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Filing CabinetSome businesses are required by state law to have a bond, which business owners sometimes confuse with business insurance. Failing to understand the difference between a bond and business insurance is a key mistake that can leave entrepreneurs financially vulnerable and without protection. Though the terms may seem similar, general liability insurance is much different than a business bond.

The Purpose of Bonds

The fundamental difference between bonds and business insurance coverage is that bonds are required by the state for some businesses to protect the interests of the public, while insurance is optional for most types of business ventures. Examples of businesses that often need a surety bond include construction and engineering firms, notaries, car dealers, cleaning companies, collection agencies, and home health care companies.

With a bond in place, customers have a better chance of recourse than if no bond was on record with the state. If a business is caught operating without a bond when it is legally required to have one, its owner may typically end up paying hefty fines and might have to shut down operations.

It's not uncommon for a company to go ahead and get bonded, even if their state doesn't require them to do so. Purchasing a bond voluntarily is a strategy used by businesses to encourage trust on the part of consumers and provide reassurance, which is why many moving companies are bonded as well as insured.

The Importance Of Business Insurance

Bonding protects the public and consumers, but business insurance protects your assets; as such, bonds are never a substitute for business insurance. For instance, if you have a bond with the state and your store is sued by a customer, you won't recover any losses due to being bonded. However, with general liability insurance, you can handle the legal case and pay judgments without your business spiraling into financial chaos.

Many business owners think that bonds can replace the need for insurance, but that isn't so. To actually protect your company's assets, you absolutely need general liability insurance at the very least. By combining coverage with compliance with your state's bond requirements, you'll be in a better position to ensure your business's stability for years to come.

Ready to get started? We've got you covered. Call First Insurance Group at (800) 511-2892 for a free Kentucky business insurance quote.
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