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Last week:
  • Not a financial win, but had a great call with the digital marketing director of a business spending €100k/mth on ads. The win is that I realised I should be talking to more people like that.
This week:
  • Get a sales page setup for a newsletter on my new website. Start directing people to it.
  • Start running ads to the sales page for the $15/mth Bootcamp.
 

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1. Contractors finished the remodels/repairs on the house I’m buying under market value. It’s been complex and I had to negotiate terms with the seller through my agent, and I had to find the contractors and get the work done before closing, but we made it!

2. Closing Friday on this house. I’m going to live in it for 1-2 years while I fix it up and then sell for primary residence capital gains. Big tax advantage. My realtor brought me a great off market deal and the sellers really wanted out, so I’m going to do well on this. I know people say your house isn’t an investment - normally they’re right. This is a special situation - I’m getting a house for 2/3rd of the ARV and it only needs simple repairs and cosmetic upgrades.

In other news, sales are ticking back up at my job (the business I work for that’s owned family members) and I’m hopeful. 2020 was a struggle, despite 2019 being our best year ever (50 years of business) - really hoping we can hire some of our guys back again.
 
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I'm throwing in the last 2 weeks into this post. I was off work for most of that time. It's been rough...

My husband was injured on the 14th. It was simply a stupid accident. He hurt his right hand and wrist. He's gonna be OK -- we think. All his fingers and his wrist are working. He's lost some of the feelings in his hand. For a guy who works with his hands and builds stuff, it was very scary. He has to have a lot of daily wound care and doctor's visits.

One of our tenants, who was only 54 years, died this last week. He had emergency surgery a couple of weeks ago. Then he developed a terrible infection and had to be airlifted to Anchorage. I ended up taking his wife to Anchorage to be at his bedside. The roads were pretty icy, but we made it there to be with him. He died Monday night. I'm glad I was able to help.

The work on our current rehab job went on while I was tending to these issues. They built the lower kitchen cabinets, installed the new bathtub, installed trim & caulked for the paneling. I was able to buy paint on sale this week so I'll be ready when it's ready to be painted.

We got another 6" of snow this week. We now have almost 4' of snow on the ground. Before my husband's accident, he had just gotten the big snowblower that I bought last fall up and running. He had to make some major changes to the basic machine. It's working. He mounted it on one of the backhoes with a quick-release system. The guys used it yesterday and today to widen out our private road system.
 

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Mostly we dug out, plowed, and ran the snowblower. It snowed and then it snowed some more. Then it got cold. And now it's snowing again.

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Twitter win this week:

Created a pinned tweet related to Google Ads.

A bigger account I was following mentioned how the Google Ads interface sucked. I replied and went about my day.

Someone who knows me from the forum replied to me saying something like “AAY! It’s andy Black from FLF!”.

Ended the day with 20 new followers.
 

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The last few weeks have been a blur.

Wins last week:
* Settled on our property. We weren't even on the market, had people approach us 3 weeks ago. Long story short, they paid 100k over market value to secure the property. We owner built, poured blood, sweet and tears into it. Sad to see it come to an end

* We secured land (to be registered next year) for 790k. Found out on Friday that their most recent blocks 1/3 smaller sold for 825k. (Only 2 weeks later. Market here is ridiculously hot).

* Passed 40 customers on my website!

Wins for next week:
* Hit 50 sales
* Secure purchase for more goods
* Find somewhere to move the family!
 

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More snow this last week...

Last weekend +5"
Tuesday +2"
Wednesday +12"

That's more than a foot and a half on top of the snow we have on the ground. We're drowning in about 4.5' of snow. Again, we shoved, plowed, and ran the snowblower. We call it the "spring dump". As it gets warmer, some years it snows and snows. We now have piles that reach the eves on some of our buildings. I sure am ready to see spring green coming from under all those piles of snow.

Business-wise I got a lot done:
2020 is closed out and the figures are off to my CPA.
I did a lot of bookkeeping and turned in some important paperwork on several issues
We finally found a replacement axle for our plow truck today -- it was a difficult find. The supply lines aren't working well right now.
At the rehab -- we got a bunch of cabinets & doors built for the kitchen:
we got the new furnace set & ready to hook up:
we fabricated & installed a bunch of trim for paneling on the walls and ceilings:

Next week will be a win for me in business IF:

At the rehab -- we set the on-demand water heater
Note -- We must have the furnace & the water heater set and ready to turn on, so we can hook up the natural gas service and have heat in the building. And that requires an air pressure test going on the gas lines when the man shows up to hook up the service.

I'm looking forward to starting to get the building ready to paint. We must have heat in order to tape off the interior and paint it. The walls must be dry and at least 50 degrees for the paint to cure.

This picture is of two sides of our Laundromat. I took these pictures earlier this week for my insurance agent.

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Only about 3" of new snow this week - still cold and windy; it did snow some today; it's gotten down below 0 F most nights; 4-5 feet of snow on the ground plus some huge drifts

the rehab project -- started to finish the rough plumping; finished the kitchen cabinet doors -- kitchen cabinets are completed; starting a punch list to do the finishing work

rentals -- 100% rented up; 1 tenant gave their notice to move mid-April

Making a plan to "spring clean" the woodshop; will start next week; planning to make exterior frame kits for windows at the rentals (as needed) when spring breaks -- can start priming and painting the boards in the meantime; also planning to make replacement screens for missing window screens -- will use the stained glass table to assemble them.

Doing planning for summer projects -- ordered a case of saw blades for the sawmill -- 2 or 3 semi-trucks of logs are ordered for spring -- to build shed roofs, replace skirtings, and build carports -- deciding where we'll start

The small community water system went down Friday morning -- replaced the pressure valve that controls the whole system in the pump house -- up and going again within an hour of the outage

Started research to seek out trust deeds to purchase for investments; My bookkeeping is caught up enough to have the time to start doing my research again.

TODAY -- had two major power outages -- our whole town was out; 4.5+ hours from 8 AM until about 1 PM; again .5 hours later in the afternoon; had to restart several furnaces that didn't reset for the tenants; couldn't open the Laundromat or my office until the power was restored

Win next week?

rehab -- finish the rough plumbing so we can install the on-demand water heater -- moving toward turning on the natural gas so we'll have heat -- and paint the interior
 

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A couple more inches of snow this last week -- BUT it melting at least a little bit... We have heaps and piles, BUT spring is on its way... It's right around the corner... We've been out snowshoeing and making some trails through our woods...

WINS this last week
I was totally busy this week setting up another run at my business to purchase privately held trust deeds. I set up a new prospect database in Excel. And I started mining my old database to get ready to contact the people again. I smile every time I work on it.

We're making progress on the current rehab project. The electrical system is completed. The rough plumbing for the water supply system is completed, which includes wrapping the pipes and installing heat tape to keep them from freezing. Now we're working on the wastewater system. The natural gas pipes are completed. Soon, we'll be setting the on-demand water heater. In order to get service, we must have both the furnace and the water heater ready to fire up. And we must have a gas pipe pressure test in process. Then the utility company can then get the gas meter set and turn on our service. OK. I'll say it. Having heat is really important in our climate.

I have 2 tenants who are moving in April. Both mobile homes are 3 bedroom units, so they should be easy to rent. And we had completed extensive work on both units before the current tenants moved into them. I am hopeful that the work we must do to get them ready to rent again is minimal.

I'm up to date on my bookkeeping. Yeah!

WINS next week
TD business -- start making contacts with the targeted prospects
Rehab project -- make progress to get the natural gas turned on
Rentals -- collect the monthly rents
 

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