At first glance, Akshay Ruparelia from Harrow in northeast London is your regular, ambitious 21-year-old.

Take a look at his CV, and the young entrepreneur, who now has an estimated £ 18 million, is on the way to changing the real estate market.

Ruparelia, who was the youngest person on the Sunday Times Rich List last year, is the founder of Doorsteps.co.uk, the "Uber" of the real estate world he launched at just 17 from his bedroom.

The current Managing Director, who graduated from college with a number of A * s in 2016, said it was high time Britain changed its archaic rating system to make way for the next generation of "young, intelligent and versatile" business leaders.

He says the world needs to learn to welcome talent – beyond the traditional pen-paper method.

The Ruparelia company, Doorsteps, aims to become the UK's largest real estate broker and offer homeowners firm, fair and affordable prices.

It was not founded until 5 pm after Ruparelia managed the sale of his family home.

Inspired, he raised almost £ 400,000 through Crowdcube to investors in return for just over 3% of his business. He combined this with a £ 7,000 loan from relatives, which enabled him to launch doorsteps outside his home.



21-year-old Akshay set up his own online real estate agency in his bedroom after helping his parents sell their family home

His business model is solid as well.

Instead of the 2-3% commission that most estate agents charge for a sale that, according to Ruparelia, averages £ 10,000 per house in London, Doorsteps charges only £ 99.

He remembers the moment when he realized that it really had potential – when he found out that he had made his first sale during his lunch break at school.

It was a detached house with five bedrooms and a swimming pool, but without a car it was a difficult sale as Ruparelia had to pay his sister's boyfriend to take him to the house to take pictures.

"It was an unexpected East Sussex customer who stumbled across our website, took pictures and sold them for half a million pounds in three weeks, and he paid me £ 99, which showed our model worked ", he said .

The owner also decided to sell a piece of land next to the house via Doorsteps, which resulted in the company selling a total of £ 650,000 worth of property for him.



But instead of celebrating his first sale, Ruparelia had to take exams for math, economics, history, politics and IFS

"I saw the e-mail and was overjoyed that I had proven our concept and our mission to spread the news and from then on it grew slowly," said Ruparelia.

The company's annual revenue is now GBP 1 million – but it expects to reach GBP 6 million by next year.

And the potential is there.

Ruparelia, previously known as Alan Sugar, estimates he has saved his customers $ 4 million in fees so far. The site has a 91% satisfaction rate on Trustpilot and nearly 2,000 points of satisfied customers.



Akshay's plan was to provide good customer service at a fair price to the people who sell their homes

He says now that the government needs to do more to support the next wave of aspiring entrepreneurs.

As a young caregiver, he spent much of his life with his parents, both of whom are deaf, but each have two jobs or 13 or something else.

"As a young carer with my sister, I took on more responsibility at a young age, which means I've developed resilience and maturity, which has helped my personal development and I've learned to take risks.



The average house on the front door is sold within 29 days

"I think we need to break culturally from the limitations of a simple, monotonous rating system and understand that we need to develop young, smart, versatile people – entrepreneurs or not," Ruparelia told Mirror Money.

"The rating system does not capture more holistic soft skills – communication, leadership, and so on.

"Schools alone can try to exploit this through out-of-school opportunities to go beyond their comfort zones and give children more opportunities to fail in the safe environment they live in and to learn from the mistakes.

"If you do not get the grades you want this year, do not worry, employers have become much more receptive to skills and diverse experiences, and in some cases you should prioritize this (and if you have one) before you graduate." . " We are fortunate enough to be in an age of openness and experimentation that some of our previous generations did not have, and of endless possibilities with the Internet.

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