How to get the best commercial deals

There’s an old saying that if you want to get something done you need to give it to a body person. It’s a counter intuitive thing but I completely get it. Busy people are busy because they are getting things done. People who aren’t busy are generally wasting time. Just to be clear, even though I often tell stories of how I go for a surf every morning and hang out with friends afterwards… Don’t let that fool you into thinking that I’m just sitting …

How to have more energy and get more done in a year.

I’m writing this from the deck of a boat, somewhere off the coast of Greece. This is me the other day swimming over to Jackie-O’s beach hut on Skorpios island. Taking some time out each year as I do gives me time to think about how I want to spend my days in the coming 11 months before I go on holidays again. Obviously, I spend time considering what I want to achieve this year. I set some goals around that. But I also spend …

The 6 best apps for simplifying life (Commercial investor edition)

The great gift of being a wage employee is the simplicity. You know every day what you need to do, you know each day where you need to go and what time you start and finish your day. When it comes to tax time you get a piece of paper which you take to your accountant and let them fix up your tax return for you. It’s just so simple… As soon as you start a business, you’re adding a level of complexity that’s quite …

The foolproof way to find the true property value

What’s a commercial property worth? Its value is as much as a piece of string is long. Defining the value of a property is the job of valuers, and I don’t envy them – it’s not an easy job. It’s full of guesswork and unquantifiable things. I was looking at a student deal the other day – (It’s not a done deal they are at the initial investigation stage) There was a retail space with a residential space above. The retail was leased – a …