We had the good fortune of connecting with Ted Alevizos and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ted, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Before I started to become more of a freelancer I felt like all my time was owned by my employers, and this affected my life tremendously. Then one day I decided that I needed to start living my life on my own terms, and I think that benefitted me greatly and led to success in many different aspects of my life. However, initially sacrifices have to be made, and the journey is not easy, but if you put your mind to it things will eventually line up. It’s important to recognize your strengths and to capitalize on them. If you can do that then you’re already one step closer to living your dream.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I work in E-Commerce selling electronics on Amazon. We’re a small company that has experienced a tremendous amount of growth since the start of the pandemic. COVID has really been hard on brick and mortar shops and retail, but it has created a tremendous amount of demand for online goods. I’m not sure how long this demand will last, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. At the start of COVID I was delivering food for DoorDash, and I would never have guessed that I would be so involved with online selling, but I’m very fortunate to have been able to climb to the position that I’m in now. Working in this field has taught me a lot about business and has given me an entirely new perspective on the economic situation that we’re in now. I’ve been very lucky to prosper during these tumultuous times but a lot of people are feeling the hurt. I think what sets me apart from a lot of other online sellers is that I truly do care about the customer experience. I know that people aren’t seeing me face to face but I still treat every buyer as if they were coming into my store, since they’re the reason why I can continue to be successful. I think it’s important for the world to know that when you buy something online, you’re supporting a small business. People like to think of Amazon as this monolithic Walmart-esque sort of company, but really it’s a new forum for small business to grow and prosper. Most of the time when you buy something on Amazon you’re buying something from a small-time guy like myself, and it’s because of them that I get to pay my bills.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My take on LA is to avoid the main reason why most tourists come here in the first place, so my tour of LA does not include anything around Hollywood Boulevard. I think this city has a lot more to offer to tourists than just the Walk of Fame, and has a lot of beautiful nature, which includes the beaches of course. My favorite nature spots in the city have to be either Point Dume in Malibu or Eagle Rock in Topanga Canyon, so those would be a must see during the week that they would be here. I’m a big fan of the Griffith Observatory and I think that’s definitely a must see while you’re visiting LA, and if you can catch it on a slower night it’s a really pleasant experience and gives you an awesome view of the city. As far as food goes LA has a lot of it, and it’s really hard to pinpoint which restaurant I think is the best, but I think Grand Central Market would have to be on the list of places to go. Really neat spot with a lot of history and has something for even the pickiest of eaters. I’m also a big fan of Messhall in Los Feliz, which is a really neat little restaurant with a great and diverse yet simple menu and a nice atmosphere. Oh, also in their week here we would have to go off-roading somewhere, either up in the desert somewhere or in Hungry Valley, which is halfway up the 5 going to Bakersfield. Really beautiful scenery especially in the winter when it’s snowing. If you have a moderately capable off-road vehicle and want to see what it’s got then that’s the first place I’d recommend you take it. So, I guess in a nutshell my ideal LA week focuses mostly on getting out of the city and looking at it from the outside. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout the SSS Islander, a Sea Scout Ship based out of Marina Del Rey. I was a crewmate in the ship as a teenager and I credit them with helping me build a lot of my leadership skills and pushing me to become a better, stronger, and smarter man. Through them I was able to go on adventures, create lifelong friendships and forge unforgettable memories. My passions and interests today are greatly influenced by the years I spent in the ship as a youth, and I continue to devote my time as an adult to the organization so that the new generation of scouts can learn the same skills and have the same experiences that I had.

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Joe Kennedy

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