As Bill pointed out, the success rate of newbies is criminal. The reason he states is, "Lack of support."
Let's see if that's true.
How have you defined your real estate business?
Do you know what you will be doing...buying. selling, both?
What will you be buying or selling?
How many will you need to buy or sell to pay your bills?
How many will you need to buy or sell to reach your 3 year business plan goals?
Where are you going to find those home to sell or the buyers with the ability to buy?
Are you going to be working with investors, flippers, banks, rentals?
Are you going to be a 'Grip-n-Grin' agent or work in the environment where everyone is remote?
Do you know what you are willing to do to succeed?
What you won't do?
If you have no or very few of the answers to these questions. how and anyone going to provide you support of a business that HAS NO DEFINED PURPOSE? These are the questions any small business owner whould know the answer to before they invested in a business.
Now, you want to become involved and are unwilling to pay for desk fees, education, or make a material COMMITMENT that IS the observable a broker considering hiring you should look to see.
95% of newbies never see their second year. For now other reason than others allowing them to act irresponsibly. Do your homework. Prepare a business plan. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. There simply is no support available for those who are clueless. At this moment, you are deciding whether to be the 95% or the 5%.
What your question is focused upon indicates you are unaware of what this business is REALLY about and are thinking about costs instead of profit. Your eyes are on the WRONG ball. You would be well advised to invest in your future the amount needed to invite a local REALTOR to meet you at the local Panera Bread and buy them a cheese danish and coffee. You've got some work to do.
You very likely read that real estate pros are in the helping business. By asking probing, intelligent questions, you will see what I mean.
Best of success to you.