do you really need the extra insurance?

Why Business Insurance Is an Essential Part of Business Overhead for New Businesses

by Rick Mcguinness

When you're starting a new business, there are many expenses you have to think about. From rent and utilities to inventory and salaries, there are plenty of responsibilities trying to get a percentage of your funds. However, business insurance is something that you shouldn't ignore either.

Many people figure that they can wait for a year or two before they start looking into insurance options for their business. However, there is a lot at stake. Without adequate insurance, you could be exposing your business to many risks.

It Might Be a State Requirement

Before you even start looking at business insurance options that are elective, you have to remember that there are other forms of coverage that might be required by the state.

For example, workers' compensation coverage is compulsory in almost all states as long as your business meets certain criteria. Therefore, not having this coverage can result in hefty fines that won't do your business any good. Some states also require that businesses have disability insurance.

If there's any coverage that's required by your state, you don't have much of a choice in the matter.

Without Insurance You Could Lose Everything

Imagine waking up one morning to find that an electrical fault has burned down your building or a sudden flood has damaged all your inventory. These are real risks that many business owners face every day. We live in a world with many risks, and some of these risks are more likely to occur than some people realize.

In case of such an event, if you didn't have adequate insurance, you could lose your budding business before you even get a chance to succeed. Another risk that many business owners face is litigation. Without liability insurance, you may not even have the resources to defend yourself in court.

It Can Boost Your Business

There are many business owners who are wary of customers who may want to launch a frivolous lawsuit against them, but there are just as many customers who are wary of businesses that end up causing more damage and are unable to pay for these damages.

For example, if your business requires you to work in people's homes, there is a lot that can go wrong in such an environment. Therefore, many customers will only want to hire service providers who have the necessary coverage to ensure any damages will be paid for. In such a case, being insured can bring more business your way.