Belfast Telegraph

My Inspiration: Jon Johanson

SirLetsALot, a lettings and property management firm

My interest in business developed from a young age and was nurtured by my Dad who was in sales and management.

As a kid I was constantly dreaming up business ventures with my siblings. From selling custom paper airplanes at school, to lemonade stalls, reselling lost golf balls back to golfers; I was always dabbling in my own playful version of business.

In 2002 at age 20, I moved from Calgary, Canada, to Northern Ireland to be with my girlfriend, now wife. At this time, my father-in-law introduced me to the opportunities in the property market over here. Within a year I bought my first 'fixer-upper' and have since built up a property portfolio. During this time I also worked in an estate agency gaining experience.

When the credit crunch hit hard, my career took a drastic u-turn and in 2010 I was made redundant. Although it was difficult, it presented me with an opportunity to follow my life-long dream of starting a business. This is when I formed SirLetsALot Lettings & Property Management.

Determined to buck the traditional trend of expensive high street offices, I harnessed the power of technology and focused on building my presence online. Now, after three years of managing property portfolios for landlords, we have launched a unique 'DIY Letting Service' in Northern Ireland, for landlords with a more 'hands on' approach. With our website, landlords can create their own rental ad which is shown on the top property websites, order 'To-Let' boards, reference tenants, order EPCs and more.

Economic conditions may be uncertain, but I believe that by staying determined, enthusiastic and optimistic, success is sure to follow.