This blog is the transcribed version of our blog "The Glamour Code" as hosted by our founder Erin Watt. We have broken it up into bite size pieces however if you want to listen to the complete podcast, you can do so HERE for Apple iTunes, or HERE for Spotify.
Speaker 1: (07:57)
So after that, I ended up moving back down to Wollongong because my daughter's grandparents were here. I didn't really have much family here, but, um, just that support for her. I wanted her to have, and I went back and worked with doctor surgery for awhile. And then I thought I did a lot of stuff in real estate, like while I was working from home and I loved property, like I've done a lot of property development staff. I've been coached in property development by a guy called Bob Anderson. He's the top, uh, property developer in Australia, his billion, billion dollar property developer. He's brilliant. Um, I did he's mentoring program with an older guy that I'd met at a seminar, a renovating for profit, uh, Sheree Barbara's seminar. And he was quite well off and we just started talking at this event and I said, I want to do something, but I'm really limited with cashflow.
Speaker 1: (09:04)
Like I'm really ambitious. And, um, and he kind of had the money to do it, but he didn't have the time to do it. And we kind of struck up, I guess you could say like a working professional relationship where, uh, he really showed me what's possible. I mean, I didn't have anyone growing up around me who had a business or had anything, um, to kind of look up to that I could emulate. And he was the first person that I had met and, um, was able to speak to in person that had, you know, a top tow co company in Sydney and whole lot of things. And he'd come from a disadvantaged background where he moved over from India with nothing and started. And anyway, that's another long story, but, um, yeah, so it really started to plant those seeds, I guess, to show myself what is possible.
Speaker 1: (10:01)
Um, and that if you know, this is someone in real life and if they can do it, why can't I do it? And he's the one that actually, we went to do this private mentorship for the property development. We're still friends today. And, um, but yeah, just, yeah, so basically I was doing these things from home and then I thought I'm going to go get my real estate license because I've got all this knowledge now. And I did. And I ended up working with a really great agency down here while I didn't love the real estate. I mean, I loved real estate. I didn't love what you had to do to get listings. So you're cold calling you're door, knocking your letter box dropping. And I'm like, man, after doing the attraction marketing stuff, it was really difficult when I knew how many people I could reach online.
Speaker 1: (10:55)
It was really difficult to have to go and approach people that did not want to be approached, but still I did it. I got up at five o'clock, five 30 in the morning for hours. I did that four times a week for about three or four months and I got one phone call and I was just like, no, this is bullshit. Like something's got to give. And then I started posting stuff like online on, um, Facebook and I loved styling. I'd never done the styling before, but I was able to do it through the, uh, the agency that I was at. I just started buying all of my own, um, homewares and things like that. And then, yeah, they hired me to style. So from there I was styling through that agency, any listings that they had come through, they would then, um, pay me to start with the properties.
Speaker 1: (11:49)
And I thought real estate's really expensive for what the agents are doing. And I mean, some of them are getting huge, huge commissions for doing not very much. And I thought, surely there's a way to add more value to this. And what I did was I left that agency and I started my own agency and I was able to get all of my certification and make, uh, create, uh, companies where we do all of that. And what I did was I started styling and real estate as a complimentary, uh, sorry, uh, real estate and a styling where I complimentary style the property, which has a brilliant idea because people are spending thousands like five to 10 K planners just on property styling. Uh, so I struggled because I was not really known in the area that I was in and I called myself her property co I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but I was just different to the corporate agent that most people are used to seeing.
Speaker 1: (13:07)
And I kind of get it now because I just thought I want it to be different. I wanted to, I wanted to be different than what the other agents were doing, how they were dressing and everything like that. But I ended up signing up, um, with a lady who called me, who she was referred to me by somebody else. I think of course it was like the shittiest house in the shitter suburb. It had no parking, it had this massive set of stairs leading up to the front door. It had no privacy in the backyard. Like basically everything that you kind of, you don't want to try and sell. It was the first and I'll add the only listing I had through her property co and I styled the house and it was just months. It wasn't selling. The market was starting to decline. This was last year.
Speaker 1: (14:06)
This started last year. And yeah, the market was starting to decline. I was like, fuck, what is going on? I just thought like, if I started at nice and I had nice photos, I'll drink premium marketing. I'd put thousands of dollars of my own money into it because that's what you do. You put the money upfront and then you get reimbursed at the end when you sell it. But if you don't sell it, you're screwed. And so me going in as a rookie, I didn't really know how to do anything. And if you followed me for a while and now you'd know that I'm just winging everything. Like most of us are no one who's done. Anything knows how to do it. So you're just guessing. So I did, these contracts are, didn't do the contracts properly. Uh, she wanted to pull the house off the market.
Speaker 1: (14:48)
She was in a bit of a financial pressure from the bank as well, which I get, um, and I was pregnant with my son who just turned one. And so it was a week before I was booked in for my Syrian section to have him. And she told me she's pulling it off the market. Um, and I was like, okay, no worries. And then she'd also suddenly forgotten about our contracts for her. If she decided not to sell that, she'd have to pay me back the money. And then after that, I was just devastated at the time, it was like three grand or something. And I was like, man, that's so much money. Like with my own I've wasted and what the fuck am I going to do? And, um, Johnny, my Connor, he's just like, like this, you don't need to worry about it.
Speaker 1: (15:34)
Like, just get the, removalist go get your shit out. And this was like two days before the books, his area. And so I had to go pack up all the stuff in the house while she was there and then get the remove list. And I was just like, I just realized, I don't love this enough to continue to put myself through shit. I hate doing like, it's all well and good. If you love something and you have a passion for something these minor, um, failures, I guess you could say all these hiccups, they don't mean anything. Cause you're just like, alright, keep going, keep going, keep going. Like, there's been so many Glen glasses and each time they happen, I like cry a little bit less. And you just, you get up, you get up every time. But this time I was just like, I don't love this enough to put myself through this pain.