I’m just the owner of an auto parts store. How much risk do I really have in my business?
Co-working is the practice of sharing office space with other businesses, and it’s on the rise in the United States. Small companies use co-working as a way to keep overhead costs down. These small businesses essentially “lease” space from existing companies that have excess room.
In the wake of recent natural disasters, everyone has heightened awareness for emergency planning. If yours is like most companies, you already have a written emergency plan, as well as posted emergency procedures and maps of fire evacuation routes and severe weather safe areas.
As a business owner, you’re responsible for maintaining the main (usually front) customer parking and walking areas of your business, including fixing potholes and removing snow from sidewalks and parking lots. But what about the rear and side walkways and parking lots of your business? It’s been my experience that the rear and side lots and walkways, the ones commonly used by your employees, can potentially be where the most serious injuries occur and, therefore, have the most impact on your workers’ compensation insurance costs.
The new year is a perfect time to review your commercial insurance policy to make sure you have the coverages you need at different times throughout the year. For example, you may have more inventory during the holidays, but if you don’t have a high enough limit on your Business Personal Property coverage, you may not have enough protection for these items if there’s a total loss.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For retailers that means the busiest season of all! Retailers, you know your foot traffic is off the charts right now. In addition to keeping the shelves stocked and the registers manned, good housekeeping will prevent trips/slips/falls on your premises.
As a small business owner, it would seem very probable that the autos you are using in your business are titled in your personal name. If scheduled on a Commercial Auto policy, this may create a coverage gap for you in the event of an auto claim. Depending upon the commercial auto symbols assigned to your policy, coverage may be limited to “owned autos”. This would only include autos owned and titled in the business name if that business name is the only named insured on your policy.
It’s been raining for three days straight. You hear your sump pump running and breathe a sigh of relief. But what would you do if your sump pump failed or if water overflowed from the basement drain? It could damage your building, not to mention any valuable property you – or others! – own that’s stored in your basement.