The first couple things that come to mind are consulting and real estate.
I like consulting because it is a high payout job and also offers a very flexible schedule. It’s not something that can be totally outsourced, as people expect their consultant to be the one consulting them.
Being a real estate agent is also highly flexible and has a very good payout. It’s also very automatable (is that a word?). Almost every step of the process can eventually be outsourced to an assistant, VA, or other real estate agent.
Taking Your Real Estate Agent Coursework
Every state has its own licensing requirements. Some are easy while others are hard, so it’s important to get the best coursework that will make you the most likely to succeed.
That’s why I always recommend Real Estate Express. They offer all of your coursework for ridiculously cheap. It’s all set up to get you through the coursework quickly and give you the best chance of passing your test.
Taking Your Tests
There are two tests to take – the federal and the state real estate exam. They aren’t hard, but you do need to prepare for them.
I recommend scheduling the test as soon as you’re done with the course and taking it as soon as possible.
A lot of people schedule it several weeks or months away to give them “time to study” but I don’t think this is generally true. Generally, you know the most the day you complete the course, and every day after that you lose some of it.
So just get it over and done with asap!
Determine Your Niche
There are hundreds of niches to choose from, so be selective and master one or two.
I personally think that being a residential agent for real estate investors is the perfect niche. Here’s why.
Being a commercial broker is really hard, especially for new agents. The top producers have been doing it for years and everyone knows them. Taking market share is next to impossible for a newbie.
Being a retail agent that works with new home buyers is fine, but they are a dime a dozen and setting yourself apart is really hard.
Being an agent for 1-4 unit residential properties, but working exclusively with investors is the perfect mix. You have a good niche that is focused yet broad enough.
Additionally, investors are logical rather than emotional. They also buy on a regular basis (every year or more than once a year), and don’t care what the place is as long as the numbers work.
So, they are far easier to work with and buy more often. The only drawback is they tend to buy less expensive properties, so you need to do more transactions.
Find a Good Brokerage
The key is to remember that you are interviewing the brokerage, not the other way around.
So, shop around to find one that fits your goals and niche in real estate.
Find Clients and Close Deals
Finding clients is tough! It’s especially tough for the newly self-employed.
Fortunately, there is a service called Agents Invest which connects you to your ideal client. Agents Invest has a boat load of active investors who are looking to buy properties.
You just need to contact them and see if it’s a good fit. So go check them out!
How to Earn $10k per Month as a Business Owner
This is really simple.
Step 1 – Start a business.
Step 2 – Grow your business
and… Step 3 – Earn $10k/month.
Alright, it’s not that simple! I’ve started 3 different businesses and there is a lot that goes into running and growing a business.
If you already have a business, there are two ways that I have found to help you grow. The first is to find whats working for you, and double down on that. The second is to find new revenues sources on the fringe of what you’re doing, or through upselling.
Most people that want to grow a business tend to focus on doing more, but that often ends up with earning less.
I recently had a conversation with a mortgage broker. He said the issue with most brokerages is they want to do every type of lending (multifamily, retail, manufacturing, etc). The problem is, they become just like everyone else out there and nothing sets them apart.
They are not an expert at anything.
Instead, by focusing in on one specific type of lending and becoming an expert at it, the business grows faster and earns more.
Now, if you don’t already have a business in real estate you want to double down on, you might want to start one.
Starting a New Business
If you’re going to be investing in real estate, it probably makes sense to have a business in the real estate field too. There will be synergy between the two and it will ultimately help you invest in the future.
There are a ton of different real estate related businesses that you could start. Literally, dozens or even hundreds of niches to choose from.
If I’m choosing to start a new business I want it to have a few basic criteria.
- I want to be able to automate it (though I can do the work myself to start if I choose)
- It should be scalable
- It should be relatively inexpensive to start
While there are a ton of options available, I’d probably choose to start a wholesaling or lead generation business.
I like this because it hits all 3 of my criteria and it also ties in well with real estate investing. Any time I want to buy a property for myself, just take the best leads and keep them for myself rather than sell them.
Here’s how to get started
Determine Your Niche in Real Estate
It’s important to decide what niche you want to be in. Here are a few popular niches:
There are more, but those are probably the top 4.
It’s important to know your niche so you can tailor your content and lists to this area.
Build Your Funnel
It’s important to figure out how you will generate leads. This is how most wholesalers fail.
Remember, you have to get your name out there and be the first to find the potential seller before others do. That’s why I love using the internet.
Most people go to Google before ever making a buying or selling decision. That’s why if you can rank your website on Google, people will probably find you first!
If you want to be first to find them (by having them come find you) then what you need is a lead generation website.
For that, navigate to Investor Carrot and put your info in on the next page to get a free trial.
You can also read more about building out your Carrot site on this recent article I posted.
Decide What To Do With Your Leads
Once leads start coming in, you’ll need to decide what to do with them.
If you want to chase them down yourself and put deals under contract, great! If not, you can easily sell your leads to wholesalers in the area. That’s what I do.
I think working an agreement with another wholesaler for a profit share is the best way to do it as it requires the least amount of effort for the most return.
Making $10,000 A Month as an Investor
The one we’ve all been waiting for, drum roll please…
Making money as an investor is all about building up multiple streams of passive income. One of the best ways to do that is with real estate.
Every property you buy is another stream of income to add. Every unit, every tenant, it all adds to your goal.
The biggest risk to real estate is the lost revenue during a turnover or eviction. But, as you buy more property, this averages out.
For example, if you have one house you either have 100% occupancy or 100% vacancy. So, you do great some months and terrible in other months.
But if you own 10 units and 1 is vacant, you’ll have 90% occupancy.
If the vacancy rate in your area is 10%, you can expect to always have 1 vacant unit. At this point, it just gets built into your normal operating budget.
Here are the steps to getting started in real estate
Get an Education
The most important part is to learn everything you can about real estate investing. You need to understand how to estimate market value, repairs, rents, your operating budget, etc.
To do this, I recommend this inexpensive eCourse to help you get going.
It’s too easy to make mistakes in real estate, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting started.
Instead, learn from others mistakes first, and the best way to do that is to take their course.
Get an Agent
You don’t need an agent to invest in real estate. If you have build out a lead generation website, then just use those leads to buy deals.
But, if you don’t have any source of leads, the best place to start is with an agent.
For this, I recommend the service Agents Invest, which connects investors to investor savvy agents around the country.
A lot of people don’t ever find a deal because they are afraid to make offers. If a deal is listed too high, simply make an offer for less.
Don’t be scared of making offers!
I once offered less than half of what a property was listed for (and got it). So, it happens. Just recently a good friend of mine negotiated over $150k off a deal that was only listed around $500k to begin with.
That’s a 30% savings!
So, it’s totally possible to do, even in a hot market!
Do a Combination to Earn $10k/month
The last option is to do a combination of the above to get to $10,000 per month.
If you are self employed, own a small online business, and also have some real estate with some passive income, that combination might get you to your goal as well.
What are you doing to reach the goal of $10,000 per month? If your goal is higher or lower, tell me what your goal is and what you’re doing to achieve it.
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