With a multitude of individual insurance policies offered through multiple brands, it can be difficult to find the one which works best for you. For this reason, insurance brokers are a valuable guide, as explained by BMS.

As a business owner, it can be tempting to seek short cuts to find your best-fit insurance cover. The internet offers you an overwhelming range of options, but it can be tricky to work out the right cover to suit your business needs (and cheaper is not always the best). Also, other insurance markets may be available to an insurance broker, which are not directly accessible by business owners.

You could have then taken out a policy because it was quick and ticked most of your boxes. Maybe the impact of COVID-19 has belatedly made you take to the fine print with a magnifying glass. But you may still not have taken the cover that is best for your business – and this is where a broker can provide you with the required advice.

For example, did you have a chance to check the independence of the comparison website? Social proof might have weighed in on your decision-making too, rather than doing your usual due diligence.

Spoilt for choice

With many individual insurance policies offered through multiple brands, and distribution channels across Australia, insurance brokers are a valuable guide to help businesses determine which policy offers the best fit for their needs. Also, all the options available to business owners is not always accessible via online platforms.

It can be hard work finding the right one. A quarter of sole traders have no insurance, according to an Industry Council of Australia report. Meanwhile, one in 10 businesses underinsure their business assets, saying:

  • “I can’t afford to pay more for insurance.”
  • “Premiums are too high”, or
  • “You can never be adequately insured.”

Maybe you’ve thought or said the same about your own business?

DIY insurance cover is not your best bet

In short, businesses need to protect their assets, customers, employees, business owners, and earnings. There’s plenty more that companies might need to insure, including compulsory coverage.

If you’ve gone for the Google ’quick-fix’ option, you could be paying higher insurance premiums after an initial honeymoon period. Chances are you’ll need to renegotiate with an insurance company for a better rate or elect to take a higher excess to reduce your premiums. This will need to be repeated for each of your policies.

The insurance companies that provide on-line insurance options will not provide advice to you as a business owner on the insurance needs for your business – whereas an insurance broker is able to provide you with insurance advice specific to your business.

Would it make better business sense to deal with the same person for all of your business insurance policies? Someone who’ll guide you when your policy needs reviewing, provide regular updates and take the stress out of insurance for you.

This is where we come in. Insurance brokers manage more than 90% of commercial insurance transactions in Australia – providing economies of scale to achieve competitive deals and the experience to advise on the insurance needs for your business.

What insurance brokers do

As insurance brokers, it’s our business to navigate the information tsunami. We offer professional advice with expertise in insurance and risk management. Our aim is to scaffold business growth – and support you in selecting your best-fit insurance cover. Once you’ve purchased the policy, we keep tabs on it, your circumstances, and how it relates to you.

We drill down into insurance products and policies for insights into the finer details such as the:

  • Terms and conditions in the policy
  • Benefits (also known as optional inclusions)
  • Exclusions (these are critically important to ensure you don’t have nasty surprises when you need to make a claim)
  • Costs of a diverse range of competing insurance policies, and
  • Validity of the insurance cover when there are changes in the business.

We’ll also advocate for you when making a claim, seeing that process through and allowing you to focus on running your business.

A licence to broker

To become a broker, we’ve each undertaken training and must successfully apply to the Australian Securities & Investments Commission to secure an Australian Financial Services Licence. We can also do this work as a representative of a licence holder.

This licence compels insurance brokers to provide “efficient, honest and fair financial services” and to comply with the Corporations Act 2001. We must also follow the Insurance Brokers’ Code of Practice.

Safety (and savings) in numbers

Licencing, laws, and the code of practice give a broker’s client great peace of mind.

Once we’ve discussed your insurance needs and risk management issues with you, we could suggest bundling policies together to offer you savings. But, if you prefer to spread your policies among different insurers, you’ll still do well to use a broker.

In fact, that process helps pre-qualify you for a policy in the eyes of an insurance company. They see you as a lower risk because you’ve taken on board your broker’s expert advice. That’s why brokers can access better rates for their clients than if a business dealt directly with an insurance company.

Having a broker on your side helps make you more savvy about risk management in your business. It’s a proven way to ensure you have sufficient cover for your risk exposure, leaving you to get on with what you do best – running your business.

BMS is a dynamic global broker that provides specialist insurance, reinsurance and capital markets advisory services. Established in 1980, today, $2.6bn of premiums are placed each year by BMS and more than 450 people are employed worldwide. BMS has 19 offices around the world in key hubs including London, New York and Bermuda. The BMS team is highly experienced and respected in the market. We value our strong personal relationships with clients and contacts which – together with our entrepreneurial flair – enable us to get the best solutions for our clients.

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