Learn about business insurance requirements and the most common policies for photographers and videographers in Ohio.
If you have a commercial lease, your property manager may require you to purchase general liability insurance. It's one of the most common policies for photographers and videographers in Ohio because it can protect your business from expenses associated with mishaps, such as client property damage and injuries.
Your clients may require professional liability insurance in a contract. Also called errors and omissions insurance, professional liability insurance provides financial protection if a client files a lawsuit claiming your work caused financial harm because it was late, erroneous, or incomplete.
Photographers and videographers in Ohio most often buy the following types of insurance. The exact coverage you need depends on the specifics of your business, such as whether you hire employees or drive for work.
General liability insurance is the foundation of a photographer or videographer’s business protection, with coverage that extends to client injuries, client property damage, and advertising injuries. Most commercial leases require you to have this coverage.
Photographers and videographers in Ohio sometimes qualify for a business owner’s policy, or BOP. This package helps your business save money by bundling commercial property insurance with general liability at an affordable rate.
Many clients require proof of professional liability insurance before entering into contracts for professional services. This policy, also called photographer liability insurance or errors and omissions insurance, can help cover legal expenses if you’re sued for unsatisfactory performance or a work mistake.
If an employee is injured on the job, workers’ comp can help pay for medical fees and lost wages. If you own an Ohio photography or video production business that has employees, you are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage. Sole proprietors can elect for this coverage, but it is not required by law.
In Ohio, workers' compensation insurance can only be purchased through a monopolistic state-administered workers’ compensation fund. It cannot be purchased through private insurers.
While property insurance covers equipment that stays at your primary business location, inland marine insurance can cover items you use in the field, such as cameras and lighting equipment you take to photograph a wedding. These items move from location to location, which exposes them to more opportunities for loss, damage, and theft. That’s why they require special coverage.
Photographers and videographers in Ohio can expect their business insurance costs to adhere closely to the national median, according to an analysis of Insureon applications.
The median cost for errors and omissions coverage is just $34 per month for photographers and videographers in the state. If you were sued due to a work mistake or undelivered services, this policy could help pay for your legal costs.
An E&O policy paired with general liability coverage can cost Ohio photographers and videographers under $100 per month to secure their small business.
Insureon does not have data for workers’ compensation costs, as state law does not allow the purchase of this policy through private insurers.
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