Selling insurance, in some ways, is similar to selling real estate. You cannot simply rent an office space and start up the business. There are a few things you need to do first.
Take Classes and Get Training
With real estate, you have to take classes on how to sell real estate and real estate laws. The same holds true for insurance. You must take property insurance classes and get training on the laws governing insurance in your state. Sometimes you even have to shadow a licensed agent around to see how these types of businesses operate.
Take Exams to Become Licensed
Whether you want to sell insurance or sell real estate, both require obtaining a license. You cannot obtain a license unless you first take the exams after all of your training classes. You must pass these exams with a decent grade, or you cannot apply for a license. The exam scores are sent in with your application for a license. Failing to take the exams, or failing to send your exam results in with your application, can result in a denial of your license or delays in the approval of your license application.
Get Your License and Frame a Copy on the Wall of Your Office
Once you have your license, make a copy for your files and then frame and hang your license on the wall of your office where everyone can see it. This establishes your insurance business as legit, and no one can question the legality of the sales of insurance policies out of your office. Now you can begin familiarizing yourself with all of the insurance companies that sell insurance, or establish your own brand of insurance for sale to consumers.
Now You Are Ready
Now you are ready to sell insurance. You can advertise your business and begin taking customers. As with most licensed positions, you will need continuing education credits, so keep this in mind as you move forward in this career. Also, if you want special accommodations as an insurance agent, broker, or claims adjuster, you will need to take additional classes to become certified.
If You Do Not Want to Sell Insurance on Your Own
If you do not want to sell insurance on your own, you can always take your property insurance classes, exams, and get your license to work for an insurance agent or company, too. This tends to take some of the tasks and responsibilities off your shoulders. You can focus on just the insurance-related tasks that the agent or company asks of you.