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  • Property-a-holics

    Career change

    Hi. I'm considering a career change at the end of the year, I'm currently a hgv driver but I just feel like it's a dead end as I'm not learning anything, and it's the same thing every day with unpredictable hours. 

    I'm hoping to go into something more to do with property so I can learn more and more, but I was wondering what jobs do you landlords have or what jobs have you done. Is there anything you have found interesting and worthwhile. 

    Thanks in advance.

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    This is a very interesting question. I suspect many skills are transferable from one job to another. 

    I’m a software engineer and I’m pretty good finding/using all sorts of design software when planning refurbishment. I aslo like making excel spreadsheets etc. Being computer literate has definitely been a big help.

    I would think the list is endless. It so depends what kind of investor you want to be.  For example if you are hands on investor type doing refurbishments, the skill set that comes handy is endless. From dealing with people, being able to project manage, thinking and designing how the space is used (and how can it be improved).  

    Managing one’s monies is important - having good accounting skills is a definite bonus too.

    I personally would fancy working with different trades. I did a tiling course not so long ago and wouldn’t mind doing a plumbing course too.  Another thing that takes my fancy is to work as a kitchen or bathroom designer in one of the shops who offers these services. Landscaping is pretty expensive too, so having those skills to do the job yourself would save a pretty penny. Or being a roofer’s mate, knowing how to fix gutters etc. If you able to self manage your properties, it’s great if you can do some general handyman jobs yourself. 

    If I had more time I would sign up doing a property surveying course. 

    Do you like listening podcasts? Plenty of good ones around. I would put my driving hours in good use by listening various podcasts about property, finances etc. 





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