Small businesses in California most often buy these types of insurance.
A commercial general liability policy covers common risks for CA businesses, including customer property damage and injuries. Most commercial leases require this coverage.
Workers’ comp is required in California for every business that has employees. It also protects sole proprietors from work injury costs that health insurance might deny.
This policy is required for business-owned vehicles in California. It covers injuries and property damage in an accident, along with vehicle theft, vandalism, and weather damage.
This policy bundles commercial property insurance and general liability in one plan. It's often the most cost-effective business insurance policy for a small business.
This business liability insurance helps pay for legal defense costs related to mistakes and oversights. It's also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O).
E&O, sometimes called professional liability insurance, is common with professional services in California. It can cover the cost of lawsuits related to your work performance.
This liability coverage helps California businesses survive data breaches and cyberattacks by paying for client notification costs, legal fees, and other related expenses.
Umbrella insurance boosts coverage on your general liability insurance, commercial auto insurance, and employer's liability insurance when the underlying policy reaches its limit.
This policy covers the value of a business's physical structure and its contents, such as inventory, equipment, and furniture. Bundle it with general liability coverage in a BOP for savings.
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State laws can affect which types of business insurance you might need. These policies are required everywhere in California, from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
California state law requires businesses with any employees, full-time or part-time, to carry workers’ comp insurance. This policy covers medical bills for work injuries and illnesses.
All business-owned vehicles in California must be covered by commercial auto insurance. California's minimum requirements for auto insurance are:
Trucking companies may need additional coverage to comply with regulations.
Though it's not required, personal vehicles driven for work purposes should be covered by hired and non-owned auto insurance (HNOA), as personal auto policies usually exclude business use. It can be added to general liability insurance or a business owner's policy (BOP).
Commercial insurance can be affordable for small business owners. Average costs in California are:
General liability: $42 per month
Workers' comp: $62 per month
Professional liability/E&O: $71 per month
Factors that influence business insurance costs include:
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Yes – that's why cyber insurance is so crucial. Hackers are three times more likely to target small businesses, as they often have fewer resources to combat a threat.
California's data breach laws require businesses to report security breaches to affected residents, and the costs can escalate quickly. Cyber liability insurance lessens the financial impact by paying for notification costs, legal fees, and fines.
Yes, your state may have special requirements for business insurance and bonds for your industry. You may also need a license depending on the work you do.
Contractors often need to carry general liability insurance or surety bonds to perform certain types of work. Having the right insurance and bonds helps you comply with state licensing requirements.
Real estate agents and brokers and other professionals who offer advice or services sometimes need errors and omissions insurance (E&O; also known as professional liability insurance) to get licensed in their state.
State law requires that physicians carry professional liability insurance if they perform outpatient surgery.
Cannabis businesses in California need to carry general liability insurance with a $2 million aggregate limit and a $1 million per occurrence limit and a $5,000 surety bond to operate legally.
Note that cities and counties may have their own laws, in addition to state laws.
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Other ways to save include bundling policies for a discount, and choosing less expensive policy options, such as lower limits or a higher deductible. Learn more about how to find cheap business insurance.