What are the details of the start-at-home option?
You may launch your business from home for the first 90 days. Starting from home helps you more effectively cash flow your business start-up, making it easier to hire Producers earlier. After the 90 days, you will transition to a professional office space. If you are a Retail Agency Owner, you can remain in the professional office space for up to one full year at which point, you will move into your retail space where you help build the Brightway brand in exchange for 85% New Business and 55% Renewal commission.
Can I access financing?
We are approved on the SBA Registry which means many local lending institutions are available for your financing needs. Feel free to discuss this further with a Franchise Consultant.
I’m a veteran, do you offer a discount?
Thank you for your service. And, yes, as a veteran you will enjoy a 10% discount off the franchise fee. You can also check out this veteran’s guide to starting a small business.
What products will I be able to sell?Products you'll be able to sell include:
-Property insurance (Home, Flood, Renters, Condo, Personal Articles)
-Vehicle insurance (Auto, RV, Motorcycle, Boat)
- Life, Umbrella and Business insurance
What companies do you represent?
We represent hundreds of insurance companies so you'll never be locked into writing policies with only one company. That's good news for you and even better news for your customer's.
Are there limitations on where I can open my Brightway location?
Yes, there are limitations in certain markets where there are existing Brightway locations. Our Onboarding Team will work with you in selecting the best location for your office.
If I don’t have insurance experience, can I still run my operation, or do I have to hire someone who does?
Each Brightway location is required to have a Designated Agency Principal (DAP) to run the day-to-day operations of your business. While having a DAP who has experience and deep carrier knowledge is the most beneficial option for your business, you may be the DAP or can hire someone else who does not have insurance experience. Please know that this lack of experience may limit your carrier selection until you are able to prove yourself in insurance sales.
Can you describe the training I will receive?
From the moment you sign your Franchise Agreement, our Agency Growth & Development team will begin your customized training process. The first step is a Welcome Call during which you’ll learn what to expect. All Training is provided either through our Brightway University Online or virtually, saving you time and expense and getting your operation off the ground as quickly as possible.
Can you tell me more about the support I will receive from Brightway?
Some people are attracted to us by the choice in insurance brands we offer. Others are attracted by the service after the sale that empowers you to build world-class sales teams. And, while those features of the Brightway system are terrific, we like to say that they are the icing on the cake. The key to your success is the comprehensive system of business support that includes: -Training to help you launch your business successfully -A Marketing and PR team to position you as the local insurance expert in your community and provide you with the tools you need to network with referral sources and build your brand with customers -An Agency Development team to help you develop your business strategy and develop compensation plans for your Producers -An Agency Support team available to answer any questions you have -An Accounting team that provides twice monthly Commission Statements accurate to the penny and complete with worksheets you can use to customize compensation for your Producers
Can I open an Office Agency as a Retail Agency Owner?
You can if you form a separate business entity that owns the Office Agency. If you choose to do this, you cannot share work between offices and your Office Agency will receive the lower commission split. This is also not considered your second location and there would be a franchise fee.
Can I convert to your Retail Agency model in the future?
No. However, you may open additional Office Agency locations to build your Enterprise, using your free second unit at any point in your Brightway career.
Can I start with the Standard option and move to Enhanced in the future?
Yes. When your book size reaches $750,000 in written premium, and you wish to convert, let us know. The one-time fee to convert to the Enhanced model and enjoy higher New Business commission is $40,000.
What are my options if I want to retire?
At every renewal term, or every five years, if you decide you don’t want to renew your contract you will have the opportunity to sell your business or take a guaranteed buyout from Brightway. -The buyout option is 1.5 times your renewal commission, is paid out over 24 months and is re-calculated at month 12. The re-calculation benefits you—your renewal commission 12 months later will most likely be higher than it was when we originally calculated the buyout -You also have the ability to sell your business to a
Brightway-approved buyer. This option offers you the ability to sell to buyers who want a turnkey operation -We also empower you to pass on your agency to a family member or successor at any time. If your dream is to continue your legacy, we want to help you achieve it. Since you’re giving your business as a gift, no additional franchise fee is incurred.