2015 I gave up the day job - which I enjoyed - and entered the world of entrepreneurship and owning business(es) & investing in property.
And it has all been plain sailing since then…
Starting and growing 3 businesses has had its ups and downs over the last 5 years with:
Has it all been worth it, hell yes.
In my day job I enjoyed the laid back work style I had perfected through automating and systemising most of my tasks, enjoying coffee and pop master at 10:30 and leaving at 16:45 sharp to get the 17:02 train home. Sounds ideal? It was good but… boring, repetitive and didn’t challenge or push me to be better.
Starting business with Catherine was the opposite to this, challenging, courses, mentors, learning, grind, effort, every day different, abnormal hours all to make it work.
What made the biggest difference for me in our businesses? Systems.
I’m not sure why it took me so long to realise I could use my skills from the day job to create and implement processes and systems in our businesses (probably the same reason it never occurred to me in the day job I could create my own business!).
in 2015 we hired our first virtual assistant and since then we have employed a number of virtual assistants. physical staff, part timers, full timers, commission based roles and salary based roles and the common theme again is systems.
It is easier to have your team work efficiently with robust systems, output is more easily measured with systems and overall your business is more sellable with systems.
So why were we still not as far along as I planned?
Leadership & management!
This started my thirst for knowledge in leadership and through audio books I believe I have improved over the years. But what I enjoy even more, is…
Automation! Speed up work flows, remove human error, reduce reliance on management and leadership and your team and let automation take the hard work out of repetitive tasks.
This freed up time, resources and has ultimately lead to a smaller team, focussing on what they are good at with me tweaking automation and processes in the background (leaving the leadership to Catherine).
Back in the day job I was building automation into our custom estates and finance management software and now I am doing it for the marketing, sales, finance and admin of our businesses.
Automation was the step I missed when starting out in business, opting instead to hire first and this may have slowed down our progress.
And this is why I have launched the Finance Systems and Leverage Day, 12th February in Chelmsford, to save you time, money and effort in the admin of your business.
Whether you are just starting out or been working on your business for a number of years, if you have not automated and leveraged out the finance function of your business so you can just receive, interpret and act upon financial reports and KPIs then on this day you will learn exactly how to do this for your business.
I have 20 spaces, 10 on my interest list and 8 placed already taken.
If you want to come to this one off day event, let me know below and I’ll send you the details! 👇
I would love the chance to help you develop, improve and grow! Come and get involved!
I've always been a fan of Weebly and the ease of creating websites. However, the main shortfall I find is:
IT ISN'T ON ZAPIER - AHHHH
This means my automation goals are hindered sometimes, in particular weebly contact forms (that look much better than embedded mailchimp forms) into a crm like mailchimp. Until now...
All that because I do not like the embedded MailChimp subscriber forms on the website.
Next problem… mobile friendly tables!!
Do you have any specific automation problems? Let me know in the comments and I will see if I can help (recently I impressed zapier support staff with some of my formula so I usually know a way around things!).
Other than it is a legal requirement, here are our main reasons for getting your team members to take longer holiday breaks rather than odd days off:
Better for them
Longer breaks give a range of benefits to your team, including more time to:
Better for you
With team members off for 7-14 days, this gives you (or their line manager) a chance to:
Better for all
We have had first hand experience of scaling too quickly and if we had put the above tests in place, maybe we could have seen the flaws in some of our systems, found improvements to processes, systemised more and freed up more time for staff before overwhelming them with more to do.
Now we are over this and looking back, we want to ensure we can share as many tips as possible to save others doing the same.
To your success in business,
We are in the final month where tax returns are due and, as I recently helped someone submit their self assessment for their self-employed business, I thought I would leverage my time by sharing my top 3 tips to help all those who have been putting it off:
Have you submitted yours yet?
Additionally, for Life Leverage Online Masterclass members, you will see a new training video showing you the step by step process of submitting a self assessment return. So if you have a simple tax return to submit, take the stress out of it and follow the video.
Are you making 10% on your savings?
More like 1%, if you are lucky?
Or if you have had a recent letter from your bank just like we have, it's actually gone down to 0.1% per annum!
So, if you are serious about making your money work harder for you in 2020, then you are on the right site.
This month we are opening up our VIP Investor List and as a visitor of the Turner Invest website, we are giving you access to join.
Our investors in our current Essex 3 bed Flip deal are making 10% on their money, and you can too, thanks to our exclusive property investment opportunities.
Opportunities like this:
2 Bedroom End of Terrace, Essex
Negotiated Purchase Price: £120,000
Refurbishment & Fees: £40,000
4 Bedroom Terraced House, Essex
Estimated Purchase Price: £140,000
Refurbishment & Fees: £35,000
3 Bedroom Flat, Essex
Estimated Purchase Price: £130,000
Refurbishment & Fees: £65,000
And lots more, like our fully funded deals (see details below)
*all numbers are rounded and approximate
The opportunity to invest in these deals are usually only sent to our VIP Investor List, however, we are opening up spaces on a first come first serve basis and when our current funding requirements are met, we will be closing access for at least 6 months.
Currently, we have a funding requirement of £490,000, once this target is met our VIP Investor List will be closed.
If you would like to book in a meeting or call to discuss specific terms, projects and to be part of our VIP Investor Group contact us via the button below.
3 Bed Semi-Detached in Romford
All finance has been raised and we are days away from completion which is exciting. We were disappointed not to complete prior to the Christmas break but that is how property is at times. One particular challenge on this one was the vendor's solicitors not even checking whether their client had an EPC! Our business partner Ashley went out of his way for the vendor to get an EPC done over the holiday period.
Just a reminder of the figures on this one:
Purchase Price: £300,000
Refurbishment & Fees: £56,000
End GDV: £450,000
With our investors earning a very healthy 10% on the money they have invested.
We are planning a major modernisation which is needed throughout and will be adding planning for an extension above the garage. Our works will include a brand new kitchen (knocking through to create a kitchen/diner, W.C downstairs, a beautiful new three-piece bathroom suite, decorating to a high specification throughout, including new doors, carpet and painting throughout, plus landscape the background and front driveway.
We can't wait to share the before and after photos with you.
1 Bed Flat in Grays
All finance was in place for this one but an issue with the lease caused a delay with completion, we have negotiated an extension with the vendor so that we can have our solicitor look into correcting the issue.
Just a reminder of the figures on this one:
Purchase Price: £95,000
End GDV: £180,000
We are planning a minor refurbishment mainly to update the kitchen and bathroom. As this property comes with the freehold interest of both maisonettes, we have a contingency in place for any additional legals that are required in correcting the lease and common areas.
We will keep you updated on our progress with both these exciting projects and share photos at critical stages.
Remember, if you want to join our VIP Investor List and receive exclusive access to our investment property deals, click the link below.
We wish you a great weekend ahead.
To your success and a great 2020,
Catherine & Steve
Turner Invest & Ideal Collective
Empowering People to Live the Life of Their Dreams
One of the goals we have set here at Turner Invest is to help more people in 2020.
Whether that is through:
We are committed to empowering people to live the life of their dreams.
So, to help us help you, what are your goals this year?
Feel free to reach out to us here or on social.
To your success,
Catherine & Steve
Turner Invest Directors Catherine & Stephen Turner