Frequently Asked Questions About
Commercial General Liability Insurance
How much does commercial insurance cost?
Costs can vary widely based on industry and are also determined by zip code and often payroll and/or gross sales. Request a free quote to get an exact number.
What kind of business insurance do I need?
Most business owners need General Liability Insurance at the very least. If you have any non-owner employees, you will need workers compensation insurance too.
What is a Certificate of Insurance?
A Certificate of Insurance is proof of coverage. It lists the type and amount of liability coverage you have and other policy information when a third party requests it.
Is business insurance tax deductible?
Yes. you can deduct the cost of commercial insurance premiums. The IRS considers insurance a cost of doing business as long it benefits the business & serves a business purpose.
Subcontractor Insurance. As a 1099 subcontractor, one of the many questions you might have as it pertains to insurance is whether or not you truly need to purchase your own commercial insurance policies. The answer will vary.
In many instances, companies will not hire you if you do not carry subcontracting insurance; in other instances, companies will work with you as long as you signed paperwork and have a legal contract in place, stating if you do get injured (or if damage/loss ensues) they aren't liable. In many instances, the client (of a particular business that is considering contracting you) might also have liability requirements, and may not want to work with you if you do not have a subcontractor insurance policy in place.
Subcontractor insurance protects your 1099 contracting business from lawsuits with rates as low as $37/mo. Get a fast quote and your certificate of insurance now.
What Does A Subcontractor Insurance Policy Cover?
When you are comparing insurers and the different subcontractor insurance policy options offered, of course you want to know what you are paying for. What exactly is going to be covered/insured, when you choose a policy with a particular insurer? Some of the coverage options you can include when choosing this type of insurance policy are:
- General liability coverage to protect you against third part claims of bodily injury and property damage.
- Damage/loss of property or equipment.
- Injuries on the job site (as well as medical expenses).
You should also consider what type of work you are doing so you can decide if additional coverage might be required - like workers comp or umbrella excess liability. The truth of the matter is the level and types of coverage you choose will vary for each job and each client which hires you. So the only way to truly know what you need, is to compare policies and learn about coverage options, based upon the type of work you perform as a 1099 subcontractor.
How To Choose The Best Insurance Company
As is the case with any subcontractor insurance policy you would purchase, when deciding on the insurer for your subcontractors insurance policy, comparison shopping is key. You should:
- Compare liability levels and what is covered in the policy.
- Understand what exclusions are in place.
- Determine the value of the policy (injury, damage, loss, death, etc.)
- Understand what is covered (equipment, other contractors, vehicles, etc.)
It is wise to determine the level of protection both needed and required as a 1099 subcontractor. Additionally if the companies you are hired by require you to purchase a subcontractor insurance policy - you must also have at least the minimum amount of coverage which is required by those companies.
How To Choose The Best Fit Subcontractors Insurance
Business insurance policies are complex and even if the price is lower with one insurer, this doesn't mean jump on board and purchase with them. Your subcontracting insurance policy is only as good as the company that is writing it. How is their customer service? How fast can you get proof of insurance? It's important to choose a reliable insurer that has the coverages and limits you require.
So before you buy, make sure you ask relevant questions pertaining to your coverage:
- Am I fully protected if I am at fault?
- How long will it take until the policy claim is paid?
- What if loss/damage occurs due to the negligence of another party (and what if they aren't insured)?
Of course these are not all the questions or concerns you have but should be discussed with your broker prior to choosing the policy you are going to purchase. The more you learn about a policy, what you are covered for (and to what extent) the easier it is going to be for you to make the right decision when the time comes to choose an insurance policy as a 1099 subcontractor in the field.
Small Business Economic Data & Insurance Regulations
Perhaps you have the next great idea for a product or service that you know will appeal to your local area. Maybe you want to contribute to the economic growth of your community. Whatever the reason is, if you're thinking about starting a small business, it's important to understand pertinent information relating to small businesses in the United States; namely economic information and insurance regulations. After all, if you want your small business to succeed, you have to understand the economic trends organizations of a similar size in your area.
Likewise, you want to ensure that your small business is well protected with the right business insurance and that you are in compliance with the rules and regulations that pertain to commercial insurance in your region.
Read up on economic statistics and insurance information that relates to small business owners in the United States.
Small Business Economic Data In The United States
Here's a look at some information that was compiled by the Small Business Association (SBA) regarding the economic data that pertains to small businesses in the United States:
- In 2015, small businesses in the United States employed an estimated 58.9 million American workers, or 47.5 percent of the nation's private workforce.
- Largest shares = fewer than 100 employees. The small businesses that employed 100 people or less had the largest share of employment amount small businesses.
- Employment increased by nearly 2 percent. In 2018, employment amongst small businesses increased by 1.8 percent, which is an increase of 1 percent from the prior year.
- Increase in proprietors. In 2016, the number of small business proprietors increased by 2.3 percent.
- In 2015, small businesses were responsible for creating 1.9 million net jobs. Organizations that employed 20 people or less had the largest gains, as they added an estimated 1.1 million net jobs.
- There were 5.7 million loans that were value less than $100,000 issued by lenders in the United States in 2016. These loans were issued under the Community Reinvestment Act.
- Small business owners that were self-employed at the incorporated businesses that they owned reported a median income of $50,347 in 2016.
- Small business owners that were self-employed at the unincorporated businesses that they owned reported a median income of $23,060 in 2016.
Small Business Insurance Information
In the business world, there are many risks faced by company's every day. The best way that business owners can protect themselves from these perils is by carrying the right insurance coverage.
The The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate their regulatory oversight.
Commercial insurance is particularly important for small business owners, as they stand to lose a lot more. Should a situation arise - a lawsuit, property damage, theft, etc. - small business owners could end up facing serious financial turmoil.
According to the SBA, having the right insurance plan in place can help you avoid major pitfalls. Your business insurance should offer coverage for all of your assets. It should also include liability and casual coverage. The SBA recommends the following insurance plans for small business owners:
- Commercial Property Insurance: In the case of an unplanned disaster - fire, flood, vandalism, theft, etc. - this type of coverage will help you avoid paying for the damage out of your own pocket. Even if you rent the property, you should still carry commercial property insurance.
- Commercial Liability Insurance: In the event that a legal situation arises - a negligence lawsuit, for example - commercial liability coverage will provide financial protection. It will cover the cost of legal defense fees, court fees, and even moneys that may be awarded.
- Commercial Auto Insurance: If you operate a vehicle for any activities that are related to your business - transporting and/or delivering goods, or meeting with clients - commercial auto insurance is legally required for businesses of all sizes, including small businesses.
Additional Resources For Contractors & Home Improvement Insurance
Learn about small business contractor's insurance, including what it covers, how much it costs - and how commercial insurance can help protect your contracting business from lawsuits.
- Air Conditioning Systems Installation Repair
- Builders Risk
- Cable And Satellite TV Installer
- Concrete Contractors
- Contractor Liability
- Demolition Contractors
- Dryer Vent Cleaning
- Drywall Contractor
- Electrical Contractors
- Excavation Contractor
- Fence Installation
- Fire Sprinkler Contractors
- Fire & Water Restoration Contractors
- Flooring Contractor
- Framing Contractor
- Garage Door Installer And Repair
- Glass Contractor
- Glazier Insurance
- House Cleaning
- HVAC Contractor
- Janitorial Cleaning Services
- Lawn Care
- Masonry Contractor
- Plastering And Stucco Contractor
- Propane And Fuel Dealers
- Rug, Upholstery & Carpet Cleaning
- Security Alarm
- Siding Contractor
- Solar Panel Installers
- Snow Plow
- Stone And Tile Installer
- Swimming Pool Contractor
- Tree Trimming
- Upholstery Shop
- Waste Haulers & Garbage Collection
- Water Well Drilling
- Welding Contractor
- Wildlife & Pest Control
- Window Cleaning
If a contractor wants to begin or stay in business, liability coverage must be obtained for the premises or operations, off-site locations and products/completed operations exposures. These coverages may be included as a part of a businessowners policy (BOP) or purchased in a commercial general liability (CGL) policy. Owners and contractors protective liability and railroad protective liability coverages may also be required in certain cases in order for a contractor to obtain a particular job.
Many contractors do not have the usual location-specific buildings and business personal property exposures. Their business property is more mobile and, therefore, better covered with inland marine coverage forms. However, for those larger contractors that own buildings and/or maintain business inventory there are many coverage forms and choices available to them.
Contractors use their vehicles to get to and from their workplaces and jobsites. They also use vehicles to transport equipment and inventory to those locations. It is important to cover the liability of these vehicles for injury or damage they may cause, as well as to provide coverage for damage to the vehicles themselves.
Employers are required to provide coverage for injuries sustained by their employees while on the job. Contractors must comply with these requirements but some try to avoid them by hiring subcontractors. These subcontractors may actually operate and qualify as employees. The relationship between a contractor and its subcontractors must be carefully evaluated in order to determine if workers compensation coverage is still needed.
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