Commercial Insurance That’s Right For Your Business

Unless you are a very small business running without a lot of overhead and liabilities, it is a very good idea to have commercial insurance. Indeed, your financial safety could very well depend on it as commercial not only allows you to recoup your losses in the event of a disaster outside your control, but allows you get your business up and running again. Commercial insurance can also save the ruin of your business by those who would seek to benefit by suing you for damages they have sustained directly in your workplace or through the products and/or services that you market.

There are three components to commercial insurance, and you can buy policies that cover one or all of them according to the type and size of business you own. The first one of these, property insurance, is most similar to homeowner’s insurance. It reimburses you for damage to your place of business, whether through fire or damage from burglary. As with all insurance policies, you must be careful in making sure that you get the coverage you think you might need. Indeed, it can often be a good idea to get coverage for things you don’t think you will need, if the extra cost is reasonable.

Commercial liability insurance is also an important component of commercial business insurance. It guards against lawsuits brought on by customers, and allows you to be reimbursed for things like legal fees and settlement money. Some professions need liability insurance more than others. The healthcare profession, for instance, needs malpractice insurance as they work directly with patients’ health and a mistake here could be very costly. Malpractice insurance affects other professional fields as well, from architecture to accountants. Even businesses that sell a product may benefit from this insurance in the event that a customer suffers some injury or damages due to their company or product. Indirect damage, such as Errors and Omissions, can be covered under liability insurance. You can also be reimbursed if your product causes harm to a customer, or if a company vehicle causes the damage. Under commercial vehicle insurance, you can also get coverage that will reimburse you if your vehicle suffers any damage or is broken into. Remember that there are many frivolous lawsuits these days and even legal fees can have a devastating effect on a business. Commercial liability insurance can make the difference between whether or not your business survives such a lawsuit.

The third type of commercial insurance is worker’s compensation insurance, and this is to protect you as the employer from exorbitant expenses if your employee is injured while on the job. Most states in the U.S. require some form of this insurance, and it reimburses the employer for medical bills and days of work missed due to the injury, as well as lawsuits for employer negligence.

Commercial Insurance Quotes

If you operate or are responsible for any type of business entity or commercial enterprise, in order to obtain the right insurance for the company you will need to find and compare suitable commercial insurance quotes. A quote is an offer of certain defined insurance covers in a policy for a monetary price.

Quotations can be obtained from numerous sources including locally from specialist high street insurance brokers, over the phone from insurance companies or brokers, or from the many online companies and comparison sites offering all types of insurance cover.

A commercial insurance quote forms a legal offer and is the basis of the contract of insurance between the proposer and the underwriting company. The information you provide on the quotation form is used to calculate both the premium quoted and the levels of cover offered on a policy. The quote data a company provides will be used to complete the policy documents. It is therefore very important that when applying for commercial insurance quotes that the information you supply about your business activities is correct and truthful.

Most companies offering quotes will agree to honour the price offered for a period of thirty days or one month following its issue. When obtaining a quote, regardless of the source, ensure that you retain the reference number which will enable you to either take up the or recall and revise the offer at a later time. Prices offered can fluctuate and a premium offered one week may not be available the next.

Quotes and premiums can be obtained for all business types and all business and commercial risks for both business liability and property insurance, either separately or combined in what is known as a package.

Commercial property insurance will typically provide cover for buildings and contents of business premises of varying types and sizes. For example a shopkeeper would be interested in covering his glass shop front and shop stock whilst a small draughtsman business would require a price for covering the business office equipment. For this reason quotes for a business are often given by insurance companies for packaged policies that are property specific, such as shop insurance quotes or office insurance quotes.

When looking for cover search for companies that offer quotes for your particular type of building. Let property buildings only insurance quotes are available for landlords who just want to cover the buildings, fixtures and fittings. Equally commercial property tenants and lease-holders can obtain quotes that only cover the contents, stock or liabilities.

Liability quotes can be obtained with either combined property insurance packages or as a standalone quotation for individual business liabilities. The most popular liability products quoted for are public liability insurance, employers liability insurance, product liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance.

Commercial liability quotes are widely available online for most trades and professions. Packages often offer all risks cover and if you are looking online most systems allow you to pick and choose various liability coverage options

When comparing quotes online you will not have the assistance of a broker to advise you. It is vital therefore to ensure that you check that the levels of indemnity and covers offered are sufficient for your business, because levels of commercial insurance cover quoted for, can vary as often as the price.

Commercial Insurance Combined Policies

Commercial Insurance is a wide genre with many business types, covers and risks.

A commercial insurance combined policy is modular with a basic set of cover options included. This allows various risks and cover options to be added to the policy as desired by an individual business in an incremental fashion or at a later date during the policy term, if business needs require.

The modularity of the underwriting and premium calculation allows proposers to tailor the covers to fit their individual trade or business insurance requirements whilst retaining the widest range of policy options to cover all enterprises requirements, under the same policy wording.

Most commercial and business insurance is packaged in some way, with a basic blanket level of cover and indemnities to which further options can be added. However it is possible to buy standalone commercial insurance cover for public liability and professional indemnity insurance and also for most types of commercial property insurance, for example where just buildings cover is needed.

At the sales and marketing level, commercial insurance combined packages are differentiated and sold by the various trade and business types.

This is because different business types require differing liability and cover limits, depending upon the particular risks in that business sector. For example a shop insurance package may place high value on including window and glass cover in its package, however this wouldn’t be much use to a painter and decorator who is just looking for tradesman’s public liability and tools cover. Similarly the shop owner would not find much use for a contractors all risk option but requires goods in transit cover for his deliveries.

Good commercial combined packages allow flexibility in their underwriting to cater for all variations of trade risks and online services allow you to freely add and remove options to build up a combination of covers that suits your business risks and pocket.

A combined policy will always contain a liability section as standard. This provides options to add employers and product liability to the basic public liability cover.

If the business owns or rents commercial property then buildings and contents cover can be added if required. Certain combined policies, such as for office insurance will offer office contents as a separate option. Similarly a shop insurance package will offer cover for stock held in the premises.

Commercial packages aimed at various trades usually also offer a plethora of add-on options for an additional premium.

Some of the more popular of these covers include business interruption insurance or loss of profits insurance which covers a businesses losses whilst being unable to trade due to a claim. Professional indemnity insurance which covers negligent advice is available under combined liability policies. Fidelity guarantee insurance protects a business against fraud or theft of money by an employee. Group personal accident cover and income protection is often available on combined policies which cover staff against accident and sickness.