Tips for Working Remotely as a Loan Officer
At Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, we’ve always recognized unique talents, respected, and developed them. Licensed, seasoned loan officers work hard and often long hours, balanced with the freedom to set their own schedules and priorities based on your ambitions and needs.
We’re witnessing changing times and company cultures in the American workforce. Currently, 3.7 million people work from home at least half the time. By 2020, that number is estimated to climb to 50 percent. And, the mortgage industry is not turning a blind eye to these changes. As one of the fastest growing private mortgage companies in the nation, we’re proud to employee many loan officers and more who work remotely – and we will continue to hire more in 2020!
While working from home definitely has its perks, such as no commute, a work-life balance, and no micromanaging. There are also adjustments that many individuals have to make in order to succeed while working remotely. If you find yourself having a hard time adjusting to a remote position, or simply want to improve your productivity while working at home, below are some tips.
Update Your Security
Loan officers deal with a lot of sensitive client and borrower information in the mortgage industry. An office setting will have the latest data security and updates; however, as a remote employee, it’s often your responsibility to ensure you are up to date. With Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, we’re always there for our employees! We’ll help with the latest security system installments and guide you through the best practices of data security.
Find a Dedicated Workspace
One common mistake among mortgage professionals and loan officers who work remotely is that they don’t establish a dedicated workspace as soon as they accept the job. Having a dedicated workspace helps you mentally prepare for work tasks and allows you to block out distractions. A perk to working from home is the wide range of options available when it comes to workspaces. You can have a desk in a spare bedroom or rent a small office in a coworking space – however you feel comfortable, is how we like for you to work!
Network – From Home and Outside of Work
One of the biggest challenges mortgage professionals face when working remotely is the chance to network with colleagues face to face. However, that does not mean that you’re out of the networking game completely. When working from home, there are several local opportunities available for you to network. You can also set up a 30-minute phone call or video chat to get to know other people within Paramount Residential Mortgage Group and understand their role in our company. Continue to develop those relationships through continued phone conversations and meeting in-person if you’re able to travel to the same place.
Balance Your Time
As a remote employee, you’re still expected to work hard and get a full day’s workload in. But too often, remote workers find themselves working too much – much longer than if they were in an office setting with scheduled hours.
When you begin working from home, it’s important to be protective of your time and ensure you are taking breaks and lunches. Find a good time management system that works with your lifestyle and stick to a plan!
If you’re interested in a new work from home opportunity that will take your career to the next level, fill out our form and tell us why you’re a great fit!