Becoming a full time property rehabber is actually a very easy process. So why do so many investors get it wrong, or even worse, do nothing?

Simple: NO BUSINESS PLAN!

Make no mistake about it: This is a business!.

If you invest time and capital with the aim of making a profit, then you are in business, regardless of wether you purchase one or fifty homes. Before you commit a single dollar or a minute of your time, you should step back and have a good think about what it is that you want to achieve. When developing your business plan, you may wish to consider the following questions: – How many renovations do you wish to complete in one year? – Do you have sufficient capital/finance to achieve this target? – Will you sell for profit or hold? – Do you wish to create an additional income stream? Do you wish to do it as a full time job? Why you need to write a business plan? To plot the course – To create the “big picture” – to recognise long term direction and think about staying in business and not just starting a business To create a feasibility study – Test the viability of your goals – Is it going to be profitable – What kind of financing will you need – Recognise the barriers to your success Become a better decision maker – Anticipate problems – The process of gathering information ahead of time will allow you to make more informed decisions – Your plan will provide you with an organised way to face issues For a reality check – The plan will challenge some of your pre-conceived assumptions – Your plan will raise questions that will inspire solutions before you need to face those problems – It allows you to recognise what will be required of you – Identifies your strengths and weaknesses and highlights needed areas of assistance Guide and measurement tool The business plan will act as a guide throughout your development and allow you to measure your progress against planned expectations. You can make adjustments accordingly.

Your business plan should contain the following elements:

  1. Executive Summary: Include general information about your business; your objectives; and your Start-Up details.
  2. Market Analysis Summary: Give a brief description of the market that you intend to work in, and your acquisition strategy.
  3. Implementation Plan: Outlines your renovation strategy and process.
  4. Sales Strategy.
  5. Sales Projection
  6. Projected Profits and/or Losses
  7. Financial Plan.
  8. Management Summary.
  9. Important Assumptions.
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If you do use the material please send us a note so we can take a look. Thanks. Feel free to substitute your affiliate link in place of our link in the resource box. About the author: Sal Vannutini is a successful real estate investor and author of the best selling “Fixer-Upper Fortunes”. Free e-book and 6 Part mini-course reveals how to make a fortune in real estate.

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