I started my own real estate brokerage in 2010. At the time, I was in a relationship and considering marriage. I knew I one day wanted a family, and the onsite hours with the home builders I was currently working for were going to get in the way of my goals. I wanted to be able to spend time with my kids, not put them in daycare, and take them to activities. I don’t mind working a lot, I just didn’t want to be tied to a set schedule and forced to be in an office. So, I started my own company doing sales and property management. In the beginning, money was tight. Thank God my future husband had a decent paying W2-type J.O.B. Without his support, I don’t know that I would have ever taken the leap to work for myself. To save money, I did as much work as I could myself. I didn’t outsource anything. I learned Photoshop and made my own advertising pieces. I learned WordPress and made my own website. I was so proud of the website in 2010. I did it myself, and I was in love with it.
Fast forward four years. I hired two agents, and the newest one asked me the other day, “what are your plans for your website?” Huh? What’s wrong with my website? Well, I go back and look at it, and it looks OLD. It looks like a throwback to free AOL CDs with hours of dial up. I might as well be faxing people my listings.
I took the plunge today. I hired a local WordPress developer. We, ahem….I mean “he” is going to build a new site, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m going to stay out of it this time. I’m going to let go on control and some cash and build something my agents can be proud to send people to. It’s about time to get into 2014!
PS – It’s a good thing I stopped working onsite. I got married the same year, and then I found out I was having twins the following year. Can you imagine paying for daycare for two infants at one time? Me neither…thank God for family who lives nearby. They watch my kids while I work, and I am so thankful for them.