Today I am celebrating an accomplishment that I am particularly proud of. Among all the many hats that I wear, one of them is small business owner. It sounds kind of strange describing myself in that way, since I’m not an entrepreneur at heart. However, one thing that I do have is great ideas and strong organizational skills.
My husband and I started a small real estate business in 2002 while living in Southwest Georgia. We chose to get started in Georgia because homes were reasonable in price and a large percentage of the population were renters. We began purchasing rental homes for investment purposes with family. We continued to buy homes and have gone on to purchase seven more homes on our own. My husband has always been very enterprising and business focused. So I just followed his lead.
I’ve actually learned a lot along the way. We now own 11 single family homes. But wait, that’s not the exciting part. It is but it isn’t not for the purposes of what I’m about to tell you. My husband has asked me to create a website for our business for maybe three years now. I had no interest at all. I guess you can say that I finally realized how important technology and social media are for businesses. I finally did it! Yay me! I can’t take much of the website design credit but I initiated the project, provided vision, consulted and followed it through to the end. It is still a work in progress but looking better than it was before which was invisible and non-existent. I have to give a shout out to Easywebserv for their design skills, professionalism, and prompt service. Prices were very reasonable.
I haven’t always been a cooperative partner, because of all of the many hats I wear on a daily basis. I have done my fair share of complaining. My hats include wife, mother, chauffeur, property manager, program director, housekeeper, counselor (I really am a Counselor by profession), household manager and chef. I’m sure some of you can relate. It’s a little inconvenient when you are at a school awards ceremony in the middle of the day for one of your kids and someone calls to tell you their toilet is overflowing. I’m just saying. Or the air conditioning went out and it’s 100 degrees outside. So what do you do? You excuse yourself for a minute and get on it immediately. What would we do without cell phones? Truth be told, this does not happen very often but when it does it seems like everyone is having a problem all at the same time. Life is not always picture perfect, so you take what you have and do the best you can.
Over the years I have grown to understand the value of investing and having multiple streams of income. That understanding helps to make this venture worthwhile. Professionalism, attentiveness, and great customer service make a difference. That has been our secret to keeping long-term tenants. We pride ourselves in being good landlords. My hubby and I make a great team. Our goal is to make tenants feel at home while meeting their needs. We’ve even sold two of our homes to tenants who were first time buyers. We used our contacts and created a rent to own program to help them through the process.
So there you have it! I got our website for our business up and running. This is a big deal for me on many levels because I conquered some fears, and stretched outside of my comfort zone. So let’s hear it for DJ Enterprises Real Estate. Thank you, thank you.
We do have a property for rent if you know anyone looking to move to Albany, Georgia. It’s super hot and humid in the summer if you’re into heat. It is the featured property on our website.
What have you accomplished this week?
Peace and Blessings,