Easy Insurance Tips for Small Businesses and Startups

The purpose of insurance is to make you or your business intact after a loss or incident. Most people know what personal insurance they need, but once you enter the business world, there is a list of new things that can be returned to the company. 

Here are some tips that can help you get ready to ensure your new business:
Find out what your industry's obligations - This is usually the first step in ensuring your new business and requires due diligence. The good announcement is that you can usually combine this with your overall business research and save time. Look at businesses from all sides and find out where businesses in your field can be sued or obligations can arise. Some questions to ask are:   
  • Do you have employees who can be hurt physically or emotionally?
  • Do you have a physical presence that needs to be protected?
  • Are non-employees in your business location?
  • Do you have a product that has the potential to hurt someone?
  • Do your employees need to drive as part of their business activities?
  • Can you be sued for something like slander or slander? ( Blogs, reviews, etc.)   
Know what type of insurance you will get - After you determine where your business can be vulnerable, you must find out what insurance is needed to protect against these potential liabilities. The good news for many businesses is that the general commercial liability policy will cover most of the general things that are the responsibility of the business. 

Commercial general liability policies can be combined with property insurance to cover various forms of liability and business property. Even with this combination (often referred to as the Business Owner Package or BOP), there are still gaps in coverage. 

Professional service industries, such as accountants and insurance agents, generally require and additional coverage called Professional Liability Insurance or Errors and Negligence (E&O.) This protects them if they are accused of taking negligible actions. For example, if an insurance agent receives a premium payment by check from a customer but puts it in their drawer and forgets to deposit it so that their protection is not following their homeowner's policy, if the house is burned, the insurance agent can be sued for negligence. By not sending payments on time, the insured is no longer covered, and it is the fault of the insurance agent.  

Insurance is to make the business intact again - Insurance is best used as a tool to make the business intact after a large loss, not covering any small scratches or ding that appears. New businesses and new companies usually lack cash, and they can save money by increasing deductibles and providing little protection. This might sound counterintuitive, but it allows businesses to keep their cash flow higher and put more into the business at first.     

The purpose of insurance for your business is to prevent the possibility of you having to close the shop due to a lawsuit or loss. Bringing a low deductible will increase your premium and reduce the amount of cash available to get a land business. It is necessary to find out how much you can afford to pay from the coffers of business and match your deductible with it. A lower amount might sound interesting, but sending a monthly check won't be the same.