A BOP bundles general liability and commercial property insurance at a discount. Your level of risk, the value of your business property, and your policy limits will affect your costs.
Regardless of policy limits, the median cost of a business owner’s policy is $53 per month or $636 per year. In general, medians eliminate outliers to provide a more accurate indication of insurance costs.
Many Insureon small business customers (12%) pay less than $400 per year for a business owner’s policy, and 48% pay between $400 and $800 per year.
These figures were sourced from an analysis of policies issued to Insureon customers.
For the general liability insurance portion of a BOP, your industry has a significant impact on policy costs. Generally, high-risk industries pay higher premiums, while low-risk industries enjoy lower rates.
For example, a busy restaurant is exposed to more risk of customer injury than an IT consultant working remotely from a home office. Construction businesses and retail stores also have high coverage costs because these industries often have valuable equipment or inventory, as well as increased third-party liability. The graph below illustrates how the type of business affects what you'll pay for a business owner's policy (BOP).
For the commercial property insurance portion of a BOP, the cost of insurance depends on the value of your business property, its location, and how you choose to protect it.
To protect your property, the first step is knowing what it’s worth. You'll need an estimate of your business personal property. The amount will help you determine appropriate limits to make sure your insurance can cover the cost of replacing or repairing stolen, lost, or damaged items.
The value of your building and subsequent insurance costs vary dramatically depending on where your business is located. For example, a small retail shop in rural Pennsylvania would cost much less to insure than a similar retail shop in urban California. Old buildings may also incur higher insurance rates as they are more susceptible to damage.
If you want car insurance that pays for a wide range of damage, you have to pay more for it. The same rule applies to business insurance. If you want a policy with higher coverage limits, expect to pay more than you would for basic coverage.
The most popular business owner’s policy among Insureon customers is the $1 million / $2 million policy. This includes:
$1 million occurrence limit. While the policy is active, the insurer will pay up to $1 million to cover any single claim.
$2 million aggregate limit. During the lifetime of a policy (usually one year), the insurer will pay up to $2 million to cover claims.
The majority of Insureon customers (88%) chose a business owner's policy with a $1 million occurrence limit and a $2 million aggregate limit. Another 10% of our customers chose a policy with $2 million / $4 million limits.
The average cost of a $1 million / $2 million BOP policy for a small business is $1,217 per year, and the median is $638. A BOP with $2 million / $4 million limits has an average cost of $1,288 per year, and a median cost of $713.
Your business owner’s policy premium can typically be paid in monthly or annual installments. It might be tempting to go with a smaller monthly payment, but consider paying the full premium. Businesses can usually save money this way because many insurers offer discounts for annual premiums.
If your small business has no claims history, expect to pay lower insurance rates. An effective way to do this is to create a comprehensive risk management plan. For example, you might:
Insurance premiums vary based on the policies a business buys. See our small business insurance cost overview or explore costs for a specific policy.