1. Always keep your eyes open for opportunity: Flower Fields edition:

So, the 'World Famous' Carlsbad Flower Fields are right next to my office.

They bloom from March through late April.
2. They started in the 1920's because the area I live in is famous for these flowers and poinsettias

These guys are called rinneculous....I think.

Anyway, they bloom, they die, and then the bulbs get shipped worldwide.
3. When I first moved here, they were free. You could just pull up and start walking through them and of course we took family photos there for years.

BUT, someone eventually decided to start charging to enter them, since they are so popular.

Then, they started giving hay rides
4. Then, they added a concession stand and on and on.

Now, I haven't gone back in since they started charging except when my wife got invited to a @Yelp 'Influencer' party they held there a few years ago.

But they are PACKED the entire season.
5. I personally can vouch for this because I drive by there every day on my way to the office right across the way.

AND, I've been told, they now make more money off of the tourists coming than they do off of the flowers themselves.

So, what's the point?
6. ALWAYS keep your eyes and ears open for business opportunities.

I'm sure SOMEONE told them it would never work to charge to go into a field with flowers in it, but boy, was that person wrong.

Business and money oppotunities are EVERYWHERE.

You just have to look.


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