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Private Tutors’ Business Insurance is a Smart Choice

Your students turn to you when they’re frustrated or confused, and you help guide them through complex topics. While some may think of tutoring as an after-school side job, the reality is that you run a business. Unfortunately, many business owners have to face the fact that at some point — accidents can happen to anyone. We can teach you how to make the best of unfavorable business situations.

Simply Business offers insurance that protects your business in case of an accident. No need to study up on tutor insurance — we’ve got you covered with the info and resources you need to make the best decision for your business.

In just 10 minutes, you can get a quote, get insured, and be on your way.

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Insurance FAQs:

  • What is Business Insurance?

Coverage Type

Here are three types of business insurance available to tutors:

  • General liability insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Workers compensation insurance

Each type of policy covers different scenarios, but all insurance offers these benefits:

  • It can protect your business from certain claims.
  • It can cover damages caused by your negligence.
  • Proof of insurance can help clients feel good about your work.
  • It may be required where you’re located.

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What Types of Tutor Insurance Do I Need?

Not sure where to begin when considering tutor insurance? For starters, it’s useful to know there are three types of policies to consider. For instance, not every business is required to have every kind of coverage, though we always recommend them.

We have a study guide below on the business insurance policies you may need, but we won’t give you a pop quiz at the end.

General Liability Insurance

Do you teach one specific subject, or do you dabble in a little bit of everything? If general liability insurance were a tutor, it would be the latter. This jack-of-all-trades insurance policy covers bodily injury, property damage, and third-party accidents. “Third parties” refer to your clients or vendors. You also can add contents coverage to your policy, which could offset costs if your equipment (e.g., your laptop!) is lost or stolen.

Other than drinking too much coffee, being a private tutor doesn’t seem dangerous. So why get insured? Let’s review a scenario where having business insurance would protect your finances. Imagine you’re tutoring a student in your office when they get up to refill their water bottle. The student doesn’t see your laptop charging cable near the desk, and they trip on it and fall into your bookshelf. During the fall, your student broke their wrist, and the parents are suing you for the medical expenses and the time they had to take off work to care for their child.

Where does that leave you as a business owner? If you have general liability insurance, your policy could potentially help cover your settlement and legal fees. If you didn’t have insurance when the accident happened, you likely would have to pay for the damages, even if it meant taking out a loan.

So what does general liability insurance usually cover in your tutoring business? Here’s a recap:

  • Third-party property damage (aka clients or vendors)
  • Bodily injury
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal and advertising injury
  • And more

General liability insurance does not cover:

  • Personal property damage
  • Professional services
  • Employee injury and workers compensation
  • Damage to your work
  • Motor vehicles during business use
  • Intentional injury or damage
  • And more

Learn more about General Liability Insurance.

Professional Liability Insurance

The second type of insurance for tutoring businesses is professional liability insurance. When you perform a professional service or give advice, you open yourself up to claims of negligence. A pupil or their parents could sue you for negligence, even if you don’t agree with the claim. Professional liability insurance can cover you in case a client claims that you, your employees, or your business were negligent.

Even small slips or accidents could turn into a negligence claim. For example, if you give a student incorrect information and they fail a test, they could sue you. They may claim that your misdirection prevented them from getting into their top college.

Without professional liability insurance, you’d need to pay for legal fees and settlements out of pocket. If you had a professional liability policy, things would look a lot different. Your policy could help offset damages so that your business could continue without paying the bill.

Let’s review the scenarios that professional liability insurance typically covers:

  • Legal defense costs
  • Omissions or alleged omissions
  • Negligence or alleged negligence
  • Claims and damages
  • And more

Having professional liability insurance does not usually protect you from:

  • Property damage
  • Intentional acts and omissions
  • Bodily injury
  • Medical expenses
  • And more

Workers Compensation Insurance

If you have employees, then you have a growing business — congratulations! While your state may not require you to have general or professional liability coverage, workers compensation insurance is nearly always a requirement for businesses with employees. This type of insurance can cover medical bills, lost wages, and legal costs associated with an employee who gets sick or hurt on the job.

Accidents can happen anywhere, and they can be costly. The average cost of a workers comp claim is $40,051, and a slip or fall averages at over $46,000. While employee injuries will hopefully be few and far between in your business, the price of a single accident is enough to make workers compensation insurance worth it.

Workers compensation insurance for tutors may cover:

  • Medical Payments
  • Lost Wages
  • Rehabilitation Expenses
  • Death Benefits

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Why Should You Get a Private Tutor Insurance Policy?

Tutoring is tough but rewarding work. You’ve likely spent countless hours to get to where you are, and you deserve to maintain your business for as long as you wish. The reality of business, though, is that accidents or negligence claims can happen. Forty-three percent of small business owners have reported being threatened with or involved in a civil lawsuit.

Unfortunately, you don’t necessarily need to do anything wrong to face a negligence case. You could be the most effective and patient tutor in town. Still, one disgruntled student or parents who think you were negligent could sue you. We want to help you achieve the peace of mind that comes with preparedness.

The average costs small business owners are exposed to without insurance include:

  • $30,000 for property damage or accident claims
  • $39,000 for work injury claims
  • $50,000 for reputational harm claims (e.g., slander or libel)
  • $20,000 for a client slip-and-fall case

Paying your monthly business insurance premiums will help ensure that the twists of business don’t bring your passion to a halt. It’s understandable if you're unsure about adding a monthly expense. Fortunately, you won’t have to pay for coverage that’s above your needs. Your policy premiums are based on the types of services you provide, where you’re located, how many employees you have, your annual revenue, and more. Just answer a few questions here to get a tailored estimate.

Now for some encouraging news — insurance is useful on your good days, too. Having proof of coverage comes with perks, including being able to:

  • Rent out a room or space for your business
  • Convince other people to work with you
  • Earn a client’s confidence
  • And more!

You’ll receive a certificate of insurance (COI) when you buy your policy through Simply Business, which you can use to provide proof of coverage.

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Tutor Insurance FAQs

  • While we recommend general liability and professional liability insurance for tutors, your state may not necessarily require it. Your free quote considers your location and shows what requirements may apply to you. If you want to learn more about your state’s requirements, our licensed agents can go over those with you. Keep in mind that if you have employees, you’ll likely need workers comp coverage.

  • Business owners can deduct insurance premiums from their business income when they file taxes. However, we recommend that you talk to a local accountant to learn about your state’s tax laws and your specific business needs.

  • Nobody wants to pay for more than they need, and that extends to business insurance. Fortunately, your Simply Business insurance quotes are customized. The correct level of coverage for you depends on:

    • The size of your business
    • Your business’s location
    • Your annual revenue
    • And more

    Our quote process takes all of this into account to provide the recommended coverage. You can speak with one of our licensed agents if you have additional questions.

  • Getting free insurance quotes is easy, and having information handy makes it fast, too. Before you start looking for insurance, you should have the following information:

    • Annual revenue estimates
    • Payroll estimates
    • Information on any previous claims
  • Small business insurance requirements, including tutor insurance policies, are decided at the state level. There’s no need to dig through your state’s websites — we’ve got you covered. Our quote process and licensed insurance agents have that information for you.

  • A comprehensive insurance product — one that includes general liability, professional liability, and workers compensation — can cover:

    • Bodily injury
    • Accidents and damages
    • Employee injuries
    • Unintentional mistakes
    • And more
  • Each business insurance policy is unique, so prices vary. Premiums depend on your services and whether or not you have employees. Pricing is affected by:

    • Payroll estimates
    • The location of your business
    • The specific services you offer
    • And more

    Want to see how much your insurance may cost? Just answer a few questions here to get free quotes and compare policy prices.

  • If you’re a multi-talented business owner, our licensed agents can work with you to find protection for all of your services.

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Why Choose Simply Business?

You have your students’ backs, and we have yours! Simply Business is an online insurance brokerage that allows you to compare quotes from the nation’s top insurers. We’re one of the fastest-growing online providers of small business insurance, with thousands of customers who entrust in us.

What sets Simply Business apart? Our customers know that:

  • We’re fast and affordable. You have a lot on your plate, and your time matters. Our easy quote process gets you covered in a few minutes so that you can get back to your busy schedule.

  • We’re flexible. Choose a policy to get you started, and increase coverage as your business evolves. We’re here to grow with you.

  • We recognize you’re unique. Every business is unique, and you should have insurance that fits. Our quote process helps find coverage that’s what you need.

You’ve worked hard to build your tutoring business. Now you can choose the best coverage to protect it.

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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.

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