The Reason I Stopped Posting And My New Plan Of Action

Myself and friend Betty Masters at the LICN meeting in Leicester February 2012

So, why did I stop posting? Lots of reasons, but I suppose if I’m honest I kind of ‘lost faith’ due to having to go back to work after posting ‘I’ve sacked my job!’ in April last year.  To re-cap, I’d been intending to go full time as a property investor after handing in my notice in at the  NHS.

So, what went wrong? With hindsight I was a tad impulsive…but then i usually am…steam in full speed ahead, then think afterwards, this doesn’t always work for me but I don’t get put off lol! I’m a positive person and not afraid to take risks, however I realise the type of risks I SHOULD be taking should at least be calculated in some way and not ‘pot luck’ lol.

It’s been said many times before but ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’ . I think that sums it up very well. It’s good to be positive and motivated but YOU HAVE GOT TO HAVE A PLAN. PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH SUZANNE!

I looked back at all the leads I’d sourced from my leafletting campaigns, there were lots of them, some of them uncontacted because I didn’t have time with working as well. Trying to do everything yourself is NOT a good idea,  I built the website, I designed the flyers, ordered them, advertised for distributors, delivered flyers to distributors, did the spot checks, answered the ‘Batphone’ when it rang, chatted and negotiated with vendors, visited them at home if need be, researched and typed up the comparables and sent out offers, called Estate agents, viewed properties, dealt with mortgage brokers and solicitors, attended property network meetings etc etc…as well as working 4 days a week and running a home!

Obviously this was all costing money and there wasn’t enough coming  in, our properties were cash flowing well but it wasn;t enough,  we had a home to run, bills to pay which were totting up, I got stressed and was forced to look for another job. I was offered a full time post as a Virtual Office Assistant in Market Harborough which I started in June 2011…..I hated it, I was cooped up in a small dark office for 9 hours a day, not moving off my chair with no lunch break, with the travelling it turned into an 11 hour day! I was rarely at home, my house needed a good clean,.

I felt stressed and I was designing more websites for SEO, Website Building, Leaflet Printing, and even one for marketing Gold iPhones (another idea of mine – which I roped my poor colleague into!) www.iphoneingold.com – anyone want one? See me at the end for a discount haha!

So what was going wrong? I was very busy doing ‘a bit of this’ and ‘a bit of that’ but I had no FOCUS.  I spent too much time half-heartedly trying to make money with lots of bright ideas instead of just sticking to what I know and am passionate about – PROPERTY! So that’s what I’m going to do from now on.

I’m surprised at how many views I’ve gotten on my blog over the past year considering I haven’t been posting and I also get a lot of new property investors contacting me asking questions (which I’ve been happy to answer) so this has given me a proverbial kick up the butt I need to carry on!  Plus, I’ve done all those property courses too, what a waste if I don’t use my knowledge, so, I’ve started regularly attending property network meetings, mainly the Leicester meets – East Midlands Property Meeting with Parmdeep Vadesha and the Leicester Investors Curry Night (LICN) with Rajesh Gohil. They are all great guys and very helpful, I’ve  realised how vital these meetings are to keep me motivated and on track, so thanks guys 🙂

I now have a ‘Plan’ in place and have started implementing it this week.  I’m going to do an EXPERIMENT and hope to get a couple of good leads as a result. I’m just off to my ‘Zumba’ class now so I’ll tell you all about my plans next time. Watch this space 🙂

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A Very Late ‘Happy New Year’ !

Hi again 🙂

I know it’s been some time since I last posted, Ok, almost a year, but I’ve just come back from the East Midlands Property Meeting with Parmdeep Vadesha, Richard Shepherd and Shimon Rudich and made an impulsive decision to start posting again – I’m sure there’s no one more impulsive than I am and there’s no time like the present!

Network meetings are essential for success in any field – for inspiration, meeting new friends, contacts and JV partners, sharing knowledge and ideas, gaining confidence in your abilities, learning from people who actually ‘Walk the Walk, adding new strategies to your list of ways to make money with property, and, most importantly for me, keeping up your level of motivation and determination, because without it you’ll come to a standstill…..like I did.

Before I explain why it’s been so long since my last post I’d just like to say that I hope you’ve all had a good start to 2012 and all your plans, hopes and dreams come to fruition. Are you busy sticking to all the goals you made at the beginning of the year? Well I hope so, unlike myself, but I do intend to start working on this, as from now.

I met some interesting and helpful people tonight as well as picking up more great tips from Shimon and Richard but I also realised from talking to new investors that I actually know a lot more about property investment than I give myself credit for, and I get a great sense of satisfaction from explaining investment strategies and helping these new people to understand how they work. So, I’m thinking to myself, ‘Why aren’t I practising what I preach’? ‘Why has almost a year passed by without me doing all this stuff I’ve spent time, money and energy learning?’ ‘What’s gone wrong?’

Well it’s late now so I’m going to sleep on it, analyse it a bit and continue this tomorrow….Goodnight for now 🙂

 

Why Are We Afraid To Sell Ourselves?

Selling is a people business

You have to be able to SELL

I’ve recently spent some time learning to ‘sell’ with the Wealth Dragons which took me right out of my comfort zone, but taught me how to cold call,  and, as I learnt so much from it I thought I’d share my experience with you.

Most people don’t like Salesmen and hate the thought of having to sell themselves or a product. Why is this?

The reason is that most of us are convinced that we can’t do it, or we don’t want to do it because we think that selling is inherently dishonest and salesmen are seen to be ‘conmen’ selling things to people that they don’t really want or need.

Do YOU like being sold to? If not, think about why you don’t like it. Do you worry you’re going to feel under pressure or end up buying something you don’t want, or are you afraid you’re going to hurt someone’s feeling by saying ‘No’?

The chances are that if you feel this way about salesmen and don’t like being ‘sold’ to then you won’t be very good at selling yourself.

I didn’t like the idea of selling one bit! I cringed at the thought and thought about all the times I’d answered the phone to ‘cold callers’ and been annoyed with them.

I didn’t want to bother people, selling felt like begging and I was worried people would be nasty to me or put the ‘phone down if I tried to sell them something.

It was pointed out to me that most people feel this way because of their mindset, we’ve been conditioned to think this way because of enduring years of ‘being sold to’ by the media, it’s made us highly suspicious of anyone that’s selling something.

The point is, that if you’re going to run a business, no matter how small, then you’re going to have to sell something at some point, or how are you ever going to make any money? So you need to change your mindset, and the way you think about sales.

Sales is a people business, you’re much more likely to buy from someone you like and trust, so if you’re selling to someone it’s important to build rapport as early as possible, find a ‘common ground’ and make them feel at ease with you. Don’t go straight into ‘hard sell’ mode, because that’s a sure fire way to lose the sale.

It’s also important you believe in your product with a passion, because if you don’t believe in it then how are you ever going to convince someone else to believe in it and buy it?

Not all salesmen are conmen, ok the bad ones might make a few bucks by being dishonest for a while, but word soon gets around then they lose their credibility fast. So if you want to build a brand name and a good customer base you have to be ethical with your deals and give people value for money.

Instead of thinking that you’re ‘bothering’ someone try considering instead how you may be helping that prospect improve his skills or business by giving him a fantastic opportunity, people always want to know ‘what’s in it for me?’ So tell them!

Knowing how to handle objections is crucial in sales. You wouldn’t believe just how many objections people can come up with!  Here’s just a few I was faced with (these are real!)

  • I’m riding a push bike and the police are following me
  • This is not my phone and it isn’t me
  • My wallet has just been stolen so I have no credit cards to pay with
  • My dog needs to go to the toilet
  • I can’t talk right now, I’m in a field being chased by a cow

Third Party Authority is a big one: ‘I have to discuss it with my wife/husband/partner before I make a decision’

Time is a common one: ‘I don’t have the time, I can’t make that day’

Price is another: ‘I can’t afford it right now’

There are probably hundreds of objections you can come up against and you have to be ready to answer them…or you lose the sale.

When I first started selling I found it very daunting, I was way out of my comfort zone, but I forced myself to do it because it was another learning curve and I don’t like to give up easily. I’ve had the phone slammed down and people swear at me, but eventually I became ‘immune’ to it all, took it in my stride and laughed it off, they didn’t know me,couldn’t see me and I didn’t know them, so I just went onto the next one.

The very first day I started ‘cold calling’ I made 5 sales! (and got to keep the money I made) I was amazed because I didn’t think I could ever do something like that, I was obviously very proud of myself, and the exercise reinforced my belief that you can do anything you put your mind to if you want to do it and try hard enough. You just have to be willing to make a start.

There was a hell of a lot more to it than this of course, I also learnt

  • Hooks
  • Open & closed questions
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Extensive objection handling
  • Seeding
  • Voice control
  • NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
  • Subjective language
  • Using scarcity
  • Test closing
  • Closing deals
  • Upselling

Learning all these techniques and understanding the psychology of how people think about sales has definitely helped me to have the confidence to make calls, sales and money! Another bonus is that these techniques can also be applied to other situations and used to my advantage whenever or wherever influence is required!

I’d like to thank Vincent Wong & John Lee, also Andy Brice (Sales Manager) and Laura Clapham (Admin) for all your expert tuition and help and the opportunities you’ve given me Thanks a lot guys!

So, to all you people who think you don’t have the ability to sell anything, or don’t believe in yourselves, think again, and remember..

 ‘Where you begin doesn’t matter. Your willingness to start is what counts’

(Rhonda Britten)

I’ve sacked my job!

No Worries!

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, I’ve been sooo busy, but I have some great news!!!

Today I sacked my job! I handed in my notice to my boss at the UHL (University Hospitals of Leicester) as I want to devote more time to concentrate on building our property / marketing business.

I really don’t like to do things by halves, if it’s worth doing it’s worth doing well and I want to be able to put in 100%.

This is a BIG step for me, I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time but have been waiting for the ‘right moment’. Well I’ve realised that the ‘right moment’ will never come, there will always be some excuse as to why I can’t. It was one of my goals at the beginning of this year, so now I’ve done it and there’ll be no looking back 🙂

I’d like to say it was all off my own back but I have to give some credit to all the people I’ve been working and training with who’ve inspired me and given me confidence to believ in myself and do this.

I’ve done a lot of courses but the one’s that’ve really helped and given me the knowledge and courage to move on are Parmdeep Vadesha’s ‘Tycoons Mastermind Alliance’ (TMA) and  John Lee and Vincent Wongs Wealth Dragons. I’ve been doing a lot of training recently with the  Wealth Dragons and am feeling extremely motivated and raring to go, it made me realise I needed to take action to move forward towards my goal of being financially free.

I did things on the course that took me totally out of my comfort zone and despite feeling very uneasy at times I knew it was somehing I had to do to improve my confidence…..so I went for it!

I learnt a lot, came away feeling extremely focused and decided it was now or never, so bye bye job & hello to a more fullfilling future 🙂

Some people may think this is naiive of me and of course they’re entitled to their opinion (but they can ke ep it to themselves!) and I do have another source of income which I’ve lined up to replace my ‘wage’ so that’s not an issue.

It’s not about how much money you have to start up in this business (or in any business) it’s about your mindset, if you truly believe you can do something then you will do it, no matter what obstacles stand in your way. The main thing is to go out there and DO IT, stop putting it off and making excuses, because that’s all they are excuses. Take control of your life , becasue it’s now or never.

I’ve  been fortunate to have the opportunity to become business partners with a fellow friend and colleague, Vince Audritt who has excellent connections in the Online Marketing field, and we are currently working together to perfect our services and get our new site up and running.

Internet Marketing will be another ‘tool’ in my box which will enable me to build capital to buy more properties and the more tools you have in your box the more things you can ‘fix’. Each ‘tool’ is a different strategy, you just have to apply the relevant strategy each time an opportunity comes along 🙂

I’m a great fan of inspirational quotes and this one, I feel, sums up my post very well;

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Christopher Columbus

Why Your Biggest Challenge Is Yourself

How often have you envied someone who has done something amazing or made a success of their life?

 How often have you said ‘I wish I could do that’ or ‘I’m just not lucky enough’ or ‘he’s just lucky, that’s why he’s made it’?

 I’m sure we’ve all said this at some point, but do you ever stop and think why you don’t achieve more in your life?

 How many excuses have you made to others (and yourself) about why you can’t do something?

 I tell my daughter Summer that she’s not allowed to use the word ‘can’t’. Instead she has to say ‘I’ll try’. Yes, she moans whenever I say it, but she will always remember it, and it will stand her in good stead for the future 🙂

 Have you heard the saying ‘We are what we think’? Often, the way we think determines whether or not we will be successful in what we set out to achieve.

 So if you start off thinking you’re not capable of doing something, then guess what? You’ll probably never do it. You may as well not even try because you’ve lost the battle already!

 Many of the millionaire gurus practice NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) which basically means that if think about something you want and really believe you will get it then your thoughts will manifest themselves into reality.

 The secret to their success is an ‘I can’ attitude. They don’t say ‘I can’t do it’. They say ‘HOW can I do it?’

 Now I’m not saying this is all you need, but it’s a great start! A positive attitude will go a long way and is what separates the successful people from the unsuccessful.

 It’s ok to try and fail. So you tried, and it didn’t work, but you don’t give up. You try another way, and then another until you make it work. There are many great people who tried, lost everything, then succeeded in getting it all back.

Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.”

Thomas Edison. Invesntor of the light bulb
Thomas Edison

As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

 Negative Thoughts Produce Negative Actions

 Do you know someone who always seems to have ‘bad luck’ and whatever they do always seems to go wrong? This is not a coincidence at all, it’s down to mindset.

 They constantly tell themselves they’re unlucky and things will always go wrong….so guess what….that’s what happens!

 Positive thoughts produce positive actions. Give all your thoughts to what you want to achieve, see what you want in your mind, feel it, focus on it constantly as if you already have it.

 See yourself actually achieving your goal and you will be nearer to getting it.

 Did you know that 1% of the population own 96% of the worlds’ wealth?

 This is no accident, it’s not down to luck. These few people focused on what they desired, they believed in themselves and set out to get what they wanted. They are where they are today because of what they thought. There are other contributing factors but mindset is the most important.

 You can focus on the past and your previous disappointments, or, you can focus on your future and what you want to happen. So what’s it going to be?

 Because your biggest challenge is YOURSELF.

My New Office!

I started my blog in September 2010 and finding the time to write is difficult when I’m still working 3 days a week at my ‘day job’, being a Mum, running the house and persuing my career as a property investor.

 However, I make the time and have a couple of interesting projects up my sleeve!

I recently have a new business partner, Vincent Audritt, who I met through a property course (the TMA) he’s a nice guy and has a great business head having run his own business for many years, he also has some brilliant contacts re the Internet Marketing side having recently spent a couple of weeks in the Phillipines on an intensive marketing seminar, and as a result has access to c70 Internet Marketing experts/IT workers who will be helping us with the business.

We’re currently in the process of setting up a couple of new sites. One  for lead generation (for ourselves) and we’re also looking to help people with:

  • Website design & building
  • WordPress Blogs
  • Video marketing
  • SEO & PPC management
  • Article marketing 
  • Social Media profile setup & management
  • And other stuff!
  • Business is about ‘pooling’ your resources, we all have different talents,  so Vince and I are combining our attributes and intending to put together a great business 🙂

    I enjoy being sociable,  so I’m intending to get out and about at property meets, make contacts (and friends) keep up with the Social Media side, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc (which in itself is very time consuming) and generally make ourselves ‘known’.  I also like designing marketing material, flyers etc, so that will be my job.

    I’m currently setting up a new profile on Facebook for our business with ‘Pagemodo’ which is a bit like a Fan Page but more indepth. Try it out for yourself  here: http://www.pagemodo.com/

    We’ll both be responsible for updating the blogs and newsletters…oh, and Vince is a great writer too!

    These things take time to set up, but we’re aiming to have at least one of the sites up and running within the next month, so watch this space!

    I’m also going to be working closely with my friend and collegue Colin Parker who jointly owns ONEPORTFOLIO http://www.highgrowthpropertyinvestment.co.uk/oneportfolio-armchair/, who provide a great portfolio building service for people looking to minimise risk, maximise net rental income and achieve great medium to long term capital growth.

    So….. I just need to find the time to do all this now haha!  But you know what they say…. ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’.

    I’ve just moved into my new office, which was once our old garage and was used as a ‘dumping ground’ for anything we didn’t have space in the house for (most of it was Mike’s junk as he likes to collect useless things…..no jokes please!)

    We’ve had a new shed to house all the things that we needed to keep…like my bike, I love cycling in the summer!

    It’s nothing glamourous, just a place to work from and at least we can get rid of all the paperwork that’s been cluttering up the dining table!

    I still need some more furniture in there as it’s looking a bit bare but the main bits are in place. There’s under floor heating so it’s nice and warm, if there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s being cold!

    There’s some ‘before & after’ pics:

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    So…….busy, busy, busy!!!

    I’ve had lots of help from some great people, a lot of whom have become friends, and I thank you all for your time and for sharing your knowledge, it’s very much appreciated and I hope we can continue to work together and help each other. PLEASE contact me if there’s anything I can help you with in return.

    Enough waffling, here’s to our success and I hope that 2011 is the best year yet for all of us 🙂

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    New Year Resolutions

    My first hello of 2011 🙂

    I hope you all had a great Christmas with family and friends. I did, although it’s always quite hectic in our house, it’s also fun! 

    Also I hope you start the year healthy.  There’s been a lot of nasty virus’s around so if you were unlucky enough to catch one I hope you’re now on the mend 🙂

    So, new years resolutions, should you make them? In my opinion I think it matters more how you make them.

    At some point or other we’ve all made resolutions we don’t manage to keep but it’s important to look at why we don’t keep them.  Lets look at a couple of resaons.

    This year I’m going to make lots of money  We’ve all made this resolution many times I’m sure, but how many of us have actually done it?  I’d like to wager none too many!

    Why is this statement on it’s own not achieveable?  Because it’s too vague, there’s no plan and you don’t actually know how you’re going to do it.

    You need to be a lot more specific.

    Make A Plan

    Nothing great was ever accomplished without a plan. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.

    • HOW MUCH money do you want to make?
    • Time factor. WHEN do you want to have achieved this by?
    • WHAT are you going to put in place do to make it happen?
    • HOW are you going to do this?
    • WHO is going to help you?
    • WHAT resources are you going to need?

    These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself, and you MUST WRITE IT DOWN so that you have something visible to follow.

    Whatever it is you want to achieve, you must set goals, that’s important. Small, achieveable goals instead of something too ‘big’ that you know you won’t accomplish.

    Let’s just say that you want to have made £50,000 by the end of December 2011.  £50,000 sounds a lot in one go….. so break it down.

    You need to make this in twelve months, so thats, £4,166 per month, or, £961 per week, or, £137 per day, or, £17 per hour.

    Now what sounds more achieveable? £50,000 or £17.00?

    You might have an Ebay shop selling goods or a service that makes you £10 per sale. You’d have to sell just 15 of these to achieve the £148 per day. That sounds a bit easier than making 50k doesn’t it?

    Don’t just say “I’m going on a diet”. Write down:

    • WHEN you’re going to start
    • HOW MUCH weight you want to lose (remember, be specific)
    • WHAT DATE you want to have lost the weight by
    • BREAK IT DOWN!  If you want to lose two stones in six months, this works out to 28lbs in 24 weeks. So just over 1lb a week.
    • HOW are you going to do this? (join a club, follow a diet plan etc)
    • WHO can help (maybe you have a friend who has the same aim. It’s easier if you do it together)
    • REWARD yourself for each target you reach. ie; When you get to your first 7lbs go out and buy yourself something nice.

    So can you see that your resolutions will be much easier to keep if they are broken down into smaller goals?  

    It’s all about you being able to SEE that your resolutions ARE achieveable and I know this works because I’ve done it! I have a diary and I write down what I need to do on each day for the whole week, then every morning I check the list and make sure each one is ticked off.  I’m a visual person and need to see it written down to remember.

    We all mean to do things and don’t get around to it, you might have a bill that needs paying and say “I’ll pay it tommorrow” then you get distracted and forget. It’s easily done.

    So try it out, just for a week, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!

    Good luck and I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year 🙂

    A Christmas Message

    I hope you’re all ready for Christmas and managing to get out and about alright with all this snow!

    I’ve only had one annoying incident where I was stuck on the M6 for a while whilst coming back from visiting my sister in Telford….so I’ve been lucky so far 🙂 Actually it was more unlucky that I had three kids in the car at the time that drove me mad because they were bored!

    Mike and I have just been to the local Tesco today to finish off the ‘food shop’ where people were piling up their trolleys with enough food to feed them for a year, the shops are only shut for a day for goodness sake, why do they do that ?!

    Maybe because Christmas is a great excuse to EAT isn’t it?

    I went for a meal with family last night and stuffed myself silly, then got home, ate half a box of mint matchmakers and drank two glasses of Baileys… in bed! 🙂 ~ Luxury

    Our daughter Summer half -heartedly built a six inch snowman in the garden (probably the smallest on record lol) she’s excited about opening her presents but sadly doesn’t believe in Father Christmas any more 😦 so we won’t be leaving the usual mince pie for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer on Christmas eve.

    My cat looking not too impressed with her Christmas outfit!

    I hate it when that happens, a childs innocence makes Christmas time even more special, but I’ve often wondered how they feel when they find out we’ve been ‘lying’ to them for years about Santa bringing them presents (especially when we tell them it’s naughty to lie!)

    Hopefully you’ve all had a great year. Mine has been good, I’ve met some amazing people, made new friends and learnt some interesting stuff.

    Looking back I could’ve been a lot more proactive, especially the latter part of the year, but I intend to make next year AMAZING so watch this space!

    I hope we will all be grateful for what we have this year because although Christmas is a time for having fun and being

    with family for most, there are unfortunately some who are less fortunate,  those who are missing loved ones and those going through bad times,  so I ask that we remember and say a prayer for them.

    Anyway, I’m sending you all my very best wishes for a fabulous Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year,  be sure to make your resolutions ACHIEVABLE and GO FOR IT!

    EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY !

    Tribute To My Mum

    My Lovely Mum x

     This post isn’t property related but it is part of my life,  as is the blog, so I’ve chosen to publish it.

    I love Christmas time, decorating the tree for my daughter, buying and wrapping presents, frosty mornings (except when my car won’t start!) parties and fun with family and friends.

    Christmas wouldn’t be the same to me without my children and four beautiful grandchildren whom I love to bits 🙂

    I took two of my grandchildren to see Santa last Saturday (Oscar & Mia) and  just loved seeing their little faces light up when they were asked what they wanted Father Christmas to bring them on Christmas eve.

    Mia said she wanted a real pony and Oscar asked for a racing track!  I don’t think her Mum would appreciate clearing up after a pony in the garden haha.

    Granddaughter Mia with Santa (Grandpa Mike!)

    My husband Mike dressed up as Father Christmas (in my dressing gown) it didn’t really fool them but they thought it was fun 🙂

     Christmas is also tinged with sadness for me as I lost my lovely Mum on December 16th 2008, she’d been suffering from COPD for years and was only 66 when she died.

    I miss her every day. Even more so at this time of year as I’d never spent a single Christmas without her until then.

    I always went Christmas shopping with her, so just walking around the shops lisening to the Christmas songs they’re playing is enough to make me ‘fill up’, it’s so hard.

    However,  she’d want us all to have a good time and we will.  I still buy my daughter Summer a present from her nanna every year as they were very close and she misses her too.

    It’s ok to have ‘bad days’ now and then, we all have them, but hopefully these are outweighed by the good ones (thankfully mine are) 

    So have your bad days, remember those you have lost, do whatever it takes to make you fell better, scream, shout, have a good cry,  let it all out (you’ll feel better for it) then go and talk a good friend who really knows how to cheer you up.

    You can then count our blessings, laugh, think positively about the good things you have and what you want, make plans to ensure you achieve your goals and look forward to good times.

    Life is what YOU make it, so MAKE IT GOOD!

    I made this video as a tribute to my Mum and would like to share it with you (it has sound)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTQdbtsjZYI

    Why Is It Important To Network?

    Hello again 🙂

    It’s been suggested that my blogs are a bit ‘long winded’ and I admit I do tend to waffle on a lot so I’m going to try and keep them a bit shorter so that people don’t get fed up reading half way through (and it’s less time for me to have to sit tapping on the laptop!) I can’t promise, I do like attention to detail, but here goes….

    Never underestimate the power of networking

    Anyway, networking, why is it important?  What is networking all about?

    If you look up the term ‘networking’ in a dictionary it describes it as:  ‘a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest’  which sums it up perfectly.

    You really cannot underestimate the power of what networking can do for you and your business.

    I love going to networking meetings. I’ve met some amazing people, everyone is unique and has a different story to tell and EVERY time I pick up new tips and skills that increase my knowledge.

     So how can you network?

    • Attend courses
    • Networking meetings (held all over the country)
    • Post on forums (as many as possible, get yourself  ‘known’)
    • Sign up to all the social media sites
    • Call people you meet regualrly and keep in touch
    • Listen in to webinars
    • Attend relevant events (seminars, free events, workshops etc)
    • Go to social events (a great and informal way to get to know people)

    Whilst at these events, speak to as many people as you can, find out why they’re there.  What do they do? Where are they from? What do they hope to gain? What are they looking for? What skills do they have? Can they help you at all? and most importantly, how can you help THEM?

    Collect business cards, as many as you can, because you need to build your list of contacts, you can never have enough of these. Networking will help you to expand your contact list. This will help you to expand your sales base and bring you in touch with different requirements to help you to diversify your business.

    Join property forums, ask questions to build your knowledge.  Join in with discussions and help new investors by answering their questions, add people as ‘friends’ and keep in touch regularly. The one’s I currently use are:  TYCOONS: www.property-networking.com   PROPERTY TRIBES:  www.propertytribes.ning.com  and SINGING PIG: www.singingpig.co.uk

    Join as many social media networking sites as possible like: Facebook, Twitter, Digg It, Stumble Upon (there are loads of them) social networking is very powerful and members are growing in their thousands daily so you need to get your name and your business on there.

    When I started my first property course there was a lot of emphasis put on ‘networking’ and why we should all be doing it.  At first I didn’t give it a lot of thought. I told myself I’d try and make it to a couple of meetings if I had the time.

    However,  since I’ve been attending events, socialising, posting on the forums etc, I have met SO MANY PEOPLE, a lot of whom have become good friends and I’ve learnt as much from them as I have from paid courses. It has not ceased to amaze me how people have been and continue to be so helpful 🙂

    The more people you meet and network with, the more opportunities will come your way.

    Forums are great for making friends and asking questions and you can have a good chat on the ‘phone but I prefer to meet up with people face to face.  It’s much more informal, you can relax over a drink and get to know the ‘real’ person this way.

    Maybe it’s a ‘woman thing’- and I’m biased- but intuition plays a big part for me.  I can ‘sense’ if I’m going to like and trust someone pretty quickly, and I wouldn’t want to work with someone I didn’t like or trust.

    People I’ve met recently and learnt from through networking

    I’m only mentioning RECENT people I’ve met in the last month as I’d be here all day if I listed ALL my contacts.  I like to get around 🙂

    Vince Audritt and Laura Smithson

    I have a new business partner called Vincent Audritt who I met through the TMA course, he’s very intelligent, has a great head for business as he’s run his own company for many years, and is a really nice trustworthy guy.

    My husband and I have become good friends with Vince and his partner Laura (I love her, she’s great fun) and meet up socially regularly. 

    They have just flown off to Thailand on an intensive Internet Marketing course (wish I could’ve gone!) Vince is a great writer and also has his own blog: www.propertyinvestmentjournal.com

    as does Laura: www.laurasmithson.com  

    Colin & Karen Parker

    Colin Parker:  I first met Colin through a property forum about a year ago when he helped me with a query I’d posted (one of many lol) 

     Last week Colin and his wife Karen (lovely person) invited me up to Newcastle for a couple of days to have a  look around the area and see how they run their very successful property investment company called ONEPORTFOLIO-NGU www.highgrowthpropertyinvestment.co.uk

    They were good fun, great hosts and took me out ‘on the toon’ ! I had a brilliant time, learnt a lot about how the company runs and was very impressed (particularly with their ethics)  and as a result of my visit I will now be working closely with them. More about this in my next post 🙂
     

    Rob Hubbard

    A couple of weeks a go I met up with Rob  Hubbard who I met through the Property Tribes forum.

    We met in Leicester for a drink and a chat, he’s a friendly guy, very knowledgeable and willing to help, he’s given me lots of tips on property investment strategies
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    Rob is a property investor and sourcer who’s based in Wakefield and he recently did an interview talking about his views on ethical property sourcing  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj6CBSbT3UQ  with Vanessa Warwick (another friend of mine and co administrator of the Proprty Tribes forum)

     We keep in touch and he’s invited me up to the next Northern Property Tribes meet to speak!!! OMG don’t know about that, I’m very flattered, but what could I possibly speak about!  I’d like to  go anyway as a guest, meet new contacts and make new friends 🙂

    Sue & Maksoom, property entrepreneurs

    Sue Elkington & Maksoom Hussein: Two lovely friends I met through Parmdeep Vadesha’s TMA course.

    Amazing people, they both had a difficult start in life yet have triumphed against all odds to become successful investors and now co- host the Birmingham Property meet which I try to attend regularly, they have some great speakers.

    We keep in touch and I met up with them for a lunch time meal in Birmingham to hear all about the interesting things they were getting up to. Sue is a dab hand at DIY with many years experience and would put many a man to shame, she’s soon running a course on Property Refurbishment which I can fully recommend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZGjeNtjCng

    Philomena Connelly

    Yesterday I met up with Philomena Connelly who I met on the Wealth Dragons course, she’s a genuinely kind and friendly person who runs a home design business so can help if you need to dress up a property to optimise it’s sale price for resale or letting : www.shapinghomes.co.uk 

    We met for lunch (she lives in Bristol and came out of her way enroute from Bedford to meet me)  and we spent three hours chatting, exchanging experiences and had a lovely time (you know what it’s like when women get together! )

    Philomena is determined, like myself, to pursue a career in property investment, as well as as being a teacher of Salsa! (Oh I’d love to be able to do that!) We shared our recent findings and experiences and will definitely keep in touch.

     I’ve also spoken to lots of people by email and on the forums in the past month, they help me and I help them, which is what it’s all about, you don’t just take, you give back. I’ve met sooo many helpful people in this industry, I love being  apart of it and get a great buzz from being able to help a ‘newbie’.

    Yes it takes up a lot of my time to do this but as the saying goes ‘Two heads are better than one’  so think of the possibilities of having many heads helping with your knowledge and building your business 🙂

    Tomorrow I’m in Milton Keynes all day for training as an apprentice for the Wealth Dragons.

    Until next time, Happy Networking Folks. You know it makes sense!

    Mmmm, wasn’t exactly SHORT was it? Sorry 😉

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