Words and Photography by Leanne Magill
Being a daughter of a building contractor Julianne has always had an interest in property so when it came to choosing a course to study at university she knew it had to be something to do with property. Spending four years studying property investment and development at University of Ulster Jordanstown with placement year spent working at Ulster Property Sales, gave Julianne the skills and knowledge that Estate Agency was were she belonged.
‘After completing this course I went to work with a local estate agent for a few years before deciding to venture out on my own and opened Relocate in 2013. We are open now over four years, every day is different and that is what makes it so interesting!’
With many of you only recently graduating or leaving school, I want to ask you WHO do you want to be? Not what but WHO… And I’m not talking about what your teachers or parents want you to be but dig deep down and find out what makes you happy. This is your window; you don’t have all the baggage of the world yet, yes I know you may have debt from fees and that’s hard. But listen, don’t pay attention to the naysayers. You have to trust yourself, no matter how crazy people think your ideas are. Break the rules of life and think outside the box. What is the point of playing safe… just to be liked by everyone?
With Kilkeel being a small town and two already established and successful estate agents, Julianne took a massive risk opening a third estate agency. Which is only encouragement to you to just go and make a decision. Don’t be afraid to fail. You can’t be paralysed in your fear of failure or what others think of you. Push yourself because of what you believe and your vision. Work your butt off and try.
With Julianne, steadily growing her business she took on not just any employee but her sister Lorraine.
‘It makes such a difference when you have an employee you can rely on. Lorraine has worked along side me since 2013 and it couldn’t have worked any better. She is totally dedicated and assures me she loves the job as much as I do (well most days anyway)’.
Growing up together these girls know each others strengths and weakness and use that to the business’ advantage.
‘We do meet challenges along the way! Not every sale is straight forward and rentals can sometimes be a challenge but that’s all part of the job’.
Julianne has some great advice to share, ‘I’m so glad looking back that I took the plunge and went for it. For any women thinking about opening your own business go for it! There will never be a ‘good’ time and there will always be reasons not to do it. I was recently married when Relocate was established and have had my daughter since then too, it can be difficult juggling work and family life with evening appointments being a regular occurrence but it can be done especially with all the help and encourage I have from my family’.
I want to leave this thought with you… if you could unleash everything great in your life, would you do it? Would you say yes to that? Don’t be one of those people twenty years from now hating their job, walking around in misery. Now is the time to go for it, whatever it is for you.