I changed my career 18 years ago,from the Elevator / Escalator business where I Am a Licenced Millwright / Inspector. I have thus been an Adjuster / Assessor for 18 years now, with construction experience thrown in, and due to moving to a new “State” as you call them 8 years ago, I was not registered to work there and was not known. I thus started in the Inspection business some 7 years ago in order to diversify and found the demand in our Country to be very low. My licence and accreditation to continue the Assessment business was granted 6 month’s later.
As a result, I joined BNI 5 years ago, and promoted my business via that face to face forum. This was also slow as I believe my focus was incorrect by promoting the “slow” business first and foremost. I also tried a 50/50 split with a Realty Company, which to me was a disaster and was very short-lived.
During this process however, I gained a number of referrals for business, one of which resulted in a further diversification and natural progression to Insurance Inspections for Underwriters. This was a major leap in my business, which has created a highly successful business in all 3 sections of my business. I have increased my turnover by 483% in the 8 years. Incidentally, the Inspection business is still the slowest section of my business, but I have gained the reputation for seriously detailed and unbiased reporting. There are a number of factors which I can therefore share as a recommendation, and I work totally SOLO.
- Get as much accreditation and knowledge as you can. The InterNachi courses are highly recommended and set the Standards which are acknowledged World-wide
- Do as much self promotion as you can, preferably face to face such as BNI (it was my saviour)
- Apply for as many Insurance Panel Accreditations as an Adjuster / Inspector that you can - preferably via the Underwriters.
In very short terms, go 100% on your own and good luck.