Lorenzo’s Blog

Lorenzo’s Blog is provided as a source for updated information, news and answers to questions frequently asked by students and fellow insurance adjusters.

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While most are dreaming of success, winners wake-up and work hard to achieve it.”

Waiting For The Call To Work

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

I receive numerous calls from adjusters regarding the question, “When will I receive the

call to work?” While I continue to post on my FB page the weather events that have

been taking place over the last couple of days, these events must generate enough claims

(damage to houses) to create a “catastrophe event” for insurance companies.

Your time will come when you will get the call to work, but the question remains, will you

be ready? Are you up to date on your Xactimate? Will you be able to handle the claims?

ARE YOU PREPARED???

Send me an email at LorenzoJackson@PropertyAdjustingAcademy.com and allow us to

evaluate your readiness.

 

 

Your Path to Possibilities – Must read story

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

         Wow. That’s what I’m thinking as I sit here at work-in a new career as an Adjuster, typing my story in my spare time. Just over 3 months ago, I was struggling; trapped inside of a 15 year career that was coming to a dead end.  I was a successful sought after barber for many years, but the industry slowly started to change, mainly because of so many aspiring shop owners who knew nothing about the business,  were suddenly opening  up their own. Don’t get me wrong, Ownership is a good thing. I get that. However, not everybody’s meant to be a leader or an owner without first learning under the wings of a more experienced one first, though they may have a desire to do so. As a result, people began to make foolish moves like opening up salons and barbershops within a few hundred feet of each other, let alone a 3 mile radius. I must admit: I saw it coming long before it happened. It was bad for business. Soon, Customers would begin sacrificing quality for convenience; the relationship that existed between the client and their trusted barber was coming to a close. I slowly found myself in a situation where I spent years building relationships with people, only to have most of those relationships die simply because a new barbershop opened closer to a client than I was, or because some new guy down the street was cheaper than me. I knew it would happen. In fact, I made a promise to myself that when it did begin to happen, I would get out of the business and cut my losses.  However, I didn’t make that move fast enough. It’s very hard for me to give up. Not to mention the fact that I still had relationships with some of my die hard Customers who still valued my service, consistency, dedication, and friendship; Lorenzo and His Son being 2 of them.

        As the industry became more and more unstable, so did the money. I tried to stick with it and ride out the struggle. As a result, I lost everything. After moving back home to my Mom’s house and waking up one morning to find my car had been repossessed, I filed for Bankruptcy at the age of 29 just to get the car back. I would soon fail that bankruptcy, and have to file again 2 years later, at which point I ended up meeting the Woman who is now my Fiancé’.  Great… Now I have a Woman worth holding on to, and I’m in my second bankruptcy, living at home with my Mom.  I’M SURE SHE’LL STICK AROUND lol. To my surprise, she actually did; even when I failed my second bankruptcy and lost the same car I had been fighting to keep for so long.  I felt like such a failure. She was the only good thing I had going at that time, and it was amazing to me that she was still around.  She proposed to me 4 months into our relationship-at a time when all hell was breaking loose in my life. That, for me, changed everything. Now, I HAD to make a change for US.
        My good friend (and at that time, Client) Lorenzo had been coming to me for about 6 years through all of this. For the next 2 years, he would work to convince me that it was time to step out on faith and try something different, that I might attain a different result. All of the failure I suffered as a result of the poor choices I made would now make me fearful of making the right one. I saw the money. I saw him make it for years. Still, I thought, that’s just his personal experience, and it doesn’t mean it will work for me. The problem was, THIS was no longer working for me either. I remember the day that changed it all for me: Lorenzo previously called me to set an appointment for him and his son to get haircuts. They showed up-on time as usual. Lorenzo sat down in my chair, and as I was cutting his hair, we got into a deep conversation as we often would. “Let me show you something”, he said. He pulls out his phone to show me an email of a job offer for an adjuster to come and work for $4,000 a week for 3 months-no experience necessary. “See, Man? If you had your license, I could’ve turned you on to this.” He said. That, for me, was the “be all-end all”.  I took the class the following month, determined not to miss another opportunity.  I was struggling for nothing, and should’ve made this move a long time ago.
        My Fiancé and Lorenzo supported me throughout the entire transition.  I went through the class, I went down to Hammond and attained my State Farm Certification, and before I could even leave Hammond, I got an offer of deployment. The first day on the new job, I made $455, and I have made that every day for the last 115 days. I’m still learning. I didn’t know any of this when I started. I was just a barber. I have no contracting background, and at first it was a little intimidating because I’m surrounded by them. They all have experience. They know everything there is to know about roofing and construction. I don’t know anything. However, I decided to turn that into a positive, because at the end of the day, we’re all making the same amount of money regardless of experience, and I can use their expertise to my advantage simply by making friends and asking questions when I’m unsure about something. So here I sit: A 15 year barber- turned rookie adjuster that went from failed bankruptcies and major money issues-to IMMEDIATELY making over $9,000 a month and on my way to a debt free life for me and my Fiancé.  My money no longer depends on whether or not someone decides to sit in my barber chair. Now, my money depends solely on me sitting in THIS chair, and every time I touch it: $455. This is my first assignment, and on top of the 3 months I already have, I’m slated to get 3 more months out of it. I have my own company that will grow when I carry out my vision, and I’m getting ready to start a second one.  My Fiancé is no longer stressed and working overtime to help me pay bills. I’ve bought her everything I wanted to get her for her birthday, but couldn’t afford to. And for Christmas, I gave her $3000 cash as a way of saying thank you for everything she’s done to support me.  I dropped the money like it was nothing; without a second thought. 
        This is just a small portion of my story. There’s so much more I wanted to share, but I have claims to close. It’s time for me to “man back in”. You’ll find out what that means-if you take a chance and go for it. All I can tell you is, your Life can completely change from this moment- to 2 months from now. The reality is, that change depends on what you decide to do right now. If I made it here, there’s no reason you can’t. No Experience. No Degree; Just a 3 day license and a certification that took one week to get.. That’s not a bad deal for $9,400 a month. I spent $600 to get here. Think about that.
 
 

Motivational Quote of the Day

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

“Remember that:
Money will always match your mindset.”

— Dr. Joe Vitale: Motivational author and speaker

 

The Hurricane Season is Coming to an End

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

Good evening All,

Hurricane season is quickly coming to an end and now it is time to get prepared for the upcoming Winterstorms and Hailstorms.

For all of you that are not aware of  how busy we are during the Winter months, Liberty Mutual had over 10,000 claims last season, which generated a large demand for in office adjusters in the Grand Prairie, Texas office.

It is very important that you that are licensed,  to continue with your education and training by learning Xactimate and Basic Adjusting skills.

Those that are not licensed yet, our first Texas Adjuster license class will be held the first weekend of February 2012.

Keep in touch and let me know how things are going.

Sincerely,

Lorenzo

 

Motivational Quote of The Day

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

Some People Dream of Success, While Others Wake Up and Work Hard At It

A STORY OF SUCCESS

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

For All of You That Need Help In Believing The Possible:

My name is Alex Hernandez and I attended Property Adjusting Academy’s Licensing and Xactimate programs. I am 24 yrs old and was working a job with no growth potential, I was unhappy because I knew I had the drive to be great at anything but because of my construction work history it was nearly impossible to get my foot into any office job. When I finally did, three years later, I was satisfied for a time but knew that deep down I had more to offer, than to be a document scanner. After spending a year and a half as a scanner of medical documents I realized that all I would ever be was a scanner or customer service agent, which was really like a lateral move, with the most senior CS agents only averaging a dollar or two more than I was. To say the least I felt stuck and disheartened, but just as I was ready to admit defeat my entire career and life changed within a matter of months.

 I don’t have a college degree, and I’ve felt that not having that has always worked against me, but one day I was talking to an adjuster and didn’t even know it. He was telling me about his days out in the field and how rewarding his adjusting career was, the next question I had was……How can I do that? He told me to get a license issued by the state and after that everything would fall into place, he gave me a card with one name and a number and said give him a call. I called, and a man named Lorenzo answered, I told him who I was and who had referred me and listened to him explain the process of how to become an adjuster but I was apprehensive about paying what I thought at the time was a lot for the licensing and Xactimate class. The next class was in Louisiana and I was in Texas, I had only enough money for the classes but not the travel, but Lorenzo offered to help so I took vacation from my scanning job and rode with him down to Baton Rouge and got licensed.

 One week before, I had taken his weekend Xactimate class, and now that I was licensed and I was ready to take on the adjusting world. I had applied to many Independent Adjusting Firms but had no calls back and maintained at my day job working 7-4 scanning paper. Then I heard on the news that there was a possibility of a hurricane hitting the east coast of the U.S., her name was Irene. I received a call not a few days later from an Independent adjusting firm who explained that they had a position for me if I could come in the next day—I left my job of 1.5yrs in one day. Irene had not yet hit and I was sitting in a room with 50 other adjusters as we were briefed on the claims and volume we could expect.

 When we were finally filling out the paperwork to be hired it came as a shock to me that the daily rate at which I was going to work was as much as one weeks pay at my old job. I worked for a month and a half during Irene and had one month off then worked for another two weeks, but the most amazing thing is that I made more money within the accumulative two months of working and one month off than I had in one year solid of being a document scanner. Adjusting is an extremely fulfilling career, not a job, and if you think you are up to giving a career a shot that’s a little outside the box, you can be compensated for what you know your worth and not what the declining economy thinks you are. Thank you for everything Lorenzo, now I have a title that I can be proud of.

 

                                                                                                -Alex Hernandez

                                                                                                  Property Insurance Adjuster

 

Hang In There

Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

Good morning All,

I receive quite a few calls everyday from the students that have completed the Adjuster License courses. The most common question is, ” I have my license, NOW WHAT?”  I would suggest that you send your resume to as many Independent Firms as possible, and follow up with calls on a weekly basis.

The Winter season is quickly approaching and there will be opportunities for you to work some of the Winter storms in January thru March, but you have to let Independent Firms know that you are HERE.

I will continue to build relationships with decision makers, so I can get all of you working.

Hang In There.

Lorenzo

 

 

 

 

Motivational Quote of The Day

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”  – Deepak Chopra

New Year

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

Good evening Family,

Property Adjusting Academy is getting  ready for the New Year. We have our class schedules for February thru June of 2012 on our website.

Check us out on our new website, www.InsuranceAdjusterNow.com.

Thanks for all of the support.

Lorenzo

 

Success

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Lorenzo News and Comments |

“For true success ask yourself these four questions, Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?

James Allen