. 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 brokerage...in their office or in a home office. It has always been our choice to work at home...so 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 ....so 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 essentials 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 lucky...you are self employed...you 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 up...no one knows if it really IS a bad hair day...The wash gets thrown in at dark o'thirty....dinner is started before noon...weather 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 strokes...it's what makes the world 'go round !
Have a wonderful weekend...a prosperous 3rd quarter....and take 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 !