When you are starting a small business, there are generally ten things you want to do when it comes to small business insurance. And on the opposite end there are also ten things which you should not do when looking for small business insurance.
Ten Things To Do
Have an insurance agent signed on right from the initial start-up to give you a clear picture of small business insurance policies you will need and to have these policies in place.
Find an insurance agent who can handle all the insurance needs for your business.
Be sure to include “Commercial Umbrella” coverage, also known as excess liability insurance, in your small business insurance coverage
Using a broad form of business property insurance ensures everything is covered.
Find a good health insurance policy within your means to attract quality employees
For a business which already has employees, consider carrying employment practices liability insurance to guard against employment suits
Maintain a clean and safe environment within your workplace to hold down suits and insurance costs
Be sure to include all tenant improvements that you make in your property insurance
Make sure your small business insurance grows with you and covers your business as it grows.
Maintain a buy – sell agreement with all partners in the business, which is funded by life insurance, in the event of the death of a partner.
Ten Things To Not Do
Do not self-insure any part of your worker’s compensation ever, you can’t afford the risk of not having enough.
Do not fail to see the difference between regular employees and contract workers and insure properly.
Do not forgo ongoing employee training with regards to maintaining safety in the workplace.
Do not go without insurance
Do not deal with contractors who cannot furnish their own insurance certificates
Do not allow your insurance policies to lapse because of lack in payment or late payments on premiums
Do not insure your business with insurance companies with substandard ratings.
Do not withhold information from your insurance agent or company. They need a complete view of all risks to asses your coverage
Do not allow your business to go uninsured in any category that is insurable and carries high amounts of risk
Do not overlook both flood and earthquake insurance if you are in a high risk area for these.
Small business insurance policies should also have business liability insurance in them. Small business insurance is incomplete without a good liability policy in place.