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Independent Adjusters Wanted: Badasses Only

Independent Adjusters Wanted: Badasses Only

Independent Adjusters lead a hard-nosed, road warrior life. They’re tough, independent, confident, and even know how to dress for success. They’re badasses who head into the path of a storm while others run the other way. If you possess these elusive qualities, the life of an IA might be the right career path for you. If you’re a timid soul, like being told what to do, or you have doubts about your ability to push your performance to the limit, find yourself a desk job, my friend.

Your friends won’t understand what you do

“What do you do for a living?” is a loaded question for Independent Adjusters. Seasoned IAs try to avoid the fleeting looks of confusion when folks don’t understand. Those “What do you do all day?” questions offer a golden opportunity to wow folks with a proud, badass explanation.

If you’re daring enough to step into an IA’s shoes you may someday tell tales of following in the aftermath of fires, windstorms, and floods. You can explain how you’re the master of crumbling buildings, rising waters, and weary insurance professionals across the land. You may share stories about delivering multi-million dollar claim services through rain, hail, sleet, and snow. You can tell the curious you’re not a fix-it man, but you lay the groundwork to make even the impossible fixes possible.

You’ll need a hustler’s soul 

If you hope to be an IA, independence is only the beginning. You’ll be a boss-less solopreneur. You’ll work for yourself, which means you must learn how to hustle. Hustlers understand that they must find work or starve, so they become job-seekers on day one. They take on the petty claims. They remain on-call 24/7. They’re ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice. They learn from the best and eventually, they become the badasses CAT adjusters they were meant to be. And even then, they network like crazy.

IAs make phone calls, send emails, and they even blog. They leave a trail of branded notepads and pens wherever they go so their name is only a fingertip away. And they pass out business cards so deskbound insurance types never forget that although they are hustling badasses, Independent Adjusters are still professionals.

Jeremy Rettig

After discovering independent adjusting, Jeremy Rettig committed himself to becoming a student to the claims industry and a mentor to many. Now, Jeremy Rettig is a full-time claims mentor and trainer, and the founder of multiple insurance technology solutions.


  • Well said Jeremy. it is frustrating when our Independents don’t see themselves for the professionals they are. We often are able to define how we see ourselves; whether that be on our own self-realization or through other channels – think along the the lines of the briggs myers topology. I don’t know if we understand, and what I think is equally important, how the world sees us. Sally hogshead has an awesome book out which I am in the middle of, fascinate, which while it isn’t an insurance industry type text; is definitely something beneficial when understanding how you are seen from the outside and then how to emphasize those qualities – not hide them. Great share! Thank you.

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