There are few places in the U.S. that are more breathtaking than Montana. Big Sky Country spans the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and Glacier National Park. And just as diverse as its famed terrain are the various small businesses operating throughout the state.

Currently, according to the Small Business Administration, there are 115,054 small businesses operating within the state, representing 97.4% of all Montana businesses, and 67.4% of all Montana employees.1 Should you wish to join this thriving entrepreneurial community, you’ll need to make sure that you have the right insurance coverage for your business.

In this guide, we’ll cover the types of insurance that are legally required in Montana, and the coverages that come highly recommended.

What business insurance am I required to get in Montana?

Montana workers’ compensation insurance

All employers in Montana with one or more employees are legally required to have workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation insurance exists to safeguard employees from financial impact related to injuries or illnesses sustained on the job. As a business owner, it also protects you from liability related to employee injuries. Workers’ compensation covers expenses and lost wages caused by the following:

  • Work-related accidents and injuries, such as repetitive stress injury, and resulting disability
  • Illnesses caused by or related to employment

Montana auto liability insurance

If you drive a car, truck or van as part of your business operation, you’re required to have auto liability insurance or qualify as a self-insurer. Auto liability insurance can protect you and your business from the financial consequences of the following types of third-party claims resulting from auto accidents involving your vehicle:

Bodily injury – If you get into an accident and the driver or a passenger of the other vehicle is injured, your auto bodily injury liability insurance covers the costs arising out of bodily injury, including medical expenses and death benefits.

Property damage – In the above scenario, it’s extremely likely the other car sustained some damage as well. Your auto policy’s property damage liability coverage insures the cost to repair or replace the other party’s vehicle.

Also, depending on the use of your vehicle, the kind of vehicle or if your vehicle is registered or titled under your business name, you may need a commercial auto insurance policy to secure the appropriate coverage and vehicle registration, and avoid penalties.

What other types of business insurance are recommended for Montana?

Montana general liability insurance

General liability insurance (also known as CGL—for commercial general liability) is one of the most essential and effective ways to safeguard your business. It protects your business from the financial consequences resulting from liability related to third-party non-employee bodily injury or third party property damage that arises from your business operations. It also provides coverage for personal and advertising injury. Without general liability insurance coverage, you could be in financial trouble in the event of an unfortunate accident involving a customer or other third party.

Montana professional liability insurance

If you provide professional services and your advice is alleged to have led to one of your clients suffering a financial loss, professional liability insurance can help. When a former customer or client claims—rightly or wrongly—that a mistake in your work led them to suffer a financial loss, professional liability insurance provides you with investigation and defense of the claim as well as making payments of any settlements or judgments.

Inland marine insurance

Inland marine insurance is designed to protect that vital equipment you use to make your business run smoothly. It protects your business by covering costs associated with accidentally damaged, lost or stolen equipment that is on the go with you. Whether you have an expensive tool collection, pricey construction materials, or other equipment you transport to a job site, having inland marine insurance is a no-brainer. At Thimble, we offer inland marine insurance, or Business Equipment Protection as we call it, with coverage for up to $5,000 worth of business property and equipment.

Commercial property insurance

Commercial property insurance protects your company’s building and the contents inside it from all kinds of risks of physical loss or damage, including theft, vandalism, fires and natural disasters such as floods, storms or earthquakes. Commercial property insurance is often included as part of a Business Owners’ Insurance Policy, or BOP.

Professions covered in Montana

No matter what your business is, if you’re in Montana, you’ll benefit from being insured. If a non-employee slips and falls due to a workplace hazard or you accidentally damage a client’s property while working in their home, the last thing you need is to pay out-of-pocket for damages. In Montana, Thimble’s business insurance covers:

Cost of business insurance in Montana

At Thimble, the cost of your business insurance depends on a variety of factors. The amount of risk involved in your business, the industry you’re in, and the amount of business you do all play a part in determining your policy premium.

Another important factor is your location. A more populated area like Billings might have higher premiums on average than less populated locations like Anaconda or Miles City.

Finally, Thimble will look at factors such as your crew size, coverage amount and the number of years you’ve been in business before determining how much your premium will be.

Median Montana insurance costs

Coverage Period

By the hour

By the day

By the Week

By the month

Median Cost

$17.34

$25.49

$49.16

$94.34

Top cities for businesses in Montana

  • Anaconda
  • Billings
  • Bozeman
  • Butte
  • Great Falls
  • Havre
  • Helena
  • Kalispell
  • Miles City
  • Missoula

Bottom line: Montana business insurance

Ready to set up shop in the great state of Montana? Whether you’re serving the populations of Bozeman or Missoula or operating near one of the state’s breathtaking national parks, make sure your business is protected. One of your first steps should be securing the right kinds of insurance for your venture.

Even if you’re just starting up, you can find Montana business insurance coverage that’s right for you. Through Thimble, you can get a quote for your general liability insurance, professional liability insurance or Business Equipment Protection in less than a minute and if you decide to buy, you’ll be able to access your policy and Certificates of Insurance (COIs) in your inbox instantly.

Source:

  1. Small Business Association. Montana Small Business Profile.

Written on August 12, 2021

Our editorial content is intended for informational purposes only and is not written by a licensed insurance agent. Terms and conditions for rate and coverage may vary by class of business and state.