Simple & Smart Answers for Professional Independent Adjusters


Adjusters, You're Wearing Yourselves Thin

May 9, 2016 | Adrian Eskew

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Being an adjuster is very hard work. Most people get into the field having seen a friend or relative benefitting from the financial advantages, but few took the time to really evaluate the difficulty of the profession. Limited sleep, disrupted schedules, ...

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Coinsurance Demystified

Coinsurance can be a tricky subject and outside of preparing an ITV in Xactimate, most adjusters are not often faced with how to properly calculate and document coinsurance, let alone apply penalties and communicate with the insured regarding proper documentation. ...

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IndieAdjuster.org Gets a Makeover: 5 Reasons The Site Needed An Update and What It Means For You!

April 8, 2016 | Adrian Eskew

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Websites are an interesting thing. Who would have considered years ago that the modern web wouldn't be dominated by blue links on a white background, but instead by users primarily accesing their site on a handheld phone! We live in exciting times and ...

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Master Your Adjuster Resume With These Simple Steps

January 8, 2016 | Adrian Eskew

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While resumes have certainly declined as the sole deciding factor in hiring decisions over the past few years, that does not make them any less important. A well written and organized resume may help you land claims long after it was submitted. In this ...

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Should You Start A Business In 2016?

One of the unique things I did last year was establish a limited liability company to run all of my various business ventures through. This idea came from some great advice that I received from my accountant (if you don’t have a CPA, I highly recommend ...

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Xactimate Professional Review

March 27, 2015 | Adrian Eskew

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I recently contacted Xactware and they were gracious enough to give me trial access to Xactimate Pro for a short period. Although I haven’t had the opportunity to fully evaluate the potential of this package, I have had the chance to develop some opinions ...

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Talking (s)Mac: Using a Mac to Adjust Claims?

March 6, 2015 | Adrian Eskew

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I remember discretely holding the phone to my ear as though I was making a phone call — just to get that shot. It was the holy grail of ridiculousness. Lined up along the windows of the coffee shop, basking in pure hipster bliss, were at least five mac ...

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A three-step approach to working with Contractors and Public Adjusters

February 27, 2015 | Jim Sylvester

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This week you are in for a special treat! My good friend, Jim Sylvester, has put together a post that is sure to boost your productivity as an adjuster. Jim has spent nearly his entire career in the insurance industry and not only has a CPCU designation ...

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21 Xactimate Tricks You’re Probably Not Using, But Should Be

February 20, 2015 | Adrian Eskew

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Xactimate has been around for a long time…a really long time. Xactware launched in 1986 with their flagship product for contractors and insurance adjusters, Xactimate. With their 30th birthday right around the corner, Xactware is showing no signs of loosening ...

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Finding Success As An Independent Adjuster

February 4, 2015 | Adrian Eskew

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I began my adjusting career in one of those movie-style semi-reckless moments, quitting my job and just venturing out into the unknown. It required learning new skills, meeting new people and venturing far outside my comfort zone.
So how did it work ...

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Tips For Managing Email Clutter

December 8, 2014 | Adrian Eskew

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Without a doubt, email is one of the better tools to come out of the technology age. I love the simplicity of sending a message out and awaiting an eventual return. It helps keep things productive and avoids the trap of lengthy phone calls.
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7 Independent Adjuster Winter Survival Tips

December 8, 2014 | Adrian Eskew

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I was talking to a friend of mine recently that happens to be an independent adjuster as well. We were swapping stories about recent claims when the conversation turned towards how business was going, knowing the inevitable winter/holiday slow-down that ...

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Independent Adjusters - You Need A Budget

December 1, 2014 | Adrian Eskew

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My first few years as an independent adjuster were great. Never before had I made so much money. Coming from an industry where large influxes of cash were rare into one where you could easily realize multiple thousands of dollars in less than a month ...

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Making It Work For You – The Flipped Adjusting Schedule

November 14, 2014 | Adrian Eskew

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One of my favorite strategies for closing more files has always been the ‘flipped’ schedule. That is, a day that is the complete opposite of how most adjusters line up their schedules. You know what I’m talking about, start early, end late and then work ...

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