Over 500,000 small businesses are started each month, many of which operate exclusively online.
Unfortunately, many such business owners believe that, because of their small size or their online distribution model, they are sheltered from expensive property damage or claims of liability.
That isn't necessarily the case. For example, what is your exposure to losses to your business or damage to others due to a cyber attack? Have you contracted with an IT firm and had an enterprise-level web security program installed? Are you relying on over-the-counter virus protection? Did you download your web security program from the Internet? Few things are more important to your business than the security of your online operations. While it may not be necessary to go overboard and break the budget, it is necessary to regularly evaluate what you have in place and if it's the safest solution for the service your business provides.
Many online businesses rely on standard business insurance policies designed for traditional “brick-and-mortar” exposures. Such insurance does not adequately address the exposures created when a business sells products or offers services online. The good news is there are policies intended to cover small online businesses. Your agent can show you your options.