Are you thinking about becoming a part-time real estate agent? Then you’re likely thinking “Maybe I can give this a try?” and possibly thinking if it will remain a side hustle or a full time job. Becoming a part time real estate agent is a great way to get your feet wet, but it comes with plenty of obstacles a full time agent does not have to face.
By talking to long time agents, brokerages and by using our experience, we’ve created a guide to the pros and cons of being a part-time real estate agent to help you determine if this is the right more for you and your goals. At the very bottom you’ll find 5 tips to help you succeed if you do decide this is the right path for your career.
Is it legal to be a part time real estate agent?
Yes it is legal to be a part-time real estate agent, and yes you absolutely can work as a part-time real estate agent. An essential factor to remember is that all real estate agents have control over the amount of work they take on. It might not be as easy to find a brokerage to join, and you do need to work during your downtime, but this industry is flexible enough for people to get their start by working part-time. Many very successful agents get their start by working as an agent part-time until they have enough of a workflow to justify leaving their day jobs.
Do you need certifications to be a part time real estate agent?
The exact certification requirements are dependent on your local board. Being a part-time real estate agent is still a professional endeavor, so it requires some certifications. You’ll need to complete schooling and obtain the appropriate certificates to act as a real estate agent. That said, you can expect to complete schooling, find a brokerage to join, and take an exam at the very least.