These past couple of weeks, I’ve been given the opportunity to view the world through the eyes of a home buyer. My real estate business is growing and as we’ve added more people, we now need more space, so I’ve been previewing larger office spaces with an experienced commercial real estate agent. Although I completely trust my agent, it’s a huge decision and I have to admit, there are times it’s made me sick to my stomach.
I’m sure every small business owner goes through this. There are times of growth and you need to hire more people. When you hire more people, that means paying more taxes, buying more desks and equipment, figuring out who’s going to train these new people so they can start being productive and eventually, needing to move to a larger facility. You find yourself asking the question, “Is there ever a point where I can finally relax?”
I’m about to embark on my 14th year in real estate and with having now been personally involved with the sale of just over 850 homes, it’s hard for me to remember how nerve-racking it can be to go through the home buying process, but looking at commercial buildings has brought back that memory.
I’d forgotten that tense feeling in your gut. I’d forgotten the stress of wondering, “Am I making the right decision?” I’ve run through the entire gamut of emotions: aggravation, irritation, wound up, uptight, agitated, anxious. Some days I’m excited about it, but other days I want to just stop the whole process and stay put.
Luckily, on those days, my Operations Officer, Elizabeth Gilbert brings me back to earth by saying, “This is what you want, right? You’ve been planning to grow your real estate team so you could help more clients and give more agents the opportunity for success in their real estate career.” She’s 100% correct and that’s what keeps me moving forward with this huge decision. I have to remember, it’s not about me, it’s about the people around me.
It’s about creating a bigger world for my team members and helping them achieve their goals. Real estate is a tough business, so I truly enjoy mentoring my team and I get super excited to see them succeed. It’s about our clients and making sure they get the very best services available. I love it when our clients refer their friends, family, and co-workers to us. That’s the best possible compliment we can attain.
I guess I just need to keep trusting my plan and knowing I’m making the right decision. I’ve witnessed many home buyers put themselves under pressure when selling or buying a home. They panic and question their decisions. For me, I know this is the right decision for my real estate team to move to a larger office. I just need to take a deep breath and tell myself, “It’s all good!”