Your company will be better protected from potential losses and liabilities if it has small business insurance. Business insurance can assist in covering claims resulting from professional errors and natural disasters. As well as bodily injuries and property damage. If you do not have this coverage for your company, you will have to to pay the cost of any claims out of your own personal assets. This forces the owners of many small businesses to make the difficult decision to permanently close their businesses. Continue reading this article if you want to learn how to obtain insurance for your small business.
Looking for business insurance and making sure you’re getting all the coverage you need can get complicated. So, let’s break down what you need to do to start.
Obtaining business insurance is as complicated as any other aspect of managing a company. In order to provide you with an insurance policy, insurance companies require a substantial amount of information about your needs, risks, coverages, and costs.
You might be familiar with some of it or have it handy. While other details might be trickier to track down. EZ can help in that regard. We have helped thousands of other customers through the commercial insurance application process. So, we know what is required of you and how to get it. Let’s go over the requirements so the application process goes as quickly and easily as possible.
Business Operation Information
Your insurance agent or company will need a thorough understanding of your company’s operations in order to provide you with an accurate quote. If you’re in the contracting business, for instance, it’s not enough to know that you’re an electrician. The percentage of commercial versus residential work you do, whether or not you use subcontractors, do you use ladders or scaffolding, do you install alarms, etc., are all relevant details.
The types of questions you’ll be asked vary widely by profession. It’s fine if you don’t know the answers right away. But you’ll save time and energy if you have a solid grasp of your operations before beginning the application process. In order to receive quotes from insurance companies based solely on operational exposures, you must be as specific as possible with your agent.
Ownership and Experience
Questions about yourself, such as how long you’ve been in business and how much experience you have, will be asked. As well as questions about your company’s operations. Your quote will be based on the information you provide to the insurance company regarding the business’s owners and, in some cases, employees. If your resume is strong, you may be able to negotiate a lower price.
Get some numbers ready. Your insurance agent or provider will inquire about projected earnings, employee headcount, outside vendors, and stock on hand. These estimates are predicated on the length of your policy, which may or may not align with your fiscal year. If your policy is audited at the end of the policy term and you were wrong in your projection, you could be penalized. However, you are not required to provide any confidential reports.
If you use contracts with customers, your insurer will probably want to see a sample to make sure you’ve included all the necessary safeguards to protect your business from claims and lawsuits. If you offer professional or other services but don’t have a contract, you may be required to draft one before receiving an estimate.
You will also need copies of your “loss runs,”. Which are the insurance term for the report that details all insurance claims made on behalf of your company. A three to five year claims history across all of your policies is typically required by insurance companies. If you are unable to obtain these reports from your current insurance agent, the quoting process will be significantly slowed down. Your insurance agent will be able to assist you in writing a letter to request these reports.
Any Current Policies
Although it’s not required for a quote, having copies of your current policies on hand can help the insurance agent review your coverage and identify any potential gaps. The truth is that a lot can change in a year. It is possible that a policy review will serve as a prompt to either add or remove pieces of machinery, vehicles, etc.
When was the last time you purchased something that needed to be assembled, but you chose to ignore the instructions? How did you determine that it was constructed properly? Unless you follow the steps, it is difficult to know for sure what the outcome will be. Obtaining the appropriate insurance for a small business is no different.
Reading the instructions isn’t nearly as interesting as learning about the different types of business insurance. Even though you might want to skip this step, spending as little as twenty to thirty minutes doing research could end up saving you a lot of time and money. You don’t need to become an expert. But having a fundamental understanding of the coverage options will help you make better decisions. Regardless of how long you’ve been in business, whether or not you seek the assistance of a professional. The first part of your research should be knowing the types of insurance available.
Types Of Business Insurance
- General Liability – For a smaller company, this can be a lifesaver in the event that you are sued for damages or injuries caused by a third party.
- Errors and Omissions or Professional Liability – These policies can help a small company defend itself against claims of negligence or bad advice.
- Group Insurance – Group insurance is a great way for small businesses to provide health care coverage and other medical benefits to your staff.
- Workers’ Compensation – In the event of a workplace injury or illness, these policies will pay for the employee’s medical care, ensuring their safety.
- Property Insurance – Coverage is good in the event that a company’s inventory or technological equipment are damaged or destroyed as a result of a natural disaster.
- Commercial Auto – This covers any vehicles that your company uses for work.
- Business Owner’s Policy – Small business insurance is a type of business insurance package that protects businesses from a variety of risks, including those associated with property and liability.
Every business has its own set of needs. Once you know the basics of business insurance, you should look into which ones are best for your business. For instance, an accountant who works from home might have a basic general liability policy. But an accountant who owns a building that customers come to would be better off with a business owners policy, or BOP, that covers more. Even though both accountants do the same job. There are differences in how they do it that affect their insurance needs.
3. Contact a Business Insurance Agent
You can work with an EZ agent who specializes in small business insurance to get the coverages you need. To work with our experts, you can get a free quote online. Talking to your insurance agent about your business can help you figure out what you need and how much coverage you need. They can help you figure out what kinds of coverage you can get and how much it will cost.
How To Determine The Business Insurance You Need
What kind of insurance is best for your business depends on your specific needs and the laws in your state and industry. You’ll need to carefully look at your business to figure out what kinds of insurance you need. Talking to an insurance expert is always a good idea if you want to find the right mix of coverage to make sure your business is legal and financially safe.
1. Analyze your legal responsibilities and business assets.
First, you should take a close look at your business and assets to figure out what you want to insure. What kinds of insurance are required by law, and where do your other responsibilities lie? For example, a machine shop might want to make sure its workers are covered in case they get hurt, while a jeweler might want to make sure they aren’t robbed. As required by law, the owners of a large distribution company would insure both their goods and their employees. Each state has its own rules, so make sure to talk to your agent to figure out what you need to insure.
2. Analyze Your Risk
Look at your new risks and responsibilities. This will help you figure out what kind of insurance will protect your business the best. For example, if your business is on the bottom floor of an office building in a flood-prone area. You’ll probably want comprehensive flood insurance. A business in a dangerous industry will probably want insurance to cover the risk of its employees getting hurt.
3. Decide How Comprehensive Your Coverage Needs To Be
Depending on what you’re insuring, you may need basic insurance or insurance that covers everything that could go wrong. Think about how much the loss would cost and how likely it is to happen. This will make it less likely that you will pay too much for coverage you don’t need or not get enough coverage for your safety.
How EZ Can Help
EZ can help whether you need group health insurance for your employees or commercial insurance to protect your business. Our agents work with the best insurance companies in the country to make sure you and your employees get the best insurance. In fact, we can find you the best coverage for your budget and save you hundreds of dollars a year. Call us at 877-670-3531 for help with group health insurance or 877-670-3538 for help with commercial insurance.