The Independent Adjuster Podcast (IA Path)

IA Path

Find out how to become a successful Independent Adjuster on the Independent Adjuster Podcast, the home non-corporate success in the insurance industry.

Becoming an independent adjuster is an alternative path to the traditional roadmap laid out in front of future claims adjusters. Get the underground path from Chris Stanley a 10+ year veteran in the industry.

All Episodes

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?

Nov 10

51 min 15 sec

Today Chris Stanley celebrates the 5 year anniversary of the Independent Adjuster Podcast. To celebrate he discusses the 15 big lessons and takeaways that stood out to him when he thinks back across 5 years behind the microphone. Learn how to become an independent adjuster with our step by step guides at IAPath.com

Nov 5

27 min 22 sec

In this episode, Koby Hearn tackles how to be one of the BEST in the industry.  With tips on how to stand out from the rest of the adjusters and appraisers, you are competing with you are for sure not wanting to miss this episode of the podcast. Learn How to Be a Success Adjuster By Checking Out the Successful Adjuster's Playbook at SuccessfulAdjustersPlaybook.com

Oct 27

38 min 28 sec

Today Brad Fancher makes his podcast host debut on the Independent Adjuster Podcast. Brad if the auto and heavy equipment expert & instructor at IA Path and wants to talk to you about why you should be accepting heavy equipment claims. Brad gives practical advice and lots of motivation for you to increase your income and bring more value to your customers. If interested in learning how to handle heavy equipment claims and becoming certified check out IA Path's Training and Mentorship at https://training.iapath.com/bundles/heavy-RV

Oct 20

21 min 52 sec

Today Chris interviews Anthony Guarnera of IA Connection about his history in our industry and about the exciting topic of how to get work directly from an insurance company. Developing the connection directly to a carrier proves challenging, but Anthony has some tips to share about how you can develop relationships with insurance companies. Check out IA Connection at https://www.iaconnection.com/

Oct 13

31 min 56 sec

As independent adjusters and appraisers, we have a lot of things to keep track of, take care of, and a big life to live. How can you keep track of it all and is it important to stay organized? Today Koby Hearn dives in and says "YES!" and helps give you some practical tips on how to stay organized and be more efficient with your time when it comes to your business. Learn How to Be a Success Adjuster By Checking Out the Successful Adjuster's Playbook at SuccessfulAdjustersPlaybook.com

Oct 6

31 min 45 sec

Today Chris Stanley talks about how long it takes to claim the life that you want as an adjuster. Claim Your Life is the official slogan of the podcast and IA Path as a company, but the reality is it can be hard to define what claiming your life looks like and how long it'll take. Chris gives some honest revelation about all this and more in this episode of the Independent Adjuster Podcast Interested in learning how to get work as an independent adjuster? Head to IAPath.com and click the "How to Find Work" button.  

Sep 29

12 min 5 sec

In this episode John Bachmann reads from his new book the Successful Adjuster's Playbook. In this book he shows how to be a successful adjuster LONG TERM. If you are interested in grabbing a copy of his book head over to SuccessfulAdjustersPlaybook.com

Sep 23

13 min 25 sec

Today Chris Stanley interviews Amazon Best-Selling Author and IA Path consultant, John Bachmann, about how you can be successful long-term in the adjusting industry. They talk about the secret skills that most adjusters don't even realize are superpowers, John's book the Successful Adjuster's Playbook, and how to beat the AI and machine learning in the claims industry. Grab your copy of the Successful Adjuster's Playbook at a 50% discount for a few days only at SuccessfulAdjustersPlaybook.com

Sep 21

21 min 56 sec

Koby Hearn dives into how you can work as an independent adjusting team or auto damage appraising team to claim your life. Whether it is with your spouse, significant other, or another adjuster, Koby lays out the good, the bad and the ugly. He also offers suggestions of different ways you can set up the team depending on your situation and each other's strengths. Check out our free course by heading to IAPath.com and click the "How to find work" button.

Sep 15

33 min 48 sec

Today IA Path's and AdjusterTV's weather correspondent, Max Olson, tells us about Hurricane Ida. He includes the damages, the stats, and his own personal experience as a storm chaser who was on the ground at landfall. You don't want to miss this episode from someone who saw it all, before and after. Check out our free course by heading to IAPath.com and click the "How to find work" button.

Sep 8

15 min 21 sec

Are you trying to decide between getting deployed to hurricane Ida (or any other hurricane) or stay home working your current job or day claims? Today Chris Stanley walks you through how to decide what you personally should do in this episode of the Independent Adjuster Podcast. Check out our free course by heading to IAPath.com and click the "How to find work" button.

Sep 2

16 min 7 sec

Today Koby Hearn looks at the four-letter word... Taxes (ok it's a five letter word), but you get my point. Most of us, including Chris Stanley, HATES talking about taxes. Koby dives into what you need to be aware of so you can be successful as an independent adjuster and avoid lots of pain and agony when it comes to tax time as an independent adjuster. If you need work and are interested in getting the 2-5 year experience requirement waived with auto or desk claims head to Training.IAPath.com

Aug 18

26 min 31 sec

Yesterday the Burned Out Adjuster's Playbook was officially released and became an Amazon Best-Seller. Today Chris reads the Foreword that John Bachmann wrote and the Introduction of the new book. This book was written to help make sure adjusters know how to navigate the stress and not quit the insurance industry. The subtitle says its all, Learn How to Stop Stressing and Start Enjoying Your Job as an Insurance Adjuster. Grab your copy while it is on sale at IAPath.com/burnedout/

Aug 11

18 min 24 sec

Today we replay the session of the IA Path Virtual Adjuster Job Fair where we announced special projects we've been working on behind the scenes at IA Path. You don't want to miss the things that are to come later this year and into 2022 and the things that you can take advantage of RIGHT NOW! Join the Adjuster Job Fair platform at Virtual.AdjusterJobFair.com

Jul 29

18 min 53 sec

IA Path instructor Tinecia Johnson finishing up the presentation at the very first IA Path Adjuster Job Fair and presented "I Can Do That."  During the presentation, she broke down the different types of claims we normally never hear about, what type of work you can get, how in-demand desk adjusters are, liability, bodily injury, workers compensation, and more. This is part 2 or 2 of that presentation that also includes live Q&A Want to learn how to get desk adjusting work? Sign up for TJ's desk adjusting & liability mentorship at https://training.iapath.com/courses/auto-liability-certification

Jul 22

20 min 33 sec

IA Path instructor Tinecia Johnson presented at the very first IA Path Adjuster Job Fair and presented "I Can Do That."  During the presentation, she broke down the different types of claims we normally never hear about, what type of work you can get, how in-demand desk adjusters are, liability, bodily injury, workers compensation, and more. This is part 1 or 2 of that presentation that also includes live Q&A Want to learn how to get desk adjusting work? Sign up for TJ's desk adjusting & liability mentorship at https://training.iapath.com/courses/auto-liability-certification

Jul 21

30 min 2 sec

Chris Stanley shares his journey and his framework for determining what you want in life and how to use the insurance industry to get it. He covers how to set a direction in your life, to determine your next milestones, chart a path, and establish a pace that will help you reach your end purpose. If interested in being mentored by Chris Stanley and his team at IA Path? Check out their adjuster mentorship, certifications, and training at Training.IAPath.com

Jul 14

41 min 20 sec

Sometimes we just don't like working for certain companies. It could be the guidelines, the QC department, the dispatcher, the pay or a number of other things. Today Chris Stanley gives some advice on what to do when you don't like working for an IA Firm whether its with daily or catastrophic claims. If interested in getting the 2-5 year experience requirement waived with auto or desk claims head to Training.IAPath.com Grab your ticket to the Adjuster Job Fair at AdjusterJobFair.com

Jul 7

11 min 15 sec

Koby Hearn, IA Path Business Expert dives into the basics of sales, because truth be told we are all selling all the time. We are selling ourselves our selling our products (claims) or should be every day. Listen as Koby, a long-time salesman, breaks it down into how it works for us as independent adjusters and how you can close more deals in less time. If interested in getting the 2-5 year experience requirement waived with auto or desk claims head to Training.IAPath.com Grab your ticket to the Adjuster Job Fair at AdjusterJobFair.com

Jun 30

32 min 31 sec

The best-selling author of the Future of Insurance, Bryan Falchuk, comes back again from the future to let us know what else he's learned from his second trip into the future of insurance. What he has to share is universal to all companies, employees, and adjusters. Don't miss this epic episode. Grab Bryan's new book at Amazon, Future of Insurance Volume 2 (the Startups) or head to https://bryanfalchuk.com/

Jun 22

26 min 31 sec

Koby Hearn recorded this episode months before our blind panel, but I thought it was a great way to continue the conversation we've been having about fighting for your time, setting up boundaries and making sure you have a life outside of work. If interested in getting trained and mentored head to IAPath.com Grab your ticket to the Adjuster Job Fair at AdjusterJobFair.com

Jun 9

32 min 45 sec

Today we continue our blind panel with Jim Berger and James Mathis finishing off answering the questions of "How can we keep our family time sacred? How does this work with catastrophic claims?" Find out their answers by listening NOW. If interested in getting trained to write heavy equipment head to IAPath.com/auto Grab your ticket to the Adjuster Job Fair at AdjusterJobFair.com

Jun 1

8 min 21 sec

Today we have a panel of hosts, Chris Stanley, Koby Hearn, Chanel Tran, and Tinecia Johnson all try and answer the questions of "How can we keep our family time sacred? How does this work with catastrophic claims?" Find out their answers by listening NOW. If interested in getting trained to write auto claims head to IAPath.com/auto Grab your ticket to the Adjuster Job Fair at AdjusterJobFair.com

May 24

18 min 25 sec

Are you stuck? Not getting enough of the work you want? Today Chris explains a framework of how you can self-diagnose where you are and why you aren't getting enough of the work you want. If interested in getting trained to write heavy equipment head to IAPath.com/heavytruck Grab your ticket to the Adjuster Job Fair at AdjusterJobFair.com

May 17

15 min 57 sec

Koby Hearn, dives into this episode and goes deep into what a business mindset is and how we can learn from one of the greatest and most driven basketball players of all time for inspiration. Using Koby Bryant's "Mamba" mentality and approach to the game of basketball, and life, Koby (Hearn) shares how we can take that approach as a business owner in adjusting. Check out this Koby on Koby action because you won't want to miss it! If interested in getting trained to write heavy equipment head to IAPath.com/heavytruck Grab your ticket to the Adjuster Job Fair at AdjusterJobFair.com

May 10

32 min 18 sec

Today Chris goes over 3 tools that everyone, including adjusters, has in their toolbox and the are NOTHING that you are thinking about. The three tools are, Money Time Relationships He breaks down how each one can be used with the other, their characteristics, and how to live with purpose.

May 3

24 min 9 sec

Heavy equipment claims are often mysterious and scary to take on, but today Chanel Tran of the IA Path Community breaks down what heavy equipment is and why you should consider handling them. Chris Stanley also jumps in, makes a big announcement, and explains why knowing heavy equipment right now is so important. If interested in getting trained to write heavy equipment head to IAPath.com/heavytruck Grab your ticket to the Adjuster Job Fair at AdjusterJobFair.com

Apr 27

17 min 24 sec

Today IA Path business expert Koby Hearn shares how he views and handles networking as an adjuster as in his prior life as a salesperson. He reveals how networking can totally revolutionize your career and income. Don't miss it! Learn more about how to get started as an adjuster by Heading to IAPath.com Check out our books for adjusters at IAPath.com/books/

Apr 19

31 min 16 sec

March was a CRAZY month for extreme weather outbreaks, what does April hold? IA Path Weather and Auto Specialist, Max Olson, recaps the last month of storms and tells us what the history of April has been and what we can expect moving forward. Learn more about how to get started as an adjuster by heading to IAPath.com Check out our books for adjusters at IAPath.com/books/

Apr 12

12 min 52 sec

Jim Berger, IA Path Graduate shares his 5+ years of experience with how to handle claims when the appraisal clause is invoked, also known as a prior to loss inspection. Jim takes us through what the appraisal clause is and how to properly complete a claim in a big picture format. Learn more about how to get started as an adjuster by Heading to IAPath.com Check out our books for adjusters at IAPath.com/books/

Apr 5

8 min 52 sec

Today Chris Stanley reveals a huge mindset shift that can unlock your ability to get work as an independent adjuster or appraiser. Utilizing the 80/20 rule and changing the way you view who and what you are Chris explains how he believes this will change everything for you. Learn more about how to get started as an adjuster by Heading to IAPath.com Check out our books for adjusters at IAPath.com/books/

Apr 1

16 min 57 sec

Getting your adjusting business is hard. There are lots of moving parts and it can be overwhelming.  Today, Koby Hearn, Business Specialist at IA Path, breaks down some of the critical things you need to think about when setting up your business. Learn more about how to get started as an adjuster by Heading to IAPath.com Check out our books for adjusters at IAPath.com/books/

Mar 23

30 min 49 sec

Learning all the various types of claims you can handle as an adjuster or appraiser is super important to diversify where your work comes from. Today Jim Berger, IA Path Auto Damage & Auto Liability graduate, shares with us what diminished value claims are and the basics of how to handle them. Jim has handled diminished value claims, classic car, and exotic car appraisals for 5 years prior to learning auto damage. Learn from someone who has made a living from auto appraisals OUTSIDE of auto damage on today's episode. Learn more about how to get started as an adjuster by Heading to IAPath.com Check out our books for adjusters at IAPath.com/books/  

Mar 15

13 min 41 sec

When will hail storms start developing? When can we as adjusters plan on needing to be ready for hail season? Today Max Olson dives into when hail season officially starts and why. He also gives us a historical overview of major catastrophic hails storms that have happened over the last decade as well as weather predictions for March 2021. Are you ready for hail season? Learn more about how to get started as an adjuster by Heading to IAPath.com Check out our books for adjusters at IAPath.com/books/  

Mar 8

11 min 51 sec

Today Koby Hearn dives into how to figure out how much money you are actually making. Profit and loss is more than an accounting term, it is how you can measure how successfully you are using your time. Tune in to hear Koby give us all great tips on keeping our profit and loss straight. Learn More about the Mentorships and Certifications by Heading to Training.IAPath.com Check out our video show at IAPath.com/videos/

Mar 1

30 min 35 sec

Chris Stanley & Tinecia (TJ) Johnson jump on to help adjusters make sure they think through jumping into the Texas winter storm gold rush that is taking place. Here in part 3 we discuss having a plan for AFTER the storm is done. How do you plan to have long-term success as an adjuster? THey help lay out the path for you.

Feb 25

22 min 39 sec

Chris Stanley & Tinecia (TJ) Johnson jump on to help adjusters make sure they think through jumping into the Texas winter storm gold rush that is taking place. They walk you through some things you need to have planned out so your deployment can be a success.

Feb 24

26 min 5 sec

Chris Stanley & Tinecia (TJ) Johnson jump on to help adjusters make sure they think through jumping into the Texas winter storm gold rush that is taking place. They provide food for thought for new and veteran adjusters so a good decision can be made by individual adjusters as well as clear up lots of confusion around how deployments work and why they don't always work out.

Feb 23

18 min 21 sec

Koby Hearn explains to us why the old saying "What you don't know can't hurt you" is FALSE. He shows how we should be exploring every aspect of your business to make sure we aren't sabotaging ourselves. Learn More about the Mentorships and Certifications by Heading to Training.IAPath.com Check out our video show at IAPath.com/videos/

Feb 22

23 min 8 sec

Hail is one of the main weather events that provide work for independent adjusters and many of us become obsessed with weather. In this episode, weather correspondent and instructor Max Olson dives into how hail actually forms. 

Feb 17

18 min 46 sec

In this wind filled episode, Chris Stanley, on his boat, fills us in on what will be changing with the podcast for the foreseeable future. Hear what to expect and why it matters to you and your adjusting career.

Feb 15

8 min 55 sec

Today Koby Hearn dives deep into the different types of goals and why setting a goal of $100k a year is not a good goal. He doesn't just leave you there but gives you further direction on how to set goals that you can control and cause you and your business to thrive.

Feb 8

23 min 41 sec

Today Max Olson takes the reigns and interviews Chris Stanley about how he lives on a sailboat with his wife and 3 kids. Hear what is hard about living on a boat, what they like, what adventures they've had, and how living on a boat has helped IA Path be successful. Learn More about the Mentorships and Certifications by Heading to Training.IAPath.com Check out our video show at IAPath.com/videos/

Feb 1

14 min 33 sec

Chris Stanley interviews IA Path instructor and weather correspondent Max Olson about how he broke into the industry through the body shop industry. They dive into why Max wanted to become an independent adjuster, what he learned from working at a shop, and whether he'd ever consider going back and much more. Learn More about the Mentorships and Certifications by Heading to Training.IAPath.com Check out our video show at IAPath.com/videos/

Jan 25

33 min 26 sec

Chris Stanley gives you 10 different goal ideas for 2021 and beyond. Some are common while others are not so common. There are goal ideas for new adjusters and seasoned veterans. Learn More about the Mentorships and Certifications by Heading to Training.IAPath.com Check out our video show at IAPath.com/videos/

Jan 18

16 min 55 sec

It is time to start making goals. January everyone gets excited about where they could go and who they can become. Chris shares his 4 part framework that he uses to set goals. He gives practical examples of how he uses it, how he's failed and succeeded based on this framework. Learn More about the Mentorships and Certifications by Heading to Training.IAPath.com Check out our video show at IAPath.com/videos/

Jan 12

32 min 45 sec

Adjusters work in a high-stress environment. They deal with people who are in tough situations and if you aren't careful, stress can make your life miserable. Chris brings on Chris Casaleggio author of Adjusting to a Career in Property and Casualty Claims, to talk about how to avoid and deal with stress as an adjuster.   Learn More about the Mentorships and Certifications by Heading to Training.IAPath.com Check out our video show at IAPath.com/videos/

Jan 6

18 min 41 sec

Being an insurance adjuster is a great career, but should you be considering becoming an independent or a company insurance adjuster? Chris dives into this huge decision in your career and goes over the benefit and drawbacks of each so you can make a good decision for you and your family. If you are interested in becoming an adjuster at an insurance company. Check out what Chris & his co-author John Bachmann learned through their interviews with the hiring managers of insurance companies by grabbing their Amazon Best-Selling book, Insurance Company Adjuster's Playbook on Amazon or at IAPath.com/books/ If interested in starting your own Independent Adjusting business you should take a look at the Independent Adjuster's Playbook.

Nov 2020

6 min 7 sec

I get asked all the time by aspiring adjusters, "Am I too old to become an insurance adjuster?"  Today I'll bring the stats and address that issue head-on. Learn More about the Mentorships and Certifications by Heading to Training.IAPath.com Check out our video show at IAPath.com/videos/

Nov 2020

5 min 41 sec