Business owner insurance policies can insure a company’s buildings and equipment in much the same way as homeowners insurance covers a residence and its contents. A standard BOP policy helps protect against a specific list of perils, such as fire, wind, hail, water damage, and vandalism.
It’s advisable to insure for “replacement value” rather than “actual value.” That way, you might not have to come up with extra money to get back to business. The premiums will be higher, but the extra expense may well pay for itself if it means getting back to work in a matter of days rather than weeks or months. You may be able to offset the extra expense by working with the insurer to identify and reduce certain types of risks to help lower premiums.
This coverage is essential if someone were to become injured on your premises, by your employees, or by one of your products. It can be used to pay medical costs for the injured parties or to defend against liability claims, even if a claim is unfounded. Liability coverage also helps protect against claims of slander or libel.
If your business operations cease because of a disaster, business owner insurance policies can help replace the lost income and expenses related to operating from a temporary location.
A natural disaster is only one of the many threats facing small businesses. In such a situation, a business owner policy can help put you back in business.