Business insurance rates can be lowered and maintained at an acceptable level but to make this happen, you will need to do some research and discuss all options with your insurance professional. Lowering insurance rates is on ongoing process. Reviewing premiums on a regular basis with your insurance professional can bring in savings that are worth the extra time and work. The reviewing of premiums can be done annually or when there is a change in business activities.
- The first step in lowering your business insurance rates is to ensure that you have copies of all policies. Then, go through your records and update your insurance files. If you haven't created a file for your policies, then do so. When creating the files, make sure you have claim forms for each policy.
- When reviewing your premiums, look closely at your equipment and car schedules. The vehicles listed should still be owned and updated on a regular basis. This should also be true for your equipment. When equipment and cars are changed, savings can often be on the plus side.
- In addition, with your insurance professional, review your drivers and key employees who are identified on your policies. See if these people are still in your company. Sometimes when employees leave, savings will result if those who are leaving, lower the risk.
- Check your policy for unneeded or irrelevant coverage. Businesses change often and when they do, some insurance coverage may become irrelevant or minimized. An example would be if a portion of your business closes or if you choose to outsource. These changes would affect your policy or possibly eliminate the need for coverage.
- Another way to cut back on costs is to classify your workforce professionally and correctly. Check with your insurance professional to ensure that your workforce is classified appropriately by your worker's compensation insurer and liability insurer. The type of workers you choose is what qualifies and defines your premium coverage.
- Also, discussing your premiums with your insurance professional can sometimes help to reduce the premiums and ensure that you received the type of coverage you need. Speaking openly about your business with your insurer and insurer professional may reveal to them areas of your business that they were unaware of and as a result, help to lower your rates.
Finding ways to change health habits in your business will help to lower costs. By adopting a no-smoking policy, instituting exercise classes, and more, it can help dramatically lower insurance rates. Also, by incorporating training as part of employment with your business, it can in some cases, help to reduce rates and help your employees to become more involved. A more positive and healthy workforce can do wonders toward productivity and a successful business.