No commute to work, no renting of expensive workspace, no hassle. There are plenty of benefits to running your business from home, particularly in the early days when cash flow is your priority. And there’s the added bonus that your home insurance policy will cover your business too, right? Well, the answer is, probably not.
A working from home business insurance package protects you from many business-related mishaps that a standard homeowner’s policy won’t. It’s always best to check what you’re covered for with your current home insurance provider. Give them a call and let them know that you run your business from home - because failure to disclose this could invalidate your policy. This would leave you out of pocket if you needed to claim, making the working from home option not quite so cost effective after all.
As a home-based business, you should consider the following covers which make up working from home business insurance packages.
Many home insurance policies automatically cover up to £5,000 of home office equipment, but If you use any computing or specialist equipment to run your business, you may need more.
If people visit your home for business purposes, then you’ll need public liability. Even if they only enter your premises briefly, accidents can happen. Public liability insurance covers you for compensation and legal fees if a member of the public sues you for injury or damage to their property. So, if a customer comes into your home to collect a cake you’ve baked, or a courier drops off some flyers you’ve designed, public liability protects you if they slip, trip or fall.
If you deliver your product to customers, or you collect stock from suppliers, there’s a chance that items could get lost or damaged during the journey. Goods in transit cover limits the financial impact that such an event would place on your business.
If you sell products, then you should consider product liability insurance. It will cover the cost of compensation claims if someone is injured because of a product bought from you. You don’t even need to have made the product to be liable in some circumstances.
This is a type of business insurance that must be held by law if you employ others. If you don’t have employers’ liability in place then you could be fined up to £2,500 a day, so it’s a costly mistake to make. There are some companies that don’t need insurance in place, including family businesses if all employees are closely related to the business owner, so make sure you check whether you need cover.
As well as the protection that a working from home insurance package offers, it’s worth checking whether you need any additional business insurance. If you give advice or provide a service, then professional indemnity may be needed. If you’re accused of making a mistake by a client, professional indemnity will cover legal expenses to defend a claim and rectify the mistake made if necessary. Just as you need to check whether your home insurance covers your business needs, you should also upgrade your car insurance so that you’re covered for business use purposes. Finally, you may want to consider if working from home is the right choice for you and your business. Check out our guide on how to achieve a work/life balance when you work from home.
If you’re not sure what you need or want advice on the levels of cover for your business, call to speak to specialist insurance advisers.
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