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The Property Management Mastermind Show

The Property Management Mastermind Show and Property Management Productions was formed to provide information and products BY Property Managers FOR Property Managers looking to grow and run their business. The podcast show is an interview discussion conducted by Brad Larsen – a Property Manager in San Antonio, TX. In this Podcast show, Brad will interview some of the biggest and brightest stars in the Property Management industry to include National Association of Residential Property Management (NARPM) members, Leading Property Managers of Australia (LPMA) members, and key vendors in the property management industry with the goal of being able to gain insight for best practices, new trends, and exciting information to help you grow and run your business more successfully.
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Now displaying: January, 2018
Jan 25, 2018

I love offering listeners fantastic benefits, such as some great discounts for products. These include the PM Grow Summit, website production through Property Managed Website, showing services through Tenant Turner, and more, with new offers coming all the time! You can see a complete list of the current offers at propertymanagementmastermind.com. For all of these offers, use the discount code “Brad” to secure your discount.

Today’s guest is someone truly special whose work spans just about every industry, not just property management. Mike Michalowicz is the author of the groundbreaking book Profit First, which revolutionized the way that many businesses handle making money. We’ve implemented his system in his business and are already seeing fantastic results.

Imagine this: you run your business solidly, and at the end of the year, you see a nice, fat number for your profit that year. Your bank account, though, doesn’t reflect this. In fact, if you’re like the majority of small business owners in the United States, your business is probably operating from month to month, and paycheck to paycheck. So where, exactly, has that profit gone? The sad fact is that it’s already spent and isn’t truly profit in the sense that we think of it.

Here’s why that happens: we think that the formula is sales - expenses = profit. Logically, that makes sense, but in reality it doesn’t work out that way. Instead, we need to swap the formula into a far more effective one: sales - profits = expenses. In other words, instead of running a business and thinking of everything left after we pay all the expenses as profit, we need to pay ourselves first. Whatever is left after you set aside a designated amount of profit is what you’re allowed to use on expenses.

This doesn’t mean you can jump right into setting aside 25% or 30% of your sales as profit. Instead, think of this profit-first methodology as being like exercise. You wouldn’t go straight from being a complete couch potato to running a full marathon, right? Doing so would just leave you injured and in worse shape than before. Similarly, you need to gradually build up your profit. Start with a very small percentage, and gradually increase from there.

Mike will explain all of this in depth, and I’ll talk about how it relates to the property management industry. We’ll also discuss why it can be a great idea to split your business into different parts if you offer different services. This is going to be a great episode, so tune in to learn all about how to truly see a profit from your property management business!

 

Here’s where you can find Mike:

Profit First

Mike Michalowicz

@MikeMichalowicz on Twitter

Mike Michalowicz on LinkedIn

Mike Michalowicz on YouTube

Mike Michalowicz on Facebook

 

Show Notes

[02:22] - Mike shares a bit about his background, explaining that he’s first and foremost an entrepreneur but has been an author for around 10 years.

[03:41] - Brad offers some background on his company and how the payment structure was set up, as well as what implementing profit-first can accomplish.

[04:45] - We hear a story of Mike’s about a moment in which he was confused about where, exactly, the profit was. He then shares the answer, and explains why the traditional formula for profit doesn’t make sense.

[07:58] - Mike explains how his companies function now, which involves setting aside a specific percentage of profit first, then running the business off the remainder.

[09:08] - Brad dives into some of the things that he’s doing now to implement this profit-first strategy. He and a friend are profit-first buddies who help each other stay accountable.

[11:03] - Mike clarifies that he didn’t invent this system; it’s been around for centuries as the “envelope system.”

[14:10] - One of the interesting dynamics of what Brad does involves having both a property management system and a maintenance company.

[16:13] - Mike points out why it was such a good decision for Brad to have his business split into two parts, and gives an example of another company that was far easier to evaluate after breaking it into parts. He also explains why it’s a great idea to face some hard questions today.

[20:57] - We hear about Mike’s great podcast, called The Profit First Podcast. He and Brad then discuss the changing roles of radio and podcasts.

[23:13] - Mike talks about his upcoming speaking gig in San Antonio with Dave Ramsey.

[25:13] - We learn about EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization), a peer-to-peer group for entrepreneurs in various industries. Brad is applying for membership, and Mike is a member already.

[28:51] - When people ask Mike which of his books they should read next, he responds to the question by asking, “In your business today, what’s the biggest challenge you’re facing?” The answer about which book to read depends on this. He also describes how to get one of his books for free!

[31:45] - For people who are overwhelmed or confused by the process of switching to profit-first methodology, Mike started a company: Profit First Professionals. He also mentions ProfitCON.

[33:27] - We haven’t even scratched the surface on the profit-first system. Mike talks about where to get resources, and gives advice on how to get started.

[35:33] - Mike’s last tip for today involves removing temptation by transferring your profits to a different bank so it’s out of sight and out of mind.

[38:16] - How can listeners reach Mike if they want to learn more or get in touch with him?


Links and Resources:

Profit First

Mike Michalowicz

@MikeMichalowicz on Twitter

Mike Michalowicz on LinkedIn

Mike Michalowicz on YouTube

Mike Michalowicz on Facebook

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz

Surge by Mike Michalowicz

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Michalowicz

Tim Melton

Grace Management & Investment

The Profit First Podcast

Dave Ramsey

EntreLeadership Summit San Antonio 2018

EO

ProfitCON

Seacoast Commerce Bank

Jan 10, 2018

I love offering listeners fantastic benefits, such as some great discounts for products. These include the PM Grow Summit, website production through Property Managed Website, showing services through Tenant Turner, and more, with new offers coming all the time! You can see a complete list of the current offers at propertymanagementmastermind.com. For all of these offers, use the discount code “Brad” to secure your discount.

Before we dive into this episode, I want to take a moment to give you a quick update. On both of our websites, we’re adding a couple of new tabs. One of these tabs will highlight all the upcoming seminars and conferences through various organizations. The other tab will direct you to our property management mastermind listserv on Google. It’s a great no-holds-barred listserv where anything goes. Check out both of these new tabs to explore more of what we can offer!

My guest today is Scott Brady, a property manager from Southern California. Scott has been in the real estate business for over two decades, and jumped into the property management side of things about six years ago. As he’ll explain in our conversation today, he changed the slant of his company to attract self-managing property owners once he learned that a shockingly high percentage of people self-manage their properties.

Scott will also talk about some fascinating things that he’s doing in his marketplace that are a bit outside the norm. He veers away from the generic cookie-cutter thinking of many property management companies and doesn’t hesitate to think outside the box. As a result, he’s generating several different revenue streams for his business, of which property management is only one.

We’re fortunate enough that Scott isn’t shy to talk about the nitty gritty details and exact numbers. If you’ve been wondering exactly how the financial aspects of these things work, this is the episode for you. Scott will go into detail about how much (or how little) he makes in property management, how he compensates his agents and employees, and much more.

 

Here’s where you can find Scott:

Progressive Property Management

Scott Brady at Progressive Property Management

Scott Brady on LinkedIn

Show Notes

[03:09] - Scott gives us a quick introduction to who he is and how he got into property management. He explains that when he got started, he had no idea that 80% of people manage their own properties.

[06:16] - Brad backs up a bit to talk about several concepts, including the points of distribution (POD) technique, licensing, and franchising, and points out that what Scott has been describing is a hybrid of all three.

[07:23] - Whether we like it or not, property management is still a hyper-local business, Scott points out.

[09:54] - Scott tells his branch managers that every door they manage is a door they’re going to sell down the road.

[10:34] - We hear how Scott compensates his employees.

[11:40] - How much overhead and support does Scott have to give his employees to earn the 35% that he gets from them?

[12:43] - We learn how Scott finds realtors who want to work within his system.

[15:05] - In general, real estate is about meeting people. If you meet a lot of people, you’ll be successful, Brad explains.

[16:42] - Scott found out early on that most of his agents don’t want to spend their own money, so he spends the money on marketing and then sells the door.

[18:12] - Brad explains that one of the things he put in place when he did the portfolio model was putting the portfolio managers on a very bad split. Scott then addresses the question of whether his agents might be pushing the owners to sell.

[19:55] - How successful has Scott been in scaling up his model?

[21:42] - Brad and Scott dig into the topic of direct mail targeting, including discussing how far Scott generally goes in the process.

[26:13] - What’s the coolest implementation that Scott has done in the last six months to a year?

[27:58] - Brad responds to Scott’s mention of Rently.

[29:48] - Scott basically breaks even on property management, he reveals. He then talks about his other streams of income.

[31:58] - The biggest barrier to investing in real estate in Southern California is coming up with the down payment.

[33:32] - Brad talks about an upcoming seminar that he wants to go to in Dallas.

[35:38] - Scott talks about a program that he offers to local self-managing property owners.

[38:41] - We hear more about exactly what is included in the seminar in a box that Scott and Brad have created together.

[40:08] - What seminars does Scott have lined up for the California area?

[44:16] - If you’re interested in what Scott has been saying and want to get in touch with him or learn more, you can find him on Brad’s website or send him an email.

[47:09] - Scott has noticed a fundamental shift in the general perspective on property management.

 

Links and Resources:

Progressive Property Management

Scott Brady at Progressive Property Management

Scott Brady on LinkedIn

NARPM

Rently

Tenant Turner

Grant Cardone

BiggerPockets

BRRRR Strategy (and BRRRR calculator)

Local Landlord Seminar

NARPM Broker/Owner Conference

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