Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming of a world where you make your own schedule, create a successful name for yourself, and manage your own business? Chances are these thoughts have crossed your mind at some point in your life, you just haven’t acted on them yet. Starting your own business can be challenging, and even a little bit scary. But, what if you had someone helping you along the way – guiding you, and using a business plan that has worked for thousands of other people nationwide?
Farmers Insurance, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, prides itself in providing individuals with the opportunity to be their own bosses. Selling insurance isn’t for everyone, but if you have the “discipline and determination” necessary to work in the insurance industry, a job working as an agency owner with Farmers Insurance could be your perfect match.
Alec Lewis got his start with Farmers Insurance back in 2002 as an agency owner. After becoming a well-known and respected name in the industry, Lewis knew he had the experience necessary to help others achieve greatness and take charge of their lives – the same way that he did. Wanting to help others on their journey toward becoming a small business owner, Lewis is now the District Manager for Farmers Insurance District Office 10 in University Place, Wash., where he provides support and helps train new agency owners on everything they need to know to hit the ground running.
Providing prospective agency owners with training, support and even financial subsidies to start their own agency, Farmers Insurance takes the fear out of starting your own business by being there every step of the way. But, Lewis likes to go even further by providing new agents with a learning environment that is comfortable and fun.
Approaching the District Office 10, it looks exactly as you’d expect it to: sleek, organized and very professional. Just another typical insurance office, right? Wrong. Open the doors and you won’t find a stuffy office full of whispering, hushed voices. Instead, District Office 10 is buzzing with friendly chatter and lots of laughter. Lewis says maintaining this type of environment is important to him because it promotes success and keeps his staff and trainees happy and motivated.
Are your fears about starting your own business starting to subside? If so, you’ve taken the first step in becoming your own boss. Next, it’s time to consider your options. Farmers Insurance provides new agency owners with a few different ways to enter the industry. The most traditional route is through Farmers’ Owner Operator Program. This program includes training at the district office, start-up bonuses, business loans, group benefits and everything you need to start your business.
Once you’re up and running, you will have received the training you need to grow your business and achieve unlimited income potential and performance based bonuses, all while being your very own boss.
Other entry points include more specialized training in commercial business and acquisition. As the economy continues to improve and more and more businesses open, the demand for insurance agents who understand the needs of business owners grows. Individuals with experience in this field are encouraged to take advantage of this growing opportunity.
Finally, Farmers Insurance provides incentive programs for military leaving the service and veterans interested in starting their own business in the insurance industry. Understanding that the transition back into civilian life can be difficult, Farmers provides incentives and support to put the valuable skills of military service members to good use in the community.
With so many ways to enter the industry, there’s something for everyone. No matter your background, if you have determination and a willingness to learn, an opportunity with Farmers may be in your future.
Lewis encourages prospective agency owners to turn in an application, make an appointment to meet with him in person, or simply learn more about District Office 10 by visiting the District Office’s website here.
Becoming an agency owner is a big commitment that requires a lot of hard work, but the end result is well worth it. And, if you do your training at District Office 10, not only will you be taking the steps to advance your career, but you’ll have a great time doing it.
“If you’re interested in starting a career in the insurance and financial services industry, our office provides the support and training you need in a fun environment,” summarizes Lewis.