The idea for this blog post came to me on Veteran's Day. Being the busy entrepreneur and mom that I am, I texted myself a voice message to remember the idea and developed it from there.
A recent, and I might add, inappropriate ad from male real estate agents in Seattle depicted a mother at home with several children clamoring around her whilst supposedly trying to manage her real estate business "part time". Meanwhile, on their "ranch" the male agents portrayed themselves as suave, sophisticated, full time businessmen who get the job done without the excess "baggage" of parenthood. The entire ad implied one should hire an agent without the responsibilities of...I am not even going to mention the litany of my responsibilities as a parent of three children.
What I will write is that I am a wife, a mother of three children age 6 and under and a successful entrepreneur. I am currently working on my 22nd transaction this year and am proud of that!
In my home they call me "Corporate". I balance the books, market my business, look for creative ways to market my client's listings, I write, I have been published, I have copyrighted a business logo and name. In addition to all this, I am a counselor, a teacher, a friend, a volunteer, an advocate, not in just my professional life but in my personal life as well.
Why anyone should believe in my ability and skill in making sure their property is marketed skillfully and sold is easily explainable for me. Moreover, any buyer who has worked with me, knows I am committed to helping them achieve their goals no matter how demanding. I would demand the same.
So to sum it up, the only person you will disrespect out there when pointing at agents who are actively raising families AND running a successful business is yourself. Oh and thank you Seattle agents for making me even more motivated to prove your ricidculous ad is ridiculously wrong.