Can a part-time agent really make it in today's real estate world? Many people get into the business thinking of it as more like a hobby than a business.
Most experienced agents will agree that you can't do a good job part-time. With another full-time job the average agent is either too tired or not flexible enough to devote the time needed to have a real estate career. If you have no money in reserve, you will quickly need to revert to the full-time job.
One idea for getting into the business is to work part-time for a busy agent or team. This gives you valuable experience in the field you really want. It's also a way to get a close-up view of what really happens and how all the paperwork is handled, what is said to prospective buyers and sellers and how to handle problems.
Every person in our office who tries to be an agent and still have a full-time job has dropped off the radar screen. My opinion is that it is better to figure out how you can live with no income for several months and go full throttle into real estate. It's very easy to get frustrated after a few months and go in another direction. Like any other business, it takes more than a license to be a success.