How I Became a Ticket Broker While Balancing College and a Healthy Social Life

The daily workflow of a professional ticket broker hardly resembles other professions. The workday seamlessly integrates with your life, allowing for a healthy balance of the work/life scale. Ticket Brokers work from home and have the flexibility in what hours they choose to work. As a current college student enrolled at Stockton University, this job has been a dream. It should come as no surprise that having a social life in college reigned at the top of my priority list, just below passing my classes (above it, as long as my mom doesn’t read this). Finding a way to integrate classes, social experiences, and working a job to fund it all presented a variety of issues. And there just didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to address them all.

Getting Started

I first spoke with Ticket Broker U at the career fair hosted by my school. Initially, I went looking for a summer position to gain that ‘real-life’ experience I had heard so much about. In reality, I wanted to put the concepts I had learned in business classes into practice at an actual business. I spoke with Ticket Broker U and learned that I would have hands-on experience from day one. But, I still worried about my schedule. Could I work for TBU, keep up with all of my classes, and still have a social life?

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Well, my classes and my social life would not be possible without a job, so I decided to take a chance. I started at the end of my fall semester so I could use my winter break to adjust before heading back to school. Within my first week, I had utilized classroom skills like sales strategies, data analytics, and market research. And as a Ticket Broker, I had managed a few thousand dollars in sales with a healthy return on investment.

Making it Work

As the Spring semester began, I had to remain diligent in sticking to my daily schedule. It should come as no surprise that I had to make certain sacrifices, but by no means did I lose my social life. By working for Ticket Broker U in the mornings (from home), attending classes in the afternoons, and taking care of assignments in the evenings, my days were full but satisfying. I accomplished a lot in those first few months and realized that I could become a ticket broker full-time by the time I graduate at my current pace.

Don’t believe me? Check out my usual schedule. From 9 am to about 1:30 pm, I log into Ticket Broker U and handle all of my work responsibilities. I usually work from home, although sometimes I work from a coffee shop near campus for a change of scenery. I’ll usually take a half-hour break for lunch and head onto campus for classes from 2 pm to 5 pm. Then, I hit the gym for an hour before grabbing dinner and heading home. I’ll usually do another 30 min to an hour worth of work for TBU to prep for the next day, and from 8 pm onward, I have my time to myself.

Looking to the Future

I’ve learned a lot in my short time with Ticket Broker U. As you’ve just read, my time management skills have improved immensely. But developmental skills in research and data analytics, inventory management, and even personal responsibility have all improved to a point where I feel confident entering the workforce. Many of these skills will drastically help me in the long run from a professional and personal standpoint.  That said, I see myself sticking to the ticketing industry for the long term.

TBU has allowed me to see my work pay off directly as I maintain my own business. I receive training from some of the most experienced brokers involved in the ticket flipping industry on a regular basis. Upon graduation, I’ll have a full-time job available, with the possibility of moving along the management track. The ticket broker industry has given me the flexibility to pursue my degree while not hindering my ability to enjoy college for everything it has to offer. I look forward to what the future has in store.


Written by Greg Long

  • Senior Market Analyst, Ticket Broker U
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