benefits of being your own boss

7 Reasons to Love Being Your Own Boss

When you become an insurance agent at Farm Bureau, you’ll get to operate your own business while also receiving the support you need to be successful. What are some of the benefits of being your own boss? Here are seven perks you’ll experience as an insurance agent at Farm Bureau. 

1. You Uncover Leadership Opportunities

Running your own business gives you the chance to lead a team of people working toward the same goal. These folks might come to you for advice, mentorship, collaboration or to ask questions about business and processes. This puts you in the unique position to guide them, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and help them develop professionally and personally. 

2. You Build a Business Based on Your Values

Becoming an insurance agent means you can personalize your business to match your core beliefs. As the face of your company, how you wish to showcase your passion for protecting clients’ livelihoods and futures is up to you.

3. There’s No Limit to Your Professional Growth

When it comes to professional growth, the sky's the limit. First things first: Set realistic goals and milestones. If you’re not creating specific objectives, you can’t track your progress as you move forward. It’s important to set goals that are attainable but challenging. When you reach your target, you’ll earn the confidence you need to achieve the next goal.

Farm Bureau provides additional training, marketing materials and 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, including your District Manager and your Marketing Coach.  

4. You Determine Your Schedule

Though you’ll need to put in long hours to focus on building your insurance business, especially in the beginning, your schedule can be as flexible as you wish. You’re free to adjust your calendar to make time to attend your kid’s afternoon sporting events, care for a loved one, take your dog to the vet or head out early for a weekend camping trip. 

5. You Call the Shots

One of the advantages of being a business owner is that you’re in charge. This means you make all business decisions. Do you want to put more effort into marketing? Go for it. Would you like to hire an administrative team so you can focus more on client relations? Do it. Prefer to send handwritten thank you notes to customers after a meeting? Great! The point is, as your own boss, you get to decide how you run the business.    

6. You Can Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

You’ll learn resilience and self-discipline as you grow your company. Some of your decisions may not be easy and you’ll make mistakes, but learning from missteps and pushing forward is how you’ll learn to run a successful business. The good news: You’re never alone. As a new Farm Bureau agent, you'll have a District Manager you can turn to for questions and advice, plus a wide range of support teams to help you serve your clients and grow your business. 

7. You Network in Your Community

As a local agent, being a figure in your community helps grow your business. Some of our most successful agents volunteer at local organizations or pitch in at school and community functions. This allows them to network with new people and meet a diverse range of individuals in their community. Plus, supporting local efforts shows potential clients how much you care.  

How to Be Your Own Boss At Farm Bureau

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, consider becoming an insurance agent. Farm Bureau gives you the tools you need to succeed, starting with our Developing Agent Program. Plus, you can test your skills first without leaving your current position to decide if it’s the right path for you. Get started today!