What is Commercial Insurance?

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  • Last Modified Date: 10 February 2019
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Commercial insurance is insurance for a business. In fact, it is one of the most important investments a business owner can make, as it can be instrumental in protecting a business from potential loss caused by unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances.

This insurance can provide valuable protection against such things as theft, property damage, and liability. It can also provide coverage for business interruption and employee injuries. A business owner who chooses to operate a business without insurance puts his enterprise at risk of losing money and property in the wake of an unfortunate event. In some situations, a business owner may even place personal money and property at risk by failing to secure adequate coverage.

Finding commercial insurance can be as simple as locating a reliable agent who specializes in it. People responsible for purchasing insurance should interview several different agents and select a licensed, knowledgeable agent with whom they feel comfortable. The agent should be able to discuss different types of insurance that are available assist the company in selecting the best type for its particular needs.

The Internet is an excellent resource for finding insurance agents. Information about agents can also be found through local business networking organizations. Business contacts, especially those in related industries, may be able to provide agent referrals as well.


Depending on the particular business, there may be some types of commercial insurance that it doesn’t need. For example, a company may need commercial property insurance, but not commercial auto insurance. Individuals should keep in mind, however, that it is wise to learn about the different types of insurance that are available, even if their company doesn’t need them all. As the business grows and expands, an owners may discover that his or her insurance needs change. Obtaining preliminary information now will provide the person with the basic information he or she needs to decide whether or not to add to or change a policy later.

Though most businesses are able to buy insurance with ease, for others, securing it is difficult. For example, a business that has already experienced a considerable loss may be viewed as a high-risk company. To insurance companies, significant previous losses translate into a heightened risk of high or frequent claims. A business may also be considered high risk if it is fairly new or involved in operations that make frequent insurance claims more likely. In such situations, securing coverage is not impossible, but the agent may need to provide the owner with options for finding insurance through non-standard avenues.


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Post 5

I think some government departments get commercial insurance. But i am not sure if there is some rule regarding this. But the article is really very nice.

Post 3

Thanks for sharing the information, A commercial insurance is a backup support that can be used when situations are adverse and you need an instant solution to recover your loss caused to your business.

Post 2

In a very short word, "Yes". The government is a business and they have to be insured like any other commercial business.

Post 1

do governments buy commercial insurance on land that they own?

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