Optimism is the fuel that drives the entrepreneurial spirit. Too much optimism, however, can get a small business owner into trouble. A business plan built solely on the "best case scenario" can be dangerous . That's why smart business owners must temper their innate optimism with a healthy dose of reality. In other words - they learn to manage risk.
1. Protecting your property
Property holdings are often a small business owner's largest asset. Therefore, for the long-term security of your small business, it is vital that you evaluate potential threats to your property and develop a plan to manage those threats.
2. Business interruption
Is your business prepared to handle a storm? Do you have a plan in case a fire causes your facility to become temporarily unusable? Ill-prepared business are often forced to shut down operations completely during repair, which can irreplaceable damage to your brand and employees. Having plans in case of weather or other accidents can help you maintain your business and mitigate long-term problems.
Protect your assets with adequate Commercial General Liability Insurance coverage.
4. Key person losses
Many small businesses are built on the talents and expertise of a few key individuals. Have a plan for maintaining your current level of performance and revenue stream in case one of your key members is suddenly unable to work.
5. Injuries to employees
Understand your employee health and safety obligations. Have proper pre- and post-accident procedures in place.
6. Managing electronic data and computer resources
With the increased risk of data breaches and hacks, having proper security systems and personnel in place is crucial for protecting your business, employees & clients.
7. Employment practices
Be cautious of wrongful employment practices which can cost you your reputation and business overall.
Evaluate every contract and agreement with a professional before signing anything.
Evaluate your potential threats, and always have plans in place in case your small business experiences a threat.
Contact Carriage Trade Insurance to learn more about how our Business Insurance options can protect your small business.