Being a real estate agent is hard work, especially for those who are just starting out. For this reason, I believe every agent in our industry should hire an assistant.
Even new agents can benefit from this kind of help, though I do recommend getting your feet wet and working for about six months before hiring someone. Even just having an assistant working for you a couple of hours a day (or a couple of hours a week) can help make the day-to-day tasks of your career much more manageable. Then, as you start producing at a higher level, you can obviously increase the number of hours your assistant works accordingly.
Ideally, you should keep the same assistant as you grow. This way, you aren’t scrambling to familiarize someone new with your tasks and systems after you’re already busy with a successful real estate career.
If you aren’t convinced yet, consider this: Wouldn’t you find it strange if your dentist, doctor, or accountant didn’t have an assistant? You, like any other professional, should have administrative support. Otherwise, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself spread too thin.
Beyond that, no one can be good at everything. It’s okay to be highly skilled in working with people, but not with handling back-end work. Finding an assistant who can “fill in the gaps” of your strengths and weaknesses is best. This is why I recommend hiring with your DiSC profile in mind. If you aren’t already familiar with DiSC profiles, allow me to explain.
The DiSC assessment is a simple test that evaluates one’s habits, strengths, and weaknesses as they relate to four categories: dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness. Your assistant’s DiSC profile should serve as a complement to yours. You can take the assessment yourself for free right here.
As a final note, make sure to set clear expectations for your assistant from the beginning. A huge portion of workplace disputes stem from unclear expectations.
There is so much more I could say on this subject, so if you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.