Realtor R&R

Once upon a time — like 25 years ago when I was an auditor and a CPA — one of the requirements for good, internal corporate control at a small entity was that the bookkeeper was required to take at least 2 weeks of annual vacation.

The motivation wasn’t the health and well-being of the bookkeeper.

Rather, it was to make sure that there weren’t any financial shenanigans.

The premise?

If the bookkeeper was doing anything illicit — improperly moving money around, forging checks, etc. — it would be harder to cover their tracks while they were out of the office for a prolonged period of time.

Realtors & Vacation

What’s any of that got to do with Realtors?

At least in my experience, you find out how organized you really are when you leave town, and hand over responsibility to a colleague for a few days.

If your files aren’t sufficiently organized that an experienced, well-prepped colleague can step into your shoes for a few days . . . you probably aren’t adequately organized the other 50-plus weeks of the year, either.

(Of course, regular downtime also helps keep you fresh and positive — not to mention acquainted with your spouse and kids, etc.).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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