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What is small business insurance?

Small business insurance is exactly what it sounds like: insurance designed for small businesses like yours. Different policies protect against different risks, such as fires, theft, and lawsuits brought by customers or employees.

The type of business insurance you need depends on your business's risks, as well as factors such as state laws, lease requirements, and client contracts.

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Small business owners are the heart of every community, they make things work and dream big. We protect those dreams by providing the right policies.

Welcome, a general liability insurance policy is essential if you open your business to the public, handle client property and rent your own commercial property.

Get a commercial auto insurance policy if you drive to and from work sites, transport clients, or rely on drivers or couriers.

Careful, workers' compensation insurance is required in most states. It covers medical expenses, ongoing care costs, and lost wages due to work related injuries for you and any employees you may have.

Alert, alert, if you handle credit card, bank account, medical, social security, and other personal information, use cyber liability insurance to protect your data.

Get professional liability insurance to protect yourself from claims that you didn't deliver on a deadline or made a costly mistake. Some clients require you to have this policy.

It's our pleasure. We've helped hundreds of thousands of small businesses compare quotes from top rated insurance carriers and get the policies they need.

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Top small business insurance policies

These policies address the most common risks faced by small businesses.

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General liability insurance

This policy covers common business risks including bodily injuries, customer property damage, and advertising injuries. It's required for most commercial leases.

BEST FOR
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Damaged customer property
  • Libel or slander lawsuits
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Business owner's policy

A BOP bundles commercial property insurance and general liability insurance under one plan. It's one of the most cost-effective commercial insurance policies.

BEST FOR
  • Customer injury
  • Damaged business property
  • Business interruption incidents
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Professional liability insurance

This policy, also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O), can help cover legal expenses if a business is sued for unsatisfactory work.

BEST FOR
  • Professional negligence lawsuits
  • Project scope disputes
  • Work mistakes or oversights
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Errors and omissions insurance

E&O, sometimes called professional liability insurance, is common with professional services. It can cover legal costs of lawsuits related to work performance.

BEST FOR
  • Business disputes
  • Negligence accusations
  • Work errors
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Workers’ compensation insurance

This policy is required in almost every state for businesses with employees. It also protects sole proprietors against work injury costs that health insurance might deny.

BEST FOR
  • Employee medical expenses
  • Missed wages
  • Legal costs
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Commercial property insurance

This policy covers the value of a business's physical structure and its contents, such as inventory, equipment, and furniture.

BEST FOR
  • Fire
  • Theft or vandalism
  • Windstorms
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Cyber insurance

This policy helps businesses survive data breaches and cyberattacks by helping pay for recovery expenses and associated costs.

BEST FOR
  • Data breach lawsuits
  • Breach notification expenses
  • Fraud monitoring costs
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Commercial auto insurance

This policy is usually required for business-owned vehicles. It helps cover the costs of a vehicle accident, theft, or vandalism.

BEST FOR
  • Car accidents
  • Vandalism and theft
  • Weather damage
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Commercial umbrella insurance

This policy provides additional coverage once another policy's limit is reached. It boosts coverage on your existing general liability insurance and other liability policies.

BEST FOR
  • Additional liability coverage
  • Additional workers' comp coverage
  • Additional commercial auto coverage

How much does small business insurance cost?

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Small businesses, especially low-risk ones, often qualify for discounted business insurance. Here are the average costs for top policies sold by Insureon:

General liability insurance: $42 per month
Professional liability: $61 per month
Workers' comp: $45 per month

Several factors affect policy costs, including:

  • Industry and risk factors
  • Coverage limits
  • Location
  • Number of employees
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Business insurance for specific industries

These business insurance policies cover the risks of certain industries, such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage, and construction.

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Product liability insurance

Included in general liability, this policy covers injuries or property damage caused by your product or completed service. It's also called products-completed operations coverage.

BEST FOR
  • Construction businesses and contractors
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and wholesalers
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Medical malpractice insurance

Medical malpractice provides financial protection for healthcare professionals over legal claims related to negligence and mistakes. It’s a form of professional liability insurance.

BEST FOR
  • Medical error lawsuits
  • Accusations of negligence
  • Missed appointment allegations
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Contractor's tools and equipment

This policy covers the value of a contractor's lost, stolen, or damaged equipment.

BEST FOR
  • Equipment less than five years old
  • Mobile equipment
  • Small tools
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Inland marine insurance

This policy provides property coverage for business items used in the field. It typically pays for property that has been lost, damaged, or stolen.

BEST FOR
  • Property in transit
  • Unique or valuable property
  • Property that transfers information
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Builder's risk insurance

This policy covers structures in progress and materials, often paying for damage caused by fire, vandalization, and non-severe weather events.

BEST FOR
  • Building construction
  • Building renovation
  • Worksite theft and vandalism
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Liquor liability insurance

This policy helps pay legal fees, settlements, and medical costs if alcohol is served or sold to a visibly intoxicated person who then harms others.

BEST FOR
  • Injuries caused by intoxicated patrons
  • Property damage by intoxicated patrons
  • Legal defense costs

FAQs about small business insurance

Review answers for frequently asked questions about small business insurance coverage.


What does small business insurance cover?

No single insurance policy covers everything. In general, there are two broad areas of insurance coverage:

Learn more about small business insurance coverage and what coverage is right for you.

Why do I need business insurance?

Business insurance, also called commercial insurance, provides crucial protection for any small business owner. If there’s an accident at your business, you could face a lawsuit. The high cost of litigation, medical bills, and property damage claims are the primary reasons businesses need insurance.

Your risk exposure determines which type of coverage you need. The policy most businesses purchase is general liability coverage, which protects against customer injuries and other common accidents. You may need additional policies if you have employees, own a building, own a business vehicle, or provide expert advice.

Learn more about why a business might need liability insurance.

How does business structure affect what kind of insurance I need?

Every business needs insurance, but the type of business can affect which policies you need. Small businesses have fewer resources to recover from costly lawsuits and accidents, which makes insurance a crucial part of risk management.

State laws require insurance like workers' compensation and commercial auto policies for businesses that employ workers or own a vehicle. You may also need insurance to do business with a certain client, sign a lease, or obtain a loan.

Read more about insurance for your type of business:

How do I get small business insurance?

It’s easy to get insurance coverage if you have your business information on hand.

Insureon's free online application asks for basic facts about your company, such as revenue and number of employees. After you complete it, you'll receive quotes from top-rated carriers that match your business risks.

You can buy small business insurance policies for a wide range of risks from the following companies: The Hartford, Liberty Mutual, Nationwide, Philadelphia Insurance, Hiscox, Travelers, Acuity Insurance, Chubb, The Hanover, AmTrust, and more. Note that you won't see quotes from all providers, only those that can fulfill your insurance needs.

Learn more about how to get business insurance.

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Can Insureon help me find small business insurance in my state?

Insureon is the #1 digital business insurance agency. We help small business owners from numerous industries easily compare insurance quotes from top-rated companies, buy policies, and manage their coverage online. Our insurance agents are licensed in 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Learn about business insurance requirements in your state.

What other business insurance products are available?

Business interruption insurance (or business income insurance) helps your small business recover lost income from a temporary shutdown tied to a commercial property insurance covered loss, such as a fire or storm.

Hired and non-owned auto insurance (HNOA) provides liability coverage for accidents involving personal, leased, or rented vehicles used by your business.

Management liability insurance is a combination of policies such as employment practices liability insurance, directors and officers insurance, and others. These policies cover the many business risks faced by senior-level managers, including lawsuits and claims of discrimination, mismanagement, and fraud.

Business bonds pay your clients back when a contract is broken. You may need a bond to work with certain clients, or to get a license for your profession.

Special event insurance combines liability and property coverages for events that occur outside of normal business activities.

Environmental liability insurance (also known as pollution insurance) provides protection for environmental risks faced by some businesses. It helps cover pollution legal liability and cleanup costs.

A commercial package policy (CPP) combines liability and property coverage into one policy with more flexible protection options. While it is similar to a business owner's policy, a CPP is more often purchased by small and medium-sized businesses with higher risks.

You can also customize many of your policies to better fit your business needs or budget. An endorsement modifies a small business insurance policy to remove coverage you don’t need, or to negate one or more exclusions, adding coverage back into the policy.

For example, equipment breakdown coverage is a form of commercial insurance that provides funds to repair or replace any electrical systems, production machinery, and other equipment that has suffered a mechanical or electrical failure. It can often be added as an endorsement to a commercial property policy, BOP, or CPP.

How do I make a business insurance claim?

To make a property or liability claim, simply call your insurance provider. An agent will ask for a description of the incident and basic information such as your business's name and policy number. They will guide you through the process, answer your questions, and send the necessary paperwork.

Read more about how to make a general liability claim.

Where can I learn more about small business insurance coverage options?

You can find more information in our frequently asked questions about small business insurance.

If there are any additional questions you have about coverage, you can also contact an Insureon agent. We can help you find the right coverage, discuss the types of insurance you need, and compare business insurance quotes, with underwriting from the nation’s top carriers. You can secure coverage and your certificate of insurance within 48 hours.

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