My mother never told me running a small business was easy. In fact it went something more like, “wouldn’t you be better off getting a real job?”

Whether you are in business for yourself, or work for someone, your future can be in jeopardy if you, or they, have not adequately protected the business with business life insurance. The untimely death of an owner, partner, or key person in a business when there is no business life insurance such as a buy/sell insurance policy or key man insurance in place can be the beginning of quick end.

We often think of life insurance just in terms of protecting our family from the loss of income if a parent should die, or in terms of final expense or burial life insurance. The unexpected death of a business owner or key person can have a dramatic impact, not only on their family, but on the employees of the business and their families.

If you own a business and don’t currently have business life insurance, meet with an independent life insurance agent soon and review the structure and financial aspects of your business. The agent can then make recommendations and provide insurance quotes that help your business become a legacy to your family and your partner(s) and employees, rather than a loss to them all.

In most cases you will want to look at term insurance or possibly return of premium term insurance rather than universal life or whole life. Why term insurance? The truth is that most businesses change too rapidly to make locking in even the longer terms or permanent insurance. A more prudent approach is to look at each aspect of your business and consider the proper term length. It may take more than one life insurance policy, but with term insurance being as affordable as it is, you should certainly be able to protect your business without significant impact on your budget.

So, mind your own business! A good steward of a business will ensure that the business will survive them.

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