Starting out an insurance company will be one of the toughest things you will do but, done well, the industry promises significant rewards. But with a continuous rise in the number of insurance agencies and companies across the country, how are you going to break through and break even sooner rather than later? And, noting that success in the industry relies on your ability to produce, or rather, your ability to pull in more customers, how will you do it?
Understand your product well
Even as you think of ways of getting enough capital to get started, you must keep in mind the fact that you have to understand all the dynamics of the product you want to sell before you start marketing and selling. And, knowing that insurance products are highly regulated under state laws and company policies, you must take time to learn all the law, revisions on those laws, and what works and what will not work for you.
So, before you start selling, invest time in amassing knowledge. Attend seminars, sign up for online courses and get the relevant certifications. Although this will take time, investment in this kind of education is the best kind of investment you will make in a long time.
Choose an expertise
While you have the option of holding licenses in health insurance, auto, casualty, life, and property insurance, you are better off making one product your specialty. Being an expert in your field means you can seek out more niche opportunities. With time, your customers will bring with them your needs, and you can offer the other products you are licensed to. Word of advice, don’t forget one product while focusing all your attention on one product
Teach more than you are willing to sell
Although it feels natural to sell, customers and prospective clients appreciate it when you are a source of information. Do not assume that they will Google. Sometimes, it’s better to learn from the horse’s mouth instead of browsing through web pages to find certain information.
By standing out as an educator, you become synonymous to your products, which speaks volumes about you and your products, even more than the discount you give our customers.
Push the envelope further by publishing articles about your products and related topics in the insurance industry, tell your customers where they can find insurance quotes and share news that affects the industry. Being a source of information makes you a credible and an authoritative source of information, not just another insurer on the market.
Invest in your people
What this means is that you should invest in professional training your sales team. Your sales agents should understand every aspect of your business and your products, and they should be your biggest brand ambassadors.
For this to be possible, you need to take your employees through comprehensive training programs at the beginning, and also giving them incentives to enroll in company-sponsored courses to build on and improve on their expertise.
Don’t forget to invest in sharpening the soft skills for the whole team.
Invest in marketing
A blend of traditional and digital marketing strategies will help you reach your audience better. Note that you can only market successfully after you’ve identified your target market you want to market the product to.