Hello everyone! My name is Mike and I will soon be jumping with both feet into the insurance industry. I have thought about this for a long time but was somewhat secure, if a little unhappy, in a job in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. I have spent about 15 years in that industry as an equipment technician, repairing robots and other electronics. I had avoided the layoffs that the industry is so famous for until now. I will be let go in February. Fear not! I am quite happy with the turn of events. I am in my late 30s, have a wonderful family and a comfortable life (for now). I have much to be thankful for! Having pondered my fate (layoff) since finding out about it in November, I have decided to not pursue another electronics technician job (even though I am good at it) and have decided to take the risk involved in starting over in a new industry. I felt the need for a change and this prospect excites me. I have little sales experience, but supreme self-confidence, drive and work ethic. I am a natural speaker and teacher. I know, without a doubt, that I can be successful in this business. I am old enough to be skeptical about the claims made by some insurance companies, but young enough to still be excited by the possibilities! My wife is a seasoned veteran at the sales game, with years of experience in various types of sales and currently running a successful Pampered Chef business. I will be leaning on her knowledge and experience as I start my new career. We will be moving back home to Austin, Texas after my layoff and that is where I will be launching my career. My questions for the board: * Should I wait until getting to Austin to start seeking a license? I have about 60-70 days left in Virginia and may be able to get one before I leave. * Any suggestions on how to start my career in Austin? I have read that captive agents have training advantages but independent agents really love their freedom. * Any companies or individuals in the Austin area I should look for? Or keep away from? I appreciate any responses! Like I said, I am confident in myself but I also know that I am in for a tough time the first year (maybe more, maybe less). I love hard work, especially when it is rewarding. I just know in my heart that this is what I am going to do for the next 20-30 years. Any advice would be appreciated!