When it comes to running a small business, life insurance can do more than mitigate risk – it can help chart a course for a stable, successful future. The price of being your own boss comes with uncertainty, including concerns about cash flow, business development, continuation plans, and unforeseen events such as a death of a business partner. Most small business owners we talk to are especially worried about cash flow because they tend to re-invest most profits in the business. That’s why having a business owners’ policy is critical. Life insurance provides a cushion that protects your business from disruption now and in the future.
One of the most important considerations for any small business owner is a continuation plan. The death of a partner, proprietor, or key employee could be disastrous. For example, imagine your business partner passed away suddenly – and their spouse inherited their share of your business. Is that person the right choice to take over running your partner’s share of the business? Do they even have any interest in doing so?
Business owner life insurance can solve this problem. If your partner is covered by a life insurance policy with you as the beneficiary, you can use the death benefit to buy out your partner’s heir(s). The business can keep running smoothly, without any disruptions or squabbles. All it takes is a little advance planning.
Similarly, think about the star employees your business depends on. If your best sales agent were to die unexpectedly, could your business survive? Who would take over their client relationships? If your answer is either “no” or “I don’t know,” let’s look into key man life insurance to protect you against that loss.
As much as you’d like to think you’ll run your business forever, you’re eventually going to need a succession plan. Who do you want to run the business when you retire or pass away? Do you plan to pass it to family member or a business partner? Or would you rather sell it? In all three cases, you can achieve this with a business owner insurance policy.
No matter who you’d prefer to step into your shoes, we can help you set up a business succession plan funded by small business life insurance.
Chances are you’re going to want to step back at some point and enjoy spending more time with your loved ones. When do you plan to retire? Do you need additional savings to maintain your standard of living? On the other hand, if you won’t need the money in your retirement account, would you like to find a way to make sure it goes to your loved ones or a favorite charity without any income tax implications? It’s all possible with small business life insurance.
Plus, the better prepared you are for your own future – including potential needs for retirement, disability, and long-term care – the more peace of mind you give your family. As a business owner, you don’t have a pension to fall back on. You have to create everything yourself – and we can help you identify any financial needs that leave you and your loved ones vulnerable.
A buy-sell agreement lets you sort out what happens to your business in the event of your death or the death of a partner or shareholder. The actual buy-sell agreement is a contract among business owners to buy the deceased partner’s share of business at an agreed-upon price in the event of death, disability, or retirement. Essentially, you decide in advance who you want your portion of the business to go to. By insuring yourself with a business owners’ policy and naming your desired successor as your beneficiary, you’re making sure that person has the cash to buy your share of the business.
Succession planning is especially important for family-owned businesses. It’s a hard conversation to have with siblings and kids – especially if they’re not interested in the business you worked so hard to build. But if they aren’t willing or able to carry on with your life’s work, you need a business owner insurance policy to protect what you’ve created.
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Key person life insurance protects your business against the sudden death of a key employee you can’t do without. It might be your head chef, your director of innovation, your VP of sales, or your best client relationship manager. Replacing them – and training that replacement – would take months, if not longer. Does your business have that kind of cash readily available? If your cash is tied up in materials, property, and equipment, a business owner life insurance policy provides the cash injection you need to keep doing business.
With key man life insurance, the business is the beneficiary. If your key person passed away suddenly, your business would receive the death benefit payout. That source of temporary income can help you as you regroup and search for a replacement.
For example, let’s say you own a construction company and your senior project manager is the only one who knows the ins and outs of your latest project. If she passed away, who would manage the project on the ground? Who else knows where all the contracts, permits, and plans are kept? Who would reassure investors that the project won’t be delayed? All these things take time – and in a business, time equals money. A business owner insurance policy provides that money.
The first step in buying key man life insurance is deciding how much coverage you need. Start by figuring out the total value of their compensation, including:
Next, apply a multiplier that would safely get you through the transition period following their death. We advise our small business life insurance clients to multiply annual compensation by 5 or 10. This covers lost business income, plus replacement costs like recruiter fees, signing bonuses, and relocation costs.
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A good employee benefits program attracts new employees and retains current ones. In fact, it’s one of the most appealing factors for new job seekers. But benefits like group insurance, disability, and retirement plans are expensive for employers. That’s why many employers share the cost with their employees. However, there are other ways to make your company even more competitive for top applicants.
Did you know you can use business owner life insurance as an executive benefit to help recruit and retain your top performers? By using an accumulation-focused life insurance policy as an executive benefit, you can offer your top performers extra retirement income. As the policy gains cash value over the years, your employee can borrow against the policy’s death benefit or pull out that cash value as supplemental retirement income.
This is a great perk to offer executives or long-term employees. Remember, losing your top performers and C-suite executives not only costs money – it hurts morale and damages client relationships. Extra cash during retirement (through a life insurance policy) is one more form of security the competition probably doesn’t offer. Plus, it creates an asset owned by the business, which can be good for your valuation. Some carriers even offer a business owner insurance policy that can cover several people at once, making the paperwork easy.
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At LifeQuote, we make this process easy. All you have to do is give us a call. We’ll gather some information about your business to help assess your needs.
Our professional insurance agent will ask questions including:
From there, we’ll help you find the most affordable small business life insurance and guide you through various plan options that help you prepare for the future. You’ve worked hard to build your business! Don’t lose your hard-earned dream because of lack of preparation. Let one of our licensed insurance experts help you protect that business. Call us today!
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