One of the most interesting and thrilling business I was involved in was when I was 15 years old. My parents were trying to ween me off of Legos and had informed me that, “Dan, when you’re 18 years old you’re going to stop playing with legos”. There didn’t seem to be a good enough reason to stop, so I came up with a better reason to continue: to make money.

Ever since I was 6 I have been obsessed with making money and having activities in my life that bring in more cash than they take. Upon discovering the website “Bricklink”, I got to work uploading all my lego parts on the site, creating shipping terms, opening a PayPal account (with mom’s permission and her credit card) and setting a minimum order of $5.00.Screen shot 2013-09-15 at 5.26.05 PM

From 16 to 24 years old I earned an extra few hundred dollars per month. During the leaner months I would go to the flea-market to buy lego lots, take out the parts I wanted to keep and selling everything else.

Back then I didn’t know about upselling, cross-selling and offering luxury versions of what I had for sale. I did however know how to offer excellent customer service and attain a perfect feedback rating with no “negatives”.

For your viewing pleasure, I’ve attached a picture of my Bricklink profile card.