7 Ways You Know It's Time to Switch Careers

How do you know it's time to switch careers?

It happens to the best of us. At some point in our careers, we may lose our enthusiasm for the job or simply want to try something new.

If you’ve hit this stage in your career, getting your real estate license is a very viable option. So how do you know it's time to switch careers and go into real estate? .

7 signs it's time to switch careers
  • You'd like a different schedule
  • You want more financial freedom
  • You need a lifestyle change
  • You no longer want to commute
  • You want independence
  • You want to learn something new
  • You no longer feel fulfilled at your current job

Let's look at each of these a little more closely.

The schedule doesn’t work anymore

Are you ready to move on from the 9-5 office life? Whether your lifestyle calls for a more flexible schedule or you’re seeking more freedom to build your days on your own terms, becoming a real estate agent can give you the flexibility you’re looking for. You will likely still have 40-hour work weeks, but you’ll have more control over how and when you’re getting it all done.

You want more financial freedom

If you feel like there’s no room for growth in your current salary, then it might be time to consider getting your real estate license. There is a lot more earning potential for a real estate agent than most other types of jobs due to the fact that it’s commission-based. You have control over how much money you can make. It all depends on how much hard work, time and effort you’re willing to put in.

You need a lifestyle change

Maybe you recently had children and want to be able to work from home to spend more time with them. Or, on the flip side, maybe your kids have left the house and you now’s a better time for a more flexible career. If you’re going through a lifestyle change, whether it’s due to family, a big move, or a change of heart, real estate is a career that can easily accommodate a new life.

You no longer want to commute

If you’re spending an hour in the car every morning to get to the office, then it may be time to rethink your commute. That’s not to say that being a real estate agent doesn’t involve driving. But if you choose to get your real estate license and then focus on a certain part of town or even a neighborhood, you can significantly cut down on your daily commute.

Independence is calling your name

Being a real estate agent essentially means having your own business. You are your own boss. No one is holding you accountable or making sure you get your work done but you. If you feel like you’re an independent and self-motivated person, but don’t have the opportunity to express those traits in your current job, it’s time to switch into real estate.

You want to learn something new

After years of working in a single industry, you may have learned all you want about that line of work. You might feel like you’ve learned a handful of valuable skills, and now you’re ready to learn more. That’s where getting your real estate license comes in. Real estate is basically several industries rolled into one; it encompasses skills from sales to finance and even marketing. You’ll learn something new every day on the job.

You don’t feel fulfilled at your current job

We all want to feel like we’re contributing to something. Job fulfillment is a major contributing factor to overall satisfaction with our work. If you want to give back and feel fulfilled by your work, many real estate agents would argue that there’s no better feeling than finding someone a new home.

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Krista Doyle
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