Get the Coverage You Need to Protect Your Home Based Business
Entrepreneurs often run their businesses from home. As they do, they often rely on their homeowners insurance coverage to protect their home based businesses. While homeowner’s insurance protects your home, it may not insure parts of your business. As a result you may need additional business insurance.
Your homeowners insurance may not include protection for your business’s property including:
- Professional equipment
Self-employed professionals should consider home based business insurance to protect their business assets.
You should also be careful if you’re using your home for activities that your home insurer isn’t aware of. This may nullify your homeowner’s personal liability coverage. One example of this could be operating a home based business. This puts both your home and business at risk.
Business insurance is essential for many reasons. It can help cover the costs of legal claims made against a business. Without it, a company must pay the costs of a claim or lawsuit out-of-pocket.
Do I Need Home Business Insurance?
For all the home based business owners out there, you need to ask yourselves a few essential questions including:
- Do customers or clients come to my home?
- Do I keep inventory or supplies in my home or at off-site job locations?
- Would I lose income if I had to close my business because of damage to my home?
- Do I have employees working in or outside of my home?
- Do I maintain client or employee records on my computer?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to review your type of coverage and coverage limits. In this case, home liability insurance might not provide enough protection for your home based business.
Without the right coverage, your business could be responsible to pay out of pocket for:
- Property damage
- Employee injuries
- Issues related to data loss
Flexible Coverage for Home Based Businesses – Small and Large
Home based businesses can range from small consulting practices to larger retail operations. That’s why The Hartford offers a range of coverage options. These options can help serve the needs of any home based business in a cost-effective way.
Home Business Insurance Solutions From The Hartford Include
- General Liability Insurance – helps protect you if you’re sued for a variety of reasons. These can include negligence, personal injury or a faulty product. If you don’t have inventory or equipment in your home or at off-site locations you may want a basic general liability policy.
- A Business Owner’s Policy – helps cover structures on your property where your home based business operates. It can also help cover damage to inventory or loss of income if your home suffers damages. For instance, say your home gets damaged by fire or high winds. Your business owners policy can help cover damages to your business property. Keep in mind that a standard business owner’s policy combines property and liability coverage for your business.
- Business Owner’s Policy with Endorsements – allows you to tailor your business owner’s policy with endorsements. For instance you can add data breach coverage. This helps protect your business’s stored personal information about customers or employees. You can also add optional Business Income for Off-Premises Utility Services (OPUS) coverage. This helps cover a loss of business income from an interruption in utility services.
More Reasons to Choose The Hartford for Home Based Business Insurance
- Say a client requires you to cover additional people on your liability policy. The Hartford can help you add them through additional insured endorsements.
- If you have employees, your coverage could include up to $10,000 worth of employment practices liability insurance.1 This could help protect your livelihood. For instance, say a worker tries to sue you for employment-related claims. These types of claims include discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and more. It doesn’t matter if the employee works in your home or elsewhere.
- Your business could lose income if operations get suspended due to a covered property loss. The Hartford’s Business Owner’s Policy includes business income coverage. It can help replace lost income so you can continue to meet ongoing expenses like rent, mortgage or payroll.
Examples of Businesses That May Need Home Based Business Insurance
- Web Design Firms. If you’re like a lot of web designers, you likely have a home office. This office likely houses business equipment such as computers and design software. You also likely have client files, office furniture, and work stations even though most of your business takes place online. That said, say your home gets damaged from flooding, a power surge, or other activities. Your home based business insurance may help cover their claim.
- Interior Decorator. For interior decorators who run their services out of their home, you’ll likely need home based business insurance. This is due to clients visiting their home and business premises daily. In the event of an accident where the business owner is held responsible, home business insurance may help. It can help protect both the owner and their business assets.
- Photographers. If you’re a photographer, you may conduct photo shoots off-site, but have a studio in your home. These studios house lighting equipment, props and multiple cameras. Clients may even visit them from time to time. In the event of an accident where you’re legally responsible, home business insurance may help
Get Home Based Business Insurance
The Hartford makes it easy to get a home based business insurance quote. Contact one of our specialists today at 855-829-1683 to discuss business insurance solutions.
1 Coverage may not be available for certain classes of business and is not available in some states.