19 Reasons to Start a Real Estate Investing Syndication Business Now

Before I started my multi-million dollar, real estate investing syndication business a half decade ago, I was part of corporate America. In fact, I was the number #2 sales person for Research in Motion. I developed and oversaw strategic alliances with some of the top consulting firms in the world including Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting and EDS.

Now, I am very grateful to RIM for giving me the amazing opportunity to work under two of the world’s most prominent self-made technology billionaire CEOs. However, I grew tired of wearing the “suit.” I didn’t want to continue spending 60 to 80 hours a week working. I wanted the ability to start a business that would meet the following 19 criteria.

19 Reasons to Start a Real Estate Investing Syndication Business Now

1. Spend just a few hours a day or week at work. With just 10 hours of effort into his first deal, my client, Robert Beagle closed his first real estate syndication deal and made over $61,000 in profits as a syndicator!

2. Be your own boss. This means you’re working to make yourself rich – not someone else.

3. Wake up when you want to. Remember, you are your own boss. No one can tell you (except maybe your spouse) that you can’t sleep until noon.

4. Not have to travel every week. I’ve transacted more than $14 million dollars in deals across 5 markets in North America without any airport hassles.

5. The ability to run almost everything from a laptop and phone. Within 5 weeks, my client Michelle Agar syndicated her first group of 5 investment properties in Edmonton, Alberta, earning her $269,000 in profits!

6. Earn an exponential income. When you syndicate your investing business, you generate a GREATER FREQUENCY of profit. Why? Because, syndicating your real estate investing business will enable you to systematize your business so deal making becomes a recurring cycle. This means you will have a repeatable business model that grows geometrically.

7. Dress how you want. Since real estate investing syndication allows you to work from your home office, you can work in your pajamas if you wanted to!

8. Live a virtually tax-deductible life. Having a real estate investment business will give you the greatest personal, business and real estate tax advantages.

9. Do what you want, whenever you want. Again, you are the boss!

10. Never be held down to a time schedule. You can work as hard as you want for as long or as little as you want.

11. No need to write up an extensive business plan. Thanks to real estate investing syndication, Tom Cooke and Claudette Diaz now have $330,000 in private money at their disposal. They generated $19,026 in profits from the first deal they completed within their first 27 days of becoming syndicators. They have built a buyer’s list of over 500 investors, and set up a syndication business in another city they’ve never visited before!

12. Have an abundance of customers wherever your business goes. For example, if you joined my real estate investing syndication network, you’d connect with a pre-existing network of more investors in 7 countries on 5 continents who want to help investors like you joint venture on investing deals on an ongoing basis.

13. Your business won’t be tied to economic cycles. Many real estate investors are now saying that the real estate investing market is dead. Why? Because they can’t find deals. They aren’t attracting buyers. They can’t get their hands on enough available cash to fund deals. Banks are not loaning money to them. However, if you change your business model to one of real estate syndication, then you’ll get direct access to all the cash you’ll need. You’ll attract buyers and close more deals – no matter the economy.

14. Produce MORE WEALTH in a short period of time. Remember, my business syndicated over 3 million dollars in profits in just 93 days.

15. Get personally involved with little risk. When you syndicate your business, you become a major player in the market without risking any of your own capital. You, as the real estate syndicator, put the deal together and receive a significant share of the profits (between 20% and 50%) without having to invest your own money. This allows you to concentrate on multiple deals at one time.

16. Get started without any previous industry experience. My client portfolio includes teenage college students, a retired track & field coach, accountants, medical doctors, attorneys, a professional opera singer, sales executives, marketing executives, engineers and regular hard-working moms and dads who came aboard with full-time jobs. Do you think they had previous experience syndicating real estate? No.

17. There is NO office politics. You don’t have to worry about anyone else, but you!

18. Have more family time. When you syndicate your business, you get more done in less time. And, you generate profits faster. This means you have more time and freedom to spend with your family, doing the things you absolutely love to do.

19. Ultimately, build a business that is focused on helping people while you rapidly build a 6-, 7- and 8-figure investment empire. We’ve proven that it can happen.

So, don’t you think that it’s time to start a real estate investing syndication business, and make money quickly during this “Perfect Real Estate Storm” of opportunity?

Semi Truck Financing – Some Alternatives For People With Bad Credit

In the past financing a commercial vehicle required decent credit and a CDL. As many people in the industry are finding out these days are long gone. With the economy in it’s current condition credit has tightened up considerably. And in the trucking markets it has tightened up even more. Captive financing companies who’s purpose is to finance the trucks their parent companies manufacture are having a hard time these days. So what’s a semi truck driver to do? Here are some ideas that might help you out if your in the market to finance a commercial truck (semi trucks and dump trucks primarily).

First thing to consider is contacting smaller dealers that offer in house financing. These dealers will carry their own paper, meaning they decide for themselves whether they want to approve a customer or not. Typically a dealer submits their customer to their financing source who than in turn approves or declines them. Be sure you ask the dealer whether they fund in house or submit to an outside underwriter. If they do fund the transaction themselves be upfront about your current credit situation. Common reasons for bad credit is divorce, illness, loss of truck or contract, etc. These are normal and do not necessary reflect bad “credit character”. It’s also important to sell you good points. Having strong contacts in your area of expertise gives confidence to the dealer that you have the ability to pay. If the dealer can become comfortable that you will make the payments despite what has happened in the past you stand a good possibility of getting financed.

Second on the list is looking for dealers that advertise for customers that are credit challenged. You can find these dealers in publications such as Truck Paper or online. The most important thing about this approach is that you call the prospective dealer and ask to speak to a sales manager. Again, be up front about your situation. Tell him about your credit. A sales or finance manager will be able to determine whether you a candidate or not.The salesman might be too eager to get you in the door to give you an honest answer.

The third option is to contact independent financing companies to see if your a fit. Once again, honesty pays. Be up front about your credit but also sell your good points. Like working with the smaller dealers who offer financing, independent financing companies make the decisions themselves and can be swayed if there are strong factors in your favor. As the owner of one of these financing companies we look at the ability to pay on the part of the customer as well as any additional collateral that the customer has. With this information we can get around almost any credit issue. Another finance company might look at years in the business or upcoming contracts to make their decision.

Choosing the Tools for Social Media for Small Business

The initial part of this series explored the need for small businesses to use social media and what were some of the critical steps in the process. Questions were raised to assist the small business owner to focus their efforts in the best way possible to achieve the desired results based upon the overall objectives and goals of the marketing plan. It gave a few tips on how to specifically identify the target audience and where they could be found on social media.

It is possible to compare the selection of the tools for social media to how a farmer selects the tools. First he/she surveys the land to determine the best type of crop to plant. This is similar to the owner reviewing the business website. The website for the small business is very much like the land for the farmer. It must be easy to use, provide content, contains various ways for people to interact with business and other ways to link with the business. As the farmer begins to make a choice of crop or crops to plant, he/she identifies who will be buying the crops. For the owner, it is the identification of the target audience. The farmer then makes the selection of the crop or crops that will produce the greatest results for them and develops a plan or process that will be used to plant the crops. This includes the review of the tools the farmer has on hand and the tools he/she needs to purchase or lease to complete the job of planting. Thus the farmer reviews each of their tools to ensure they are in good condition and able to perform effectively the tasks that need to be accomplished.

As the farmer makes the decisions about crops, the owner has to make the choice of the products or services he/she are going to provide to customers. The owner must review the website and began asking the questions that will assist in making the correct decisions on improvement.

For instance,

  1. How effective has the website been in assisting creating more sales?
  2. What kind of content are we providing that helps prospective customers?
  3. What is on the site that keeps the customer captured in order for them to spend more time looking at other products?
  4. Do I have links to other social media sites?
  5. Do I have a place for them to sign up for something free I am giving them?
  6. What other things can I offer to them to keep them on the site longer or have them buy a product or service?

The implements for the farmer are limited by the type of product they are going to produce and the overall size of the area to be planted. For the owner, the implements for social media are much more varied and are dependent on the target audience and the overall time that a small business owner plans to expand on social media. Presently, the major tools being used include: Facebook, Twitter; LinkedIn; You Tube; and Google+.

While the ones listed above are the most popular and used most often, they are not the only tools that are available for a small business. Some other tools being used are Tumblr, Slideshare, Instagram, Foursquare, Yelp, Pinterest, Gentlemint and Merchant Circle. Each one of these tools provides different formats and reaches different audiences.

So much as the farmer decides on the best tools for planting the crops, small business owners must do the same thing. As we review the popular tools, it is important for you as the small business owner to keep in mind your target audience; also, the amount of time you want to expend in using social media.

Social media tools discussed below have requirements that you create a profile. The profile will differ somewhat between social media platforms. It is important that the owner complete each of the profiles. This becomes the key for people to learn to know about the owner and the services or products that the company provides. Some of the requested information include: name, picture, professional headline, current title, web sites, public profile, summary, specialties, experience, education, interests, groups and associations, skills, personal information, contact settings, and companies.

The tool called Facebook is one of the most popular of the tools and is constantly growing. Businesses of all sizes are using this tool. Businesses create fan pages and business pages to promote their business. They ask people to like their pages in order to create greater number of followers. When they post updates people who have asked to get notifications and feeds will get them. This is a way for them to promote their brands, events, and coupons. Before selecting this as the place where you want your business listed as an owner must understand that just posting a page is not sufficient. It requires time to place status updates and respond to updates in a timely manner. It is about the relationship you are creating. Prior to select this tool the owner should check for the demographics of the website to ensure it fits the target audience.

LinkedIn as a tool is one of the most powerful tools for connecting with professionals. It is a tool that allows a person to develop a professional profile, upload a resume and join groups, create groups and follow individuals and companies. It is a good source to find information about a person or company. It is an excellent way to connect to other professionals across the nation and world as well as generate request for introductions to others. It allows a user to maintain a contact list of people they know and trust in business and can use to help connect with others. As with other tools, it must be used professionally and needs to have ongoing maintenance. Interactions are also important in establishing your creditability with this tool.

Twitter is another of the more popular tools in social media. It requires more attention than others because it is more like carrying on several conversations. It is used worldwide and can be considered a micro blogging site. It is a good tool to keep people posted as to what is occurring in your industry and information that as a business should be shared with others. It is a means of connecting with leaders in your industry and finding out their thoughts and how they influence people. As with the other tools, it requires a time commitment to maintain and respond to twits or updates from people.

YouTube is a video sharing social media site that is owned by Google. This site has grown considerably and is now the number two search engine. Business and individuals use this as a means of connecting with people using a visual mode. Studies show that people will watch a short video rather than read a large amount of data. It is also used as an educational platform and provides various types of self-development information. It is a great platform for delivering video-based testimonials, how to guides and commercials promoting products and/or services. As with other tools, a business can subscribe to other users and receive information when new posts are made. Before selecting this medium recognize that new videos will need to be developed and uploaded to be an effective tool.

Google+ (Google Plus) is a relative new tool as far as social media is concerned. It is used by both businesses and individuals. It provides a few more tools to use within the site than some of the others. Some of them include: Circles, Hangouts, Messenger, Instant Upload of Photos, Hashtags, Explore posts, Find People, Events, Find Local Businesses, Create Business Pages and more. The features make it easy for an individual to use. Since it is part of the Google product line one must have a Google Email account to use Google+. As a whole when viewed with the other Google product provides a great arsenal of tools to assist small business become more successful.

The tools we have briefly discussed are some of the most powerful being used presently, but they are only as good as the owner who selects to use them. The owner must remember that as a farmer selects the tools, the owner must do the same that are best for the designed marketing plan. The use of the tools themselves for owner is most important. Once the farmer prepares the field with the right tools and plants the seed, it is now important to water the seeds and plants until it is time to harvest. The owner has prepared his website, selected the social media tools based upon the marketing design, prepared each of the sites with the requested profiles and published each of the sites.

Now as the farmer waters the owner must use the status updates, tweets, messages, videos, slides. Responding to comments is also the way that a owner works with small business to establish the know, like and trust factors. This must be done with consistency overtime. As discussed in the previous article, social media is the developing of relationships with people and that does not happen quickly. Thus it is of utmost importance that a regular schedule be developed and implemented on a weekly basis.

The next segment of the series will review and look at social media sites that are up and coming and sites that are very powerful but have not gained in the overall popularity. As with the others, each has its strengths and weaknesses. Each therefore has different demographics and different targets. The business owner needs to have an understanding in order to select the best tool. A discussion of some of the sites that are better for international use will also be discussed. The subsequent articles will deal with tools to use to make using social media a little easier and ways to measure the return on investment of social media. The final part of the series will discuss other web-based tools that can assist small business become more effective in delivering services and products to customers.

As a owner, take the time to review each of the demographics for the sites. If you do not have a social media site, then select one that fits your demographics. Ask questions, raise concerns, review your goals, and talk to those who are using the sites, and then move forward with your plan.