Owning any type of small business comes with a great deal of risk. And part of your job as a sock shop owner is to protect your business with appropriate insurance coverage so you can continue to operate even when something goes wrong.
Sock shops are as unique as what you sell. Whether you specialize in the finest athletic socks, or you offer an array of fashion-forward hosiery for everyone from small children to businessmen who want to rock a pop of color, you’ll need to make sure that your shop stays safe even when things go terribly wrong.
That’s why you need sock shop business insurance. An independent insurance agent can help you find coverage that is tailored to the unique risks of your sock shop, giving you the peace of mind you'll need to focus on running your business.
Why Do I Need Sock Shop Insurance?
Something as simple as a customer tripping over a step stool left in the store aisle can cost you thousands of dollars in medical expenses if the customer is injured. And there’s always the possibility that the customer will sue you for additional damages. Even if the injury is minor or the accusations are unfounded, the costs to defend yourself and pay out a settlement can be devastating.
Your sock shop faces several other risks as well. Shoplifting and employee crime can take a huge bite out of your bottom line over time. Smoke, fires, severe weather, equipment problems, and more can create a mountain of repair costs and even render you unable to open your doors while you replace inventory, re-build a damaged building, or wait for equipment to be fixed.
Sock shop insurance helps you in a variety of situations that might otherwise force you out of business. It could mean the difference between riding out an inconvenience and closing your doors for good.
What Does Sock Shop Insurance Cover?
The biggest threats to your sock shop are property losses and liability claims, and you’ll need both kinds of coverage to protect your store.
Property Coverage for Sock Shops
Unexpected events such as fires, natural disasters, floods, and extreme weather events can happen at any time. If you’re not protected with sock shop insurance, you’ll have nowhere to turn to cover the losses to your physical assets (your building if you own it, inventory, computers, fixtures, furnishings, etc.).
Commercial property insurance is your lifeline in these situations. It covers the costs of repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed physical assets. For a sock shop whose inventory would be entirely destroyed by smoke, fire, or water, this coverage is essential to securing your ability to operate in the face of disaster.
If your sock shop sustains physical damage due to a covered event, you’ll likely also face a loss of income if the damage renders you unable to operate or meet sales goals for a period of time while you make repairs, rebuild your store, or replace lost inventory.
That’s why you'll also likely need business interruption insurance to complement your sock shop property coverage. It offers income protection if your business is unable to operate because of damage caused by some type of covered disruption. It also pays for certain ongoing fixed expenses during the rebuilding period. This includes things like rent, employee salaries, relocation fees, and more.
Liability Coverage for Sock Shops
Customers, vendors, and members of the general public visit your sock shop during every business day. Any one of these individuals can get injured on your premises at any time. Slips, trips, falls, and other types of injuries are common in retail settings.
And while you might think that a customer suffering a minor injury in your store isn’t a big deal, don’t be fooled. Imagine a customer cuts her arm on a sharp-edged store fixture. What seemed like a minor cut could become infected and lead to serious, long-term medical expenses and life-altering consequences for the injured party.
Medical bills and other related expenses are a lot to cover for a small business. And they’re just the tip of the iceberg if you are sued in such a situation. Attorney fees, court costs, and court-ordered settlements or judgments can easily bankrupt you.
That’s where your sock shop commercial general liability insurance comes in. It offers broad coverage for all kinds of liability claims and pays for expenses for the injured party as well as your legal expenses and settlements or judgments if you are sued.
Many small business owners purchase a business owners policy (BOP) which packages property, liability, and business interruption coverage into a single, affordable package policy.
Other Sock Shop Insurance to Consider
You’ll likely need to purchase several endorsements (add-ons to your basic policies) or standalone policies to fill any gaps in coverage you have in your commercial property and liability policies.
- Crime coverage pays for loss of inventory due to theft of merchandise from shoplifting and even for loss of money and merchandise stolen by employees.
- Commercial umbrella insurance provides an important safety net for cases when a claim exceeds the coverage limit on your general liability policy. If you were hit with an extremely costly lawsuit, this policy would kick in when the coverage on your general liability policy is exhausted.
- Workers’ compensation insurance is required for almost every business that has employees. It compensates employees who are injured on the job by paying for medical expenses and lost wages related to their injury. Your employees can trip over racks, injure their backs while unloading shipments, fall off ladders, and more. This coverage ensures their expenses will be covered in these cases and prevents them from suing you for additional damages.
- Cyber liability insurance is important for any business that uses, transmits, or stores electronic data. And if you sell socks online in addition to your brick and mortar store, this coverage becomes essential. It pays for certain costs related to a cyber breach as well as any related legal costs if you are sued by a customer or supplier who was harmed by the breach.
How Much Does Sock Shop Insurance Cost?
Sock shop insurance might cost around $500 to $1,500 per year for liability coverage. Your costs will likely be higher or lower than average depending on the unique characteristics of your business such as the location, the number of employees, how much inventory you keep on hand, whether or not you own your building, and many more variables.
The amount of coverage you need and the deductibles you choose also impact your sock shop insurance rates.
Find and Compare Quotes
An independent insurance agent can work with you one-on-one to determine the types and amounts of coverage you need. Your agent can get quotes from multiple insurance companies so you can evaluate the cost and coverage options and make the best choice.
Benefits of an Independent Agent
Our agents simplify the search process for finding the right sock shop insurance. They’ll walk you through the handpicked policy options and explain the details and options.
Most importantly, they’ll be there for you when claim time comes. They know the ins and outs of the process and will make sure your claim is handled appropriately.
The Lowdown on Online Quotes
Online quotes can be tempting. They are fast and easy to get—but are they accurate? And are you getting quotes for the right coverage? For business owners, choosing speed over accuracy can cost you.
Online quotes can’t and don’t see the whole picture. They can leave out important coverage that will leave you devastated if something unexpected happens. And they can leave out cost saving opportunities that an agent can help you take advantage of.
Instead of getting an online quote, find an independent insurance agent now, and get one-on-one consultation and affordable options for the best coverage for your unique needs.