Typically, a new real estate agent joins the local Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Other things to do are addressed below.
In addition to a cell phone and a computer, other types of equipment/supplies you may choose or need to purchase include:
Examples of services you may need to purchase include:
Some types of lead generation sources are provided below:
All the items in the Membership, Equipment/Supplies, and Services categories above cost money, and all of them are necessary except the real estate calculator and perhaps FAX service outside the office. Some of the items in the Leads Generation category mainly require just "good ole" hard work and little or no money (e.g., letters to your sphere of influence, cold calling, knocking on doors, working with FSBOs, and contacting owners of expired listings). However, online leads generation subscriptions and media advertising do require that you spend some money. Do your research and get costs from vendors/companies that provide the products and services you intend to use in your real estate business.
Develop a Business Plan for your real estate business.