You did it! You made it through what turned out to be a crazy year in the real estate. There was a significant amount of news to be thankful for in the real estate industry in the Chattanooga area and certainly several headwinds as well. Hopefully, you’re allowing yourself a little bit of time over the holiday season to reminisce about some great clients getting excited for another year helping folks find a place to call home or to sell a valuable asset. You might even have your goals set for next year, and that’s awesome! But before you jump too deep into next year’s goals, here are three things you should resolve to do right out of the gate.
- Get Your Taxes in Order
Starting off your year right means wrapping up 2017 quickly. Experienced realtors know that our agents have a lot of additional hurdles than many other professions. Tackle your taxes in the first month of the year so you can focus more on what’s important. Getting your paperwork in order and make sure you’ve taken advantage of all your deductions (marketing, mileage, etc.) will not only save you some headaches, it will put you ahead of the game when the Spring season hits up and your competition is still in the office worrying about last year.
- Plan Your Marketing Calendar
As the adage goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Just like the best teams are the ones who prepare the most rather than simply improvising, having a marketing calendar with a plan to implement it will help in many pivotal ways. Not sure where to start? Talk to your team leader or consider utilizing this marketing calendar from the folks at Search Engine Journal. Don’t forget to include scheduling reminders to clients so they remember to think of your name for their buying or selling opportunity. Plan out asking for recommendations from your friends and family and schedule public networking sessions you should attend. Even the little things can go a long way in growing your business.
- Get Involved with a Local Nonprofit
Regular involvement will help you be more plugged in to the city or town you serve. Almost all realtors got into this business because they genuinely enjoy being around people. Community service keeps you grounded and reminds you that while your business is important to your clients, your community needs more than a realtor; it needs you to be a good citizen. You’ll have the great opportunity to meet people in different areas of the community while doing something you all enjoy!