This may seem like a no-brainer, but with our busy lives these days, it may seem like a real luxury to find a cozy spot or even opportunity in the day to flip pages like you used to.
An easy way to bring books with you without having to bring a book is to download them on your smartphone or tablet. Probably the best way to get some “reading” time in is to listen to books on audio. You can catch the latest books in between listing appointments and showings or even as you do housework after hours.
A couple books that you might want to check out? Classics like The One Thing by Gary Keller or The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: It’s Not About the Money…It’s About Being the Best You Can Be! by Gary Keller, Dave Jenks and Jay Papasan.
Be a Real Estate Spy
Okay, not really. What we’re suggesting is for you to brush up on what other agents’ are doing around the country. Spend just half an hour every morning reading blogs like ActiveRain.com or websites like Inman.com.
By reading the latest online on a daily basis, you can more quickly be up to speed on best practices shared by other agents and get inspired to improve our business. Look for posts and articles covering not only the ins and outs of the real estate business but also life as an agent.
No matter what social media platform you are on, you can find a ton of resources to follow or join. Facebook groups give you an easy way to get up to speed on specific topics or on what similar agents to your are doing in their markets right now. You can even go beyond the learning and trade referrals.
LinkedIn is another great place to read what other agents are doing, especially on a higher business level. People or companies with a strong YouTube channel are a ready resource for short, easy-to-follow videos, too.
Even Snapchat and Instagram can provide ideas just by virtue of what people are posting and how their audiences respond.
Webinars and online learning marketplaces are another awesome way to get re-educated on all aspects of your real estate business. Udemy.com provides thousands of online learning courses covering every topic. From marketing to personal development to productivity, you can learn all year-long.
For general marketing and sales, check out Hubspot.com. They post multiple times a day, so you will never run out of a relevant topic to learn.