I really appreciate all the advice and information people so willingly give on Active Rain. I love being able to write about some issues, or concerns, and get great advice from people who know what I'm going through, and have ideas of how they would handle things.
That being said, here's what I need help with this time. I've been actively selling real estate for 8 years. I'm not a mega producer, but I'm consistently a Top Producing agent in my market. My question is how do you know when its time to hire an assistant, or buyers agent, or whatever. The Boise, Idaho real estate market has been a little soft over the last year to year and a half, like a lot of markets around the United States. My business has stayed pretty consistent, and through some of the slower times I've been able to roll out some of the marketing ideas that I'd been brainstorming for a while, but never had time to incorporate. That being said, our market here in Boise is beginning to show signs of life again, and my schedule is beginning to get full and hectic again. My concern is that along with these programs that I've rolled out, I've had a substantial increase in maintenance, etc. to keep these programs running smoothly.
For those of you that have hired assistants, formed teams, etc., when did you know it was time, and how did you go about finding good, quality people to help you. What position did you hire first, and what responsibilities did you delegate. Also, what kind of compensation did you offer, salary, hourly, bonuses, profit sharing???
I know I need help, it just makes me nervous to think that someone will be relying on me for their income.
I welcome any advice, and any input you think I need to make an informed, intelligent decision here.