Up Your Real Estate Career
a real estate agent, you are well
aware of the downsides that people
outside the field know little or
nothing about. Before you could
begin working for a broker, you
had to acquire a thorough knowledge
of real estate law, terminology
and math. Regardless of which state
you live in, you had to pass a test
for your license, and pay a hefty
fee for the privilege of holding
you may not have had much trouble
finding an office to work through,
you might not have expected to have
to pay for advertisements for your
listings and possibly for desk space
at the agency. Health insurance?
Maybe, if you're lucky, you'll have
the opportunity to pay the full
premium for a group policy. Of course,
you've got to sell some stuff before
you can afford to do that. You have
to get lots of listings. You have
to close sales and set aside an
emergency fund for the tough months
when few or no sales come your way.
Otherwise, you won't be able to
pay your own bills, much less the
ones the broker keeps reminding
about an independent contractor!
Not only that. You sometimes get
the feeling you're surrounded by
vultures. Maybe not in your own
office-but in the ones down the
street and around the block and
everywhere else in town.
you're well aware that you're in
a heavy-competition business. You've
got someone really interested in
a $450,000 home you showed them
last week. They're practically ready
to put the money down today-only
when you check to make sure it's
still on the market, you find out
it sold yesterday. The disappointed
couple doesn't want to see anything
else, they say, edging their way
to the door. You just know someone
else showed them their second-choice,
and they're on their way to that
other office now.
course, you're here to serve the
client. That's what it's all about.
That's why you work weekends and
evenings, when it's convenient for
them to see the properties. That's
why you give every potential buyer
your home phone and cell phone.
Better that they call you at the
most inconvenient time than take
a chance on someone else closing
the sale. Sometimes it seems as
if you've got no time to yourself.
to that is something that even people
outside the industry know: the real
estate market swings with the economy.
Everyone knows about buyer's markets
and seller's markets. When the fed
inches the interest rate up yet
again, you know that will affect
sales. There are fast-inflating
bubbles and bursting bubbles. And
of course that means that your income
is dependent on the same economy
that drives the real estate market.
hectic as the real estate business
is, there is some rather excruciating
down time. Like the Sunday afternoon
you spend hosting an Open House
that only a few vaguely-interested
people drift through, probably to
get decorating ideas or just to
"see what it's like inside."
Or "phone duty" at the
office, which amounts to little
more than being an unpaid receptionist.
only there was a way to make some
money during that down time-something
you could do no matter where you
were or what time of day or night
what-there is, and it's called a
home-based business. It's like having
a safety net to catch you during
the months when the commission checks
are small or nonexistent. The hours
you work at a home-based business
are completely flexible, so if Mrs.
McGinty calls to look at a listing,
you can drop everything to take
care of your potential buyer, and
get back to your second-income business
later on. There is no time-clock
to punch, no boss to answer to except
yourself. You're in complete control
of this business. After all, it's
called home-based, you can be taking
care of business no matter where
you are. All you need is a computer
and a phone. Well, you've always
got those with you anyway, right?
Instead of wasting an afternoon
at an Open House, you can use the
time to generate income. Phone duty
at the office? You can get out your
laptop and make the time pay you,
even if your broker won't.
businesses are exploding as a way
to supplement the incomes of people
who work on commission. Knowing
you have a second source of income
without the hassles of a boss, commuting,
and rigid scheduling is giving commissioned
workers the sense of security that
no other second job can.
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