Nearly 700,000 small businesses call Colorado home and need business insurance to keep their livelihoods safe.1
Small business insurance in Colorado can protect your business’s bottom line and employees by providing a financial safety net when things go wrong. It can help help pay expenses when business-related accidents result in:
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Continue reading to learn about the most important types of business insurance in Colorado. Or get a free instant quote to see customized coverage options for your business.
Because no two small businesses are the same, Colorado business insurance can be purchased in customized packages.
Your insurance package will be based on your specific coverage needs, determined by factors including your:
Most small businesses need different types of coverage, called policies or insurance products by insurance companies, to cover different kinds of situations.
For example, Colorado general liability coverage, also known as business liability insurance or commercial liability, can protect your business if you’re accused of causing bodily injury to someone other than an employee or damaging their property.
While Colorado workers’ compensation insurance is essential to help cover situations when your employees are hurt on the job and need medical care.
Whether you’re a handyman based in Colorado Springs or a retail store in Denver, you can choose a combination of policies to meet your insurance requirements.
General liability insurance in Colorado can help pay for damages or legal fees if someone other than an employee accuses your business of causing an injury or property damage.
For example, if an employee at a window cleaning business in Denver accidentally breaks a large pane of glass at an office building, general liability can help pay for repairs. And, if the building owner decides to sue, coverage can help pay for legal defense costs and damages.
Construction and cleaning companies may choose to add optional tools and equipment coverage to their general liability policy. This type of insurance can help repair or replace business gear that’s stolen or damaged outside normal wear and tear.
Colorado requires small businesses with employees to carry workers’ compensation coverage.
Colorado workers’ comp insurance provides protection when employees get hurt on the job. It can help pay for medical expenses and lost wages after workplace injuries. It can also help cover legal costs if an injured employee claims that your negligence caused the accident.
For instance, imagine that a worker at a landscaping firm in Colorado Springs cuts his hand while working at a client’s property and needs stitches and a three-week leave of absence. Workers’ compensation can help pay the employee’s medical bills and lost wages during his recovery.
Colorado state law requires businesses with company-owned vehicles to have commercial auto insurance. That’s because, generally speaking, personal auto coverage won’t cover business-related accidents.
Here’s how commercial auto can help if a cleaning business employee driving the company van hits another car in Aspen, causing significant damage. Coverage can help the cleaning business pay for repairs to both vehicles and medical bills if the accident caused injuries.
Businesses that ask employees to drive their own cars or rented vehicles may consider adding optional hired and non-owned auto coverage to their commercial auto policy.
Commercial property insurance in Colorado can protect the essential things you need to do business such as equipment, inventory and even your business location if you own the property.
For example, if an electrical fire causes damage to your retail store in Durango, commercial property coverage can help pay for repairs to the building and replacement of your computer and inventory.
Commercial property insurance often covers water, fire and wind damage but some policies have exclusions for flood-prone areas and other risks. Be sure to read your insurance documents closely so you know what your policy covers.
Professional liability coverage in Colorado, also known as E&O or errors and omissions insurance, can help cover legal defense costs if someone accuses you of making a professional mistake that causes financial losses.
Professional liability insurance can help your business pay to defend itself If a client claims that you made a work error, failed to complete a project on time or didn’t fully deliver what you promised.
For example, if a home buyer in Fort Collins claims that a real estate agent failed to disclose a property flaw that required costly repairs, professional liability can come into play. Coverage can help the real estate agent cover legal costs if the home buyer sues or pay damages if settled out of court.
Your business insurance cost in Colorado will depend on a variety of factors related to your business operations. These include:
The amount of risk your business faces each day will impact your insurance costs. For example, Colorado-based restaurants, which are more likely to experience an injury or property damage, may pay more than professional services businesses, where customers are less likely to get hurt.
Business insurance will cost more as you add policies to your coverage package. Most businesses need more than one type of policy to protect them in different situations.
How many employees you have will also affect what you pay for your business insurance, especially if you’re purchasing a Colorado workers’ compensation policy. You’ll need to share your payroll costs and exact number of full-time and part-time employees when you get your insurance quote.
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