With the cost of protecting both your business and yourself from potential lawsuits being high, mainly as a result of 9/11 and the stock market fluxuations of today, everyone who owns a business needs to shop around to pick out the best policy and prices for them. With this concern in mind here are five simple ways to get the most out of business liability insurance at a price you can afford.
Belong To An Association
Many trade and business groups such as the local Chamber of Commerce offer their members the benefit of purchasing business liability insurance through them at group rates. This allows for individual members to see savings which they would not find alone. Check into alternative trade associations to see if their group rates are a possible savings and good fit for your business liability insurance needs.
Each insurance provider has different limits and policy specifications for the same type of business liability insurance. You may want to check into how much, or even if, legal fees are covered. Reviewing your policy details allows you to know what is and is not included in the coverage of your policy.
Assess Your Industry’s Settlements
What amount of coverage should you have for your business? Take a look at what the normal amounts are for the industry you are in. Take a look at recent legal actions and settlements to know what might be expected. Talk to others in your field to see what levels they maintain. Using all gathered information, you can determine what the average limits for your coverage should be.
Find A Broker Who Specializes
Each business and industry has unique risks and needs. If you find an insurance agent who knows your business, industry or field, they will be able to better create a business liability insurance policy that will suit your individual business needs.
Get A Package Deal
When you are running a business, especially a small business, picking up individual policies for each type of insurance you need is not cost effective, and sometimes prohibitive. Depending on the situation, a package of policies like a Business Owners Policy could be found that would cover most of your needs and save on rates. Not all insurance falls under BOP such as Errors and Omissions coverage or a business health insurance policy.
Success in your business will greatly depend on protecting it from risks. Take the time needed to research your business liability insurance needs with agents, peers and industry associations.