“Getting Help” Part 1 – The Favorit-est Tips!


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Last week we did a teleseminar show in the SWS Virtual Studio called “Getting Help!” which was on the subject of, well, getting help – in the form of an assistant (as opposed to a partner). At the end of the show we polled the audience to tell us what tip, idea or strategy they found most insightful and here is what they told us!

Favorit-est Tip #1 (by far): When you’re thinking it’s time to get some help, start out with a part-time unlicensed assistant and see if that does the trick. An unlicensed assistant (aka personal assistant or “wife”) can free up a lot of your time and energy by running personal and business errands for you, without the commitment and risk of an employee or licensed assistant.

Favorit-est Tip #2: Make a list of all the things you do as a real estate agent and then identify which activities you enjoy and/or are good at. What’s left (i.e. the things you don’t enjoy and/or aren’t good at) might just be a great place to start to create the job description for your assistant! Don’t get stuck in the idea that an assistant has to do paperwork – YOUR assistant can do whatever YOU want them to do, even if it’s not something an assistant typically does!

Favorit-est Tip #3: Don’t automatically assume that an assistant should handle “administrative” duties while the agent goes out and prospects. If an “assistant” is capable of managing a real estate transaction from start to finish, he or she is more of a partner, not an assistant.