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Choosing the Right Business Insurance Agent

The right business insurance agent is the key to every aspect of your business’ insurance program. Whether it’s questions, concerns, coverage, advice or price, a business insurance agent is the key resource for your business’ insurance needs. Here is some helpful information about how to choose the right business insurance agent:

Market Access
Business insurance companies are constantly updating products and pricing to compete for your business. Your agent should understand what is happening in the business insurance market and how the changes affect you and how you should prepare.

An independent insurance agent is unique. Independent agents have access to several different business insurance companies that will compete for your business and he or she can move you business from one company to another and you don’t even have to change agents! That’s an advantage for business owners who like to shop their insurance.

The business insurance company may have features such as an interactive website and online or over-the-phone claims management available 24/7. But if you are an entrepreneur who values personal relationships, your business insurance agent may be the first person you call at a time of need. If this is the case, make sure the agent is accessible when you need him or her.

Personal Understanding
Agents located in your community should have a better understanding of the marketplace in which you do business. If this is an important feature for your relationship you should choose a business insurance agent who is local.

There may be times when you need your agent to make changes to your business insurance policy. Some agents can handle most requests in house while others must seek clearance from the company, thus adding time to the process. Be sure you are comfortable with the level of authority your agent possesses within your business insurance company.

What Else Can The Agent Do?
Does your business insurance agent also sell homeowners or auto insurance? If you want all of your insurance needs handled under one roof, be sure to ask about other services the agent may offer.

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