When it comes to the real estate business, the pros and cons as a working parent are pretty quick and straightforward. Taking on full-time (or even part-time) work as a real estate agent may be a good career path when you’ve got little ones at home, but it is important to keep in mind that there are always potential flip-sides.
You Are Your Own Boss.
Does flexibility get any sweeter than this? There is no one demanding you to be in the office at a certain time. There isn’t even a desk for you to be chained to—you can work from home if you choose to! If you need to drop your kid(s) off at daycare by 8am, then you have the ability to do that. You have no required hours and no definite start and end times. You can work around your kids’ schedule, which gives you all the freedom you need to go to Johnny’s piano recital or Jane’s soccer tournament.
Outside the 9-5
The hours you put in do have to come from somewhere if its not completely within the 9-5 range, so this might mean that you find yourself working at odd times, which might not be the most appealing to parents. Most of your clients will be working the regular 9-5, so their availability will most likely be in the evenings. And let’s not forget about weekend house tours!
You Take Your Work Home
Being a parent is a job all on its own and there are a lot of parents out there who want to checkout of work when they leave the office, but when you don’t have an office this line gets a little blurred. Clients are depending on you to help them with something monumental: buying a house. And you need their business to meet not only your production goals, but to also snag that commission–so sometimes your home life is disrupted.
Being a part-time or full-time real estate agent has many perks as a working parent, but also a few possible drawbacks depending on your situation. Take your time in deciding if this is the right choice for you and your family’s situation. Good luck!