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Home » Commercial Insurance You Need Alongside a BOP
August 12, 2022

Commercial Insurance You Need Alongside a BOP

Small businesses need to get their commercial insurance benefits conveniently and affordably. One of the best ways to do that is to buy a business owners policy, also known as a BOP. These are package policies that offer several pieces of essential commercial insurance in one place, and these benefits are tailored to fit the needs of smaller operations. Buying a BOP is also generally more affordable than trying to buy piecemeal coverage for your operation. 

Still, BOPs are not one-and-done policies to fit all your commercial needs. You must tailor your insurance portfolio to meet the needs of your business, and often this will mean taking the extra step of buying additional coverage alongside your BOP. Let’s take a closer look at why this is often necessary. 

Understanding BOPs 

When you buy a BOP, you will receive many of the cornerstones of commercial insurance, including: a close up of a sign

  • Property & Structure Coverage 

  • Possessions/Contents Coverage 

  • Commercial General Liability (CGL) Coverage 

  • Business Interruption Coverage 

You will have the ability to customize your plan to include coverage limits that will address your financial needs and any special liabilities present in your operation. Still, the BOP will remain a single policy, and you will only pay one premium for it. 

Still, even if you qualify for a BOP, that doesn’t mean it is a stopping point for your insurance needs. Generally, you will have to augment your BOP with other coverage, which will better encompass the overall liabilities associated with your business. 

How Can You Get Extra Coverage? 

When getting extra coverage for your BOP, you might be able to add some benefits to your plan through specialty endorsements. Others, however, you must purchase separately. However, these separate policies will work alongside your BOP to keep your business as secure as possible. 

  • Workers’ compensation insurance pays for the costs of injuries sustained by employees. 

  • Commercial auto insurance covers company-owned vehicles and employee-drivers. 

  • Cyber liability insurance will protect clients and the business in case of data breaches, cyber theft or other system failures. 

  • Errors & omissions (E&O) insurance applies to third-party liability losses arising from mistakes in your professional services or advice. 

  • Equipment breakdown insurance pays for repairs and lost income resulting from failures in critical equipment. 

  • Commercial umbrella liability insurance can cover your existing CGL liabilities in excess of the basic coverage limits. 

  • Flood insurance will insure commercial property and materials if your property lies in an area of flood risks. 

  • Employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) policies will pay in case you face accusations of mishandling of employment terms, harassment, discrimination, etc. 

The benefits of having a BOP is that it can easily be expanded upon. Therefore, it will be easy for your agent to expand your benefits with the additional coverage to expand your overall risk management program in the most effective ways. Talk to your agent about your need for expanded coverage. They can tell you which, how much, and how policies can be added to your greater business insurance portfolio. 

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