An accident in your business might mean that you must temporarily close and therefore lose money. A lack of funds could cause you to miss important financial obligations, including vendor payments. You do not want to damage your relationship with vendors simply because you do not have the money to pay them through no fault of your own. One benefit offered by your business insurance is business interruption insurance. It can help you avoid many of these financial challenges and ensure you can pay your vendors despite a loss in income.
How can this help you?
Business interruption insurance is coverage that can help you supplement the income lost when an unexpected hazard forces you to temporarily close your doors.
For example, suppose that a fire causes severe damage in the business. You will have to close to make repairs, which will take several weeks. As a result, you will not have money coming in to put towards overhead costs. Since your vendor costs are among your operating expenses, then you might run the risk of not being able to pay.
In most cases, your business insurance will cover fire damage if it is unexpected or unavoidable. As a result, the policy will account for the fact that a closure for repairs is not your fault. The lost income stream is therefore not your fault either. You might qualify to make a claim under your business interruption coverage. The policy can help you cover many of the ongoing operating expenses, like vendor fees, while you cannot work.
Business interruption coverage will work to help you meet your ongoing financial obligations during your period of closure. Therefore, your vendors will receive payment when you owe them. Most of the time, vendors will only continue to serve businesses if they get paid. With the benefit of your business interruption coverage, you will not have to sacrifice the relationship even during your down time.
Throughout your business closure, your business interruption coverage can remain a support apparatus. Besides your vendor costs, the policy might pay for other costs like ongoing utility payments or employee salaries. Therefore, you will be able to reopen in a more secure financial position and resume operations in a fashion similar to what you once had.
All business interruption coverage will include limitations and terms on how it will pay you. It might not pay 100% of your operating costs across the entire closure. However, it is still critical support that can reduce your overall financial burden from the shutdown. Do not hesitate to work with your insurance agent to properly incorporate coverage into your business insurance package.