Popularity of Skillshare Class Prompts Launch of Million Dollar Business

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After teaching hundreds of Skillshare students real estate investing, the former vice president of a New York City ad agency decided to leave the advertising industry to launch Fairless Investing, a real estate business that now controls over $6,500,000 in assets.

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My first class consisted of me teaching my friends in an attic of some church on the Upper West Side in the middle of summer with no air conditioning.

A major departure from where he is today, Joe Fairless was a vice president at a New York City advertising agency 12 months ago. In his spare time he invested in real estate and taught Skillshare classes. After regularly teaching to sold-out classes, Fairless, 31, saw a growing trend of young professionals who were interested in real estate investing but they didn’t know where to begin. He decided to leave the advertising industry and focus on real estate investing and mentorship full time. Fast forward to today and his company, Fairless Investing, controls over $6,500,000 in real estate and he mentors real estate investors all over the country.

Fairless credits a peer-to-peer learning platform, Skillshare, as the major reason why he had the confidence to leave the advertising industry and pursue a completely different path.

“Teaching on Skillshare is one of the best professional decisions I’ve ever made,” said Joe Fairless. “It introduced me to over 500 new people and showed me that there was a need in the marketplace to help young professionals get started in real estate investing. It also honed my skills as a professional speaker and taught me though trial-and-error how to communicate complex information in a simple way.”

And that honed communication style helped him raise over $1,000,000 from investors for his business.

“Joe has a unique ability to put everything together and break it down into bite-sized, understandable chunks,” said Peter Harris, best-selling author of Commercial Real Estate Investing for Dummies and co-author of real estate investing course with Donald Trump called The Three Master Secrets of Real Estate Success.

However, it didn’t happen overnight. Before teaching the Skillshare class on real estate investing, Fairless spent four years learning real estate investing and actively investing while keeping his full-time job. He also made many revisions to his initial Skillshare class.

“My first class consisted of me teaching my friends in an attic of some church on the Upper West Side in the middle of summer with no air conditioning. I constantly evolved the class title, content and description to get more students to attend and make it a better class,” said Joe Fairless. “Then, it picked up steam and I didn’t have to actively market it because the positive student reviews would bring in more students.”

Fairless recently took all the information he’s learned from teaching students and launched an online membership community for beginning investors. It’s called the Joe Fairless Cash Flow Club and is focused on teaching investors a step-by-step process for how to buy investment property.

About Fairless Investing:
Founded by Joe Fairless in February 2013, Fairless Investing controls over $6,500,000 in real estate and specializes in the acquisition of single family homes and apartment communities in emerging markets. Joe Fairless personally mentors investors on buying single family homes and apartment communities. For more information, visit http://www.joefairless.com.

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