The last few week’s I have had several conversations that have got me
a bit, well, let’s call it stirred up. OK…seriously frustrated. Let
People frequently call for real estate coaching or are
involved in coaching groups I belong to or lead and when the topic
turns to investing money or time into their “business” – especially
money – they get audibly or visibly uncomfortable and edgy. I hear
comments like, “but that would cut into my commissions/income,” or “it’s
too expensive to hire someone to _____.”
First, let’s define a business.
Basically, it is where a person creates a system to exchange goods
and/or services for money. Clearly there is a big difference between
having just any old “business” and having a PROFITABLE
business. I know people who say they own businesses yet they do not even
know if they are making a profit or not – they may know their gross
income, but are totally oblivious about their expenses.
Time for a coaching moment…
Know your numbers. Without having a budget, knowing your income, cost
of sale, and overhead, it is a crap-shoot whether or not your are coming
out ahead each month, quarter, or year. Unless you created your
business specifically as a tax write off, this isn’t usually the end
goal. Actually even someone who creates a loss-leader biz tracks their
numbers as to insure they AREN’T making money!
Going from making a little to making a lot typically requires an infrastructure expansion.
There is no doubt that when you first start out that you can make a little money in many sales careers by just going solo – real estate agents do it all the time.
But when you decide to grow beyond just a few clients to a number that
hits bigger digits, you have to invest in an infrastructure that will
support the growth – especially if you ever want to sell your business
or let someone else take the reins.
This reality was really
hammered home last week when I went to the doctor’s office for my check
up and my chiropractor for my regular adjustment. On both occasions, I
walked in and spoke with a receptionist who helped me with the basic
check in procedure – the same receptionist who made my original
appointment, sent me a confirmation, and updated my insurance, contact
information, and reason for visit. At neither location did my doc handle
those tasks – nor did they handle the website updates, marketing
pieces, insurance billing, sales calls from the local newspaper rep or
lawn maintenance for their buildings.
Huh – what a novel idea – leverage.
I have been to chiropractors and doctors before who didn’t really have
much if any help and did this stuff themselves – they only saw 1 or 2
patients a day. They were usually either a brand new practice or on
their way to retirement (one D.O. was 82 years old and worked out of his
house – awesome!).
The reality is that when growing your business, hiring help means spending some money – or does it? The question is truly whether or not the money spent on hiring help is an expense or an investment.
If the “help” allows you to do more business and live in your zone of
genius (where you are at your best) the chances are that they are an
investment in the growth of your business. However, if the “help” holds
you back or keeps you from growing or better serving your clients, it is
merely an expense and of no benefit to your overall goal.
The fact is that most of us go into business for ourselves with the intention of making money. I
know I did! Otherwise, I could just volunteer somewhere and get great
joy, have fewer headaches, no stress and no responsibility. If you have
that luxury, I highly recommend it!
With few exceptions, to go
from making a little (serving few) to making a lot (serving many) an
investment in adding people is required. Whether it is a full-time
on-site staff person or one or more virtual assistants, getting help is a
key business requirement in the expansion phase.
What are the 5 consequences of NOT hiring help?
you choose to continue killing yourself to learn how to build a new
Wordpress site, write effective blogs, manage daily social media
changes, write marketing pieces, set up 33 touch email campaigns, create
logos, track paperwork, handle billing, collection, purchasing,
payables, and respond to emails, go for it. Who am I to tell you not to?
But you may as well be aware of the possible consequences…
- Stay small.
- Burn out.
- Lose money.
- Get divorced.
- Gain weight.
Yes, I said gain weight and get divorced.
You may be thinking that is overkill, but I can assure you that if you
try to do all and be all for very long, something has to give! If you
are a self-proclaimed “I never lose or fail” high-achiever, you will
work long hours to get everything done and what will be left behind is
your family, friends, and your personal health – guaranteed.
the contrary, if you are highly family oriented and 100% committed to
your health and wellness goals then chances are you will end up letting
putting the fundamental tasks of customer service and lead generation on
a back burner and you will ultimately find yourself in the red.
How do I know this?
We have been there and done both. Yes – BOTH! We have done it both
successfully AND we have failed miserably – with massive learning along
the way. For the record, we did it in our real estate careers and we are
NOW doing it yet AGAIN in both of our coaching businesses.
are going from small-time to big-time, budget for help and then HIRE IT
– sooner is better than later. Yes, you may need to incur some debt in
the beginning of expansion phase, but you can budget to pay it off
quickly. Is it risky? Of course it is – so is having your own business my friend.
Commitment and belief in yourself are KEY!
can do this – I promise. We are here to support you and help you
through the rocky spots, anxiety, and uncertainty! That is what Seniors Real Estate Institute coaching and trainings are all about – helping you be the best YOU possible and having the life and business you desire.