Most careers have several different ways of getting started. When I decided to become an insurance agent I checked out the different possible ways to start. First I researched the programs that the large insurance companies offer. I selected Farmers Insurance because they have a full product line, have very competitive rates in my area, and allow some selling of outside lines of insurance (semi-captive). I was also impressed with the district staff, they were enthusiastic about the company and about helping me to get started.
Please not that many agents start in the business as an employee of an established agency. Large citys will have help wanted advertisements about this that you can check out.
I started training part time while I kept my old job. I studied one night a week at the district office, online, and from a course books. I also studied for my state license exams in my spare time. Next I sold insurance part time, mostly to family and friends to get more experience. All this took several months, part time. After meeting the company’s requirements for training and sales, the company offered me their career program. This is a subsidy for two years to help get started and a further training program.
Now I am selling insurance full time. There have been many times that I have had questions and needed help. I have been VERY impressed with the backup I have gotten from the district and regional office. Phone response time is very fast and I continue to be amazed at how friendly and helpful the support staff is!
Income is often low when starting in the insurance business. It is very helpful to have a cash reserve when starting out. The money is much better when a large customer base is established. This is because renewals are a large part of an agents income. It may typically take two years or more to have a good income in the insurance business. My agency is in Houston Texas. If you have any questions about insurance in Texas, or if you would like a quote on insurance, my website is www.Farmersagent.com/glamb. Or you can call my office at 281-537-2700.