A BOP is a Business Owners Policy
A BOP policy is designed and tailored for specific classes of business. They are similar to a commercial insurance package policy in that both types of policies combine liability insurance with additional lines of coverage. The primary difference between the two types of coverage is a BOP is already pre-designed by the insurance company based on common needs of a business, while package polices are fully customized by the insured and their agent. BOP coverage is best suited for small business owners who do not have a need for a customized policy.
The real benefit of a BOP policy is that the insured gets a more well-rounded policy at a very affordable price, without having so spend a lot of time evaluating all of the available coverage options.
BOP’s Combine Liability Insurance with Other Lines of Coverage
The foundation of a BOP policy is either general liability, professional liability, or a combination of both products, depending on the type of business. The BOP policy then includes other lines of coverage commonly needed by similar types of business. Bop coverage will almost always include additional coverage for property insurance as well as automatically included coverage for lines such as a) business interruption, b) EPLI coverage, c) data breach, d) tools and equipment (inland marine coverage, and e) hired and non-owned auto.
BOP policies are specifically designed for target business owners and, therefore, a BOP policy would be different for an IT company than it would be for a florist, or a beauty salon. BOP polices are not available for every type of business and the included coverage will vary by insurance company.
A BOP Policy Combines Several Lines of Coverage Under a Single Policy:
✓ General Liability Insurance for third-party liability
✓ Property Insurance for Buildings and Personal
✓ Business Interruption and Extra Expense Coverage
✓ Additional Coverages for EPLI, Data Breach, and More
BOP policies include pre-established lines of coverage and only allow for minimal changes in the limits of insurance. For example, a small lawn and landscaping company may qualify for a BOP program with several insurance companies. The policy may automatically include coverage for tools and equipment at $5,000 and business interruption coverage at $15,000. The lawn care company will not be able to exclude these additional lines of coverage, but they will be able to increase coverage limits up to a certain limit of coverage. If the landscaping company has tools and equipment valued at $25,000, the policy can generally be endorsed to increase the insurance on tools and equipment to accommodate a higher limit of insurance.
When is a BOP Policy Better?
A BOP insurance policy is almost always the better deal for small business owners unless they have a unique set of circumstances that require higher limits or more specific lines of coverage. Over 90% of the time our agency compares a BOP policy to individual lines or package policies, the BOP is a better price than the alternatives. BOP’s are not well suited for larger companies or businesses with high exposure to liability claims. The maximum limits of coverage with BOP polices are generally not high enough to meet the needs of these types up companies. Commercial insurance packages are often a better insurance solution.
Qualifying for BOP Insurance Coverage
Since BOP policies are highly targeted to select industries, not all businesses will qualify for this type of insurance coverage. And not all insurance companies offer BOP programs for the same target industries. However, it’s always a good idea to ask your agent if your business qualifies for a BOP program, and the determine if the coverage meets your business needs.
Today, more and more insurance companies are offering BOP insurance programs. A few short years ago, BOP polices were not available for any type of small contractors. Today, we’re offering BOP policies for dozens of different artisan contractors and construction businesses. Our agency constantly works with our top insurance companies to design and offer BOP solutions because they are more affordable and more robust than traditional methods of purchasing business insurance.
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When to Avoid a BOP Policy
Even thought BOP coverage is often 15% – 25% less than traditional package policies, they’re not a fit for every business. Aside from those businesses that can’t qualify for a BOP program due to their industry, some businesses need higher limits and more sophisticated coverage than a BOP policy can provide. The following factors will generally help business owners determine if they are beyond the scope of a BOP policy: