Steps to Becoming an Insurance Agent: Developing Agent Program
December 6, 2019
So, you’ve decided you want to begin the process of becoming 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 Developing Agent Program. This program is designed to teach you about the variety of insurance and financial products we offer our clients. The program also offers on-the-job experience and all the equipping you need to become a successful Farm Bureau insurance agent.
Why the Developing Agent Program is Important
Starting your own business will be a big change that not only affects you but also your family, friends and your community. If you’re used to a typical 9-to-5 job, it can be challenging to learn the ins-and-outs of a career as a full-time insurance agent. We created the Developing Agent Program as a trial period for new potential agents to learn the ropes. During this program, developing agents begin to gain in-depth understanding of both client needs and Farm Bureau product lines.
The Developing Agent Program offers both freedom and support as potential agents learn how to become successful Farm Bureau insurance professionals. We want individuals learning how to become an insurance agent at Farm Bureau to have access to helpful resources and mentors, but we also want them to learn through hands-on experience. Potential agents earn commission on the products they sell, and Farm Bureau offers the opportunity to earn a bonus as soon as you graduate from the Developing Agent Program.
What is the Developing Agent Program?
The Developing Agent Program lasts up to four months. The program is designed to be a 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 participating in the Developing Agent Program, you won’t have to quit your current job. Even if you decide being an insurance agent with Farm Bureau isn’t the right option for you, you’ll still gain valuable business experience during the program. You’ll also get a feel for what it’s like to run your own business.
Here’s what new agents can expect as they prepare for the Developing Agent Program:
You’ll Learn While Gaining Hands-on Business Experience
The Developing Agent 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.
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 your personal 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 Developing Agent Program, your mentor will also let you know how you’re progressing through the course and will offer you tips for success.
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. If you’re hired as a full-time Farm Bureau Agent after completing the Developing Agent Program, you’ll need to meet licensing requirements. 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
When you’re testing the waters and learning how to become an insurance agent with Farm Bureau, you can set your work arrangements around your current job and other prior commitments.
You’ll Earn Commission
We want your developing agent training period to be as fruitful as possible for you and your growing business, so you’ll be rewarded for your efforts during this trial period. When you join the Developing Agent Program, you’ll start earning commission for your sales, just like a contracted agent!
Get Honest Insights into Farm Bureau Agent Goals and Expectations
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, you’ll eventually 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.
Ready to try it on for size? Join the Farm Bureau Developing Agent Program!
Start building your own business by becoming an insurance agent at Farm Bureau! We’ll be there to help you, but you’ll soon 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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