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The IA Path Podcast is the home for current and future auto damage appraisers and catastrophic auto hail adjusters.

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The IA Path Podcast is the home for current and future auto damage appraisers and catastrophic auto hail adjusters.

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Every single podcasts I’ve learned something different as a new IA starting out!

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Excellent informative podcast!

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By jcismys - Feb 10 2020
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Every single podcasts I’ve learned something different as a new IA starting out!

Owner Autocraft Appraisal

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Excellent informative podcast!
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The Independent Adjuster Podcast (IA Path)

Latest release on Feb 10, 2020

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Rank #1: IA 155: How to Become an Independent Adjuster in 2020 Part 1

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Do you want to know how to become an independent adjuster? Of course, you do! That is why you are listening to this podcast. Already working, but want to transition?  

Chris Stanley walks you through becoming an independent adjuster, by FIRST identifying where you want to end up and asks you the questions so you can answer the questions yourself and get started on your journey.

Choose Your 90 Day Mentorship Path at IAPath.com

Download the Independent Adjuster's Playbook

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ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand then you should check out ACD. Email them at Network@acdcorp.com

Jan 06 2020

21mins

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Rank #2: 02 Do I Want to be an Auto Appraiser - Part 1

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This is Part 1 of a 3 part series entitled, "Do I wanted to be an auto appraiser?" Today we will talk about the some of the options that present an auto damage appraiser. Career, part- time, and the gig economy are all options.

Oct 21 2016

5mins

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Rank #3: IA 14: The Insured vs The Claimant

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In this episode, I go over the insured and the claimants in an auto claim. I also cover the mindset behind each of them and the different coverage types in a claim.

Nov 21 2016

5mins

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Rank #4: RE-PUBLISH The 7 Essential Tools of a Modern Day Auto Damage Appraiser

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Today I talk about the essential tools of a modern auto damage appraiser.

  1. Mile Tracking Software - Mile IQ
  2. Map Software - Badger Mapping
  3. Laptop - Microsoft Surface
  4. Phone - Smart Phone
  5. Internet Connection - Mobile Hotspot
  6. Vehicle - Reliable Vehicle
  7. Estimating System - CCC1, Audatex, Mitchell

Dec 26 2016

5mins

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Rank #5: 03 The Pay of an Auto Damage Appraiser

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In episode 3 of the IA Path Podcast we continue to help you answer the question, "Do I want to be an auto appraiser?" Here in part 2, we talk about the different pay that is available whether you work the job as a career, part-time, or as a part of the gig economy.

Oct 22 2016

5mins

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Rank #6: Independent Adjuster Myths That are Killing Your Career

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We all do it, believing in things that aren’t true. As kids, we were told that Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and wrestling were all real. (hope no kids are reading this!) IT WAS A LIE, a myth, a fun thing to believe, but far from the truth.

Today I’d like to quickly bust some myths that you may still believe in as an independent adjuster. These myths, just like good ol Saint Nick, may be holding you back from the truth. Be careful the truth hurts.

Apr 04 2018

7mins

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Rank #7: 04 Do I Want to Be an Auto Damage Appraiser - Part 3 The Perks & Cons

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In this episode we cover 3 of the major perks and 3 of the major cons of being an auto damage appraiser.

Oct 23 2016

6mins

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Rank #8: IA 92: The Ultimate IA Q&A Part 1

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On today's special edition of the Independent Adjuster Podcast Chris Stanley & Jeremy Shaw (along with 2 special guests) answer the #1 questions listeners have about creating their business as an independent adjuster. This is part 1 of a 3 part series. Below is the questions answered on the podcast.

What is the most important skill set or talent needed to be successful in this industry?

What are the best routes to take entering the IA world when you don't have the experience?

How do I transition from being a shop estimator to the 'other side'...working for myself?

Is it best to start out gaining experience as a staff adjuster? If so, how quickly should we be able to go independent? Ie, what kind of experience and how much experience is enough to be a viable IA?

Do you need certification from a course, and a license from your state to start working as an adjuster?

What and how many licenses do I need?

What states require you to have an auto damage appraiser license?

What do I do after getting my adjusters license?

What is required to become an appraiser? Do I need schooling, certification? What insurance is required?

Initial steps to get started? The best way to transition from a staff adjuster to independent adjuster?

Will i know when i can quit my job and continue full time with my new career?

Sponsor

This episode of the Independent Adjuster Podcast is sponsored by ACD a top independent auto appraisal company. Email them at Network@ACDCorp.com They want to work with you if you have what it takes, but do you?

Oct 04 2018

48mins

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Rank #9: IA 102: The Producer and How He Went From Producing at the Food Network to Producing Claims

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Join me today as we go through the IA journey of Mathew Allen the creator of AdjusterTV.

Mathew was producing at the Food Network and left to start producing claims.

Nearly 20 years later Mathew walks us through what it was like and how you can produce success in your own journey.

Name – Mathew Allen

Company – AdjusterTV

Location – Flower Mound, Texas

Superpower – Sticky Hands (Stick to it ness?)

Contact - Mathew's LinkedIn Profile

https://www.adjustertv.com/

Get your FREE copy of Chris' latest book the Independent Adjuster's Playbook at IAPlaybook.com

Podcast Sponsor

ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand what type of claims you are working then you should check out ACD.

Nov 05 2018

43mins

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Rank #10: IA 87: 10 Signs You Should Invest in Becoming an Independent Adjuster

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Hey It’s Chris Stanley and welcome to the independent adjusting podcast. Today’s episode is all about knowing whether you personally as an individual should invest in becoming an independent adjuster.

maybe you aren’t sure if you should invest in becoming an independent adjuster. There can be a lot of time and money invested into being an independent adjuster. So I’m going to give you ten things that I thought of that could be signs you are ready to invest in becoming an independent adjuster.

If you are meeting most of the following criteria, then you may be poised to make a run at having a career in independent adjusting.

This episode of the Independent Adjuster Podcast is sponsored by ACD a top independent auto appraisal company. Email them at Network@ACDCorp.com They want to work with you if you have what it takes, but do you? That is the point of this very episode.

1.      You Want to Own Your Own Business

Many people don’t realize it, but as an independent adjuster you are creating your own business. If you don’t have the ambition or want the responsibility of owning a business it could be a big hurdle to overcame in your journey.

You are a 1099 contractor for most companies and that means you are responsible for taxes, accounting, invoicing, revenue, profit, and other not fun words that we must use as business owners.

 

2.      You Have Initiative

Taking initiative and being a self-starter is one of the biggest requirements of being an independent adjuster. You don’t have bosses checking your cubicle every few minutes to make sure you are doing what needs to be done. There isn’t a daily pow wow with the team to check the progress of the project.

Look through your past have you started doing things that needed to be done even if there was no direct monetary gain from the project? If you have the get it done bug you’ll be far more likely to be successful as an independent adjuster.

 

3.      You are Passionate

Enjoying your job is always a good thing, but do you have passion for becoming an adjuster, or do you have passion for any career task that you determine to take on? Being passive and lackluster in attitude and energy can be a recipe for failure.

Starting as an independent adjuster is much like being an entrepreneur, you can’t expect to have overnight success. This can make it financially, mentally, and emotionally difficult to push through the tough times if you aren’t passionate about the career you are pursuing.

 

4.      Your Spouse is Annoyed at How Much You Talk About…

My poor wife has had to endure many career shifts, crazy ideas, and my obsession of whatever I was tackling. There is really no other word that accurately describes what it takes to enter a new and highly competitive industry.

If your spouse is jealous of how much time you are spending on researching, training, & pursuing your career in independent adjusting, you may be on the path to success…… and marriage counseling.

Make sure you buy some roses for the wife or bring a 6 pack home for your husband the next time you have to take a Crash Course class with me, because I won’t be going to counseling…. again. YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!

 

5.      You Work Hard

We all think that we are hard workers, but it just isn’t the case. Most of the work force when looked at objectively is giving a slack performance when compared to the superstars of their respective fields.

The people who excel at ____ (fill in the blank job) typically are excelling not because they have a special talent, but because they work harder.

When I worked at Wal-Mart Distribution I was the short, overweight, no muscles 5ft 8 young man, when compared to other workers who appeared to be lifetime members to Golds Gym, I should have been the bottom producer. Yet, I was able to set records in my department because I worked HARDER and SMARTER.

When you determine your own success, you must give it your all and put in the hard work to become the successful independent adjuster you want to become.

 

6.       Won’t Take “No” for an Answer

If you give up easy, then give up now! Becoming an independent adjuster is a challenge and you will hear no or even worse hear nothing many times before you hear, “YES!” or “You are DEPLOYED!”.

With red tape in the insurance industry, long term runaways to getting on rosters, and a lot of training and networking you’ll need to do, it will be a test of your resilience and patience. Get ready for big rewards when you get the “YES!”, but be even more ready to hear no and not accept it.

If you keep hearing no when applying for companies download my 101 Adjusting Rosters by clicking HERE so you can hear no for a long time before your run out of companies to contact.

 

7.      You Love Helping Others

Being an independent adjuster is about helping individuals and families get back on their feet after a traumatic event. Whether they’ve damaged their car or lost their house in a flood, these people need help.

If you haven’t learned to enjoy helping others, then you may NOT enjoy being an independent adjuster. You’ll constantly be looking to shortcut the most important part of your job, connecting with the people involved.

Yes, many people become an IA (independent adjuster) because they want to make money, but if that is all that is driving you then drive yourself onto another career, because you will likely not find success with that motivation.

Don’t believe me? This principle applies to not just adjusting, but to insurance in general. Checkout the articles on INSNerds.com section of “Why I love Insurance” and I’d challenge you to see a single person mentioning money as why they love working in insurance.

 

8.      You Have People Skills

I can imagine an adjuster who sits in a cubicle all day, talks on the phone like those DRY EYES commercials and stamps “Deny” on papers that are placed in front of them, but my imagination and the reality of what it will be like for you as an independent adjuster are incompatible.

Your entire job is based on a single word, “communication.” Which is laughable because I say jokingly I am the worst 1 on 1 communicator on the planet, which is my exaggerated way of saying I still need to work on my skillset.

As an adjuster you must adjust the owner’s expectations by communicating the claims process, you must communicate the damages you observed through an estimate, and you must communicate your thoughts on the entire loss through your summary/appraisal report.

If you don’t get along with people, then they probably won’t get along with you as an independent adjuster.

 

9.      You Have Margin

In a quote from the book Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, Richard Swenson, M.D. describes margin like this:

“Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating.”

If you don’t have margin in your life then a big part of your journey to becoming an IA needs to be learning how to create margin. There is an excellent article by Michael Hyatt on this matter and obviously the book quoted above would be great for you to read as well.

Margin is important as an independent adjuster, because we are dealing with catastrophes on large and small scales and need emotional and mental margin to handle the stress. We are also business owners and a business with no financial margin is a business ready to collapse at the first moment things go wrong. (and they will!)

You will be investing a large chunk of time into training and if you don’t have space in your life it may come crumbling down around you.

 

10.  You Have Computer Skills

This is probably the most intimidating for people, but don’t close the screen and go back to working at your old job just yet. This is the least important of the 10 things listed, but if you already have strong computer skills and are comfortable at a computer you are at a huge advantage.

If you are not computer savvy you can acquire these skills, but you must also have many of the qualities listed above to push through the hard work with passion and not find yourself unable to perform a job due to lack of computer knowledge.

Now I hope that this list helps you better understand what it takes to become a successful independent adjuster and be better prepared for your journey.

If you need help getting started and don’t know what your next step in the journey should be, feel free to schedule a 15-minute Q&A Call with me and I’d be happy to give you custom advice on how to get started. You can schedule a time with me by clicking HERE.

Remember to Claim Your Life & Your Future, It Starts NOW!

Your Guide, Chris Stanley

Aug 10 2018

12mins

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Rank #11: IA 139 The Lifecycle of an IA

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Getting started is just the beginning! In this podcast, Chris talks about the lifecycles and stages of being an IA and how it isn't all roses.

He gives helpful tips for walking through each phase and also mentions that THIS TOPIC is what the 4 keynote speakers will be talking about at the IA Summit on September 24th 2019.

Lifecycles of an IA

  1. The Dip
  2. The Start
  3. The Brand
  4. The Business

Podcast Sponsor

ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand then you should check out ACD. Email them at Network@acdcorp.com

Sep 16 2019

37mins

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Rank #12: IA 101: The Ultimate IA Q&A Part 3

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On today's special edition of the Independent Adjuster Podcast Chris Stanley & Jeremy Shaw (along with 5 special guests) answer the #1 questions listeners have about promoting their business as an independent adjuster. This is part 3 of a 3 part series.

Sponsor

This episode of the Independent Adjuster Podcast is sponsored by ACD a top independent auto appraisal company. Email them at Network@ACDCorp.com They want to work with you if you have what it takes, but do you?

Oct 29 2018

54mins

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Rank #13: 09 A Day in the Life of an Adjuster

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Episode 09 breakdowns a day in the life of an adjuster. Specifically me, Chris Stanley, and what my day looks like. It's a lot to get talked about in 5 minutes. Put together with me having WAY TOO MUCH coffee during the day I talked a lot faster than previous episodes, but hey its real and it's me. 

If you are interested in Badger Mapping Check it out HERE

5pm-5:30pm Receive & Map Claims

5:30pm-6pm Make Phone Calls

Next Day

6-8am Prepare for Day

8-9am Drive to first claim

9-3pm Claim every half hour (appointments given two hour windows)

3-4pm Drive Home

4-7pm Input Claims (possibly break for dinner and resume afterwards)

Roughly a 12 hour day if I'm busy with 10+ claims

8 hours if its 5ish claims.

Nov 02 2016

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Rank #14: IA 128: 10 Apps Every IA Should Have on Their Phone

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As modern day Americans, we live and die by our phones, but as independent adjusters what apps should be using to make our job easier and life better?

Chris Stanley runs down 10 apps he believes every IA should have on their phone.

Podcast Sponsor

ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand then you should checkout ACD. Email them at Network@acdcorp.com

Jul 08 2019

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Rank #15: IA 106: Ernie Bray and How to Separate Yourself From Everyone Else

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Today we are talking with the CEO of ACD, Ernie Bray. Ernie is joining us for the second time on the podcast to discuss how YOU can separate yourself from the rest of the IA's in the industry.

We discuss networking, workflows, outreach, quality and MORE! Ernie tells you exactly what he and his team are looking for. Since they are one of the largest independent appraisal companies in the industry maybe we should pay attention!

Name - Ernie Bray

Company - ACD or Auto Claims Direct

Location - Carlsbad, CA

Superpower - Business Development

Contact - ACDCorp.com & 888-403-4223

Get your FREE copy of Chris' #1 Best Selling book the Independent Adjuster's Playbook at IAPlaybook.com

Podcast Sponsor

ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand what type of claims you are working then you should check out ACD.

Jan 28 2019

40mins

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Rank #16: 13 Fires, Flares, and Skirts

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Learn what may save you in a fire, where your cars skirt is, and the real purpose of a cowl.

Nov 16 2016

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Rank #17: IA 154: IA Path Year in Review and a Look Ahead

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What did IA Path do in 2019? What is IA Path planning to do in 2020?

In the last episode of season 3 of the Independent Adjuster Podcast and of 2019, Chris Stanley walks through the numbers of IA Path and shares what plans IA Path has in 2020.

Choose Your 90 Day Path at IAPath.com

Download the Independent Adjuster's Playbook

Podcast Sponsor

ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand then you should check out ACD. Email them at Network@acdcorp.com

Dec 30 2019

24mins

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Rank #18: IA 19: The Cornerstone of Estimatics

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In episode 19 of the IA Path Podcast, Chris reassures you that estimatics is not rocket science, that keeping it simple is the cornerstone of estimating, and that you can write an estimate.

Dec 14 2016

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Rank #19: 07 The People at The Body Shop

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In episode 07 I go over the major players you work with at a body shop. Discover how to connect with them, their mindsets, and what their role is within the shop.

Oct 26 2016

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Rank #20: IA 138: 5 Things to Do When You DON'T Get Deployed to a Hurricane

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Hurricane Dorian is off the coast and most independent adjusters are left wondering if work will ever come. Many people were put on standby, some even deployed, but most are still sitting at home...

Chris tells you EXACTLY what you should do when you don't get deployed to a hurricane. He gives you 5 things that you should focus on now that you are sitting at home... not working.

Podcast Sponsor

ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand then you should check out ACD. Email them at Network@acdcorp.com

Sep 09 2019

26mins

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