Steps to Becoming an Insurance Agent: Agent Development Program
May 15, 2018
So you’ve decided you want to become an insurance agent, you’ve met with your Agency Manager, and you’re ready to move forward. Congratulations! The next step to becoming an insurance agent at Farm Bureau is to start the Agent Development Program in which you’ll learn about the variety of insurance and financial products we offer our clients and get on-the-job experience on what it takes to be a successful insurance agent.
Why the Agent Development Program is an Important Step
Starting your own business will be a big change that not only affects you but also your family, friends and your community. This isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, so we created the Agent Development Program as a trial period for new potential agents to learn the ins-and-outs of being an insurance agent. During this time, you'll begin to understand the needs of clients and the product that can help them meet their goals.
Not only is starting your own business an adjustment for your lifestyle, but it’s also a financial commitment. When you start at Farm Bureau, you’ll have the opportunity to earn a bonus once you get through the Agent Development Program to establish your business right away!
What is the Agent Development Program?
Becoming a Farm Bureau agent takes commitment and dedication, and the first couple months can be challenging. When you’re ready to get started with Farm Bureau, we help you ease into the transition with the Agent Development Program. This is up to a four-month developmental period that allows new agents to get into the swing of things and adapt to the schedule of a contracted agent.
While you’re a part of the Agent Development Program, you won’t have to quit your current job. Even if becoming a Farm Bureau agent isn’t the right option for you, you’ll still gain valuable business experience during the program and get a feel for what it’s like to run your own business.
Learn While Gaining Real-Time Business Experience
Overall, the Agent Development Program is a training opportunity that allows potential agents to experience the typical day-to-day life of a contracted Farm Bureau agent by actually meeting with prospective clients and reaching sales goals. Here’s what new agents can expect as they prepare for the Agent Development Program:
- You’ll join a team that wants to see you succeed. Becoming an insurance agent on the Farm Bureau team means you have a support system rooting for you. From the very beginning, you'll work closely with an Agency Manager who will act as a professional mentor. Your Agency Manager is your gateway to any information about what Farm Bureau offers our clients, insurance industry trends and the latest technology updates you can use to help grow your business. During the Agent Development Program, your mentor will also let you know how you’re progressing through the course and will offer you pointers to succeed.
- You’ll earn your life and property-casualty insurance licenses. When you’re getting started, your Agency Manager will help you schedule exams and properly prepare for licensing requirements. These will be essential to have upon completion of the program if you’re hired as a full-time Farm Bureau agent. Plus, getting your Series 6 and 63 licenses qualifies you for a $5,000 bonus! The cost to get your insurance licenses varies depending on the state you live in, but it’s often between $150-$300.
- You’ll create your own schedule and earn commission. When you’re testing the waters and learning how to become a Farm Bureau agent, you can set your work arrangements around your current job and other prior commitments. Additionally, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts during this trial period and start earning commission for your sales, just like a contracted agent!
- Get honest insights into the expectations of Farm Bureau. This interim program will show you the commitment necessary to succeed as a Farm Bureau agent. Even though we will be right by your side during the first few months, eventually, you’ll start to take the reins on your own and grow into a successful insurance agent. Once you start as a full-time agent, Farm Bureau will still always be there to offer the support and training you need, but with this extensive training program we suspect you’ll be confident and ready to tackle most challenges on your own.
Ready to try it on for size? Join the Farm Bureau Agent Development Program!
Start building your own business by becoming an insurance agent at Farm Bureau! We’ll be there to help you through the hard times in the beginning, and then you’ll be ready to start selling insurance on your own. Join our team to gain a support system and learn the business skills you need to succeed.
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