After graduating from school in 1904, he copied books by hand.
Vladimir Matveyevich collaborated with the newspaper "O zhizni" and "Altaiskoe Delo", where he published a story about Altai in 1910, and others. In 1913 Vladimir Matveyevich edited the newspaper "Sibirskaya Nov' ". In 1914, he moved to Tomsk, where he became close to V. Shishkov.
In 1915, Vladimir Matveyevich was arrested for distributing anti-war propaganda literature. After the February revolution in 1917, he was in charge of the Department of Public Education in the city Duma in Tomsk. Bakhmetyev's stories and narratives were published in the Siberian and metropolitan press: "Mashina", "U poslednei vodi", "Zheleznaya trava", "Mat" and others. Bakhmetyev's works are written in a realistic manner, marked by a good knowledge of people's life and the national language.