I got laid off – indefinitely.
I worked at a clothing warehouse to pay the bills and put me through University while I studied business, sales and marketing. 5 other people got laid off as well, and at a small company, chances are, getting laid off means you’re not getting hired back. A couple of us went for drinks that night to blow off some steam and talk about how it wasn’t right for them to do that, with no notice, and plenty of steady work up until that very day. We ended up phoning labour relations to see if they owed us some type of severance package. We were in luck. We went back to our boss and showed him the paperwork that says the company owed us severance pay. They didn’t argue. We had a check the next day. As I was walking out of the office for the last time, I had an “ah ha” moment and I thought to myself: I will never, ever work a 9-5 job again. I’ve been a full-time work-from-home entrepreneur ever since and that was over 6 years ago today.
Going to school and trying to pay the bills with no job meant living off student loans. After doing the circus juggling act just to make my payments every month, the thought of applying at McDonalds or 7-11 made me cringe. I knew I could make it on my own. With my family’s support, they encouraged me to be an entrepreneur and had faith in me, even though I had no clue what I was going to be an entrepreneur at.
A huge hockey fan, I watched every Vancouver Canucks game religiously. They sold out every game, and it’s not like I could afford to go, so I never bothered trying to buy tickets. But one night I was watching a game at a friend’s house and he had casually mentioned he wanted to get tickets to the upcoming, best game of the season. So I hopped on Ticketmaster to check out the available tickets. Sure enough, there were none. So I took a look on Ebay and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Tickets were selling for double and triple the price of what they sold for on Ticketmaster. All I could think about was the business aspect of buying and selling tickets. What an easy way to make money. Buy the tickets, put them up for sale, and surely someone will be willing to pay more than what they’re worth. I was fascinated, and the more Ebay auctions I started looking at, the more dollar signs I saw. All these sellers must have been making a killing. Not only were their asking prices $500, $800, even $1000, but they SOLD for that. I was hooked. This is how I was going to pay my bills and finally get ahead.
Within a few weeks I bought my first set of tickets: Virgin Festival with Guests: My Chemical Romance, Billy Talent & Muse – UBC Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, BC, Sun, May 20, 2007 01:00 PM. Seat location: General Admission. Total Charge: CA $177.33.
I was so excited. I listed them for $295.00 Buy It Now on Ebay. I waited. They sat. 7 days later, my listing ended and I couldn’t figure out why they didn’t sell. All I wanted to do was make a $100 and re-invest it. A few weeks later after I started accumulating interest on my credit card from my awesome purchase, I finally sold them. $120 on Craigslist. I took a loss of over $55 bucks. Ouch. After I swallowed my pride, I thought, why did this happen? Selling tickets looked so easy. Obviously other people are making money at it, why can’t I? Where other people may have given up and said this isn’t for me, I dug deeper. I was determined to learn how to make money buying and selling tickets. I can’t explain where my drive came from, but I just knew I had to learn the business, inside and out.
I started with a simple Google search: how to make money buying and selling tickets. I expected there to be lots of information, so I was beyond surprised when all that came up with was generic tips like “do your research”, “make sure you know what time the event goes on sale”, “buy your tickets from Ticketmaster”, and “sit back and wait!”. Thanks Internet.
With a lack of information out there, now I was determined more than ever to find a way to learn the business. I ran across a forum dedicated to ticket brokers which is now defunct, but it ended up being a goldmine of information. The forums were filled with everything I was looking for. The forum posts spanned back a couple of years so I was in my glory, reading and taking notes about every single post.
Before I knew it, I felt I had a really solid grasp on the business, so I set out to buy my next set of tickets. The Killers – at Frank Erwin Center (4/13/2007,7:00 pm CST). 2 General Admission Tickets. Order Total: $88.00. By this point I had a good understanding of how to research under-the-radar events so I bought those tickets not from Ticketmaster, but from a company called ConcertMaps. I sold them a week later for $162.50 on Ebay. With a profit of $74.50, I knew I was on to something. I had worked my whole day at the clothing warehouse just to make that, so I knew with the knowledge I had gained, I could repeat this again and again and be making more than I ever did working for someone else. From then on in, my ticket broker business began. Before long, I was able to buy Madonna tickets at BC Place in Vancouver, BC and make a whopping profit of $589.50. I was finally working from home and excited to get up every morning, and I even started doing my research during classes instead of listening to the professors’ lectures. My job didn’t feel like a job anymore. I was loving what I did and didn’t have to worry about scraping by to pay my bills anymore.
A few months later, I was reviewing my notes and started thinking: hey, I’m sure there are lots of other people in my situation who want to work from home, selling tickets online is a great way to do it. Why not teach other people so they can learn the business too? Not long after, The Ticket Broker Guide was born, an ebook about how to become a ticket broker. Not only did I want to share my tricks of the trade for finding events that will make money, I did a massive amount of research to predict the top 50 marketplaces in North America to buy and sell tickets for using demographics and completed sales history. I did the same thing for all the NFL, NBA, NFL and MLB teams.
In the meantime, I created several small personal websites and found I really enjoyed it. A couple of years later, I had been recommended by a family friend to create a website for her friend’s business. I was overwhelmed, but excited for the challenge. I soon found out that not only was I responsible for creating their website, but also for providing business advice, managing the project and training them how to use their new website. It was a lot more work than I had anticipated, but it was totally worth it, and I was excited for the chance to do it again. So being the entrepreneur I was, I created my own website for my new local website development business. One call came in, then another, then another. Before I knew it, my focus had switched to running my website development business, full-time – and then some. Something had to give and I knew I didn’t have the time to run my ticket broker business, manage my ebook, and take care of my local website clients. So I decided to sell the rights to the Ticket Broker Guide, and focus full-time on my local website business. Since the fall of 2010, I’ve created a clientele base of 80+ clients and growing.
With a few more years of business experience and a passion for the ticket industry that just wouldn’t go away, I knew I had to get back into the ticket game somehow. So in the fall of 2012, I decided to buy back The Ticket Broker Guide after seeing it and the website go stale.
Before I bought back The Ticket Broker Guide, I had re-connected with an old friend in the ticket industry. I was super excited to chat with him, because if there’s anyone that knows the online ticket business, it was him. Having run an overwhelmingly popular ticket related site for the last 5 years, he was looking for another project to manage. After a few chats, we soon discovered we had the common goal of teaching people how to run and manage their own ticket broker business from home. That’s when he came on board with The Ticket Broker Guide.
With years of combined business, Internet and ticket broker experience, we are here to teach you the ropes of running your own ticket broker business from home. Now’s your chance to ditch the 9-5, manage and grow your own business, set your own hours, spend more time with your family, and start making real money. We’re here to teach you the ticket industry business every step of the way. So role up your sleeves and put your game face on, let us help you start your business from home, today.