Aren’t we independent contractors, able to set our own schedules, call our own shots, do things the way we want them done?
How is that working out for you?
While the word “Boss” can sound oppressive and make you want to run in the other direction kicking and screaming (after all, if we were good at working for other people we wouldn’t be in real estate) bear with me.
This isn’t about hiring someone to micromanage you. I’m talking about someone who can see the big picture, keep you on track and take care of the things that you aren’t good at or don’t want to do.
Calling them a boss is more of a mindset thing. They are the “boss” of what they do. They have their areas of expertise, just like you do. Together you can do great things.
Left to our own devices, we tend to be focused for small bursts of time, but eventually we get burned out or more often than not, distracted. Things start to slow down. It’s the perpetual boom / bust cycle of business that so many agents face. Sometimes you know you are doing it but usually you don’t have a clue until you look up and realize that you don’t have any closings on the books and there isn’t anything in the pipeline. Not a good feeling.
Here are 4 ways a boss can help you:
- Designated broker: Your job is to connect with clients and help them buy and sell real estate. Your broker takes care of things like providing the office, a receptionist, staying up on forms changes, etc and bringing those back to you saving you. It saves time, money and energy so that you can focus on what you do best.
- Accountability partner: They can see when the wheels are coming off before you can, and help you get back on track faster than you could on your own.
- Coach: This is different from you accountability partner. Your accountability partner ensures that you are following through on the plan. Your coach helps come up with the plan.
- Assistant: Weather it’s 2 hours a week for a house cleaner or a full time assistant everyone needs help. Stop trying to be all things to all people. Focus on what you do best and let go of the rest.
In all cases, look for someone who is willing to be honest with you. The “boss” part often shows up in the form of tough love when they hold YOU accountable to YOUR goals.
Change can be uncomfortable, even when it’s for the best. Having a good boss can be just what you need to stay the course and make it happen.
To your success!