Should You Do Real Estate Full-Time?

Many self-acclaimed real estate gurus state that everyone should quit their jobs and immediately jump into full time real estate investing. They often claim incredible results from students with little experience. We would like to caution that life-changing decisions are not usually simple and that full time investing is not for everyone. Let’s discuss some pros and cons of full-time versus part-time investing.The Full-Time InvestorEntering into the real estate profession on a full-time basis offers several advantages over a part-time commitment. Being successful requires you to develop knowledge in many aspects of real estate, and more time focused on real estate leads to greater knowledge. The more your learn, the more you earn, since you do not need to rely on as many professional services or partners for help. You also learn to recognize a deal (or a dud) faster, which gives you more time to do more business or spend with your family.As a full-time investor, you work your own hours. When we say “full-time,” that may mean as little as twenty hours per week if you are good at finding deals. The rest of your time can be spent pursuing other vocations or hobbies. Or, if you are so inspired, you can work forty or more hours and use the extra cash flow to buy rental properties or diversify your holdings in the stock market. The point is that you need to satisfy your cash flow needs before you can start “investing” your money.One final point you should consider is whether you want to be “self-employed.” If you have always worked for someone else, being your own boss sounds very attractive. In some, respects, this isn’t quite the truth. Being your own boss means being an accountant, bookkeeper, stock clerk, receptionist and office manager all-in-one. You have to do deal with tax returns, payroll, office supplies, customer service, bills and all the other hassles that come with a business. You don’t have friends to chat with at the water cooler. You don’t have paid health insurance, a company car and a 401(k). You take your problems home with you every night. Sound like fun? It is, once you learn how to master your time and run your business. Being the master of your own life and career is well worth the other hassles of dealing with your own business.The Part-Time InvestorThe part-time investor holds a “regular job.” This may be by choice or for the time being until his real estate ventures are bringing in enough cash to quit his job. If it is the latter reason, don’t quit your job because the real estate “guru” told you so. Quit your job when it is not worth the income that it brings you. In other words, if you are making more money per hour flipping properties on the side, you are at the point that where your regular job is costing you money. Only then, is it time to quit!One of the advantages of starting out part-time is that you can maintain cash flow while learning the business. It may take weeks or possibly months to find your first deal. That same deal may take several months to turn around, especially if you decide to fix it and sell it retail. Think twice before telling your boss you’re leaving; you will have plenty of time to make the career switch once you have real estate experience. You may, on the other hand, like your occupation. If so, continue to work at it, and invest in real estate on the side.The best case scenario, if you are married, is to have one spouse work a regular job. The other spouse work the real estate business for creating wealth, retirement income and a nice college fund for the children. Of course, in today’s market, you could be laid off due to unforeseen circumstances. If you earn additional income flipping houses and invest the proceeds into rental properties, you will be covered if your main income is lost. This is especially the case for married women that often forego a career and raise a family, only to find themselves divorced with no means of making a living. We don’t want to sound cynical about marriage, but with a fifty-percent divorce rate in America, it never hurts to have a system for making money.Someone with a full time job tends to have little free time to focus on real estate. A part-timer should learn most of the same skills as a full timer. Thus, the key disadvantage to flipping properties on a part-time basis is that it takes sacrifice to learn the business. Something has to give; television, lazy weekends, meaningless hobbies and even some family activities must be compromised. As with any education, time spent learning about real estate will bring its own rewards, especially if the people in your life understand your goals and your plan to achieve those goals. If you are married, make sure your spouse reads this material with you and participates in the fun process of making money.Treat Real Estate as a BusinessPeople are lured to real estate because of the quick buck that it promises. Don’t hold your breath, you won’t get rich quick. An “overnight sensation” usually takes about five years. More than ninety percent of the people who take a real estate seminar quit after three months. Real estate investing should be treated with the seriousness of a career. It takes months, even years for a business to cultivate customers and have a life of its own. You need to treat it like any other business.

Getting Started With Real Estate Business Is Not an Easy Thing

Will I be getting a huge profit at the very first time I jump into real estate market as a mentor? If this is the question you ask, then the answer would be probably no. For having a successful business, the foremost thing you would require is proper planning. Planning is nothing but knowing the exact procedure on how and when to jump into investing. Getting started in this field is not at all an easy task. And in case if you are a beginner in real estate, jumping into it as a full time broker will be the major blunder you commit. First of all, study the market. It depends on a number of factors including money available, goals and current skill level.Starting the jobbing in your spare time is a wise decision. You don’t have to quit your job and can work from home for part time. There are no special qualifications, education requirements or specialized experience required to become an expert. The only thing that matters is the skills you carry over. As you gain experience, you will work closer and closer with your investors and learn the business first hand. One you are ready to take the next step, you can find yourself ready to find profitable leads. Initially you must know your investor’s needs. Know the types of properties, price ranges and locations they are looking for. Keep in mind that investors are your customers and you must give them what they want. You must provide complete information to your investors and only then they would trust you.Keeping things organized is very much important when it comes to real estate business. It is really hard to stay on the top of your business, if you are disorganized. Organized is nothing but providing good, quality information, which saves investor time and helping them to make money. Once you achieve this, your investors would feel very much satisfied and pay you very well for your efforts. Real estate investing is a great and inexpensive way to find yourself successful. Prior to start your business, ensure that you have the following things: Accounting advice, business licenses, business loan, legal advice, business services, business cards, office supplies, and other basic requirements to start any business.Once you decide on your real estate investing plan, that is setting up an independent real estate company or purchasing a franchise, look for a location to set up your business. A real estate company should have high visibility from a busy street, as people often come into a real estate office on the spur of the moment. Get a business license from your city or county. It is also good to contact the local board of realtors and become a member. This membership would give you access to the latest laws and regulations in the industry.