OK, so maybe it wasn't the last blog!!
28 September 2011 | Oak Harbor, WA
Fooled ya!!! OK, fooled me too!
I have been thinking of getting back on and doing some blogging. I have gotten a few requests as well, that has generated more thoughts. So maybe I will add some posts...just not as often as before.
Let's see, what has happened? Well, the biggest part of transitioning has trying to figure out what I want to be when (if) I grow up!!!
We thought about doing the crewed charter thing. Indeed, I think it was right here on this blog I was raving about THE new crewed charter company. Something about pushing Moorings/Sunsail aside, or something of that nature! That was a swell idea for awhile because it gave me something to work on which meant I had less time for getting in trouble!
But then I ran into several roadblocks, not the least of which is that you can't make any money in the crewed charter trade; at least not in the 3-week season the Pacific Northwest offers. So I kinda ditched that idea.
And for about a week or so I was in this purgatory. I was excited in that it meant I had options. The problem was I had too many options! I didn't know what direction to take with my life. And then it hit.
I had been told by Laura and others that I should become a property manager. After all, I have been managing properties for over 25 years. But my idea of a property manager was some (cute) girl (which I am not!) sitting in a leasing office of a large complex making 40 grand a year. That wasn't very inspirational. Well, the cute girl part was, but that wasn't going to make me any money!!
Anyway, I finally stumbled upon the idea that I could ' own a property management firm'. Ooooh! Pretty advanced thinking, huh? That is why they call me 'Captain'! It only took me a few months to get that message!
The more I researched it, the more I liked the idea. I kept telling people about the charter business that I think I like 'growing' business more than I like actually 'doing' business. Don't get me wrong. I can -- and will -- roll up my sleeves and get in there and do the work. But on a long-term basis, I am much better suited for the growing part. Owning a business lets me do just that!
So Ruth and I (and Will -- who turns 15 today!!!) are starting up a new business. We are calling it Full Service Property Management. I'll talk about it more in the coming weeks. We are pretty excited about it because I think the business model I have developed could possibly reinvent the entire industry!
Pretty heady stuff, eh? I don't know that our biz will do all of that. But it will certainly carve out a HUGE niche. But more of that later!!!