Frequently Asked Questions

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    A business owner’s policy (BOP) is a packaged insurance product. It combines the offerings of general liability coverage and property protection coverage into a single insurance policy. Buy one policy instead of two and save money!

    A business owner’s policy (BOP) provides the usual general liability protections: client or customer sues you for injuries or property damage. It may help pay for an attorney, legal fees, medical costs of the hurt client, and advertising. Plus additional property protections. Property protections include repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment, furniture, and fixtures.

    Data breach coverage provides protection if a client or customer’s personal, sensitive, or confidential information may have been released. This coverage pays the costs of notifying affected people, the costs of credit monitoring services, and the fees of a public relations firm, in case you have to rebuild your reputation. It can be added on to a business owner’s policy or issued as a standalone policy, depending on the risks of your business. The more customers you have, and therefore, the more data you keep, the higher the risk, and the more likely the need for a standalone policy. Data breach risks are often overlooked. Paying for data breaches is no small feat.

    This is dependent of the type of business and coverage options, but, generally between $500 – $1000, annually.

    A strong business credit score opens doors to better financial deals. You’ll qualify for loans and credit lines with lower interest rates and terms, potentially snag lower insurance premiums, and project an image of reliability that can attract new partnerships.

    Building business credit takes time. If you manage your financial and trade accounts responsibly, a top score may on average be reached within one to three years.

    Your business credit score reflects on-time payments, business age, public records, credit utilization, and accurate business information – all impacting your access to loans, insurance rates, and partnerships.

    Customers participating in Credited by Gild Insurance receive monthly emails providing updates on their business credit score with Experian. Questions or concerns regarding the accuracy of your Experian business credit score may be directed to Experian at 866-891-9206, Monday – Friday 9:00am – 9:00pm Eastern

    Credit Bureaus and Reports: Similar to personal credit, business credit information is tracked by major credit bureaus like Dun & Bradstreet, Experian, and Equifax. These bureaus collect data from various sources, including your payment history with vendors, outstanding loans, and public records. Each credit bureau utilizes its own proprietary scoring model to generate your business credit score. Generally, these scores range from 0 to 100, with a higher score signifying a lower risk of default.

    Your business credit score, just like your personal credit score, is a numerical representation of your company’s creditworthiness. It tells lenders and suppliers how likely you are to repay borrowed funds on time. This score plays a crucial role in securing financing, obtaining favorable terms on loans and credit cards, and even landing new business partnerships.

    There are three major business credit bureaus in the United States. Dun & Bradstreet, Experian Business, and Equifax Small Business.

    The property damage liability deductible is the amount a policyholder has to pay out of pocket before an insurance provider may cover the costs of a claim involving other’s property.

    The property damage deductible is the amount a policyholder has to pay out of pocket before an insurance provider may cover the costs of your property damage claim.

    If the product of your business is your advice and skill then you should consider professional liability insurance. 

    Is replacement cost the same as market value?

    No. Market value is the amount of money your property would sell for on the open market. The replacement value is related to how much it would take to repair or rebuild your damaged property, returning it to a like new condition.

    Terrorism risk insurance covers damage and destruction to your business property, including buildings, equipment, furnishings and inventory, due to certified acts of terrorism. Business interruption costs or liability claims against the business may also be covered. An act of terrorism is considered certified upon the formal designation by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

    Business personal property includes the equipment, furniture, inventory, and goods used at your business, as well as, any improvements and enhancements made to your business space, and any business equipment you may have leased. We suggest selecting a business personal property limit that is 80% or more of the current replacement cost of all the property in your business.

    There are two likely reasons you were unable to be matched to an insurance provider.

    First, you may participate in marijuana sales, adult themed businesses, or weapons or firearms sales.


    Second, if you offer multiple, different types of services through your business, your risks are just too complex to handle through Gildber. No worries though, just text us at 330-333-6146 and we’ll discuss other options.

    If your business has twenty employees or less, Gild’s got you. Businesses focused on marijuana sales, adult themes, weapons or firearms, or which offer 100% drop shipping operations are the only ones we just cannot cover currently.

    Login to your Gild account and go to Quotes & Policies. Your documents are ready and waiting.

    Commercial auto insurance policies vary in coverage and in pricing. Generally, commercial auto insurance policies can cost between $1,000 to $3,000 annually. Remember, and this is really important…commercial use of your personal vehicle is likely NOT covered under your personal auto policy. Make sure you keep this in mind when deciding on auto coverage for your business.

    Commercial auto insurance is similar to personal auto, as it is required by law. Each state across the nation is a bit different in its requirements. But, generally, policies provide protection against injuries and property damage.

    Commercial auto insurance protects you and your employees when involved in an automobile accident while operating a vehicle owned by your business. This coverage is intended for those businesses that use vehicles as a central part of their operations.

    Non-owned auto and hired auto insurance will not cover incidents that occur during personal errands or while commuting.

    Non-owned auto and hired auto coverage protects your business if you or your employees cause injury or property damage while driving a vehicle that does not belong to your business. This insurance may pay for attorney’s, legal fees, and medical costs. If you tend to periodically rent a vehicle or regularly ask employees to utilize their vehicles to keep your business moving, non-owned auto and hired auto coverage is for you.

    Non-owned auto and hired auto coverage is best for those businesses that rent or lease vehicles, or ask employees to use their own vehicles to assist with the business. Remember, and this is really important…commercial use of your personal vehicle is likely NOT covered under your personal auto policy. Make sure you keep this in mind when deciding on auto coverage for your business.

    General liability vs. business owner’s policy (BOP). The big throw down! Actually, not really – this should be pretty straightforward. General liability insurance policies do not cover property risks. If your business rents or owns buildings, inventory, equipment, fixtures, or has employees, you should consider purchasing a business owner’s policy.

    This is really dependent on the number of people you employ. In general, the more members on your team, the higher the risks, and the more likely the need for a standalone policy.

    Liquor liability coverage provides protections when serving alcohol. If you serve liquor on your premises as part of your business, you need this coverage. Imagine you serve one last drink to a customer, let’s call him Mike, who after closing, drives his scooter right into his neighbor’s front door. Without liquor liabilty coverage, your business may be on the hook to pay the repair costs.

    How does your rainy day fund look? Business interruption coverage is a cost effective safeguard to your livelihood, and overall, everyone likes a big umbrella…

    Data breach risks are definitely underestimated. Paying for data breaches is no small feat. Credit monitoring typically costs $20 a month, per person! How many notification letters have you received in the mail? We’ve lost count. Cyber attacks are becoming common occurrences, with pricey ramifications.

    This is dependent on the number of customers you have, the amount of data you keep, and the types of data your business collects. In general, the more you have, the higher the risk, and the more likely the need for a standalone policy. The short version…more = need more coverage…that really applies to all things insurance…

    Business interruption provides lost income and covers expenses if your business is temporarily unable to operate.

    Business owner’s policies are customizable! Depending on your type of business, different coverages can be added to make sure you are fully protected. Business interruption, data breach protection, hired and non-owned auto coverage, liquor liability, employment practices liability, and professional liability may be available options.

    Limits describe the the amount an insurance provider will consider paying in connection with a claim. There are two limits to keep in mind, the amount that may be paid per claim and the total amount an insurance provider will consider paying in one year for all claims.

    Yes, business owner’s policies (BOP) have a deductible. A $250 or $500 deductible is generally typical.

    Gilders usually select general liability limits at $1 million/$2 million. This means the insurance provider will pay up to $1 million per claim. BUT, the most it will pay on all claims is $2 million in one year.

    An aggregate claim limit states how much an insurance provider will spend on your claims per year.

    A per claim limit states how much an insurance provider will spend per claim.

    A limit tells you how much an insurance provider will pay for a claim. Limits can be per claim or in aggregate.

    Think of these everyday scenarios:

    • A customer, Mike, slips on a recently mopped floor and is injured.
    • A large cup of cold brew coffee is spilled over Mike’s laptop, resulting in the blue screen of death.
    • While promoting your business on social media you post that Mike’s House of Doughnuts doesn’t use quality ingredients in their products. Offended, even though it’s true, Mike’s House of Doughnuts sues you for trying to ruin its reputation.

    These things happen, and happen frequently. General liability is an easy safeguard to protect against the real possibility of expensive litigation.

    No true difference. These terms are used interchangeably. Call it by either name, we got you.

    General liability insurance protects against common, everyday occurrences like if a customer slips and falls on your premises. Professional liability insurance takes it up a notch and adds protection for more intangible issues, like customer dissatisfaction or their misunderstanding of provided business advice.

    Typically, no. Most cyber attacks do not cause property damage or personal injuries. Therefore, these types of acts do not tend to be certified as terrorism events. If you are concerned about cyber attacks, consider a cyber liability policy for your protection. Click here to learn more about cyber insurance and data breach insurance.

    Two big factors to consider are your business’ location and the industry your business supports. If your business is in a rural or residential area, your risk is lower than if you are operating your business in the middle of a major city’s downtown or at an airport. Next, think about the type of business you run. If you are engaged in the energy sector or public transportation, your risk is significantly higher than if your business was focused on interior design.

    To make a claim, have your policy number, business name, and location of your business at the ready. Your insurance provider will ask you the “who”, “what”, “why”, and “when” of the incident.

    Workers’ compensation insurance provides benefits to your employees if an injury or illness occurs in the course of employment. This type of insurance is typically required by law. Keep in mind, many small businesses are not required to provide this coverage due to their size. But you may still be able to purchase workers’ compensation coverage for your employees.

    Employment practices liability insurance provides protection against the risks associated with hiring, firing, and employing workers and staff.

    General liability insurance is designed to protect against the common, everyday risks to the public, clients, and customers engaged with your business.

    This can be the items you sell, the perishable goods you use, down to the reams of toilet paper and cleaning supplies stored in the backroom. Any materials or supplies, used to operate your business, at risk for fire and theft, will likely be considered business personal property.

    Do the two step:

    1. Identify your insurance provider
    2. Contact your insurance provider

    Login to your Gild account to access your policy documents. These documents provide your insurance provider’s contact information and specific instruction on the best way to file a claim.

    Workers’ compensation is required by state law. So, there may be slight differences in coverages in each state across the nation. Generally, workers’ compensation provides the lost wages, disability benefits, and medical costs.

    Employment practices liability insurance protects you from the risks of hiring, firing, and employing workers and staff. This insurance is useful if an employee or former employee sues you for issues like failing to promote, wrongful termination, or mishandling of benefits.

    General liability insurance protects you if a client or customer sues you for injuries or property damage. It helps pay for an attorney, legal fees, as well as, the medical costs of the hurt client. General liability even protects against the risks of advertising. We all know horror stories of small businesses getting sued for using logos with company names too similar to larger companies. If you buy nothing else, start with general liability insurance, we want you to be protected.

    Regardless of whether you own or lease, the items you purchased to improve your business space may be covered. New flooring, mirrors, new work stations, countertops, bathroom tile, and even light fixtures.

    Workers’ compensation costs vary based on several factors. This includes the state your business resides, number of employees, annual payroll, type of business, and claim history. But, generally, workers’ compensation will generally cost between $400 – $1200 annually.

    Stand alone employment practices liability policies generally cost between $1,000-$2000 annually. These prices are dependent on your business type and can reach up to $1,000 a year for riskier endeavors, such as working in construction.

    General liability insurance does not cover injuries to you or your employees, or if you accidentally ruin business property. General liability is meant to protect against the risks to the public, clients, and customers engaged with your business. So, please, don’t walk, talk, text, and eat your doughnut, while opening the door with your foot and hurtling over your desk chair to answer your other phone. (We know, you have to multi-task. . . just. . .try to do it carefully.)

    Essentially, all the items you bought to make your business operational. Tools, electronics, desks, chairs, lamps, filing cabinets, heavy equipment and even decor.

    Yes, but, remember coverages vary. Deductibles generally range from $500 to $2000.

    A deductible is the amount a policyholder has to pay out of pocket before the insurance provider may cover the costs of the claim.

    General liability typically costs between $250 – $500 annually. These prices vary due to business type and can reach up to $1,000 a year for riskier endeavors, such as working in construction.

    The major difference between a commercial auto insurance policy and non-owned auto and hired auto coverage is whether your business owns the vehicle. Own it = Commercial Auto. Short and Sweet.

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