When I was in my early 20s, I worked with my first husband in our mechanical contracting company. We worked on construction sites of anywhere from 50 units to several hundred units and installed plumbing, sprinkler systems, and radiant heat.
That was where I mastered the business side of building and construction. Except for procuring the jobs and running the guys on site, I managed every aspect of the business. That included all of the administrative work: contract administration, human resources, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and 401k administration. I taught myself all of the functions of running the business.
When the time came to buy our first home, I wanted to know everything about the process, so I got my real estate license for that purpose. I was pregnant with my first child at the time. After we bought our home, we bought some land, subdivided it, and sold those properties. After my second child was born, I bought some rental property. I planned to use that property to cover the cost of putting the kids through college. From buying our first home, doing some land development, and buying rental properties, I became a student of real estate investment.
I also had a few clients that I helped to buy homes. I realized that I loved working with clients. I loved helping them get what they wanted, whether it was selling their property or buying a house or finding the investment property that was right for them. Often, the relationships that you build as you help people through this time in their lives become lifelong friendships. And getting them great results is remarkably fulfilling.