About Struggling Investor
I’m Scott. I am a 38 year old guy from Northern New Jersey who wholesales real estate as a side business. My full time job is a software developer for an engineering company. Most importantly though I am a family man first!
I don’t hate my day job, in fact I sorta like it. Problem is that it keeps me away from my family. 10 hours a day at work, then 2 hours a day with my son? Not what I want by a long shot.
Meet My Family…
Scott | Test Dummy
Scott is the Chief Struggling Investor here at the blog. He is the Writer, Editor, Test Dummy and all around great guy. Giving of himself and treating people like he would want to be treated are his best qualities.
Valarie | CEO
Valarie is the rock behind the success. She keeps a skeptical eye on things as Scott progresses towards replacing his full time job and financial freedom. The encouragement pours in when she sees a check!
Ben | The Boss
Ben is the true inspiration for the business. He rules with an iron fist and is not afraid to tell us “Give ME MILK” for an hour straight until we give in. We like to pretend we are in charge, but really what Ben says goes!
At about the time I was to marry my beautiful wife, I heard about this book from Robert Kiyosaki called Rich Dad, Poor Dad. You can count me in on the vast amount of Real Estate Investors that got their start with this book. It really changed the way I thought about money and my self worth.
Personally I am a very reserved person. Heck, in high school I was voted the quietest and the most shy person in my class. What I am though is very determined! I love a challenge and will not give up until I succeed.
I started to actively try and Wholesale Properties when I was 32. I say Try because it took me almost 2 years before I got my first deal. Every step of the process was a struggle for me…one personal roadblock after another. Can you relate to any of these?
- Not knowing enough to get started
- Not having enough money
- Losing a lot of money
- Letting my family down
- Talking on the phone with sellers
- Talking on the phone with buyers
- Making offers
- Was I breaking the law in any way?
- What would I do if I got an offer accepted?
- Am I taking advantage of people in need?
- Would I fail?
Six year later many of those fears and roadblocks have been overcome. There are always new hurdles popping up all the time though…which is a good thing! I’ve learned a few lessons over the years. The most important of which is…if you are constantly being challenged and are able to struggle and fight your way through…You Will Succeed!
So Why The Struggling Investor Blog
I created this blog in the hopes that it would not only help me stay motivated and accountable but to provide encouragement to other new real estate investors. Through stories about my experiences and tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way, I believe Struggling Investor has become a great resource.
Please don’t misunderstand the name Struggling Investor, it is not a literal description of how my investing is going but more of a reference to working hard to become a full time investor. In order to be successful I believe you must struggle through the journey. This struggle is how we all learn and get better, how we become masters of our domain (I love Seinfeld by the way!).
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Some Great Places to Get Started
It’s crazy to say this, but I’ve written over 650 posts since the beginning. For sure there are some good posts as well as some bad ones. Here are a few posts I’ve specifically picked out for you that might help you get to know me better and perhaps point you in the right direction in terms of your real estate investing.
Also, here is a list of some tools and forms that I’ve either created or have used that have been invaluable to me so far..