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If you damage someone’s property or your business property needs to be replaced or repaired.
If someone is injured and you or your business is ruled responsible.
If you or an employee experience a workplace injury.
If you’re forced to go to court to defend your small business.
If someone gets hurt or property is damaged while you’re driving for work.
If you or an employee makes a mistake that causes you to lose money.
Business insurance protects you from expenses that can take you by surprise after an accident or mistake involving your business property, your employees or your customers. It’s sometimes called commercial insurance.
The idea of small business insurance is simple:
Business insurance typically involves a package of different types of coverage — what the insurance industry calls policies.
For example, someone could slip where you are working and claim the injury is your fault. In that case, you’ll be glad you have general liability insurance to help pay for medical costs so you don’t have to pay out of pocket.
General liability insurance is typically the first kind of insurance bought by business owners as it also helps your business cover the costs if you or an employee accidentally damage someone’s property.
But general liability is just one type of business insurance coverage.
You might need to expand your insurance package to protect yourself from financial losses. For example:
Commercial property can help protect almost all of the physical items you need to do business. It can pay for replacement costs for your business equipment, goods, inventory and repairs to your building (if you own it) up to your policy limit.
Business owner’s policy (commonly known as BOP insurance) combines general liability insurance and commercial property insurance into one package that includes all the coverage available in those two types of insurance.
A BOP is a comprehensive way to protect your business from unexpected expenses related to property damage, medical payments and lawsuits.
Workers’ compensation insurance covers workplace injuries.
If an employee gets hurt on the job, it can pay for medical expenses and help cover lost wages. You can also cover yourself if you opt for business owner’s coverage.
It’s almost always required when you have employees.
Commercial auto insurance is for business owners who own or drive vehicles. It can help pay for damages if you or an employee are involved in an auto accident while working or your work vehicle is damaged.
We know it can be difficult to sort out what coverage you need for your business. That’s why we developed a super fast online business insurance quote process.
You can review our customized recommendations and adjust them to fit your small business preferences in less than 10 minutes.
Small business insurance costs can vary tremendously. That makes sense, since a yoga teacher needs different coverage than a handyman or a financial advisor.
For some low-risk professionals, like personal trainers, prices start at just $11 per month, while the cost of small business insurance for roofers or welders who work on dangerous projects can be much higher.
While it can be difficult to give a precise small business insurance costs estimate (the best way to get the information is to get a quote for your business), we can tell you about some of the factors that help determine what your small business insurance will cost.Factor 1: Number of employees
Your payroll and the number of employees at your business could impact the amount you pay for insurance, especially with workers’ compensation coverage.Factor 2: Location, location location
Where you work and the number of locations where you work is a factor in your exposure to risks and how much you will pay for insurance protection.
A contractor in a highly regulated state like California might pay more for insurance than a contractor in Texas, even if they work on similar projects. That applies to almost every industry, including food service, retail and professional services.Factor 3: What’s your industry?
If you work in a profession that involves heavy equipment, expensive property or dangerous environments, your general business insurance quote will probably be higher than if you’re in a profession that involves sitting quietly at a desk.
Construction professionals pay a median of $70 per month for a business insurance policy. Cleaning professionals pay $43 per month and fitness professionals pay a median of $16.50 per month for a business insurance policy.Factor 4: Scope of operations
If you’re a fitness instructor who only teaches privately in people’s homes your general liability insurance is probably going to cost less than if you offer public classes, as working with the public will always increase your risk — and therefore the cost of your business insurance.Factor 5: Experience
Some people have spent years building up professional expertise before they ever start their own business. That can mean that their risk is lower than newer professionals. That risk is often reflected in the price they’ll pay for their coverage.
Business insurance is crucial for protecting your business from financial losses.
Without insurance, an accident or mistake could keep you from reaching your goals and threaten the survival of your business.
That’s a scary thought, but it’s a very real factor for many businesses if you consider the average cost of a liability lawsuit can easily reach $50,000.
Business insurance gives you the protection you need to confidently focus on growing your business and serving your customers.
We’re here to help you at every step.
We’re dedicated to helping small businesses and self-employed workers find the affordable coverage you need to stay protected, meet legal requirements and satisfy their customers.
Whether you’re an accountant, construction worker, baker or candlemaker, we’ll help you thrive by providing coverage that protects everything you do.
Since we only work with small businesses and the self-employed, we can customize your commercial insurance package to fit your business. Currently, Next serves more than 130,000 small business customers.
NEXT also offers customized business insurance package tailored to different business structures:
You can purchase the business insurance you need online in less than 10 minutes with Next.
Here’s how the process works:
Start an instant quote. We’ll ask you some basic questions about your business and operations, including:
We will use the information you share to create a customized business insurance quote.
If you like what you see, you can adjust the package limits to fit your preferences and make your purchase.
Your insurance will begin immediately after payment, and you’ll have access to your certificate of insurance. The self-service tools also allow you to pay premiums, add an additional insured and file claims.
The streamlined process, which can be completed without needing to talk to an agent, makes it possible to purchase insurance online in a matter of minutes.
And if you do have questions, our licensed, U.S.-based insurance professionals are ready with the answers.
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Business insurance is divided into different policies. We offer seven types so it's easy to design the coverage that fits your small business.
Protect yourself from accidents that cause physical injury or damaged property.Learn More
Shield yourself from lawsuits that claim your work errors caused financial losses.Learn More
Cover medical bills and lost wages if your employees have an accident at work.Learn More
Stay on the road with coverage for dents, tows and damage to someone else’s vehicle.Learn More
Upgrade your general liability coverage to protect any gear that’s stolen, damaged or lost.Learn More
Keep your building, inventory and equipment protected from fire or water damage.Learn More
Combine general liability and commercial property into one policy to protect your business.Learn More
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