A Quick Guide to Insurance for Startups

A Quick Guide to Insurance for Startups

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  • What type of business insurance do startups need? Is it really necessary?
  • Although startups are usually strapped for cash, taking out relevant insurance policies can be a safety net if anything were to happen.
  • In this article, we look at some of the common insurance policies for startups and what they cover.

Many startup businesses often do not have a big budget and may feel that insurance is unnecessary. Even if you don't have much money to spend, it is important that you get insurance.

The Benefits of Insurance for Startups 

The benefits of insurance policies for business startups include that your personal financial state is protected in the event that your business fails, insurance may save your business in case of certain calamities and if you are unable to work.

An insurance cover can serve as a safety net for young businesses when they fall on hard times so that they do not fail but are able to continue after the hard time has passed. 

What Insurance Do I Need to Start a Business?

There are a number of insurance policies that are available for businesses that are just starting up. This includes:

  • Business liability insurance
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Credit insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Legal insurance
  • Equipment insurance
  • and others.

The type of policy that you go with will depend on the kind of business that you have, your activities and the top risks you face.

For instance, if you are an online-based business, you may not need equipment insurance if you have do not have any equipment.

Professional indemnity insurance, on the other hand, is necessary for certain professional businesses such as accounting firms. It is important that you do research to find out the insurance policy that you need to get. 

Types of Business Insurance for Startups 

The type of insurance a startup needs depends on various factors such as the type of business, business activities, location(s) of work and more. Here are just some of the types of insurance startups can consider:

  1. Business Liability Insurance 
  2. Litigation Insurance
  3. Catastrophic Insurance

1. Business Liability Insurance 

Business liability insurance is important for businesses that have physical premises. It covers situations like if a customer falls in your premises, if a product is faulty and you are sued or any other legal issue that arises from your business.

This policy will cover accidents that may occur as a result of our business or in your business. To protect your business from failing as a result of lawsuits then you can get litigation insurance. This insurance protects business assets and your personal assets from being seized in case you are sued, lose the case and have to pay damages.

2. Litigation Insurance 

Litigation insurance can help cover part or all the legal costs and fees in the unfortunate case that you are involved in a lawsuit. 

3. Catastrophic Insurance 

Catastrophic insurance protects a startup business from natural disasters and catastrophes. This is important if you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters then it is advisable to get this policy.

In case your business premises, products or equipment is destroyed by fire or flood then you will be able to get back on your feet fast. If you have a home-based business then you can get home-based business insurance. 

Summary

There are many other types of insurance that are suitable for startup businesses. The best kind of insurance for your business is one that will protect you from the most likely situation.

As a startup business owner, it's not wise to take insurance policies for situations that are unlikely to happen. However, the right kind of insurance will save your business from collapsing in unfortunate circumstances. 


Miles Wiseman

Miles Wiseman is a writer and blogger from Brisbane who takes particular interest in finance, business and employment. He writes about all the interesting things related to job search, career progress, small and medium businesses, etc.


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