About General Liability Insurance
All businesses, regardless of industry, face risks that should be covered by insurance. The most common and comprehensive type of policy business owners invest in is general liability insurance (or CGL).
Some of the risks CGL insurance covers are:
- Bodily injury
- Property damage
- Medical payments
- Legal defense and judgment
- Personal and advertising injury
While businesses aren't legally required to carry general liability insurance, operating without it is extremely risky. If your business is sued, you could end up facing fees totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more). Having a sufficient CGL policy in place to help compensate for these damages is the only way to prevent this type of event from devastating your business.
Learn more about the risks covered by general liability insurance.
COMMON SITUATIONS THAT GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE WOULD COVER FOR A BITCOIN MINING COMPANY
Example 1: A repairman is visiting your place of business when he trips over a power cable and breaks her arm. She asks that your business pay for her medical care. You can likely get financial help to pay for her treatment from your general liability policy.
Example 2: One of your competitors files a lawsuit against your business for libel, claiming you caused damage to their company through your latest marketing campaign. A general liability insurance policy you carry will pay for your legal defense when your company is accused of libel. It will also pay for the cost of a settlement if you need to settle out of court.
Example 3: A delivery driver is walking into your building from the parking lot when he slips on some ice and breaks his hip. He decides to sue your business, claiming you should have prevented the ice accumulation or marked it to prevent possible injuries. Your general liability insurance policy will pay for an attorney to defend your business as well as cover the cost of a settlement if one is required.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of perils a general liability insurance policy will cover, and some conditions may result in a particular peril not being covered. It's always best to talk to your agent in-depth about the specifics of your policy to avoid blind spots in coverage.
Cost of General Liability Insurance
On average, bitcoin mining companies in America spend between $350 - $900 per year for $1 million in general liability coverage.
Check out the chart below for a snapshot of average CGL expenditure across a variety of industries:
Several factors will determine the price of your policy. These include your:
- Number of employees
- Per-occurrence limit
- General aggregate limit
You may be able to acquire general liability insurance at a discounted rate by purchasing it as part of a business owner's policy (BOP) rather than as a standalone policy. A BOP is a more comprehensive solution that includes multiple forms of coverage, such as business interruption and property insurance.
Other Types of Coverage bitcoin mining companies Need
While general liability is the most important type of insurance to have, there are several other forms of coverage you should be aware of. Below are some other types of insurance all bitcoin mining companies should obtain:
Commercial Property Insurance
The equipment you use to mine bitcoin required a significant investment on your part. If you were to lose that equipment in an event like a fire, you would be forced to replace it before you could get back to mining and bringing in income. With commercial property insurance, as long as your property was damaged by a covered event, you should be able to get help from your insurer to replace it.
Types of Coverage Some bitcoin mining companies May Need
In addition to the policies outlined above, there are a few other types of coverage your bitcoin mining company may require depending on certain aspects of your operations. Some of these might not apply to you, so be sure to ask your agent which policies are right for your business.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
If you have employees, your state probably requires you to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The workers’ comp policy you have will ensure that your employees are protected if they are injured performing job-related duties. For example, if an employee gets carpal tunnel, the workers’ comp policy would pay for his or her medical treatment. It would also help pay for his or her lost wages while recovering.
Additional Steps to Protect Your Business
Although it's easy (and essential) to invest in business insurance, it should not be your frontline defense. Yes, insurance will compensate for your business' financial losses after an incident occurs, but it's much better to avoid losses altogether.
With this in mind, here are three things you can do to better protect your business:
- Use legally robust contracts and other business documents. (We offer free templates for some of the most common legal forms.)
- Set up a limited liability company (LLC) to protect your personal assets. (Refer to our guide for step-by-step instructions on how to form an LLC in your state.)
- Streamline your business' internal processes. This will remove unnecessary variables from common tasks and create a safe, consistent environment for conducting business.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in a business owner’s policy?
A typical business owner's policy includes general liability, business interruption, and property insurance. However, BOPs are often customizable, so your agent may recommend adding professional liability, commercial auto, or other types of coverage to your package depending on your company's needs.
What is the difference between business insurance and general liability insurance?
"Business insurance" is a generic term used to describe many different types of coverage a business may need. General liability insurance, on the other hand, is a specific type of coverage that business owners need to protect their assets.
Do I need insurance before I start a business?
You should invest in coverage for your business before your first interaction with a customer. Although the cost of insurance may seem high for a brand new business, it's best to be proactive when it comes to protecting your assets. After all, you can't buy insurance to cover a loss that has already occurred.
Will insurance protect my business from everything?
Not necessarily. Certain exceptions may be written directly into your policy, and some perils may be entirely uninsurable. Be sure to discuss the scope of your policy in-depth with your agent to avoid being blindsided by holes in your coverage.