Crystal Martinez used her business and financial savvy to help others by opening up her own business as a State Farm Agent. Her work involves meeting with clients and helping them plan insurance and financial services that meet their needs. She shares her experience starting her own business.
Position & Title: State Farm Agent
Employer: State Farm Insurance
What are some of your job responsibilities? I own and operate a State Farm Agency. As owner and operator, I hire and train my staff to market State Farm products and services to our community and the entire state of Texas. I have five employees right now and provide customer service to more than 1,000 households.
How did you find your current job? I’ve been doing insurance for more than 12 years now. After working for State Farm agents and management, I decided to open my own State Farm agency.
What did you do to prepare for this career? Once I decided to open my own business, I prepared myself financially. I paid all of my debt, saved money for my agency and cut my spending. State Farm offers a great training program which took me nine months to graduate from. With God’s help and my family’s moral support, on April 1, 2011 I finally opened my own business.
What is your favorite part of your job? I enjoy helping families with all of their insurance and financial needs. I discover their needs and help them realize their dreams with our insurance and financial products. It feels like an absolute blessing when I am able to help my community.
What is the most challenging part of your job? The most challenging part of my business is keeping a life-work balance. I am very passionate about what I do and sometimes neglect my health, family and friends. I am working on this daily.
What advice would you give to help a girl prepare for a job like yours? I would advise anyone who is looking to open their own business to first understand the business. If they just follow what they love to do, they will never see their career as a “job”.
What do you do for fun when you aren’t working?
I spend time with my family and the people that I love.