Having the right insurance policies is central to the success of any business. There is a lot to think about, so make sure you do your research and have all your bases covered. You want to save as much money as possible but you also need to make sure you know where you are required to have cover by law and make note of any extra policies that may be beneficial.
Fires and Burglary
Insurance for fire, casualties and burglaries are not always required by law when it comes to owning a business. However, it is sensible to make sure you are covered in these areas anyway. By investing in this form of protection you are safeguarding your investments against what can potentially be a huge disaster – ensuring you have the necessary support to get back on track as quickly as possible. If you take out an insurance policy on your business property the expenses will be tax deductible as trade or business expenses. However, if you take one out as a self-insurance plan, only the losses incurred will be deductible.
Premiums for life insurance are also tax deductible. Once again, this is not a compulsory insurance plan that you have to take out but it is advisable. If the business is a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, whether directly or not, then it will not be tax deductible if it is taken out for an employee or other person key to the business.
Tradesman Liability Insurance
Tradesman insurance is often required by law. Luckily may companies offer a variety of policies designed to serve the individual interests of each particular trade so you do not have to worry about paying extra for any cover you do not need. There are both public liability insurance and employer’s liability insurance policies available. These ensure everyone is protected should anything go wrong; the customer, your employees, and yourself. This is vital for all businesses but is especially crucial for those which have regular, direct contact with the general public – such as those operating in the retail industry.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Insurance Policy
Before contacting a company for a quote, make sure you know exactly what is on offer: not only from the insurer you are about to make contact with but also from their rivals. Make a list of exactly what you need from an insurance policy and a separate list denoting other options you might want to ask about the availability and price of.
Do not be afraid to contact as many companies as you feel you need to and never feel pressured to make a decision quickly. Take as much time as you feel you need and consider using a price comparison site to get a quick overview of the different options available to you. Remember that the level of protection you attain should always take priority over the price you pay but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune. Shop around and make sure you get value for money and comprehensive protection.