Are you looking into opportunities to sell insurance with State Farm Insurance?
Are you wondering if State Farm is the right fit for your insurance sales career?
If so, you found the right article!
In this article, I will review what it’s like to sell insurance with State Farm so that you can get a better perception of what it’s like and decide if it’s a good fit for you or not.
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State Farm prides itself on consistent sales through its support and and insurance sales training program and its outreach in both urban and rural areas.
State Farm is one of the nation’s leading providers of home, life, vehicle, health, and disability insurance.
State Farm is the single highest provider of vehicle insurance plans in the nation. Plans include car, motorcycle, boat, motorhome, and off-road vehicle insurance.
They offer collision and comprehensive insurance, as well as rental and rideshare plans for your vacations or emergencies.
With their fast online quotes and State Farm Select Service program, which matches customers to accredited auto repair shops near them, agents should have no problem finding insurance protection for new customers, including teen and senior drivers.
Home & property insurance
Home & property insurance options at State Farm include home, condominium, and farm/ranch plans, as well as renter’s insurance, rental property insurance, and insurance for personal articles.
Homeowner’s insurance plans at State Farm cover home repair and replacement, as well as valuable items, even those that aren’t permanent fixtures to the structure or property.
Weather, vandalism, and broken plumbing/electrical systems are all covered by State Farm plans.
State Farm offers Term Life, Whole Life, and Universal Life insurance plans.
Term life insurance offers death protection for a specified amount of time (either 10, 20, or 30 years).
This plan is ideal for short-term concerns like paying off a loan or taking extra precautions when children are young.
Whole life gives you protection for as long as you pay your premiums, accruing in interest daily.
Also, you can add final expense insurance to ease the burden of your death on those you leave behind.
State Farm offers supplemental health insurance as well as a Medicare supplement.
Supplement health insurance helps pay for your deductibles, private treatment rooms, duty nurses, transportation, and meals while in care, and childcare during your treatment.
There is no deductible or waiting period – coverage starts as soon as your clients are admitted to the hospital.
Disability insurance plans range from short to long-term benefits. Long-term disability benefits cover your income when you’re too sick or injured to work.
They kick in after a specific length of time that you set. Plans include five-year benefits periods or a “to age 67” benefit option with customizable coverage and a choice of different riders.
Other benefits plans through State Farm include small business, liability, identity restoration, and pet medical insurance plans.
Liability includes personal and professional umbrella policies that protect your financial standings against personal claims, libel, and slander with a minimum of $1 million in coverage.
Liability protection also helps you and your passengers in an accident that is your fault, a home accident, or a public accident such as a boating or cycling accident involving a claim against you.
Small business insurance policies include commercial liability, commercial auto insurance, and a business owner’s policy for budding startups that need protection for themselves or workers’ compensation plans for their employees.
State Farm operates in both urban and rural areas. Some say they are known for being better for agencies in small towns than in big cities.
That being said, the network of agents is very supportive, something new employees should value from such a big brand.
The agents in the separate regions have quarterly meetings to support each other and the State Farm mentors and trainers are instrumental in helping you find prospects, meeting your initial minimums, and getting you started earning commissions on new policies.
These training programs make State Farm ideal even for those that have never worked in the field before.
State Farm even pays for your licensing and trains you, making them an even better fit as an introduction to the field and a great stepping stone to becoming an independent agent and servicing multiple carriers yourself, built on the powerful State Farm brand.
Special marketing and sales programs
The State Farm brand sets the agency apart by being so well-known.
Your sales pitches don’t have to include the word “insurance” because you can just tell people that you’re an agent from State Farm and they know what you’re talking about.
This means that their marketing focuses not on making a small company look legitimate but on making a huge company seem friendly.
This changes their sales tactics and will heavily influence your sales support and training.
The rate for the first few years of pay is industry-leading at State Farm, with generous commission rates and opportunities for bonuses every March for good performance.
However, agents don’t get a buyout because they don’t own their customers’ plans, reducing the profits incentive of leaving and starting your own agency.
Commissions on personal lines of homeowners or auto insurance are 8%-15%, paid to the agent and not the producer.
Life insurance policies payout in commissions of rates that range anywhere from 40%-55%.
This is after you have validated enough money in sales to become a sub-agent in your agency.
How to increase commissions
In addition to bonuses, State Farm agents can increase commissions by becoming more efficient at paying taxes on their sole proprietorship.
After a few years of being an agent, you can request that State Farm tax you as an S corporation, though the company has rules against reclassifying you as an LLC.
As a huge industry leader in life and personal lines of insurance, State Farm expects a lot of its agents. Producing 20 life policies per month is expected and compared to other agents in your area as well.
As one of the highest-rated insurance carriers in the nation, you will also be subject to some of the highest standards.
State Farm is one of the largest and most trusted names in insurance in the United States.
They have agents and agencies in most major urban and rural centers. They are not a pyramid scheme, insurance MLM, or a scam.
Now that you know more about how State Farm works, I’m going to provide some perspective as an independent agent unassociated with the company.
Independent vs. Captive
While State Farm is a great company with great products, they aren’t necessarily the best fit for every single prospect.
And the consequences as an insurance agent can be dramatic.
For example, if somebody wants to buy a plan through State Farm for life insurance, but the company will not qualify the person do to pre-existing conditions, you will most likely lose that deal to some other insurance company, assuming the company can qualify the client for life insurance.
However, if you represented multiple companies, and could have sold another insurance company instead of State Farm, then you would have sealed the deal, helped the client, and made the commission.
Independence Is Great
Why is being independent a big deal?
Because you don’t have the ability to look at different carriers if you work for State Farm.
As a State Farm agent you are a captive agent. You only can sell State Farm approved products.
Inherently, this means you have limited access to anything other than State Farm products.
And what that translates into is fewer closed deals that will go to other insurance agencies or other agents.
This is why I like being an insurance agent that’s independent. An independent agent represents multiple companies.
And no matter what the client’s situation is we can shop around for the best price and coverage combination.
Many times this translates into more prospects converted into sales. Which means we’ve helped more of our prospects with their insurance needs.
Before you jump into any insurance agency, consider carefully the difference between being captive vs. independent.
There are definitely pros and cons to both, but you need to take your time to figure out what’s right for you.
I hope you enjoy this article on how selling insurance with State Farm works.
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