May 10, 2018

Can I really get carrier appointments through Firefly?

So, you’re ready to go independent. You’ve got the plan, the skills, and the confidence to boot. Now it’s time to put yourself out there and get appointed—kind of like auditioning to work with carriers.

Unlike Steve Carell who was auditioning to be in a show about work, you’re trying out for real work. The stakes are higher! And you want carriers to say, “Okay kid, you got the job!” as they did to this child actor:

Since you’re reading this, it’s clear you want to know whether Firefly can really help get you appointed. The answer is very likely yes. Firefly’s appointment method is different from other organizations, and we think you’ll love the benefits of our system.

How is it different?

When signing up with networks, clusters, and aggregators, they will do some of the work to help you put yourself out there. They will introduce you to a carrier and recommend that the carrier gives you an “audition.”

If the carrier agrees to let you try out, you’ll show them your business plan and discuss what past experience you have. If all goes well, you will get binding authority with that carrier (along with a production requirement.)

A network will typically recommend you to 3-4 carriers. You will be required to try out for each carrier you want to be appointed with. 

When signing up with Firefly, you audition once with us.  

If we agree that we are a good fit for each other, you make the team.  Then, because you are part of the agency, we simply notify the carriers that we have added you as a location. At this point, we expect them to appoint you.

Agents love this for a number of reasons:

  • You don’t have to try out with each carrier individually. One and done!
  • Carriers still need to run a background check, but as long as you don’t have DUI, a criminal record, or severe credit issues, you should get appointed with—not just access to—each carrier that operates in your state.  (That’s many more carriers than you would get on your own or with a network/cluster/aggregator.)
  • You will not have any production requirements because you will be covered by our umbrella of production.

This video talks a bit about how it works:

 

Want to know which carriers are in your state? This link will open in a new window, and let you choose your state, so you can see.

Be aware that if you are leaving Allstate or Farmers, your ability to get some companies (Encompass, American Modern, or Foremost) may be more difficult or even have to wait a year or two. But for most of our agents, the appointment process is fast and hassle-free.

With Firefly, you can expect to hear, “You got the job!” We’ll help you land the role you want, but you don’t have to settle for playing the part of a successful independent agent. We believe you can truly become one.

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