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Business Management & Productivity

Business Management & Productivity

My Friends All Laughed At Me When I Told Them This Strategy…But Then I Showed Them The Check

by Jimmy Moncrief April 2, 2014
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Have you ever told a friend, spouse, or work colleague a business idea and they laughed hysterically at you? If so, join my club! I basically have at least 2 business ideas a day.  I used to tell my wife all of them to get her insight.  Well…..after 12 years of marriage she was exhausted […]

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What A Trapper Taught Me About Real Estate Investment Negotiation

by Jimmy Moncrief March 21, 2014
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Most trappers only go see the trader (the “distributor“) twice a year. When a trapper returns from the wilderness he carefully parks his sled in a place where townspeople can see the size of the tarp-covered load and some of it’s quality furs.  After friendly and extensive solicitations concerning the good health of the storekeeper, […]

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How to Automate Your Rent Collections Using Dwolla

by Jimmy Moncrief February 26, 2014
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I got into rental properties kind-of by accident; it was simply easier to rent our house out than sell it. As it is with many things, I like to experiment so I decided to take a risk. I could rent my house out and make about $100 over my mortgage. If it ended up as a disaster, […]

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One Way to Avoid Broken Toilet Phone Calls at 2am

by Tom Sylvester February 17, 2014
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Have you ever heard this one? “Yeah, I’d love to invest in real estate, but I don’t want to get called to fix a toilet at 2 AM.” I’m sure you have.  I hear it every week, but it has not stopped myself and many others from investing. Real Estate is a Business One of […]

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Newbies: These 11 Words Will Give You All The Motivation You’ll Ever Need to Get Started…

by Brandon Turner February 16, 2014
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“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” That’s it. Those eleven words should be enough to rock you into action. Did they? You don’t need a guy on stage telling you about the millions you will make. You don’t need the informercial with the shiny red convertible and the pretty ladies. […]

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Using a Free CRM to Manage Your Real Estate Business

by Ken Corsini February 15, 2014
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A CRM is a software program that is typically used to organize and manage customers for a business. It stands for Customer Relationship Management. In real estate, many people use a CRM to manage seller leads. Depending on the size of your business, you may or may not think you need a software program to […]

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Who Needs a 1099?

by Kenny Estes January 31, 2014
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At our company we’re in the middle of changing our payroll providers. We did the logical thing and had the new provider start with the new year; however, pesky things like issuing 1099′s for 2013 were dropped into a limbo state.  Now, they’re due today (January 31st in case this article is slow to the […]

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How to Write a Kick @$$ Business Plan

by D. Scott Smith January 23, 2014
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Working with real estate investors over the last 18 years a couple truths have remained constant and are ever present regardless of the location, age, and income of the investor, that is…… they think like…..well…..they think like investors. They are hyper focused on “getting in the game” and making their first deal. They are pumped! […]

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The Four Word Business Plan to Build Your Real Estate Empire.

by Douglas Dowell January 17, 2014
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“Empires won by conquest have always fallen either by revolt within or by defeat by a rival.” Colonel John Boyd General Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf exemplified world-class leadership during the first gulf war. However, as I later discovered the brilliant plan executed by those tremendous leaders was, in fact, crafted by a little known […]

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Five Steps to Finding Focus in Your Real Estate Business

by Douglas Dowell January 11, 2014
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“It’s not luck” Dr. Eli Goldratt Focus is an essential element to success in sports, business, and everything. The more success biographies you read it may become crystal clear: mega success is a function of obsessive focus. The odd thing about the human condition is that we are inundated with more and more distraction. Even […]

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BiggerPockets Works – Don’t Take My Word For It

by Ben Leybovich December 31, 2013
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BiggerPockets is the best resource online for start up real estate investors – it works.  New investors can learn through the articles on the Blog, and by asking questions and communicating with experienced players on the forums.  It’s incredible the value that is here indeed! Today I have a treat for you.  Two days ago […]

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How to Really Know If You Need Property Management Software

by Tom Sylvester December 23, 2013
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Last week Kevin Perk wrote a blog titled Property Management Software – Is It Right For You?.  In the article Kevin describes his thought on property management software as being “one of the best things we have ever done to help our business”.  If you want to understand a little more about why Kevin made this bold statement, […]

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Put Your Real Estate Business Management on Steroids with “GQueues”

by Tom Sylvester December 16, 2013
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A few weeks ago I described how to Systematize Your Business for FREE with Google.  In that post, I showed how you can use some of the many FREE tools from Google to create business systems.  But that is just the tip of the iceberg.  If you like the free tools but really want to pull […]

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Property Management Software – Is It Right For You?

by Kevin Perk December 16, 2013
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Recently, we invested in a property management software system and all I have to say it is one of the best things we have ever done to help our business.  The software system has made our lives as landlords so much easier that it has been well worth the investment. Here are some of the […]

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Use Lean Six Sigma to Improve Your Real Estate Investing and Be More Efficient

by Tom Sylvester December 2, 2013
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“Measure twice, cut once.” Proverb I am a “Lean Six Sigma” Green Belt.   While I did take karate as a child and won a fair amount of medals, this green belt has nothing to do with ninjas or breaking boards with my fist (although I have been known to do that on occasion) . […]

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