Eight Years in Business

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Happy Birthday To Us …. and whilst most of the country may be celebrating todays date by indulging in some haggis, neeps and tatties, glugs of whisky and possibly attending some fun ceilidhs, here at iLet we’re sitting back thinking about what we’ve achieved in the past 8 years.

Firstly, 7.4 years of this time I spent working from a small office at home, whilst juggling another job, then 4 years into this I had the delight of extending our family.

The luxury of maternity leave helped me cope with the demanding baby times whilst slowly building the business, although I have to be honest, I simply didn’t commit to my business 100%.  I simply didn’t give it the time or focus, unlike now!

Six months into having opened a property shop, I now have time for personal and professional development, which will benefit the business greatly.

I have a lovely office space to invite people in for a chat, whether it be to offer advice or, talk new business, either way it’s good exposure and has given me the opportunity to think more about how I see the business developing over the next few months.

My vision has always been to offer my clients an honest and open, hassle free service.  I try to offer sound advice where I feel it’s needed, and I strongly believe that if you start a relationship being honest and open, then there should be no problems working through issues, as and when they may arise.

I fully appreciate I have the added luxury of having my own business and deciding where it goes and who I work with along the way. Enjoying what you do in business or your job is one of the most important things in life, it’s where you spend most of your time, so why try complicate things?! …  Work with clients who have your vision and most importantly, make sure their expectations are in line with yours.

Working with difficult people = sleepless nights and wasted revenue; I know, I’ve been there. Working with easy going people = good nights sleep and steady revenue. This is what drives me now.  Working with great people who value you as much as you value their business.

Plans for the year ahead

One of our main objectives this year is to complete the Letwell Training Programme which is a Letting Agent Development Programme.

The programme reflects the final requirements on agents and incorporates learning which will lead to the CIH level 3 certificate in letting and managing residential property.

As is with the property sector, there are never ending changes to regulations, or implementation of new regulations.  Such as, in 12 months’ time there will be further letting agent regulations coming into force.   A mandatory register for all lettings agents in Scotland will commence on 31st January 2018.  If agents do not meet the regulations, they will not be able to trade.

Completing the Letwell Training Programme means we will be able to prove that we have met the training requirements expected and we will be one of the first agents in our area to have gone through training which will allow us to be admitted onto the register.

Other than training, we will be focussing on keeping our landlords and tenants up to date on every changing legislation as well as sending out our quarterly newsletters, keeping everyone up to date on what’s going on with us and some helpful hints and tips on maintaining your property/investment.

Here’s to another year!…

Happy 25th January .. Here’s a wee Rabbie Burns tribute (poem):

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.