Do I need Home-Based Business Insurance?
There are many associated risks with starting a new business, and protecting your investment can be an overwhelming task – but what if you are operating your business out of your home? Or what if your Home Insurance policy doesn’t qualify you to run a home based business? The truth is, owning a home based business can be accompanied by additional risks and factors that are important to consider:
Your essential equipment breaks down
Your standard home insurance policy will cover items related to the ownership of your home, but may not extend to cover damages or major equipment break downs related to your home-based business. To make sure your equipment is back up in running within a timely fashion, it is important to have a home-based business insurance plan.
Your inventory is stolen or damaged
In the event that your inventory is stolen or damaged by flood, fires, and other accidents, or the products you sell cause injury and/or damages – knowing that you have the right Product Liability Insurance to recuperate your losses is crucial to the success of any business.
There is a dispute over works completed with a customer
If a customer notices a mistake with the work you have done for them, it is possible they may involve a lawyer and/or move to sue if there was a reputational or financial loss. If your business is paid to offer professional advice, you will also need Errors and Omissions Insurance so that you are covered in the event that incorrect advice results in a reputational or financial loss.
A customer suffers an injury on your property
If your home-based business involves customers going to or from your home address – it is important to make sure that you are prepared with General Liability Insurance in the event that a customer sustains an injury while on your property.
The bottom line
If you have customers coming to and from your house – you need home-based business coverage. At the very least, you will need an additional endorsement for coverage regarding office equipment and business supplies. If you expect neither of these, and are not expecting to store inventory – it’s important to know that an insurance policy can also cover other important liabilities such as business continuation expenses, loss of money, and off premises business property.
Contact one of our Commercial Insurance Representatives today if you have any questions or concerns regarding your Home-Based Business Insurance.