Tej Talks - Property

9/22/2022

Climbing the corporate ladder for 15 years, investing for 20 years & building a £4m portfolio with Ellie

About Ellie Donaghy:As a teenager my dream was always to become a builder, at the time I didn’t think this was something that females could do. Instead I took the very stereotypical role for a female in the property industry as a letting agent and climbed the corporate ladder. I worked in the lettings industry for nearly 15 years and have been investing personally for nearly 20 years. During the pandemic in 2021, whilst 7 months pregnant with my daughter, I decided to take the plunge and set up my own property investment and development business. Although not working directly as a builder I am able to work in the building industry in a variety of forms including direct project management and have a target of growing our property portfolio to £4million by the end of 2024. About your host, Tej:Tej graduated from King's’ College London with a BSc Biochemistry in 2014, he then pursued a career in Medical Education and Marketing. Soon after his second job… he was fired! A moment of relief and freedom was what he felt, not sure what his mother felt when he told her he was jobless at 23…He then went in search of a more ethical path, a business he could set up where the reward was equal to the work put in. “If they are making pounds, why am I making pennies?” - was his thought process, not happy with slow progression and bureaucracy (& having to wear smart shoes everyday). This lead him to opening a Recruitment business (not sure where the ethics went) which doubled in profit every year, for 4 years. He hated it. Golden handcuffs they call it.Fortunately, he used the cash he’d built up from that business, to educate himself in Property Investing. Soon, he’d stopped the business and transitioned into Property Investment full time. He then had a slow start -Purchasing 15 properties in his first 9 months, using over £650,000 of Investor Finance, he built a £1,200,000 property portfolio and created £30,000 of profit from flips. This gave him ‘financial freedom’, but it was the most stressful period of his life. Growing quickly is very painful.Let’s not forget that his Podcast grew to be the most-reviewed UK Property Podcast, peaking at 4,000 unique downloads per episode.His Podcast (Tej Talks) now sits at 660,000 downloads in over 100 countries and has 489 reviews, rated 5/5.Links:Instagram - @ellies_property_missionLinkedIn - Ellie DonaghyTej InvestsTej TalkseLearning