More and more people are operating businesses from their home. Having your business in your home can be perfect for many reasons, but it can also change everything. Business owners who operate from their homes require a home-based business insurance policy to be properly protected. This policy is often not very expensive, but it is a wise investment and will protect your business and your home while giving you peace of mind. Our Morison Insurance home-based business professionals will provide insurance tailored to meet your needs.
Your home policy does not cover damages or accidents that occur as a result of performing business operations out of your home. For this reason, it is important to add a home-based business endorsement to your homeowner insurance policy.
It's best to speak with an insurance expert to ensure that you have the right Ontario home business insurance policy.
Home business insurance protects your home business from damages, losses and liabilities that may occur in your home as a result of the business that you conduct. Some of the things commonly covered include your office equipment, client liabilities, and business interruption if your home is ruined and renders you incapable of running your business as you otherwise would.
An Ontario home business insurance policy can usually be added to your property insurance as an endorsement to protect your business. It's important to note that different insurance companies may not all protect the same type of business. Rather, they will have a list of specific businesses that they will cover. If your business does not fit into one of those categories, then you will need a commercial business insurance policy—even if the business is registered to your home. Many homeowners don't realize that they need some sort of protection if their business is registered to their home, regardless of what type of business they operate. Your business will either need a home business endorsement or commercial insurance coverage.
For example, if you make jewellery out of your home that you sell on Etsy, it's most likely that a small business insurance policy will provide adequate coverage. However, if you work as a plumber, you'll more than likely need a commercial policy. The reason for this is that plumbers tend to make more income than a craft-based business, so they need greater coverage that's not necessarily offered under a home business policy.
All business owners operating their business out of their home should strongly consider home business insurance. In a home business, equipment can be stolen, clients can sue and damages to your home can prevent you from conducting your business. Don't let risks like these hinder your growth. Insure your home business so that you can be protected while pursuing your dream.
If your business is registered to your home, you must disclose this to your insurance policy. Otherwise, you won't have any protection if a third-party decides to sue you. The person filing the suit can go after your home—not just your business. Also, if you don’t notify your broker, it’s possible that they could cancel your policy.
While applying for an Ontario home business insurance policy, your broker will ask questions to figure out if you need commercial or home-based coverage. Home-based coverage is actually very inexpensive; a basic package can cost as little as $100 and go up to $600.
When inquiring about your unique home-based business policy, you should ask your broker about what the policy covers and if you need any add-ons to provide full protection. Different insurance policies offer different levels of coverage. Your Morison Insurance broker will work with you to ensure you purchase insurance from a company that offers the best coverage possible. Here are a few types of coverage that could be included in your Ontario home business policy.
Some insurance companies offer accounts receivable insurance as part of your home business coverage. It protects your business against any losses caused by the inability to collect payment from a customer for a range of reasons. For instance, if a customer does not pay you because they go bankrupt or insolvent, or they do not pay you on time, this policy will pay you up to the insured credit limit. This protects you from loss of income, maintains cash flow and secures your earnings. There are four types of accounts receivable insurance, including:
If you have important documents as part of your business, then you need valuable paper protection. For instance, if you work as an accountant and house important financial information for your clients and were to lose those documents during a fire, you could find yourself in serious legal and/or financial trouble. With valuable paper protection, you are covered for the cost of reconstructing or transcribing documents and records that were damaged or lost following a covered loss. If the documents were irreplaceable—say you work in antiques and lost an important certification of authenticity—then the insurance company may cover the value of the lost or destroyed property. However, it's important to note that this will vary per provider.
This covers a reduction in income due to a loss. Extra expenses protection is a coverage that pays for a company's non-ordinary expenses after a disruptive incident. For instance, if you are a photographer and your studio is located in your basement but it was damaged due to a flood, then this policy could provide cash to help you stay in business while your property is repaired or replaced. This type of coverage applies to the period of time between when a business is forced to close temporarily and when it has been restored to normal daily operations. It's important to note that the expenses that are covered under an extra expense insurance policy need to be considered both reasonable and necessary. This could include the cost of setting up a temporary studio (in keeping with the photographer example) so that you can maintain usual business activities, should your studio not be accessible while it's being repaired.
Business owners often confuse personal injury liability insurance with general liability insurance, however the two are not the same. General liability covers third-party property damage and bodily injury. Meanwhile, personal injury liability protects you and your family from lawsuits relating to libel or slander. This can include comments made on public websites and social media accounts. This type of coverage can be very useful if you provide a service or goods for people where they may be inclined to leave reviews. Should a client defame you publicly, you have grounds to sue them to protect your good name and prevent loss of business.
Most standard homeowner policies have special limits applied to any contents pertaining to a home-based business. Special coverage can be purchased to ensure the investment you have made into the property pertaining to your business including such items as computers, filing cabinets and printers will be protected by selecting a limit to suit your unique business needs.
In the event that you suffer a loss to your home where your business is operating, and you are unable to continue with normal operations, business interruption insurance will cover the loss of business income or profit lost during the period of restoration to repair or restore your home.
Liability is one of the greatest risks to a home-based business. The personal liability coverage under your personal property policy will not cover liability arising out of business operations in your home. A client could fall while walking up the steps to your home or you could be sued because of problems with a product or service you provide. The liability coverage under your home-based business endorsement will provide you with the added liability protection you need.
Cyber crime can be extremely costly to your business. Protect yourself with cyber liability insurance. This type of coverage protects you in the event that confidential client and/or financial information is hacked, stolen or compromised due to another kind of cyber attack such as phishing. Cyber liability insurance provides coverage for notification costs, legal expenses and risk management fees.
This type of insurance provides coverage for property damage or bodily injury due to a product you sell, manufacture or distribute. For instance, if you manufacture soap out of your home and a client sues you claiming the soap gave them a rash, product liability insurance will usually cover the cost of legal fees, settlements and defense costs. Product liability insurance usually covers damages caused by design, manufacturing and marketing defects.
If you use any type of equipment for your business, then you should consider purchasing equipment breakdown insurance. This type of coverage covers the cost of repairing or replacing equipment that is damaged due to an electrical or mechanical breakdown. This includes everything from sewing machines to computers.
Do you have questions about Ontario home business insurance? Continue reading to see if we answer them here. Or, please feel free to give our team of expert, licensed mortgage brokers a call at 1-800-463-8074. We're more than happy to help individuals running a home-based business find the best insurance for their needs. Our team offers professional advice designed to find you the best possible coverage.
Absolutely! Many insurance carriers are able to add a home-based business policy onto your homeowners insurance policy. In fact, it's essential that you let your insurance provider know the moment you decide to open up a sole proprietorship that operates out of your home. At Morison Insurance, we can help you obtain a number of competitive quotes from Ontario's best insurance providers, so that you know you have the best coverage possible for your home-based business.
Typically, a home-based insurance policy in Ontario will not include errors and omissions insurance. Also known as professional liability or malpractice insurance, this type of coverage is very important for professionals to have. However, it's usually purchased through a corporation or as an additional coverage, depending on your insurance provider.
Professional liability insurance protects individuals from being sued on the grounds their clients lost money due to bad advice, breaking a contract, alleged negligence, misconduct and failure to deliver services as promised.
Many entrepreneurs are surprised at just how affordable this type of coverage is. Usually, you can purchase a policy for between $100 and $600. However, you should note that this coverage limit only extends to businesses that earn a certain amount. If you earn more than that amount, you will need commercial business insurance coverage instead.
Home-based business insurance usually covers more than just general liability, although general liability coverage can be included in this policy. The idea is that to run your home-based business safely, you will likely need more than just general liability coverage. While it protects you from being sued on the grounds that a third-party was injured on your property, or your business operations damaged their property, most entrepreneurs need further coverage—such as business property protection and personal liability.
Typically, most homeowner's policies do not cover any damages to your home that result from business-related activity. For instance, if you use metal smithing tools to make jewellery out of your basement and these tools cause a fire and part of your home is destroyed, then you will most likely not be covered by your homeowner's policy. Rather, you should check to see if your home-based business policy will provide protection from this risk.
If you offer professional services, then yes, you need errors and omissions insurance. If your business relies on giving clients advice, such as accountants, therapists and consultants, then professional liability insurance is absolutely necessary. Without it, you may wind up in serious legal trouble should a client allege they lost money due to bad advice, failure to deliver services as promised, alleged negligence and more. Don't take that risk. Make sure you have proper coverage by speaking with one o four qualified Morison Insurance brokers.
No, you do not need home-based insurance coverage to work from home—unless you are an entrepreneur whose business is registered to your home. If your company has transitioned to working from home, then you do not need additional coverage to protect yourself. If you have concerns about laptop or other expensive equipment theft, then you should talk to your insurance broker. It's likely that these high-value items can be protected under your standard homeowner's insurance policy.
At Morison Insurance, we work hard to find our clients the best insurance coverage available at competitive quotes. As a family owned and operated business, we extend that sense of being part of our family to all our customers. We want to build a long-term relationship with you, so you can have peace of mind knowing that our team always has your best interests at heart. With highly proficient and friendly brokers, it's no surprise that we are one of Ontario's most trusted insurance brokerages.
Speak with a home business insurance expert at Morison Insurance, where we can get you multiple quotes from Ontario's leading insurance companies. Let's ensure your home business is properly protected. Get started today by calling 1-800-463-8074 or by filling out the form on our website.
This content is written by our Morison Insurance team. It is provided for general information only. Insurance needs differ from person to person, and this article is therefore not a substitute for professional advice about your individual insurance needs which can be obtained by speaking to one of our brokers.