Posted on 01/02/2018
For the entrepreneurial, having your own business in the property industry can be lucrative. But, with all the benefits of being your own boss, comes responsibility for compliance, legislation and of course, finances.
We have met hundreds of people who want to start their own property management business. There are many reasons why people choose to go it alone and it’s not always motivated by money. Before you take the plunge, here are ten things to consider before starting your own business.
If you are unhappy in your current role, is your own business what you really want? Or do you need a change of scenery or a break? Make sure your motivations are for the right reasons or it could be a very expensive mistake.
Do a quick internet search to check that nobody else has thought of your great idea. You might need to set up in a different area or offer an extra service to increase your chances of success.
Whilst a bank loan is an option, you’ll be in a much better position if your personal finances are up to scratch. Create a budget to account for everything and make sure you have at least 10% contingency.
You have probably spent your evenings researching prospective premises, and drafting a business plan in your head. Put all your ideas and research into a plan with real objectives and numbers.
Starting your own business means late nights. Switching off on holiday – if you can get away – is unlikely. You will live and breathe your business, but you’ll be your own boss.
Your network needs to extend beyond talking through your business idea with family and friends. Speak to industry professionals and business owners, even ask if they will mentor you. If you aren’t sure where to start, try local business networking groups and LinkedIn.
Whether you’re working from home or renting an office, you need a business name and brand, company registration, domain name – the list goes on. Make a list to ensure nothing gets missed and you give a professional first impression to clients.
If your business idea competes with your current employer, check your contract.
If you want to manage your central office functions, research exactly what’s involved. Keeping up with taxes, marketing campaigns and compliance while doing your day job is not easy. Outsourcing this work puts it in expert hands and leaves you to focus on what you’re good at.
If you’re new to an industry, you won’t have those valuable contacts, relationships and insider knowledge. Make time to attend industry events and read trade press to get a head start. In some industries, you may need qualifications, which you need to factor into your budget.
Our approach to franchising
The research and work involved in starting your own business can feel overwhelming. If you feel that set up costs, compliance or business support are a barrier, consider a franchise. You can have the benefits and freedom of your own business with a support network in place. Each franchise scheme is different, but at SDL Property Partners this is how we do things:
– We’ll be part of your support system; you get access to our industry knowledge and connections to complement your local expertise
– We’ll take care of business set up, back office systems, annual accounts and branding; you can focus on property management
– We’ll research your territory and provide full training, so you can hit the ground running
– If you need help with a business plan, we’ll help you do this as part of your training
– You’re in control of your work/life balance as you set your own hours and can work from home or an office
Interested in having your own property management franchise? Talk to us
Two years on since the launch of SDL Property Partners, we take a look at how the network has developed so far.