how to be an insurance agent

5 Reasons To Love Being Your Own Boss

One of the perks to becoming an insurance agent is that you get to be your own boss and build your business from the ground up. When you become an insurance agent at Farm Bureau, you’ll get to run your own business while receiving support from Farm Bureau Financial Services.

1. Insurance Agents Have Leadership Opportunities

Running your own business comes with lots of leadership opportunities. You'll have the opportunity to lead and develop yourself and your business, but also a team of people, too. As a leader, you'll find that your team will come to you for advice, recommendations, and questions about business and processes, giving you the chance to guide, evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and develop a winning team. 

2. You Can Build Your Business Based On Your Own Values

Becoming an insurance agent means you can run your business to match your values and core beliefs. You are the face of your insurance business, and how you present yourself will help determine the trust your clients put in you to protect their livelihoods and futures. Farm Bureau agents often want to get into the insurance business because they are passionate about helping others. Many of our agents stay or get involved in community activities while still running a successful business.

3. There’s No Limit To Your Professional Growth

As the boss of your business and an insurance agent, it’s up to you to set yourself up for growth and success, and the sky's the limit. Make sure you’re setting realistic goals for yourself and taking steps to attain them. This will help you grow as a professional and a leader.

Along with your hard work and dedication, you can succeed with the help of Farm Bureau. We will provide additional training, marketing materials and many support options to help you achieve your professional goals. After you complete our Developing Agent Program, you’ll have a team of professionals to help you, and you’ll gain valuable advice from your agency manager and other team members, such as your sales coach.

4. You Can Set Your Own Work Style

One benefit to being your own boss is you get to find a rhythm that works best for you. Becoming an insurance agent is hard work, but it is a very rewarding profession. You’ll need to put in long hours and really focus on building your business, especially at the beginning, and your dedication will show and be rewarded.

Although it takes a lot of work to start your own business, as your own boss your hours and business process is flexible, you'll find that our agent opportunity will allow you to avoid missing out important evening activities with your family. Whether you like performing your tasks in a certain order or jumping from one assignment to the next, you can run your business in a way that makes you comfortable. 

5. You’ll Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

As your own boss, you’ll learn resilience and self-discipline as you grow your business and lead your team. Some of your business decisions may not be easy and you’ll make mistakes, but learning from your mistakes and pushing forward is the best way to learn how to run a successful business.

How to Succeed As Your Own Boss And An Insurance Agent

When you become an insurance agent, you’ll want to work to develop the traits of a great leader, but you have to know how to utilize your strengths to optimize performance. Here are a few steps successful insurance agents take:

  • Set goals and milestones. If you’re not thinking ahead and giving yourself specific objectives, you’ll never be able to track your progress. It’s important not to set goals that are unattainable, but try to challenge yourself. Once you reach your target, you’ll feel more accomplished and be able to celebrate even the small wins.
  • Learn from your agency manager.  As a new Farm Bureau agent, you'll have an agency manager you can turn to for questions and advice. 
  • Network and get involved in the community. As a local agent, being a forward figure in your community can really help your business. Some of our most successful agents volunteer at local organizations or help with school and community functions. This gives them an opportunity to network with new people and meet a wide range of individuals within their neighborhood. Just being there and showing your support for local efforts shows potential clients how much you care about the community.

Build Your Business & Be Your Own Boss With Farm Bureau

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want a chance to be your own boss, try becoming an insurance agent! Farm Bureau gives you the tools you need to succeed, starting with our Developing Agent Program. Without giving up your current job, you can test your skills at being an insurance agent and decide if it’s the right path for you. Get started today!


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