Only you know which choice is best for you.
PS: 80% or real estate professionals share in your meager earnings description.
As other people have stated, you can do what you are passionate about or you can see if you can do both. The real estate market here in the area has definitely changed over the last year or so. If you want great support and training, please consider Keller Williams Boise. The ongoing training and support is great.
If you want to know more, let me know.
Do you love teaching?
I do believe you need to love it to remain in that field.
Do you love BENEFITS and a STEADY check? (do you NEED benefits & a steady check, or do you have another source of income?)
Can you live (financially and emotionally) with that "risk" of unknown income that commissioned sales brings?
Do you like the excitement of never knowing what tomorrow may bring, or does that make you uncomfortable?
Do you prefer the comfort of a steady/predictable schedule with days off that you can count on actually having?
There is rarely a "day off" with real estate - especially in this modern age with cell phones/smart phones/ the internet/ ipads, etc, etc - people want immediate responses and don't care if you're out to dinner or at the movies on a Saturday night, or it's 9PM on Sunday!!!!
So many rewards and plus's with each.
I taught school for 5 years when I graduated college (a million years ago).
I really enjoyed it at the time. Then, I was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years......and have been a Realtor for 28 years.
I did enjoy the flexibility of making my own schedule over the years - being my own "boss", but I also had my husband's income to fall back on. My son's little league games could take priority over work, and if my income was impacted in some way, it was ok, as my son did, and could, come first.
Now that I count on real estate for my sole income - I admit there are days when I long for that steady (albeit not was exciting or potentially high ) income........and especially at my "stage in life" (that means I am old!!) - benefits. My health insurance costs me $732 a month.............there are days when I think how my life would have been had I returned to teaching rather than enter real estate. (I have also been heard saying I can't "wait to turn 65" one day - haha - so that I can get medicare and lower that $732, which will probably increase yet again in Dec!!).
Anyway - I love what I do - thank goodness!!!.........that's what it all comes down to............and I wouldn't change the path I took in life, even if I could go back and do it over again!
Lots of highs and lows with real estate, but it has worked for me.
Good luck to you........analyze you needs and preferences.............make sure you can sleep at night if you have a sale that is about to implode........you need to be able to shrug it off and move on.......not always so easy to do.
Only YOU know you!
ps..... trying to get into RE as a part timer in a brand new area (you said you were relocating) might sound nice, but may not be so easy to do. For the time being, imo, I'd pick one direction and concentrate on that.
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