Monday, April 13, 2015

The Basics of Business Insurance

If you own a business, then you need business insurance, plain and simple. The not so simple part, however, is determining what type of insurance you are required to have and what types of coverage, even if optional, you need to stay as safe as possible.

Assess Your Risk
To begin with, the first thing to do is to assess your business and the risks it faces. If you have
workers who regularly go out and put themselves in dangerous situations for their jobs, for example, then you’re going to need worker’s compensation coverage. Likewise, if you have company vehicles, then you need commercial automobile coverage. Other types of coverage might not apply to your business however. Figure out, first of all, what types of insurance you’re required to hold by law. Then, from there, determine what optional coverages you need and in what amounts. The right insurance broker can help you with the entire process from start to finish.

Shop Around
As mentioned, a broker can be extremely helpful to you when it comes time to make important decisions about your coverage. You can either contact brokers who specialize in each type of insurance you need, or, best case scenario, you can find one broker to handle all of your coverage needs. Just be sure to shop around to find the most qualified broker with the most affordable prices. Remember, though, great service beats out a great price anytime; it’s worth it to pay a little bit more if it means you’ll get a more attentive broker and more extensive coverage.

Show How You Operate
No matter what broker you choose, it’s extremely important for him or her to understand how your business operates. So, make sure you have all your basic business paperwork in order and ready to show to your broker. This will enable him or her to determine the coverage levels that you need as well as to ensure you haven’t missed out on securing any important type of coverage.

Cut Costs
Once you have a broker and the necessary insurance, work hard to keep costs low. By providing your employees with both required and optional safety training and being sure that all required safety equipment is installed and operating, you can avoid accidents and violations that would increase your premium costs.

As you can see, there’s a lot to know about business insurance, but following these tips will get you off to a great start!

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