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Dec 3, 2006 10:30 pm

i am ready to accept an offer at sb, i keep hearing how difficult it is to get started in this business, but i going to suck it up and give it a shot.  however, if things dont work out, what opportunities would one have after getting their licenses and with a having a couple years experience


mooose

Dec 3, 2006 10:35 pm

Moose, I say this to you in all sincerity...the folks who succeed in this

business HAVE NO PLAN "B"! Develop this attitude, and you'll have a decent

shot at it. Start thinking about fallback positions, and you're doomed before

you start. So for your sake, and the sake of your family, please decide that

you'll make it at the outset, or don't do it at all.

Dec 4, 2006 12:16 pm

Moose-

I agree with Starka, but I also understand where you're coming from.

If you're the kind of person who must have a plan B, then you will probably fail.  If you DO have a plan B set up, then there will be temptation to give up when things get tough.

Hopefully it will be enough to keep in mind that:

You are not ruling any career choices out by doing this. Whatever happens, you will come out of this with some excellent sales training and/or experience which will be an asset wherever you go.
If you do fail, take a look at the things you do well.  You may find that you're good at finding a particular kind of prospect, but the firm does not have the right products for them.  If that is the case, you may want to change brokerages.  (My firm can help with that).

For example, you may find that your firm emphasizes life insurance and proprietary investments, but the prospects in your network may be looking for small business products.  If that's the case, you should find a firm that is more suitable to your natural market.

Good luck and let us know how it works out.


Cheers!
Jeff

Dec 4, 2006 12:19 pm
JCadieux:


For example, you may find that your firm emphasizes life insurance and proprietary investments



Pre-flame clarification:  This is a generic example and not directed at any particular firm.  All that I'm saying is that you need to match your brokerage to your target market.