Define Business Insurance

Nov 11, 2009   //   by Aaron   //   Insurance  //  1 Comment

If you are a businessman, you need business insurance quotes, just as you need home insurance or personal auto insurance. The insurance protects you against many mishaps, especially if you as a businessman have to do with other people who are under your jurisdiction (employees). Personal liability issues can almost never be solved if you don’t protect yourself through proper business insurance.

But let’s see firstly what types of business insurance you can find out there:

  • Business insurance for simple shops (smaller ones usually);
  • Insurance for personally owned offices;
  • Business insurance for hotel and / or restaurants;
  • Even if you run a smaller home business, you can buy yourself insurance as a protective measure.

The criteria upon which these insurance types online differ are mainly given by their degree of risk. For example, if you own a home based business, that is much safer than owning a shop where you have to directly interfere with clients, thus you become more exposed to liability issues like customer complaints.

There are three main business insurance coverage levels, which are also the most important and these are:

  • Personal liability insurance;
  • Buildings and contents insurance;
  • Business interruption insurance.

You have to protect your merchandise and the actual building through buildings and contents insurance. Whether the building itself, the physical location of your business is personally owned or not, it is till very important for you to have it insured. Depending on the type of merchandise you do have, so will insurance premiums cost more or less. For example if you only have clothes which in case of fire would cause a great damage everywhere on the site the insurance premiums will still cost you less than if you would have merchandise consisting of some dangerous materials (odor sprays for example which are highly inflammable). In order to somehow get your business insurance on cheaper terms, you should make all the safety measures you can:

  • Install burglar alarms
  • Install smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguisher and other such safety measures

For what you fear the most, or the higher the potential of something to go wrong with your business, the more you will pay for the insurance. This is a well known strategy and you can do nothing about it. For example, if your business is located in an area where floods can happen at any time, then flood insurance coverage will be missing from your standard business insurance policy. You will need to buy that separately, as an additional provision, and it will cost you more. Then, responsibility is a key point in business life; the more responsible for other people’s life you are the more protective insurance you should have. Think of someone who owns a hotel or a restaurant where there are new customers on an hourly basis with whom you have to deal, and where from the first minute you are exposed to liability issues.

So, personal liability insurance is very important if your business involves dealing with a lot of people in general. Moreover, it is very important that you buy insurance only from trustworthy issuers and make sure that you understand each provision and statement on the fine print before you actually sign up for it.

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