Entrepreneurs often run their businesses from home. As they do work remote, they often rely on their homeowners insurance coverage to protect their home based businesses. While homeowner’s insurance protects your home, it may not insure parts of your business. As a result you may need additional business insurance.
- Professional equipment
Do I Need Home Business Insurance?
- Do customers or clients come to my home?
- Do I keep inventory or supplies in my home or at off-site job locations?
- Would I lose income if I had to close my business because of damage to my home?
- Do I have employees working in or outside of my home?
- Do I maintain client or employee records on my computer?
- Property damage
- Employee injuries
- Issues related to data loss
Flexible Coverage for Home Based Businesses – Small and Large
Home Business Insurance Solutions From The Hartford Include
- General Liability Insurance – helps protect you if you’re sued for a variety of reasons. These can include negligence, personal injury or a faulty product. If you don’t have inventory or equipment in your home or at off-site locations you may want a basic general liability policy.
- A Business Owner’s Policy – helps cover structures on your property where your home based business operates. It can also help cover damage to inventory or loss of income if your home suffers damages. For instance, say your home gets damaged by fire or high winds. Your business owners policy can help cover damages to your business property. Keep in mind that a standard business owner’s policy combines property and liability coverage for your business.
- Business Owner’s Policy with Endorsements – allows you to tailor your business owner’s policy with endorsements. For instance you can add data breach coverage. This helps protect your business’s stored personal information about customers or employees. You can also add optional Business Income for Off-Premises Utility Services (OPUS) coverage. This helps cover a loss of business income from an interruption in utility services.
Examples of Businesses That May Need Home Based Business Insurance
- Web Design Firms. If you’re like a lot of web designers, you likely have a home office. This office likely houses business equipment such as computers and design software. You also likely have client files, office furniture, and work stations even though most of your business takes place online. That said, say your home gets damaged from flooding, a power surge, or other activities. Your home based business insurance may help cover their claim.
- Interior Decorator. For interior decorators who run their services out of their home, you’ll likely need home based business insurance. This is due to clients visiting their home and business premises daily. In the event of an accident where the business owner is held responsible, home business insurance may help. It can help protect both the owner and their business assets.
- Photographers. If you’re a photographer, you may conduct photo shoots off-site, but have a studio in your home. These studios house lighting equipment, props and multiple cameras. Clients may even visit them from time to time. In the event of an accident where you’re legally responsible, home business insurance may help
Source: The Hartford, “Get the Coverage You Need to Protect Your Home Based Business” thehartford.com website. Accessed June 7, 2021. https://www.thehartford.com/home-based-business-insurance
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