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Business Insurance for Florists

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Whether you are gathering hundreds of flowers for a client’s wedding or putting together a single bouquet for a client’s anniversary, great care is taken when curating each of your orders. Given the various risks involved in this industry, a similar amount of care should be taken when selecting insurance policies for your floral business. From employee injuries during client events to unsatisfied customers, commercial insurance will allow you to confidently navigate through any unforeseen business disasters.

What insurance do I need as a florist? 

Although there are several types of insurance coverages to consider, the following policies are particularly relevant for florists: 

Commercial Property Insurance

Exposure to property damage can be high for florists. Coolers, generators, air conditioners, refrigerators, and various other forms of expensive equipment are necessary to maintain your floral stock. Even with great care, your plants and flowers are extremely vulnerable to damage from fire, excessive heat, incorrect water pressure, and deterioration. Your equipment, floral inventory, and your commercial space can be expensive to repair or replace if they’re damaged.

Commercial property insurance protects the value of your business’s property by providing funds for repairs or replacements if your property is damaged or destroyed by a covered peril. Plans typically include coverage for buildings, contents of those buildings, and any outdoor signage, fencing, or landscaping. Common perils covered by commercial property insurance include fire, theft, vandalism, windstorm, and water damage.


Equipment Breakdown Insurance

From refrigerators to advanced watering systems, your florist business relies heavily on equipment to grow and maintain plants and flowers. Without proper coverage, breakdown and loss of your business equipment can result in a significant financial loss. This is where equipment breakdown insurance comes into play.

Equipment breakdown insurance covers the repair or replacement of malfunctioned or damaged equipment. It is important to consider adding this form of coverage as an endorsement or as a standalone policy because a standard commercial property insurance policy will not cover the breakdown of equipment that is not a direct result of a covered peril, which are typically external forces like fire or windstorm. Internal malfunctions or mechanical breakdowns are excluded from commercial property coverage and can be addressed through equipment breakdown coverage.


Spoilage Insurance 

Spoilage insurance can reimburse your business in the event of lost perishable goods due to power outages or equipment failures. This is particularly important for florists because flowers are highly perishable and require particular caution and care. 

Although equipment breakdown insurance offers some coverage, this is limited depending on the cause of equipment failure. If equipment simply wears out or you suffer a power outage, any spoilage of product would not be covered by equipment breakdown coverage. Spoilage insurance can address these instances and works most effectively in concert with equipment breakdown coverage. 


Business Income Insurance

Often, a florist will see an influx of business during a holiday or a particular season. For instance, a florist may reach high sales numbers on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. As such, if your business must temporarily close during these holidays, you may face significant financial loss. 

Business income insurance (also known as business interruption insurance) provides funds for loss of income and operating expenses if your florist business must temporarily close to recover from physical loss, damage, or destruction. This includes the business’s net profits and normal operating expenses such as rent, employee salaries, and taxes. In order to qualify, the physical loss, damage, or destruction to property must be the direct result of a covered peril, such as fire, lightning, explosion, theft, vandalism, windstorm, and more. 


General Liability Insurance

General liability insurance protects your business from accidental third-party property damage and bodily injury liability. Your floral shop may allow customers on the premises to browse your flower selection. This creates a third-party liability risk since customers, vendors, and other third parties are all at risk for slip-and-fall incidents and other accidents. Additionally, your employees may be tasked with setting up your floral arrangements in client locations. If you damage equipment or property at a client venue, you could be held liable. 

General liability insurance will cover any legal defense or attorney’s fees incurred while defending against covered lawsuits, as well as any medical payments.


Workers’ Compensation Insurance

The possibility of employee injury can be high for florists. Employees may get injured from lifting heavy maintenance equipment, experience slip-and-fall injuries while setting up floral arrangements for an event, and even sustain an injury from cutting flowers for a bouquet. As such, workers’ compensation insurance is vital for your business. 

Workers’ compensation insurance covers lost wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation costs if one of your employees suffers a work-related injury or illness. Additionally, workers’ compensation insurance will provide funds for funeral costs and death benefits for surviving family members in the event of a work-related death. Each state has its own regulations, so it is essential to understand your state’s workers’ comp requirements to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your employees.


Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance, also called errors and omissions insurance, can protect your florist business from the costs of lawsuits and damages related to your professional advice and services, including lawsuits for negligence. A customer may complain that you ruined their event by delivering the wrong flowers. You may fail to deliver your floral arrangements in time. Whether or not your business is found to be at fault, your professional liability coverage will pay for any judgments against your business, as well as the costs of your legal defense in the event of a lawsuit.


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Pricing and Quotes

Pricing for business insurance will vary based on the type of insurance coverage and the risk profile of your business. Insurers consider factors such as:

Businesses with higher risks will have higher premiums than those deemed lower risk. For example, a floral shop with a history of frequent claims will face higher premiums. Premiums also rise as you increase the limits of insurance. Different insurance companies have different models for rating risks, so it is worth comparing pricing across different insurers.

In order to get an accurate estimate on pricing, it’s best to get a quote from a reputable insurance company. Below we’ve highlighted a few of our trusted partners who offer coverage for florists:

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Final Word

Although flower shops may not seem like high-risk businesses, there are a number of exposures that you should be aware of so that you can obtain proper insurance coverage. Much like a carefully arranged bouquet, obtaining just the right insurance policies to fit your company’s individual needs is key to financially protecting your business.

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