Hi. I’m Neville, I Own A Rave Company

Here’s a typical introductory conversation with me:

Nev: Hi, I’m Neville.
Person: Nice to meet you, what do you do?
Nev: I own the largest online rave company.
Person: Rave company!? ::eyes bug out::
Nev: Yes, rave company.
Person: So, do you…like…throw rave parties?
Nev: Nope, I’ve never been to a rave in my life.
Person: Then what do you do?
Nev: I sell light up stuff.
Person: So you sell glowsticks?
Nev: That’s part of it. The store mainly sells hard to find lightup novelties.
Person: So are raves still popular?
Nev: Not really sure. Most of my customers aren’t ravers.
Person: So do you keep all the stuff in your garage or a warehouse?
Nev: It’s all drop shipped. I rarely touch any of the products.
Person: That’s so (cool/odd/interesting).
Here’s what I imagine it’d look like if I told this to the Prime Minister of Malaysia when I met him at The WCIT 2006:
Ever since high school I’ve been running some small business or the other, but I’d always considered myself a student first. No longer a student, that response doesn’t work, so I started saying I was a “business owner” or something like that, but that elicits an avalanche of questions about every business I was involved in. Much as I enjoy talking about them, it became a cumbersome question.

So over time I’ve just started saying, “I own a rave company” which is actually pretty fitting for what I do (HouseOfRave.com). This response is interesting enough to keep the conversation going, keeps the questions fun to answer, and allows for an easy segue into another conversation.
One trick I learned to avoid the whole “what do you do” conversation is say, “I’m unemployed.” The conversation generally stops immediately! Great for people you don’t want to speak with or when you’re in a hurry to leave.

Blog posted on: December 9, 2008

13 comments on “Hi. I’m Neville, I Own A Rave Company

  1. Jay Lin

    I usually choose different answers based on the situation or person. Switch off between, business owner, online store owner, student, work at school, or unemployed.

  2. Ari Shohat

    Pretty ammusing.

    I can relate a bit. I do Internet radio for a living, but for many folks off-line that’s too much to instantly understand.

    At first I used to say I do business online, they would press on what kind. I said “entertainment business” – and they instantly start thinking I run a p0rn site. For some reason, they weren’t too “offline” to make that connection.

  3. Aman

    haha..yea i used to talk about my different businesses but then found unemployed was good..it worked until people saw my car…then it was assumed that I was a drug dealer lol…

  4. Generation Millionaire

    I always find it interesting that people associate who you are with what you do…..and your value is tied to that in their eyes.

    I am much more in the moment and try to avoid “work” topics. That way the people that actually engage in a conversation are much more interesting….

  5. Ken T.

    Interesting blog. I do have a question for you about your business though. You said that nearly everything you sold was dropped shipped. I’ve been trying to get a business off the ground selling a product that I can’t seem to find a drop shipping wholesaler for. Will most wholesalers drop ship products, or do you really need to look for wholesalers specifically targeting people that want products drop shipped? Thanks.

  6. Lady SHEE

    YOUR business online is GREAT Nev, and your determined heart even better, I read so much here in your Blog, in many areas! Wish I could say I am financially set or even curious to keep making the big money, but If I do I will…

    I started a blog myself TODAY, here.. and you are linked, you share so much that I found myself learning from. I really want to aspire to do the same, to share what I know and my flow…
    P.S. I say: I am a driver… and then conversations start and I detour them in style ~ Happy writing and living Nev~

  7. Lady SHEE

    So, I have a ? for you now Mr. Rave :)

    Can anyone join your company? Even if P.T. the selling side? I’m curious, I like people, love to type and much more… Took me awhile to get my C.D.L. but I did it and I am happy I did. I love being on the computer writing/poetry and if I can work also, that would be COOL! If you share any info. you know, please do!

    Thank YOU!

    Blessings and Hugs, Warrior Purple Lady SHEExooo PEACE OUT!

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