Small businesses in Maryland most often buy these types of insurance.
A general liability policy covers the most common business risks, including customer property damage and injuries. Most commercial leases require this business liability insurance.
Workers’ comp insurance is required for Maryland businesses with one or more employees. It also protects sole proprietors from work injury costs that health insurance might deny.
This policy is required for business-owned vehicles in Maryland. It covers injuries and property damage in an accident, along with vehicle theft, vandalism, and weather damage.
A BOP bundles commercial property insurance and general liability coverage in one plan. It's often the most cost-effective type of commercial insurance for a Maryland business.
This policy, also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O), protects Maryland businesses that provide professional services. It covers lawsuits related to work performance.
E&O, sometimes called professional liability insurance, is common with professional services in Maryland. It can cover the cost of lawsuits related to your work performance.
A cyber liability insurance policy covers financial losses from data breaches and cyberattacks. It's recommended for Maryland businesses that handle credit cards and other sensitive data.
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 business insurance coverage you need. These policies are required everywhere in Maryland, from Baltimore to Columbia.
Barring a few exceptions, every employer with one or more employees, full-time or part-time, is required by Maryland state law [PDF] to provide workers' compensation insurance.
This business insurance policy covers medical bills for work injuries and illnesses, and provides disability benefits to injured Maryland workers.
All business-owned vehicles in Maryland must be covered by commercial auto insurance. This policy covers the cost of accidents involving work vehicles.
Maryland's minimum requirements for auto liability 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 Maryland are:
General liability: $33 per month
Workers' comp: $39 per month
Professional liability/E&O: $61 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.
Maryland'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) to get licensed in their state.
Note that cities and counties may have their own laws, in addition to state laws.
As with any purchase, shopping around is one of the best ways to find an affordable option. With Insureon, you can compare quotes from top-rated providers by filling out a free online application.
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.