Steve interviews Andy Gaught, a property investor, mentor and coach who has been running his property investment business, Asset Living, for the past seven years.
Andy has been interested in technology from an early age, from upgrading computers in his teenage years to studying mechanical engineering at Southampton University. In 2014, after a couple of years working for TV post-production companies, he joined the 2-year Sky TV technology graduate programme. Then, he became a project manager for Sky’s online TV services, Sky Go and Now TV, where he was responsible for delivering technology change projects.
He is now a full-time property investor with a portfolio of single lets and HMOs across the South. He also continues to invest in high-quality rental accommodation.
Andy has built a portfolio and outsourced and systemised his business Asset Living for the past seven years.
Outsourcing and systemising can improve speed and efficiency and also reduces errors.
Once you’ve captured and documented a task, you are free to improve its process.
It doesn’t have to be complicated to make huge differences. It can be small systems where you store or save files or a simple checklist.
Systemizing and outsourcing repeated tasks frees up your creativity.
When sourcing Virtual Assistants, be very clear and specific about the role you are offering.
Don’t rush the process of finding a VA. Make sure you get the right person the first time.
Be wary of app recommendations because people have different tastes in what they like to use; what suits them may not appeal to you.
‘By using technology or other people, it frees up your time, it enables you to scale, it enables you to do so much more in your business.’ – Andy
‘It doesn’t matter how complex the stuff gets. The simplicity of noting down, “This is what I am doing today.” Because it’s just the act of documenting the thing that I’m doing, the steps involved.’ – Steve
‘It was simply a checklist, my first system. This is what I do once a year, so I don’t forget to do anything important.’ – Steve
‘People may sometimes think that systems are restrictive or that they prevent creativity, but by having systems in place, it then gives you structure, and you can be more creative and have more inspiration than other times.’ – Andy
‘I think also, don’t rush into it. You want it to be a long-term relationship, and it such a painful process and time-consuming process to find people, you don’t want to onboard them, spend a couple of weeks and realise that it’s not right.’ – Andy
‘Seek out help so that you can do the right thing for your business, and then you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it so much earlier.’ – Andy
ABOUT THE HOST
Steve used to be a slave to his business, but when he moved to Sweden in 2015, he was forced to change how he worked. He switched to running his businesses remotely. After totally nailing this concept, he spent his time helping other small business owners do the same. Steve’s been investing in property since 2002, has a degree in Computing, and worked as a doctor in the NHS before quitting to focus full-time on sharing his systems and outsourcing Methodology with the world. He now lives in Sweden and runs his UK-based businesses remotely with the help of his team of Filipino and UK-based Virtual Assistants.
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