How important is business income insurance? Do you need it? Is extra expense coverage necessary? I would argue the answer to these questions is business income insurance is very important and absolutely necessary for every business owner. Consider what might happen if a fire damages your building, the roof collapsed, or a storm or tornado blew out all the windows. In each case, you would be forced to close your business while repairs are being made.
Your clients would be forced to go elsewhere and your staff may be forced to find other employment. During this period of closure, how will you pay your bills without any income? After all, mortgage payments, rents, car loans, taxes, and yes, insurance bills don’t go away just because you closed the doors.
With business income insurance including extra expense, when you suffer insured damage to your business that cause “a necessary suspension in operations,” this insurance will continue to pay your salaries so that you won’t lose your staff. It will also pay for the extra expense of renting a temporary location so you won’t have to close. The insurance will also reimburse you for your lost profit while your business is being repaired. You really can’t afford to be without this coverage.
There are some limitations and exclusions that apply so you should review your policy carefully and ask for an explanation of anything you don’t understand. Not all insurance policies were created equal. Most importantly, you should evaluate the limit of liability shown in the proposal for business income insurance including extra expense. Is it enough? You’ll find a worksheet in our next post that will help you accomplish this!
Written by Robbie Korth
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