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5 smart ways tech businesses can save money on general liability insurance

From comparison shopping to bundling policies for a discount, here are five ways tech businesses can save money on general liability insurance.

1. Shop around

As a business owner, you’re probably used to shopping around before making major purchases. Comparison shopping is also one of the best ways to save money on general liability insurance.

Compare prices. Shop around. When you apply through TechInsurance, we’ll present you with quotes from a few carriers so you can see what’s out there.

As you compare policies, though, be sure you don’t just look at premiums. The details of what’s covered and what’s excluded vary from one policy to the next and may explain why one’s significantly cheaper or more expensive. Before making a final decision, talk with your agent about whether a policy truly offers the protection your business requires.

2. Avoid claims

As with other types of small business insurance, making claims on a general liability insurance policy can cause your premiums to increase. We realize that this may seem frustrating or counterintuitive: you get the coverage in case you need to make a claim, but if you do have to make a claim, you might end up paying more for coverage?

Well, sort of. But keep in mind that many of your contracts (including client contracts and commercial leases) will require you to have this policy regardless. So if you’re going to pay for it, you might as well pay as little as possible. The other thing to keep in mind is that you have some control over claims: managing risk day to day can greatly reduce your likelihood of needing to use your coverage (more about that in the next section). A simple example: when it’s wet outside, keep the floors mopped so people are less likely to slip and get hurt.

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3. Communicate with your clients

General liability insurance can cover lawsuits over third-party injuries and property damage, as well as suits alleging libel or slander. But let’s think about that for a minute: for an incident to escalate into a lawsuit, things have to be pretty bad. Have you ever sued anyone? If so, what pushed you to file the legal paperwork?

The attorneys we’ve talked with about this have said one thing over and over: when someone’s suing, there’s an emotional component. Often, clients who sue feel that their needs haven’t been met or that they’ve been ignored.

You can prevent a lot of lawsuits by keeping lines of communication open. For example, if a client comes in on a rainy day, slips, and falls hard, make sure they’re okay. Offer to call an ambulance (your general liability policy can likely cover that). Send them an email that night to check how they’re doing.

Small efforts like this – no matter what the incident – can go a long way toward promoting goodwill and preventing an expensive lawsuit.

4. Choose a higher deductible

Not every general liability insurance policy has a deductible, but if yours does, increasing it may lower your premium. Keep in mind, though, that your deductible should never be more than you can comfortably afford to pay. If it’s more than you can pay, you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of your general liability coverage.

5. Bundle your insurance

If you’ve ever been offered a discount to buy cable and internet together, you’re familiar with the concept of bundling. Business insurance also offers opportunities to save money by bundling multiple policies.

Specifically, you can bundle your commercial general liability insurance with commercial property insurance in what’s called a business owner’s policy (BOP).

It’s usually cheaper to buy a BOP than it would be to buy general liability and property insurance separately. And while BOPs aren’t available to everyone (most carriers restrict it to smaller, lower-risk businesses), many small technology businesses qualify. If you’re not sure whether a BOP makes sense for you, be sure to bring this policy up with your agent.

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