Florida's New Windshield Repair Law: What You Need to Know
I'm Craig Barbee, CEO of Barbee Jackson Insurance, and I want to discuss an important piece of legislation recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida. This new law aims to tackle an issue that has been affecting both consumers...Read More
Navigating Cyber Threats: Common Questions About Cyber Liability Insurance for Medical Offices
What is Cyber Liability Insurance, and why is it important for medical offices?Cyber liability insurance is a specialized form of insurance that protects medical offices from financial losses and legal liabilities resulting from...Read More
Insights into Florida's Skyrocketing Homeowners Insurance Premiums
Homeowners in Florida can expect a significant increase in insurance premiums in 2023, with projected average rates set to rise by a staggering 76%. This news comes as the state's insurance regulators approve an emergency assessment on...Read More
TGIF: The Benefits of Early Weekend Starts for Our Employees
🌞☕️ TGIF - Happy Friday, everyone! ☕️🌞At Barbee Jackson, we believe in work-life balance 🧘♀️, and that's why we're excited to give our hardworking staff an extra...Read More
Understanding Index Universal Life Insurance: Pros and Cons
I'm Craig Barbee, CEO and Life Insurance Expert at Barbee Jackson Insurance. Today, I want to talk about a type of life insurance policy that you may have heard of but might not be very familiar with...Index Universal Life Insurance...Read More
The Smart Choice: 7 Reasons to Buy Term Life Insurance
As the CEO of Barbee Jackson Insurance, I've seen firsthand the importance of life insurance in protecting families and businesses. That's why I'm passionate about helping our clients find the best life insurance solutions to fit their...Read More
5 Compelling Reasons to Pursue a Career in Commercial Lines Insurance with Barbee Jackson Insurance
5 Compelling Reasons to Pursue a Career in Commercial Lines Insurance with Barbee Jackson Insurance🏆 At Barbee Jackson Insurance, we believe that a career in Commercial Lines Insurance offers a wealth of opportunities for those...Read More
What is the Legal Limit of Alcohol in your blood if you have a CDL?
I was asked this question by the same person who was cited for operating a motor vehicle that was overweight for his license type, which was not a Class A Commercial Driver License. Click here to read that Blog - Florida Commercial...Read More
How Your Credit Score Can Impact Your Commercial Auto Insurance Premiums
As a commercial truck operator, it's important to understand how your credit score can affect the cost of your commercial auto insurance. Your credit score is a reflection of your financial responsibility, and many insurance companies...Read More
Florida Commercial Driver License Requirements
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the new law passed back in February of 2022 on who needs a CDL and who does not. This struck home when a close personal friend of mine was pulled over by Florida Highway Patrol for towing a...Read More
How the Wealthy use Tax Free Life Insurance to get Richer
Life insurance can be a powerful tool for wealthy individuals looking to transfer and preserve wealth. With proper planning and execution, life insurance can help ensure that wealth is passed down from one generation to the next,...Read More
Who's to BLAME - Florida Home Insurance Crisis
Who’s to BLAME for the rising costs of Florida Homeowners Insurance? I’m tired of answering this question on the phone everyday and out and about, so here is the answer and shockingly enough it isn’t 100% the Insurance...Read More
Dealership Insurance – Furnished versus Non-Furnished Auto
Of the thousands of dealerships we insure, very few dealers understand the coverages or how the coverages protect their business. Even worse, the agent they are using doesn’t understand the coverages either!How can this...Read More
Dealers Open Lot Insurance
One of the most valuable coverage options available to Dealerships is Dealers Open Lot (DOL) otherwise known as Physical Damage Coverage. DOL provides physical damage insurance for the dealerships inventory. This coverage comes in the...Read More
What is Dealer’s Open Lot?
Whether you are just getting started or have been in the business for years, many people are not aware that the state minimum liability will not cover their own inventory. Let me clarify that just a little, it will cover you driving an...Read More
How to Get a Dealer’s License in Florida?
Whether your hobby is buying and selling cars, or you have decided to go out on your own and start a dealership, it is important to know what steps to take get started. In this blog I will walk you through what you need to do, and when...Read More
What to Expect in the 2022 Hurricane Season
Anyone that has lived in Florida any length of time knows that Hurricane season will soon be upon us, specifically June 1st. And the “Experts” have weighed in…AccuWeather predicts 16 to 20 named storms and six to...Read More
You’ve Been LIED To About How Much Life Insurance You Need
As a young adult just getting started in insurance I was sent to Columbus, Ohio for a month to learn all aspects of insurance including Life Insurance. This school; was taught by Nationwide Insurance for all new associate agents. They...Read More
2021 UPDATE***Can you Insure a 15-Year-Old Roof in Florida?
***UPDATE***If you read this previous post I stated…“The roof is 15 years old…can you provide me with a quote? If it is a composite shingle roof the answer is most cases is No.”Well things have changed...Read More
Business Insurance for Boat Cleaning Business
The Boat Sales Market is on Fire🔥🔥🔥This is GREAT news for our Boat Detailers businesses across the United States! Never has so many people sick of being on lockdown gone out and bought a boat or upgraded to a...Read More
Save an Animal’s Life…But Know the Law!
A weather pattern referred to as the “ring of fire” will bring sweltering heat across the Gulf Coast for the next few days as temperatures will be in the high 90’s with the real feel temperatures above 100 degrees....Read More
Why Now is the Right Time to Secure Life Insurance…
If you found this page you’ve made the decision that Life Insurance is important in securing your Family’s Financial Future.Maybe you're newly marriedMaybe you’re a proud new mother or fatherMaybe you purchased a...Read More
Hurricane Season 2021…Here we go again!
What realtors need to know about closing homes during the season…This time of year is not only challenging for Realtors, but also for the Insurance Agents you work with get you buyers closed. 2020 Hurricane Season was a...Read More
Realtors…What are your Auto Insurance Limits?
As a realtor you spend an unusually high portion of your time traveling between appointments, showings, and other related activities. You are also the definition of a “Distracted Driver” with the amount of phone calls and...Read More
Hip or Gable Roof?
Knowing the difference between a hip and gable roof can save your buyer hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on your insurance (depending on the size and value of the home).Hip Roofs are the preferred roof type by Florida based...Read More
5 Ways to Protect Pets This Winter
Protect Your PetsLiving in the South doesn’t mean we don’t get the occasional cold snap. Protect your beloved pets by following these simple guidelines.Keep Your Pets InsideThe belief that dogs and cats are resistant to the...Read More
Christmas Tree Fires – Video
One of my favorite holiday traditions is picking out the Christmas TreeIt was always done as a family and holds some of my fondest memories, and one I have continued with my son. Our goal is always to get the fattest, fullest tree,...Read More
What do I do if I have a Trucking Claim?
We have discussed ways to proactively reduce your chances of having claims in earlier blogs. We have went over the most common characteristics of companies with bad claim records and etc. It is always best to do whatever you can to...Read More
What type of Cargo is the Cheapest to Haul?
Clients ask this question often. The answer is kind of complicated. Where you are in the country or what commodities you are set up to haul help determine the answer to the question. However, there are a few types of cargo that are...Read More
Garage Keepers Insurance for Florida Service and Repair Shops
Garage Keepers Insurance is an optional coverage on the liability policy that you may purchase to protect your customers vehicles while they are in your possession. There are three different levels of coverage to consider.Who Needs the...Read More
Do dealers have to ride with the customers on test drives?
Depending on the operations guidelines and/or the dealership insurance, someone may accompany the customer on the test drive. We can provide information and insight, however, the decision on how to conduct this aspect of the business...Read More
What Does Commercial Trucking Insurance Cover?
Commercial Trucking Insurance is made up of several types of coverage. The coverage you need for your specific trucking company can depend on many factors such as what you haul, how far you go, and etc. Today I am going to talk...Read More
What are the Requirements to Start a Small Car Dealer?
When most people think of car dealers, they think of the large franchise lot with hundreds of cars. While that is one type of operation, it can be overwhelming to think of all that goes in to starting a dealership. If you are wanting...Read More
How do I start a Trucking Company?
Here at Barbee Jackson Insurance we deal with new trucking start ups on a daily basis. Today I am going to go over the basics of what you need to do once you decide to start a new trucking venture. It is obviously important that you...Read More
How much Does Semi-Truck Insurance Cost?
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to commercial trucking insurance premiums. Several factors go into determining your unique insurance profile. Today I am going to discuss some of the factors that go into determining how much...Read More
2020 Hurricane Season and the Coronavirus
Floridians have much to worry about this year. First off, we are dealing with the coronavirus and now is almost the start of hurricane season. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming Atlantic Hurricane Season…...Read More
Trucking Insurance – High Driver Turnover Will Put You Out of Business
How does driver turnover cause trucking operations to close their doors?From an insurance standpoint high driver turnover equals more claims. Claim activity can make you unprofitable for the insurance carrier causing them to non-renew...Read More
Coronavirus Stimulus Bill
Many of us remember the Financial Crisis of 2008. BIG businesses and banks received billions of dollars of economic relief from the tax payers for an economic crisis that they created. During this period millions of small businesses...Read More
Want to be Smarter? How about Exercising More!
We all know that exercise reduces the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, improves your mood, plus it increases your focus, but what about your brain? Does exercising make you smarter?The University of British Columbia...Read More
Florida Back-to-School Tax Holiday – 2019
Yes, it’s that time of year again…Back-to-School Tax Holiday! First for the good news. Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories that are $1,000 or less are now Tax Exempt. That is a huge improvement over...Read More
Crestview Life Insurance
Nobody likes to think about the death of a loved one, but in the end, we are all going to die. If you knew the exact age of your death buying Life Insurance would be easy…just buy it the day before. But it is not that easy. You...Read More
Is a Career as an Insurance Agent Right for You?
Let’s clear up one thing before we start, the death of the Insurance Agent is not happening any time soon and will probably never happen. In fact, employment of insurance agents is expected to grow 10 percent over the next ten...Read More
5 Things you Need to Know about Rental Home Insurance
Insuring rental properties is much different than insuring your primary residence. As a property owner you face losses from unforeseen scenarios that could result in the loss of the home or other monetary damage. The most common losses...Read More
Turkey Fryer Safety Tips
Like many other Americans, this Thanksgiving our family will be deep frying our turkey. A time-honored tradition at the Barbee household. It is important to remember safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association, every...Read More
Protection That Matters – Term Life Insurance
Florida Term Life InsuranceNow is the right time to protect your family against the devastating loss of a loved one with Term Life Insurance.Let’s face it, nobody wants to talk about the loss of a loved one. Death is one of the...Read More
Florida Back-to-School Tax Holiday
Florida Back-to-School Tax HolidayAugust 3rd – 5thYes, it’s that time of year again…Back-to-School Tax Holiday! First the bad news, our lawmakers in Tallahassee failed to include technology items like new computers in...Read More
How to file a Commercial Truck Claim
I was just involved in an accident. What do I do?Vehicle accidents happen every day. They are one of the most common causes of injury and property damage in the country. Clients that drive big trucks have many of the same problems as...Read More
Florida Cargo Insurance
My insurance company told me that they won’t insure my cargo in Florida. Can I get cargo insurance on its own?More and more insurance companies are refusing to offer cargo insurance for Florida truckers. Our unique environment in...Read More
Auto Dealership Non-Renewal, What Now? – Zurich Insurance
With the recent announcement that Zurich Insurance will be non-renewing a large portion of their Auto Dealerships in Florida, as well as other select states, it leaves many business’ wondering what do we do now? The obvious...Read More
Zurich Insurance to Non-Renew Dealerships
Zurich Insurance made historic news by announcing it will non-renew certain types of dealerships in Florida and other states across the United States.A Zurich Insurance spokesperson announced, “We are reshaping our auto dealer...Read More
2018 Hurricane Preparation – Florida
Memorial Day Weekend was a wakeup call that we need to take this, like every other hurricane season, seriously. We may not be able to control the weather, but we can control how prepared we are in the event of a storm making landfall...Read More
2018 Orlando Tow Show
We recently had the opportunity to attend the annual Tow Show in Orlando Florida. The tow show is an extraordinary event that brings together small business owners, tow vendors, and product vendors. The tow show really helps highlight...Read More
Missing Coverage Could Save You Hundreds…Maybe Thousands!
Comp Time!Hard to believe buying extra Auto Insurance coverage could actually save you money, but it is 100% true. For over 20 years I’ve worked in the insurance field and one coverage option over-and-over again has saved my...Read More
Here we go again…2018 Hurricane Season Forecast!
It’s around this time every year that Colorado State University releases its Atlantic Hurricane forecast and, as usual, they are predicting a “slightly above-normal year”.They are forecasting between 12 to 15...Read More
Lower Your Hurricane Deductible
Hurricane Season officially kicks off in June and now is the time to start reviewing your Homeowners Insurance, more specifically…Your Hurricane Deductible!For years Florida Home Insurance Carriers had a standard 2% Hurricane...Read More
What you can do to get Better Auto Insurance Rates?
Insurance carriers use hundreds of factors to determine your auto insurance rates. Many of these factors you are unable to control, but there are five (5) factors you can control to help save money on your Auto Insurance.5 Factors To...Read More
Contractors Insurance Certificate of Insurance Requirements
Additional Insured & Waiver of SubrogationAs construction booms, and the litigious nature in which you operate in grows, requirements for obtaining jobs are becomes more stringent. As these requirements become a more regular...Read More
Getting a DOT Number
Why are insurance companies so interested in my DOT number?We see dozens of new ventures every year at Barbee Jackson Insurance. There is something about owning your own tractor and setting out on the open road that is very alluring....Read More
How do I start my own Trucking Company?
One of the unique opportunities we have here at Barbee Jackson Insurance is writing insurance for new ventures. We enjoy talking with customers that have made the big decision to start their own business. Starting a trucking company is...Read More
Crestview Christmas Parade
The Main Street Crestview Association will host its annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Crestview on Saturday, December 2, 2017 starting at 5pm. The theme this year for the floats will be favorite Christmas Movies and Stories.All of us...Read More
Top 10 Tractors and Trailers 2017
Barbee Jackson InsuranceThe list below is made up of 10 different tractors and trailers that are considered some of the best in the field for certain types of trips and loads. This is an opinion piece so if you disagree with the...Read More
Protecting Your Family Through Term Life Insurance
Protecting Your Family – Term Life InsuranceTerm Life Insurance has never been more affordable and now is the time to protect your family against the devastating loss of a loved one. With a Term Life Insurance policy, you pay a...Read More
What is the Average Cost of Commercial Truck Insurance?
The cost of Commercial Truck Insurance varies by state, how your filed with the Department of Transportation (DOT), driving record, previous insurance, and your credit score. The average cost is $8,500 for experienced owner operators...Read More
How to find Good Home Insurance in Crestview Florida?
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has not been kind for many Floridians. Hurricane Irma is estimated to cost Florida Home Insurance Carriers upwards of $25 billion dollars and we aren’t even finished with the hurricane season...Read More
Florida Funeral Home Insurance 101
How To Save Money On Your Funeral Home InsuranceAs a Funeral Home in Florida, it is important to look for ways to save money where possible. One way you may not have looked at recently is the cost of insurance, specifically...Read More
Tesla trucking Part 2. Autonomous Trucks are not going to be stealing anyone’s job anytime soon.
Elon Musk is the famous billionaire owner and founder of Tesla Motors (As well as Space X).Mr. Musk has been in the news a lot lately. He is a very interesting individual with some extremely intriguing ideas. To give you an idea of the...Read More
Towing or Auto Hauler, what is Your Business?
What Type Of Transportation Business Do you Operate?As a commercial auto/trucking insurance specialist, this is a question that we get quite often. The common misconception is that if it is a tow truck that is being operated, that it...Read More
The Future of Trucking
The Future of TruckingElon Musk, CEO of Tesla is making moves against big trucking manufactures like Peterbilt and FreightlinerI have been working with commercial truckers going on 10 years now. I absolutely love my clientele. Truckers...Read More
You’ve Decided To Open A Garage!
Garage Liability InsuranceOnce the decision is made to open a garage operation, whether it is a sales or service facility, the process is often started with what is needed. When it comes to the insurance, it is often, “what does...Read More
2017 Hurricane Outlook for Crestview, FL Homeowners
Preparing for the 2017 Hurricane SeasonThe 2017 Hurricane Season is just around the corner and is predicted to be “Average.” According to most forecast models we are predicting 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major...Read More
Game Changer? Uber Freight Brokerage is here!
Uber Freight Brokerage Has Arrived!It has arrived! There is a new way to book trucking loads. Uber, the hugely successful creator of the do it yourself taxi service, is now making its way into Trucking. This tool could be a huge...Read More
Understanding Your Hurricane Deductible in Crestview, Florida
Whether you have owned a home in Crestview, FL for years, or this is a first-time purchase, you may have read or heard that you have a Hurricane Deductible on your Florida Home Insurance policy. A hurricane deductible is a separate...Read More
What is the difference between Excess and Umbrella Insurance?
What is the difference between Excess and Umbrella Insurance?Excess and Umbrella insurance is a very important coverage to have whether you are in construction or work in an office. Often excess insurance and umbrella insurance are...Read More
7 Important Safety Tips and Practices for Truckers
Important Safety Tips and Practices for TruckersTrucking is one of the most dangerous professions in the United States. There were over 300,000 accidents involving large trucks in 2012 alone. This resulted in over 100,000 injuries....Read More
Untimely Death of a “Star” Employee – Key Employee Life Insurance
Have you ever imagined what would happen if one of your key employees suddenly died?What would it take in time and money to replace this valuable individual? Could this loss cost the business valuable clients or contacts during the...Read More
Workers’ Compensation and the 1099 MYTH
At one time or another, almost every business owner will have to confront the decision of hiring employees. The first step in deciding whether or not to grow the business would be the cost to hire an employee(s). This is where things...Read More
First off it is important to understand that hotshot trucking is a vital component in commercial trucking.The drivers are usually single vehicle, owner-operators, that work freelance for the freight industry. They transport smaller...Read More
4 Tips for Alabama Semi Truck Insurance
Finding the Right Alabama Semi Truck InsuranceDo you wonder if you are receiving the best price for your Alabama semi truck insurance?Is there a concern that if you had an accident you wouldn’t be covered? Are you a new...Read More