Working in the property industry for over 20 years, I have met many people – whether it be other property developers or architects, builders, designers, joiners or other contractors.
There are often people, who have worked in one specific area of the industry, who would be interested in developing their own properties, but perhaps don’t know where to start or don’t believe they have the ability to do so.
Find your niche
The reality is that we all start somewhere, and, on my course, I always advise attendees to find their niche and focus on that. If you’re fairly new to development, there are a few decisions you have to make – firstly will your focus be on residential or commercial development, are you developing to sell or will you lease to tenants?
Defining your focus will only help you, both when attending the course and in your development career. The format of the course is a 7-step process, set not by, but by the industry itself, however knowing your niche and subsequently your objectives will help you to personalise the experience.
With only 6 – 8 attendees in the room, you basically have my undivided attention and the opportunity to ask specific questions about your own project/goals. This is also a good opportunity to meet others in the industry and understand the hurdles they may have faced and how they worked around them.
Build your network
Many of our course attendees stay in contact with each other, whether it’s through our own support group or at industry events.
While many of the course attendees in the past have had a property background, we’ve also welcomed professionals, such as accountants and solicitors to our boardroom. While they haven’t worked in property before, their goals may be very similar to yours and the two-day course is a great time for discussion.
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