Protecting Your In-Home Business
Today more than 43 million Americans are operating full-
or part-time businesses from the comfort of their homes,
and these numbers continue to grow every year. One of
the secrets to running a successful home-based business
is being able to separate your business activity from your
Whether you spend two hours or 62 hours per week on
your at-home endeavor, it remains a business with all the
risks and rewards associated with owning a business. To
safeguard against the risks, you need to be aware that
your homeowners insurance policy offers limited or no
protection for your business while it is being operated
from your home.
If you rely on your homeowners policy as your only means
of insurance protection, you may find your business
underinsured or uninsured in the event of a loss.
Doesn’t My Homeowners Policy Cover My In-Home Business?
Homeowners policies were never intended to cover business exposures. Consequently,
coverage for the items you use in your business such as computers, fax machines, filing
cabinets, tools and inventory are limited to $2,500 in your home and $250 away from home
under most policies. And your homeowners coverage provides no liability insurance for your
How Do I Get The Coverage I Need?
two categories. This is true of homeowners, auto and most business policies. Those two
categories in business terms are:
• Property Coverage–Your business structures and possessions are covered against loss or
damage caused by certain covered risks such as fire and theft.
• Liability Coverage–This means that if you become legally obligated to pay money to
another person for bodily injury or property damage caused by your business, your insurance
company will cover those costs (up to the maximum indicated in your policy), including the
costs of defending your business in the lawsuit. This liability coverage extends to medical
payments for injured parties, for which you may be held responsible.
Of course, every business has its own special requirements. There are many specific insurance
coverages available to address the needs of your in-home business.
What Are My Policy Options?
There are several types of insurance policies available for in-home businesses.
• Incidental Business Endorsement–Depending on your business, you may be able to attach
an “incidental business endorsement” to your existing homeowners policy which will cover
other structures or equipment on your premises that you use for business. This endorsement
can also be tailored to include your business liability.
• Business Owners Package Policy–If your in-home business does not qualify for coverage
under the “incidental business endorsement” you can purchase coverage for your home-based
business under a business owners package policy, referred to as a BOP, which provides
property and liability coverage.
• In-Home Business Owners Policy–Some insurance companies offer policies that combine
homeowners and business owners coverage into a single policy, designed specifically for
in-home businesses. These policies provide both business coverage such as business liability
and replacement of lost income, and homeowners coverages such as fire, theft and personal
liability. These policies eliminate gaps and duplications in coverage, and the rates reflect the
in-home status of your business.
appropriate for your in-home business.
Vehicles Used In Your Business
If you have a personal vehicle that you sometimes use for business or if your in-home
business is the owner of one or more vehicles, your Founders Insurance professional can
advise you whether you will need to purchase a Personal or Commercial Automobile Policy.
If your in-home business is your full-time occupation, you may need health and life insurance
and a retirement plan. In other words, you may need to provide employee benefits to yourself. Some options to consider are:
• Life Insurance–The insurance company pays a stated amount of money upon your death to
the person(s) named as beneficiaries by you.
• Disability Insurance–This insurance provides for payments to be made to you if sickness,
disease or bodily injury prevents you from being able to work.
• Health Plan–There are various plans available that cover doctor visits, hospital services,
medical tests and other costs incurred in medical care.
• Annuities–These are periodic monetary payments made over a specified term or for your life. You make payments to the insurance company in a lump sum, periodically, or as you arrange with
the insurance company. It may be possible to purchase a combination of annuity and life
• Workers Compensation–If you hire employees, you will need to know about this type of
insurance. All states require employers to purchase it if they have employees. Workers
compensation insurance offers a schedule of benefits, without regard to liability, should an
employee become injured as a result of a job-related accident or suffer an illness attributable
to a workplace cause. If you own an incorporated business, workers compensation also can
cover you in case you are injured.
A Final Note
Remember that in order for any business to be successful it must be run like a business,
regardless of its location. A crucial element in business success is the ability to minimize risks
which can be accomplished with a comprehensive insurance program. Check with Founders
Insurance Group, yourTrusted Choice® insurance professional for the best business coverage
for your in-home business.
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