Work Comp, Liability, Business Income, Business Auto Insurance: Why is it so complicated? Business Insurance isn't just another line item on the balance sheet; it's a way of protecting assets, limiting liabilities, and creating peace of mind. The goal of this blog is to provide helpful, interesting, and unbiased info to help make business insurance less complicated.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
How Insurance Helps Keep Your Business Going
Disability is important to many companies, especially one where the business owner is the main money maker. For example, a dentist or a doctor both may lose their practices if they were sick for six months. Many owners mistake Workers' Comp as a viable replacement, but workers' comp is only for on the job injuries or sicknesses.
If you come down with cancer and its not work related, then there is no coverage. under workers' comp. In addition, claims where an owner claims workers' comp against himself are looked at in greater scrutiny because there is more of a chance of fraud. Also, workers' comp only pays about 2/3 the wage you pay yourself. Many owners will pay themselves a low wage, but get most of their income from draws from company profits. Those draws won't be considered as part of the wage.
In addition, going without key coverages like workers' comp and liability insurance is a good way to get shut down as well. Workers' Comp is mandated by the state if you have employees, but many business owners tend to go with out it. If one is caught without it, your business could get shut down until you can prove you have it. Also, there is a fine for $1,000 per employee up to $100K.
Without the proper liability coverage, you can get sued once and lose everything on just paying legal bills. Insurance is the first defense from lawsuits. Even if you have an LLC to protect your personal assets, if the business is your main stream of income you could end up losing everything anyway.
Lastly, business income is a great way of protecting your company in case of a covered loss. Business Income is an important coverage that every company should have that can pay your lease, expenses, overhead, and even key employees in some cases. See my blog on business income for more information.