If you’ve often thought of running your own business; if controlling your destiny has always been your dream; if you long for freedom to make choices – then a career in real estate may be your perfect fit.
A recent Forbes article, “The 4 Ways to Become Your Own Boss – Which One Fits You?” lists real estate agent in the very first category, Agent/Representative:
– If you feel your strengths are in sales and a willingness to take care of your customers, consider becoming an agent for an existing brand. You can build your own business without having to wear all the hats. The cost of entry is relatively low and your income can grow quickly and usually without limit, especially if you have the persistence and resilience to keep at it.
– Insurance agents, real estate agents, and even direct selling representatives find freedom in being able to focus on sales and customer service, while the parent company provides R&D, product development, marketing, training and much of the back office support. A network of agents provides support, companionship, mentoring and encouragement.
Put all of these together and you get a pretty good snapshot of the Allen Tate Companies’ Second Quarter 2013 VIP Event at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Each quarter, Allen Tate recognizes the company’s top agents with a VIP event in each region of the Carolinas. Twice a year, agents from across the company’s footprint – from Raleigh to Greenville, S.C. – come together for an all-company celebration.
Substitute the word “potato” for “social network” and you’ve got yourself a catchy little ditty that sums up today’s social networking climate beautifully. Every time I so much as look away, it feels as though I have to look back and play catch-up to all of the latest and greatest gadgets, websites and doodads that have launched in my brief absence.
Overwhelming? Oh, you betcha. And this coming from a girl who doesn’t mind living online and reading book after book about trends and case studies (I’m a nerd, I know). Is it going to slow down? Perhaps. But not anytime soon as far as I’m concerned.
As 2010 comes to a close, you can make many observations. Government is the last one into a recession and they are now arriving to this party as late as can be. We are all eating dessert. What I am saying is that the federal, state and local governments are now, and for the next few years, tightening their belts like never before because revenues are down and increasing taxes is not an alternative. Elections in November also proved a point that both sides of the aisle must become more fiscally responsible, like we’ve all had to do at home and at work.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend Social Fresh, a conference in Charlotte that covers all things social media. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Email Marketing, Blogs and LinkedIn. The day-long, six-session, jam packed conference featured some of the best, brightest and most adventurous social media panelists including, Bert Dumars of Newell Rubbermaid, Greg Cangialosi of Blue Sky Factory, Amber Naslund of Radian 6, Lisa Hoffmann of Duke Energy,Jennifer Ecclestone of General Motors and many, many more.
Events such as Social Fresh highlight how important and beneficial social media can be when it’s used correctly. When used incorrectly…well let’s not even go there. It was a day of information overload but a piece of advice that truly resonated with me was that LinkedIn is overlooked and underused.
So what is a BarCamp? Put simply, it is a gathering of people who all have a strong desire to share and learn. What makes a BarCamp unique is that it is also defined as an “unconference.” If you are sitting there thinking to yourself “I have no idea what an unconference is”, don’t worry, you are not alone. If you aren’t tuned into social media or web-based technologies then you are not likely to come across the term “unconference.” When a meeting is designed as a series of open participatory workshops whose content is pitched and provided by participants then that meeting becomes an “unconference” (for more details check out this great blog from Jeremy Blanton).