General Liability Insurance Cost

In 2021, the median monthly cost of a general liability policy was $48 for new Progressive customers. The average rate was $65 per month.

The lower median price suggests that a few expensive outliers made the average cost appear higher than what most policyholders spent. While these rates give an idea of how much business liability insurance costs, they’re not necessarily what you’ll pay. Your premium depends on the details of your business.

Cost usually varies among professions because industries are exposed to different risks. For example, a landscaper might pay more than a consultant for general liability coverage because of the physical nature of their work. Learn how various qualities of your business might affect your exposure and premium.

General liability insurance cost factors

Factors that influence the cost of general liability insurance include:

  • Your exposure – A small business that manufactures, delivers and installs equipment is exposed to more risk than a business that only delivers equipment.
  • Your location – Rates vary based on your state and where you conduct business. Highly populated areas and locations with increased claims will generally pay more.
  • Number of employees – A business with no employees is exposed to less risk than a business with employees.

Find the cheapest liability insurance for your business

There are many ways to save on your general liability insurance costs. Some of these include:

Adjusting your coverage limits and deductibles

Lowering your aggregate limits from $2 million to $1 million, for example, is one way to lower your premium. You may also increase your deductible amounts. It’s important to understand that doing this lowers your overall coverage, which means you'll pay more out of pocket at the time of a covered loss. Make sure you’re comfortable with your selected amounts prior to buying a policy.

Implementing safety standards in the workplace

Always keep safety in mind. Strong safety practices can help minimize your risk while on the job and keep your employees and customers safe. For example, a painting contractor could maintain a clutter-free workspace to reduce the risk of someone tripping over supplies left on the floor. Reducing your exposure to possible claims could help keep your premiums low.

Discounts

Discounts are an easy way to help you get the cheapest liability insurance for your business. The number and dollar amounts of discounts for which you’re eligible usually depends on your carrier, business class, and location. Carriers could offer a discount for paying in full or having an existing policy with them. Be sure to ask what discounts you’re eligible for while you’re getting your quote.

Get your free online quote for general liability insurance today. You can also speak to a licensed agent who’ll help you with a custom quote to match your specific business needs.

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