Published August 14, 2023
Akron, Ohio –
The Allen Thomas Group, based in Akron, OH, shared a number of small business insurance tips in 2023 through their blog space. Thanks to their work in auto, home, life, and business insurance, The Allen Thomas Group is always ready to share the benefit of their expertise with the community.
As an insurer, The Allen Thomas Group seeks to make insurance as simple and straightforward as possible while meeting the needs of their clientele. As such, they have similar advice to share with small business owners who are looking for some way to grapple with the complexities of modern commerce: keep matters as simple as possible and make sure attention is always paid to the most crucial or pressing issues first.
This is no less true when dealing with insurance. The blog post states, “As small business insurance needs to evolve, staying current with current trends and regulations is essential. In 2023, consider working with an experienced insurance agent who can assess your unique risks and recommend coverage tailored to your business. Other helpful tips may include understanding policy exclusions and limitations, reviewing your coverage regularly and taking advantage of cost-saving opportunities such as bundling policies or increasing deductibles.”
An insurance agent can help new business owners determine what sort of insurance is right for their needs. No policy in the world covers every possible outcome (at least not at reasonable rates), so a business has to determine its biggest risks and select its insurance accordingly. In most cases, The Allen Thomas Group says a small business will have to consider the following: general liability insurance, business owners’ policy, commercial property insurance, professional liability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, cyber liability insurance, and so on.
It is not unheard of for a business to require multiple policies depending on its operations. For instance, workers’ compensation insurance is mandatory in most states, covering employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. However, the ubiquity of technology and e-commerce means a business will likely need to rely on IT systems to function properly, and this represents another vulnerability that should be accounted for with the appropriate policy. Business owners often find they also cannot do without general liability or commercial property insurance.
This may seem confusing, but a business should be aware that much of the stress of coming to a decision can be alleviated with the help of an insurance agent. As a result, it is arguable that they should concentrate more on picking the right business insurance provider; the rest may simply fall into place once a reliable advisor is found. Two factors need to be considered above all else — the insurer’s integrity and their capacity to offer the right service — and they have to score well in both fields to be worth the effort. It may be helpful to enlist a reputable insurance broker to ensure all requirements are met.
Given how important this decision is, The Allen Thomas Group strongly advises businesses to take an active role narrowing down their options. “Remember,” says the blog post, “each business has unique requirements, so take the time to assess your needs before making a final decision.” An assessment should consider the potential insurer’s reputation and financial stability, coverage options, claims process, customer service standards and even associated costs.
The firm comments, “Some business owners may be tempted to choose the cheapest insurance provider available to save money. However, it’s essential to balance cost-effectiveness and quality coverage. Opting for inadequate insurance or subpar customer service could cost you more in the long run if a significant incident occurs.” It may be in a business’s best interests to make certain choices under the assumption that a ‘significant incident’ is an eventuality rather than a possibility. This may incentivize them to make a more practical choice.
The full blog post from The Allen Thomas Group goes into much greater detail about the various forms of insurance mentioned as well as the reasons why a business may wish to consider taking them. It also has a section that can help business owners account for unforeseen risks (a lesson that many had to learn during the pandemic). While the future is unknowable, certain actions can still mitigate any disaster on the horizon.
To learn how a business can guard itself for the rest of 2023 and beyond, it is recommended that interested parties read the blog post in its entirety. Alternatively, small business owners are welcome to contact the firm directly for personalized assistance regarding their own needs. The Allen Thomas Group can also be reached via social media: https://twitter.com/allenthomasgr1/status/1686011619900362752.
For more information about The Allen Thomas Group, contact the company here:
The Allen Thomas Group
453 S High St Ste 101, Akron, OH 44311
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