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People learn by doing.
You need to make a list of projects.
- CRM entry
- blog posts
- news letters
- mailing list
- mailing material
- creating flyers
- photo editing...your way.
Gather up those notes, scribble papers, all that stuff destined to be digitized.
Show assistant how to access the tutorials in your CRM System. Demonstarte how to make a data entry into the CRM then hand the pile of notes and scribbles and say, "go to it!"
Continue with task involving the CRM application. Besides getting the work done, the assit, will be exposed to new language. This is not the time to teach the vocabulary.
How many buyers are in the data base for your new listing?
Show assit how to query and create a messge to that list.
People learn by doing.
Always have a rat box of projects for the assist, so they do not develop idle time habits. Even if the flier stinks, let them solo and explore. You can add yout wisdom of your experience as needed.
But don't be fearful of letting go.
Who we are, how we engage with the world is a great predictor of how our kids will turn out. Don't squash your 'kids' creativity and release your death grip on the 'do it my way' mentality.
If your assist shows signs if stress, take them aside, out of the enviroment, and share that 'the outcome of struggle is hope." Hope changes the world. Be patient, stick with me, and lets show them what we can do!
Alyse "Aly" Sands
Hi Aly -- in our area there is a service that hires/trains real estate assistants and if available that may be something valuable for you.
As Eric Kodner answered you can also send her to a real estate licensing course to understand the basics of the industry but as we know you basically come out of those classes with an understanding of how to pass the exam but not really practice real estate. It could be a good foundation so he/she knows the fundamentals and terms.
Good luck taking this very important step in your career.
La Pointe, WI
Aly, if she is already computer proficient but you need for her to learn more about real estate, why not send her to your state license coursework? She could eventually become a licensed assistant, which gives you credibility and gives her additional skills, plus an understanding of how the process works. It can't be all that expensive and she wouldn't have to take the license exam if she chooses not to do so.
one task at a time and before you know it you will be assigning many time consuming tasks.
Good answers here. Good luck.
That is a good idea.
Eric nailed this one!
I don't think there is one, there is so much to teach and it is all hands on, repitition
There are courses specifically for assistants up here. I'm sure it is the same down in the US.
An assistant can be trained in the real estate business. As long as you can delegate stuff that is computer related and free up your time, its a blessing!
Alyse "Aly" Sands use the skill set she has! She does not need to be a Real Estate Agent, correct?
You can surely teach her something basic about real estate, if it is really needed.
One does not need a Real Estate license to create flyers!
Have the assistant do the time consuming things that don't make you money, like filing, mailings, going to the Post Office, while you are doing the necessary things that brings in business. The assistant will catch on what RE is all about. You may even pay for them to get an RE license, even if they just put it in referral.
I had my assistant shadow me while I did all the tasks I wanted him to handle, pointing out important ithings and answering questions. Then he did them with me by his side. Then we had a few days where I was available while he worked in case he hit a snag.
The idea of licensed assistant is a good one, however as Michael Jacobs stated one learns how to pass the test. It is good that she has a license to prevent any misshap. Secondly, I have had an easy time training assistants. We actually are willing to spend time teaching how things are done in RE, and it worked for us. Our secret is in finding the right person who is eager to learn and work for you, and does not have agent ambitions. A
I would suggest that the best course would be for you to train her in the way you want things done. As an assistant, she doesn't really need to know that much about real estate other than the tasks you have for her. Making checklists for her would be a great start.
Eric Kodner provided an excellent suggestion. Send her to a pre-licensing class. If she is not willing to take it on her own time, she is not the right person for you.