We had the good fortune of connecting with Joanne Bolt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joanne, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first entered into the world of Real Estate, I played the hustle game quite well. I was always working, always making deals, always answering my phone. Then I realized that would result in me getting burned out and I made a decision to set boundaries with my clients and team. I chose to no longer work on Sundays. Yes that took me some time to get used to, and yes it took re-training both my team and clients that I was unavailable on a weekend day! But it’s so important to my family and home life and I don’t regret it at all. My business didn’t slow down at all, I never lost a client over it (not one that I wanted to work with anyway!) and it gave me the perspective on how much I value that work/life balance.

People say there’s no balance but I’ll push back on that. There’s always balance….you simply have to create it.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I had a potential buyer take me against my will to abduct me from my office.  Thankfully I survived and while that’s something you think only happens in movies, it’s my reality.

In 2006 I was named one of the top 20 Agents in Atlanta by another magazine. Shortly after that article came out, I had a potential buyer walk into my office and take me against my will. It was an experience that you think only happens in movies, yet it was my reality. Needless to say I turned in my real estate license after that and walked away for a few years.

In 2014 I was restless and knew I wanted to get back into Real Estate. While being an agent was never going to be something I would do again, I knew I was meant to be in this field. So I reactivated my license and joined a brokerage.

For years after I came back into RE, I ran a producing real estate team. It was literally what you would expect from a Keller Williams agent. Typical rainmaker with 2 admins, and several buyer’s agents. While that was fun it just didn’t challenge me as a leader. The truth is, I’m a consultant at heart and I knew that running a team wasn’t what I was meant to do. So in 2021 I began consulting with women in the Real Estate field on their businesses strategies and models.

What I discovered was that there’s this unique piece to the women that they needed the permission to understand. Oftentimes they find that there’s a cattiness amongst other women agents when they are perceived as being successful. Or they need to add in child-care to their P&L because they are moms. Or they need to structure their daily schedule around nap-times and grocery store runs. Women make up the majority of our business, but men mainly created the books and training material. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s a missing piece to it all.
As I began identifying those needs and missing pieces, the concept for what I’m doing now was born. Real Boss Women is a company where women in the Real Estate Ecosystem are encouraged to curate the business that works for them. To let go of catty competition mindset and embrace the issues and uniqueness that they bring to the table.

I’m happier now than I’ve ever been. I’ve found my place.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d start off in downtown Alpharetta at one of the boutique restaurants having a glass of wine while shopping. I love this area because it also has a green space that often features live music or a good game of cornhole. So you can sit and sip while people watching, or stroll and shop. The atmosphere is always fun and energetic.

We’d head up to Lake Burton for some of the time and spend a day or so on a boat. There’s literally nothing better to me than cruising on the lake listening into some Zac Brown Band music.

Hopefully while my friend is here there’s a good concert happening at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre that we can go to. I always like sitting outside on the lawn there as well. If not then we will head into Atlanta to eat dinner at Kevin Rathbun’s Steakhouse.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband. Jeff has supported my dreams from the moment we were married. Even when they caused us financial stress. He loves that I like to try new things, push the boundaries in an industry where you can throw a rock and find an agent, and challenge the status quo.

Website: www.realbosswomen.com

Instagram: @itsjoannebolt

Twitter: @itsjoannebolt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealbosswomen

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBoltGroup

Other: Podcast: The B-Word with Joanne Bolt https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-b-word-with-joanne-bolt-real-life-real-business/id1593409884

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