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Small Business Insurance

Your small businesses needs many types of coverage in order to adequately secure itself against losses in the event of certain common business casualties. Common elements of small business insurance include:

  • General Liability Insurance: This policy covers a business against claims arising from problems like libel, slander, medical expenses, property damage, medical expenses, and the cost of defending against a lawsuit.
  • Product Liability Insurance: If you deal with a product - whether it's manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling, or just distributing it - you may be responsible for keeping it (and people in the area around it) safe. The amount required depends mainly on the products involved - the larger and/or heavier the products are, the more coverage is needed.
  • Professional Liability Insurance: Similarly, if you provide any kind of professional service, you may need coverage for errors, malpractice, and negligence. Some companies are required to have this type of coverage (especially, though not exclusively, those in the medical field).
  • Commercial Property Insurance: If your small business owns any kind of physical property (an office, a retail store, a warehouse, etc.), this coverage insures it against a wide variety of natural and man-made forms of damage. If your business is particularly vulnerable to a certain type of damage (flooding, vandalism, etc.), you may need additional coverage for that specific problem.
  • Home-Based Insurance: If you're running a business from your home, then your homeowner's insurance probably doesn't cover any of your business operations. You may need to purchase additional coverage separately, or as an extension of your existing plan. Speak to a Ludwig & Fawcett, Inc. agents to find out.

Many other industry-specific forms of coverage are available. For more information about what policies are the most important for your business, talk to one of our agents and ask for a full risk assessment. You can research forms of insurance through reputable sources—this information is available for free online, courtesy of groups like the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Insurance Requirements for Small Business

All small businesses are required to have Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and sometimes Disability Insurance. Other requirements for small business insurance vary by industry, as well as local, state, and federal law.

What constitutes a small business?

The exact definition of a small business varies by industry, but according to the Small Business Administration, it's usually 500 employees or less for mining or manufacturing, and $7.5 million or less in revenue for other industries. Note that there are many exceptions to this rule, and they are listed in detail on the Small Business Administration's website.

 

1. "Insure U Get Smart About Insurance." Accessed April 14, 2016. http://www.insureuonline.org/smallbusiness/.

2. "Insurance Requirements for Employers." The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/insurance/insurance-requirements-employers.

3. "Summary of Size Standards by Industry Sector" The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/contracting/getting-started-contractor/make-sure-you-meet-sba-size-standards/summary-size-standards-industry-sector.

Federal income tax laws are complex and subject to change. Neither Nationwide nor its representatives give legal or tax advice. Please consult your attorney or tax advisor for answers to specific questions.

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Ludwig & Fawcett, Inc.

100 W. El Camino Real, Ste 82
Mountain View, CA 94040
Main office: 650-466-6612
Fax: 650-962-8015

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Testimonials

Very professional staff, and knowledgeable. I can rely on them for any questions regarding auto insurance and or renters insurance. Kelly and the other staff members are great at responding back to you. I am a long time customer and don't plan on leaving. I like there services and I don't feel like I'm talking to robot or some agent who doesn't care. I would definitely recommend them ask for Kelly, Maria, or Dave....all great at what they do!!!!

Ariel P. from San Jose, CA
I have been with this company for 10+ Years and have referred tons of friends, family and clients! They are the best! They always follow up to make sure that you have the best coverage that works for you. They are truly on your side!

Erika O. from Vallejo, CA
Every person needs three people in life: a great doctor, a great lawyer and a great Insurance Agent. Ludwig and Fawcett are by far the greatest insurer I have ever had. I met Dave Fawcett through a friend over 15 years ago and they will have my business as long as they here. The entire staff exhibits the highest level of personalized and professional service, always and without fail. They hold embody the nearly lost value of treating their clients like friends and family.

Tushar M. from Santa Fe, NM