Starting a business is an achievement that many aspire for, hoping to grab a piece of the a dream. Nowadays, there is a lot of red tape to jump through in order to get a shop off the ground, including tax and payroll information, permits, and inventory and most important, shop insurance. Getting shop insurance can be overwhelming, as there are many options for coverage. It is important to take time to shop and compare rates in order to get the best deal.
The foremost requirement for any type of shop insurance is property insurance. If the shop is in a financed, stand alone building, chances are that the lender required property insurance before agreeing to finance the facility. This type of insurance will protect the owner from the liability of damage to the structure itself, along with the items inside to a certain maximum payout. Even businesses in rented buildings or facilities are in need of property insurance to cover the items inside the building that can be damaged, stolen or destroyed.
Another type of shop insurance to look for is liability insurance. This is protection for the company against any lawsuits or other claims that a customer can bring against the business. If someone falls in the shop or claims that he or she incurred damages from a visit to the shop, a lawsuit can be established. Regardless of the outcome, there are court fees, attorney fees, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other claims that can drain the profit structure and bankrupt many small shops and businesses. Liability insurance will protect and cover these costs, so as not to affect the overall company costs and expenditures.
Employer liability insurance is another option for coverage in work related accidents. Employees that get hurt on the job may need time off, medical expenses and even payroll during unforeseen circumstances. Obtaining employer liability insurance will protect both the business owner and the workers, insuring that their needs will be met without hesitation.
Insurance can be expensive. In a tough economy, insurance premiums can make a big difference to a struggling shop or business. One should not sacrifice shop insurance coverage quality in exchange for a lower premium. It may seem like a good business choice, but there should always be enough coverage to keep the company from having to close its doors due to fire, theft, or lawsuits.
There are many ways to save on insurance. A shopkeeper should never take the first quote, before asking for bids from other insurance companies that are willing to compete for your business. The Internet is loaded with websites that are interested in providing businesses with quotes for insurance, many that come with incentives.
Once an insurance company is chosen, it is best to combine all policies into the same company. Often insurance companies will offer a business package that lumps liability, property and other specialty insurances together for a lower premium. Also, opting for a higher deductible can lower premiums significantly, helping to ease the cost burden.
By Robert Watson