Have you ever noticed that you always have time or money, but never both? If you’re like a lot of people working in the corporate world today, you can definitely relate. Sure, you’re making more money now than when you were working in a coffee shop in college, but you’re not making as much as you’d like. And, worse yet, you don’t ever seem to have the time to pursue anything outside your 9:00-to-5:00 job.
Whether you’re just beginning to think about starting a real estate investing business or you’ve already started but you aren’t quite ready to leave your job, there are a lot of ways to find more time in your day for investing. Even if you work 40+ hours per week and you have to take care of obligations with family and friends, you have more time than you think.
Make a Nightly To-Do List for the Next Day
A lot of the time when I’m struggling with being productive, I’m actually struggling with being focused. I don’t know what I need to do next to accomplish my goals for the day or week, so I don’t do anything. However, when I write out a list of things I want or need to accomplish the night before, I already have a guide for the whole day that will give me a good idea of what I need to get done and when I can do it.
With a to-do list sitting in front of me, I can look at five- and ten-minute chunks of free time and think, “Oh, I could call that motivated seller at 10:00, and then I can take a few minutes at noon to look at the MLS.” Before I know it, I have a lot more done than I thought possible, and I still have time left over in the day.
Take Public Transit
Have a long commute? Live somewhere that you can take the train or the bus? Use that commute time to get ahead on your real estate investing! It may take you a tiny bit longer to get to work via public transit, but when you’re not actively engaged in driving, you’ll have all that time free to peruse the MLS, write property descriptions, post on your real estate business’ Facebook page, and so much more that will help you get more real estate deals.
Talk to Your Boss about Flex Time
Finally, if you’re like most people working in a corporate job, you don’t absolutely have to be in the office from 9:00 to 5:00 every day. You’d get just as much done and still make all your meetings if you came in at 8:00 and left at 4:00 or if you worked from 10:00 to 6:00.
So how does that bit of flexibility help you? Real estate deals happen at all kinds of inconvenient times, not just during evenings and weekends when you’re free to follow up on them. If you have flexible hours at work, you’ll have more opportunities to pursue your real estate investing dreams. And, unlike taking an hour off to go look for a new job, your boss probably won’t have a problem with you taking an hour lunch to work on a real estate deal, as long as you make that hour up.
Now you have three simple ways to find more time in your day to invest in real estate, even if you aren’t ready to leave the 9:00-to-5:00 yet. Good luck!