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  • Property-a-holics

    Who is full time, part time, or other?

    So when it comes to your property business, is it you main source of income, part or what?

    And do you work on it full-time, part-time, or what?

    I'm self-employed, it's my main source of income although I do have another business. However, I don't spend 'full-time' on it thankfully.

    So it's a full-time part-time business for me!

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    I have only ever taken income for 3 months and that was limited to £500 a month. So really in the terms described its not a source of income. I guess I’d compare it to a start-up business where I am totally focused on growth.

    At some point I hope it will be the main source of income, but I think it’s pretty unlikely it will ever be my sole source - I’d probably start doing something else as well if I stop the day-job.
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    Hi Adam,

    Been a landlord for 15 years now and still only part-time - in fact, the exact situation that you describe for yourself!

    I have additional income through consultancy work that I undertake for various clients.

    I think people new to property investment think they will be able to go full-time a lot quicker than they can in reality.

    I met someone the other day who said he had 2 x BTL and had handed his notice in and was going to go full time in property - he had a reasonable inheritance.  When I asked him how he would get finance with no income, he went very pale.

    To go full time as a landlord takes a lot of planning and could be a transition that takes many years.  It also makes financial sense to have multiple income streams so that you are not completely reliant on property.

    Here are some useful resources around this topic:

    Guide: Giving up day job to become a landlord - Property Tribes

    Converting to full time professional landlord

    Day job vs. property investor

    Can I give up my day job?

    Don't give up the day job!



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    I live full time? I work part time?

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.

    BTL has for the last 5 years been mysole income, it was always intended to bewhat funded retirement form my previous career, the oil price crash of 2015 bought those plans forward. In reality my portfolio is a bit too small to be comfortable long term especially with the uncertainty regarding the future of btl, i’d be much happier with gross rents in the region of 100k.

    But that said, my property is in good order , i’ve tenants that have been with me a good many years and in general i’ve got a very good work/life balance.

    Some weeks its little more than checking a bit of paperwork and a check on emergency lights and a bit of common area cleaning, but if its going over a flat getting it ready for a change of tenants it can be a full on couple of weeks.
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    Part time for me. 

    Plan was always to go full time as outlined here - What is the best way to build a portfolio for a new investor? - A post I made over 7 years ago!

    However, the introduction of higher rate stamp duty and of course S24 put a stop to that. 

    I could still go full time however it's more cost effective to remain part time and stick to my day job. For the time being anyway!

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    WOW! 7 years on PT Adam, that is remarkable.  Thank you for being such a great contributor and so interesting to turn the clock back seven years with that link. Smile

    The thread seems a bit corrupted because it would have been "scraped" from the old version of PT to the new version ... but there's still lots of good advice and I note Jonathan Clarke responds to you!

    I would be interested for you to start a thread along the lines of "7 years on Property Tribes" and perhaps outline your property journey and how PT (and any other resources you used), assisted you in shaping your property business.

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    I know! It's scary how quickly that has gone.

    Likewise! You and Nick have created an amazing platform. When I started out I had a collection of property sites I regularly visited but this is one of the very few that has prevailed over time. So hats off to you both!

    Yeh that sounds like a great idea for a post, will consider it when I get some downtime Wink

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    BTL has been my main source of income for over five years, but it is very much part time.

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    Flipping 40%, run a handyman service 40%, 20% resale stuff of stuff I pick up at local auctions. 

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    Re-sale items are good fun and can be fantastic profit, plus it keeps the buying/selling addiction fed. I think I'll be buying and selling until I pop my clogs!

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