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What You Should Know About Small Business Loans

It is true that small business loans help businesses start up, also it helps the one that are already running to by fixing certain financial issues that may be disturbing the business. However, if you are applying for a small business loan, there are basics that you should know in order to get the best from the financing which you seek.

You know that as lending companies are different, so are their procedures for approving small business loans. Knowing the procedure is very important. The good news here is that some of these procedures are very basic hence they cut across as being the same through different lending institutions.

Your credit history is very important to lenders. Be it good, poor or bad, they say a lot about you. This is one very useful piece of information the goes a long way to determine if you will qualify for the loan or not.

Another point to note is your pay back ability. You might have a great credit history and still fail to pay back when due if the business fails or down slides, so getting approved by lenders is also very much anchored on the success prospects of the business.

The best way to show the lenders that your business will not fail is to outline the success plans, growth potentials of the business and submitting it to the loan lender.

Your experience is also important since it gives details of what you done in the past. This clearly reveals your capacity to the lender.

Also, it is important that you buy the right insurance protection for your small business once set up.

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Commercial Insurance Helps Pay For The Catastrophe Clean Up

Commercial insurance policies provide cover for buildings and property against all kinds of perils, but it is important to consider what it would cost to get your buildings reinstated following a total loss catastrophe such as a fire or major flood, and to ensure that your business insurance policy contains provisions to cover all the costs of reinstatement expenses.

If you under-estimate the total rebuilding costs of your commercial premises when initially applying for cover, then following any future claim, any payouts agreed will be subject to reductions by what is called ‘average’.

Average will reduce the claim payout proportionally by the amount of under-insurance of the declared value from the actual current rebuilding costs. For example if your premises costs 150,000 to rebuild and you have declared the sum insured at 120,000, your claim will be reduced by a fifth.

If allowances are not made for all the costs of rebuilding, including those that may not at first be apparent, when applying for a commercial property insurance quote, then it is more than likely that the premises will be under-insured.

Commercial buildings cover may or may not include cover for fees for architects, surveyors or consultant engineers that may be required before rebuilding work can be commenced. These will usually work alongside any loss adjusters appointed by the insurer to minimise costs and agree any rebuilding proposals. Insurance companies will not pay rates for fees above those set by the governing professional trade bodies.

It is important to establish whether professional fees are included in the policy cover and if not, add an amount to cover these to the declared sum insured. When doing so be aware that these professions usually charge a very high hourly rate, and inflation should be allowed for.

Another area that can often cause disagreement between an insured and an insurance company following total loss of the premises, is that of debris removal and clearance of the site in preparation to rebuild.

Most commercial policies will include a section outlining the insurance companies responsibility as regards the insured premises site clearance and debris removal. This typically includes cover for dismantling and demolishing buildings, shoring and propping up dangerous or adjacent buildings and site clearance. More often than not the amount for this is included in the sum insured, in which case this should be calculated and also added in to the rebuilding cost at proposal.

Debris clearance can be extremely expensive, especially if for example hazardous building materials such as asbestos have to be removed, or if the site was storing chemicals or dangerous machinery that have to be treated and removed by specialist clean-up teams.

Commercial Insurance Combined Policies

Commercial Insurance is a wide genre with many business types, covers and risks.

A commercial insurance combined policy is modular with a basic set of cover options included. This allows various risks and cover options to be added to the policy as desired by an individual business in an incremental fashion or at a later date during the policy term, if business needs require.

The modularity of the underwriting and premium calculation allows proposers to tailor the covers to fit their individual trade or business insurance requirements whilst retaining the widest range of policy options to cover all enterprises requirements, under the same policy wording.

Most commercial and business insurance is packaged in some way, with a basic blanket level of cover and indemnities to which further options can be added. However it is possible to buy standalone commercial insurance cover for public liability and professional indemnity insurance and also for most types of commercial property insurance, for example where just buildings cover is needed.

At the sales and marketing level, commercial insurance combined packages are differentiated and sold by the various trade and business types.

This is because different business types require differing liability and cover limits, depending upon the particular risks in that business sector. For example a shop insurance package may place high value on including window and glass cover in its package, however this wouldn’t be much use to a painter and decorator who is just looking for tradesman’s public liability and tools cover. Similarly the shop owner would not find much use for a contractors all risk option but requires goods in transit cover for his deliveries.

Good commercial combined packages allow flexibility in their underwriting to cater for all variations of trade risks and online services allow you to freely add and remove options to build up a combination of covers that suits your business risks and pocket.

A combined policy will always contain a liability section as standard. This provides options to add employers and product liability to the basic public liability cover.

If the business owns or rents commercial property then buildings and contents cover can be added if required. Certain combined policies, such as for office insurance will offer office contents as a separate option. Similarly a shop insurance package will offer cover for stock held in the premises.

Commercial packages aimed at various trades usually also offer a plethora of add-on options for an additional premium.

Some of the more popular of these covers include business interruption insurance or loss of profits insurance which covers a businesses losses whilst being unable to trade due to a claim. Professional indemnity insurance which covers negligent advice is available under combined liability policies. Fidelity guarantee insurance protects a business against fraud or theft of money by an employee. Group personal accident cover and income protection is often available on combined policies which cover staff against accident and sickness.