7 Q&As to Kick-Start Your Small Business Dream
September 8, 2014
Maybe you’ve grown tired of working for someone else and want to become your own boss, or maybe you’re looking for an opportunity that empowers your potential rather than stifles it. Either way, you’re ready to make an exciting career leap as an insurance agent. As you begin to venture toward a vibrant future with Farm Bureau Financial Services, consider these top questions and answers to kick-start your small business dream into a thriving reality.
1. Do i have what it takes?
Your friends would describe you as high energy, self-motivated and entrepreneurial with the business acumen and people skills to back it up. You genuinely want to build relationships within the community and help your neighbors protect what matters most to them, and you aren’t afraid of taking risks for the sake of opportunity. We believe your passion and drive are a solid foundation for success as a Farm Bureau agent. After all, who you are and what motivates you are the most important pieces for success.
2. Will I earn enough money to survive?
As with any career change, it’s only natural to have concerns about the financial risks of becoming a new business owner. Rest assured, Farm Bureau agents enjoy competitive income based on commissions earned from selling our full suite of products. In fact, on average first-year Farm Bureau agents make 43 percent more than other salespeople. In addition to unlimited earning optional, our agents are eligible for cash bonuses and incentive travel to sought-after destinations – it’s just one more way we make sure your hard work is recognized and rewarded throughout your career.
3. What type of upfront costs are involved?
While there are costs associated with starting a business and becoming a Farm Bureau agent, we take pride in offering a low-cost start up opportunity especially compared to the normal upfront costs of starting a business from the ground up. Initial expenses to expect may include state licensing fees, office setup and marketing materials. Our agents look at these minimal expenses as a small investment for big success.
4. Will I be working 16 hours a day?
The simple answer is no. Farm Bureau agents enjoy the independence and flexibility to establish their own hours, work from home and choose with whom to work. While this opportunity offers a greater level of freedom compared to a typical 9 to 5 job, at times it may require a greater personal commitment of time and energy. Because you’re not just selling insurance, but rather a service in your community, the office may never be truly closed. When it’s time to deliver on our promise to make insurance simple, the time of day is unpredictable.
5. Where will I find clients?
Building clientele as a Farm Bureau agent means having an understanding of the unique and important role insurance plays in the lives of clients, and having the resources to help people in your community meet those needs, protect what matters most and prepare for the future. We understand that building your personal brand and growing your business can be challenging. That’s why we take care of the tools, resources, support and ongoing training necessary to succeed, so you can focus your efforts on cultivating, maintaining and growing a loyal client base within your community.
6. Are there resources available to help me succeed?
When you sell Farm Bureau insurance, you are provided with a comprehensive, blended approach to development which sets you on a course for success in a matter of months and lasts throughout your business career. Here’s what you can expect:
- Earn commissions while training
- Online and one-on-one training
- Exclusive sales system
- Turn-key marketing programs
- Personalized agent Web page
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Sales support call center staffed by industry professionals
- Customer service support with online claims reporting, e-payments and a wealth of
information and tools on our company website
7. Why entrust Farm Bureau with my dreams?
Because we have a 75-year history of going above and beyond to help our agents and communities served achieve and protect important life goals. Combined with dedicated support resources, long-standing relationships with state Farm Bureau organizations and a strong reputation of doing what’s right for our customers, and we believe you’ll agree our agent business opportunity is second to none.
Becoming a Farm Bureau insurance agent is about leveraging our industry expertise to kick-start your small business dream into a reality. Click ‘Get Started’ to apply today!