The popular Business Insurance Policy, known as Business Owners Policy(BOP in USA) provides financial protections to your personal business property, liability risks, structures/buildings, business income, plant & machinery in one package. BOP package policy is ideal for small & mid-sized business. But large companies may need a commercial package policy or a customized policy for meeting their typical risks. BOP covers-
1. Buildings and contents in Standard and Special forms of comprehensive nature. ,
2. Loss of incomes/earnings/profits due to business interruptions resulting from fire or other catastrophic nature leading to disruption of operation of business. BOP also covers additional expenses of running the business from a temporary location.
Sometimes it may be a blessing for you, in case of major fire or windstorm(hurricane) or other disasters that causes a wide-spread damages to your business premises and your are forced to shut down your business activities during the repairing period of your premises. So a quick resumption of your business right after the disaster is the prime necessity for you to win out over your competitors.
By ensuring your loss of earnings, you'll be reimbursed or compensated adequately, based upon your financial records. BOP also covers your over-head costs such as electricity and other day to day expenses during that intervening period.
3. Liability risks for the legal responsibility of your company to harm others. But some of the demerits of BOP is that it does not covers health or disability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, professional liability insurance, insurance of your automobiles(exclusively for your business purposes).
Flood, Earthquake and Terrorism risks are not generally cover by BOP. But if you need, you can buy flood insurance policy through your same agent or contact the National Flood Insurance Program by visiting my previous post here. Earthquake insurance is very essential in case you are living in an quake-prone area. And you will have to buy terrorism coverage, under TRIA(see my previous post) by paying additional premium.
Now, a lot of queries may crowding in your mind as to why BOP? Well, setting up a business and running it successfully requires a lot of capital, hard-work, dedication, business skills, recruiting a competent managerial team and efficient employees and what not?
But unfortunately all the business ventures won't survive in the long run and thats the reality. Statistically every 1 in 5 business ventures fail within the first five years of their commencement. So, selecting a right king of insurance for your business establishment is one of the most vital decision you would ever make.
But before jumping at a recommended one, you should evolve a risk inspection and valuation of your entire properties at risk by engaging a competent professional and seek help from a efficient consultant or you may prepare your own.
But adopting the first one, you can manage to save a lot of valuable time, energy etc and this is the most scientific approach in getting the insurance coverages for your business venture and that is more acceptable to your insurance company too. For your best guidance, you may visit here at Small Business Administration.
Business insurance policies are available in different countries with different names and coverages in package form. In U. K. you'll get business policies like Manufacturers & Wholesaler insurance, Shop insurance. In India, there are package policies like Shopkeepers’ insurance, Fire insurance, Industrial insurance.
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