Three Types of Insurance Business Owners May Not Know They Need

Starting a new business is an exciting prospect, but it also requires a lot of hard work. Entrepreneurs have to focus on several elements all at once such as their products, their customers, their insurance, and their bottom line. However, failing to invest in the right kind of business insurance can lead to financial ruin. While most entrepreneurs are familiar with the major forms of business insurance (i.e. general liability, property, etc.), not all businesses conform to traditional coverage needs. Below are examples of three types of business insurance coverage small business owners may not realize is vital to their continued success.

Home Business Insurance

Many individuals operating their business out of their home may assume their homeowner’s insurance covers them in the event of theft or damage related to their home business. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Some homeowner’s policies allow add-on coverage to protect some elements of a home business, but the best solution is to invest in home business insurance coverage. This type of policy covers liability, theft, loss of business equipment, and more.

Business Life Insurance

Many businesses cannot withstand the loss of their leader. This is especially true for small businesses since one individual may perform several major jobs. For example, the COO may also be the primary hiring administrator as well as head of marketing. A company would find it difficult to replace such an individual. Moreover, the time spent finding and training new employees to fill those jobs puts a financial strain on the company. If such an individual were to die without warning, the business itself could collapse. In the event of such an unfortunate incident, business life insurance helps companies stay afloat while they replace the individual.

Cyber Insurance

Almost every company does some business via the internet. While having a presence on the web is often good for business, it also represents a liability. If a business collects credit card information or personal data about its customers, it needs cyber liability insurance. Cyber liability insurance also provides coverage in the event of cyber attacks designed to disable internal networks. On average, cyber attacks cost small businesses $9000 per incident. As a result, companies who fail to invest in cyber insurance can experience financial instability or even bankruptcy.

Neglecting to invest in insurance specific to your business is an unnecessary risk. The Reilly Company can help your business identify risks unique to your industry and suggest preemptive methods to protect against them. Contact us to learn more.

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Long-Term Financial Planning with Life Insurance

Life insurance provides long-term financial planning options. Individuals buy life insurance to help relieve financial burdens on their family in the event of their death. It can help their family pay for funeral costs, debts the individual owed, and more. There are two main types of life insurance: term or whole life.

Term Life Insurance

Term life insurance is not permanent. Individuals purchase it for a set number of years ranging from 5 to 30. It only provides death benefits and payout only occurs if the individual dies during the term of the policy. These policies are popular because they often cost less money than whole life insurance policies. However, they become more expensive with age, especially after the individual turns 50. It is possible to convert term life insurance policies into whole life policies should the individual wish to do so.

Whole Life Insurance

Whole life insurance provides coverage for the duration of the individual’s life. It also provides a cash value payout in addition to death benefits. Individuals with whole life policies can borrow against the cash value as well. However, it can take over a decade for any meaningful cash value to accrue. While whole life policies have higher premiums initially, they can be less expensive over the individual’s lifetime. This is because the premium is fixed, whereas term life premiums increase as the individual ages and has to renew the policy.

Deciding Between Term and Whole Life

It is possible to own both types of policies. This situation often occurs when an individual already has a whole life policy but wants additional coverage for a set amount of time. Some individuals, however, may own a term policy but need a long-term solution for retirement or estate purposes. In this instance, they can convert their term policy into a whole life policy or purchase a separate whole life policy and allow their term policy to expire. To learn more about life insurance policies, contact The Reilly Company.

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