How to Transition to a Career as an Insurance Agent
September 11, 2017
Making a career switch is not a decision to take lightly. If you want to make a move that allows you to help people in your community and run your own business, becoming an insurance agent could be right for you. Farm Bureau understands that starting a new career can be daunting, so we offer extra support to our new insurance agents.
Farm Bureau Insurance Agents Come From Different Backgrounds
If you don’t have any experience in the insurance industry, don’t let that intimidate you when considering becoming an insurance agent. A background in insurance is not always necessary to succeed. In fact, many of our Farm Bureau agents started in different positions, such as car sales, high school sports coaches, bankers, grocery store managers and more.
Effective insurance agents are able to leverage their prior experiences and leadership skills to find success. If you’re willing to work hard to help your community and put in the time it takes to do well, becoming an insurance agent can be a simple transition for you.
Start Your Insurance Career With the Right Intentions
Farm Bureau agents’ first priority is to help protect the people in their communities and what matters most to them. At Farm Bureau, we’re not just selling insurance policies to meet a quota - we’re working to insure our client/members because we want to keep them safe when the unexpected strikes. That’s why one of the keys to being successful in the insurance industry is to care about your community.
Understand the Top Traits of Successful Insurance Agents
Although some of our successful insurance agents come from different backgrounds, many of them share certain skills that help them thrive as Farm Bureau agents. We’re looking for go-getters that are competitive and passionate about their work.
When choosing a new career path, it’s important to determine what motivates you. If you genuinely want to protect your friends and neighbors, becoming an insurance agent would be a great fit.
Steps to Becoming an Insurance Agent
Before you decide to switch careers to sell insurance, make sure you have the facts you need to make the right career choice. A career as an insurance agent can offer unique perks, such as the ability to be your own boss and create a flexible work schedule.
Research the Various Insurance Agencies
If you want to learn how to be an insurance agent, make sure you research the insurance company itself. Not all insurance agencies are the same! Some charge franchise fees, some have limited product offerings and others offer products that can serve client/members throughout every stage of life. It’s important to get all of this information and learn more about each company’s product offerings.
Learn the Training Offered by Insurance Agencies
Be sure to research the training programs and support offered by each insurance company for those who are new to this career. Farm Bureau offers both training and a lot of ongoing support, especially to our new agents. We also offer continuous marketing tools and support for our existing agents.
Determine the Licenses You Need as an Insurance Agent
Finally, when learning how to become an agent and deciding where you want to work, it’s important to know which licenses you need and if you have to pay for them on your own. When considering this career switch, make a plan for how you can attain the licenses you need. At Farm Bureau, agents cover the cost of their state license after completing the Agent Development Program.
If you’re thinking about becoming a Farm Bureau insurance agent, now is the time to take the leap. Provided you earn your Series 6 and 63 licenses during the Agent Development Program or have your Series 6 and 63 when you contract, you'll get a $5,000 sign-on bonus!
Start Making a Difference in Your Community
When you make the switch to a career in insurance, you’re helping those around you protect themselves and the things they care about. If you want to test out this career path and see if selling insurance is right for you, try Farm Bureau’s Agent Development Program. Our program for new agents lets you develop your skills and get first-hand experience without needing to quit your current job. After completing the four-month program, the transition to a contracted agent is simple. Get started today to make a difference in your local neighborhood.