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Small Business Insurance

Your small businesses needs many types of coverage in order to adequately secure itself against losses in the event of certain common business casualties. Common elements of small business insurance include:

  • General Liability Insurance: This policy covers a business against claims arising from problems like libel, slander, medical expenses, property damage, medical expenses, and the cost of defending against a lawsuit.
  • Product Liability Insurance: If you deal with a product - whether it's manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling, or just distributing it - you may be responsible for keeping it (and people in the area around it) safe. The amount required depends mainly on the products involved - the larger and/or heavier the products are, the more coverage is needed.
  • Professional Liability Insurance: Similarly, if you provide any kind of professional service, you may need coverage for errors, malpractice, and negligence. Some companies are required to have this type of coverage (especially, though not exclusively, those in the medical field).
  • Commercial Property Insurance: If your small business owns any kind of physical property (an office, a retail store, a warehouse, etc.), this coverage insures it against a wide variety of natural and man-made forms of damage. If your business is particularly vulnerable to a certain type of damage (flooding, vandalism, etc.), you may need additional coverage for that specific problem.
  • Home-Based Insurance: If you're running a business from your home, then your homeowner's insurance probably doesn't cover any of your business operations. You may need to purchase additional coverage separately, or as an extension of your existing plan. Speak to a Freeman Insurance Services, Inc. agents to find out.

Many other industry-specific forms of coverage are available. For more information about what policies are the most important for your business, talk to one of our agents and ask for a full risk assessment. You can research forms of insurance through reputable sources—this information is available for free online, courtesy of groups like the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Insurance Requirements for Small Business

All small businesses are required to have Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and sometimes Disability Insurance. Other requirements for small business insurance vary by industry, as well as local, state, and federal law.

What constitutes a small business?

The exact definition of a small business varies by industry, but according to the Small Business Administration, it's usually 500 employees or less for mining or manufacturing, and $7.5 million or less in revenue for other industries. Note that there are many exceptions to this rule, and they are listed in detail on the Small Business Administration's website.

 

1. "Insure U Get Smart About Insurance." Accessed April 14, 2016. http://www.insureuonline.org/smallbusiness/.

2. "Insurance Requirements for Employers." The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/insurance/insurance-requirements-employers.

3. "Summary of Size Standards by Industry Sector" The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/contracting/getting-started-contractor/make-sure-you-meet-sba-size-standards/summary-size-standards-industry-sector.

Our Location

Freeman Insurance Services, Inc.

1035 San Pablo Avenue, Ste 1
Albany, CA 94706
Main office: 510-250-3056
Fax: 510-528-2708

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Testimonials

I have known Anthony Freeman, his wife, and sons from the early 80's. Well, his sons weren't born then, but I've known them since they were young. Anthony is a very warm and caring person. He is professional in his insurance dealings and provides great service. I started when he first created a disability plan for Acupuncturists, and then have also had insurance through his company for home, office liability, and car insurance. Always a pleasure to work with Anthony and the whole office.

Jay Sordean
This is the best insurance company, very professional experienced staff!

Darcy Lee
Jeff R and Jamel were great! Got me great deals and went out of their way to be helpful. Outstanding service! These people are in the business of helping people!!

Risa K
I have used Freeman insurance for both homeowner's and auto policies. They did their research and found the best rates. Overall great service and super friendly!

Razteria
Keaton at Freeman Insurance has been a huge aid to my business! Any question I have he always has an answer! I'm extremely happy with the service and rates glad I switched over to Freeman Insurance. Highly recommend for business insurance!

Monica K. from Oakley, CA
Anthony, Jamel, and Philip have been an invaluable asset to our company since inception. Their knowledge of the different types of insurance and care for our needs is unmatched. I refer anyone I know looking for business insurance to them. They are simply the best!

Chris M. from Phoenix, AZ
I readily use and refer my clients and other small businesses to Freeman Insurance. Bruce honestly provides quotes, and if there isn't anything better than the current policy, he will tell the prospective client, even if it means he doesn't get a commission. Same with Philip, who provides caring and individualized customer service regarding health and life insurance. Jamel is ambitious, polite, and extremely helpful. I'm confident in the knowledge, competence and integrity Freeman Insurance delivers.

Glicel S. from San Pablo, CA
We have been using freeman insurance for the last five years. They are incredibly helpful with both our business and personal insurance. With all the changes going on they have been so quick to get back to me and provide all the information I need to choose the best plans that fit for us. Bruce, Philip and Jamel are such a pleasure to work with. You won't be disappointed using these guys!

Frank C. from Albany, CA