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Protecting Your Small Business with a BOP

As a small business owner, you may face a significant financial hardship if an accident or peril happened. But would you be surprised to know that a single insurance policy could provide valuable protection?

A business owner’s policy, known as a BOP, can provide “package” protection against an array of risks for a premium that’s significantly lower than the cost of the individual property and liability policies that you would need to cover all of these perils.

Property coverage under a typical BOP includes:

  • Damage to your premises, contents, inventory, office equipment and computers, as well as the property of others that’s temporarily in your care. Most BOPs will pay for the cost of replacing lost or damaged property, rather than its actual cash value.
  • Business interruption covers loss of income to your business caused by lost or damaged property.

BOP liability coverage includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bodily injury. This covers losses due to physical or mental injury, disease or death that occurs on your premises or is caused by your products.
  • Medical payments. This portion of the BOP picks up the cost of health care treatment for customers, vendors or suppliers injured on your property.
  • Personal and advertising liability. This protects your business against lawsuits alleging slander, libel or invasion of privacy.
  • Crime. This section covers loss of money or securities from burglary, theft and embezzlement.

You need to know that the amounts of insurance (limits) under your BOP are fixed, and as such you might need to increase your limits in certain areas. You might also need to add coverage, such as fleet auto and other coverage depending on your needs and the industry in which you operate.

Also, workers’ compensation coverage is not typically covered by a BOP and you would need to secure a separate policy.

Learn more about BOPs with our article on limits and gaps.