Jeremy’s Journal, the Ups and downs of being a scratch, independent insurance agency owner

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Hey there, fellow business enthusiasts! Welcome to Jeremy’s Journal the 1 Take, where I give you an inside look into the ups and downs of running a scratch independent insurance agency. I’m Jeremy Ochsner, and I’m excited to share my journey with you.

Let’s dive into the highlights of my week:

Celebrating Family Moments Amidst Challenges

Last week was a rollercoaster ride, to say the least. Despite facing obstacles like dealing with carriers acting strangely and navigating through various business challenges, I firmly believe in maintaining a champion mindset. You see, it’s not about avoiding difficulties; it’s about either hitting your goals or learning and improving along the way.  If it was pass or fail, i.e. I hit my goals or not; there’d be a ton of failing right now.  I’m learning and doing the things which get me closer to my goals.  I’m doing some of the right activities.

One bright spot was celebrating my father’s 78th birthday. While he battles Alzheimer’s and things aren’t as they used to be, his perseverance continues to inspire me. It was heartwarming to share the day with him, enjoying his favorite German chocolate cake amidst the chaos of the week. Link to the video, click here.

Business Ventures and Lessons Learned

In the realm of business, the week brought its share of wins and setbacks. From making promising contacts and setting up appointments to facing last-minute cancellations, it was a whirlwind. But amidst it all, there were victories worth celebrating.

One standout moment was helping a client save a whopping $4,000 on their sales tax bond through our user-friendly bond portal. It’s moments like these that reaffirm the value we provide to our clients and keep us motivated to push forward.

Navigating Challenges with Resilience

Sure, there were moments when I fell short of my call goals and felt the weight of running the agency solo. But rather than dwelling on the setbacks, I’m focused on finding solutions and making progress. After all, it’s not about perfection; it’s about perseverance and growth.

Seeking Inspiration and Growth

Amidst the chaos, I find solace in seeking inspiration and investing in personal development. Whether it’s drawing wisdom from historical figures like Michelangelo, via 10x is Easier than 2x or learning from modern sales gurus like Josh Braun, every nugget of knowledge fuels my journey toward becoming the best version of myself.

Embracing the Journey


As I wrap up another eventful week, I’m reminded of the power of resilience, support of important people in my life, and continuous learning. While challenges may abound, so do opportunities for growth and success. So here’s to embracing the journey, facing each obstacle with courage, and striving for greatness in both business and life.

Thanks for joining me on this edition of Jeremy’s Journal. Until next time, here’s to your business success and may you have a fantastic day ahead!

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