The 12 Days of Getting Started in Insurance at Farm Bureau
November 3, 2022
The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on the past year and think about the year to come. If you hope 2023 will bring you a new professional opportunity, get a glimpse into what it would be like to get started as a Farm Bureau insurance agent.
On the First Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
On your first day, you will have successfully completed our Developing Agent Program, and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running. The Developing Agent Program allows you to test out what it’s like to be a Farm Bureau agent while still keeping your day job. It’s a great way to ensure that being an agent is a good fit for you, and it helps you build a foundation for success.
On the Second Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You will have met with your District Manager, who will provide helpful guidance as you begin your new adventure as a Farm Bureau insurance agent. Starting a new job opportunity is a big transition; District Managers offer encouragement, tips and advice as you start your journey.
On the Third Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You will begin to use Farm Bureau marketing materials to promote yourself in your community. When it comes to promotional resources, you’re not on your own. Farm Bureau agents have access to the Marketing Toolkit, a one-stop shop for your local marketing and advertising needs, to help you build your brand presence in your community. The Marketing Toolkit is just one of many Farm Bureau resources for new insurance agents.
On the Fourth Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You’ll set up your Farm Bureau agent website. At Farm Bureau, we’re committed to helping agents be as successful as possible, and having your own website as part of the larger Farm Bureau website will help you build your business and meet new customers, while still making clear that you’re associated with a trusted brand.
On the Fifth Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You met with a Farm Bureau Financial Services client/member. It seems intimidating, but you’ll be well-equipped thanks to your extensive training during the Developing Agent Program. You’ll be gaining experience and confidence as you help protect the livelihoods and futures of your friends and neighbors. And you’ll have ongoing learning opportunities with Farm Bureau as you progress:
- Online Courses
- Classroom Training
- Field Training
- Agent Academies
On the Sixth Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
As your experience grows, you’ll sign up for community networking events. Being part of a professional organization will help you stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends in the insurance industry and what’s happening in the community.
One day, you may have the opportunity to speak at events or join an organizational committee or leadership team. At Farm Bureau, we encourage agents to grow their leadership skills, and we see how important professional and community involvement is to agents’ success.
On the Seventh Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You sold a Farm Bureau policy to a family member. Your friends and family will be helpful contacts, providing referrals to help you build your client/members list. If you’re looking for more ways to build relationships as an insurance agent, try these community involvement opportunities:
- Coach a local sports team
- Get involved with city council
- Shop locally and support local businesses
- Get involved within the school system
On the Eighth Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You’ll use social media to share news and articles from Farm Bureau. We like to provide valuable information for potential client/members about how they can protect what matters most to them. As an insurance agent, you can share the content that people are looking for as they determine how to best protect their families and prepare for the future.
On the Ninth Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You’ll begin to notice the perks of having a flexible work schedule, and you’re getting used to your new work-life balance. Becoming an insurance agent means having more independence, and that comes with both perks and risks. As a Farm Bureau insurance agent, you’ll be your own boss, but you’ll also benefit from the Farm Bureau support system - people like your District Manager, local financial advisor, training team and corporate marketing staff. Farm Bureau insurance agents enjoy many perks of owning a business:
- Leadership opportunities
- Freedom to run your business based on your values and priorities
- Unlimited professional growth
- Flexibility in your schedule
- Opportunity to hire a great team
On the Tenth Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You’ll volunteer in your community and meet new prospects. Donating your time to community organizations is an excellent way to meet new client/members and to show them you’re passionate about your community. Here are some ideas for local volunteer opportunities to look for:
- Serve meals at a homeless shelter
- Sort donations at a food pantry
- Become a mentor for a child or teenager
- Help take care of cats and dogs at an animal shelter
On the Eleventh Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You will receive your first referral from doing a Farm Bureau SuperCheck. When client/members get a SuperCheck, they may find gaps in their coverage due to life changes or other events they may have forgotten about. A Farm Bureau SuperCheck is an opportunity for agents to help client/members discover discounts and to make sure their insurance coverage is tailored to fit their personal needs and goals.
On the Twelfth Day of Training to Become an Insurance Agent
You feel confident about your knowledge of Farm Bureau’s products and services, and you’re able to provide the right solutions for client/members. As a Farm Bureau agent, you are the “go-to” insurance contact for your client/members. You are dedicated to providing the best solution for each individual customer, and you know just who to call when you have questions.
You’re never on your own as a Farm Bureau agent. One of the great resources you have access to is the Farm Bureau Just in Time team. The Just in Time team members are prepared to answer your questions, and they are just a phone call away! Just in Time representatives have an average of 20 years of insurance sales experience, so their advice is invaluable.
Beyond Becoming an Insurance Agent
If you’d like to learn more about how to become a Farm Bureau agent, check out our Developing Agent Program today! And that's just the beginning of your journey. From day one at Farm Bureau, you’ll have opportunities to positively impact your community and build a business that works for you.