These uncertain times make it essential to come up with creative ways to continue having success. This includes successfully pivoting your office to a virtual setting. With the help of Sam Powell, a Chicago REALTOR® with Dream Town Realty, we have compiled a list of tips to help build a virtual office from home.
Many of us have already come up with ways to time block during normal work settings, but you may find you have more time than usual right now while working virtually. On top of your regular work duties, there are great opportunities to focus on professional and personal development, such as listening to industry podcasts, online training, classes and more! Make sure to make time for everything you need to do, while also working on your growth!
Create a Daily Routine
Part of getting in the headspace to work is creating normalcy around the circumstances you’re in. Getting up and going to sleep at the same time, changing out of pajamas, cleaning yourself off and creating a space that is specifically for work will all help with getting used to a new situation.
Be Virtually Present
Become comfortable with getting in front of a screen and sharing information. Being a REALTOR® means you are likely used to doing your work with an emphasis on in-person interactions. Allowing your sphere to still be able to see and hear from you will keep you present in people’s minds. Ways to do this include creating videos on your social media platforms, setting up virtual meetings and tools for your clients and, most importantly, creating virtual home tours. Sam suggests a variety of tools for this, including interactive floor maps, 3D home tours, taking aerial photos and videos or using video calls for homebuyers to take virtual tours without having to step foot in the home.
Have Backup Plans in Place
You never know when your internet might act up, if your computer may be on the fritz or your phone may run out of power. Having backup plans in place, such as having a hot spot to get internet access, or having a backup computer or another way to access your work files and emails, are important for work continuity. As Sam likes to say, be your own backup plan!
Continue to Work Your Pipeline
Sooner or later, we will be back to normal working circumstances, and it’s important to have your pipeline in place to jump right back to business as usual. Use your downtime to work your pipeline and be prepared when this time comes.
Connect with Your Clients Daily
Sam says that she takes time every day to reach out to five of her clients. Whether it’s sending cards, videos or gifts, it’s important to continue to check in on them and let them know you’re a resource if they need it.