How insurance agents can work from home

A physical office location has pros and cons. The costs of rent, utilities, and furniture add up. These days, fewer customers come in to make payments and more customers are comfortable working with their agent through phone and email. Long before the COVID-19 virus hit, Firefly has enabled new agents to run their agency from […]

What are your “What ifs?”

When you’re thinking about becoming an independent agent, your mind is full of “what ifs.” What if you don’t make a change? What if you’re a producer (whether captive or independent) and your agency is sold, or the principal agent retires or dies? What if your commissions get cut? Or your rates go up? Does this agent’s experience […]

What do successful Firefly agents have in common?

The most successful Firefly agents are the ones who have solved the “marketing” problem, and are looking to solve the “market” problem. For example, watch what these two agents say about the frustration they felt before they started with Firefly:   Does their experience seem familiar to you? Both of them had plenty of people […]

What about writing in multiple states?

Many Firefly agents are licensed and writing business in multiple states. This video shows how that works, and why carriers want to see a good plan for growth in non-resident states:     Want to learn more? Get our free ebook, which answers many of your most frequently asked questions.  

What makes me a good fit for Firefly?

Do you remember playing dodge-ball as a kid? Two team captains would stand apart from the crowd and go through an intense selection process, naming players one by one to join them. Depending on who you were, the process of choosing teams was either validating or awkward. via GIPHY The kids who got picked first […]

Is the grass greener on the independent side?

Whether you are captive or new to the business you may wonder if the grass is actually greener on the independent side, and if so, how much greener? And what about the weeds? No two agencies are the same, so the answer to the question really depends on you.  Perhaps the experiences of two agents […]

Why do insurance agents fail? (With impressive fail gifs)

They say that failure isn’t fatal. However, it can still hurt! When you go independent, we want to help you steer clear of failure so that you can avoid pain and achieve success. Read on to discover common reasons independent agents fail and how to avoid the sting of these traps. Reason #1: They have […]

What makes Firefly Insurance Agency different?

There are a lot of companies that can get agents appointed with insurance carriers. You may be wondering what makes Firefly different from those companies. And our answer is… “We’re an Agency, not an Aggregator!” The majority of the companies helping agents get appointed are aggregators, but Firefly is an actual agency with locations across […]

What about life insurance?

Firefly agents have more insurance options to help their customers with home, car, and business insurance than almost anyone. But what about life insurance? Thanks to our relationship with Back Nine Insurance, our agents have lots of options to help their customers with life insurance, too. Watch this short video for details about how it […]

What does it take to get insurance carrier appointments on your own?

Before I worked with Firefly, I tried to get some appointments on my own.  While I knew Firefly was a great company, I also thought that if I could get the carriers on my own, I might make more money (no commission split should mean more money for me, right?). I quickly learned that to […]

How can I know if Firefly is a good fit for me?

Our goal is to help you find your best path to starting an independent agency, even if that path is not with Firefly. In another article, we discussed our “return policy,” and the process of leaving Firefly if you decide we’re not a good fit. Although we do our best to make the process simple, it’s […]

What expenses will I incur when I start my agency?

When you start an agency, you’ll want to be careful about how and where you spend your money. We want you to only use it in the ways that will help you grow your commission income. Other than Firefly’s packaged operating costs (for E&O, a comparative rater, and a management system), what expenses will you […]

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 […]

Does Firefly work with brand new agents?

Insurance companies often give the impression that they only want to appoint agents who already have “great skills.” New or inexperienced agents might feel like outcasts, and carriers may not be willing or able to give them adequate training. If this has been your experience, or if you are a novice agent hoping to avoid […]

Are all insurance aggregators and clusters the same?

When I was in college, my close friend Tom and I would occasionally debate over the food joints near our dorms.  A Virginia native, he would tout Five Guys as the best burger place, whereas I would champion Fuddruckers.  We’d also discuss fast food: which of their dollar menus was best for a college kid? […]

What questions should I be asking, so I can make a good decision?

Despite having no skill at it whatsoever, for some reason I enjoy golfing.  Before you ask what my handicap is, I don’t know.  Pretty much, on the rare instance I play a nice course, I just want to keep my score in the double digits. via GIPHY Since I’m not very good, I don’t see […]

How Many Ways are There to Start an Independent Agency?

 Unlike Mr. Owl, we are not here to trick you for our own benefit. You asked how many ways there are to start an independent agency, we’ll tell you as honestly as we can. We want you to understand all of your options. Once you do, we think you’ll see that working with an […]