Back in 2009 I put a pause on my real estate career in order to go back to school and get my degree. As things were slow, it seemed like the best time to do it. You don't want to be going to school full time and working real estate full time.
Transitioning back into real estate has been difficult. I fired up the real estate engine back in September of last year. Listed and sold a vacant land pretty quick. After that, it was a lot of nothing. It takes a while to get the deal flow going, especially with the crazy hard winter we had here in Michigan.
The time invested paid off though. I've been closing transactions about every two weeks or so now. I took two listings last week, and currently have two pending and a fair amount of leads to nurse along.
I currently work two jobs. At least 40 hours p/week doing real estate and 26 hours a week at another job where I used to work full time while in school. I'll be done with the other job by the end of the summer.
My point is that this whole thing takes time. Working on a team would be a good idea to get started, but you have to have a plan for how you're going to transition on your own. Plan on giving up any television shows you like and expect to not see a real vacation for 18 to 24 months. You have to dig deep and double down if you don't have someone with a second income that can swing all the bills while you get the real estate train moving down the tracks.