A case study on choosing your life experience before your job.
This week on the podcast, we covered everything from living in a van (not sure if down by the river or not) to starting an interior design and STR business. The guest: Will Jordan. @BnBinteriorSD. You can listen to the full episode here, but if you don’t have time, read on for a brief summary.
Will was not your typical naval surface warfare officer. (He's still alive, but just exited the Navy) In a world full of people looking to climb the ladder in search of their 'retirement number', Will was just looking for a business that affords the lifestyle he wants.
After being stationed in San Diego and getting accustomed to the 16 hour work day lifestyle the Navy affords, he realized he was overspending on a glorified place to sleep and decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather to sleep in a van to save money.
For two years.
A chunk of that money landed him as a limited partner in his brother, Rich Jordan @StrongpointRich, first real estate deal. You can hear about that deal straight from Rich on a prior episode I did.
After seeing Rich's first deal as well as another SWO's Airbnb, Will decided he needed to act. Frustrated at the lack of caring property managers, he founded BnB Interior with his now girlfriend. They offer interior design and management with STR focus.
You can check out his business website, BNB Interior.
What surprised me was Will's plans to scale. He said "An effective property manager can only properly service 10 units at a time to give the service we want to offer".
His model: Grow to 10, find a manager, repeat. If that even happens though. He said 10 supports his lifestyle.
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It was clear to me by our conversation that Will chooses life, experiences, and people over work. But don't mistake that for laziness. His focus on profitable growth in reasonable time is setting him up to travel and work through Central and South America for all of 2023.
Sound like a lot on his plate? You wouldn't be able to tell. We also talked about his love of surfing and how him and his friends have turned his backyard into a niche concert venue, all donation based, hosting artists like Titus Haug and Daniel Rodriguez (Lumineers opener).
Will hits home the power of community. Community is a trendy word we've heard a lot ironically online throughout COVID, but he is fostering the purest form through friends and experiences, something the Navy teaches us very well.
Hope you enjoy the episode.