I was talking with a realtor in my office today who mentioned that she actually kept track of the hours she worked this year. When she did the math and calculated her hourly rate, she was VERY disappointed! She said, and I quote, "I really need to make more money and work less hours. I'm not sure if this is minimum wage!"
I don't keep a regular schedule. I take each day as it comes. Appointments with buyers or sellers have top priority, then office commitments (meetings, phone time, caravaning) and open houses. After that I fit everything else in when time allows. Might be 8 in the morning or midnight. I'll do paperwork, marketing, blogging, website maintenance, etc. during those times. I might work 12 hours one day and 6 the next. Some nights, like last night, I was still sitting at the computer at 2 am! As a working Mom, I have to take the solitude when I can get it! I think if I kept track of my total hours I would be in even worse shape than my friend!
Part of my Business Plan for 2009 is to keep a more regimented schedule. Actually allocate time each day to certain tasks. For example, if I don't allocate a specific amount of time for comptuer work (maybe 2 hours?) , I could end up sitting here all day long! There is ALWAYS more to do.
I would like to have a structured daily plan to get "everything else" done and have my clients be the only variable.
What kind of schedules do you keep? On the average week, how many hours would you realistically say you put in? When not with clients, do most of you go to an office or work from home?
In this business, is the person who burns the midnight oil every night to be admired OR should that person learn how to work smarter and more efficiently?
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