Business insurance can be a valuable tool to help provide financial protection for your business against various risks and liabilities. However, because all businesses are different, it’s not as simple as just purchasing a policy and being done with it. There are a number of steps involved in making sure your business policy is fit for purpose:
1. Assess your risk before you sign up for anything: This involves identifying potential hazards and the like likelihood and severity of risk events. Understanding the specific needs of your industry and operations as they evolve overtime is critical.
2. Choosing cover that’s right for you: This can be trickier than what you may think because policy wording – the terms and conditions, exclusions and inclusions – is often technical and complicated. However, you should base your decision on your risk assessment and the requirements of your business and industry.
3. Purchasing an insurance policy and managing cash-flow: In doing so you may need to weigh up the costs of different insurance solutions against the type of cover you get. Depending on the cost, you may wish to secure insurance premium funding to pay monthly instalments rather than a lump sum.
4. Renewals: When it comes to renewing your insurance policy, you should start reviewing your policy and requirements well ahead of the policy renewal date – especially if you’re working with a broker, so as to give them ample time to find the best cover at the best price, 3 months ahead is bet practice.
5. Claims process: In the event that you need to make a claim with your insurance provider, you’ll need to notify the insurance company at the time of the event, providing documentation and evidence of the loss or liability. Your insurer will assess the claim and determine how much you will be compensated. Broking companies – like Marsh – typically provide claims services to businesses requiring support.