Still Learning After All These Years

A couple of years ago, I tried to start a website called “The Landlord School.”  I was doing all the right things, but I simply could not get it off the ground.  I had a complete crisis of confidence and refused to believe that anyone would ever want to listen to what I have to say.  So, after a few excruciating months, I closed up shop.

Recently, when I decided to try it again, I realized that the website name had been all wrong.  First of all, most people hate school.  And second, I certainly don’t want to be the teacher in charge.  Even though I am a landlord, I hate to tell people what to do.  And I definitely don’t see myself as the expert.  Sure a lot has changed over the last few years and I have overcome some insurmountable problems (I will tell you more about that when we know each other better).  But my business is still a work in progress.

So, a new name came to me “Learn to be a Landlord.”  Being a landlord is a process and I am an active participant in that process.  In fact, the thing I love the most about my business is how much I have had to learn in order to make it work.

I hope you can learn something from my blog posts.  And feel free to share your comments so I can learn from you.  Also, if you have a specific question for me, just click on the “Ask Jessica” tab at the top and ask away.


Halloween in May

The weather today in Spokane felt so much like fall, that I thought I would post some fun Halloween Pictures.  This unit was one that needed a complete repaint anyway and it came empty right around Halloween a few years ago.  It is my favorite holiday, so I decided to go all out and create a “Haunted Apartment” that was open to the whole town.  The tagline was “Who Says Only Houses Can Be Haunted?”

And yes, it was a nightmare to clean up, but well worth the fun! Thanks to my friends who helped out by being mad butchers,  zombie brides, mummies, and crazy bingo masters.

PS. The fake blood was made from corn syrup, chocolate syrup and cherry powdered drink mix.


Inner Voices

If you are anything like me, chances are you will find yourself waking up every third day or so with a raging case of self-doubt.  And that’s a good week.  Maybe I never got it out of my system in junior high school, but man I can do a hell of a job on myself.  On these days, it can be helpful to treat yourself like your favorite sports team during a losing streak.  They need your support and encouragement even more now than when they are winning.

One of the greatest myths about entrepreneurs is that we can actually spell the word entrepreneurs. No really, it is that we are these confident, invincible forces that sail through the world turning everything we touch to gold with our charm.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I am a neurotic, doubting, worrying mess, just like you.  The only difference is that I have learned to act in spite of what I am feeling.  I can look at my inner psychotic and say “That’s nice dear, I appreciate what you have to say, but I am going to go ask the bank for a 3 million dollar loan, anyway. Talk to you later. Don’t eat the cat while I am gone.”

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