum to learn how to trade, with the agreement he’d join Azzi’s company as a trade fund manager once his education was complete. “In the meantime, he was teaching weekend courses at General Assembly to teach others how to trade simple assets,” Azzi remembers. “His students loved him. So I said, ‘Let’s put this online to reach more people at a lower price point.”
Azzi and Arntz spent three months and about $1,000, putting together an online course on trading currencies. “The first week was crazy,” Azzi says. “We literally emailed every person we knew in tech — from Eliot’s GA students to people who came to a trading meetup we hosted, telling them that even absolute beginners could become into junior traders and earn thousands of dollars, while being anywhere in the world!”
Then, says Azzi, they made “a really strategic move.” For a bout two months they made their trading currencies & commodities course free for a limited time. “We really had no idea what would happen, but it was crazy,” Azzi explains. “We were on the front page of trading magazines, news, No. 1 on Education Portals, and all over the internet. In like two days we added 60,000 people to our email list.” They’ve continued to build trading courses, Azzi writing the material and Artnz making the videos. They’ve even brought on some expert consultants, and now have nine available courses (two of which are free). Since September 2014, Azzi says, they’ve averaged over $100,000 a month, totaling $1 million profit for 2014 after paying their affiliates.
While building the initial learn to trade financial assets course, the duo had moved from New York City to Berlin. “We didn’t have a ton of money because initial profit wasn’t as huge,” Azzi says, “but Berlin is really cheap, so it was the perfect place for us to buckle down for a few months and get the new trader education course launched. When we brought in some money, we were traveling all over the world.”
After working everywhere from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul, Turkey — “all we need are our laptops” — Azzi is now living in Paris, and Arntz will leave for Melbourne, Australia, after spending five months in Barcelona. In the last year, Azzi estimates, they’ve visited 17 countries.
And what would Azzi advise others who might be interested in a similar lifestyle? “Put aside all distractions, and learn. Learn how to trade. Read ‘The Economist’. Put some funds together and start trading. Even with no experience, you can place smaller trades. Platforms like V8Options take no commissions or transaction fees, so its the perfect place for starters. When you’ve traded around $3-5k, you’re then free to travel the world like we do, with your laptop but a little trading here and there, while enjoying some incredible lifestyle.’ We live in a new age. Enjoy it.