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Old 09-05-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Hey who wants to be successful??
I'm in it for the cool toys!
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Here's a business plan for you:

Lead with Revenue. I.e., make it before you spend it.

There is a ton of other good stuff in the book.

Although, I think you MUST have a cell phone to make it go.
And a computer, or superb access to a computer, if you are using online applications.
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Northwest Indiana
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Reliable car and a cell phone (and a license) are the only physical things an agent absolutely has to have.

Got to be able to do business without the "gadgets". What if the power goes off at the office, are you quitting for the day and going home? Or are you conducting business anyway? I do fine without a laptop and a blackberry. They tend to break at the wrong times so you need to know what to do without them. They are luxuries that you can buy later when you are busier and have the money. And you need the time it may save.

There is plenty to learn when you are starting, needing to learn a bunch of new gadgets just adds to it, so that can wait. You need to learn the "business" first. You will be spending plenty to start so you are in the hole money wise. Buying a bunch of stuff just makes the hole harder to dig out of.

Oh, by the way I'm in my 30's so I not the old guy who doesn't like change.
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs
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1. iPhone
2. iMac
3. Magellan Navigation (even though iPhone has navi, sometimes I use the iPhone to locate new construction addresses).
4. Color laser printer (cheaper than the charge for color copies at the office)
5. Home fax with scanning to computer capabilities (easier to email offers than fax and with a fax at home, I don't have to worry about waiting at the office for a PA to fax at 10PM).

I agree with the those who say it's about the effort, not the "stuff" - but I'll tell you, the "stuff" has certainly made me more proficient in my job!
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