An investment opportunity in Saltash

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As many of you are aware, I am in the process of trying to find a buyer for our home in Saltash, Cornwall. The move has come about due to having to move for a new job as originally we had planned to spend some time in Saltash. Now me being me, I have been hard at it, promoting the house all over social media and the web. Through doing this the one question I get asked a lot is, would I rent it out?

Renting Potential

Sadly I have had to answer no every time, as we are looking to buy straight away in Wiltshire and don’t have enough money to have two mortgages on the go. The number of people approaching me about rent (after all my social media posts have been about selling) was to me, phenomenal. I was quite surprised about the number of comments and messages I have had to be honest and if things were different I might have considered it.

A chance for an investor to make money

This is why I think that our property would be ideal for an investor as well as someone looking to do a buy to let mortgage. After looking around the area, there doesn’t seem to be many if any, 3-bed properties in the town of Saltash for rent. The house is well priced, there isn’t a lot that needs doing to it and would quickly start paying itself back. On our street there are other properties that have been purchased by investors, who have managed to fill their houses quickly with tenants and with the price of the house being so low, it surely has to be tempting to someone reading this.

Lets support each other

If anyone were to buy our house with the view to renting it out, I would be happy to pass on the contact details of all the people that have enquired with me about renting it out. I would love to work with someone to help their dreams come true as well as ours, I would love the sale of the house to be beneficial to everyone.

So if you have money sitting in the bank, are bored of watching it do very little and want to make some money out of it, then look no further than our home on Warfelton Crescent. Click the link below to view it for yourself and be sure to arrange an appointment with Maitlands our Estate Agent to come and see it.

http://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/42064399?search_identifier=0ef70456629a14ec4db41ae4ba927010#mKmrGOSjDRgC8cOB.97

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Short term pain – long term gain

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This old adage is the phrase for my week. Outside my house there is a hedge that runs down the side of the path, which each year I have to spend many hours maintaining. This year I have decided I have had enough of it and am now in the middle of cutting the hedge down completely.

A better life

This is a long process that will take me many nights to do, much longer than just doing a bit of maintenance. I am hopeful however that over the years we live here, that when we come to move, that it will have resulted in a time saving. With everything in life at the moment I am trying to think long term and not short term, as I really believe this will lead to benefits and a better live overall.

Another way that this task is short term pain for me, is that I am doing it all myself and doing it with one old trusty saw. I am not investing any money in hiring or purchasing any equipment and not paying anyone to help me. I am doing what I think is an improvement to the house by opening up the path and the front garden and not losing any money on it. Not only is it an improvement to the house, I think it will also be an improvement to my life. I love putting in the work, as doing it myself means I will be much better off financially, no matter how hard the work is, it always makes me happy to know that I am saving money.

Time to get in the mood

I think too often we put things off or don’t try that hard today because we are not in the mood or because whatever needs doing seems hard. We need to start looking at the bigger picture and think about what doing something today will mean long term. We all have things we keep putting off, which we may feel ok about but we need to get out of the mindset of short term gain and be willing to embrace the short term pain.

Let’s not just do the minimum, lets not just paper over cracks, lets get our hands dirty and really deal with issues. Lets find ways in which we can make long term efficiency savings. Remember hard work today makes a better tomorrow.

Don’t put things off

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Due to the many plates that my wife and I balance; a lot of things recently have been put on the backburner. The last few months of our lives have called us to focus on certain areas of our life, but this week we have transitioned in to a new season. With this new season our aim is to catch up on a lot of things that need doing.

Instead of just saying we are going to do this and that over the summer, my wife and I have formalized a list of what needs doing and when we are going to do it by. We then printed the list out and put it up to remind us of what we are doing when.

Get that happy feeling

A lot of things on the list aren’t life changing or imperative to be done (this is why they have been on the backburner) but they are things we want to do and things that once they are done will make us feel happy to know they are done. Like one of the things I want to do is completely remove a hedge from the side of our property, because I have wanted to do this and had the idea to do this for so long I now can’t wait to get started on it. Also by removing it, it is going to save me a lot of time in future years of not having to maintain it.

Finally now my wife and I have time back on our side but just because we do, we don’t want to waste it. It is our aim to keep to our intentional way of living and spend our time intentionally. As a family we love being productive, so having plans and lists really help us live our life, as we want to live it.

Don’t carry it around with you

It is surprising how much putting something off can get to you on the inside. The knowledge that you have so many things you think need doing or want to do can weigh you down so much. Although you may not be thinking about it all the time, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t carrying it around with you.

You may not enjoy actually doing a specific task and that is why you have been putting it off, but to me it is worth doing something you don’t like if the result makes you happy and it lightens your load. So today I implore everyone to do something they have been putting off, trust me it will make you feel so good.

Having a vision and doing something about it

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So many of us have ideas, goals, dreams and visions in our head that we would love to do something about in our life time. Sadly it is only for a few of us that those visions are actually acted upon and something done about them.

I have a vision for something I want to create in my head at the moment and I am determined to spend some time over the summer making that vision a reality. I am allowing myself ‘dream time’ every day and trying to formulate ideas and thoughts in my head. Everyday I am trying to do something to make my idea the best it can be and everyday trying to think of the best way to make it happen.

Failure might be the greatest success

My idea may fail and all of this might be for nothing, but at least by the end of it I would have created something, have something I created be out there in the world and I will have learnt from the experience. Even failure will give me and teach me so much that I will gain a lot out of this regardless of what happens.

My idea centers around bring a new product to market. The product I think will be interesting and help people. The product might inspire other people to do something similar or to do something better. The possibilities are endless. All I know is that this summer I am starting something. The journey of the thing I start may only be short or it may go on forever, whichever one it is, it will be a journey worth travelling.

Opening up opportunities for others

Starting something opens up opportunities and opportunities are something I always want to have in abundance. The more opportunities I have, the more chances I have to live a successful and fulfilled life. Not only do I want opportunities, I want to make opportunities for others and that’s what creating something can do.

So I would like to encourage you all today to go out and make new opportunities for yourself and those around you. Your vision might not just change your life but it may change countless lives around the globe no matter what it is. So start creating, as by creating you are impacting and you are being a force for good in this world.

Taking any challenge

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Sometimes it seems like some of the things that we are involved in will never succeed. That some of the ambitions we have are unobtainable. Some of our dreams just too far away. Some people shy away from projects where there isn’t a high chance of success. Most people are just not interested in trying to do something to help something, which may seem like it is failing.

When I look at challenges I don’t just look for ones that are going to succeed, I look for things that are important to me and things that I can help. Even if the project doesn’t succeed, if I can say that I played a measurable part in getting it closer than anyone thought we would to succeeding, then that is good enough for me and I will sleep well in the knowledge that I got it closer to succeeding than anyone thought it would.

Are you too scared of failure?

We live in a world where people are too scared of failure. Failure doesn’t define you and doesn’t stay with you if you don’t let it. As long as you learn with every failure and can say that you put your all in to it, then you have not failed. Don’t let the chance of failure stop you from putting your hardest effort in either. If people think a project is going to fail they start to think it doesn’t matter if they don try hard but that is a mindset which is not going to get you where you want to be in life.

Offer what you have

Don’t get involved with projects you can’t offer anything to. Don’t just go in to a projectand feel good because of the work of others. If you are going to get in to a project make sure you can contribute to it and give it your all. If time is all you can offer, then offer it abundance. Being able to spin it on your CV that you played a critical role in a successful project may get you an interview but if that is a lie and you can’t back it up, then you will soon be found out.

Regardless of what the project is and regardless of whether people know it or not, I want to go home everyday knowing that I made a tangible difference and that it mattered that I gave up my time to do something for it.

Marketing and publicity

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As we are now a month away from Christmas I am starting to try and ramp up the marketing and publicity of my book “unbreakable Bond”, to try and benefit from the extra retail spending that is going on.

I have a very small marketing budget and no marketing team for my book, so it’s just about me working hard and using the money wisely. I want to make sure that I get the most out of the fund that I have and get a great return on investment.

Free publicity

The first thing I am trying to do is get free publicity. This involves me emailing countless media outlets in the hope that one will pick it up and feature a piece on my book. After every piece of media there has been about my book, I have noticed a rise in sales so I feel it is worth investing my time in writing countless emails. I know most will come to nothing but that time investment is worth it for the one that does.

Next thing I am trying to do is to get dementia websites and member organisations to feature and talk about my book. This involves a lot of speculative emailing again, as well as sending copies of my book to these organisations in the hope they feature something on the book. This has worked quite well so far with a handful of dementia websites featuring the book. The brilliant thing about doing this is that it gives the book more credence when a respected dementia organisation talks about it, as it is like an endorsement.

Promotion

I try as much as I can to promote it for free online, posting links to buy the book on websites and posting about it on social media as often as I can. The great thing about this method is you never know who is reading what on social media and with the right people liking, commenting on or sharing something I post, it can help expand my audience greatly and get in front of people I wouldn’t have been able to reach without it.

The next plunge this month is to do paid for advertising on Facebook. I haven’t done this before, so I am bit cautious about how much to invest and how to tailor the advertising but I am excited to see how it goes. I think social media is such an important an accessible market now, that I need to have a good presence to get the book noticed.

My mission through all of this is just to get the book in as many hands as possible. For all those out there plugging away promoting something they have created, I salute you and for anyone with some money in their account I would ask you kindly to follow this link and buy the book.

http://www.unbreakablebond.co.uk/#!grab-a-copy/cqh1

 

 

When a plan comes together

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As regular readers will know, over the last year I have been very busy working on my book project. First it started with me releasing an EBook, then I did a Crowdfunder to raise money to make it available in print, which raised more than my goal and since then I have been working on getting it in to production and available across the globe. The book is titled “Unbreakable Bond” and is about my story of caring for my mum who had early onset dementia.

Hard at work

Since the moment the funds came in I have been hard at work transforming the Ebook in to a print book, which has been no easy task. I could have gone the easy route and used an off the shelf self-publishing company like I have with previous projects but for this one I really wanted to push the boundaries.

For this book I have done everything myself. I purchased the ISBN directly through Nielsen, I set up my own publishing company called TeamSibley Publishing, I enlisted the help of a professional to proofread the book, a professional graphic designer to do the cover and used an accredited template supplier to work on the formatting.

Paperwork

This has only been the start though as whilst doing this I have also had to find a company to print the book (Lightning Source), file all tax exemption forms in various parts of the world, set discount rates for retailers and now I am looking in to distribution channels for the book.

The reason I am pushing on all these levels is in the hope to one day see my book in book shops up and down the country, which wouldn’t have even been a possibility if I had self published in any other way. Retailers are very picky when it comes to stocking self-published titles so to give myself even a shot I had to be very careful and put in this hard work up front.

Stress

When you are new to all this and are trying to do it all whilst raising a family and a full time job, it gets rather tricky. It has involved many phone calls and emails, it has involved a lot of stress and it took longer than what I thought it would but finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully by the end of next week I will have received my proof copy of the book and if that is approved then October should see it released worldwide, which I am very excited about.

It has been a two year journey to where we are today but I am so glad I didn’t give up and that I have something that I am immensely proud to show for it.