I had to make a decision and so I did. I got another job. I love being a Realtor but living between closed escrows has become a challenge. I need a regular pay check because like everybody else, my life has regular expenses I have to meet. So I thought long and hard about it and it really came down to two choices…keep doing what I’m doing or change something. I chose the latter.
I’ve been doing this real estate thing for about twelve years. When I started out I started out part time. Surprisingly I did better working part time then I’ve done working full time. I don’t know if it’s the market or me, but regardless of which one it is, I had to make a decision and so I did. It was a hard, easy decision to make if that makes sense. It was hard because over the years I’ve had it drilled into me that “most successful agents work full time.” It was easy because there are agents working full time that are being challenged financially…and I’m one of them.
I don’t know why for some agents there’s an element of shame to working outside of real estate. I’ve decided that it doesn’t matter what other people think. I’m happier when I have money in the bank and when I can pay my bills. I don’t want to sell real estate because I have to. I want to sell it because I want to. And I still want to....I just don’t want to do it full time any more. Surprisingly, I feel like a burden has been lifted and I feel like a brand new agent full of enthusiasm and zeal.
I like my new job. It gives me flexibility and freedom in my schedule as I need it. After being independent for so many years it would be pretty darn challenging to not have that independence. But I also like it because I get a regular pay check and it allows me to really enjoy real estate again. I didn’t realize how much I missed getting a regular pay check.
I’m not writing this to suggest that others should get a job outside of real estate. I'm writing this because it feels good to have money in my pocket again. I just had to make a decision and so I did. And I’m glad I did!