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Small Business Insurance

Your small businesses needs many types of coverage in order to adequately secure itself against losses in the event of certain common business casualties. Common elements of small business insurance include:

  • General Liability Insurance: This policy covers a business against claims arising from problems like libel, slander, medical expenses, property damage, medical expenses, and the cost of defending against a lawsuit.
  • Product Liability Insurance: If you deal with a product - whether it's manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling, or just distributing it - you may be responsible for keeping it (and people in the area around it) safe. The amount required depends mainly on the products involved - the larger and/or heavier the products are, the more coverage is needed.
  • Professional Liability Insurance: Similarly, if you provide any kind of professional service, you may need coverage for errors, malpractice, and negligence. Some companies are required to have this type of coverage (especially, though not exclusively, those in the medical field).
  • Commercial Property Insurance: If your small business owns any kind of physical property (an office, a retail store, a warehouse, etc.), this coverage insures it against a wide variety of natural and man-made forms of damage. If your business is particularly vulnerable to a certain type of damage (flooding, vandalism, etc.), you may need additional coverage for that specific problem.
  • Home-Based Insurance: If you're running a business from your home, then your homeowner's insurance probably doesn't cover any of your business operations. You may need to purchase additional coverage separately, or as an extension of your existing plan. Speak to a Red Wave Insurance Services agents to find out.

Many other industry-specific forms of coverage are available. For more information about what policies are the most important for your business, talk to one of our agents and ask for a full risk assessment. You can research forms of insurance through reputable sources—this information is available for free online, courtesy of groups like the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Insurance Requirements for Small Business

All small businesses are required to have Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and sometimes Disability Insurance. Other requirements for small business insurance vary by industry, as well as local, state, and federal law.

What constitutes a small business?

The exact definition of a small business varies by industry, but according to the Small Business Administration, it's usually 500 employees or less for mining or manufacturing, and $7.5 million or less in revenue for other industries. Note that there are many exceptions to this rule, and they are listed in detail on the Small Business Administration's website.

 

1. "Insure U Get Smart About Insurance." Accessed April 14, 2016. http://www.insureuonline.org/smallbusiness/.

2. "Insurance Requirements for Employers." The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/insurance/insurance-requirements-employers.

3. "Summary of Size Standards by Industry Sector" The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/contracting/getting-started-contractor/make-sure-you-meet-sba-size-standards/summary-size-standards-industry-sector.

Federal income tax laws are complex and subject to change. Neither Nationwide nor its representatives give legal or tax advice. Please consult your attorney or tax advisor for answers to specific questions.

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Red Wave Insurance Services

2901 Moorpark Ave. Suite 260
San Jose, CA 95128
Main office: 408-609-3966
Fax: 888-733-1767

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Testimonials

Excellent and Professional Service. Thank you Red Wave for going above and beyond my expectations and being there when I needed information. Your service is awesome and you really went out of your way to do so. Thank you again.

Jesse S.
All my insurance needs. I've used Red Wave for all my insurance needs. Home, auto, life and health/dental for my family. My agent, Michelle shopped different insurers for me and found the right fit for my family's needs. Great service and great pricing. Whenever I had questions, she answered them for me. For heath insurance, we looked at Obamacare vs my grandfathered health plan and I stayed with my grandfathered plan. I appreciate the comparative feedback so that I could make the best decision for my family. For auto and home, I was provided several quotes from different insurers. I like this option where I can shop for the best pricing and plans. I highly recommend this company. For life, I needed a policy to protect my family if something were to happen to me. I feel I've protected my family

Koon Y.
I have been insured with Red Wave for several years and hold an auto and rental property policies. Michelle Lin has been stellar to work with when I have had to file claims she has always made the processes simple and streamlined. She is extremely receptive of the requirements and needs of her clients. I have never had issues filing claims and or receiving insurance pay outs. She is very professional and friendly, I would recommend anyone looking for an insurance policy to work with Michelle.

Jeff F.
I needed flood insurance in a pinch after my lender force-placed an expensive policy on a rental property. I emailed Michelle and she let me know my options very quickly and found a policy that will save me over $1200 per year! As a broker, she can shop around for the best rates and programs available. Throughout all our communications and interactions, I found Michelle to be very professional, knowledgeable and straightforward. I highly recommend Red Wave to anyone needing advice and product with all things insurance - you will be in good hands.

Richard W.
I've been using Red Wave for all my personal and professional insurance needs for the past few years. All I can say is that I HIGHLY recommend this company. Michelle(the Broker) is very professional, friendly, and is fully committed to finding the policy that would be in your best interest. She is so patient in answering my endless questions(even repeated ones) and does a wonderful job in making sure I was comfortable with the policy before I signed any papers and put money down. I am a very satisfied customer who will be sticking with this company for a long time! :)

Nancy L.
Got the lowest insurance rates thanks to Michelle. Great service!!

Nathan C.
Very quick and thorough service. Saved us lots of money too! We got home insurance through Michelle. Michelle takes the time to go through the various insurance items and explains what the various items are and which features are important for your particular requirements. Instead of selling a one size fits all package she makes sure the coverage is appropriate so you don't end up spending more than you want or getting less than you need.

J.L.
First off, Michelle is a super nice person. You can tell she really cares about her clients and doing the right thing by them. Being an ex-cop, trust doesn't come easy....I was introduced to Michelle by another business person that was raving about her and what she had done for some people. Since Michelle is an Independent Broker, she is not beholden to any insurance company and can shop ALL of them for the best fit, unlike most brokers. I introduced her to my client and she totally took care of them, going out of her way to help. 5 stars!!

Steve B.
I was introduced to Michelle at Red Wave through a friend and I've been getting insurance through her ever since. We have our cars and home insured through Red Wave and benefit greatly from her quick response and action time. Would recommend her to anyone looking for an insurance broker.

Kirby C.
Michelle is a great insurance agent - she was able to find us a very reasonable rate and was very responsive in helping us work through issues related to our cars.

Mona W.
Michelle helped me with a home policy. I gave her 5 as the service was very efficient, cost effective and her explanation was always very clear.

Eugene C.
Michelle is superwoman. She's an honest, no-nonsense kind of gal. Highly recommended.

Christina V.