Do you need business insurance?

We can all agree that the global pandemic [COVID19] caught us off guard, no one would have thought we would experience at this specific time. What other reason do you need to have insurance, emergency funds, savings, etc for your business?

In this blog, we will share WHY your business needs insurance and WHAT type of insurance do you need. As a business owner, you may be asking yourself, “Is business insurance really necessary?

According to Discovery Insure CEO Anton Ossip, businesses generally need cover for:

  1. Business assets, tangible or intangible.
  2. Theft (including theft by employees).
  3. Loss of profits or revenues.
  4. Legal liabilities, including liabilities arising from social media interactions.
  5. Losses to the business and liability to third parties following a cyber-attack on business computers (which we covered on our previous blog)

There is a variety of business insurance coverages available to business owners to choose from, you can tailor your insurance protection to address the specific risks facing your business. Some of the aspects of your operation that need protection include (but not limited to): 

  • The type of work you do
  • Your physical premises
  • Property and equipment
  • Intellectual property
  • Employees and customers

Bear in mind though, businesses in different industries need different business insurance coverages to help meet their unique needs.

What insurance does a small business need?

If there’s one policy you’re legally required to have as a small business, is employers’ liability insurance (EL).

EL covers your business in the event that one of your employees claims they’ve suffered an illness or injury as a result of working for you. It covers any legal and compensation costs involved in defending the case. If you don’t have EL, your business can be liable to pay a fine.

Does your tech need insurance?

Technology has definitely changed business insurance needs. Without a doubt, it can do wonders for your business…especially now more than ever, COVID 19 has enforced the revolution by going virtual to communicate with each other, including clients.

However, we did mention in our previous blog post that technology like computers and the internet can be vulnerable and/ or exposed to risks. If you don’t have insurance or security of some sort, your business may face a large financial and operational loss.

What you need to understand is that every business has its unique needs; which is why it’s important to consult with an insurance broker or financial adviser on the type of cover that’s right for your business. Some of which are:

How to buy business insurance that’s right for you in 4 easy steps:

  1. Assess your risks – think about what kind of accidents, natural disasters, or lawsuits could damage your business.
  2. Find a reputable licensed agent – commercial insurance agents can help you find policies that match your business needs. They sell company policies, so it’s important to find a licensed agent.
  3. Shop around – you should compare rates, terms, and benefits for insurance offers from several different agents, as they vary.
  4. Re-assess every year – as your business grows, so do your liabilities. If you have purchased or replaced equipment or expanded operations, you should contact your insurance agent to discuss changes in your business and how they affect your coverage.

If you want a starting point, check this comparison of Small Business Insurance Companies in South Africa: https://comparenreview.co.za/top-10-insurance-companies-south-africa/

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Is Debt good for your business?

Debt is not necessarily a bad thing, you can use it strategically for your financial needs. If you are going to throw it in a marketing campaign, or perhaps renting property at a better location for your company to position your business for growth, always make sure the ROI (Return Of Investment) is greater than the debt.

Therefore, you will need to consider a few things before taking a loan: your business’s finances, your reason for the loan, etc before narrowing down your options.

Can business debt affect your personal credit score?

NB: Business Debt Can Affect Your Credit.
Even though your business finances are separate from your personal finances, the two can easily intertwine, which you cannot control.

Business debt will affect your personal credit score, especially when you are a sole proprietor. If you are a sole proprietor, you are the business—whatever you do personally reflects on your business, and vise versa. So, be discipline.

There are different types of loans, let’s explore these 5 common loans for small businesses:

1️⃣ Assets financing – ideal for business owners looking for funding specifically to purchase physical equipment

2️⃣ Invoice financing – for business owners with unpaid invoices who need an advance of capital to cover cash flow or other short-term financing needs

3️⃣ Commercial real estate loans – best for business owners looking to finance purchasing new or existing commercial property or renovating commercial space

4️⃣ Microloans – ideal for new or established businesses looking for a small amount of capital

5️⃣ Personal loans for business use – for newer businesses who are just starting out and need access to affordable financing

Can you take debt to your advantage?

Here are at least 2 ways to use debt to your advantage:

1️⃣ The ROI should be greater than the debt.

This takes us back to the examples we talked of earlier about marketing campaigns, rental of property, etc. It’s like taking a calculated risk. Although we can never be sure of outcomes as we rely on predictions, things like data mining and interpretation can help you take better decisions.

For instance, you can make good research about the area you are thinking of locating your business, considering the demographics, activities in the area and things as such. Also search about the property value. Should you think of relocating your business, you will at least make good profit from that – which you can also use for other parts of your business, or just throw it in your savings.

2️⃣ Don’t sell your equity.

Every business has lean time, it’s inevitable…but when that time comes, don’t sell your equity by adding more partners to, rather take a loan. Paying off debt is much easier than ending a partnership, it can get messy.

In a nutshell…

Debt is not the devil, but you MUST be discipline. First educate yourself and understand what you are getting yourself into. Debt can be expensive, set priorities and goals. Use the money wisely.