Do you believe in magic?
In real estate, magic most often looks like this: a steady stream of business; an always on, easy-going personality that charms everyone; organized appointments, inspections, closings, and office; regular time off for family, friends, and adventure; great hair and fabulous shoes!
In the real world, you’re wondering where the next deal is going to come from, you messed your schedule this afternoon and are now scrambling to undo a double booking, the kids had carrots and a granola bar for breakfast and you’d be happy if only your phone has a full charge, amiright? How the #@*& do the magicians do it?!
Thankfully, it’s 2018 and the gig economy is here
The answer is LEVERAGE. I could get cute and write something where L stands for Living Life and E is Excellence in Everything You Do, etc., but seriously, that girl that you graduated from high school with does enough of that kind of stuff on your Facebook feed every day and you don’t need any more. We hear the term leverage get tossed around in real estate all the time, but oh my goodness, all that sounds like to you is signing up for another CRM that you’ll never fully set up properly or hiring an assistant.
Don’t get me wrong, the idea of hiring an assistant sounds great, right? But then you realize that you have to find the time to train him or her, you’ve got to find the money to pay him or her (do I set her up on payroll or keep him as a contract employee? How do I even do payroll?), and worst of all… what is she going to do when you don’t have enough work to give her? Figuring out the right time to hire someone is daunting and all you want to do this week is figure out why your new listing hasn’t sold yet.
For the cost of a single 1hr phone call to a business “Guru” you can get two months of Tristan Assist
Thankfully, it’s 2018 and the gig economy is here to help you with your leverage and your magic. With sites like Fiverr (www.fiverr.com), Upwork (www.upwork.com), and Freeelancer (www.freelancer.com), you can easily get someone to design marketing postcards or feature sheets. You can find someone to write your listing descriptions for you or edit your photos. You can have someone design, install, and run a Facebook ad campaign for you. You can even have someone record a voiceover in the voice of Homer Simpson if you really want. These are all great examples of being proactive – but we need to deal with everything on your plate right now.
How do you get more organized and create more time and more clarity? Business or Sales Consultants want thousands for training and personalized coaching- and let’s be honest, you know what you need to do; you just need the time and space to do it. For the cost of a single 1hr phone call to a business “Guru” you can get two months of Tristan Assist. Two months of having every inbound email sorted, qualified, responded and actioned on your behalf.
Let’s talk about the benefits and downsides of a virtual assistant
Virtual assistants have traditionally been overseas employees who work for a subcontractor; specializing in providing administrative support. The benefits of this kind of arrangement are that the labour is generally cheaper than one can find here in North America and that the nuances and considerations of being an employer are lessened; your contract for your virtual assistant is with the subcontractor not the assistant him or herself in most cases. You also don’t have to find or have space for the virtual assistant to work out of, as many work remotely from home.
The downsides are a lack of control and sometimes a lack of understanding of your business, the need to train your assistant to handle the jobs you want them to handle and the logistics of doing so efficiently, availability, and security. The costs to directly hire and retain a virtual assistant can often include an upfront sign up fee and then monthly costs in the range of $1500/month. By hiring a virtual assistant, you can offload some of the paperwork and prep work that is an every day part of being a Realtor®, but you still have the responsibility of assigning them the work that will keep them busy.
You don’t need to hire or train your Tristan Assistant
All of our Tristan Assistants are trained in the world and language of real estate and they have a singular focus of helping our clients to convert more leads, organize their lives, and provide more focus by handling and managing their inbound email. You don’t need to train your Tristan Assistant, but you can help to set the language and the processes that they will use by completing a quick setup wizard when you sign up. Tristan then will handle any email that comes in for you, alerting you immediately to those that need your immediate attention: sorting, responding to, nurturing, and booking appointments – all for only $199/month.
…convert more leads, organize their lives, and provide more personal focus
All of sudden, *poof*, you’re making your real estate career look like magic. Tristan has got all those extra emails handled, your calendar is organized, and you feel good putting your phone down while you spend some time with family and friends. Right now, try us out for a month for free. What’ve you got to lose? We’re going to free your time and organize your real estate life.
By the way, great shoes!