Meet a man on a mission to help people thrive on property deals and investments
A businessman who made his first £1m at the age of 25 is touring the UK to share his strategies for success – and you can pay just £1 to see him on stage.
As a seasoned property investor, Samuel Leeds is increasingly recognised as an expert in his field. He owns a number of businesses, has written several books and has his own YouTube channel.
He also runs a well-subscribed training academy which he says has seen students from all walks of life turn property into a successful new career.
The cut and thrust of the property world might seem daunting to many but Samuel is confident that the strategies he teaches can be learned and applied by anyone.
Be your own boss
He also believes that getting good grades at school doesn't benefit everyone and says people who go to university often still struggle to find jobs. Being his own boss was always a big attraction. He reached the goal at a surprisingly young age and has never looked back.
Samuel grew up on a West Midlands council estate, struggled at school and didn't consider himself to be academic. After leaving with three GCSEs at the age of 16, university wasn't a realistic option or something he really thought about.
Instead he trained as a plasterer knowing that the work was in regular demand and the money could be good. But it never felt like a long-term career path and, although he did well at the trade, he wanted more from life.
First house at 17
And that's exactly what he got after turning his hand to property investments and buying his first house when he still only 17.
Now in his early 30s, Samuel has a passion for sharing the lessons he's learned and helping other people to become financially free.
Alongside his day-to-day work of deals and developments, he spents a lot of time training would-be entrepreneurs to put his strategies into action with the goal of helping as many as possible to "escape the rat race" and change their lives for the better.
£1 crash course
As part of that mission, he delivers the training personally and regularly tours the country with a series of crash courses that provide a taste of his approach to business and money-making.
One of his chief messages to people is that they can get involved in worthwhile deals even if they don't have money to invest at the start. With that in mind, he charges just £1 a ticket to attend the all-day crash courses which focus on numerous aspects of buying, selling and renting.
This month sees him stopping off in the capital for two days to deliver courses with a focus on rentals. Dealing particlarly with a strategy known as rent-to-rent, attendees will learn about renting properties and letting them at a higher rate, generally to multiple tenants.
They'll also find out about the legislation governing HMOs (houses in multiple occupation), along with tips on landlord and agent relations and how to tap into well-known property businesses such as Airbnb.
While making lots of money might seem like the end goal itself, Samuel says it's the freedom that wealth provides that particularly appeals to him. "Money doesn't change you," he says. "I still wear the same clothes and I still meet the same people."
One of the freedoms it has provided is the time and means to support causes close to his heart. He's become a regular visitor to poverty-stricken parts of Africa where he has financed projects ranging from providing local sources of fresh water to rebuilding crumbling schools.
He has also helped to get financial education onto African school curricumlums and hopes the same will happen here.
Tickets on sale now
But in the meantime, his focus is on showing people that: “If I can do it, so can you.”
To find out more about property investment, you can book a place on one of the crash courses in South Kensington. They will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4LH.
Tickets cost £1 (although late cancellation/no show fees apply) and can be booked online whether further details are also available.
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