Following is just a sample of the types of insurance policies needed by owners of virtually every kind of business:
- Workers Compensation
- Commercial General Liability
- Commercial Property
- Professional Liability
- Commercial Auto
- Business Interruption
This list is by no means complete. In fact, most researchers conclude that business owners typically need a minimum of nine insurance policies to properly insure their operations. While it may be possible to bundle or package some of these types of insurance together, this is not always an option. In many cases, owners must purchase these important policies individually. Keeping up with this many policies is not something most business owners prefer to spend time on.
Eliminating the chaos that comes along with managing so many different policies is a major advantage of using a Trusted Choice® insurance professional. Placing your business insurance through a Trusted Choice® insurance professional brings someone onto your team who can bring calm to your multi-policy chaos. Consider the following advantages to keeping all of your business insurance needs under one roof.
Understanding Your Operation
Properly insuring your business requires an almost intimate knowledge of your operations. Spreading your policies across multiple agents means spending more time educating more people about what you do and the exposures that come along with it. A single agent that truly understands the many aspects of your operations is in a better position to help identify exposures for you.
Policies That Work Together
Here’s an example: You expect that your commercial umbrella policy will provide additional coverage over that included in your commercial auto policy. However, many umbrella policies will only extend above an auto policy provided by an insurance company with a specified financial strength rating. If the rating falls below a certain grade, this may drastically affect your umbrella in that it will no longer apply to an auto loss.
It is not unlikely that two of your business insurance policies may have to work together. Thus, keeping them under separate roofs could create problems.
Preparing business insurance will require owners to furnish highly sensitive financial information about the business as well as personal information about personnel. Spreading insurance across multiple agents will require you to divulge this personal information to multiple parties.
Consolidating Policy Periods
Most business insurance policies are annual policies, renewing each year. As owner, you may want your insurance policies to renew at specific periods of time when it is most convenient for you. For example, you may want your property insurance to renew just before your busiest time of year when inventory levels are at their highest; alternatively, you may wish to keep the books simpler by having all of your insurance renew on a specific date. It should be your choice. A Trusted Choice® insurance professional who manages your insurance program can work with you to determine the most convenient way for your policies to renew and work with your insurance companies to make it happen.
Perhaps the most convenient advantage to having a single agent managing your business insurance is having all your needs handled in one place. If you need a certificate of insurance, are hiring a new employee, adding a location, forming a new business or any other change, there’s one number to call.
Price and Availability
By keeping multiple policies under one roof, you might have access to multi-policy discounts that can save your business hundreds or thousands annually. Further, keeping your policies under one roof may give your agent more opportunities to obtain better pricing and coverage options for your business.
While it may not be an option for every business, some businesses may be able to bundle or package two or more policies together. This often translates into better coverage and pricing as well a simplified handling. For example, some businesses may be eligible for a business owners policy, which combines property, liability and business interruption insurance. Other businesses may be eligible for a management liability policy, which combines a variety of professional liability insurance, such as errors and omissions and employment practices liability.
Keeping your policies under one roof will help your Trusted Choice® insurance professional obtain packaging options for which your business may be eligible.
These are a few reasons why keeping your insurance needs with a single Trusted Choice® insurance professional are advantageous to your business operations. For more information on advantages only an independent agent can offer, call today.