As business owners, you’ve worked hard to build your business, and it’s important to protect it just as you would your home and your family. Lawsuits, property loss, and business interruptions could affect your bottom line and potentially threaten the future of your company.

One way to prepare for the financial consequences of these types of risks is by purchasing the appropriate business owners policy, which offers protection against multiple risks (up to the policy limits) in a single policy.

Business owners policies commonly offer three basic types of protection:

  • Property insurance for buildings, equipment, and inventory, and other property against loss or damage.
  • Liability insurance for legal consequences from damages arising from employee behavior, defective products, faulty installations, accidents on company premises, or other events causing bodily injury, property damage, or other harm. Some policies also offer coverage for rented or borrowed vehicles.
  • Business interruption insurance to help pay expenses and replace lost income if a fire or other catastrophe stops or reduces business output. Some policies offer a benefit to help pay the cost of operating out of a temporary location, depending on the scope and nature of the interruption.

When comparing policies, make sure you know whether the coverage will pay replacement value or actual value. The premiums are typically higher when insuring for replacement value, but the extra expense could pay for itself if it means getting back to work in a matter of days rather than weeks or months.

It’s important to periodically review a business owners policy to help prevent the possibility of becoming underinsured. Reassessing the policy limits may help the coverage keep pace with inflation, company growth, and liability risks and trends specific to the company and/or industry.

The information in this article is not intended to be tax or legal advice, and it may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. You are encouraged to seek tax or legal advice from an independent professional advisor. The content is derived from sources believed to be accurate. Neither the information presented nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any product. This material was written and prepared by Emerald. © 2013 Emerald Connect, Inc.

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