I’m a multimillionaire that lives in the beautiful are of Orange County, California. “The OC” is a large county and has a population of over 3 million people! If you’re not familiar with this part of CA, it’s nestled up right against the coast line along 100’s of miles of the Pacific Ocean. The average median home price is around $650K so you definitely have to have your paper right if you’re planning on living here. I live in a community called Ladera Ranch that has only been around for 15 years and is full of beautiful homes and condos that usually cost 7 figures or more. It takes me about 15 minutes to drive to the ocean and is located far enough inland that I don’t have to deal with the heavy traffic on the 5 freeway (the main freeway that runs through the entire County of Orange).
To give you a little background on myself, I grew up in a medium sized home in Mission Viejo and graduated from the local high school. After high school, I left for the sunny state of Arizona to attend ASU. I soon realized that college wasn’t for me (only because I couldn’t stop dreaming of owning my own business), so I packed up and moved back home to southern California. It was here that I started working for a luxury hotel chain as my first full time job. It wasn’t long before I was looking for additional opportunities to generate some income on the side in order to save up money to start my own business someday. I just happened to find this Craigslist ad that was created by a promotion company that needed help bringing people into their night club. I went in for an interview and they told me to invite as many of my friends to their nightclub as possible and I would be compensated for each person that attended from my list. I quickly fell in love with getting paid to bring people into events where my guests were winning because they would get to see some of their favorite music stars up close and personal, and I was winning because I was making money.
Once I realized how much potential there was in the entertainment industry, I called my friend back at Arizona State (which has over 100,000 students) and told him I wanted to start my own promotional company in Tempe, AZ. He thought it was a great idea because he had connections with the fraternities and sororities and we both knew it wouldn’t be hard to form relationships with bar/club owners on Mill Avenue (the famous strip of bars located near campus). After this phone conversation I put in my two week notice at the hotel, packed up my bags, and headed back to Arizona for what would be the first of many businesses I started on my path to becoming an entrepreneur. To see what happened next, please check out my next post.