1. The Captive Model
The captive model is one where the entrepreneur is dedicated wholly to one organization or product. Once established, a captive business owner operates like it’s parent organization and may be paid salary, commissions and benefits by that company, as well as receive advertising budgets and a client list. However, working under a captive model limits entrepreneurs to only specific products that may not be in the best interest of the client.

Pros: Absolute understanding of products and quality
Cons: Less flexibility and fewer options

2. The Independent Model
Independent business owners operate on their own, potentially representing a variety of products. This allows entrepreneurs to offer a wide range of options to their clients. As an independent business owner, you have complete autonomy and control over your day-to-day. You get to build your unique reputation and have the freedom to shop around for the deals and products that are in the best interest of your clients. However, running an independent business means you’re doing all of the back-office support tasks in addition to selling, which may put strain on your time.

Pros: Versatility, control and higher profits
Cons: Administrative burdens and building a brand from scratch

3. The Franchise Model
A franchise owner someone who purchases the rights to operate under an established brand. If you opt for a franchise, you'll receive comprehensive training and ongoing support to succeed in your industry. Franchises offer access to valuable resources, marketing materials and operational systems that can streamline your business. Additionally, opening a franchise can reduce your business's risk, thanks to the proven business model and support of the franchisor. However, there are upfront costs, ongoing payments and less control over larger business decisions.

Pros: Proven model and support network
Cons: Less decision-making power and higher costs

Can you have it all?
There are business that offer not only independent broker services but also franchise opportunities, like Goosehead Insurance. These models provide a comprehensive platform for professionals to expand their expertise and tap into a rewarding entrepreneurial journey.

What drives you? Whichever model you choose should depend on your professional goals, financial situation and specific needs. Consider factors such as product options, cost, customer service and reputation in the industry. Fully evaluating these aspects can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your business or personal requirements.

Consulting with an professional can help you understand the pros and cons of starting a franchise, indpendent or captive business. Book an appointment today with a Goosehead’s team to learn more about which model is best for you.

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