According to a property based survey by the Halifax, reported in the Independent
I spent all last weekend murdering Vine Weevil Grubs in my garden pots. Somehow over the last two and half years where I have been so busy either buying and building my property portfolio, or writing a book about how I used Other People’s Money or setting up a training business ….. I had forgotten about my garden and how much pleasure I got from it.
I suppose there are two clear messages for me – first about not forgetting the simple pleasures in life – like pootling around in your own garden and also if you don’t tend to your garden – the Vine Weevils will! Read More
I was just catching up after a weekend training event as you do … no email just focused on clearing the paperwork when the phone rang …. As it so often does when you are busy The lady on the other end asked politely was I free to talk and of course I said yes because you never know what the conversation might be about until you start it.
Some 30 minutes later we have agreed a one hour Skype call in March after my holiday to finalise plans for me to source her an HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy) in Liverpool part of a “guaranteed” rent scheme. The return on her investment is likely to be 16-25%, there is also the opportunity to reinvest some of her funds in a joint venture meaning that she will keep her capital and be able to buy another cashflowing – high returning investment every 9 months or so – very exciting.
How taking a holiday can help
I have asked this question before – are you struggling for ideas or dazzled by the opportunities that seem to be presenting themselves on every corner? I believe it is a really important question. If you are struggling for ideas – for clarity in your business or a way to increase your financial freedom – I believe that you will find it is because you are not spending enough time thinking about your business. Alternatively if you are dazzled by opportunities, maybe even overwhelmed – unsure which way to turn – then that maybe because you lack a clear vision for your business and a clear reason for doing it. Read More
Its been almost a month since my last post – wow how time flies … I finished the book at last – I think getting it published and printed was almost harder than writing it and then decided to take a break and think through my next round of business objectives – but more about that in later posts.
So what have I learnt by writing a book? …. Read More
This has been sooooo difficult and yet so simple …. what a strange experience! As some of you know I had a chance email from my Ecademy profile inviting me to contribute to a new Ebook called 378 Predictions for doing business in 2010. What a simple idea (thought I!). I realised that one of my longer term hopes had been to write a book.
I took a brilliant series of classes with Tom Evans -The BookWright back in 2008 I think. Anyway I shelved the idea as the buzz of property investing took me by storm. Now here I am with three chapters in the bag and five more to be recorded today. It has been so easy because I am doing what I love best …..
Last Monday I spoke at the Berkshire Property Meet for the first of two appearances, I was honoured to share the stage with the Dr Rohan Weerasinghe and of course the great hosts Juswant and Sylvia Rai. I talked about my experiences as a new property investor over the last eighteen months. How I had set my goals, educated myself, been determined and adaptable over that time. I listened to lots of experienced investors including Rohan, Rob Moore, Phil Martin, Simon Zutshi, Mark Dalton, Sean Thomson and many others. Read More
I woke up this morning with a profound thought … my life is made up or shaped by those things I believe … and my future will be all that I can imagine. I think that this realisation is the culmination of a week full of ‘messages’, thoughts and ideas. It is also all about choice. Read More
Today Bob told everyone at work that it was Happy Tuesday, he put a sign on his door and waited…. Read More