My “job” is not typical, and I rarely refer to it as a “job.” It’s more of a passion. What I do every day for a living was the final stage of a plan. A program designed to keep my income flowing and to provide me with total flexibility. What I do for a living can be done from any location and at any time of the day.
I never need to answer the phone again. Oh, how I dislike phone calls now, but I think I shared that already with everyone. I had so many decades of being a listing agent and jumping on every phone call. The service I gave was superior, if I do say so myself. I answered that phone at all hours of the day and/or night. Prompt service at all times was what I provided. Now, it goes into voicemail unless I want to answer it!
Over ten years ago, I began my “scale it down and veer off to the next path” journey. My Todaro Team was formed; I turned over all of my builders to one team member (a very difficult task for me….I had a very close relationship with all of my builders, but they trusted my judgment.) I marketed for the members and made the phone ring without taking any business. I lived on referral fees, and there was enough business from my marketing to make that happen. My name was already branded.
Now, my daughter is the team leader, and my marketing continues. I have personal time whenever I want it, and I am able to work from anywhere. I continue to recruit when I meet someone who strikes me as a “rare find.” Once a teacher, always a teacher. I love training old school methods and “the basics” of online marketing.
My job is rare, but I think more will see it my way, and plan properly for the future. My plan worked well for me because I wanted it badly. I’m not the type of person to do nothing. I love what I do, and I appreciate the freedom and flexibility.
What I love about my job is “it’s not a job.” It’s whatever I want it to be, on any particular day. If I don’t feel like marketing, I won’t market. Truly, that has not happened yet. It’s become a passion and addictive. I market on 8 different sites online plus I prepare an incredible amount of fresh, new postcard designs for direct mail marketing.
There is no other profession that will allow one to participate until both eyes are closed or one can’t think properly. Until one of those two scenarios happens, my income will continue to flow consistently.
The real estate plan that I’ve created is a plan that works well for me. It keeps me sharp (give or take a buck!!) and allows me to enjoy my personal time. I consider myself to have been blessed with this career. I know it’s rare, but it’s possible for others to create, also.
Many real estate agents are forced to leave the business because of physical reasons and find themselves working at a menial job because they need the income to survive. It does not need to be that way, if one plans properly. Think ahead and always have a backup system in place.
Just sharing my real estate plan (also known by most as a “JOB”) and submitting it to the ActiveRain Contest offered by Liz and Bill Spear.