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Finding The Right Business Insurance Agent

Aug 17, 2007
Business insurance is vital for being certain that your business is protected against unforeseen disasters. Without insurance, a successful business built with hard work and toil could be easily wiped out destroy the businessman's finances completely. However, with insurance you are guaranteed a fresh start.

The first step towards getting the right business insurance is to find the right business insurance agent. A good business insurance agent will understand your business needs and will make sure you go in for the right kind of insurance that suits your business. Some small businesses make the mistake of hiring personal line agents, who lack the experience and the knowledge to get the appropriate insurance package. Be certain the insurance agent has commercial experience , expertise, and access to multiple insurance agencies making it possible to get the best coverage at the best price possible.

Tips to Find the Right One
1.Ask acquaintances, friends and relatives in the same line of business to recommend an agent.

2.Ask your personal line agent to recommend a good business insurance agent.

3.Get business associates to recommend a good agent.

4.Get a list of business insurance agents from the yellow pages, meet prospective agents, and select the best agent of them all.

5.Do a search on the Internet.

6.View profiles of insurance agents operating in your area.

7.If your business operates in more than one state, make sure your insurance agent does too.

8.Check if there are complaints filed against the agent or the company he represents with the Better Business Bureau.

The insurance agent you select should be knowledgeable and able to convince you the agent is reliable and understands your company's insurance needs. The company the agent represents should also be trust worthy and reputable. These are just a few tips on how to find the right business insurance agent.

Once you have chosen a qualified and capable agent, make sure you choose the best coverage possible at the best price available. It will be good if the agent has prior experience in dealing with a company similar to yours. Make sure you understand how your premium is determined and go for package policies since they are cheaper. Consult a few people and then decide which policy is right for you, do not blindly buy a policy the agent suggests unless it is the right one for you. Choose an independent agent as this agent has a variety of policies to offer rather than a captive agent. Be sure to make an informed decision.

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About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com.
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