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Did you know that a home insurance policy usually doesn’t protect a home based business from risks and damage?
That’s why it’s so important to consider getting additional coverage.
Home based business insurance is designed to fill in that gap. It can help cover your business’s property, equipment, and potentially even client information that’s stored in your home office. Plus, if a client or vendor visits you and gets injured on your property, it can help cover medical and legal expenses.
Don’t assume that your homeowners policy will cover you — because it usually doesn’t. At Simply Business, we can help you find coverage at an affordable rate. This way, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you’re covered if an unexpected accident or event occurs.
As a leading online insurance platform, we work hard to make getting covered fast and easy for our customers. Just complete our online quote form, where we’ll ask you simple questions about your home business and offer a selection of quotes for you to compare.
Best of all, it can take under 10 minutes.
Policies Available for Home Based Businesses:
It's a type of coverage that can typically help cover the costs of an unexpected accident, injury, or property damage. It’s designed to help cover your business if it’s primarily located within your home.
Because most traditional homeowners policies don't cover incidents relating to a home business, it’s important to get additional coverage.
This way, you can feel confident knowing you’re covered if something untoward happens!
Most policies include general liability (GL) insurance. This policy provides protection against costs associated with third-party accidents, property damage, and bodily injury to third parties, like clients or vendors.
Here’s how it can work: Let’s say you’re a professional photographer with a home studio. You typically invite clients to your home studio for family photoshoots. One day, a client trips and falls on ice while walking into your home, resulting in a trip to the emergency room.
After the incident, you find out your client is suing you for the cost of medical bills and ongoing care.
In this case, your homeowners policy probably wouldn’t protect you, since the person came to visit your home for business purposes.
But GL coverage would protect you!
So if you operate your business from your home, you need additional coverage. You can’t count on your homeowners policy to provide coverage.
A general liability policy can usually cover:
Here’s what general liability usually doesn’t cover:
Depending on what you do, you may want to get additional policies. For example, if you offer professional services, like bookkeeping or marketing, you may want to get professional liability coverage.
And if you have employees (even just one worker), you probably need workers compensation insurance too.
Take a look at the most common policies home based business owners buy.
People who offer services to clients may need to purchase a professional liability insurance policy, as well as a GL policy. Examples of service-based businesses include, but aren’t limited to:
These are owners who provide a professional service that’s at risk for claims of negligence, errors, copyright infringement, and other accusations.
Whether you’re at fault or not, a professional liability policy can help protect you from claims of errors and negligence. It can even help cover the costs of hiring a lawyer and any damages you may incur, up to your policy limit.
Here’s an example of how it can work. Let’s say you’re a bookkeeper, and a client gets audited by the IRS because you inadvertently neglected sales tax information. The client is furious and sues you for negligence, claiming that they wouldn’t have been audited if you had included the sales tax information on their income tax return.
If you don’t have a professional liability policy, you may be on the hook to pay thousands of dollars in damages. This amount can be devastating for any owner, but especially for small businesses. Make sure you’re protected in case you find yourself in a situation like this one.
Instead, get professional liability insurance early on — before you start working with clients.
Here is what it usually covers:
Here's what it usually doesn’t cover:
Do you have employees? Even just a part-time or seasonal worker? If so, you may want to include workers compensation insurance in your coverage.
This type of coverage is designed to help cover the costs of an employee getting sick or injured on the job. It can even help cover a portion of lost wages.
Home based businesses can have employees, too. And if you’re one of them, you should get serious about your coverage. Depending on where you live, it may even be required by law.
Here’s why. A worker’s comp claim can be very costly, especially if it involves an injury or accident. In fact, the average workers compensation injury claim is $41,000!
And, in 2018, Americans reported $170.8 billion in workers compensation claims.
Fortunately, workers compensation coverage is designed to protect you and your business. It can help cover the costs associated with:
Wondering what other coverage you may need?
At Simply Business, we can help you find the right coverage. When you complete our online quote form, we’ll ask you questions to better understand what you do. Then we may show you bundled policies that can provide protection for home based business owners.
Take a moment to ask yourself these important questions:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you likely need coverage.
Many business owners who operate out of their homes make the mistake of assuming that their homeowners policy can protect them. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Most homeowners policies protect your personal assets — but not your business assets.
Keep in mind, if you report a claim related to your business, your homeowners policy may deny you coverage. And without a home based business policy, you may have to pay for the costs on your own.
This could be devastating, especially if it’s an expensive claim.
Your homeowners policy may help protect you if there’s an accident at your home that’s unrelated to your business. But if a client visits you, and gets injured or experiences property damage, your homeowners policy probably can’t help.
Plus, a homeowners policy usually doesn’t offer coverage for errors and omissions, and accusations of copyright infringement, libel, slander, and more.
Additionally, most small businesses are at risk for lawsuits. In fact, many small business owners say they’ve been threatened with or involved in a civil lawsuit. In today’s world, no one is immune — even if you did nothing wrong.
At Simply Business, we can help you find coverage that’s comprehensive enough to protect your operation and its assets.
It’s smart to protect yourself ahead of time by securing coverage. Many of these incidents are out of your control, so you want to prepare just in case. Getting comprehensive coverage is one way to help keep your business running for years to come.
It depends on where you live. Some states do require small business owners to secure coverage, even if they work within their homes.
Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need to know the laws where you live. Our online quote form can point you in the right direction. We can help you find the right coverage that meets your state’s requirements.
Yes, it usually is a tax-deductible expense. This means that the premiums you pay can help lower your taxable income!
We always recommend checking with an accountant or tax preparation specialist if you have questions about how to deduct the cost of your policy.
It depends on what you own — and what you do. We can help recommend coverage options based on:
When you request a free quote on our website, we’ll ask you questions to understand how much coverage you may need. Then we can show you quotes from the country’s leading insurers. It’s quick to compare these quotes and then choose the policies that work best for you.
If you have questions, just call one of our licensed agents. A member of our team is here to help you find the right coverage for you.
We know you’re busy. So we designed our quote form to help you in just 10 minutes. To speed up the process, we recommend that you have the following information available:
Yes, states have different requirements. So the type of coverage you need depends on where you work and what you do. We can point you in the right direction when you complete our online quote form or call one of our licensed agents.
We generally recommend comprehensive coverage for most businesses based out of the home. This means that coverage includes both general liability and professional liability policies. Between these two policies, you can expect coverage for:
What's right for you?. Tell us about your company, the industry you work in, and your unique needs. Then we can help you find policy options — at the right price.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. Costs can vary from business to business. That’s because coverage can be highly customized to meet your needs.
To help give you the most accurate quotes, we’ll ask you for information about:
Then we can provide free quotes from trusted nationwide insurers.
If you’re ready to find out how much a policy may cost you, head to our online quote form. Then answer a few questions to get started.
We’re a fast-growing online insurance platform that specializes in serving small business owners. We can help you compare policies from trusted insurers across the country — and secure the right coverage for You.
More business owners nationwide depend on Simply Business to help protect their growing companies. Here’s why:
We make getting insurance fast. We know you’re very busy. Fortunately, we can help you compare quotes from leading insurers in just 10 minutes.
We cut out the jargon. Many brokers make getting coverage even more complicated. But we strive to make it simple, clear, and easier for you to understand.
We support small business owners. We do more than just connect you to insurance. We also provide resources and tools to help your operation thrive.
If you’re starting a home based business or own one today, don’t delay. You probably need additional coverage to ensure that you’re fully protected. At Simply Business, we can make the process easy and fast. Get your free quote today!
This content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal, tax, accounting, investment, or any other form of professional advice.
*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.