When are Life Settlements Needed?

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In my previous article, I spoke about how both you and your clients can benefit from life settlements. Though the advantages seem too good to be true, there are real-life situations where your customers stand to gain more through life settlements than they would retaining an outdated life insurance policy.   Here are a few … Read more

Why You Should be Attached to Attachments

Overwhelmed by documents

Have you heard staff ask questions like, “Where are the carrier documents?” or “Where are the quote sheets?” Do you find yourself spending a lot of time looking for declaration pages, client information, or the last ten signed applications the carriers ask for? Let’s be honest, it was easier to grab paper documents while working … Read more

How to Make More with Life

Life Insurance

Selling life insurance is already cumbersome, so why even bother adding to it? I’m a life guy, have been for 40 years selling over $1B of face amount. From the very beginning I concentrated on building my business by finding unique niches that made my value proposition more attractive to prospects. Once I earned their … Read more

Merry Social Media Marketing Ideas

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2020 is FINALLY wrapping up, which means everyone is rushing to wrap up loose ends and close out the year on a high note. If your social media creativity is as empty as my grandma’s cookie jar, try focusing on having fun this holiday season. The great thing about the winter holidays is that they … Read more

How to Protect Your E&O

Educate staff E&O insurance policy

Over the years, I have seen some mishaps from CSRs, producers, and agency owners that have resulted in clients filing a claim against their agency’s E&O Insurance policy. The real kicker is that some of these could have easily been avoided. As an agency owner, you try and protect your E&O Insurance against all possible … Read more

IA Moving Checklist

Moving independent agency new location

So you’ve decided to relocate your agency which means you are primed for big revamp, and I’m not just talking about redecorating your office. Whatever the reason may be, moving presents a great marketing opportunity to expand your prospecting and connect with current and past clients. Moving is stressful, but your marketing shouldn’t be which … Read more

Comparing Different Insurance Agency Location Types

Should you buy a store location?

What are the pros and cons of a storefront vs. a home office vs. a rented “virtual” office/shared space? One of the biggest questions you’ll need to answer as you formulate plans to start your business is where you will locate it. Will you work from home or set up an office, storefront or other … Read more

How to Purchase Your Independent Insurance Agency Domain

There are a ton of website domain providers out there. Pick the one that offers you the best combination or price, service, and security. We have used GoDaddy, Network Solutions, and Google Domains. I am going to use GoDaddy for the visuals below, but the steps are pretty much the same for all three sites: … Read more

Register Your Business + Obtain Federal & State Tax IDs

Getting official IDs and registering your agency

Once you settle on a name you like, you will need to protect it. First, you need to register your entity name at the state level. Typically, the information you will need to file with your state agency includes: a. Business Name b. Business Location c. Ownership/Management Structure (for LLCs, this is typically your Articles … Read more

Three Places to Check if Your Agency Name is Available

Check these places to make sure the name of your business is available!

Before you start registering your independent insurance agency, you want to double check that your chosen business name is even available for you to use commercially both in your state and online. State Level The first place you need to check if an entity name is available is at your local Secretary of State or … Read more