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At Farm Bureau, we’re committed to finding people who are excited about the prospect of being a small business owner and have the most potential to succeed – that’s why we’ve created a multi-step process to ensure it’s a good fit for everyone. Here’s what you can expect.
If becoming a Farm Bureau agent feels like something you’d like to explore further, fill out the ‘Get Started” form. Someone from Farm Bureau will reach out to schedule a meeting, where you’ll have a chance to learn more about being an agent and determine if you’d be a good fit.
We’ll start with a conversation about you. What’s your background? What are your goals? What are you looking for in your next professional opportunity? Understanding who our agents are helps us ensure that this opportunity is a good fit and that agents receive the kind of support they need to be successful.
We are looking for the right people at the right time in their lives – that’s why we have a few assessment tools to help determine if being a Farm Bureau agent is right for you, including a background check
We also understand that becoming a small business owner is a big commitment; to help ensure you have the backing you need at home, we’ll have a meeting with you and your support person so that when you go all-in, we’re all-in together.
Timing can vary, but we anticipate this stage will progress quickly. Once you know that you’re ready to pursue this opportunity, we’re ready to get you started.
Your path to becoming a Farm Bureau agent hinges on your ability to gain the proper licensing to act as an insurance agent, so you’ll need to study for and pass a few tests. We want you to succeed, which is why we provide study materials and support throughout the licensing process.
When you finish the licensing stage, you’ll be qualified to help with an array of needs, including:
Once you’ve passed your exams, you’ll have the foundation to start serving your community. The vast majority of new agents begin their work with us by spending their first 1-3 months in the Developing Agent program; you’ll be able to try the industry on for size to determine if this is your future and start building your business – all without leaving your current job. The Developing Agent Program is your chance to try the insurance industry on your own terms and learn what it’s like to grow a business. You’ll get honest insight into the expectations and commitment necessary for success to determine if this is the right path for you.
As a developing agent, you’ll be doing everything that you’d do as an agent. You’ll be meeting with clients (in partnership with a district manager), filing paperwork and connecting with potential clients. You’ll start with people close to you – like your friends and family – then begin to branch out. By the time you complete the program, you’ll have spent time identifying sales and building your pipeline so you can jump right in.
Because you’ll get your licensing prior to starting the Developing Agent Program, you’ll get experience talking with clients and making connections between their lives and products that can help them protect and prepare for their futures.
Through it all, you’ll be learning then turning around and applying those lessons in real time. From the Farm Bureau sales process to technical knowledge on products and systems agents use, you’ll have a chance to become familiar with everything before you jump in with both feet.
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We know that being a small business owner and insurance agent isn’t for everyone. This program gives you an opportunity to try this path – without leaving your current job – to ensure that it’s a good fit before you fully commit.
Plus, you’ll have a head start when it comes to meeting the productions goals, which means you’re one step closer to earning first-year bonuses. First-year agents can earn up to $41,000 in bonuses during their first year.1
Once you successfully complete this program, you'll find transitioning to a contracted agent relatively simple. After all, you've built a foundation for success, started generating income and proven you have what it takes to be an insurance agent.
When you contract as a Farm Bureau agent, you join a small group of hard-working, dedicated business owners who take great pride in the many ways they are able to help their community members. You’ll have the foundation to get started and the support you need to keep growing – with those things in place, there’s no limits on your success.
1 For full contest details, see the Blue Vase/Heritage rules flyer. Agents must have a valid contract (active) at the time of payment for the bonus.