Two Things You Can Do Today to Lower Your Business Insurance Premiums to Weather the Coronavirus Storm

Last week was tough. Call after call, I spoke with business owners and others in management roles who are feeling scared and anxious right now for obvious reasons. Due to the effects of the Coronavirus, they’ve already had to either lay off staff or furlough their hours to save on operational costs.

Some were calling to inquire about canceling their insurance coverage entirely until we get through this storm. My advice has been that we might not need to go down that road right now.

Photo by Branimir Balogović on Unsplash

Before taking such drastic matters, here are two things you can do today to lower your insurance premiums without sacrificing or eliminating your current coverage:

  1. Review your estimated annual sales with your commercial insurance agent/broker and make adjustments to your liability insurance policies. Liability insurance premium is typically rated in accordance with gross annual sales/revenues, subject to audit at the end of the policy term. Rather than wait for the audit at the end of your current policy term, adjust your policy now to get the premium down which will help save on your monthly costs.
  2. For your Workers Compensation insurance policy, review your estimated annual payrolls and make any adjustments now rather than wait for the annual audit or canceling the policy altogether. If you’re at a standstill and do not have any payroll, or very minimal payroll, make the adjustment now.

Insurance carriers are making billing accommodations and extending grace periods for cancellations by as many as 60 days. Call your insurance carrier billing departments right away and explain your situation. Do not wait. They’ll most certainly make accommodations based on the current state of affairs.

Times are challenging for the entire world right now, but I believe we’ll get through this just as fast as we were thrown into it. Although insurance premiums aren’t the only operational cost for a business, they are one that we can control now by taking these types of measures. By doing this and maintaining your coverage, you won’t have to go through the process of re-applying for insurance once things are back to “normal.”

This too shall pass.

-JK

18 seconds of Some of the Best Advice You’ll Get on the Coronavirus

Well here we are, Monday, bunkered up in our homes with our tribes self quarantining ourselves from society the to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. It’s eerily slow at work. There’s so much uncertainty in the air. I am positive this will pass soon though. As long as we all follow directions and do our part to help slow the spread of this thing. And the faster we stop the virus, the faster we can get this economy back in motion and pumping again.

I’m personally not worried about getting sick from the Coronavirus, I’m just anxious about the repercussions it will have on society and the economy.

I was skeptical about all the news at first but to those who don’t want to listen to authority, stop being stubborn and just listen to this. It’s 18 seconds of some of the best advice you’ll Get on the Coronavirus:

I don’t want people to get sick but most importantly I think we all can agree that we just want to get back to “normal” life and this is the only way we’re going to get there.

The faster the better

-JK

Radio Interview: The Different Types of Insurance To Protect Your Business

I hope you’ll catch my radio interview hosted by Candy Messer of Affordable Bookkeeping & Payroll. We discuss all things Business Insurance and Risk Management. From General Liability for a home based business to Cyber Liability and Employment Practices Liability for small to middle market companies. You can catch our interview HERE. Also, link included below.

Topics include: General Liability Insurance, Errors & Omissions Insurance, Cyber Liability Insurance, Businssowners Insurance policies, Employment Practices Liability, Workers Compensation, Risk Management.

-JK

Active Shooter Preparedness – Free Seminars from State Fund

State Compensation Insurance Fund, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, offers free seminars on Active Shooter Preparedness. These half-day courses provide important information about useful actions you can take to prepare for an active shooter event.

Participants will learn:

• The characteristics of an active shooter situation.

• How to identify and report criminal planning and preparatory acts.

• How to prepare and respond to active shooter and workplace violence incidents.

Each seminar is fast-paced, interactive, and includes lessons learned from previous active shooter incidents.

Local Southern California Dates are:

San Diego, CA
February 5, 9am – 12 pm
University of Phoenix, 9645 Granite Ridge Drive

Monterey Park, CA
February 12, 9 am – 12 pm &
1 pm – 4 pm
State Compensation Insurance Fund, 900 Corporate Center Drive

Register Here

USC vs. Oregon

Even though the Trojans were throttled by the Ducks 56-24 yesterday at the Coliseum, we enjoyed our day tailgating and watching college football under the lights on a perfect Fall Saturday. Spent the day with some great friends and broke away from the Orange Curtain for a night. #ILoveLA.

-JK

Life Happens

Some days or weeks, life just happens when you least expect it to.

My wife and I whom both work full-time in heavy sales roles were smacked in the face with the reality that our nanny has to tend to her own sick child for the next few days.

My wife was literally getting ready to walk out the door for work yesterday when she got the sudden news from our nanny. Without hesitation, she stopped what she was doing and readjusted her entire day to care for our daughter.

Today it’s my turn but I am not complaining, I love this girl!

My daughter C. and me

Technology allows me to get my work done anytime, anywhere. Albeit on my daughter’s clock today, not mine. I have my Agency Management System, my work phone, and my email all at my fingertips which allows me to serve my clients regardless if I am sitting in my office or not. Not to mention my support staff back at the office. How great is that?

I may not be as productive, but I’m not skipping a beat either.

Kids or not, life happens to everybody and we all must face reality. Props to my fellow soldiers out there juggling life and work and finding ways to get it done. It might not always be pretty, but somehow it always miraculously works itself out.

-JK

Insurance for Accountants, CPA’s and Bookkeepers

Accountants, CPA’s, Bookkeepers, Tax Preparers, and other financial services professionals work with a lot of sensitive, personal financial information which can expose them to high levels of risk. And that’s in addition to the every day risks they face – like damage to their place of business or business-related records, etc.

The Hartford is a great insurance carrier for Accountants, CPA’s & Bookkeepers and other financial professionals. They offer a product which bundles General Liability, Professional Liability (Errors & Omissions), Data Breach, Property, and Business Income into a single package policy at a really reasonable price.

Whether you’re a sole practitioner, or partner at a large accounting firm, you should consider The Hartford for your business insurance if you don’t have a policy with them already.

Contact me if you would like to see what The Hartford can offer. I am an appointed broker who can help you out with a quote for this.

-JK

Brand New Excavator Gets Dropped Two Stories

Who knows if the excavator was brand new or not but it makes the heading sound better.

This is a good visual lesson of the importance of Inland Marine insurance if you’re a contractor with expensive equipment like this:

Inland marine insurance coverage is intended for property that may be moving from location to location, property off premises at new locations, temporary locations, or work locations, and/or subject to “unique” causes of loss that traditional property policies do not cover.

Contractors equipment, like this excavator, is one of the majors areas covered by Inland Marine Insurance.

New or old, this excavator needs to be replaced now. And there’s no time for lagging. The job needs to get done. This is why you should but Inland Marine insurance if you’re a contractor with expensive equipment that you cannot afford to lose.

-JK

Graffiti Prevention for Businesses

You see it everywhere you go. It doesn’t matter what city, state, or country…..graffiti is EVERYWHERE. And it looks like crap and if it’s on the wall of your business or building! Not only does it look like crap, but graffiti contributes to reduced retail sales, a decline in property values, and citizen fear. Not what you want when it comes to running a thriving business. Or owning a successful commercial building.

A business littered with graffiti is less likely to be patronized. Citizens feel less safe and secure entering a storefront where graffiti is present.

Graffiti Prevention: Tips for Businesses

If you have any questions about the following:

  • How can a business prevent graffiti?
  • How might a “graffiti ordinance” affect a business?
  • What should a business do if it’s hit with graffiti?
  • How should graffiti be removed?

Then check out this Tips for businesses fact sheet

Hopefully with enough businesses on board to prevent graffiti, we don’t have to see it everywhere we go. Pure and simple, it looks like CRAP! More importantly, it contributes to reduced retail sales, declines in property values, and community fear.

What measures are you taking to prevent graffiti on the walls of your business or building?

-JK

Is California the Most Litigious State in the United States?

Although many people view California as the most litigious state in the United States, it is actually the sixth most litigious, according to the Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Texas had more than 7,482 charges filed in 2018; followed by Florida with 6,617; then Georgia with 4,919; then Pennsylvania with 4,463; followed by Illinois with 4,444; and then California with 4,344.

Considering that California is the most populous state and has the most protections for employees, the number of complaints, just based on employee population, is a head-scratcher unless you believe that California employers are better at preserving employee rights or that population and employee rights are not good indicators of employment practices risk.

Source: Travelers

-JK

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