How Independent ARE You ?

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

. Real estate agents are...what employers, the industry...and the government refer to as "independent contractors." You make your own benefits...choose your own hours...decide your own compensation...choose who will work with...lots of choices !  You can also choose Where you work...whether it is the choice of a Independent Contractortheir office or in a home office.  It has always been our choice to work at much so...that when we built our house...we built a 700 square foot office on our exposed lower level with plenty of daylight...patio doors for that breath of fresh air we all need. Our lower level  also has a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and rec room with a wet bar once you have "gone to the office" there is no real need to be distracted by going to other parts of the house. Magic (our 18 year old feline) lives downstairs and he is David's constant computer companion...literally "petting" the computer mouse and asking for some attention when he isn't napping in the sunshine. 

    We LOVE what we do and it is important to us to have all the faxessentials of an office at home to function at maximum efficiency. Multiple phone lines and computers. Commercial grade printers and scanners are our choice for short run printing.  In the olden days..of mega short sales...the dedicated fax line was busy at all hours sending packages to banks everywhere.  We still have the phone line and now use it as our business has grown to need additional lines.

   It always tickles my funny bone when someone says..."You are sooo funny are self can choose your own hours."  I always say..."You bet....if you are lucky...all those you can stay awake !"

    If you haven't ever wohirked at home...with all the technology there is now...less equipment is needed...the solitude you can choose...the hours that are easy to accomodate..the less than sometimes Purrrfect make one knows if it really IS a bad hair day...The wash gets thrown in at dark o'thirty....dinner is started before is wonderful whether it is or not....ahhhhh soooo productive and we love it !

         Some agents may prefer the "water cooler" conversations and the activity of a brick and mortar office.  Fewer today rely on the days of old floor time...fewer reasons to have the overhead...and oh those break room tempting calories !  Different's what makes the world 'go round ! 

       Have a wonderful weekend...a prosperous 3rd quarter....and tsunshineake some time to enjoy the sunshine !

    This has been a professional point of view post...brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates proudly serving southeastern Wisconsin for all things real estate !

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sally and David,  I love working from home but still make time to get to the local board to network with others.

Jul 06, 2018 03:36 PM #15
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

I bought my house partially because it has a nice office at the front of the house. For a few years I kept a brick and mortar office but quickly learned that was money wasted. I can still meet folks at the office in the conference room. I am much more productive here at home. And yes I might be typing this while wearing gym clothes.

Jul 06, 2018 06:25 PM #16
Peggy Sue Mitchell

While working from home certainly has it's advantages, I will say, sitting as much as I do has also had it's not so good side affects on my waist line. Lol. Lately l've encountered a larger need for administrative staff so that I can spend more of my time focusing on keeping the creative wheel of generating referrals in business and turning new clients so I'm looking into a small 960sqft office space (purchase not lease). Anyone have any pros and cons to share?

Jul 06, 2018 07:10 PM #17
Peggy Sue Mitchell
Berkshire Hathaway - Hockessin, DE
Agent and Investor in Kent & New Castle County

I have also considered purchasing a home with an office that has a separate entrance and exit for administrative staff. I'd like to keep my personal space off limits and I feel like having a dedicated office would bring some more assemblance back into my home which is now constantly overrun with paperwork, post it notes, and client files. Lol.  

Jul 06, 2018 07:15 PM #18
Thomas F. Kennedy
Oz Realtors - Olney, MD
Esq. - Montgomery & Howard County Real Estate

Yep, self-employed....

When someone says to me, "I'm so happy it's Friday" ny reply is,

"Yes, only 2 more work days 'til Monday!"

Jul 06, 2018 08:28 PM #19
Elizabeth Bouchard
Long & Foster Realtors - Arlington, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

Your post really hit home for me.  I love the opportunity to work at home with no stress of the traffic in the DC area.  I was working with a builder client recently who didn't like the fact that I wasn't willing to drive 45 minutes to an hour each way each day to wait for leads in their office during "normal" office hours.  I can be so much more effective working from home and meeting clients outside of rush hour at their convenience, even late at night or on weekends.


Jul 06, 2018 08:30 PM #20
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

We have always had a home office but I always met prospects and clients at the company office and worked there every day.

Jul 07, 2018 03:29 AM #21
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes, I work at home as well, although it's not in a workspace as wonderful as yours sounds!  

Have a great day.

Jul 07, 2018 03:54 AM #22
Audrey Cann
Century 21 In The Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Where Your Mountain Dreams “CANN” Come Home

So how does that work? If I need to meet clients for the first you meet them at Starbucks to determine what they want to see. I won't just jump in a car with someone I haven't met before. Do you all do everything over the phone? Does that seem impersonal?... Just asking?

I do work from home but all of my customer one on one is done in the office. I would really like to know how to do this differently. I love working at home

Jul 07, 2018 05:56 AM #23
John DL Arendsen
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Great post. We've been working from our home for the past 4 decades. Having had 5 kiddies and 14 grandkiddies we really had no choice. Now that the kids are all grown and gone we each have our own office (Mom Cave and Man Cave). Both have big flat screen TV's and all the electronice futziwatzies and hootsgots one could ever ask for. Our home is now our excectutive suite complete with totally stocked wet bar with ice maker and a dedicated wine cellar, wine tasting room and a brandy bar in our card/scrabble/game room. Oh and let's not forget our giant spa with a panoramic ocean view.  Yes, working at home is bliss.

Jul 07, 2018 06:24 AM #24
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We LOVE working at we don't just jump in the car...lots of options

depending on the Buyers...can be our home office...might be a restaurant...don't

need the overhead of the brick 'n mortar to meet clients Audrey Cann 

Jul 07, 2018 06:24 AM #25
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I work mostly from home and love it. I can have a bad hair day and a no makeup day....hope you both are having a great weekend.

Jul 07, 2018 01:04 PM #26
Greg Mona
Faira - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate in the 21st Century!

Great post, Sally K. & David L. Hanson. I could not imagine working in a brick and mortar office any longer. After commuting in two different large metropolitan areas in my former corporate career, my "commute" in the morning is now from my bed to the kitchen to the home office! The traffic is very light and the mileage is unlimited! :-)


Jul 07, 2018 01:09 PM #27
Don Wede

Yes being your own boss is a real plus.
Don Wede with Heartland Funding Inc.

Jul 07, 2018 02:06 PM #28
Ann Wilkins
Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty - Oakland, CA
Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA

I work at my home office in the morning but the dog and cat just aren't enough company.  Always meet clients in my brokerage office and go there most every afternoon.  Uusally to use the high speed scanner or high speed color printer and to mingle with the gang.  For some reason, the refrigerator beckons to me way too much if I spend the entire day at home.

Jul 07, 2018 06:59 PM #29
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have always had a "home office" even from 1994-2009 when I had 14 full time administrative support staff (not Realtors).  However, the negative was that I had to have two of everything and it never failed when I need a certain "something" and I was at home -- it was at the office -- or vice versa.

Now I work from home and love it.  Have no plans to "go back".  I can hire up to 2 people and legally have them here working from my home -- or they can work from their home -- the best of both worlds.  Why pay the overhead of an outside office?  And by the way, I love working in my jammies if I want to.  Ah!  The comforts of home.

Jul 08, 2018 10:36 AM #30
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Since my business is just me, I work at home.

Sometimes I think it would be good to go to an office just to be away from the distractions of the dogs, my husband deciding he needs a hand with some project, and the small chores that need to be done - like laundry, starting dinner, running the vacuum cleaner, etc.

But - a half hour drive to town and then a rent payment on an office - nope!

Jul 08, 2018 12:26 PM #31
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true!  I love working from home and skip all the water cooler conversations.  Yes, we are lucky to have a great career to help people AND work from home :)  Great post!

Jul 08, 2018 08:17 PM #32
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

You now, I LOVE working from home and we also planned the home office when we built our home, knowing that I get FAR more work done at home than going into an office...too many distractions!

Jul 09, 2018 09:08 PM #33
Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

Home office since my days at RE/MAX. My broker told me I had to keep the blinds to my office open as I was blocking the light from the office across the hall. I told him I shut the blinds so agents would NOT bother me as I was prospecting. He said we need the light. I told him I needed a better view! I have three desks, separate building from my house. My bees are just outside my door to my office so I go goad them on and heed their advice! 

Jul 29, 2018 09:49 PM #34
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