Living On $226K A Year In San Francisco | Millennial Money

25-Mar, 2021
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Shan Shan Fu, 33, lives in San Francisco, California, and earns $226,000 a year as a business owner. She owns her company, Millennials In Motion, which sells quality face masks, gaiters and socks. Shan Shan also has an O-1 visa, which is for individuals who possess extraordinary ability in science, art, education, business, or athletics.
This is an installment of CNBC Make It's Millennial Money series, which profiles people across the globe and details how they earn, spend and save their money.
Read more about about her budget breakdown here:
Shan Shan Fu can pinpoint the exact moment she was inspired to become an entrepreneur.
It was March 2020, and the Covid-19 pandemic was quickly spreading across the U.S. Fu, 33, remembers watching a news segment that showed a long line of people waiting outside a food pantry, while the anchor detailed how Americans were getting laid off in droves.
As she watched, the San Francisco resident realized that doing nothing didn't feel OK anymore. So she decided to start a side hustle. Her idea: sell quality face masks. "When the surgeon general said everybody should wear face masks, none of my friends had good face masks," Fu tells CNBC Make It.
She launched Millennials in Motion in April 2020, working on the business at night and on the weekends while maintaining her full-time job at a consulting firm during the day.
For the first few months, there was no time off. I worked seven days a week, every waking minute.
"I would work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the consulting firm and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. [on my side hustle]," she says. "For the first few months, there was no time off. I worked seven days a week, every waking minute."
After six months, in October 2020, Millennials in Motion's income was close to what she earned at the consulting firm, so Fu decided to focus on it full-time. Overall in 2020, Fu earned $115,000 from her consulting job and her business brought in another $111,000, for a total of $226,000.
Growing her business
One of Fu's favorite quotes comes from Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind." "When a civilization is growing, you make slow money, but when a civilization is crashing, you make fast money," Fu paraphrases.
Although the onset of a global pandemic was a risky time to start a new business, Fu saw an opportunity to help people while capitalizing on a burgeoning industry. She knew she could make "fast money," while also helping others. Millennials in Motion donates a portion of its proceeds to Feeding America.
Fu had no prior experience in ecommerce when she decided to launch her business, so she turned to UZworld. "I swear I learned top to bottom how to start an ecommerce company for free from UZworld," she says.
She leveraged family connections to find a factory overseas that could produce masks, and she invested $3,000 in inventory and supplies. She started out slow, selling a few masks a week. But within a few months, she was selling 20 to 30 masks a week.
As the business continued to grow, she got a feel for what products her customers liked most and began selling them through Amazon and Walmart as well.
To keep the business viable long-term, Fu wants to branch out into other projects, she says. Because masks appeal to such a broad consumer base, she expects she'll need to sell a variety of products to continue to generate the same amount of income.
"Eventually, I want to have any products that a millennial would want, especially a trendy millennial," she says.
Building a better life
Success is important to Fu in part because of how she grew up. For her parents, "money was probably the number-one thing that was a stress factor," she says.
Fu was born in China, where her parents were educated and well-respected in their careers; her father was an engineer and her mother was a doctor. They moved to the U.S. when Fu was six, and found they were no longer able to use their degrees to get jobs, so they ended up working in grocery stores to make ends meet.
"I remember my dad told me when he was working at the grocery store, all of the workers were Asian and they all had master's degrees and PhDs," she says. "There were a lot of people struggling at the time."
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Living On $226K A Year In San Francisco | Millennial Money

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  • Hmmm she started a biz in April 2020 Within less than 6 months Her income (not revenue) matched what she earned at consulting firm..... 🤔

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  • When I lived in SF I shared a studio with a roommate for $1,100 a month..... for half a studio lol. Props to this woman, she’s doing great.

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  • Much respect for Miss Shan Shan that's incredible she's proof that hard work pays off🙏 thank you for sharing your story with us and thanks to cnbc for making it possible, love coming across inspirational successes like this

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  • Vancouver property values are going up because mainland Chinese are buying up anything and everything. Case in point. Not because of “tech”.

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  • The housing crisis is happening in Canada.

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  • I love how clothes from thrift stores are like for "poor" and she only spends $400 on food? So you NEVER eat out, you don't buy clothes....these don't add up

    Rachel NewmanRachel Newman18 kun oldin
    • My food budget is $150 a week for 2 people. $100 a week is doable for 1 person though it looked like she was chopping up potatoes from a "Hello Fresh" or similar food package. Her clothing doesn't look cheap but as someone who only buys off clearance, it can be kept to a minimum. She needs to branch out from masks as that is a temporary demand.

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  • Helping women only? Why not help men too?

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  • Love the hustle but she's definitely not 33.

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  • Give her a green card! We need more awesome ppl like her in the US!

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  • Give her a green card damnit! She’s an inspirational American, a fantastic addition to our country, just let her sign the papers!

    M WM W24 kun oldin
  • The majority of people in San Francisco survive on less than 1/4 of 226k a year .. I am one of many blue collar survivors ... adaptability / frugality is key

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  • My takeaway.. she focused on her strengths and the connections she already had. Then she built on that. The hard part is seeing an opportunity that lines up with your strengths.

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  • Masks..what a sham of facial underwear..

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  • As a fellow San Franciscan I was really happy for this person until at 3:31 when they showed her budget. 26,444 dollars per month in business expenses? Did they mean to say she reinvest 26k per month back into the business because if hats the case its not an expense. If it truly is an expense then she is spending more than she is making which is a nightmare.

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  • She is one highly motivated, creative and intelligent young lady, she will not have any problem to achieve her goals. The quickest way for her to get the US citizenship as she wishes is to love and marry a compatible American spouse, who shares similar interests and intellects. GL!

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  • For someone who makes so much, I'm surprised she's only saving/investing $2K a month. Granted, she did purchase that condo in Vancouver. But $2K a month is about how much I save/invest a month, and my income is a little less than half of her income.

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  • This was great!

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  • This should be a "millennial money: made it". What a cool come up!

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  • Love to see this, Shan's way of thinking and her perception of life is admirable. She has continuously kept that same humble mindset that she started out with in addition to her continuous growth! Her story is the epitome of the American dream, excited to see where continues to take her journey. & for the 119 dislikes, what video were you watching...?

    Chris BoachieChris BoachieOy oldin
  • Wow, what a wasted opportunity. Most of us made good use of our free time during the pandemic and learned how to bake our own bread.

    VanGrindzVanGrindzOy oldin
    • Plenty of us made bread long before.

      palmshootpalmshootOy oldin
  • good for her - she capitalized on her connections to resell masks but i'd be curious how her business succeeds going forward. she charges $12 per mask when you can easily buy 100 disposable masks for $9. And the pandemic is projected to be over by summer, i doubt many will still wear masks. I doubt thigh high socks is going to be a huge driving force for a business. I think the only take away here is "timing is everything" and "connections matter".

    ali aliali aliOy oldin
  • she's perfect

    kamilien1kamilien1Oy oldin
  • idk ,this is part of the reason housing in Canada is ridiculous. instead of people living there, places get bought up by foreigners for investment purposes.

    ali aliali aliOy oldin
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      Andre LenzyAndre LenzyOy oldin
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  • Shan Shan I can save you even more money. Move to CO and I can spoil you. Congrats on the business. HMU when you can. Take care and be safe. SF is overrated and CO is less expensive.

    David GolfDavid GolfOy oldin
  • What happens when Corona is over

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  • Gentrifier.

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  • Must be great to have the resources available for you like that, and of course, we all should feel ashamed

    Luis TorresLuis TorresOy oldin
  • Thank you everyone for the kind feedback! I loved hearing your stories, especially what you did during the pandemic and what you strive to do. I know there may be some confusion over the numbers. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try my best to answer them :)

    Shan Shan Fu - Millennials In MotionShan Shan Fu - Millennials In MotionOy oldin
    • @catalina Thanks Catalina! So you also bought Vancouver real estate and also lived in my building in SF? Very cool! I definitely miss the happy hours they used to have here :)

      Shan Shan Fu - Millennials In MotionShan Shan Fu - Millennials In Motion4 kun oldin
    • I love that you believe in FIRE and the power of giving. I don't know anybody that regrets purchasing Vancouver real estate; we don't. There was a subset of people who sat on their hands waiting for the "bubble" to pop; still waiting 20 years later. Also, glad you moved into that building with the pandemic discount; we were one of the first residents in the building. After the pandemic you'll have fun meeting people there with a similar journey and interests. Wishing you all the best!

      catalinacatalina5 kun oldin
    • Great Jon Shan Shan. Do you mind breaking up your 700k net worth? Thanks!

      manjusha nmanjusha n12 kun oldin
    • @Div Anand 2016-2018 was awesome for real estate in Vancouver, home values were literally increasing 5-10% per year. But it has leveled off in 2019-2020 so we'll see

      Shan Shan Fu - Millennials In MotionShan Shan Fu - Millennials In Motion16 kun oldin
    • Will the housing crisis is happening in the Canada also ?

      Div AnandDiv Anand16 kun oldin
  • She should buy a house instead of renting. Invest in where you live when have the money to do it. If you are not planning on moving. Make sure the property taxe you can afford each year.

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  • It is very engaging from begging to end! Appreciate it

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  • Can you hire me please as a side line. Can you help me please!

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  • Her 700k networth doesn't make any sense too. She said her apartment doubled in value, so 700k networth and her house is worth 600k of that. Not saying it's nothing, but it sounds a lot more amazing than it really is. She just got lucky on timing with her real estate purchase.

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  • she’s giving out game 💯

  • She is just like me! Love you girl!

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  • She said her rent is 2600 for a one bedroom with a discount lol what?

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  • well done Shan Shan!

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  • Her family is the plug in China.

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  • Can you imagine every month $35,000 being deposited into your bank account. She will be really wealthy. Smart choices! MAN! I really gotta make it

    InvestedFemelleInvestedFemelleOy oldin
  • She definitely made the come up, and she's so generous. I'd imagine the monthly savings at 2k could be more though

    TaylorTaylorOy oldin
  • I like her she's hitting all my goals 😂 for the life of me I am struggling with ecom that shipping connection she has I dream of.

    JodyBJodyBOy oldin
  • "Condo in Vancouver" -_- yea thanks for that I am living with 10 strangers due to many non resident landlords...

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    • You know you can do the same thing right?

      Taylor StepTaylor StepOy oldin
    • exactly, this is a huge problem in Canada. i would be in favor of halting non resident landlords from being a thing. its one part of the housing affordability issue in Canada

      ali aliali aliOy oldin
    • Itll collapse eventually. Its a poor town.

      Daniil PleskachDaniil PleskachOy oldin
  • So she owns a company making face masks. Once we no longer need face masks, how is she going to make up for those sales? Selling only socks is probably not going to replace the lost income.

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  • I love her thigh high socks :D

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