A bit about my Background
I'm originally from Sunderland, which is in the North East of England UK.
I volunteered to work with the Citizens Advice in Sunderland I found this work very rewarding and learned a lot of new skills while volunteering. I then got involved in fund raising for local Youth and Community groups. At this same time I began to study with the Open University and over 5 years obtained a BSc hons degree in Social Sciences and also a Diploma in Economics.
Starting in Property Management
In 2005 I supported my then partner John Scott as we set up a student lettings and property management business. We worked hard to get started with next no money, with only two landlords and just five houses, our aim was to double business within the first six months and double again in the following six months. That is exactly what we did.
I continued with the business after the sudden death of my partner John in 2006. I had support from my eldest daughter Vikki at that time. I finally left my employment in September 2007 to concentrate on developing Student-Rooms full time which specialised in Licensed HMO Student Accommodation, based in Sunderland.
How things have changed since 2007 – I guess a lot of people were hit by the economic circumstances in the years that followed, in Sunderland I continued with business as usual and did not see any significant impact on income, until 2012.
It was fortunate that just two years earlier with ideas from my daughter Vikki we decided to open up to the residential property market with the creation of Silverleaf Lettings North East. Due to an oversupply of student housing and falling student numbers at the University we were able to convert student houses to the residential market.
Who would have thought that I would move away from Sunderland. Not me.
But yes, I was pulled in the direction of York to be with the man who captured my heart, not only moving to York but also setting up a home in the sun during 2015 too.
During April 2016 I decided to sell my property business and started to get to grips with life in sunny Spain. I had started learning how to sell physical goods online with a merchant account fulfilled by Amazon. I soon got frustrated with the constant search for profitable items. Then closed that little adventure.
Online Business Education
I've tried various programs and courses and I've not seen any success with any of the websites or digital propmotions.
Partnership to Success, with John THornhill during 2013
The Amazon arbitrage which I actually did make sales as an FBA seller.
Tecademics with Chris Record which launced in 2017
FourPercent with Vick Strizhues also in 2017
MOBE that I found through Chris and Susan Beasley also 2017. This program cost me my savings, put me into huge debt, and most likely cost me my relationship with my partner. One spectacular failure. As the program I joined was closed down by the FTC or Federal Trades Commission in the US.
Lots of people lost thousands of dollars, and were plunged into debt.
2020 What a year.
Now I am alone in a four bedroom house in Spain.
My ex partner is with another woman.
I was discarded in August 2020 as no longer relevant.
I am now facing being evicted from his house.
Why? Because I do not have a magic piece of paper that says I am married.
So now I'm a free woman. Trying to work out what my future holds.