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10 Things Independent Agents Need to Know About Car Sharing Insurance

The sharing economy, which involves the peer-to-peer based sharing of goods and services, is thriving. And it’s a concept that more and more people are now comfortable using. 

There were 44.8 million US sharing economy users in 2016, and that number is expected to grow to 86.5 million by 2021, according to Statista. While this emerging new market looks promising, it has created some major insurance concerns — something that presents an opportunity for independent agents.  ...

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  • Human Touch: Why Customers Turn to Independent Agents in a Digital World

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    A major concern for independent agents is the fear they will be made obsolete by technology. If customers can buy policies at the point of car purchase or home purchase, for example, what’s the agent’s role? If insurance consumers can do a thorough price comparison on their phone, why would they go to an independent agent?

    This is a valid concern. A study by insurance ratings and review site Clearsurance found that nearly half o ...

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  • Summertime Neighborhood Networking for Independent Agents

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    The common denominator between successful independent agents is the relationships they have with their customers. It’s hard to stress enough the importance of being plugged into the community and building those relationships. After all, this is what allows agents to consistently generate quality leads and establish a loyal customer base.

    A big part of forming these relationships is engaging in in-person outreach. And let’s face it, this is so much easier to do when the weather is good, making the summer and fall months a prime time ...

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  • 20 Top Insurance Resources Every Independent Agent Should Know

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    The insurance industry is a dynamic one, with new information unfolding all the time. So it’s important for independent agents to stay on top of trends and changes in order to continue doing your job at the highest level with outstanding customer service. 

    Here’s a list of 20 industry publications, blogs, podcasts and other resources that are useful to independent agents and should be on your radar.

    Insurance Information Institute

    This is the go-to resou ...

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  • Domestic Workers Liability: Does Homeowners Insurance Cover the Nanny?

    Domestic workers account for a large percentage of the global workforce, and the U.S. is no exception.

    According to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, there are over 2.5 million domestic workers in the United States. They do everything from caring for children, elderly or sick family members, household chores, cooking, cleaning and gardening.

    Such a large number of domestic workers in this country presents an important insurance question. If you employ people who ...

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  • Insuring Hobbies: Coverage for Classic Car Tinkerers, Stamp Collectors and Winemakers

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    Hobbies can be a lot of fun and offer a host of benefits.

    They help relieve stress, encourage people to explore new talents and can boost self-confidence, notes self-improvement writer Steve Scott. And having a hobby is quite common in the US, with the average American spending five to six hours each week on hobbies, according to Statista

    Man ...

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