Business owners must have some type of insurance. Most states require any company with employees to buy workers compensation and unemployment insurance. Requirements can also vary by industry. For instance, a real estate agent with a car will likely need to pay for commercial car insurance. If you are running a business, you must make sure it is properly protected against common risks and unforeseen events. Before you do so, it’s a good idea to compare quotes from commercial insurance companies.
The location of your business and the industry in which you are involved play a role in the types of quotes you’ll get. Some industries are obviously considered more “dangerous” than others. For instance, a company that primarily involves everyone staying in an office will not need as much coverage as a company involved in construction.
Commercial general liability (CGL) might not cover 100% of all of the possible risks an organization may encounter during its lifespan, but it does typically provide coverage for the more common types of risks. Some business owners choose to buy additional insurance, such as protection against defamation suits and employment practice liabilities (wrongful termination or discrimination).
What about theft? Commercial insurance companies usually just offer theft protection for third party losses for which a business may bear some type of responsibility. If you want coverage for your own business property, you might be required to pay extra to have it included in your policy.
Payment Options Used by Common Commercial Insurance Companies
What kind of payment options do you have? How you will be charged and how you’ll be expected to pay is going to vary depending on the insurance company. Before deciding on a quote, check and see if you will be able to pay with your preferred method, whether it’s with a MasterCard, Visa, etc., and if you can the full amount annually or just once a month. If you don’t want to pay in full, keep in mind that some commercial insurance companies might charge additional fees overtime. Not all of them do, however, so take the time to carefully read over the payment requirements and fine print.