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Reminder to business owner: Get business insurance

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The dream of owning a business is becoming a reality for thousands of people each year.

For many of these would-be captains of industry, that means starting the operation at home.

However, your enterprise may be in jeopardy if you don't have business insurance.

You need business insurance because most homeowners' policies place limits on business-related exposures.

For instance, a copier or fax machine used for business and damaged in a fire may not be fully covered because it is considered business property.

Also, the homeowners' policy does not cover business liability, loss of income, exterior signs and many other important items.

If a client were injured at your home while conducting business, your homeowners' policy would not apply.

Anyone who operates a home-based enterprise and does not have the proper insurance coverage is putting his or her business and personal assets at risk.

Business insurance may provide many or all of the coverages listed below:

* Accidental direct physical loss coverage for business personal property,

* Broader off-premises property coverage. Loss of income coverage,

* Extra expense coverage,

* Contractual liability coverage, and

* Liability of employees while acting within the scope of their employment.

Many entrepreneurs start their businesses on shoestring budgets and try to cut corners by keeping expenses at a minimum.

But when you consider what you get, business insurance becomes a tool you can't afford to work without.