Learn about business insurance requirements and the most common policies for IT consultants in California.
Which policies are required for an IT consultant in California?
If you have a commercial lease, your property manager may require you to purchase general liability insurance. Commonly purchased by IT consultants in California, general liability insurance can protect your business from expenses associated with common mishaps, such as client property damage and injuries.
Your clients may require errors and omissions insurance in a contract. Also called professional liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance provides financial protection if a client files a lawsuit claiming your work caused financial harm because it was late, erroneous, or incomplete.
State law in California requires every small business with employees to provide workers’ compensation coverage, and business-owned vehicles must be covered by commercial auto insurance. Personal vehicles used for business purposes should have commercial coverage, as well.
What are the most common policies for a California IT consultant?
The most common policies for IT consultants in California vary depending on revenue, client contracts, partnerships, and other factors.
General liability insurance
General liability insurance is the foundation of an IT consultant’s business protection, with coverage that extends to client injuries, client property damage, and advertising injuries. Most commercial leases require you to have this coverage.
Business owner's policy (BOP)
IT consultants often qualify for a business owner’s policy. This package helps your business save money by bundling commercial property insurance with general liability at an affordable rate.
Errors and omissions insurance (E&O)
Many clients require proof of technology errors and omissions insurance before entering into contracts for professional services. This policy, also called professional liability insurance or IT consultant liability insurance, can help cover legal expenses if you’re sued for unsatisfactory performance or a work mistake.
Cyber liability insurance
Cyber liability insurance can help IT consultants survive data breaches and cyberattacks experienced by your company or a client whose systems you are responsible for protecting. Many professional liability policies include this coverage, but check with your licensed Insureon agent to make sure.
Clients in banking or financial services often require IT consultants to carry a fidelity bond. Also called an employee dishonesty bond, it provides coverage when an employee steals money, equipment, or other assets from one of your clients. That includes theft by electronic funds transfer.
California workers' compensation
If you own an IT consulting business in California, you are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage if you have employees. If you are a sole proprietor, the coverage is optional. However, if you break your arm while tripping down the stairs at a client’s office, or develop carpal tunnel syndrome after years of working on a computer, you can turn to your workers’ comp policy to help pay your medical bills and lost wages.
Commercial auto insurance
Personal auto insurance policies typically exclude business use, which means you could end up paying for an auto accident if it happens on a work errand with your personal vehicle. Commercial auto insurance is required for vehicles owned by IT consulting companies. Hired and non-owned auto insurance covers personal vehicles used for business purposes.
What do IT consultants in California pay for business insurance?
According to an analysis of Insureon applications, the typical IT consultant in California can expect to pay slightly more than the national median for most policies. One exception is general liability insurance. California IT consultants are quoted a median premium of $500 annually for general liability, which is the same as the national median. They also pay less than the national median for commercial auto insurance and fidelity bonds.
Save time and money with Insureon
Insureon’s industry-leading technology helps IT consultants in California save time and money shopping for insurance by comparing policies from top U.S. carriers. Start a free online application to review quotes for the policies that best fit your business needs. Our insurance agents are licensed in California and can answer your questions as you consider coverage.
To make the application go quicker, have this information ready:
- Workforce details, such as the number and types of employees
- Current and projected revenue
- Business partnerships
- Insurance history and prior claims
- Commercial lease insurance requirements
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