3 Ways Drones are Helping Real Estate Agents to Improve Their Business 96

3 Ways Drones are Helping Real Estate Agents to Improve Their Business - let's reach success

Drones are getting more and more attention, but most people still aren’t familiar with all the possibilities that come with that piece of technology.

For average people it’s nothing more than a remotely piloted aerial system, that’s used to do something which is otherwise difficult or risky.

But what the world is doing with drones can’t remain in the background.

Companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart, NASA, BBC and Easyjet are making use of drones in more ways than we thought were possible.

The US Military and UK government are implementing drones in their strategies, be it to target suspected militants in Pakistan or surveillance.

Drones have become a great addition to daily life now, assisting with farming, shopping delivery, safety inspections, study purposes (to observe wild animals in their natural habitat, for instance, without disturbing them or breaking any laws), finding missing people (a drone would do the job faster than local policemen in most cases), filming events, or even finishing buildings (as is the case with the famous Sagrada Familia by Gaudi).

Whenever a new piece of technology shows up, especially a smart one like that, there’s another group of people whose creative juices get flowing – the entrepreneurs.

Luckily, drones have never been more accessible – both affordable and easy to get and use – to anyone who’s got an idea of how to benefit from them.

Because new ways to build and market products, reach people, and – basically – make money, are found at any moment of the day, it was just a matter of time for drones to be used to improve businesses.

One particular field that has even more advantages when drones are used is real estate.

If you want to take your career to the next level or are just starting out as a real estate agent and want to build a name for yourself soon, here are some ways to do that:

1. Let your clients experience the property.

view from drone

The integration of drones in the real estate market is not to be underestimated.

Imagine what difference it makes to let your potential customers check out what could turn into their future home, but from a much better perspective. That is, from above, together with the whole area or neighborhood.

Actually, real estate photography is a whole field now. Everyone knows that better pictures, accompanied by video, would affect people much more than simply telling them facts and numbers.

The second huge advantage of this marketing strategy for real estate agents is the convenience it offers.

If it’s wealthy people who live far away, maybe you can even make a sale without ever meeting them.

For locals, it can save you unnecessary meetings, as one would do assuming you’ll present them the property online too and let them get a feeling of anything that’s surrounding it.

To take things further, and use basic psychology such as evoking emotions in the potential buyer and letting him imagine what it would be to own the place and be living there, you can imitate their daily life once moved in.

That can mean filming what jogging on the streets around the house would feel like, or getting to the center, going to the nearest bus stop, driving around, or walking your dog.

In addition, with a drone you can highlight way more features of the place, create virtual tours and thus grab attention and engage the viewer instead of just talking and letting them get distracted.

2. Become popular on YouTube.

Let’s face it, video content is the best way for people to learn things, even when making buying decisions. And the best platform for that is YouTube.

While you might be staying away from it because video is just not your thing, or you thought it wasn’t necessary to include that to your marketing efforts, you’re missing out on a lot. After all, it’s where content marketing is in 2017, and it will only grow from here on.

Every single industry can benefit from quality videos, shared in the right place. Together with that, you’ll be much more recognized if you appear where potential buyers are. And be sure that they’ll be visiting Youtube often, and will enjoy finding you out there.

That becomes part of your personal brand. Just like you’ll have your own website and will be present on all important social media channels sharing content and engaging with followers, you also need to be making video, and to invest enough time in it.

That’s when drones come in handy.

Because there’s a lot of competition on YouTube, one thing that will help you stand out (other than your personality and the way you talk) will be the quality of your videos. And what better way to capture yourself talking and showing places (and satisfied customers) and whole areas other than with a camera drone.

3. Study the competition.

As it is in any other market, in real estate you’ll have to be aware of what the competition is doing too. Most importantly, in order not to be left behind.

We aren’t talking about stealing their clients or properties, or imitating their marketing strategy in some way. It’s all about information. Then, you can sit down to brainstorm ideas on what to do to be a better real estate agent, think of new, creative ways to show homes and persuade clients, and test strategies or new digital platforms that you haven’t thought of.

What you can specifically use drones here for, is knowing if a competitor is expanding, seeing their number of employees, what new areas they are getting, how often they have viewings, any special events they are hosting, etc.

Now that you know why using video in real estate marketing is a lucrative opportunity, you should start checking out the models out there and get your hands on one as quickly as possible so you can start benefiting from it soon.

They can raise your agent’s profile, bring you new clients, help you build a reputation online, create buzz for new listings, and – ultimately – sell more properties.

Get The Lifestyle Designer's Digest

Sharing my adventures in lifestyle design, building an online business, and growing this blog. Join me for weekly updates.

Previous ArticleNext Article

How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice 6

clear voice review How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice

There are many sites for freelancers where anyone can build their portfolio, pitch clients and earn money. If you’ve been following my monthly income reports, you know that half of my income comes from sponsored posts on Let’s Reach Success while the other half is from freelance writing.

I’m mainly earning through Upwork which is a great website for newbies and a place where I managed to become a Top Rated freelancer.

However, they don’t pay much, there are a lot of freelancers from cheap countries there who’d charge just a few dollars per hour (or for a few thousand words). That means low-quality clients come there too and it’s hard for me to meet my hourly rate with businesses and individuals who don’t have a budget for content creation.

That made me look for better platforms and sites for freelance writers that pay more. I will be writing about all of them soon. While they aren’t for newbies, it never hurts to create your profile there when you’re starting out and slowly build your portfolio. Because one day you’ll get found on them and they will pay you hundreds of dollars for a single article.

My years of hard work paid off in a new way this month. I made $375 for a 2000-word article (that I enjoyed writing and which didn’t take more than 2 hours to complete). That happened on Clear Voice.

Let’s talk more about that site and how you too can get paid what you deserve.

Freelancing is the best way to get started online. That’s what I did and began without experience. Now, I’m earning over $4,000/month blogging and freelancing as you can see from my lastest income report. I wrote down all the steps I took to get there starting from $0 and created a blueprint: the free course How to Make Money Online Freelancing:

Check out How to Make Your First Money Online Freelancing. A free course I created using Teachable that will help you get your online business start and earn your first dollars from home by offering your services as a freelancer.

What is Clear Voice?

ClearVoice.com isn’t the traditional site for freelancers. It’s a great marketplace where you just create a profile, showcase your work (they have their own CV portfolio feature) and get found.

While you might not receive job opportunities when you haven’t been freelancing for long, it’s worth being there while improving your personal brand as a freelancer.

Of course, the best way for that to happen (which is how I did it too) is to have your own blog. Let’s Reach Success had hundreds of articles on it before I signed up for Clear Voice. So it served as my ultimate portfolio.

If you haven’t set up a site yet, I suggest doing it now.  Here’s how to start a blog that will make money forever (not just by helping you land freelance clients).

The best thing about Clear Voice is that it gives access to quality brands, companies and individuals. As you know, in the blogging world it’s all about networking. But with sites like Upwork, that’s hard.

Big brands are elsewhere and Clear Voice is one example.

How Clear Voice Works for Freelancers

Clear Voice is all about content marketing and can connect creators with agencies and brands. But for the purpose of this post and all of you who are freelance writers and want to get paid more for your services, we’ll talk about how it works for us.

Their goals are to help freelancers showcase their best work, find high-quality clients, get paid what they deserve, build their brand, receive payments quickly, and secure better jobs.

If you think about it, these are all the things we struggle with on other platforms, especially those that include bidding.

Okay, let’s see how Clear Voice works.

For a start, it’s absolutely free to sign up and create your portfolio as a freelancer so go do it now.

From then on, you’ll receive an email with a notification whenever you have a writing opportunity. If it sounds like something you’d do, click the link in your email and hit ‘Apply’ next to the job description.

clear voice email notifications

The rate you see is what you’ll earn after Clear Voice fees (which are around 25% and high but still you get paid much better than expected).

My Experience with Clear Voice Over The Years

Now, let me tell you how I received $375 from Clear Voice, because I myself didn’t believe it until the money arrived to my PayPal account.

clear voice payment

I’ve been registered with Clear Voice for a long time now. Because I’m making changes to my online business (focusing on more quality work and clients, charging more, eliminating old activities, etc.), I was also updating my profile on sites that had potential to get me freelance work.

It’s hard to put the effort when you haven’t landed a job with a certain platform, but I did it anyway.

I’ve been receiving email notifications from Clear Voice for job opportunities but never took them seriously (although I did apply to some).

After updating my profile and adding a ton of my best articles in my portfolio, I applied for one assignment on the topic of relationships. I could see who the client was, trusted Clear Voice for handling payments, and also thought it’s worth giving it a try to see if I can make my first money there.

There are instructions (not too long) with each assignment and you see when you’ve been hired for it. You can always contact support or message the client there, which is great.

Once he reviews it, or after the end date for the completion of the article is over, you receive your money.

Actually, while I was waiting for that client to react (he didn’t get back to me, by the way, but I still got paid as the Clear Voice system clears payments even if the client disappears), I applied for another assignment that seemed like a good fit for me. I wrote an article on how to start a business blog for one brand. It was for around $120 and was 800 words. They paid me immediately.

But the point of this post is to share the case about the other article. It’s not about the $375. It’s about believing freelance writers can make nearly $400 for one task thanks to their reputation in a niche for years.

It’s a common fact that freelancers underprice themselves. It took me years to find the courage to stop doing that and say ‘no’ to clients.

That resulted in doubling my blogging income, which I’ll write about more soon.

Once I got paid $375 for one article for a freelance client, I finally felt appreciated. For years I’ve been struggling with clients reluctant to pay more than $30 for a short article or an hour of my time. And to this day I accept lower rates just because the income of a freelancer is unstable.

This gig, however, helps me rethink it all. Just like when I made $250 from one sponsored post, I stopped accepting anything less than $50 and often ask for up to $100. That means rejecting many opportunities that could make me a few hundred dollars more each month. But thanks to these higher prices I get more serious clients and also increase my income.

PS, Clear Voice did a survey on what people pay or charge per project. You can check it out here.

What It Takes to Get High-Quality Freelance Clients on Clear Voice

Sign up now.

Fill in your profile and portfolio. Here’s how mine looks like.

clear voice portfolio lidiya k

Check out emails from Clear Voice. (It’s okay if the first one arrives weeks after signing up.)

Create your blog and start writing content like crazy in the niches you cover.

Next Level Tips for Succeeding on Clear Voice

Keep updating your portfolio.

Don’t apply for an assignment simply because of the money. It’s not fair.

Feel free to contact support and see how you can get found by clients sooner.

Here are some resources to help you with making it as a freelance writer on Clear Voice:

Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer Want to use freelancing as a way to ditch the 9 to 5 and be location independent? Great. That’s what I did. Check out this article to see the steps I took to build a new mindset, start making money online, leave my country and design the life I want.

How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to building your personal brand as a freelancer.

Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a freelance writer.

My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how I make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – The income from freelancing is unstable so it’s worth diversifying it. One of the best ways to earn more is through affiliate marketing (it can happen by placing links on your blog, through Pinterest, your newsletter, or else). This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).

Pin this post to inspire others to create profiles on more sites for freelancers like Clear Voice.

Just got paid nearly $400 for writing one article for a freelance client. Learn how this happened and see my Clear Voice review to take your freelance writing to the next level and get paid more: #freelancer #freelancewriting #clearvoice