Small businesses in Tennessee most often buy these types of insurance.
This type of business liability insurance is important for all Tennessee businesses. It covers common third-party risks, and it's required by most commercial leases.
Workers’ comp insurance is required for Tennessee businesses that have five 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 Tennessee. 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 Tennessee business.
This policy, also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O), protects Tennessee businesses that provide professional services or advice. It covers lawsuits related to work performance.
E&O, sometimes called professional liability insurance, is common with professional services in Tennessee. It can cover the cost of lawsuits related to your work performance.
This policy covers financial losses from data breaches and cyberattacks. It's recommended for Tennessee businesses that handle credit card numbers 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 affect which business insurance coverage you need. These policies are required everywhere in Tennessee, from Knoxville to Chattanooga.
The state of Tennessee requires businesses with five or more employees, full-time or part-time, to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Corporate officers are included in this headcount, even if they are ultimately excluded from coverage in your policy. Every business in the construction or coal mining industry must carry workers' compensation insurance, regardless of the number of employees.
Workers' comp covers medical costs for work-related injuries and illnesses, and provides disability benefits to injured Tennessee workers. It also protects employers from liability in the event of a workplace injury.
Tennessee'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 commercial general liability insurance or a business owner's policy (BOP).
Tennessee'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.
Real estate agents and brokers are required by state law to carry errors and omissions insurance (E&O), while other professionals who offer advice or services sometimes need this policy to get licensed.
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.