Small business, big risks – With business and personal debts to their name, small business owners have a lot of reasons to protect themselves financially. So why do so many ignore the risks? When you’re a small business owner, you pour your heart and soul into your business. But what many small business owners fail to think about is the vulnerability of their financial situation.
Having so much at stake, both emotionally and financially, is great for motivation, but not so great when you and you can’t work, especially when your family depends on you. According to a 2006 survey by the Investment and Financial Services Council (FSC), less than half of small business owners feel they have adequate cover.
So if they know they’re not properly covered, why aren’t they doing something about it? One of the reasons is that there’s a perception insurance is too expensive- But think about the sort of money you’d lose if you couldn’t work for a few months (or ever again). It certainly helps put the cost of insurance into perspective.
It could even reduce your tax bill – Income protection insurance is one of the most relevant types of cover for everyone, including small business owners. It can replace up to 80% of your income if you can’t work because of sickness or injury.
In the FSC survey, 95% of small business owners said they were aware of what income protection was, but 56% thought it was too expensive, so cost is obviously a big reason for the lack of protection. But the fact 47% of respondents did not know that income protection premiums were tax-deductible shows there’s a lack of understanding around how much insurance actually costs.
Business expenses insurance – which covers your fixed business expenses like rent, electricity and staff wages when you can’t work– is also tax-deductible. By combining these two types of policies you can cover your work and personal expenses. And potentially reduce your tax bill.
Everyone needs insurance. But few people need it more than small business owners. So make it your business to get the advice, and the cover, you need.
This material is not intended to constitute personal advice, and must not be relied on as such. This information has been prepared without taking into account a potential investor’s objectives, financial circumstances or needs. Before making a decision based on this material, a potential investor should consider the appropriateness of this material having regard to their objectives financial circumstances and needs. A potential investor should consider obtaining independent advice before making any investment decision.
 ‘Investigating Income Protection insurance in Australia’ –FSC, July 2006.