The most successful real estate agents are not afraid to invest in themselves. Seminars, trainings, mastermind groups, apps – if it can help them succeed, they will dive right in, even if it destabilizes their bank accounts.
Self-investment carries some apprehension. What if you don’t learn anything useful from the seminar or mastermind? What if the ROI isn’t quickly evident? The investment can be a total flop.
“The three great essentials to to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
As Thomas Edison says, it’s best to stick-to-it to achieve anything worthwhile. It’s the same with personal investment. You can’t let fear steer you away.
Bogged down in tasks vs. building your business
You may be one of those people that wants to do it all themselves. I get it – I’m one of them. Some people have that drive to chase leads, close deals, handle all of the details, think about the big picture, and still enjoy time with their families. Some people are gifted sales professionals AND great at keeping up with all of the paperwork.
That kind of momentum can’t last forever. You will find you are either a great sales professional OR great at the paperwork, but rarely both. And one person can only do so much. Successful companies know they need skilled staff to support their endeavors.
Think about it this way…how much would you pay someone to handle your social media posting? That’s basically what you are paying yourself to perform those tasks. Shouldn’t your focus be on chasing down leads and generating business? Isn’t it more valuable for you to be networking, connecting with your sphere, and calling clients?
Of course it is! That’s why you need to think like a successful business, not a do-it-all-yourself individual. You have to hire people to handle some of your tasks. Those tasks are important, even urgent, but it’s better to spend your time on important, non-urgent, profit building tasks.
You have the same 24 hours in a day as the next guy. If you spend an hour on paperwork, that’s an hour that you could have spent talking to clients. You will not get that hour back. If you hire someone else to handle your paperwork, you’re investing in yourself and your business. Then you can spend your time on what will really grow your business.
Time to make the investment
One of the best investments you can make for your business is finding the right people to support your endeavors. Real Estate Virtual Assistants can handle your paperwork, help with email, post to social media, and assist with the small details that bog you down.
The best virtual assistant will be an administrative partner for your business, looking out for your best interests. To get the most out of that partnership, you should follow a few guidelines:
- Set expectations: No relationship will succeed without understanding the boundaries and expectations. Discuss your expectations and goals so you are both on the same page.
- Allow a learning curve: Even a trained assistant will take time to get used to you and your business. Allow them time to grow into the role. They may not be fully up to speed in the first two months, but if you work with them, they can be your ultimate partner.
- Communicate clearly: If you don’t communicate clearly and consistently with your VA, you can’t expect to get the most out of your partnership. Consider weekly, or twice-weekly, video calls to discuss that week’s priorities. Prefer texts over emails? Make sure you both know the best methods to communicate with each other.
Failure to hire a real estate virtual assistant won’t doom your business. Failing to act when action is necessary will. If you are at the stage where you absolutely need to hire in order to grow, consider partnering with a virtual assistant.
Smart Virtual Services provides all levels of support to real estate professionals. We will partner with you to assist with paperwork, transaction processes, CRM management, social media posts, website updates, blogging and more. Contact us today to find out how we can help you invest in yourself.