Real estate, as you most likely know, is famous for the extremely high rate of attrition. Nearly 95% of all aspiring real estate professionals are 'out of business' before the end of their second year.
In every other business you can imagine, the individual will actually have a plan, know what their business is about and have some clue regarding what good or service they will be providing to separate folks from their hard earned money. Only in real estate does 'living in a house' qualify one to be begin their journey in a real estate career. Too many approach a real estate career backwards. They pay to receive a license then ask, "Now what?"
There are 100's of ways to make money through real estate. Residential sales is only one.
There are dozens of business models to evaluate.
There are many, many ways to get started by leveraging the resources you may already possess such as a defined vertical market, sphere of influence or other organizations.
You may find more money can be made in real estate through activity where a license is not required!
You may find your niche to be a middle service provider where you acquire no real estate, pay no fees, belong to no organizations and do not need a real estate license.
One meteoric star in this area was a kid with a blue Mohawk who identified a market trend and stepped in front of the market. The classic, "You can do real estate looking like that" paradox. The difference between this young man and the 95% that failed: He know where he was going before he started.
Spend some time at Barnes and Nobles Booksellers and read up. Library is another good place to visit. When you get a idea of the real business you want to pursue, you will know what questions and qualities to look for in the organization you will ultimately work with.
Just to give you some additional encourage to complete your research, ask yourself this question, "Do you want to work for 2 to 3% or 15% or more?" Your reading will reveal to you the direction most suitable for you.