There are so many things to consider when starting up a business that it’s a wonder people even bother. However, the payoff is what everyone is after, and a few little regulations and hassles never seem to curb the motivated people of the world. That great vision of a successful business can cause you to forget a few things, though, like insurance.
When you’re starting your business planning, you’re undoubtedly thinking of things like the products you’ll sell/services you’ll offer, how to market and promote your business, how to get financing, taking on a business partner, the tax implications, the zoning and licensing (if required), etc. Insurance can easily slip through the cracks.
Do you even need insurance as a business startup, or can you just avoid it until later on down the road?
That’s a question that a lot of people ask, and also one that a lot of people give or receive a wrong answer to. The truth of the matter is that it all depends on the type of business you’re planning to operate.
If you’re looking at getting into an online business, being a personal business owner via blog sites, social networking, eBook selling, and other things of that nature, then you won’t be required nor will you really need to take out any kind of insurance.
That’s great news for individuals looking to start small work-from-home businesses. They get to save their money, avoid the hassle and just jump right into the business with no further fees bogging down their profit margin. However, just because you don’t have to get insurance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
If you’re working from a computer, then you’re technically working in an office, per the way insurance policies are laid out. Whether you’re at home or at a legitimate for-rent office space, you can take out office insurance plans to protect your computer and, in some cases, to even protect against any type of online theft.
For businesses planning on hiring employees and selling real products, a lot of places require you to get insurance before even opening your business’s doors. To see if this applies to you, just run a quick Internet search with your location and find out the details about whether or not you need an insurance plan.
Depending on your business type, there are a few different types of insurance you may want to look at. It’s undoubtedly a cliché, but the phrase better safe than sorry carries a lot of weight for good reason. You never want to be caught unprotected.
Basic liability insurance will offer you some protection should an employee or customer hurt themselves or decide to file some sort of lawsuit. You may also want to think about getting a better auto insurance policy if you’re driving back and forth to work. Work-use vehicles can receive a different type of coverage altogether.
Other types of insurance, like indemnity insurance, are available too. It all depends on the type of business you have. The important thing to note is that you should have insurance if you plan on having a business.