Every real estate agent I talk to gives me a different story for why they got in the business. But, no matter where the story starts it inevitably finds its way to, “I wanted to be my own boss.”
So, with more agents ditching the high office fees and working from home, many fear the 3 big myths about working remotely. Today we bust the top 3 myths agents have about working remotely.
I Don’t Want To Look Like an Amateur
No question the agent of tomorrow needs to be more nimble and watch her expenses, but no one wants to look like an amateur doing it. The truth is you don’t have to.
Use the many resources at your disposal to seem bigger than you. The biggest issue for most agents is where to meet and greet with clients. I’d never suggest you meet with new clients at your home. So, what do you do without a conference room?
The old stand-by has always been a local coffee shop or café, but what about calling on your preferred lender or title company. There is no way they’ll turn you away, and if they do chances are someone up the street would love to take you in.
Don’t get locked into office fees just for a conference room. Get creative, your bank account with thank you for it.
Too Many Distractions
This is the most ridiculous myth about working from home. Are you telling me an office with 100+ agents has fewer distractions than anywhere else on the planet? With all the chatting and gossiping going on, it’s a wonder you get any work done now!
Too many people fear they’ll be less productive at home or the coffee shop, than they are at the office. The truth is if you want to be distracted you will find something to distract you.
The only issue I’ve met is trying to get work done if your spouse is home. The easy fix for this is communication. Let him know when you’re working, and that you don’t want to be disturbed. Besides, it’s easier having that conversation with your spouse than with that annoy agent at the office, right?
Lastly, many just think remote working only helps with overhead. The truth is there are many tax advantages to working from home. We’ll go into more detail tomorrow, but here’s a small list of tax-deductible items:
- Office Supplies
- Software And Subscriptions
- Insurance Premiums
- Retirement contribution
For a full list check out this article.
So, what are you waiting for, start making those prospecting calls in your jammies.
Or maybe put on pants. It’s up to you, you’re the boss.