Many pregnant women and moms of young babies start to think about finding a career that will bring them the opportunity of decent money while also being flexible enough to allow for spending time with the baby. And real estate seems to combine that potential for extensive commission checks with a flexible schedule. But can you juggle the demands of motherhood and a real estate business?
You’re in luck if you are pregnant or just had a baby! It’s a great time to start a real estate business. While pregnant, you have some time to devote to your licensing education and finding a broker. By the time you have your baby, you’re all set to start looking for clients.
But if you have a young baby (or two), you’re still in luck! Most normal human beings LOVE babies—adorable babies who aren’t too fussy. If you have a baby who is not walking yet, then you have a marketing strategy wrapped up in a baby blanket!
Once the licensing is out of the way and you’ve found a broker, you can hit the ground running and start seeing clients. You can easily find clients with your baby in tow, from the mall to the grocery store to Mommy groups. So some of your prospectings can be done while you’re just doing your day-to-day Mommy routine. And you can also take your little one to the real estate broker’s office when you need to drop off paperwork, make copies or perform other office duties.
Once you start working with clients, you can’t get away with taking a baby to every single appointment. Especially on buyer appointments where you are showing multiple properties, it may get a bit arduous to lug a baby with you while opening lockboxes, pulling out keys, opening doors, and showing homes you may not have ever walked through.
Not to mention that an adorable baby can sometimes be the wrong distraction…you want your clients to buy a home, not drool over how cute your child is. So you have to use your common sense when you can include your baby in any aspect of your real estate business.
In these instances, you’ll want someone lined up to watch your baby. If you have family or a friend who can watch your baby on short notice, that’s ideal. But if you need to make other arrangements, then plan. You need to know what you will do when you have that demanding client who needs to meet you on short notice.
Baby naptimes are an excellent time to prospect for new real estate clients or make phone calls to your current clients. You can research online, create marketing materials, return emails, and more.
Can real estate be an excellent business for mommies of young babies? Most definitely! Much of your real estate business can be worked on with your baby along for the ride. Few other industries are as Mommy-friendly as real estate.