When I was 14, I asked my dad “can I have pocket money, all my friends get money from there parents”.
To this he replied with a question “what do you need money for”
I listed things I wanted clothes, get a hair cut and hair accessories.
A couple of days later we visited my Dads friend, who owns an estate agent. When we arrived the owner went to make us a cup of tea / Coffee. My dad offered for me to make it instead of him. I made a strong black coffee for my dad, a tea with two sugers ( I actually used to have 3 sugers, but would never tell me dad that) and a Indian tea for the owner ( you warm up the milk in the microwave)
After we finished drinking our tea the owner got up, shook my hand and said okay you can work here.
Every Saturday I would work at the estate agent. I would mainly make teas, field calls through to correct person and admin. I even got to do the inventories, in them days you walked around the properties with a recorder and typed it up when you got back to the office.
This taught me the value of money at a young age.
A year later we moved to Brighton I went to school and six form, and had little jobs on the side.. I worked in a pub, burger van, telesales.
After I left six form, I applied for an apprenticeship for a independent agent. 3 months into it I realised I couldn’t pay for my car, parking and insurance and get paid £400 a month.
I emailed all the surrounding agent asking for a job and two weeks later I was working full time in an agent close to Brighton station.
I’ve been there for almost three years now. I am now a Sales and Lettings consultant and learning to do lettings Valuations.
The great thing about my job is having flexibility to be in the office doing admin or booking viewings, or to be out and about on viewings. I am also very competitive and I like to do better then everyone else. I also earn commision on properties that I let or sell which is a huge motivator.
There is a lot of technical and legal side to estate agent and with that comes clients that don’t want to comply and then blame the agents.
All together I love my job, I love waking up and dressing smart to prepare myself to make some money.