Are you one of the many Ontarians running a business out of your home? Whether it's a side hustle or a full-fledged business, you need to know how your traditional home insurance impacts your entrepreneurial journey. 

To ensure your hard work is protected, it's crucial to understand the importance of home-based business insurance. In this blog, we'll go through why you may need additional coverage and how a reliable broker can help you navigate the intricacies.

home based business buttonWhat Traditional Home Insurance Covers

Home insurance primarily focuses on personal risks. This could include:
•    Property damage (fire, theft)
•    Personal liability (someone injuring themselves on your property)
•    Living expenses if you need to vacate your home temporarily

What It Doesn't Cover: Business Activities

The caveat here is that traditional home insurance excludes coverage for business activities. That means if you're manufacturing goods, offering services, or even just storing business-related equipment in your home, you could be at risk. For instance, if a client slips and falls while visiting your home office, your standard policy won't cover the associated medical expenses.

Why You Need Home-Based Business Insurance

As mentioned above, your traditional policy won't cover business-related liabilities. Home-based business insurance can cover third-party injuries or property damage.
Equipment & Inventory
Business-related equipment and inventory are not covered under a standard home insurance policy. If you experience a fire or theft, you could suffer significant losses.
Business Interruption
If your home becomes uninhabitable due to a covered peril, a traditional policy will cover your personal living expenses but will not compensate for lost business income.
Professional Advice
Home-based business insurance can also include professional liability coverage, safeguarding you against the cost of claims for negligent advice or services.

Consult Sutherland Insurance for Tailored Advice

It's crucial to speak with one of our qualified broker to understand your needs. They can:
•    Identify gaps in your coverage
•    Help you understand the complexities of home-based business insurance
•    Offer tailored insurance options that suit your needs

If you're an Ontario resident running a business from home, don't underestimate the importance of having the right insurance coverage. Call Sutherland Insurance at 519-822-0160 to learn more about this topic and find the insurance plan that best fits your needs. Ensure you're not leaving yourself exposed to significant risks. Contact us today for a comprehensive review.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice.

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