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Ever thought about diving into the real estate world? Launching your own real estate business offers a path to financial independence and career autonomy. If you love homes and enjoy working with people, here’s how you can start your very own real estate business and have control over your career.

Learn About the Market and Choose Your Focus
First, get to know the real estate market in your area. Decide if you want to deal with homes or commercial properties. Look at what other businesses are doing. If there’s not much room in your local area, think about trying a different place.

Plan Your Business and Set Money Goals
Make a plan for your business. Decide what your business stands for and set clear money goals for different periods. This will help you stay motivated and show potential investors where you’re headed.

Get the Right Education and License
You need to learn and get a license to work in real estate. Take classes and pass exams to learn the rules. Then, you’ll need to work with an experienced real estate person for a while. After that, you can apply for your license.

Connect with People and Promote Yourself
Tell people about your business. You can share useful information to get their attention. Use special tools to keep track of people you know and how they’re doing in the buying process. Meet other real estate people at events to get more customers.

Know Your Costs and Find Money
Think about all the costs of running your business. This includes courses, fees, insurance, marketing, rent, and paying employees. Use a special credit card for your business. Because real estate money can change, make a plan to handle slow times. You might need loans or help from friends for extra money.

Build Your Brand and Be Online
Create a website that shows what you’re about. It should be easy to use and have different ways to get in touch. Share stories of when you did well and what customers say about you. Make sure your website can be found on search engines.

Starting a real estate business can be fun and rewarding. By following these steps, you can make your real estate dreams come true.

Re-reported from the article originally published in CO— by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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