Remote Real Estate: Getting Permission to Leave
Have you ever thought, “I can’t leave my business…everything will fall apart right?” If Step 1 towards independence is deciding that’s what you really want, Step 2 is convincing yourself that you can do it. We often feel other people hold us back (what will my clients think if I leave?) but it is ourselves that are the hardest to get permission from. In real estate, there will never be a perfect time to step away, and while planning will make things smoother, sometimes you have to leap when the opportunity shows up.
We entrepreneurs and investors are heavily involved in our businesses and we like being indispensable. But it’s not sustainable - we burn out, get sick, or things pop up in life that require our attention. For the first few years, I was my business, and even when I brought on more people they needed training and guidance. The thought of leaving town for three months and relinquishing my tight control was a little terrifying.
But with all fear based decisions it’s important to look at the flip side. What is appealing about shaking things up and getting out of my comfort zone? For me the biggest piece is community. I will be living, working and playing with 40 or 50 like-minded business people. There will be amazing opportunities to bounce ideas off each other, find ways to collaborate, or even create something totally new. And while I’m “what if-ing” what if I can step out of the physical day-to-day of my company and things still get done? What if I can stop taking on the little tasks that suck up my time and focus on big picture stuff like smart growth and new ideas? Wasn’t that the goal all along? Sometimes the truly scary choice is allowing yourself to be supported by others, let things get done a little differently than you might have done them, and moving for movement’s sake to see what it shakes loose.
Next week I’ll talk about Step 3 - convincing others it’s okay for you to leave, and how to prepare. Until then, happy investing!