Considering a career in auctions? If you love helping people, solving problems, and being your own boss, the auction industry is waiting for you.
If you want to become an auctioneer, there’s a lot more involved than you might think. The fast-talking auctioneer is very much a part of the auction industry. However, there are other skills that make a good auctioneer.
Do you have what it takes to be an auctioneer?
How do you feel about marketing? Much of the work an auctioneer does is in connecting buyers and sellers, which takes a lot of marketing. Are you outgoing and confident? Do you work well under pressure? Do you have an interest in becoming an expert on anything from houses to construction equipment to estates? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re in the right place.
Do your research
Want to know what an auctioneer’s life is like? Ask one! Attend an auction near you, or find an auctioneer to connect with. Check out some auctioneers who hold online auctions in your area. Open your mind to all the possibilities in the auction industry.
Get educated and licensed (if applicable)
Before you get too far into the process of becoming an auctioneer, check the licensing requirements for your state. If your state requires an auctioneer license, this will be a career-long commitment. Next, choose an auction school to jumpstart your career. These schools will teach you the basic laws and legalities of the business, the art of bid calling, management skills, and more. They can also help you navigate licensing.
Join the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), your state association, or other industry-specific associations. These organizations are simply the fastest, easiest way to get connected and learn more about being an auctioneer.
Most state auctioneer licenses require continuing education (CE) credits every 1-2 years. CE credits keep auctioneers current on trends and technology and many of these are offered by associations. Once you find a niche in the auction industry, earn a designation from the NAA. These courses offer in-depth learning opportunities for your specialty. They also show the world that you know what you’re talking about.
Whether you’re a third-generation auctioneer or the first in your family, many people, businesses, and groups are looking for talented auctioneers. Now it’s your job to become one!