Here’s the info owners should have on hand.

Want to re-evaluate your business insurance? Few things are as frustrating as starting a business insurance quote and not having all the information you need. Avoid wasting time by gathering all the essential information beforehand.

Business Insurance

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To get an accurate business insurance quote, you’ll need to know:

  • Business location and industry
  • Owner information and experience
  • Details of business operations
  • Gross annual sales

For workers’ compensation insurance (to note: owners and partners are not considered employees), be prepared to provide:

  • Number of employees
  • Annual payroll
  • Subcontractor cost

For inland marine insurance, the agent may ask:

  • The various types of materials you use
  • Tools and equipment valued over $1,000 (Make, model, and serial numbers may be requested.)
  • Portable equipment

For commercial insurance, be prepared to discuss your claims history. (You may be able to request a copy of your history.)

  • Number of claims in the past five years
  • Date of claims
  • Amount paid to settle each claim
  • Any E&O or monetary demands

When insuring a commercial property through a business owners policy (BOP), you’ll need to provide:

  • Age of building
  • Square footage
  • Building construction type
  • Building safety features
  • Other occupants
  • Mortgage company information

An additional insured is a person, entity, city, or corporation listed on policy that shares many of the same rights as the policy holder. Additional insureds can be added any time during a policy period and often include:

  • Vendors who sell your products
  • Lessors for equipment you lease or rent Lessor of space where you operate business
  • Scheduled contracts or organizations

—Progressive Insurance

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