Did you know that the average person makes five to seven career changes in their lifetime? Making a career change is exciting, but it can also be a little terrifying. Having the right information before you start can make all the difference. And what better place to get those tips that from someone who's been through the process themselves?
A career in real estate can be lucrative and rewarding, but there can also be challenges along the way. Here are some top tips to help keep the process as smooth and easy as possible.
Learn What Being a Real Estate Agent Is Like
Before you make a career change, it's a great idea to find out what a real estate agent does on a daily basis. Start by reading this article on what a day in the life of a real estate agent looks like. If possible, try to arrange a coffee with a real estate agent, or better yet, see if you can find someone to shadow for a week or two. It might seem like a big time commitment, but you'd rather waste a little time now than years of your life because you didn't have all the information.
Set Clear Expectations
Simone Knepper from Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty made the career change to real estate seven years ago. She explains how people are often surprised by how demanding the job can be.
"People think real estate agents have a lot of freedom and get to make their own schedule, which is true to a certain extent, but if you become successful, it is a very demanding job that never allows you to take a break," said Knepper. "People will expect you to be available at all hours of the day (and night sometimes) and the urgency factor can feel very overwhelming and stifling at times."
Decide How to Get Your Licence
Before you make a career change, make sure you understand how the process works There are a few steps you'll need to follow to get your license. It's important to have a good idea of how long the process takes and how much it'll all cost.
Do you want a traditional classroom setting, or is an online course the right choice for you? There are pros and cons to both, so weigh them carefully and decide which is the best fit. Each state has different licensing requirements, so you'll need to make sure you take the right course and exam for your state.
Have an Exit Plan in Place
Plan to leave your current job in the best way you can. How much notice does your employer need? How long will you still need an income for? Choosing an flexible, online licensing course could give you the flexibility to keep working until you're licenced and ready to make a change. If possible, try to leave your workplace on good terms with people. Remember, networking is very important for a career in real estate!
Consider the Pros and Cons of a Real Estate Career
Switching to a career in real estate requires time, dedication, and money. But is it worth it? For Knepper, it is!
"I get to meet the most interesting people and guide them through one of the biggest decisions they'll make in their life, and that feels like a huge privilege," said Knepper. "I also love looking at houses — I'm fascinated by the different architectural styles, settings, and views found in my area — and helping people see the potential of every home. The money is great too!"
How Do I Get Started on a Real Estate Career?
Aceable can help you get started on your exciting career change. We'll help you along the path to getting licensed and make sure you're confident and prepared for a career in real estate. Contact us today to find out about our affordable and flexible online courses.