Questions For Agency Owners!

Jul 12, 2019 at 12:04 AM

  1. MikeyR
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    HI Guys I am looking into opening an agency in the future, I am somebody who loves to crunch numbers and plan things down to the T.

    1) Software
    A) How crucial is a CRM, I would like to think I have pretty decent skills when building Spreadsheets in order to organize data and store it. Is this something that I could pull off or would I be better to pay for a CRM?

    B) What's the ballpark price for a good CRM? I know it varies per the amount of users. I am planning on not hiring anybody until I hit roughly $3,000,000 in Premiums.

    C)I have heard a lot about quoting software, is this the best and most efficient way to get quotes to use software? Is there a superior quoting software compared to the rest? I plan on doing primarily P & C with a focus in commercial.



    2) Hiring
    A) I am learning about the different roles in an agency and was wondering how you guys decide when you need to bring in another CSR (That means customer service representative correct?) Is it for every x amount of clients? How do you guys compensate them, I have been reading around on Indeed and they say CSR can receive "performance based bonuses" what metrics is used to calculate that?

    B) I have seen a wide variety of compensation when it comes to sales agents anywhere from 50/50, to 90/10? To my understanding it's based on the experience of, level of, and Independence that they have, whether or not they service their own clients, if they get their own leads, and ect.

    C) Do you guys/gals give bonuses and or benefits? I have noticed some people have provided vested commissions I think that would be a cool way of contributing to the retirement of my sales people.



    I still have a couple more questions that seem to have escaped me at the moment

    Thanks to those who take the time to read this!
     
    MikeyR, Jul 12, 2019 at 12:04 AM
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    In your other thread, you were talking about opening an agency in 2024. That’s five years from now. Pretty long horizon to get into detailed questions like what CRM software costs and what benefits you’ll offer to future CSRs.

    Five years ago, I doubt anyone could have foreseen today’s insurance landscape.

    I suspect you have a spreadsheet detailing your future sales glory with projections out to your retirement at age 40. Love the enthusiasm but...
     
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    Considering we are talking Independent agent in P&C:

    3m in WP prior to Hiring- no. CRM or Agecny Management system or both.- We can talk Rater - Ezlynx but could change depending on where you are. Need more input!
     
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    3M in Premiums before hiring a CSR?
    I could start with without CRM, I was seeing some for as low as a $100-300/month I was thinking that for that cheap I might as well swap out my spreadsheet.

    I am in California, Los Angeles to be exact!
     
    MikeyR, Jul 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM
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    That's true I just want to plan towards the end of the next year I am planning on trying to get a job as either an agent or CSR so that I can start to build up experience and further plan with more detail.
     
    MikeyR, Jul 15, 2019 at 4:31 PM
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