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What is business insurance and why it matters: simple guide to types


One of the most important aspects of running a successful business is protecting it. Business insurance can protect your company from many different types of risks, such as theft or property damage, but this type of coverage can be very confusing for some people to understand.

This blog post will discuss what business insurance is and why it’s so important that you have it!

What Is Business Insurance?

Business insurance is a contract between an insurance company and the insured. The insurer will provide coverage for losses incurred by you, your business partner, or employees that are not otherwise covered by other sources of insurance such as homeowners’ or auto policies.

In exchange, you must pay premiums on a regular basis to keep this protection in force.

Why It Matters

For starters, business insurance can help protect the finances of your company. As the folks at Balsiger Insurance explain, having correct business insurance can mean the difference between your company surviving an insurance loss or having to cut operations. Or even close. When an unforeseen incident arises, not only will you be reimbursed for any lost property and/or revenue, but you’ll also have coverage to cover any legal costs incurred from lawsuits filed by customers or vendors who may claim they were harmed in some way as a result of the incident.

Types of Coverage

Business insurance is not one-size-fits-all. You’ll want to look into the different types of coverage that are available and how they can be tailored to meet your needs as a business owner or entrepreneur. The following is just an overview:

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

This coverage provides wage replacement benefits and medical care for employees who are injured or become ill while on the job, as well as payments to their families if they die due to work-related injury or illness; it also includes disability-related payouts in case of permanent impairment that prevents an employee from completing his/her duties at a future date.

Title Insurance

Covers you against claims arising out of title defects such as liens, easements, encroachments, boundary disputes, etc.; this type of policy will also provide legal defense should any issues arise with third parties asserting ownership over property that you possess under claim and title insurance policies typically provide coverage for the replacement of property loss due to fire, theft or natural disasters.

General Liability Insurance

Covers you against claims relating to bodily injury and damage caused by activities on your premises (or when providing services at clients’ homes) where visitors were invited with permission onto it; this type of insurance will also provide legal defense if necessary in cases arising out of incidents occurring on your premises that are not covered under Workers Compensation Benefits such as lawsuits filed by third parties whose food was spoiled because a vendor delivered bad meat products etc.

One thing important to note is that Business Owners Policies often do not cover all potential losses: while they’ll ensure liability protection for many occurrences within an office, it is important to note that your business may be liable for losses outside of the scope of a general liability policy. For example, if you have employees, and they are injured on their way home from work – or in some cases even while commuting between tasks within the office – then those injuries would not fall under Workers’ Compensation benefits, which typically only cover accidents taking place inside an office building.

Professional Liability/Errors and Omissions Insurance

Cover claims arising out of errors committed when providing professional services such as architectural design; this type of insurance will also provide legal defense should any issues arise with third parties asserting ownership over property that you possess under claim

One more thing. Business owners should look at including disability insurance in their package alongside general liability and property-damage protection because if something happens like an industrial accident that leaves them unable to work, then they need funds coming into pay either themselves or somebody else to maintain operations while they are forced onto long-term disability.

Things To Consider When Buying Business Insurance

Things to consider when buying business insurance are what type of business structure you are, your liability coverage limits, and the scope of insurance needed. The term ‘scope’ is usually a coverage that will protect against specific perils such as fire or theft.

Take a risk, for example; As with any business, there are risks that you face as an entrepreneur. You’ll want to determine whether or not your company’s size and type of industry make it more at risk for certain losses than others.

For example, construction companies may be exposed to higher liability rates because they deal in high volumes of hazardous materials while a computer consulting firm might have their data stored offsite, which is much less concerning from the perspective of disasters such as fire or flooding.

Your decision about whether or not to purchase business insurance will depend on the type of work your company does, and how it handles its finances. You are probably eligible for coverage by a policyholder’s blanket bond that covers such things as property damage from fire and theft without regard to who caused them. If you carry liability insurance on an individual basis, you may also be able to add this protection through endorsement.

As with any other kind of insurance contract, there is some risk involved; if something bad happens in spite of all precautions taken then you could find yourself left unprotected because the insurer has refused to pay up under the terms of their agreement with you-or worse, yet it might turn out that they can’t even identify legally responsible parties since no one was at fault.

Further, you must be cautious to avoid a “junk” insurance policy that is too cheap and offers minimal coverage for damages, since it will not adequately protect you against financial loss from either lawsuits or property damage. If your company has significant amounts of cash, inventory, equipment, or other assets worth more than $500 then the business owner’s package plan gives you an upper limit on liability in case something goes wrong with one of these items; some companies may also have their own programs available through which they offer additional benefits like payroll tax services, travel accident protection and even pet care if owners include pets as part of their family-owned businesses (see our article about Pets). You should contact your agent before making any decisions about the purchase of business insurance, and be sure to ask for quoted rates on the coverage you are considering.


You’ve invested a lot of time, money, and energy into your business. Make sure it has the protection you need with business insurance because business insurance is a vital part of any business. It provides the necessary coverage to protect your assets from damages and liability claims.

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