Many expectant mothers and mothers of young children begin to think about finding a career that will provide them with good income and the flexibility to spend time with their child. And real estate combines that potential with a flexible schedule for big commission checks. But can you really juggle the demands of motherhood and a real estate business?
If you’re pregnant or just had a baby, you’re in luck! It’s a great time to start a real estate business. When you’re pregnant, you have some time to spend on your license and finding a broker. When you have your baby, you’re ready to start looking for clients.
But if you have a little one (or two), you’re still in luck! Most normal human beings love babies. Especially cute babies that aren’t babies. If you have a toddler wrapped in a baby blanket, you have a shopping strategy!
Once the licensing is out of the way and you’ve found a broker, you can hit the ground running and start finding clients. From the mall to the grocery store to mommy groups, you can easily reach customers with your baby. So some of your searching may be done while you go about your day-to-day mommy routine. And you can take your little one to the real estate broker’s office on the day you need to drop off paperwork, make copies, or do other office work.
Once you start working with clients, you can’t get away with taking a child to every appointment. It can be a little tiring to drag a child along with you, especially on buyer appointments where you’re showing lots of properties, opening lockers, pulling keys, opening doors, and showing houses you’ve never been to before.
Not to mention that a very cute baby can sometimes be the wrong distraction… You want your customers to buy a house, don’t forget how cute your baby is. So you should use your common sense when to include your child in any of your real estate business.
In these cases, you’ll want to have someone lined up to watch your child. If you have close family or friends who can watch your child at short notice, that’s great. But if you want to make other arrangements, then plan ahead. When you have a prospective client who wants to contact you on short notice, you need to know what to do.
Baby naps are a great time to prospect for new real estate clients or make phone calls to existing clients. You can do online research, create marketing materials, answer emails and more.
Can real estate be a good business for mothers of young children? Most definitely! Most of your real estate business can travel with your child. Few other industries are as mom-friendly as real estate.