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08/06/2021: Throwback Tuesday – Career Changers

This throwback looks at Career changers and the original article is from 2017.

I talk a lot here about career changers who want to buy lifestyle businesses.

I openly advertise for people who want to sell their lifestyle business to contact me as I have buyers available. I receive enquiries on a weekly basis from potential buyers who want to leave their current careers behind to work on a lifestyle business for me to act for them in a confidential capacity.

Who wants to quit a good career for a lifestyle business?

Who are these people and what do they look like?

I took my last 12 months data and extrapolated some figures from it combined with checking some facts with the individuals involved. This data is also compiled into a 27 page report which can be made available to qualified parties.

So Let us take a closer look at these people and their profiles.

First of all we can look at age groups:

Age rangePercentage
under 302.13%
30 – 4016.31%
40 – 5040.43%
50 – 6029.08%
60 +12.06%

Here we can see that the desire for change peaks between the ages of 40 and 50. Much of this age range will have worked for over 20 years. This is one driver for change.

Nest we can take a small glimpse at life at home.

Home LifePercentage
Single7.80%
Co-Habiting28.37%
Married21.28%
Married With Children42.55%

The full report reveals that the stronger the home life in terms of family the desire for a quieter life away from London life strengthens.

Let us now take a look at the staff grade of these people.

GradePercentage
Non-management Junior Grade2.13%
Manager51.77%
Director21.28%
Vice President6.38%
Other senior grade18.44%

At manager level the desire to change career peaks.

Let us also look at their working locations.

Work LocationPercentage
Canary Wharf28.37%
Home4.96%
London City35.46%
London Other9.93%
London West End14.18%
Other7.09%

When I started looking into this I did not expect Canary wharf to show such a high result.

As we carry on looking at the current make-up of the individual looking to change career in to a lifestyle business we can now take a look at annual salaries.

Annual SalaryPercentage
< £50,0005.67%
£50,000 – £75,00029.08%
£75,000 – £100,00055.32%
£100,000 – £200,0005.67%
Over £200,0004.26%

We can see from these figures that the desire for change is strongest in the £50,000 – £100,000 pay bracket.

Just before we move on from who wants to change career let us look at the sectors that they work in:

SectorPercentage
Banking24.82%
Legal10.64%
Accountancy14.18%
Professional Services35.46%
Other14.89%

I was surprised by the figures here when I added everything up. Professional Services features more highly than banking. However I remember some of my earliest clients in the lifestyle business sector who are also career changers. Mostly 40-50 years of age. Manager Grade. Settled or married mostly with children and earning up to £100,000 a year!

Now that we have looked at who the career changer is. Let us look at where they wish to be in life.

First of all let us look how much they are looking to invest in a lifestyle business.

BudgetPercentage
Less than 50,0004.26%
£50,000 – £100,00021.28%
£100,000 – £250,00024.82%
£250,000 – £500,00039.01%
£500,000 – £1,000,0008.51%
Over £1,000,0002.13%

A number of people we speak to take into account the difference in price between housing cost within reasonable commuting distance (<1 hour) of their primary working location and their desired location when changing career.

Lastly for this part of my report let us look at the locations where people are looking to relocate to and base their new lives.

Preferred LocationsPercentage
Central England8.51%
Europe4.96%
International (Non Europe)3.55%
Ireland (Northern and Republic)5.67%
North East England7.09%
North West England6.38%
Scotland14.18%
South East England14.18%
South West England24.82%
Wales10.64%

It is worth noting the following. Those considering relocation outside of the mainland (England Scotland and Wales) generally have very strong family and social ties to their preferred location. Scotland also sees this trend with the South West being an idyllic and profitable choice, whereas South East England is seen as a “safe bet”.

This is all for this part of my report.

I have compiled a lot more data and will share this on this website in due course.

I have a full report available to qualified parties, please fill in the form below.

I will be giving a talk around this report in London in September, please use the form below if you would like a ticket to attend.

If you are interested in working with the career changers I work with or would like to sell a lifestyle business to my client base then I would be delighted to hear from you. Again please use the form below to contact me.

Well, They Want Some Of Us Back!

I have just had a nice chat with a long time friend and business broker who is based in mainland Europe. It was a pleasure to catch up with him as it always is. We usually talk business and then chat about football and maybe share a joke. We last spoke about a week before I retired. Today we chatted mainly on a personal level but we had a nice chat about the markets when he said to me “What have you lot done with all my f*****g buyers?!”. Very perturbed is my friend because we used to jointly market a number of businesses on the mainland but now all his enquiries from the UK have dried up. Not a sausage.

You see, I used to send him 30-40 buyers a month of mid-market family lifestyle stuff. You know, tea shops, guest houses and the like. A lot of our buyers were families where both parents worked for companies such as HSBC, Accenture, British Airways, Sony, or BT in good jobs. Indeed we had a nice spike from October to Christmas as people realised they would now be working from home full time and didn’t need to be within an hour of London anymore.

I discussed with my friend the coronavirus situation, “non, non, non” he says. He goes further: “its bloody Brexit! Taken away all my nice English buyers!”

He did go further to say that I got him better quality buyers than any other English broker but that is beside the point.

We examined this further and noted that in our sub €5,000,0000 standard marketplace, the loss of English to the mainland could lean itself to a market softening as the pool of buyers was weakened significantly in the lifestyle segment. We argued about the extent of the slip. I said 5-6% he said 10-12%. We agreed to split the difference at 8.

So what does this mean? Well this does mean the possibility of some bargains, but the upshot is far worse. Because of the Brexit changes, Brits seeking a better life in another country are now having more and more red tape put in their way to achieve this. Every year the pool of people wanting to leave middle to senior roles at companies such as HSBC, Accenture, British Airways, Sony, or BT  for a more balanced lifestyle increases dramatically. At one point I had over 20,000 such people on my book. So many of these people who believe that this future lies in another country will find it harder to achieve this in Mainland Europe and are turning off this idea. A shame really as these people and their lovely families bring investment, sales opportunities and employment opportunities into the areas in which they choose to make their new home and generally become an asset and credit to their new local communities.

Does this mean that the values of lifestyle businesses in the UK will rise? Very unlikely. The market is starting to rapidly ignore pre-corona trading values and prices are slipping. Things like pubs, hotels and restaurants have further to fall by the looks of it. What this does potentially mean is that there is potential for lifestyle businesses to sell faster. This also means that some companies will see their middle to senior talent pools depleting with only a very poor junior pool that is wanting in skill and experience to take up the slack.

As for my good friend. I fear he will be mourning the loss of the British market for some time. A shame. I do wish him very well though as he a good friend and was a great colleague. I look forward to being able to travel to France after Covid and calling in on him to share a beer or 3 much like we used to do before I retired.

Whoops! I have nearly done something I said I would not do in retirement – write Market Comment!

Postscript: If you are from the UK and are looking to buy a lifestyle business in Mainland Europe, do get in touch with me and I will introduce you to my friend. I can assure you that he will look after you very well and that he really knows his stuff.

 

Tips For Buying a Lifestyle Business

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Throwback Thursday – Career Changers Who Buy Lifestyle Businesses Who Are They?

In my latest “Throwback Thursday” I Look at career changers who buy lifestyle businesses.

I talk a lot here about career changers who want to buy lifestyle businesses.

I openly advertise for people who want to sell their lifestyle business to contact me as I have buyers available. I receive enquiries on a weekly basis from potential buyers who want to leave their current careers behind to work on a lifestyle business for me to act for them in a confidential capacity.

Who wants to quit a good career for a lifestyle business?

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE AND WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE?

I took my last 12 months data and extrapolated some figures from it combined with checking some facts with the individuals involved. This data is also compiled into a 27 page report which can be made available to qualified parties.

SO LET US TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR PROFILES.

First of all we can look at age groups:

Age range Percentage
under 30 2.13%
30 – 40 16.31%
40 – 50 40.43%
50 – 60 29.08%
60 + 12.06%

 

Here we can see that the desire for change peaks between the ages of 40 and 50. Much of this age range will have worked for over 20 years. This is one driver for change.

Nest we can take a small glimpse at life at home.

Home Life Percentage
Single 7.80%
Co-Habiting 28.37%
Married 21.28%
Married With Children 42.55%

 

The full report reveals that the stronger the home life in terms of family the desire for a quieter life away from London life strengthens.

Let us now take a look at the staff grade of these people.

Grade Percentage
Non-management Junior Grade 2.13%
Manager 51.77%
Director 21.28%
Vice President 6.38%
Other senior grade 18.44%

 

At manager level the desire to change career peaks.

Let us also look at their working locations.

Work Location Percentage
Canary Wharf 28.37%
Home 4.96%
London City 35.46%
London Other 9.93%
London West End 14.18%
Other 7.09%

 

When I started looking into this I did not expect Canary wharf to show such a high result.

As we carry on looking at the current make-up of the individual looking to change career in to a lifestyle business we can now take a look at annual salaries.

Annual Salary Percentage
< £50,000 5.67%
£50,000 – £75,000 29.08%
£75,000 – £100,000 55.32%
£100,000 – £200,000 5.67%
Over £200,000 4.26%

 

We can see from these figures that the desire for change is strongest in the £50,000 – £100,000 pay bracket.

Just before we move on from who wants to change career let us look at the sectors that they work in:

Sector Percentage
Banking 24.82%
Legal 10.64%
Accountancy 14.18%
Professional Services 35.46%
Other 14.89%

 

I was surprised by the figures here when I added everything up. Professional Services features more highly than banking. However I remember some of my earliest clients in the lifestyle business sector who are also career changers. Mostly 40-50 years of age. Manager Grade. Settled or married mostly with children and earning up to £100,000 a year!

Now that we have looked at who the career changer is. Let us look at where they wish to be in life.

First of all let us look how much they are looking to invest in a lifestyle business.

Budget Percentage
Less than 50,000 4.26%
£50,000 – £100,000 21.28%
£100,000 – £250,000 24.82%
£250,000 – £500,000 39.01%
£500,000 – £1,000,000 8.51%
Over £1,000,000 2.13%

 

A number of people we speak to take into account the difference in price between housing cost within reasonable commuting distance (<1 hour) of their primary working location and their desired location when changing career.

Lastly for this part of my report let us look at the locations where people are looking to relocate to and base their new lives.

Preferred Locations Percentage
Central England 8.51%
Europe 4.96%
International (Non Europe) 3.55%
Ireland (Northern and Republic) 5.67%
North East England 7.09%
North West England 6.38%
Scotland 14.18%
South East England 14.18%
South West England 24.82%
Wales 10.64%

 

It is worth noting the following. Those considering relocation outside of the mainland (England Scotland and Wales) generally have very strong family and social ties to their preferred location. Scotland also sees this trend with the South West being an idyllic and profitable choice, whereas South East England is seen as a “safe bet”.

This is all for this part of my report.

I have compiled a lot more data and will share this on this website in due course.

I have a full report available to qualified parties, please fill in the form below.

I will be giving a talk around this report in London in September, please use the form below if you would like a ticket to attend.

In my opinion it would also be worth a career changer’s while reading The Weekly Deals Free Sheet. Please click here for more information. 

If you are interested in working with the career changers I work with or would like to sell a lifestyle business to my client base then I would be delighted to hear from you. Again please use the form below to contact me.

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Career Changers

There seems to be a massive shift in people looking to move from high pressure jobs in London and looking for a career change I have been inundated with enquiries from  delightful couples and families who would make a tremendous asset to a business and a fine addition to any community who are looking to purchase a business and relocate. So much so that I have taken on over 30 new clients looking to buy businesses. If you looking to sell, exit or take part in a managed exit or looking for a management buy in partner please do contact me in confidence for an initial discussion. Investment available from £30k to £750k plus. Some our clients do not require finance to purchase and are fully funded! Please be aware that we can coniser most types of deal.

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TV Request

As part of the work I do with Lifestyle businesses I have been passed this media request.

Hello
I apologise for contacting you out of the blue but
I wonder if you can
help.
I am working on a series of 6 x 60 minute
documentaries for Channel 5,
called ‘Starting Up, Starting Over, following
six ambitious people
as they embark on a journey of a completely new
life. Ideally we hope
to catch people as they prepare for their big day,
from buying the
facilities and renovating it to rebranding the
existing business or
starting it completely from scratch. However, we
would like to also
hear from those who have just recently relocated
and are now building
up their new venture.
We are looking for families and couples who are
planning to leave the
comforts of a 9 – 5 and selling up in order to
pursue a career in
something they are passionate about.
My reason for getting in touch with you is to see
if you know anyone
about to relocate and start a new life. Perhaps
they are planning to
open a yoga retreat, a coffee shop or gastro pub,
gym or health spa.
It may be that a new health product is being
invented or made. These
are just a few examples of the different lifestyle
business
opportunities that are out there, and to highlight
what it takes to
make a new venture succeed.
We are keen to feature positive and aspirational
stories from people
who are embarking on their journey over the
summer. This is a
brilliant opportunity for “life changers” to
feature themselves
and their new venture on a prime time documentary,
and inspire other
people in the process.
I would really appreciate it if you could forward
this email onto
anyone that you think might be suitable or
interested.