The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Realtor

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Career

The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Realtor

If you are looking into becoming your own boss and working on your own time all the while earning an annual income of at least $100,000, then you should consider being a realtor. However, there are two sides of a coin. Before you start render your resignation and start your career in the realty industry, here are the things you need to consider.

 

Getting Started

Pros: In most cases, starting a career in the real estate industry is straight-forward and painless. You only need to complete the required training hours and obtain certificates, then pass the real estate agent exam to get licensed. Once this is done, you can immediately start your career as a realtor.

Cons: As mentioned above, starting a career as a realtor is straight-forward. The twist is, you will need to invest not only time and effort but also money to achieve this goal. Also, obtaining a license does not guarantee you a great career in the real estate industry. You also have to go through a needle hole before you can have this coveted license. The exam will not be easy and it requires understanding of varied and complex sets of skills.

 

Becoming Your Own Boss

Pros: When you become a real estate agent, you can start being your boss. You control your time and you control your own business. You will become a private contractor who can make your own decisions without worrying about stepping on someone else’s shoes. If you have good work ethic, the growth potential of your career is limitless.

Cons: Because you are your own boss and you are managing your business (so to speak), you will carry the burden of studying the ins and outs of the market. You will do all the footwork to establish your market leads. You are in charge of your marketing campaign and in-charge in making and keeping your customers happy. You are not only your own boss, but you may end up being your own secretary, especially when you are just starting.

 

Income

Pros: It is not a secret that real estate agents earn a lot of money monthly and annually. The salary of a realtor is not dictated by any company rule or by the hourly wage implemented in other industries. The money you earn is dependent on the time you spend talking to clients and making a sale. The more time you spend the higher salary you can expect. When you have enough resources, you can hire an assistant and gain the necessary license to open your own brokerage. The potential for growth is really limitless.

Cons: The salary may be high for established realtors, but for those who are only starting, it may not come as quickly as wanted. It will take time for you to make your first sale. The flow of money in your first few months will be out, not in. This means that you should have enough money to finance yourself while you are out and about making a name for your own. This sure will test your patience, endurance, and work ethics.

 

Schedule

Pros: As a realtor, you also are not dictated by the number of hours required. You are not stuck with an eight-hour job. This means that you have a lot of time doing what you need to do to build your rapport in the industry by meeting people and socializing. This is hardly considered as work for anyone who has a natural charm and is not shy mingling with new people.

Cons: This line of work requires that you are also flexible to your client’s time and needs. Expect to work in hours that normally is spent relaxing, e.g. weekends. Your schedule will seem erratic. You may have to stop in the middle of something as soon as your client asks for your help. That is how erratic it can be.

 

Large Transactions

Pros: If helping other people is in your nature, then you will find satisfaction in knowing that you have helped your client land a deal that is of great value to them. In doing so, you are not only helping one party but three. You are helping the buyer, the seller, and yourself. It is a win-win-win situation.

Cons: When dealing with large transactions, you can expect that everything will not go as planned. When this happens, your clients will go through a great amount of stress and the expectations on your shoulders are set high. As a realtor, you have to make sure that everyone leaves with a smile on their face to protect your reputation. If one either party is unhappy, you can expect words to spread. This will affect your reputation badly.

 

The pros and cons listed on this article is not meant to persuade or scare anyone away. It aims to provide readers an honest perspective in the real estate industry. Now that you have everything laid down, it is up to you to decide whether this career path is for you or not.

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Career Guide: Becoming An Electrician

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Career

Career Guide: Becoming An Electrician

If you are in the stage of your professional life where you are feeling static and unprogressive, then considering a career change may be something that you should be thinking about. One of the many careers that you might want to consider is working as an electrician, especially when you are technically inclined. This career is not for the faint-hearted, though. It needs determination. It is a very challenging profession, but it is also rewarding.

A career in this field means working at a minimum of $40 per hour rate. Not bad, right? If you would work a regular eight hours per day for five days a week, you have the potential of earning at least $76,000 per annum. You can say that this profession is lucrative because it is. However, starting this kind of career is not that easy. Certified electricians go through over one hundred hours of classroom instruction, and are required to have eight thousand hours of apprenticeship or on-the-job training. If you are willing to go through this, then this profession would be very lucrative for you once you have the qualifications.

So, what do you have to go through in order to get certified?

Before you start looking for schools that would help you get certified in this field, you have to know what the job entails. Do you really know the risks associated with the job? Do you really know what an electrician do besides installing the wirings in your house? An electrician does more than just install wiring in new houses. Their job varies from situation to situation and from institution to institution. Some will be called to repair electrical power. Some will be called to survey for any electrical malfunction in factories, homes, businesses or schools. Some would be asked to climb up a pole to repair the big fuse box that emits over 10,000V of electricity using the different specialized equipment. As you can see, it is not a very easy job. If you know someone working in this field, you might want to talk to them to have a better grasp of what the job is all about. Ask for the risks, but also ask for the benefits.

One of the many traits that electricians have, and you must have in order to be effective at this job, is being detail oriented. This is a must for electricians because one mistake could cost one’s life. You must also be flexible and have a knack for using small tools and equipment. This job requires the kind of precision that other jobs may not require. If you have these traits, then having a job at this field would fit like a glove for you. All you have to do to get certified is get your high school diploma or GED for starters. Once you have this, you will be ready to attend a vocation school or a trade school to prepare for an apprenticeship program.

 

Basically, all you need to do to get certified are the following:

  1. Get your high school diploma or GED.
  2. Enroll in a trade or vocational school that offers Electrical Engineering courses. This will help you prepare for apprenticeship.
  3. Get 8000 hours of apprenticeship
  4. Pass the National Electrical Code.

 

The four steps mentioned above are the most basic steps that one has to go through in order to get certified as a professional and licensed electrician. However, once you get your license, you would have to make sure that you stay current and continue learning and updating your skills as an electrician. The learning process does not stop after acquiring your license. Learning is a never-ending process. Thus, you will find yourself sitting in many classes in the coming future after earning your license.

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How to be an Interior Decorator

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Home and Garden, Home Improvement

How to be an Interior Decorator

 

Do you always get compliments on how gorgeous your home? Do people comment about your great taste? Consider having a home improvement career as an interior decorator. It might seem easy, but being a decorator requires a sense of style, an eye for fashion, and an ability to create and adapt. Here are some tips to help you get started in this exciting and fulfilling calling.

  1. Good designers have a natural talent of knowing what does not work and what has to be altered or changed in a room. This talent can be further developed to make you better at what you do. Practice it by walking inside any room and pointing out the things that you like and those that you wish to change. Get new ideas by going through design websites and magazines.
  2. Just like any other profession, practice makes perfect. You might have a natural knack for design, but you will never understand it unless you actually immerse yourself in all its nitty and gritty. Practice, practice, practice – even when there is no payment. Start by altering your home and your friends’; this free work will eventually pay off in the future.
  3. Aside from understanding style and materials, a good interior decorator should also have ample knowledge on a certain material’s flammability and toxicity and how it interacts with different temperatures and climates. When decorating a space, remember that form and functionality should always go hand in hand.
  4. Your portfolio and contacts will define your work and your success. If you must, start out as someone else’s assistant so you can slowly build up your portfolio. From here, work on getting some good contacts. As your work and contact list grows, your portfolio will become more appealing, pulling more and more clients in.
  5. When you work, remember to always consider local tastes, needs and climates. You can mix and match trends to be in style with the rest of the world, but always stay within the boundaries of your industry. The dynamism of interior decorating can be very brutal, and those who cannot keep up will find it hard to succeed.

Being an interior designer is more than just earning money; it is also about getting that feeling of fulfillment from beautifying a space and delighting its owners. Having that eye and skill to transform any room is a gift that should be uncovered, developed and shared.

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Finding A Career In Architecture

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016 in Career

Finding A Career In Architecture

Any individual who is talented in design, and knows how to envision how a residence or building can be constructed or have a knack in freehand drawing and sketching may have the talent to earn a career in architecture. Architects are responsible for planning, designing and developing a building, both residential and commercial. They are also responsible for preparing strategies and blueprints for towering city buildings, small country homes as well as extravagant estates. A successful architect must be functional and also imaginative without deviating from the client’s specifications.

There are a number of available jobs in the world for architects. Building your own house may also be considered as a job by itself. A competent individual could generate a plan, which contains both exterior and interior elevations, foundation and layout, roof information, electrical formats, and other elements of the building blueprint.

In order to discover a career in architecture, you must first become a certified professional duly accredited by a certifying body. Additionally, an architect must be knowledgeable of building codes, neighborhood laws and regulations, and must be skilled in their craft. In order to acquire the skills and knowledge, building enthusiasts should pursue a college degree in architecture and learn firsthand how the process works.

In addition to developing a house or any structure for that matter, an architectural design also consists of making modifications to existing plans. If issues arise during the development of the building, several people rely on the expertise of an architect to assess, correct and if necessary, redesign a building plan.

Issues regarding energy consumption as well as security features have, in recent times, increased the need for architects and their seal of approval are frequently required on the blueprint of buildings prior to the actual construction. In addition, many architects evaluate building plans as well as offer consultation services on independent developments.

While many become successful by staying within a firm or working directly with homebuilders, several are also finding success as a freelancer providing consultation services. This means that they work directly with the company or individual, own and operate their own business, whick makes them responsible for every decision made within the business. The freedom of freelancing and working on your own in the field of architecture can be very satisfying, both economically and emotionally. Similar to a physician, attorney or accountant who can branch off into their very own exclusive practice, an architect may find the flexibility of freelance as a good thing.

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Becoming a Plumber: Plumbing Tips For The Summer

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Home Improvement

 summer plumbing tips

Here are some tips so you can keep your plumbing up to par in your home:

1. Since most of the family will be spending more time outdoors, that means that there will be more dirty clothes. Take a look at the hoses on the washing machine for bulges, cracks or leaks, and don’t forget to clean out the lint from the dryer trap. It is a good idea to replace your washing machine hoses at least every three years.

2. Move the washer out from the wall at least 3 or 4 inches to prevent the washer from bumping the wall while it rinses and to prevent the hoses from kinking. Also never leave your home at the time when your washer is running.

3. The ductwork will probably sweat during humid weather from condensation. If your drains are not cleared out, this could cause a water backup. If you have a washer in the attic just be certain that the drain pan is not full of water. If you do find water in the pan, just call a plumber as soon as possible. This action could save your ceiling from being damaged.

4. After the cookout, just be mindful of what you put into your garbage disposal. Most disposals are not set up to handle corn husks, banana peels, celery, and other stringy and fibrous types of foods. Also stay away from fats such as cooking oils and other similar fats, as they can clog the pipes in your system. Run cold water into your drain for about 15 seconds at full pressure so anything down there gets flushed through. Also avoid any “Just add Water” preparation because if you do attempt to put more down because it will just clog everything up very well.

When you leave for a vacation of several days or longer, turn down your water heater temperature and turn up the temperature of the refrigerator. This will help your fuel costs.

Finally, have a periodic plumbing system check up, and this will ensure that you will have and maintain a save and clean plumbing system.

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