The freedom of working from home while running a flourishing business, like anything good in life, doesn't come without it's risks. The key is to identify those risks, acknowledge those risks, and then manage those risks and luckily for you, we are here to help! This post should give you a general idea of what home based business insurance is and how it can help you and your business manage risks more effectively. Our goal is to educate you as a business owner, but we also understand that your business is unique and requires specific coverage. If you are transitioning your home based business to a industrial or retail location, be sure to check out our page on Business Insurance.
Is my business eligible for home based business insurance?
You need to be a home based business that doesn't have any outside partners, members, or stockholders. If your family that lives with you helps out with the business, that is completely acceptable. You need to operate from your home or other structure on your property, and you can not use more than 50% of your home to run your business. You can not exceed a gross annual sales amount of $250,000 and you can only employ 3 non-resident relatives or less. You also need to have the appropriate heating, cooling, and plumbing to adequately run your business. (If this requires updates to your home, then you will need to complete those updates to qualify for home based business insurance) Lastly, you can not be involved with the sale of personal care products like shampoo, hair color, soap, or perfume. If you're not sure if you qualify as a home based business, you can call us directly at 440.233.6199 and we can chat with you further!
What does home based business insurance cover?
Business property that is located on your home property can be covered up to a certain amount if you would like. If you have other structures on your property used specifically for your home based business, they can be covered under your home based business insurance policy. If you have a loss of income due to a covered claim, your income could be covered for up to 12 months! You have the ability to insure up to $1,000 of cash on your property as well as valuable papers and records up to $5,000. You could cover your business use of credit cards up to $1,000 as well. Accounts receivable could also be covered up to a certain amount. If damage occurs to the property of others, it could be covered with an endorsement as well. With a home based business insurance policy, you could also protect yourself with personal liability coverage as well as medical payments to others.
What is considered a home based business?
If you're not sure what types of business can be considered, here are quite a few businesses that can potentially be run from your home!
If you have a home based business that fits any of these descriptions, or if you run a business that you think would be eligible, don't hesitate to call us today at 440.233.6199! We can help you take the guess work out of your risk management planning and strategy, we have years of experience serving home based business owners!