What Does Bonded And Insured Mean?

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Having business insurance and bonds can help safeguard a small business.

A business insurance policy protects your business from financial losses after unexpected problems—and clients sometimes want to work only with companies that have business insurance. Depending on the industry you work in, you may also need to buy bonds before clients will hire you. For example, construction businesses typically purchase a bond before working with a client.

What Does “Insured” Mean?

“Insured” simply means you have purchased business liability insurance. Small business insurance can help with everything from physical losses like a fire to lawsuits.

Let’s look at the details of a general liability insurance policy, a popular small business policy:

  • A general liability insurance policy can pay claims against your business relating to bodily injury and property damage
  • It can help a small business remain financially stable if you’re sued by a customer or other business
  • It can also pay lawyer costs, court costs and legal judgments

Are you a small business owner? Clients might require that you have a business liability policy before doing business with you. You want to be able to tell your customers you are “insured” and ready to do business.

What Does “Bonded” Mean?

“Bonded” means that you have purchased a surety bond to protect your business against claims of shoddy, incomplete work, or allegations of theft and fraud. A surety bond has three parties:

  • Principal, which is the business buying the bond
  • Obligee, which is the client requesting the bond
  • Surety, which is the company that underwrites the bond

Bonds cover claims of negligence in the workplace. For example, let’s say a construction contractor buys a bond at the request of a client. If the work is shoddy and ultimately goes unfinished, the obligee could file a claim with the surety company for the cost of hiring another contractor to finish the project properly.

Types of Bonds

Here are three different types of common bonds:

  • Janitorial bonds. A cleaning company will often carry this type of bond. It will pay clients if the work is unsatisfactory.
  • Fidelity bonds. This bond helps an employer if there are financial losses caused by dishonest employees who commit fraud against the company. It’s also called a first-party fidelity bond. A third-party fidelity bond is also available and can protect customers from the dishonest actions of a company’s employees.
  • Contractor or construction bonds. With construction or contractor bonds, the construction company agrees to comply with government regulations detailed in the building permit for the construction job.

Why You Want to Be Bonded and Insured

Having both insurance and a bond can give customers confidence that your business is legitimate and that they won’t be left holding a large bill if you fail in your work. Plus, many large clients require business partners to have general liability insurance and bonds.

Without the right bonds you may not get business from certain people. And without insurance you’ll end up paying for liability claims and property damage out of your own pocket.

Source – Forbes.com

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