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The Appraiser Coach Podcast

Listen while you drive to and from appraisal inspections as Dustin Harris, The Appraiser Coach, gives you helpful tips, tricks, ideas, and principles which will make you a better appraisal business owner. Dustin has been a successful real estate appraiser for many years. As the Appraiser Coach, he has made it his life’s mission to teach other appraisers across the country to also succeed and thrive as real estate appraisal business owners. Join Dustin each week as he keeps you informed with the latest in the appraisal profession, interviews movers and shakers, talks to your peers about what is important to them, and shares with you his secrets to incredible success.

May 17, 2017

Appraisers are working too hard.  There is a smarter way to work.  Stop working weekends and start setting up your business to run like an actual business.  

Doug Adams
four and a half years ago

Those who say that working smarter is better than working harder are misinformed and usually losers... mostly because they use this argument in a manner that they two are mutually exclusive. The best of the best already work smart, but they work harder too... there is a reason that they are ahead of most of the other folks and will stay ahead of them.

I can make as much (usually more) working hours 40-60 than I do working hours 0-40. I get that some folks have no interest in working more than a normal work week, but in my prime earning years, that extra twenty hours can easily double my pay and my hourly rate doubles during that time too. This is a no brainer.

If you think that it is not smart business to work a Saturday either on your own or by feeding your staff more, then good... leave the extra work out there and I will grab it and double my income. This is relaxing work too... nobody else is working, so you can really be SUPER efficient with your time.

Bill Cobb
four and a half years ago

Hi Dustin, I LOVE your podcast and gain much from the ideas and coaching shared here. On this topic, I'd have to say I disagree to some extent. I've worked Saturdays for over 20 years and here's why.

In Greater Baton Rouge population 800,000, traffic in here is horrible. You don't want to be on the road in the mornings or after 3:30-4, which is why I enjoy Saturday appointments. Unless there's an LSU game, traffic is easy, people are much more relaxed and I can see up to 6 to 9 homes scheduled 1.5 hours apart in a day depending on the amount of drive-by orders I have in the stack. I never want to be one of those Appraisers that's out of the office every day of the week...that's NOT me!

What Saturday appointments do for me is I'm home in the early mornings to walk, to have breakfast with my kids, lunch with my wife, normally there when my kids arrive home from school or college, there in the evenings for supper. I'm not normally fighting weekday traffic. My Clients and REALTORS for pre-listings LOVE that I do Saturday appointments and a substantial amount of my local individual clients hire me because I'm available on Saturdays which is more convenient for them.

I don't work every Saturday, it depends on what's going on with family, events, etc.. This works for me and I don't feel like I'm working too hard by working a Saturday. Working a Saturday actually makes my weeks a whole lot less stressful and fulfilling.

Appreciate You! Bill