Also, add a signature to all of your emails with your name, company, website, phone contacts, etc and even a motto if you have one. Every email you send - whether to your Mom or your old college roommate will automatically include your info regarding your new business venture.
Join some community and civic organizations. That will help expand your network and keep handing out that business card. Send postcards to your neighbors to let them know they now have a neighborhood expert in the business. I use a website that has a great Marketing program so I can create emails, postcards and flyers with no cost and send them out to all of my contacts.
Grass roots is the best way to get started in the business.
First question is "your profile says your a real estate professional, why do you appear to be asking a question from a seller's perspective?".
That said, the most effective sales tool that exists happens to be the MLS. If you remove yourself from that sales tool by dropping your agent, you'll be at a significant disadvantage, losing 80% of the market (80% of the homes sell through the MLS listing). Maybe you could share with us why you want to go it alone?
Personally, I think you must have real estate agents confused with Red Cross Volunteers. Why would Realtors spend time coaching you on how to take food off their own tables? I don't know what you do for a living but I assume you wouldn't be willing to teach someone else how to do it for free and eliminate your own job? Or maybe you're a much nicer person than I am. Good luck!
I work in the Real Estate but not as an agent. I am starting my classes to get my license and will be a licensed agent very soon.
I am just wondering the best way to get started as a new agent to advertise yourself. I understand finding a mentor ect. but eventually you have to stand on your own 2 feet in this field.