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Eight Months & I

My earlier post, “Journey Comes After Start” made me want to share an example.

At the turn of the year, into 2013, I thought it would be a really fun project to create a functional, mobile app.  My problem?  I really had no idea where to start.

I previously had and still do not have any knowledge of computer programming.  I only have a rough understanding of HTML, CSS, PHP, Java, etc, etc.  So, I started where I was at.

I began by sharing my thoughts.  This is key, if you hold an idea to yourself you have no support, no team.  It takes a team of great and talented people to do great things.

I talked to my dad.  He was excited about the thought of creating an app for one of our businesses, but he also has no computer programming background.  So we started reaching out to others, we kept sharing what we wanted to do.

We discussed the project with many people.  A gentlemen from San Diego, and another in southern Wisconsin told us it would be nearly impossible to create what we wanted.

We then mentioned the idea to a current employee.  She said her nephew had a lot of experience in computer programming – he used to do work for the military.  So we set a meeting.

He told us he could do it.  Here is where it got fun.

As development began and we started to make progress we shared the beginnings of our app, SkeePet, with a business partner in Colorado.  He then shared it with a friend in Silicon Valley.  This “friend” ended up being a tech guru and he liked our ambition, and our project – he asked us to join him on one of his projects; Vet24seven.

SkeePet - screenshot

SkeePet Home screen

By starting from where I was, where we were; having nothing, we now are Founders of two different apps – one of which our partner is from the tech center of the world.

As we continue to make process with both apps, October 8th is the date we have picked out to launch a crowd funding campaign for Vet24seven.  This launch will include a 3 city launch party, a celebrity and a campaign on Indiegogo.com.

I only shared the last 8 months of my app development experience, but in that time I have also built a business that brings me $1,200 to $1,500 per month PART TIME (click here, I can help you do it too) and bought a four-unit apartment building.  All because in every area – I started where I was.  What will the next 8 months bring!?

I will continue to share progress with you, and more information on our 3 city launch party on October 8th will be brought to you over the next four weeks.


Your Business Team

If you have ever played sports, if you have ever coached sports or are an avid sports fan; you understand how important the team really is.

Running an AdvoCare business for almost a year and a half, I have seen many people succeed, but also a few fail.  Both are often correlated to how often, and how effectively they decide to use the team which got them involved.

I have used, do use and will continue to use my entire AdvoCare team to build my business to greater and greater heights, helping more and more people.

On August 30th we are closing on a four-unit rental property – in large part because of our team.  We are the Founders of our own app, in development, SkeePet; and Co-Founders, with a group out of Silicon Valley, of Vet24seven, which will be featured on Indiegogo in mid-September.

I can’t stress enough, in those three cases, we have a GREAT team around us.

I will use our real estate project for an example.

The core team members of projects such as these consist of a realtor, an inspector, a contractor, a private lender, a quality attorney, and an insurance agent.

To start with, the four-unit we are closing on was purchased for $197,000 and it’s appraisal came in for more than $225,000.  That is essentially $28,000 put into our back pocket.

Yes, this is due to our persistence, but mainly because our realtor did a fantastic job.  We are picky when it comes to investments like this.  She’ll admit, we make her work for her commission since we look for undervalued properties to garnish a higher return.  In 2010 we bought a commercial property, 35 cents on the dollar, through her.  From that point, until now, we must have gone through 100+ properties to find the right one.  The property fell into our lap because our realtor knew the woman (another realtor) who was selling.  We were the only ones to look at the property, no one else even knew it was for sale! Our relationship with our realtor, teammate number 1, paid huge dividends…for a second time.

Once we found this four-unit we knew it had some pretty minor fix ups to be done.  But to find things we might have overlooked we had our inspector check it out.  He found three things that we would not have noticed.  Thank you teammate number 2.

To complete the fix ups, correctly, we got our contractor involved – who previously built one of our buildings.  He took a look at the inspection report and gave us an estimate of what it would take for him to fix it up.  We know he does quality work and that his estimates are dead on.  Teammate number 3 will begin work four days after closing.

After talking to many banks and being unsatisfied, we came across a private lender in Madison, WI.  They, hands down, gave us the best terms: 30 year amortization, 7 years locked at 4.25% (awesome for investment property), and a 20% down payment. Teammate number 4 will probably get more investments from us in the future.

Our attorney.  We have used him for nearly 10 years now.  Real estate law is convoluted.  This guy is experienced, high quality, tough nosed, and smarter than a whip when it comes to deals like this.  Yes we pay a premium for him, a premium many would not be willing to pay, but it is important to get this part right.  You do not want to overlook a document and be backed into a corner three, ten, or fifteen years from now.  Teammate number 5 is definitely worth every penny we pay him today.

Last but not least our property insurance agent.  He protects us incase something happens to our investment and we have to rebuild.  But he also protects us in case a third-party member gets injured on our property.  Without proper insurance, you could be left devastated.  Thanks for protecting us teammate number 6.

All this being said…it is always about the team!

If you have a passion, a dream, a desire to live a different life than many around you – share your thoughts with others!  Create a team.  Surround yourself with team members you are confident in, who make you better, who can help change your life forever.

NEVER keep your passion, dreams, your personality wrapped up…LET THEM SHINE!