We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Meide and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthew, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I had previously worked in corporate America for my entire career, and I was ready to start my own business. I wanted to be my own boss, take whatever risks I wanted to take, and run my business the way I wanted to run it. I was tired of working for managers with unrealistic expectations and companies that only cared about their bottom line.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a realtor with Keller Williams Realty. People think realtors just sell houses, and that’s definitely not true. I’m in the relationship business, not the housing business. I develop relationships, earn people’s trust, and hope that they will come to me when they have a real estate need. I believe my true care for others is something that sets me apart. I have passed on the chance to earn a commission on many occasions, in order guide my client and help them make the decision that was best for themselves. I believe that if you take care of people and treat them how you’d want to be treated, the money will follow. I grew my business by being relentless with my lead generation. I called everyone I knew to let them know I became a realtor. When I made those calls, I called because I really felt I could help them, and not just because I was looking for future leads. If you call people and feel like you can deliver them value, then the call will always go well. I overcame rejection for almost an entire year, before I really broke through and took my real estate business to a new level. I kept pushing and pushing, and my business finally took off. I’ve learned that if you do the right thing and treat people well, you will earn more money and more referrals in the future. I want the world to know the following about my brand: I’m fun to be around and work with, light-hearted, but also take my job very seriously and will work my butt off for you. I am very good at what I do, know my contracts inside and out, and will fight tooth and nail to get my clients the best deal possible.
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 would take them all over metro Atlanta. The Beltline would be at the top of my list for sure. I’d take them to Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, and some of the cool restaurants along the Beltline. I’d also take them into Midtown to explore Piedmont Park and all the cool shops and restaurants. Some of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta are Chops, Bones, Vortex, Papi’s, Tinn Lizzy’s, and Ormsby’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my father. He is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known. He started with nothing, and worked his way to the top of his profession. He cold-called for years before establishing a successful sales territory, and I respect him so much for that. It’s scary sometimes not knowing where your next sale is coming from, but that never stopped my father from working his tail off to get to where he wanted to be. I hope to one day be able to establish lifelong relationships with my clients, as my father did with his.
Other: Facebook business page https://www.facebook.com/MatthewMeideRealtor