Welcome Guest

Home Article Managing A Business Finance  Get Your Business Insured

Get Your Business Insured

Insurance has not only become a valuable investment but also an unavoidable necessity.

Tags: Get Your Business Insured!

BY Entrepreneur  |  Nov 21, 2009 comments ( 0 ) |

Just a few days ago, Indian Oil Corporation’s depot went into fumes in Jaipur. Everything went up in smoke, but there remained a flicker of hope. The owner’s last bet was nothing but a Fire Insurance Policy. Nobody wants to see his/her years of hard-work, ideas, and planning turned to zilch in a few minutes. Better be safe than sorry and be prepared for any kind of mishap, get your business insured! 


You as an entrepreneur must have thought insurance to be an added cost but in todays time it has not only become a valuable investment but an unavoidable necessity. Alok Agarwal, director (Corporate Solutions Group), ICICI Lombard says, “We launched a seven-template insurance products for SME (small and medium enterprise) clients and within a month almost 200 SMEs bought the policies.” TA Ramalingam, head-underwriting at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, says “Entrepreneurs have realised that certain eventualities are real fears, which a business need to be insured against.”


Why Insurance?


In today’s times of growing uncertainty, accidents, risks and insecurity, it makes prudent business sense to get your business insured. Your insurance company insulates your business against various kinds of losses or damage situations, in return for the premium you pay over a fixed period of time.


An insurance policy is indispensable for your business on account of the following reasons:

  • Secures your business against risk of losses from unpredictable situations. 
  • Assists in repairing and rebuilding of damaged property and provides compensation for the same. 
  • Increases your credibility in the eyes of the lenders.
  • In times of economic uncertainty, insurance helps you maintain your prospective earnings from your business.
  • Enables you to make optimum use of capital as it shares risks associated with your business.


Insurance Covers Available

In today’s business climate, the way there is no shortage of insurable risks, in the same manner, there is a huge and diverse pool of covers for the varied prominent risks. The most common forms of insurance covers for the SMEs include:

  1. Fire Policy- A fire policy protects your property from unprecedented situations like, Fire, Lightning, Explosion / Implosion, Aircraft Damage, Riot, Strike and Malicious Damage, Storm, Cyclone, Typhoon, Tempest, Hurricane, Tornado, Flood and Inundation, Impact damage, Bursting or Overflowing of Water Tanks, Apparatus and Pipes.
  2. Property or Causality Insurance- This insurance product covers the risks of damage to your business premises through burglary, damage to stocks, furniture, and also theft of cash, valuables or securities etc.
  3. Businesses Interruption Insurance- This product covers your business against losses from interruption of your business operations because of damages caused by fire, breakdown of machinery or equipment etc.
  4. Employee Benefit & Medical claim policy


Bundled Policies are More Economical

If you want to opt for an economical insurance product which provides comprehensive coverage from all types of risks and uncertainties, a bundled policy may be your best bet. Most popular bundle-policies are Office Policy & Package Policy. Both of them provide the same range of risk cover, fire and its allied perils. The former is especially for protection of office premises like commercial offices, government offices and call centers; and the latter is specifically for industrial manufacturing and other trading units. Apart from the above, there is Shopkeepers’ Policy, which also has same risk covers but is designed for owners of mom-and-pop shops, convenience stores and shopping malls.



A broker may help simplify matters

It is well-known that small-sized enterprises are often arm-twisted by insurers so, it is best for an SME to associate itself with a brokerage firm that will be able to simplify a lot of matters. Insurance brokers, unlike agents, represent the insurance buyer, and not the insurance company, though the remuneration of insurance broker is paid and borne by the insurance companies. They assist SMEs in everything from lodging claims to settlements without charging any consultation fees. Thus, the insurance broker is a single window solution to all insurance problems, of the insurance buyer, associated with any insurance company. Prominent brokerage firms are Marsh Pvt Ltd., Aon, KM Dastoor, Howden, Emed Life Insurance, SPA etc.




Please add your comment

Not readable? Change text. Enter the characters as seen on the image (case insensitive)
  Notify me of follow up comments via e-mail   Subscribe for daily newsletter

Related Articles

Micro Finance for Micro Entrepreneurs

BY Entrepreneur

Microfinance institutions borrow money from mainstream financers like banks to lend to entrepreneurs without credit histories. These institutions serv...

Keep your Cash Flowing

BY Entrepreneur

Whether it is a multi-billion dollar empire, or the tiny mom-and-pop convenience store on the street corner, cash is the lifeblood of any business....

12 Tips to Bootstrap Your Startup

BY Entrepreneur

Quite often you are lead to believe that you cannot afford to start a business. Eking out a loan from a bank is little less than a necessary evil. ...

Rating Can Enhance Your Credibility

BY Entrepreneur

If you have been turned away by banks for being unworthy of credit, you are not the only one. In the absence of sufficient collateral security, most b...

5 Reasons Why Banks Refuse to Lend

BY Entrepreneur

Banks are the first ones to come to your mind when you need funds to start your business. You approach the bank with lot of expectations but your l...

Be Interesting to Investors

BY Entrepreneur

You may be having an excellent idea but are unable to get the right people to fund and support your business venture. Don’t worry! The soluti...

Know your taxes

BY Entrepreneur

Tax is one of those terms, which is persistent in everyone’s life and it’s not just hard but almost impossible to escape it. Whether an em...

Paying Your Taxes

BY Entrepreneur

Be it an entrepreneur or an employee everyone comes under the sphere of taxation. Trying to escape tax obligations is a futile exercise as it can land...

Five reasons to keep your personal and b

BY Entrepreneur

Have you started your business recently and often been advised to keep your personal and business-finances separate?   Most of the small busin...

Reality Check Post the Downturn

BY Entrepreneur

Whether recession has reached its termination point or not, is still unknown but what is known is our changed perspective towards the financial world ...

Financial Jitters to Success

BY Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship has never been an easy path to tread on as it demands a lot of risk taking abilities, and innumerable responsibilities. Starters make...

Plastic money can buy you peace!

BY Entrepreneur

Managing expenses is one of the crucial steps in controlling a business, especially for small business owners. To have a system in place in order to k...