(Updated December 2014)
Thinking about opening your own real estate business? Find out if you are ready to be a boss, tips on writing a business plan and much more. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)
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Striking Out on Your Own
Can you handle it: Manage your own brokerage?, (Chicago Agent, July 30, 2012).
How to launch a successful real estate brokerage in today’s market, (KW Blog, Oct. 8, 2012).
Real estate brokerage office management, (realestate.about.com, 2012).
Creating a Business Plan and Choosing a Brokerage Model
Boutique—Today’s real estate brokerage business model, (Realty Times, Sept. 20, 2013).
The evolving brokerage model, (REALTOR® Magazine, Nov. 2012).
From Realtor to Broker: determining the model, (AGBeat, Mar. 5, 2012).
Creating your business plan blueprint for 2013 success (RISMedia, 2012)
16 steps to your best business plan (REALTOR® Magazine, Dec. 2011)
Create your business plan (SBA.gov, n.d.)
Business plan preparation, (Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, n.d.).
U.S. Small Business Administration — This website should be the first stop for anyone wanting to start a business. Topics covered include startup basics, writing a business plan, financing, marketing, employment, and tax topics. This site also has special areas for women business owners, veterans, minorities, Native Americans and young entrepreneurs. You can also find a local SBA office for further assistance.
SCORE Association — As "Counselors to America's Small Business," SCORE provides counseling for would-be entrepreneurs through email and confidential one-to-one meetings. 389 chapter offices provide this free service. SCORE's website offers free e-newsletters, online articles, quizzes, tips and a business toolbox.
Entrepreneur Magazine — From choosing a business structure to naming your business, this website highlights the nitty-gritty basics of business star-ups. How-to guides, online newsletters and a resource center of articles provide helpful information for your start-up.
Inc.com — Inc.'s website provides information on starting, growing, and leading your business.
Books, eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
The Accidental Startup (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Business Plans Kit for Dummies (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)
Business plans that work: a guide for small business (Adobe eReader)
Legal guide for starting and running a small business (Adobe eReader)
The small business startup kit (Adobe eReader)
Start-Up! A beginner's guide to planning a 21st century business (Adobe eReader)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
Broker to Broker: Management Lessons, (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley , 2006). HF 5500 F87b
Real estate brokerage: a management guide, (Chicago: Dearborn, 2004). HF 1375 C99 Ed. 6
Real estate brokerage essentials: managing legal and business issues, (Chicago: National Association of REALTORS®, 2006). HD 1386 N21
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