What is self-employed business insurance?
Self-employed business insurance protects professionals who work for themselves as contractors, freelancers or sole traders. An increasing number of people are choosing to go down the self-employed route – with over 4.5 million people enjoying the freedom of being their own boss in 2017. If you’re one of them, you can enjoy flexibility and independence in the work you choose to do. But remember, it comes with a risk; if something goes wrong, you’re more than likely to be held responsible.
Why do I need insurance if I’m self-employed?
Depending on the type of work you do, the risks your business might face will vary. For instance, what would happen if your business equipment accidentally injured a member of the public or damaged their property? And what if a client claims you’ve given them poor advice, and their business has suffered because of it? In both scenarios, you could be liable for the expenses they face because of something you did. Even if it’s unfounded, compensation claims can be costly to fight. But having business insurance in place means you don’t need to worry about how you’d meet those costs – taking a big load off your mind.
What type of insurance do I need?
Public liability insurance
Cover up to £5 million in protection
Accidents happen no matter how careful you are. But with this insurance, you’re covered against the cost of a client or member of the public suffering an injury because of your business. It covers anything from bodily injury because of a trip or fall, to damaging their property.
Tools, stock and business equipment insurance
Cover up to £30,000 in protection
Your clients depend on you, while you depend on your business equipment. In order to be reliable, you’ll need protection in place if every your must-have device or kit is lost, damaged or stolen. This means if the unexpected happens to your business equipment, we’ll replace it so you can keep working. And while your clients’ possessions are in your care, we’ll extend the protection to them too.
You can purchase this cover with public liability insurance.
Professional indemnity insurance
Cover up to £2 million in protection
As a self-employed professional, you’ll want to deliver your best work for all of your clients. But sometimes clients are unhappy as your work may have negatively impacted their business. Whether through a damaged reputation or loss of earnings to their business, they could choose to make a claim against you. That’s where professional indemnity insurance can help – it’ll protect your business from this risk.
You’ll be able to purchase this cover with public liability insurance.
Other business cover
Working for yourself means your business is as unique as you are. Tailor your cover to suit your needs with some of our other business insurance.
Business income insurance
Disruption to your business doesn't have to mean disruption to your income too. Business income insurance protects you from loss of earnings if the worst happens.
Employers’ liability insurance
You're required by law to have employers' liability insurance if you have employees. It covers you if your employees make work-related injury or illness claims.
Business vehicle and van insurance
Choose from comprehensive or third party, fire and theft insurance to keep your business vehicle on the road. Plus, you can select a range of optional extras to suit your needs.
Buildings and contents insurance
Whether you own or rent the premises your business runs from, keep it protected against damage by natural events, theft, and other causes of loss or destruction.
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