Interview: Tanya Lavoie with Gary Greene Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate
Tanya Lavoie is a successful Real Estate professional with Gary Greene Better Homes & Gardens in the Houston, Texas area. She is the mother of two teenage daughters and the director of a thriving networking group for women.
“Look for support. Be with people who will support and teach you. Be gentle with yourself – life has a learning curve. “
MG: Sum up your business in three sentences or less.
TL: I am a realtor who specializes in residential homes. I am a relocation specialist and enjoy finding homes for folks who are relocating from out of state. I work with buyers and sellers
MG: Where do you sell your products?
TL: Magnolia, The Woodlands, Spring areas
MG: Why did you choose to start your business?
TL: Looking to be self employed. I needed a flexible schedule.
MG: Where do you find new clients?
MG: What makes your product or service different? Why should someone purchase from you instead of your competition?
TL: 5 Star Customer Service
MG: For whom are you thankful?
TL: My clients, friends, family.
MG: What are some of your favorite books?
TL: Water for Elephants, Think and Grow Rich
MG: Define your style?
MG: Tell me about your typical day.
TL: Up at 5am to take my daughter to swim practice. I make sure the animals are fed and walked. I check my emails and facebook account. By 9am I am working with clients, networking, or learning about real estate. By evening my mom hat comes back on!
MG: How do you juggle work and family?
TL: By juggling! It is not always easy. A planner and setting boundaries is necessary. I am not always perfect – especially since I want to be there for everyone!
MG: Three tips you would like to give to moms who are thinking about starting their own business?
TL: Look for support. Be with people who will support and teach you. Be gentle with yourself – life has a learning curve. Be good at time management and set priorities.
MG: How have you grown as a person since starting your company?
TL: I am still learning. I have learned to say NO to some clients who might not respect my time. I have learned to carve time for family and for myself. I give a lot to my clients but now I have learned to turn off my phone, or take at least ONE day off. I like to help new business owners grow.
MG: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
TL: With an assistant and my broker’s license.
MG: What else would you like to add?
TL: Have FUN!
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