A large company may have more structure, and may have an initial training upon start date. Make sure that the support will be there ongoing for you.
A small company might have less structure an not offer classroom training. A large company might have classes. Some do well with classes. Others find the material does not move at the desired pace, or need hands on learning vs. a teacher in a classroom.
It is important that you learn. Where and how will you learn best?
One company may offer a lot of hands on assistance, a mentor that will be readily available over the course of time to answer and explain as new questions arise. Will you want someone to go w/ you on lisitng appts? Can you accompany others and watch them on listing appts. Learning this biz doesn't end in a classroom. I have seen several newbies attend a 2 week training and get set free on their own.
In the course of a number of transactions, each one will present questions and obstacles that the last one did not. After you do 10, you will be confident, but know that around the corner is probably some new twist that you have not yet encountered.
Look for a place that will offer you support in the tasks where you are weak. Do you need help managing files? Some places might have stronger admin help or transaction mangement. Other offices will place all of these tasks on the shoulders of the agents. Is it important that you be able to have an office support staff?
Splits should be relative to the workload and support level. If your broker is paying for ads, providing transaction management, etc., your split may be lower. If you do all of it yourself, your split might be higher. Doing it all yourself for a higher split is not necessarily the most productive, particularly if you are new.
Look for training and ongoing mentoring and support. Look at splits secondarily, after defining the level of support and training that will allow you to thrive.
You don't want to go to a place that just give you business either because that can be fickle so the training needs to involve you finding and generating your own business.
Her comment was, "the managing broker is the key to your success... if you find one that you click with, she'll see to it that you do well".
Please check around and talk to a lot of other agents. Feel free to email me or any of the agents below.
I'd be happy to give you some specific company recommendations through email....good luck!
Hope that helps!
When I entered the business my brother was a successful broker witih a small office of hard driving pros. They didn't want to be bothered by the new kid on the block. My brother referred me to the largest company with the biggest market share in my town. I became the "Floor" king as they had terrific sign/ad calls and I studied telephone techniques and captured many clients.
I would interview market share leaders in your area. Either top agents or top companies. Also, don't forget some of the smaller, prestige outfits which are local in nature but have a quality name,image to assist you in your marketing. In San Francisco these companies do the bulk of the business. San Francisco is where large franchises go to die!!
I believe that training is the key component for a new agent. You need to interview, several companies offer training. Ask to see their training calendar. See what the have to offer. Invite yourself to a training event so you can see the quality of the training. Be in the office a few times to get a feel for the office environment. Then put all the pieces together to find the best fit for you.
After one year I moved to the fastest-growing RE company and have not regretted a moment of it (except for losing my friend who was my broker). My business took off and I feel that sellers took me more seriously!
The company I am with now offers a lot of free education and they are a dream to work with!