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From sourcing suppliers to managing staff to pleasing customers, you’ve got a lot to handle. It can be easy to overlook insurance. It also can be risky for your business. BOP insurance, meaning business owner policy insurance can make a lot of sense for a busy business owner.
A business owner's policy typically combines different coverages, such as property and liability insurance, into a single policy. And it can deliver some great benefits for business owners with a lot on their plates.
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A BOP is a package policy that typically bundles three types of business insurance together:
Depending on your specific business, you also can add optional coverages to your BOP insurance to make it an even better fit. For example:
Let’s take a look at the various coverages typically available in BOP insurance.
If business insurance were a house, general liability insurance could be the foundation. It can help cover costs from third-party accidents and third-party bodily injury, as well as damage to someone else’s property.
A GL policy also can cover personal or advertising injury claims.These can include claims of stolen ideas, invasion of privacy, libel, slander, and copyright infringement related to advertising.
General liability can also help if your business makes an inadvertent mistake manufacturing or sells a defective product that injures someone.
If you have a storefront, office space, or other building for your business, commercial property insurance can cover damages caused by fire, theft, weather, or other unpleasant events. It also can cover damage to physical assets such as inventory, supplies, equipment, tools, and machinery.
Commercial property insurance can cover:
While it tends to cover a lot of weather-related and third-party claims, it usually does not cover:
It’s bad enough if you have a business-related accident, damage, or loss. But what if the damaged property forces you to shut down for a period of time? BOP insurance with business interruption coverage can help replace lost income if you can’t operate your business due to covered property damage.
In addition to lost income, business interruption insurance may cover:
Business interruption insurance typically won’t cover lost income due to:
We believe having BOP insurance is a good idea. But it can be helpful to see what it could actually do for you.
Here are some examples:
This is a topic that can come up when you’re looking at insuring your business. We believe a general liability policy is a good idea for just about every business. And it may be required if you’re leasing or renting space for your business.
Whether you own the building, rent, or have inventory or equipment, you may want to consider a business owner’s policy. A BOP typically includes GL insurance, along with commercial property and business interruption insurance, which you won’t find with general liability insurance. If you think you’ll need this level of coverage, you may want to request a business owner’s insurance quote.
Generally speaking, brick-and-mortar businesses with inventory and equipment, such as restaurants and retail stores, often can benefit from BOP insurance. But when you consider the simplicity, flexibility, and value of a business owner’s policy, it could make sense for many business owners who don’t have a lot of time to search for different coverages, prices, and providers.
Business owner’s policies are generally designed for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees or annual revenue of less than $5 million, although not every small business meeting these criteria will be eligible. These criteria may vary based on the type of business, and certain insurance carriers may have criteria of their own.
It’s important to note that some industries are not eligible for business owner’s policies due to the unique risks they face. Some examples might include:
The flexibility of a BOP policy is that it typically lets you add different types of coverage to meet the needs of your specific business. Plus, you can add or drop coverages as your business changes.
There are, however, other policies you may need to consider outside of BOP coverage. If you have a restaurant or retail store, you likely have employees. If so, you may need workers’ compensation insurance. And if you have business vehicles, you’ll likely need commercial vehicle insurance.
A business owner’s policy offers a lot of flexibility. If you want to customize your business owner’s policy, the following add-ons may be available:
Our licensed insurance agents can help you get the coverages your business needs. They’re just a call away at 844-654-7272, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).
You might think a policy that can cover as much as BOP insurance might be out of your price range. Actually, a business owner’s policy can be a case where more is less. Since BOP insurance bundles together different policies, it often can be less expensive than buying all those policies separately.
As with most types of insurance, your cost will depend on a number of factors, such as:
In some cases, restaurants and retailers can pay as little as $550 annually. And whatever your premium is, you often can elect to pay with convenient, interest-free, monthly installments. Request a business owner's insurance quote to see what BOP insurance might cost for your business.
A business owner's policy can do a lot for you, but that doesn’t mean you have to do a lot to get covered. We can make it fast and easy 24/7 with our online quote tool. Or our licensed insurance pros can talk with you via phone. Either way, you can get BOP coverage that’s easy to understand and even easier to put in place.
*Harborway Insurance policies are underwritten by Spinnaker Insurance Company and reinsured by Munich Re, an A+ (Superior) rated insurance carrier by AM Best. Harborway Insurance is a brand name of Harborway Insurance Agency, LLC, a licensed insurance producer in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. California license #6004217.