Becoming Independent: Leaving Captivity

Resigning from a Captive agency

This blog is the first in a series that takes you all the way through your journey to becoming independent; from finishing your career as a captive agent to confidently running your own agency, ‘Becoming Independent’ will highlight each step in the process and what you can do to maximize your success rate. The first … Read more

How to Compare Insurance Networks

Comparing insurance networks

More money, independence, access, how many times have you heard these buzz words from other networks you’ve interviewed? The truth is they lure you in with these promises, but once affiliated, you’re quick to see the tarnish under the shine. We don’t mean to burst your bubble, but we’re tired of watching independent agents fall … Read more

Post Covid-19: Returning to Normal?

This is the new normal after the pandemic

After months of being at home and unable to meet with our friends, we’re REALLY ready to get back to normal. But what is normal after COVID-19? What should we expect to see in our daily lives following the weirdest pandemic the world has ever seen? Honestly, there’s not much we can do to prepare … Read more

Current Trends in Insurance

The evolution of insurance

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. Daily activities like grocery shopping, chatting with friends, and traveling to and from work have all changed to incorporate some aspect of uncertainty. With so many resources out there claiming one thing or another, how can you pinpoint exactly how your industry is changing … Read more

Self-driving Cars: Where will they steer the insurance world?

Picture to accompany self-driving cars blog.

Autonomous vehicles, a concept we’ve always associated with sci-fi movies is now integrating into our reality. This new decade will bring a rise in the popularity and availability of ‘self-driving’ vehicles, but what does that mean for the insurance industry? Based on research conducted by Tesla, Thesimpledollar.com stated that the safety features of self-driving cars … Read more

Tips to Track Profit and Loss from EVP

Insurance Agency Profitability

Profit and loss is top of mind for every agency and network as we enter into the fourth quarter. That means now is a great time to revisit your profit and loss ratios with each of your carrier partners. ASNOA wants to continue our profitability trend, paying out agents with bonuses for jobs well done. … Read more

Confessions of an Ex-Farmers Agent

Question mark man

Why I Ended My Partnership with a Farmers Insurance Agency   For almost 15 years, I gave my Farmers Insurance agency everything that I could  – my financial investment, energy and, most importantly, the majority of my time. In return, I received an incredible education, met some of the most skillful salespeople in the industry, … Read more

What to consider before joining an insurance aggregator

Are you considering switching to an insurance aggregator?

As an independent insurance agent, perhaps you have considered joining an insurance aggregator or agency network; in other words, an association consisting of multiple insurance agencies and which offers support and benefits to its members.  These groups, also known as insurance clusters, can vary greatly from one to the next.  Some cluster members share office … Read more