Real estate can be an extremely rewarding career, providing you with an opportunity for a good work-life balance while still giving you the potential for a lucrative income. But before deciding whether to embark on your new career, it’s important to evaluate whether real estate is right for you. You need to understand the advantages and drawbacks of working as a real estate agent, since the way you value these items will play a major role in whether you’ll be happy in this job.
While there are many benefits to a career in real estate, the flexibility it provides is by far the most attractive of them. In many ways, being a real estate agent offers greater flexibility than many other career paths:
Keep in mind that the ability to create a flexible schedule doesn’t necessarily mean working fewer hours than someone with a 9-5 job. As a real estate agent, you’re building a business and in order for it to be successful, you will often have to work more hours than people in other fields during the first few years. However, once you become established, the hours will decrease considerably. There are several reasons for this:
Due to the tremendous earning potential associated with being a real estate agent, the initial hard work is well worth the effort. Once you become established, you’ll be able to make a lot of money without putting in backbreaking hours. Plus, working hard and putting in long hours isn’t exactly specific to real estate – this is required in any field if your goal is to become established, master your trade and become financially successful.
The benefits of having a flexible schedule are significant, as it allows you to achieve the kind of work-life balance that makes your life more enjoyable and fulfilling. For example, you’ll be able to drop your kids off at school in the morning or take them to their activities after school. You’ll be able to plan an extended family vacation during your children’s school breaks or take a trip with your spouse during off-peak travel times.
You can also carve an hour or two out in the middle of the day to go work out, or you can go home for lunch to avoid eating out in restaurants all the time. The possibilities are virtually limitless when it comes to designing a creative schedule that aligns with your desired lifestyle.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that your flexibility with scheduling comes with a caveat. Real estate agents tend to work when their clients aren’t working. Therefore, you’ll need to be available to conduct showings during the hours your clients are available, which is typically during the late afternoon/evening and on weekends. But that doesn’t mean all your work time will be completed outside of traditional working hours. Day time hours are a great time to focus on building your business and focusing on prospecting/marketing initiatives.
When a seller sets a specific deadline for placing offers, it also means that you may be working in the evening to get a client’s offer written up and submitted on time. However, once you become established, it may be possible to set expectations with clients that allows you to free up your evening hours more. If you prefer a more traditional schedule, you can also pursue a career in commercial real estate. There is a niche for everyone.
Other benefits to being a real estate agent include:
No career path is perfect. Just like all other fields, there are some potential drawbacks associated with real estate. While the benefits to working as a real estate agent are certainly appealing, it’s also important to balance these with some of the drawbacks to ensure you’re choosing a field that aligns with your priorities.
As stated above, the flexibility offered by real estate isn’t absolute. You’ll have to be willing to work unconventional hours. For many, this is fine. But if you value the consistency of a 9-5 routine, then real residential estate may not be the right choice for you (although commercial real estate may still be a good path to choose).
In addition, you have to be prepared to work long hours as you build your business during your first few years in real estate. Often, you’ll be putting in more hours than someone with a typical 9-5, 40-hour week job. There are several reasons for this:
You also sacrifice some income stability as a real estate agent. You can’t count on earning a consistent paycheck from month to month the way you would with a salaried position. Since your income is based on commissions, it will fluctuate from month to month
For this reason, it’s critical to be savvy with setting your monthly budget (both in your personal and professional life), and with saving money. This will ensure you have the cushion necessary to get through slow seasons.
Finally, it’s important to evaluate the emotional toll the job may take on you. Buying and selling a home can be a very stressful process. As a result, you may find that you’re often dealing with clients who are experiencing a great deal of anxiety and frustration. You must not only be able to help your clients navigate these challenges and minimize their stress, but you must not let their emotions get to you. Otherwise, you may find that you burn out quickly.
If you think real estate may be right for you, Colorado Real Estate School can help you get started on your new career path. Our unique Experts on Demand Approach™ is focused on helping you pass your exam and build the foundation for a successful real estate career.
Our comprehensive online real estate courses provide all the information you’ll need to thrive as a new agent. With our online format, you can work through all course materials at your own pace, allowing you to fit your learning into your busy schedule. All courses are developed and taught by local, licensed real estate professionals, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date information focused on the latest trends impacting the Colorado real estate industry.
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