Real Estate is an excellent career. If you are willing to work hard, have self discipline, and good communication and followup skills, you can do extremely well. Also, there's a time period after you start before you start earning any income, so you need a reserve to get you thru the initial start up. Baton Rouge real estate market is listed as one of the top 10 in the United States for 2009, so it's a good time to get started.
Look for a brokerage that will give you individual training and help you get started in that first year. Many larger companies leave you on your own. Also, a company poised to teach you how to capitalize on the internet which is where over 85% of buyers start looking in today's market. After that, because you are an independent contractor regardless of whether you work at a CJ Brown, ReMax, Burns, or Baton Rouge Area Homes, select a commission plan and company that will help you succeed. It will seem confusing at first, but don't get discouraged.
As you are evaluating this opportunity for yourself, feel free to call me with any questions you might have. I went to college and trained as a chemist, but entered this field of sales later and love it! 225-761-0551 Ann Dail