What would you do if you couldn’t conduct business for an extended period of time? Would you be able to survive if damage occurred and you were out of business for several weeks or months?
The answer for most small business owners is no.
Business interruption insurance can be as vital to your survival as a business owner as fire, flood, or any other type of business insurance. Most people would never consider opening a business without buying insurance to cover damage due to these types of risks.
Unfortunately, too many small business owners fail to think about how they would manage if a fire or other disaster damaged their business premises to the point where they were temporarily unable to conduct business.
Business interruption insurance covers you for lost income if your company has to vacate the premises due to disaster-related damage that is covered under your property insurance policy, such as a fire.
It also covers the revenue you would have earned, based on your financial records, had the disaster not occurred. The policy also covers operating expenses, like electricity, that continue even though business activities have come to a temporary halt.
How much is Business Interruption insurance?
The price of the business interruption policy is related to the risk of a fire or other disaster damaging your premises.
All other things being equal, the price would probably be higher for a restaurant than a real estate agency for example because of the greater risk of fire.
Also, a real estate agency can more easily operate out of another location.
Lake Forest is a city in Orange County, California. The population was 77,264 at the 2010 census.
Lake Forest incorporated as a city on December 20, 1991. Since being incorporated, it has expanded its limits to include the communities of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills. Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills are master planned developments that brought new homes and commercial centers to the Eastern boundary of Lake Forest throughout the 1990s. Lake Forest (along with its neighboring cities Mission Viejo and Irvine) is ranked as one of the safest cities in the country. The private research firm Morgan Quitno ranked Lake Forest as the 15th safest city and another firm later ranked Lake Forest 10th in 2007 in the United States.
The city has two lakes from which the city gets its name. The lakes are man-made, and condominiums and custom homes ranging from large to small line their shores. The Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club and Sun and Sail Club feature tennis courts, gyms, basketball courts, barbecue pits, volleyball courts, multiple swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs and club houses for social events. The ""forest"" for which the city is also named lies in the area between Ridge Route, Jeronimo, Lake Forest and Serrano roads, and consists mostly of Eucalyptus trees. It began in the 1900s when a local landowner, Dwight Whiting, planted 400 acres (1.6 km2) of Eucalyptus groves in the vicinity of Serrano Creek as part of a lumber operation. In the late 1960s, the Occidental Petroleum company developed a residential community in and around the Eucalyptus groves which had long since expanded and grown much more dense.