THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO BUSINESS How a 34-year-old turned $200 into a company he sold for over $10 million

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Thirteen years ago as a broke college student, Trevor Chapman took a job selling pest control door-to-door to make extra money. Eventually, he launched his own sales operation — a solar panel installation company that quickly expanded across three states. But two years in, something was missing — and it wasn’t a shortage of time spent in the office.

“There came a point in time when I had to say, ‘I’m in my mid-thirties, am I willing to wait until some of my kids are out of the house … [to enjoy] my life to the extent I imagined I would?'” Chapman recalls.

His answer became the impetus to spend $200 launching LDSman.com, an online store offering a strange assortment of items sourced from China (Kevlar pants, charcoal toothpaste, inflatable lounge chairs, fidget spinners and more).

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