Which insurance do independent contractors need?

Insureon Staff.
In this video, we look at insurance policies that cover common risks faced by independent contractors – from unexpected lawsuits and costs to employee injuries and illnesses.

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MALE VOICEOVER: As an independent contractor, there are many perks you can enjoy like work flexibility and tax deductions. However, you aren't free from the risks larger businesses often face. With business insurance, you can safeguard your personal assets and your business from costly repairs, legal fees, and medical expenses. There are several insurance policies that provide sustained peace of mind and protect your business. Let's take a closer look at some top policies.

[video: an illustrated header displays the text: "General liability covers:"]

[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Slip-and-fall accidents"; "Client property damage"; "Product liability lawsuits"]

General liability insurance covers third-party accidents, such as customer injuries or property damage.

[video: an illustrated header displays the text: "Professional liability covers:"]

[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Accusations of negligence"; "Missed deadlines"; "Errors that cost clients clients money"]

Professional liability insurance, sometimes called errors and omissions coverage, will protect your business from lawsuits related to work mistakes and oversights.

[video: an illustrated header displays the text: "Workers' comp covers:"]

[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Work-related medical expenses"; "Disability benefits"; "Lawsuits from employee injuries"]

Workers' compensation insurance is required in most states and can shield you from work-related medical costs.

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[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Data breach notification costs"; "Data breach investigations"; "PR costs for reputational harm"]

Cyber insurance can help your business financially recover from data breaches and cyber attacks.

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[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Fires"; "Storm damage"; "Equipment theft"]

Commercial property insurance covers costs if your business property is damaged, destroyed, or stolen.

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[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Client accidents"; "Stolen or damaged property"; "Business interruptions"]

A business owner's policy or BOP bundles general liability and commercial property coverage together, and is usually less expensive than buying each of these policies individually.

[video: an illustrated header displays the text: "Commercial auto covers:"]

[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Auto accident injuries"; "Property damage caused by vehicles"; "Vehicle theft and vandalism"]

Commercial auto insurance protects your business from costs related to an auto accident involving your company vehicle.

[video: an illustrated header displays the text: "Fidelity bonds cover:"]

[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Employee theft or fraud"; "Illegal funds transfer by an employee"; "Client contract requirements"]

Fidelity bonds provide reimbursement to your client if an employee steals from them. These bonds are also sometimes required in contracts.

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So, why is it important for you to have insurance as an independent contractor?

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[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "Sign a contract or lease"; "Apply for a loan"; "Comply with federal or state laws"]

You may need coverage to sign a contract or lease. You also might need insurance to comply with federal, state, or local laws.

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[video: Under above header, three bullet points display the text: "During business closures"; "Gain client trust"; "Attract talent"]

Insurance also protects you from catastrophic losses that could stop your services. Plus, the right coverage can help you gain a client's trust.

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There are many perks to being an independent contractor: setting your own schedule and rates, additional income opportunities, and remote capabilities.

But being self-employed doesn’t mean you’ll be free from business risks or frivolous lawsuits. For this reason, any business, small or large, should have the right risk management plan in place.

In this video, we discuss the policies that independent contractors should invest in to protect their small business from financial burdens like unexpected lawsuits, costly repairs, and expensive medical fees.

Learn more about insurance for independent contractors.

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