Should you office from home?
One of the greatest luxuries of being a real estate agent (aka self employed) is to pick and choose where, when and how you work. But before you start daydreaming about wearing your slippers all day, there are some serious questions you need to ask yourself to determine whether you should really office from home.
Are you self motivated? Some people can sit down at the computer at 8:30AM with a cup of coffee and work the entire day without distraction. Sound like you? Do you make your daily 20-person cold call list and really do it? Basically, are you good at setting goals and task mastering through them solo?
What are the distractions at home? Kids? Spouse works from home? Barking dogs? Be prepared, even if you think you’ve laid down the “home-office laws” with family members and with yourself, they will be broken! So then you have to ask yourself: How good are you at resetting once you’ve been thrown off course?
Where do you get perspective? Clients can drain you. So where do you go to vent or seek guidance? One broker put it best: “This business will wear you down, and you’ll think you’re the only one with issues until you put yourself around other agents. You’ll then see everyone is dealing with the same stuff!” So where are you going to get that much-needed perspective? Two words: the office.
Do you need your commute time back? As an agent, you live in your car. But does getting to and from the office eat up your day when you could be showing houses, pursuing listings or fine-tuning your marketing?
Where’s your sanctuary? Do you love to get home at the end of the day and forget about work? Then having your office down the hall with your computer screen beckoning you might not be a good idea.
Many agents office from home AND report to the agency office, work 24/7 and insist flexibility is key. Therefore, like most things that are good for us, it’s really about balance. Pick the place where you get the most done and be sure to carve out a non-work space to rejuvenate!