Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dollar and Some Sense, Part II

In my last blog post, Dollars and Some Sense, Part I, I gave you the facts on how real estate agents are paid.

This brought up a good question:  Why?  Why would anyone work on a true commission basis?

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I can't answer for every real estate agent.  My answers are:

I like owning my own business.
This business offers me a flexibility and freedom that I would not have in a 9-5 job.  Yes, I do work weekends and evenings.  However, there are times when I will take a morning or afternoon off if I feel I need it.  I determine my schedule.

Most of the time it doesn't feel like "work." 
I love what I do.  I have been fortunate to have fantastic clients who respect my work.  I give them my best and they appreciate the efforts that I make on their behalf.

I'm confident in my self and my abilities. 
There are tons of people in today's economy looking for work or worrying about their job security.   I don't have to worry about that.  I essentially am looking for work every single day and my job is always insecure.  Ha, ha.  Sounds funny but that is truly a liberating place to be. 

I never forget this is my business. 
If I feel that I cannot work with someone or they are wasting my time - then I don't work with them.  I don't make any apologies for this attitude.  I'm not a tour guide or chauffeur.  I'm here to sell homes. 

Hope this gives you a little insight into the real estate business. 

Related Post:
Dollars and Some Sense, Part I

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