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The Solution My Business Needed: SPHERE

By Ross Seligman, May 3, 2019

The Solution My Business Needed: SPHERE

While not my voice, this is my story. The story starts with “We recently had our first child…” and it’s true. Max arrived and all I wanted to be was present for him and Leah while also providing for my family. My business was going well, but real estate can be all-consuming (especially when you’re pre-disposed to workaholism.)

I consider myself to be an early-adopter of tech. I love trying the latest thing and hoping it makes one small aspect of my business more automated, more professional, more lucrative, or easier to manage. Trying what seemed like every CRM out there, I found myself with subscriptions to multiple platforms, using only 10% of each for the features I found most useful.

Then, a lightbulb moment: why can’t I cherry-pick only the exact features I need and build them into one straightforward, user-friendly system? I looped in my friend (now business partner), Hayden Hamilton, a professional in tech development. After many long hours Sphere was born.

We created Sphere to eliminate the inefficiencies of running a real estate business. And at first it was a totally self-centered venture. I wanted more time in my day, more space in my life for the things and people that matter most. With Sphere my workflow was systemized and fine-tuned, and after using the platform for a year my business had grown exponentially without serious growing pains. I felt like I had unlocked something really meaningful, and decided to make it available to the masses.

Real Estate agents aren’t known for their organizational skills. The multitude of “hats” an agent has to wear to run their business is kind of absurd! We are the one (wo)man band of small business.

one man band

We are the sales and marketing team, bookkeepers, customer service reps, receptionists, janitors, and more for our business and our clients. Not to mention we are always on the go. With all those moving pieces, contract details and contacts, Sphere was the solution to organize the mayhem.

Sphere not only made managing my business on the go efficient, it’s really created in me a new sense of ownership. I always know what my numbers are, how close I am to my goal for the year, and averages of my business (feeling like a true CEO!). Through this platform I have a workflow that ensures my team and I are always in tune with what’s happening in transactions, I’m more in touch with my clients than ever before, and everything I need is always on my phone, accessible and up-to-date. Leah and I have now celebrated a second baby, Zoe, I’m doing more business than ever, and I couldn’t have managed it all without Sphere.


What is SPHERE?

A mobile-optimized real estate business management platform with a full CRM, lead and transaction tracking, coaching and more, built on the idea that your clients are key to growing your business. Sign up, create your 5-minute business plan, upload your people, and accelerate your business. Sphere gives you the freedom to say goodbye to spreadsheets, and hello to feeling like a real CEO. 

If any of this resonates with you, check out 

Start out with a free trial month, and after that it’s only $49/month. 

Use Sphere as the hub of your business, and your business will grow. 

Ross Seligman

Principal Broker | OR


Team Members

Ross Seligman moved to Portland in 1999 after accidentally discovering this oasis of a city in a nationwide desert of strip malls and sprawl. Ross likes to call Portland the "land of opportunity." Why, you ask? Where else can you be a successful real estate broker while simultaneously leading a double life as a musician? That would definitely be a bizarre combination in New Jersey but, in Portland, quite ordinary. In Portland, one expects that their straight-laced accountant is secretly oil painting between Yoga classes. From the moment he arrived in Portland, Ross quickly fell in love with the vibrant energy of the people, gorgeous homes and neighborhoods, and exploding arts scene. Deciding to embrace it all, Ross became an active real estate broker and quickly immersed himself in the city culture. Working with premier Portland boutique company Living Room Realty, Ross is well known for his accessibility, integrity, professionalism, knowledge of the market, and passion for Portland. When he is not busy representing clients or studying market trends, you can find Ross playing music around the city, hiking and camping in the unparalleled beauty of the Pacific NW, and spending as much time with friends and family as possible. Ross Seligman also appeared on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater in NYC as Janis Joplin's guitarist in "A Night With Janis Joplin".
Ross and his "Own It Portland" team are known for their passion for people and real estate. They are enjoying Portland's growth and expansion all while embracing the quirks that make this city so special. Ross and his team can help sell your house for the highest possible price, release you from the unpredictable rental market and secure your dream home as a buyer. They will answer any questions about the Portland real estate market and process, all while making you feel part of a strong team. With hundreds of home sales closed representing buyers and sellers all throughout the Portland Metro Area, Ross and The Own It Portland team have a proven track record of outstanding, top level service and results. Whether it is receiving keys in your hand or top dollar for your home sale, Ross and and his team are the go-to real estate pros for Portland and would love to help you achieve your goals, surpassing expectations every step of the way.
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