The world of insurance can be a huge headache for small business owners. Since getting your business off the ground is your number one priority, it may seem unimportant to get the proper coverage in the early days of your business. However, it is imperative to remember that even in the early days of operation, your company may run into some unexpected and costly issues. Having insurance, especially the right type of insurance, is vital for the future growth and success of your business. (more…)
You worked so hard to build this business from the ground up; it’s important to keep it protected. We were curious to see what types of insurance different business owners subscribe to in different industries. Here’s what they had to say…
“My husband and I own a business creating handcrafted grooming products. We want people to feel confident using our products and we want to protect our business and family, so for us, insurance is a must. We have a Commercial General and Product Liability policy through the Indie Business Network geared specifically for makers of handcrafted cosmetics.” –Carrie Seibert, Soap Commander, LLC (more…)
In the first quarter of every year many businesses are renewing their commercial insurance policies. In most states General Liability and Workers’ Compensation Insurance are required by law. General Liability covers injuries that occur on your property, to customers and other third parties. Workers’ Compensation covers injuries that happen to your employees. Workers Comp provides medical costs and some lost wages while your employee is not able to work. Most businesses need additional coverages like Commercial Auto, Professional Liability, Liquor Liability and even Cyber Liability; but Workers’ Compensation and General Liability are the bare minimum to be in business. Workers’ Compensation is the one coverage where businesses can save quite a bit of money by taking just a few small steps. Here are five fairly simple steps Small Business Owners can take to save on Work Comp Insurance. (more…)
Hiring your first employee is an exciting time for your company. Your daily duties have expanded and you need to hire someone to take over some of the responsibility. Before you interview and find the person you want to bring into your company, you need to understand the legal requirements for hiring and maintaining employees.
Underwriting is a vital part of the financial and insurance industries. An underwriter is effectively the person that assesses risk, and determines the suitability of potential clients looking to avail of whatever service their employer provides, be it insurance, a loan, or capital. Underwriters have the responsibility of defining the terms within which the service will be offered. And, because of this, they are in very high demand. After all, without a qualified underwriter, lenders and insurance agencies would be lost. But how do you become an underwriter? And can underwriters work independently as a small business?
What do you have to do to become an underwriter?
Normally, you at least need a bachelor’s degree in finance, or another business-related field. Underwriters also have to be meticulous, detail-oriented, and thorough. (more…)
This week we decided to cover a relatively broad small business sector – the insurance industry. Now, the insurance industry is a heavily regulated, slightly complex field to work in. There are tons of hoops that independent agents and brokers have to jump through before they are even allowed to open their doors. But it is a vital industry – in some cases insurance is required by law – so a business could do quite well within it. So how do you start a company in the insurance industry? And is it worth all of the effort?
How do you get started in the insurance industry?
Insurance is a regulated field, which means you need to be licensed before you can begin. You also usually have to take some sort of course as well before the state will issue you your license. (more…)
Listen up, especially if you run a business from your home: About 60% of home-based businesses lack adequate coverage, according to a survey from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. Don’t be part of that 60%.
Here’s why it matters. What if a deliveryman slips and falls on your front step while delivering parts for an order? What a child gets hurt at a home daycare? In either scenario, the business owner could find his or her finances on the line because of a lawsuit. Many home-based business owners leave their livelihoods to chance because they believe their ventures are covered under their home insurance policy – a big misconception. A typical homeowner’s policy, for example, provides only $2,500 coverage for business equipment, which is usually not enough to cover everything a business owner might use. Additionally, the homeowners policy won’t provide any coverage for liability issues associated with the venture.
If you work from home or own a home-based business, keep the following are three basic options for insurance coverage in mind.
For many employers, benefits are often relied on to retain the company’s most qualified employees; insurance packages and paid holiday/sick leave are ways to show workers that their hard work is time well spent, and it also helps a business hold onto their valued staff members as losing those benefits would be a major drawback for most individuals. However, not all companies are in a position where they can offer an extravagant benefits package; start-ups just starting out often lack the proper funding that would allow them to do so. If your business is in a similar boat but still wants to attract great talent, here are few ways to motivate your employees to stand by your company’s side.
By Katherine Wood, HomeownersInsurance.com
Unexpected events, even seemingly minor ones, could hit your small business much harder than you expect. That’s why you need to protect your hard work by purchasing the right type and amount of insurance. For a new small business owner, the insurance landscape can be difficult to navigate.
Here’s a guide to the basic requirements and other options available for safeguarding your successes.
Is it me, or do you feel like all of your business expenses are going up? Rent is higher, payroll fees are up, taxes in California, healthcare costs. These are all fixed costs, meaning that they don’t go down. They stay where they are and that means less money flows to your bottom line.
Check this out. I’ve got a fixed cost for you that could go lower! Like 10-30% lower — now that’s a ballpark.
Your healthcare costs. Yep! Whether you are self employed, a small business with employees, or an individual, you need to know what is coming down the pike on Jan 1, 2014.