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Starting your Property Development Business

Property development can bring about a real sense of personal satisfaction. There is a huge amount work that goes into the renovations but there is something about seeing plans unfold and watching a property get a new lease of life that really spurs you on through development. The planning stages themselves can be extremely exciting and the interest in watching how they pan out is something that many a TV show have cashed in on. From Homes under the Hammer to Grand Designs there are a multitude of shows for the intrigued public to delve into and get a sense of the properties out there and interesting ways to develop them into something fresh, useful and even beautiful. For the majority, the interest may be in the potential of their own home or plans for a future home for them and or their family but, for some, interest is peaked to much higher heights by the thought of the income that can come from developing multiple properties. With a strong rental market in the UK, many predicting that rental prices will continue to increase for the next 5 years, developing properties for the purpose of buy to let can be an appealing prospect. For others, the idea of being a landlord and taking a smaller monthly return from their investment is too much of a long game. In that instance, the appeal of ‘flipping’ properties (purchasing properties that need work and then selling them for a tidy profit once they have renovated) can hold real appeal as you get your hands dirty, see the results of your labour relatively quickly and then sell on in time to see a fairly quick return on the investment. Although there are other ways to create a property-based business, these two are the most common routes for those starting up with a property development business.

Developers who go the Buy to Let route, have a great prospect of a steady monthly income and a number of properties to then sell off either for retirement or as they move into different areas of interest. Property development businesses that choose the flip route, see larger lump sums returned to them once the renovations are completed. Usually a developer would aim for between 6 and 12 months. The appeal, in theory then, is clear. However, going into business as a property developer means that you have to have the eye on the prize if you are going to make real profit from either route and there are a number of elements that need to be considered from a finance perspective if a development business is going to turn a substantial profit.

First off, financing…whether you are purchasing a property with the intention of it being a buy to let or a flip a traditional residential mortgage is unlikely to be a viable finance option for you. These types of mortgages are a secured loan that are provided as a long-term financing option for a property you will live in and it could cause issues when selling/renting said property if you take out this kind of finance product. If you go down the flip route for your business, then you will be in a position to pay back the loan in a relatively short period of time so you could consider Bridging Loans for business  in this instance as they will give you a more flexible finance options taking into consideration the value and worth of the property itself. The most beneficial aspect of this for a start up business is that because the loan is more reliant on the property deal and less reliant on your past portfolio, which as a start up, you might not have. Buy to Let Mortgages are available to those who want a longer term finance option and come with their own eligibility criteria and restrictions but do tend to have lower interest rates than bridging finance or personal loans.

Secondly, the costs… The interest rates and fees attached to financing the properties can make a huge difference to profit margins, so it is well worth ensuring you know exactly what you are signing up for. If you are considering a bridging loan for your project then it is well worth seeking advice and looking at a tool such a loan calculator that will compare options from a number of leading lenders, Barclays bridging loans are just one of the well respected names you will find quotes from when using this kind of tool.

And, finally, Business type… as a start-up property development business, one of the most important things to consider is how the business will be set up, either as a sole trader or as a limited company with directors. This will affect how you can take money from the profits and there will be different tax implications depending on the path you choose. For example, a sole trader with a mortgaged buy to let property can no longer off set the cost of the mortgage against their tax as an expense, which could make all the difference as to whether a venture will be profitable or not.

This is by no means a comprehensive guide to making a profit or the finance opportunities available to you when you are funding a development business, but it is food for thought and should give you some good ideas of where to start researching. A business plan is a must and the more research that goes into it, the stronger the plan will be. Happy developing!

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Could Brexit Be Good for Small Businesses?

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The fact is, Brexit has shook confidence and stability within many industries across the UK, and there’s no telling how it’s going to impact your business in the long-term. As a small business, you’re highly dependent on the health of the pound and general UK finances, as well as all the various industries that could be influenced by various import/export elements inherent to Brexit. We’re going to take a look at how the recent Brexit vote stands to influence that.

Brexit is always going to be a tumultuous and interesting shift in the world, and a fascinating time to live through. Regardless of personal politics, and how you as an individual voted, it’s important to take a look at the long term impact for many industries and businesses within the UK. Despite scaremongering, Brexit isn’t going to be as damaging as many would claim, quite the opposite, it could provide some spectacular and unforeseen benefits for smaller businesses. Here’s how Brexit could prove great for small businesses.
One of the initial and most visible elements of Brexit are the fall in value of the pound. For a lot of businesses, this could potentially prove problematic, and cause losses. However, for exporters of any kind, they can expect profits to grow and soar, as a direct result of Brexit.

Admittedly, this is an obvious and short-term benefit of Brexit to smaller businesses, but initial silver-linings are always a good thing. While some of the other benefits for smaller businesses make themselves clearer, for export focused businesses, its good times.

One of the key things to bear in mind with Brexit is making sure we get the best trade deals possible. With the EU being the UK’s main trading partner, if we get a bum deal in trade deal negotiations, that’s going to impact all businesses, and while the big boys at the top might weather it, the smaller business might struggle a little.

However, that’s a worst case scenario. With countries like Norway enjoying great trade deals across Europe and the world, it’s not out of the question that we could do the same, and secure deals that provide a boost in trade and profit for all businesses, small and big.

Another factor in the Brexit fallout is the new free movement and borders rules. With unskilled workers coming over and working in the UK short term, this could be challenged by potentially more stringent immigration and entry rules. On the flipside, new rules and regulations could attract more skilled, trained and experienced workers to the UK, boosting all manner of industries and businesses, especially if we utilise a point systems like Australia.
The fact remains that entrepreneurs and small business owners don’t tend to roll over and die in the face of adversity, by the very nature of what they are, they’re used to coping and turning the system to their advantage. If anyone is going to be absolutely fine with Brexit, it’s small businesses. That might seem like I’m going a bit negative about the whole thing, but really it’s too soon to tell. Brexit could prove damaging, but it could also usher in a period of profit for the UK that might not otherwise have occurred. It’s all down to the negotiations and what they secure for small businesses in the UK.

Dealing with Business Debts

If you like many people are stressed about your small businesses debts, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many business owners report similar worries and stresses, and that’s not healthy. Struggling to sleep, feeling worn out and losing or gaining weight are all signs of stress, and how bad it is for you, however, business debts are not something you need to let weigh heavily on your mind. When you’re dealing with this situation, it can be very useful getting a Chartered Accountants in to take a look over everything, as they can make you see that the situation isn’t quite as dire as you imagined.

When it comes to your business, there’s a number of things you can do to help prevent the debt in the first place, deal with the debt when you’ve got it, and deal with the stress of having it. It’s not as big an issue as it might have grown to be in your head, and with a few basic rules of thumb, it’s not that hard to deal with.

Don’t End Up There in the First Place!

Before I say anything else, first of all, the best advice is always going to be avoiding debt full stop. The fact is, prevention beats curing, and while that isn’t all that helpful while your business is in debt, or your business model requires loans and the like, it does remain true. There’s a lot of different ways to mitigate the damaging effects of steadily building debt, including:

  • Take out the right loans! When it comes to taking to taking out a loan for your business, don’t simply grab the most obvious choice. Do your research, look at different interest rates, services and options, and make sure you understand fully what you’re getting yourself and your business into.
  • Build plans to pay off and deal with future debt. Never take a loan without a plan for how you’re to pay it off in the future.
  • Avoid credit card charges by paying off your loan interest every thirty days, and ask for lower interest rates. As the saying goes; if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  • Get fixed loans not variable! You don’t want to find yourself paying more and more interest.

Don’t let it Affect Your Work

If your business is falling steadily into debt, and you’re letting it get you down, then that’s going to affect your work, and if your business is dependent on the quality of your labour or output, then you’re just going to be making it even harder when it comes to dealing with that debt. You need to keep plugging away, keep your business growing, and don’t let the situation overwhelm you or cause you to bury your head. Just imagine the worst case scenario…

The Worst Case Scenario

Chances are your business debts are in your businesses name and not yours. That means in most circumstances, you’re not liable to pay them. You, as an individual, are safe. However, your business is not. It might die, it might fail, but you’ve already started a business once, right? How hard could it be to learn from your experience and do it right in the future? You can hire an Insolvency Practitioners in London to help you through all the tough, tedious stuff, and essentially wash your hands of the whole affair. Don’t forget, that’s the very worst case scenario. There’s any number of ways to pay your business out of debt, including:

  • Increase overall business cash flow to pay off debts. Kind of the obvious choice, but it works!
  • Consolidate your loans. This is one of the fastest ways to minimise interest and quickly pay off debt. It allows you to combine separate loans, and pay less interest as a result, which can be incredibly handy when cash is tight.

Business Plans

When starting out with a new business it is likely that at some point you are going to either need to apply for funding in order to achieve your start up goals or show someone what your business is and where it is going in order to achieve ‘buy in’ of some form or another. That is one of the reasons why creating a good solid business plan is one of the most important things your will do during your business planning and prep. This is the document that will keep you on track with your business goals so that you maintain focus for success and that shows others the worth of your business, the direction it is heading in and the potential future worth. Here are just a few reasons why a business plan is imperative for any business:

• It helps you secure external funding
• It helps investors understand the business current worth and future potential
• It highlights to investors what opportunity the business offers them
• It is a good tool to help you see your business more clearly and get a better understanding of it
• It helps you plan a course of action to help you on your way to success
• It assists in keeping everyone in the business on the same line of thought with business goals
• It is an important tool for managing business cash flow and identifying potential hurdles

There are many more benefits to a great business plan so it is most definitely a tool worth building early on in the start ups life so that it can be built on well into the future. If this has got you thinking about your own business plan and you are itching to get started, take a look at the ideas below to help you with your initial content outline…