Real estate professionals are always on the go — whether they’re hosting open houses, meeting clients, attending RE/MAX training sessions, or scoping out new property for clients to see. This means the conventional 9-5 workspace isn’t always what works best.
With the rise of working from home and flexible workplaces, it’s getting more and more common for workers to take their work on the road. But if you’re new to real estate or you’ve decided to take the work from home approach more often, we’ve got you covered.
Here are five things for real estate pros to consider, to get those gears turning and master the live/work lifestyle like a boss.
1. Keep It Separate
It may sound obvious but it should be said: remember that your home is your home, and your office is your office. Try to be 100% present in both settings, separately. If you have a client call, try not to tidy-up your kitchen or kid’s bedroom at the same time. You’ll notice that if you try to juggle and combine your work and home life, one or the other will suffer.
2. Stock Up on Supplies
If you’re working from home, you want to have all the perks of being in an office space, in addition to enjoying all the perks of being in your home (pj’s and fresh lunches anyone?), you want to make sure you have all the supplies you need to do your job. Set up your office so that you’re prepared with forms, paper, a printer, ink — anything you’d normally need and use in your typical, organized office setting. And while you’re at it, why not throw in some RE/MAX swag or branding in?
3. Stick To Your Hours
One of the biggest criticisms of working from home is that you don’t actually have time to shut off and maintain a proper schedule. As real estate professionals, you never really get a chance to stop working and take a break — the #REMAXhustle is truly nonstop. But when you’re working from your home office, if you plan to work from 8am – 11am straight, then make a promise to yourself, do it, and stick to it.
4. Work As If You’re at the Office
If conference calls in PJ’s aren’t your thing and they’re not helping your productivity, change into some work clothes. While it can be tempting to stay in your comfy clothes, getting showered and dressed every morning can actually impact your productivity.Do everything you would do in your normal office setting at your live/work space. By creating a proper schedule like making your morning coffee, getting dressed, checking emails while you’re having breakfast, you can become more productive. Create an association with this space, and work time.
5. Eliminate Distractions
Get rid of distractions like TV, personal email and phone calls, social media, personal errands, and anything else you wouldn’t do in a conventional office. As tempting as it may be to check your phone ever 20 minutes, you’ll be more productive if you stick to work and find more success in your live/work space!