As he got older my office changed to his needs, from bassinet to paypen to play area!
It was truly a blessing to have him with me at all times. The only babysitter I utilized was my sweet husband whom watched after work hours and on weekends.
We also found a local church that offered a "mom's day out" for about 4 hours 3 times per week.
I scheduled my real estate showings to potential clients during those days and on weekends.
My weekends were spent in the office all day, sometimes till 7 or 8 at night.
My guy is 6 years old now and still my number one priority! I have learned over and over I will not see these wee years again and all the money in the world will not give me precious irreplacable memories with my children. It can be done and you will be richly blessed for it!
The key to real estate is flexibility- you have to be available when the client wants you to be available. While it is perfectly acceptable to have a life outside of Real Estate, no two weeks are the same in terms of scheduling. Not only are you working with your client's schedule, but a lot of properties have restricted showing times- so you have to figure out a balance.
I have two teenagers that require a great deal of carpooling- so my schedule basically works out that from 8am-2pm is my time to do what needs to be done (while they are in school), and then I take a break from 2:30-4pm to get them where they need to go. I don't make any appointment later than 1pm, or earlier that 4pm, and this has worked for me for the most part. On my crunch days, I do have a backup system in place (kids' friends), but I don't rely on them everyday.
The other suggestion I have is to establish a partnership with another agent in the office. This has worked well for me- if I am not available, I always check with my partner's schedule to see if she can show and meet clients. We split commission fairly, and the client feels like they have a team working for them.
You are on the right track to focus on the non-client activities in the evenings. I do this as well, and it works. It also works to get up a little earlier in the morning to check new listings, respond to e-mails, etc. before I take the kids to school. Get my day organized early.
Nicole Fedorchek, Realtor
That has not happened so let me augment my previous submission.
There are FOUR (4) real estate business models that you will find fully compatible with your situation and will allow you to create the infrastructure you will need when your situation changes.
I find that guidance provided to those who have no skin in the game is considered to be of no value.
Therefore, I expect you to invest...some time and energy.
THIS IS A BUSINESS NOT A HOBBY.
The four models I will share are know by the acronyms:
You WILL need a real estate license to engage one or all of these models. These choices will allow you to work with your available time as opposed to whatever time others want you available.
For details you will need to call my marketing director.
Les at 727.709.1452. Leave a msg. He keeps his own hours.
Many people are drawn to the field because they think they can "make their own hours". Actually what tends to happen is that your hours - lots of them - are no longer your own. It's a time-is-of-the-essence business and people want what they want when they want it - you've got to work around their availability - not the other way around. The flexibility aspect comes into in that you're not tied to a desk or punching a time clock - so you can potentially do something on your schedule at various points in the week - like run out for an errand, etc. For the most part you'll probably find that your time is unpredictable and to be successful you're going to be working a lot of hours.
In the beginning it can be mystifying as to how you fill your time - and how you make any money. But you really need to put in the hours to build a business - and then that business fills your hours.
Your issue is dramatically bigger then you recognize. Not knowing your motive for considering real estate, I must only share what I know on my side of the experience.
Frequently I have discussion with other business owner, real estate brokers and REALTORs and too often hear their frustration when they voice, "None of my kids want to continue my business. Young people are just way to lazy."
These business owners, and perhaps you also, are missing the real message entirely.
These young people, the children of the business owners, are fully aware of the cost to them of their parents owning a business. If you do not want to deal with future RESENTMENT and it associated psychology, you MUST create a better plan that what you have articulated.
What you describe will prove incompatible with the traditional, beginners, real estate experience and your greatest and most honorable calling, that of a mother.
Begin with a more realistic analysis regarding what segment of the real estate industry that would be most appropriate for you to pursue the next five to ten years. That analysis will answer your question and preserve your relationships. The same analysis will allow you to FOCUS your efforts, like a laser, on your prime objective. Mission creep and wasted time and resources will be minimized.
HINT: traditional residential real estate may not be the right market.