These four methods can help you protect your small business and save money at the same time.
You know you can’t afford to go without insurance. But how do you know if you’re paying too much?
If you haven’t taken the steps listed below, you might be overpaying for small business insurance. Most small business owners can save money on insurance if they:
Remember, the cheapest policy isn’t necessarily the best. Without enough protection against lawsuits, property damage, and other risks, you could end up paying more down the road.
You already research and compare before spending money on items you need for your business. The same goes for insurance.
Insurance carriers offer a variety of coverage options at a wide range of prices. So, what are the best ways to shop for commercial insurance?
You could reach out to insurance companies directly and ask for quotes on the policies you’re interested in. Thankfully, there’s an easier method.
Instead, you can contact an insurance agent or broker to get quotes from several companies. Just make sure the insurance agency or brokerage represents multiple companies since some work with one exclusively.
They’ll navigate the industry to find affordable business insurance that meets your needs. And they’ll find appropriate options for rates and coverage from different carriers. Plus, you can ask them to ensure the policies you purchase provide the coverage you need to fulfill contracts, meet legal requirements, or reduce risks common to your profession.
Insureon offers both advantages. You can compare business insurance quotes from top-rated providers by filling out our easy online application. A licensed agent will then be available to walk you through your insurance options.
Insurance companies often give discounts when you buy more than one policy. Here are two of the most popular bundles:
Small, low-risk businesses are often eligible for a business owner's policy (BOP). This policy combines two frequently purchased policies:
General liability insurance protects against lawsuits from people outside your business who sue over a bodily injury, property damage, or advertising injury. It’s often required in the terms of a commercial lease or client contract.
Commercial property insurance protects your business property against fire, theft, and other risks. It’s vital for businesses that rent office space or own a building, valuable inventory, or equipment.
Tech companies can often combine two important types of liability coverage in a bundle called technology errors and omissions insurance, or tech E&O. This policy includes the following protection:
Cyber liability insurance helps companies recover from cyberattacks and data breaches. It can also cover legal fees if your business is sued for failing to prevent a cyberattack or data breach.
Errors and omissions insurance helps protect against lawsuits from dissatisfied clients. It can also cover the resulting legal expenses if you miss a deadline or make a mistake in your work. This policy is called professional liability insurance in some professions.
Commercial insurance policies aren’t one size fits all. Your coverage should meet your business needs but not exceed it.
For example, when purchasing commercial property insurance, your coverage limits should match the value of your business equipment. If that amount changes, you’ll need to change your policy too.
You can also choose to add business interruption insurance to cover expenses related to forced closure.
Commercial umbrella insurance is a good way to save money and extend liability coverage limits if you’re concerned about escalating legal costs.
An agent can prevent you from paying for coverage you’ll never use. Here are a few variables to keep in mind:
Deductible. A high deductible can make your insurance premium more affordable. But you’ll have to pay more before you can collect insurance benefits.
Policy limits. Your policy limit is the amount your insurer will pay on claims. A lower limit usually means a cheaper premium, but it also means less coverage. Ask your agent how much is enough for you.
Inclusions and exclusions. Inclusions are the events a policy covers, and exclusions are the ones it doesn't. Cheap insurance isn't a good deal if common risks aren't covered.
Actual cash value versus replacement value. You can insure your business property for its actual cash value (depreciated value) to save money. Or you can insure it for the replacement value if you want to be able to purchase a new item after a loss.
Insurance providers may charge more if they think you run a high-risk operation. The good news? You may qualify for cheaper business insurance if you address trouble spots.
Here are a few risk management strategies for small businesses.
Many insurance companies offer a discount on commercial property insurance for businesses that invest in a central burglar alarm or sprinkler system.
Insurance carriers are particular about what qualifies for a premium reduction. Check first to make sure your upgrade will count for a cheaper policy.
An easy way small business owners can reduce the risks of errors and omissions insurance lawsuits is keeping in regular contact with customers.
Make sure you communicate often and honestly with your clients to resolve issues before they turn into a lawsuit. If everyone’s on the same page, you’re much less likely to end up in court.
Eliminating hazards at your business can reduce the chance of general liability claims and workers’ compensation insurance claims. To reduce the chance of visitor and employee injuries:
With effective risk management, you can reduce both property and liability insurance costs. Plus, fewer accidents save your business money even beyond lower insurance costs.