Business Insurance in North Carolina

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What are the requirements for small business insurance in North Carolina?

State laws can affect which insurance policies you need for your small business. These policies are required for North Carolina businesses.
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Workers' compensation insurance

If a North Carolina business employs three or more individuals, full-time or part-time, it must provide workers’ comp coverage. This policy covers medical bills for work injuries and protects employers from liability over an injury.

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Commercial auto insurance

All business-owned vehicles in North Carolina must be covered by commercial auto insurance. Though it's not required, personal vehicles driven for work purposes should be covered by hired and non-owned auto insurance, as personal auto policies usually exclude business use. It can be added to general liability insurance or a business owner's policy.

North Carolina’s commercial auto insurance requirements are:

  • Bodily injury liability: $30,000 per person / $60,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $30,000 per person / $60,000 per accident / $25,000 property damage per accident

Recommended insurance policies for small businesses in North Carolina

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General liability insurance

This policy is important for all North Carolina businesses. It covers common risks, including customer property damage and injuries. Most commercial leases require this coverage.

BEST FOR
  • Customer injuries at your business
  • Damaged customer property
  • Libel or slander lawsuits
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Professional liability insurance

This policy, also called errors and omissions insurance, protects professionals whose work depends on their expertise. It covers client lawsuits over mistakes and missed deadlines.

BEST FOR
  • Work mistakes and oversights
  • Professional negligence lawsuits
  • Late or incomplete work
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Cyber liability insurance

This policy helps North Carolina businesses survive data breaches and cyberattacks by paying for client notification costs, legal fees, and other related expenses.

BEST FOR
  • Data breach lawsuits
  • Client notification expenses
  • Fraud monitoring costs
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Business owner’s policy

This policy bundles property insurance and general liability insurance in one plan. It's often the most cost-effective type of commercial insurance for a North Carolina business.

BEST FOR
  • Customer injuries
  • Damaged customer property
  • Damaged business property
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Workers’ compensation insurance

Businesses in North Carolina that employ three or more people are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This policy covers medical costs for work injuries.

BEST FOR
  • Employee medical expenses
  • Partial missed wages
  • Lawsuits over employee injuries
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Commercial auto insurance

This policy is required for business-owned vehicles in North Carolina. It covers injuries and property damage in an accident, along with vehicle theft and other types of damage.

BEST FOR
  • Accidents involving business-owned vehicles
  • Theft of a business-owned vehicle
  • Damage to a company vehicle
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Photographers, nurses, and lawyers need different insurance coverage. Insureon offers policies for the following North Carolina professions and more:

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How much does small business insurance cost?

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Commercial insurance can be affordable for a small North Carolina business. Factors that influence the cost include:

  • Your industry and risk
  • Coverage limits
  • Location
  • Number of employees
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Insureon specializes in North Carolina business insurance

In North Carolina, insurance agents, agencies, and brokers are licensed by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. Insureon is licensed in North Carolina as BIN Insurance Holdings, LLC (NPN 15752926) for property and casualty insurance and for surplus lines. You can verify our licensure with the Department of Insurance on its Licensee Look-up page by selecting “Business Entity” in the first dropdown and then entering our North Carolina state license, 1000087158, into the "License Number” field.

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