How To Start a Business in Fayetteville

Insurance Considerations

 

Commercial Property Insurance: 

Property insurance covers everything related to the loss and damage of company property due to a wide-variety of events such as fire, smoke, wind and hail storms, civil disobedience, and vandalism. The definition of "property" is broad, and includes lost income, business interruption, buildings, computers, company papers and money. Property insurance policies come in two basic forms: (1) all-risk policies covering a wide-range of incidents and perils except those noted in the policy; (2) peril-specific policies that cover losses from only those perils listed in the policy. Examples of peril-specific policies include fire, flood, crime, and business interruption insurance. All-risk policies generally covers risk faced by the average small business, while peril-specific policies are usually purchased when there is high risk of peril in a certain area. Consult your insurance agent or broker about the type of business property insurance best suited for your small business.

Professional Liability:

Business owners providing certain services should consider having professional liability insurance (also known as errors and omissions insurance). This type of liability coverage protects your business against malpractice, errors, and negligence in provision of services to your customers. Depending on your profession, you may be required by your state government to carry such a policy. For example, physicians are required to purchase malpractice insurance as a condition of practicing in certain states 

 

Home-Based Business Insurance:

Contrary to popular belief, homeowners' insurance policies do not generally cover home-based business losses. Depending on risks o your business, you may add riders to your homeowners' policy to cover normal business risks such as property damage. However, homeowners' policies only go so far in coverng home-based businesses, and you may need to purchase additional policies to cover other risks, such as general and professional liability.

 

Key Employee or Key Man Insurance:

Nearly every business has key employees who are critical to the overall success and profitability of the business. Key employee life insurance is insurance on the life of a key employee, purchased to reimburse an employer for the economic loss caused by the death of the employee. As such, key employee life insurance is not a specific type of life insurance policy; rather, it is an effective way for a business entity to use life insurance.

 

General Liability Insurance:

Business owners purchase general liability insurance to cover legal liabilities due to accident, injuries and claims of negligence. These policies protect against payments as the result of bodily injury, property damage, medical expenses, libel, slander the cost defending lawsuits, and settlement bonds or judgements required during an appeal procedure.

 

 

For comments/questions, please feel free to contact:

Chung Tan
Chamber Manager
Economic Development

123 W. Mountain
P.O. Box 4216
Fayetteville, Arkansas
72702-4216

Telephone: (479) 521-1710
Fax: (479) 521-1791

Email: ctan@fayettevillear.com
www.fayettevillear.com