Business insurance is an often overlooked item when starting a new business. Many people don’t take into account the reason behind needing business insurance or the cost of this type of insurance when they figure out their business planning or financing.
Why Insurance Is Needed
Business insurance, while not required for every business by law, should be required out of common sense. What this insurance does is cover the business, the business owner and any monetary losses in case of liability or loss of business which would otherwise put the owner out of business. When a business suffers substantial loss due to a major event the insurance acts as a safety net to ensure that the business is not crippled or completely fails if possible. Business insurance can also act as a safeguard in case of complete loss for the owners against any outstanding costs.
Some of the things covered by most business insurance are included in this list:
Machine or equipment failure that shuts down the business
Loss of income due to employee negligence
Lawsuits brought against the business
Ensure ongoing operations due to adverse affects from man-made circumstances outside the business
Consumer issues or problems
Business insurance can help defray, or sometimes completely cover, the cost associated with the list above. This is a huge help when most of a business’s finances are tied up or would not be enough to cover huge lump sum expenses.
Small Business Insurance
The smaller the business is the more likely the need for business insurance in today’s world. Many, if not most, small business owners will have placed their entire lives and earnings into the business. Several reasons exist for the smaller business to own business insurance:
When a large problem requiring a financial outlay large enough to destroy a small business
Banks often require business insurance specifically for small business to cover loans and payments
If the owner of a small business dies, the insurance guarantees payment of all business debt
If an accident occurs at the site of the business, insurance is needed to cover the costs of the accident.
No matter if its small business or a large factory, covering costs due to unforeseen problems can cripple any operation. This is the reason business insurance exists today. With so much financial investment in any business, insurance is the only way to guarantee ongoing operations.